1 April 2021

Office leasing guide: Hammersmith

Offices to rent in Hammersmith

Situated in West London and bordering on Fulham, Chiswick, Shepherd’s Bush and Kensington - Hammersmith is a trendy and popular area of London.

The first recorded mention of Hammersmith was in 1294, with its name originally meaning ‘place with a hammer smithy or forge’. Today, Hammersmith is one of London’s key business districts and home to some major international brands, including L’Oreal and Disney, as well as a thriving start-up economy and a diverse cultural community.

Hammersmith offers the best of both worlds. A lively town centre on the doorstep of central London, with a tranquil riverside setting on the banks of the Thames. A key part of Hammersmith’s appeal lies in its flourishing arts and culture scene. For theatre lovers, the widely acclaimed Lyric Theatre offers productions throughout the year. Art buffs can enjoy contemporary performances and modern exhibitions presented by the Riverside Studios, while music fans can enjoy one of the many sold-out gigs hosted by international superstars at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Already a hub for business, media and technology, the area recently saw the launch of a 10-year partnership between Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Imperial College London to put Hammersmith on the map as a global powerhouse for biotech, digital and creative industries. This investment is already paying dividends for the area’s local economy, with office occupier demand growing by 28 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.

The borough is also home to two of London's most prestigious private schools – the Godolphin and Latymer for girls and St. Paul's for boys – alongside primary and secondary schools rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. The Kensington campus of Imperial College London is close by, ranked eighth in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2019, while the former BBC Television Centre in nearby White City is being redeveloped into a technology and academic hub to promote the creative arts.

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Key business areas in Hammersmith

There are currently around 13,000 businesses in Hammersmith & Fulham, employing approximately 140,000 employees. Employment in the borough is projected to increase by 1.6 percent each year between now and 2041, the third-highest increase among all London boroughs.

Many of these businesses are located on the eastern side of the district, with most of the larger businesses found on Hammersmith Road. As well as housing the London headquarters of a number of international companies, including L'Oréal, Disney, Lancôme, Universal Music, Virgin Media and Victoria Beckham, Hammersmith also has one of the largest concentrations of start-ups in the city.  To support the start-up community, Hammersmith and Fulham Council partnered with the Imperial College to develop a world-leading research and innovation campus to establish the borough as London’s leading hub for start-ups and businesses in technology, science and creative industries. The campus will house around 400 growing businesses and is already home to key tenants like OGCI Climate Investments.

Hammersmith is also home to an impressive range of networking events and groups, offering the ideal opportunity to meet and network with fellow business owners and professionals in your industry and others. Here are some you can take a look at: Hammersmith & Fulham Means Business, Fabulous Women Business Networking, Hammersmith BNI, The Athena Network Hammersmith Group or Upstream – Hammersmith & Fulham Tech and Creative Network.

Transport links throughout Hammersmith are excellent

As you’d expect from a Zone 2 West London district a stone’s throw away from central London, transport connections throughout the borough are excellent. Whether you are travelling north, south, east or west, it doesn’t matter — there is an easily accessible transport link to get you anywhere you need to be. In fact, Hammersmith is one of the best-connected districts in the capital.

There are two London Underground stations in Hammersmith

The Hammersmith & City and Circle lines serve one station, and the Piccadilly and District lines serve the other. The latter station is part of "The Broadway Centre" which doubles as a larger office, retail and transport development. You can also get a direct underground train to Heathrow airport via the Piccadilly Line, which is ideal for business trips and holidays.

Hammersmith has easy road access

Hammersmith is on the main A4 road, which heads west from central London towards the M4 motorway and Heathrow Airport. The A4 passes over the area's main road junction on a long viaduct, the Hammersmith Flyover. Hammersmith Bridge, which serves pedestrians, cyclists and road traffic, links the area to Barnes in the southwest. Hammersmith falls outside the congestion charge zone, and roads are generally free-flowing, so traffic won’t give you too many headaches.

Offices, serviced offices and shared workspaces in Hammersmith

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There are excellent business amenities in Hammersmith

The borough has many fantastic hotels

If you’re looking for a place to host clients or colleagues overnight, there are plenty of hotels in Hammersmith to put them up in. The area boasts an impressive number of hotels to suit every preference, including a range of luxury hotels, boutique hotels and budget-friendly options.

To really spoil yourself, your colleagues or your clients, book a night at the Heeton Concept Hotel. Inspired by the colossal Osram light-bulb factory, this state-of-the-art hotel aims to be as revolutionary now as that Victorian-era powerhouse was back in the 19th Century.

Another great option is The Brook Green Hotel, once famously depicted in the work of Rudyard Kipling, and offering 17 tastefully decorated rooms, a friendly, unpretentious pub that welcomes newcomers and locals alike as well as a hidden basement bar with an extensive drinks menu and a resident mixologist.

For an excellent working hotel, St Pauls Hotel found on busy Hammersmith Road is particularly popular with corporate guests and business travellers. With its proximity to the Olympia Exhibition Centre as well as friendly service and superb food, this historic redbrick hotel can meet your every need.

Hammersmith has an impressive mix of culinary delights

As for restaurants, Hammersmith boasts an impressive and eclectic mix of culinary delights. In fact, there are more than 100 restaurants, cafés, and eateries jam-packed into this relatively small part of London. There is truly something to suit every taste, including vegetarian fare at The Gate, Vietnamese delicacies at Saigon Saigon and Italian comfort food at Zia Lucia

There are also plenty of great pubs in the area, perfect for an informal get together after work. You’ll find many situated along the main road of King Street, but the most popular spots, particularly in the summer, are down by the river.

And if you’re looking for a prime spot to impress a new client or prospective lead, the River Café is top of the list with its Michelin-starred, uncomplicated yet stunning Italian food based on artisanal, seasonal ingredients.

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Hammersmith has a wealth of meeting spaces

Hammersmith has a huge variety of meeting spaces, including conference centres that can seat hundreds of people to smaller, more intimate spaces.

There are many meeting spaces around King Street and the Hammersmith tube station, particularly if you head south towards Hammersmith Bridge Road. If you need a meeting room closer to the Thames, take a look at the area around Lower Mall, where you’ll find a range of more open plan and larger spaces available.

Other useful amenities in Hammersmith

You might think Hammersmith is a concrete jungle, but there are many outdoor areas and green spaces, especially down by the river. For nature lovers and those who hanker after the great outdoors, there’s also Ravenscourt Park, which is a large public park and garden space full of beautiful trees, open grass spaces, a lake and a children’s play area.

We all have colleagues who like to get a workout in at the gym during their lunch break or shake off the stresses of the workday with a game of footy after work. In Hammersmith there are many options for sports and recreational activities, including numerous swimming pools, several gyms and plenty of outdoor sports venues.

Hammersmith is also home to both Kings Mall and Hammersmith Broadway Shopping Centre, offering ample opportunities for shopping and featuring all the favourite high street brands and stores like Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, De Beers, M&S, H&M and Top Shop. Alongside the high street big names, you’ll find a whole bunch of indie-stores and boutique shops, as well as two colourful markets – North End Road in Fulham and Shepherds Bush Market – as well as a regular farmers’ market on Thursdays in Hammersmith’s Lyric Square.

Notable tenants

  • L'Oréal
  • Disney
  • Lancôme
  • Universal Music
  • Virgin Media 
  • Victoria Beckham 

Offices, serviced offices and co-working spaces in Hammersmith

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Key agents in Hammersmith

  • Frost Meadowcroft
  • Knight Frank LLP
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate UK
  • CBRE
  • Hanover Green
  • Colliers International
  • Avison Young

Interesting facts about Hammersmith

  • Hammersmith Bridge was the first suspension bridge over the Thames. The original Hammersmith bridge opened in 1827 and was designed by William Tierney Clark.
  • Many famous people come from Hammersmith, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Hugh Grant.
  • David Bowie’s final live concert as Ziggy Stardust took place at the Hammersmith Apollo in July 1973.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah row a boat on the Thames underneath Hammersmith Bridge in the film Sliding Doors.