12 February 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Luton

Offices to rent in Luton

You’ll find Luton in the south east of England, just 30 miles north of central London. It offers the best of both worlds to its residents: an abundance of green space and riverside strolls are just a short distance from the bustling town centre. This Bedfordshire town has shed its troubled, industrial past and evolved into a place with plenty of exciting opportunities.

Luton is bordered by the Chiltern Hills to the south west and the Barton Hills Nature Reserve to the north. Inside the town, there are plenty of local landmarks to admire, including the 12th century St Mary’s Church and local history museum Stockwood Discovery Centre.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Luton was known for its dominant hat trade and car manufacturing plants. The wider county of Bedfordshire also played a key role in brick making, thanks to the natural clay deposits found in its soil. Now, professional services and travel companies dominate its commercial landscape.

There’s a large pool of skilled talent to pick from, as it’s home to one of the University of Bedfordshire’s largest campuses. Luton is also a highly diverse place, with many residents from south Asian, Afro-Caribbean and European backgrounds.

Want to find out more about renting office space in Luton? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Notable business areas in Luton

The travel industry has a strong presence in Luton, with TUI and Easyjet choosing the town as their main UK bases. However, the area surrounding Luton Airport isn’t just home to those in the tourism business, you’ll also find manufacturing, engineering and aerospace companies, such as GKN and Menzies Aviation.

If you head north to the Tophill suburb, you’ll find North Luton Industrial estate. It’s just minutes from the M1, making it a great choice if you need to travel regularly, and is home to a wide range of office-based and industrial businesses. And in the south, Capability Green’s business park, which is home to AstraZeneca and other international businesses, is similarly well connected.

Luton’s town centre is also a popular choice for many businesses, as it puts you close to a wide range of handy amenities. With a range of restaurants nearby, easy access to the main train station and plenty of shops where you can indulge in lunchtime retail therapy, there’s plenty to keep residents busy whether it’s time for work or play.

Luton has excellent transport links

Luton has a strong rail network

There are three railway stations in Luton: Luton (the main transport interchange in the town centre), Leagrave and Luton Airport Parkway. They’re served by Thameslink and East Midlands Railways services, so you can travel to and from the capital and the Midlands with ease.

Major roads connect Luton to key towns and cities

Luton is connected to a number of key towns and cities by the M1. You can travel south to London or follow the road north to Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Northampton, Leicester and Nottingham. There are major A roads, such as the A6, that also allow you to nip to and from places all across the country.

Luton’s bus network covers the area extensively

Most buses in Luton are operated by Arriva Shires & Essex. There are routes connecting most parts of the town to key areas like the centre, main train station and airport. If you need to head to another town or city, providers like National Express and Megabus operate routes to and from Luton.

One of the country’s busiest airports is just 10 minutes away

If you’re travelling by car, Luton Airport (also known as London Luton Airport despite being outside the city) is a mere 10 minutes’ drive from the town centre. You can also take the Luton Airport Shuttle bus, which runs from the town’s main rail station and reach the airport in less than 20 minutes. Once you get to the airport, which is the fifth busiest in the UK, you can jet off to destinations all over Europe.

Offices to let in Luton

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Luton has lots of useful business amenities

Business travellers will find plenty of places to stay in Luton

Whether you’ve got a larger budget or need a purse-friendly place to stay, Luton has plenty of accommodation options. If you’re looking for something affordable, properties from popular budget companies like Premier Inn, Hampton by Hilton and ibis can be found in the town, particularly in the area surrounding Luton Airport.

At the other end of the scale, places such as Luton Hoo hotel are ideal for special guests. There are other upmarket properties, including Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn, that offer a little more luxury too.

There are lots of places to dine in Luton

Thanks to its vibrant, diverse population, you can try tastes from across the world in Luton. Sit down for tasty Thai at Nakorn Thai Restaurant, share small plates at Papa J’s Indian Tapas or tuck into Middle Eastern tastes at Deserts Rose. Virtually every cuisine, from Italian to Caribbean, can be found in Luton.

The town has plenty of places to meet for a coffee too. Stop at GO Coffee for a tasty treat and an invigorating coffee or nip into Wenzel’s the Bakers to pick up on-the-go food.

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Luton has meeting rooms for every occasion

From smaller facilities to large buildings like TrueVine Conference Centre, Venue360 and Regus Capability Green, there are meeting spaces for every business in Luton. It’s also home to many friendly pubs, restaurants and bars that are ideal for team socials or informal brainstorms, so you’ll have lots of choice about where to do business.

There are plenty of other handy facilities across Luton

Fitness facilities can be found all across Luton, whether you’re looking for a familiar brand like Anytime Fitness, an upmarket option like Bannatyne Health Club or want to try your hand at an intense CrossFit session. You’ll also find specialist fitness centres, such as Harding Fitness Boxing and Luton’s Most Strongest strongman and bodybuilding gym.

Luton’s main shopping area is the Mall, a covered shopping centre packed with lots of familiar brands. You’ll find high-street names including Primark and Next, as well as places to eat, drink and pamper yourself. Luton Galaxy Centre is also nearby, which houses a bowling alley, cinema and soft play facilities. There are other suburban retail parks, including Luton Retail Park and Hatters Way, where you’ll discover lots of other big brands.

Notable office tenants in Luton

  • Whitbread
  • AstraZeneca
  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • Tui
  • Vauxhall Motors

Key agents 

  • S R Wood & Son Ltd
  • Bray Fox Smith Limited
  • Kirkby Diamond
  • Aitchison Raffety
  • IW Group Services Ltd 

Offices, serviced offices and co-working spaces in Luton

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Interesting facts about Luton

  • Luton used to be a key destination for the country’s best hatmakers. Even though the trade has declined, Luton FC still carries the nickname ‘The Hatters’.
  • The town’s coat of arms is made up of a wheatsheaf and bee, among other symbols, to represent the hive of activity that once surrounded Luton’s hat making trade.
  • A number of important cultural events are held every year in Luton, including a St Patrick’s Festival and south Asian Mela event. The town is also home to the UK’s only Centre for Carnival Arts.
  • Famous faces that hail from Luton include cricket legend Monty Panesar, TV presenter Stacey Dooley and famous quizzer Paul Sinha.
  • Luton has been occupied for more than 250,000 years, making it one of the oldest towns in the UK.