8 April 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Slough

Offices to rent in Slough

Located only 22 miles west of central London, Slough is a large, flourishing town in the historic royal county of Berkshire. With humble roots as a stopping-off point for stagecoaches travelling between London and Bath, Slough was a small village until the arrival of the railway in the 19th century.

Today, Slough is an economic powerhouse and regarded as one of the United Kingdom’s most attractive and lucrative places to both live and do business. The area is home to the highest number of UK-based headquarters of global companies outside of London, with many distinguished names in the manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, and automotive industries based in the area. Slough has also been named as England’s second start-up capital after London.

Schools in Slough are excellent, with 51% rated as good and 15% rated as outstanding by Ofsted. The town’s proximity to London means there are a huge variety of colleges and universities on your doorstep, including the University of Reading and the University of Hertfordshire.

There is lots of investment pouring into the area, including a £450 million project to rejuvenate the town centre, which will see the development of a new state of the art library and cultural centre. Slough also boasts an impressive turnover of around £7.5 billion and came in third for its infrastructural growth, according to the fDi Intelligence’s ‘European Cities and Regions of the Future’ report.

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Notable business areas in Slough

Slough has a number of business parks, including the Slough Trading Estate, as well as a rapidly growing community of co-working spaces. Slough Trading Estate is one of England’s oldest trading estates. Founded in 1920, it is now the largest industrial estate in single private ownership in Europe with over 600 buildings and home to around 400 businesses from around the world, including Fiat, Electrolux, Mars Confectionary and Virgin Media. It is also home to a number of well-established small and medium-sized enterprises as well as a diverse community of startups.

Transport links throughout Slough are excellent

With its enviable accessibility to London, Slough is well known as a commuter town. And, with the development of the Crossrail, commuters will be even more spoiled for choice when travelling to the Capital or catching a ride to the airport.

You can travel to London in under 20 minutes by train

Slough has exceptional links into London and other locations in the South West and South East of England. First Great Western services into London Paddington frequently run from Slough station, with two fast trains running every half an hour and arriving into Paddington in approximately 17 minutes.

Heathrow can be reached from Slough station in 35 minutes, ideal for business trips or for international colleagues visiting the area. Slough’s railway station also offers trains to other key destinations, including Oxford in an impressive 39 minutes and Windsor in just six minutes.

Slough is well connected to the M25 and wider motorway network

Slough is a great base for accessing the motorway system. The town is conveniently situated at the intersection of the M4, M40 and M25 motorways. The M4 passes through the town and heads west towards Bristol or east to London. It also connects with the M25. The M25 connects to all the arterial motorways, and the M40 will take you to the North of England. The A4 can also be used to drive to Maidenhead or Hounslow.

Cycling is encouraged in Slough

Cycling to get around is greatly encouraged in Slough. Virtually the whole area is within a 20-minute ride of the town centre. The area also has relatively few hills, so you won’t have to pedal too hard, and there is a popular cycle sharing system, offering residents the convenience of cycling to and from work from local train stations. In addition, route 61 of the National Cycle Network also runs through Slough.

Two of the UK’s busiest airports are within easy reach of Slough

You can easily catch a flight to virtually anywhere in the world from Slough, as Heathrow is a 16-minute drive by car on the M4 and M25, and Gatwick is only 45 minutes away.

Offices to rent in Slough

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There are excellent business amenities in Slough

Slough has many popular hotels

If you’re looking for something more upmarket and don’t want to compromise comfort for convenience, you can book a night at Ascot’s House. Just a four-minute drive from Slough station and eight miles from Heathrow Airport, Ascot’s House provides elegant bed and breakfast accommodation and a ‘home away from home’ for the weary business traveller.

If you really want to spoil yourself, spend an evening or two at the luxury five-star hotel at Stoke Park, where you can enjoy a round of golf at their 27 hole championship golf course, designed by Harry Colt in 1908, or a pamper session at their award-winning spa. Slough also has a Premier Inn, Holiday Inn Express and a Travelodge, which offer travellers more flexible and budget-friendly booking options.

Slough has a wealth of different options for foodies

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to places to eat in Slough, with the town offering a wealth of different options from pub grub and tasty takeaways to fine dining.

For a quick bite to eat in between meetings, you’ve got Nandos, Subway and many other fast-food restaurants from which to choose. But if you’d like to try something a little different during your lunch break, head over to SKPV for delicious Indian street food from Mumbai or Woksta for Asian fusion street food.

For authentic Italian fare, try The New Bettola located in Colnbrook, just outside Slough. They also have a fantastic cocktail bar and an open area back garden. If you’re more in the mood for Indian or Chinese, try The Panjab Restaurant on London Road or Kai’s Restaurant on Bath Road, which also offers a wide range of vegetarian options.

And if you need somewhere fancy to impress a client or you just want to give your taste buds a treat, why not book a table at Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous, three-Michelin starred  Fat Duck restaurant. Another great fine dining option is Humphreys Restaurant, which offers à la Carte, as well as a three-course dinner menu and a tasting menu.

Slough is also chock full of great pubs where you can savour a pint or a sip on a delicious cocktail with your team after work. Some local favourites include The Herschel Arms, The Rose and Crown and King’s Head.

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Other useful amenities in Slough

Alongside business parks and excellent transport links, the area around Slough also offers nature lovers beautiful landscapes, green spaces and woodland areas. Alexandra Park is on the bank of the Thames River with pristine, manicured gardens and a large playground, golf course, bike hire, amusement park and even an ice rink at Christmas time. Langley Country Park also has a wide variety of habitats for wildlife as well as a mountain biking track, horse riding facilities, picnic areas, a play park, café and an orienteering course.

For history lovers, the area is also home to a number of royal residences, historic sites and iconic locations, including Windsor Castle and Ascot Racecourse, as well as Wellington Country Park and Boulters Lock on the River Thames.  

While Slough isn’t typically known as a creative hub, art and theatre lovers can enjoy regular performances, exhibitions and workshops from the best up-and-coming talent at the Gallery at The Curve.

Slough is also home to the Queensmere Observatory, a haven for those in need of a satisfying retail therapy session. With over 120 shops including all the big brands as well as free parking, you can quite literally shop till you drop.

And for those who like to keep fit, there’s no shortage of gyms and fitness facilities in Slough, including a Buzz Gym, Curves, David Lloyd and The Gym.

Offices to rent in Slough

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Key agents working in Slough

  • JLL
  • Kempton Carr Croft
  • Savills
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Colliers International

Notable tenants

  • Blackberry
  • McAfee
  • Burger King
  • Lego
  • Mars Confectionary
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Fiat
  • Honda

Interesting facts about Slough

  • The world-famous Mars Bar was first manufactured in Slough in 1932, and the Mars headquarters is still based there today.
  • The legendary British band, The Beatles, began their first British tour in Slough in 1963.
  • Slough has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the United Kingdom.
  • Slough is famous for being the setting for the BBC sitcom, The Office.
  • Queen Victoria took her very first train journey from Slough in 1842.