20 May 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Staines-upon-Thames

Offices, serviced offices and shared workspaces to rent in Staines-upon-Thames

Based in the borough of Spelthorne, Staines or officially Staines-upon-Thames is a quiet riverside town located 16 miles southwest of London.

The town's history dates back to Roman times when the Romans built its first bridge and fort. It then developed into a thriving and vibrant market town in medieval times. After the arrival of the railway in 1848 accelerated the growth of the manufacturing industry, Staines became famed for the worldwide production of linoleum.  

Fast forward into the 21st Century, and Staines is now a town with world-class infrastructure, a bustling and incredibly diverse business sector, and home to several multinational research and technology companies. In fact, Staines was even hailed as Britain's number one town to start a new business, according to research conducted by Chartered accountants UHY Hacker Young. It was also voted the start-up capital of the UK, with the highest start-up survival rate in the country at 95%. Underpinning this, KPMG ranks Staines as a top 20 UK destination for high-tech jobs. Businesses in the area also benefit from the town's participation in the gigabit superfast internet testing. A clear demonstration of how the town is accelerating innovation while future-proofing its success and relevance in the long term.

Recent investment into the town has also resulted in the development of a modern shopping quarter and the construction of plenty of new homes and office spaces.

The area boasts an excellent choice of quality schools and the London University's Royal Holloway College, Brunel University and Reading University are located nearby. Standing adjacent to the green belt, Staines-upon-Thames includes a wildlife conservation area and countless scenic riverside trails stretching to historic Windsor. The area offers a quintessential south-west London lifestyle making it a lovely place to both live and work.

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Notable business areas in Staines

The town's proximity to London, Heathrow Airport, and the M25 motorway has attracted large company branch offices, including Hitachi and Bupa. More than 200 of the top 300 companies in the UK have headquarters within 25 miles of Heathrow.

On the other side of the Thames, you'll find businesses like Samsung's R&D Institute, Wood Plc and British Gas, which are all less than a ten-minute walk from Staines train station. There are several business parks in the town, including the Watermans Business Park located on the banks of the Thames and close to many riverside amenities, including pubs, restaurants and parks. The town also has a dedicated business district, which stretches around the town centre from Church Street and the banks of the Thames. Many of the companies here are niche and boutique businesses.

Getting around Staines-upon-Thames

Staines has excellent transport links to central London

Staines railway station connects the town to many different locations, including London, Reading, Windsor and Eton Riverside. The station lies only 0.3 miles away from the town centre, and there are also no car parking fees, making commuting as easy as possible.

The town lies on the Reading to Waterloo network line with a fast commute into London of 33 minutes and direct services to the interchanges of London Underground and Overground at Richmond and the busy Clapham Junction terminal. Reading has a journey time of 47 minutes, and you can reach Windsor in just 14 minutes.

There's an excellent bus network

The local bus station is a short walk from the railway station on the south side of the Elmleigh Shopping Centre. Buses travel to most major destinations in and around the area, including Heathrow, Slough, Woking, Egham, Thorpe Park and Hounslow.

Staines is only 5 miles away from Heathrow airport

The nearest major airport is London Heathrow Airport, which has international and domestic flights from London. Heathrow Airport is only 5 miles away and can be easily accessed by train, bus or car, making Staines an ideal location for international business travel.

The M3 and M25 are close to Staines for easy access to the rest of the UK

For those commuting by car, the M3 and M25 cut through the town – the M25 connects Staines with all corners of the capital while the A30 is directly accessible from London Road. And of course, Heathrow Airport is less than a 15-minute drive away, making Staines undoubtedly one of the most connected towns in the country.

Staines has excellent business amenities for work, rest and play

There's a wide range of hotels to suit every budget

If you're looking for a place to stay overnight, there are many hotels and B&Bs along the River Thames, including The Swan Hotel, which offers idyllic river views, delicious food and stylish accommodation. Another fantastic upmarket option close to the town centre and near the river is the Boleyn Hotel, where guests can take advantage of the hotel's modern and well-equipped facilities for both business and leisure. For a more down to earth, budget-friendly experience, you can opt for the Mercure London Staines Hotel. Also situated on the banks of the River Thames, this hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the town centre.

If you really want to indulge in five-star luxury and comfort, treat yourself to a night or two at the Great Fosters Hotel. This charming Tudor estate is steeped in royal history and located just outside of Windsor in the heart of Surrey. It also has a Michelin-starred restaurant and offers several spaces for co-working, meetings and hosting large events.

For the usual budget-friendly and flexible options, Staines-upon-Thames also has a Travelodge and Premier Inn.

Staines has a fantastic culinary scene

Staines has many superb restaurants dishing up a mouth-watering selection of global cuisine. You can indulge in some Caribbean street food at Turtle Bay, authentic Italian at Cafee Gondola, creative Japanese fare at Momo Café, or you can treat yourself to an all-American brunch at Limeyard with everything from blueberry pancakes to maple-bacon waffles on offer.

If you need to dazzle a client with gastronomic creations, take them to the Michelin starred Tudor Room at Great Fosters in nearby Egham. Not only will they be impressed by the modern English and European cuisine, created by using only the finest local ingredients, but they will also have their breath taken away by the exquisite décor and gorgeous surroundings.

After work, you can enjoy a drink with your colleagues at The Bells Pub, which dates back to medieval times and offers a fantastic food menu.

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Staines-upon-Thames has a wide variety of meeting rooms available

Whatever style of meeting you have planned, you'll find a venue in Staines-upon-Thames ideally suited to it. One of the most popular places to meet is the Regus Centre, which provides the perfect backdrop for brainstorming with colleagues, impressing clients, or holding productive training sessions.

A little further out, you'll find the Hythe Centre on Thorpe Road, which offers various professional spaces and multi-use rooms ideal for meetings, training or business events and functions. There are also meeting rooms available for hire at the various hotels located around the town, including the Mercure London Staines Hotel, The Thames Lodge and The Boleyn Hotel.

Other useful amenities

With over 200 shops, there's plenty of variety for retail therapy and finding everyday essentials in Staines-upon-Thames. There are two centrally-located shopping centres, Elmsleigh and the Two Rivers, which offer a wide range of high street stores like TK Maxx, Topshop and Waterstones alongside a vibrant mix of restaurants and cafés and a cinema. There's also a bustling market that takes place on the high street three days a week.

For those who prefer to spend time outdoors, there are many pastimes to enjoy, from fishing and sailing to golf, mountain biking and walking. With its enviable position on the River Thames, the town is surrounded by green spaces and parks, including the National Trust-run Runnymede, a historic meadow where the Magna Carta was signed and the natural beauty of Staines Moor.

For those who enjoy working out or playing sports, there are plenty of sports and leisure facilities available, including Spelthorne Leisure Centre, Virgin Active gym and spa and the private Thames Club, while sailing and windsurfing are available at the Queen Mary Reservoir. Lammas Park in Staines offers tennis courts and a play area by the river.

Offices, serviced offices and shared workspaces to rent in Staines-upon-Thames

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Notable tenants in Staines-upon-Thames

  • BP
  • Bupa
  • Centrica
  • Gartner
  • Ricoh
  • Samsung
  • Shepperton Studios

Key agents in Staines-upon-Thames

  • Vail Williams
  • Butters Associates
  • IW Group Services
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate
  • Altus Group
  • Christopher Thomas & Co Ltd

Interesting facts about Staines

  • The name 'Staines' comes from the Old English word for 'stones' - and was most arguably given due to the stone piles left when the Saxons destroyed the departing Romans' bridges.
  • Staines was popularly known as the home of Sacha Baron Cohen's fictional character 'Ali G', which generally gave rise to a misguided view of the town. Therefore, in 2011 the local council voted to change the town's name to Staines-upon-Thames to promote its proximity to the river and attempt to boost the local economy.