Serviced and Flexible Office Guide: North London
North London is a prestigious location for a business. Brushing shoulders with the City of London and Mayfair, it has an upmarket feel and is closely connected to the key business districts. Stretching from Clerkenwell, which neighbours the City, up to the Hertfordshire boundary, North London encompasses many notable locations.
From the sprawling greenery of Hamstead Heath to the transport hub of King’s Cross St Pancras, there is something to draw every business to the northern edge of the capital. You’ll find exclusive suburbs with smart offices offering a more relaxed working environment along with bustling city streets that capture the buzz of London.
One word sums up North London: diverse. It is a multicultural part of the city that was once a retreat for artists, creatives and revolutionaries. There are theatres, like Sadler’s Wells, eateries offering dishes from across the globe, arts festivals, rambling green spaces, high-end streets and trendy up and coming areas.
Thanks to the development of Regent’s Canal in Islington and St Pancras station, North London quickly began to grow from rural settlements to well-connected parts of the city in the 19th century. Georgian and Victorian terraces now define the area and have become desirable places to live and work. And now, right by the village-like residential streets, the area is evolving again with glass-fronted flexible and serviced offices.
Interested in becoming part of North London’s development? Here’s everything you need to know about working north of the river.
Key business areas in North London
King’s Cross is one of London’s most well-connected areas. St Pancras makes it the gateway to Europe, while King’s Cross is the starting point for many UK railway links. But the area is not only a transport hub – it’s got a beating tech heart too. You’ll find the likes of Google, Samsung, and Toyota Connected here, along with many start-ups making their breakthroughs in the big city. Besides big businesses and fast trains, there’s a vibrant urban feel. Former industrial buildings have been converted into stylish bars, while Regent’s Canal brings a more peaceful edge to the area.
If you’re a start-up, you could consider Camden. This area is synonymous with young, innovative businesses, making it an ideal place to start networking and developing. Camden is an exciting place to be with lots of trendy bars and eateries, an array of vintage shops, and a world-famous market (bringing even more places to eat and drink).
Design businesses flock to Clerkenwell in North London. There are more creative businesses and architects in Clerkenwell than anywhere else in the world. So it’s little wonder that it has its own Design Week to showcase and celebrate the best in innovative creations. Clerkenwell is also known for its foodie scene with plenty of upmarket eateries and three of London’s best-loved food markets: Exmouth, Smithfield and Whitecross Street.
Getting around North London
You can take the bus across North London
The bus network is fantastic in North London. You can use the world-famous red buses to get across the area and into Central London. A single bus fare is £1.55 for adults, and a day pass is £4.95. A few night buses will also take you from the city centre through North London late into the evening, with services in Islington, Holloway and Tottenham.
North London has a well-connected Underground network
Unlike South London, North London’s tube network is well established. Many of the key business areas are in Zone 1 and Zone 2, making it easy to get around. Lines running through the area include the Northern, Victoria, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and Piccadilly.
A few places in North London are on the Overground network
The Overground network in North London generally runs east to west. There are stops in key places like Holloway, Tottenham, and Hamstead Heath.
The Eurostar sets off from North London
For travel overseas, North London has excellent connections. St Pancras is home to the Eurostar, which takes you to Paris in just over two hours. You can also reach Brussels in as little as two hours and Amsterdam in around four hours.
North London is close to two major UK roads
If you’d like to drive to see clients, North London will put you within easy reach of key UK roads. From Islington, you can head north along Holloway Road and join the A1, which will take you to Edinburgh. Alternatively, you could head slightly west from Hamstead and join the A41, which will connect you to the M1 near Edgware. The M1 offers a quick route up through the Midlands to Leeds.
It is easy to reach four airports from North London
Whether you drive or travel by train, you can reach four international airports from North London in around an hour, depending on the location you’re travelling to. The closest for many areas is London City Airport, which is situated out east and offers flights to a number of UK destinations and a few European spots. Stansted Airport is also particularly easy to reach, thanks to the Stansted Express, which runs from Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale and Stratford. Heathrow and Luton are the two other airports fairly close by.
Business amenities in North London
There are lots of hotels in North London for business stays
Many of North London’s great hotels are located in the King’s Cross area. Both Pullman and The Gyle are four-star hotels with a smart setting. The Gyle has a more boutique feel and is located on a tree-lined Georgian square, whereas Pullman is a modern space with excellent facilities like a well-reviewed bar and gym. For something more luxurious, perhaps to wow a client, the five-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is a fitting choice. It has plush classical décor, a fine dining restaurant and a spa. There are also budget-friendly options, like Travelodge.
North London has restaurants from all corners of the globe
You will never be short of dining options in North London. There’s everything from rich Moorish flavours at Moro to punchy Malaysian dishes at Sambal Shiok and classic Italian feasts at Trullo. You can even treat cheese-loving clients to a dairy feast at The Cheese Bar or give your team a well-earned evening out at the purported first gastropub, The Eagle.
For good lunch options, Jolene in Stoke Newington sets the bar high with its all-day dishes and baked goods. Alternatively, Leather Lane Market, West Yard (at Camden Market) and Canopy Market bring delicious street food to office workers most days.
There are a few convenient meeting spaces in North London
If you need a team get together, a Board meeting or somewhere to pitch to a client, there are many smart spaces across North London. You can book stylish and well-equipped meeting rooms at The Brentano Suite in Finchley, Workspace at The Chocolate Factory in Wood Green, and at St Pancras Meeting Rooms, which also has event space to hire. And if it’s a creative event, you could book space at the London Art House in Islington – a beautiful place decked out with plush furniture.
You can easily stock up on the essentials and indulge in shop retail therapy in North London. Head over to Brent Cross Shopping Centre or The Mall at Wood Green, and you’ll find all the high street stores you could need. If you choose a serviced or flexible office closer to Central London, you could get your shopping fix at Angel Central or Coals Drop Yard, which is hosts several mid-range to high-end brands.
Many serviced and flexible offices come with fitness facilities, but there are plenty of options for working out if the one you choose does not. For example, PureGym offers workout spaces in Highgate, Angel, Finsbury Park, Holloway, Finchley and Muswell Hill. There are lidos in Hampstead Heath and Finchley for swimmers, yoga studios dotted across the area and an athletics track at Finsbury Park.
Office tenants in South London
- Google UK
- Toyota Connected
- Alan Turing Institute
- Samsung KX LDN
- Brewin Dolphin
Key agents operating in North London
- Stirling Ackroyd
- Anton Page LLP
- Cushman & Wakefield
- Avison Young
Interesting facts about North London
- Wembley Stadium is the largest sports venue in the UK.
- The British Library is one of the largest libraries globally, holding an estimated 170 to 200 million items from across the world. You’ll find it in the King’s Cross area.
- King’s Cross is also well known as the location of the battle between Queen Boudica and the Roman invaders (or so is believed).
- Islington has more restaurants than there are days in the year.
- The longest escalator for the tube is in Angel. It is 60m long.
- Camden Market is the fourth largest visitor attraction in the whole of London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend. It provides nearly two jobs for every resident in the borough.