Serviced and Flexible Office Guide: North West London
Step away from the madness of central London and you’ll find a more leisurely pace of life in North West London. You’ll be surrounded by green space, from Hampstead Heath to Horsenden Hill, but it’s still within easy reach of key business districts - a trip from Finchley to the City takes just 40 minutes. If you’re looking to be close to the commercial heart of many industries, without the tourists and premium rent costs, this could the ideal location for your business.
What it lacks in tourist attractions North West London makes up for in charming residential areas, delicious eateries and quaint high streets that wouldn’t look out of place in a village. It’s also easy to reach, with both the M40 and M25 nearby, and is within commutable distance from nearby areas like Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
While this area is loved mostly for its calm, residential feel, it’s anything but boring. If cool is what you’re looking for, you’ll find edgy and upmarket pockets of this area too. Take a lunchtime stroll around Primrose Hill or St John’s Wood and admire the gorgeous properties, or gather the team for post-work drinks in Chalk Farm.
Want to find out more about living and working in North West London? Here’s everything you need to know.
Key business areas in North West London
If you’re looking for an area with an edgier feel, Kentish Town and Camden are excellent places to be based. They’re home to eclectic markets, independent shops, and excellent bars and music venues that you can frequent after hours, or use to make connections within your industry. You’ll also be relatively close to central areas, so they’re ideal locations if business regularly calls you to central London.
Wembley is a key area for events professionals, as it’s a stone’s throw from one of the biggest stadiums in the UK. If you regularly host or attend large events, look to base yourself around Wembley, Harlesden, Harrow or Ruislip.
If you’re keen to find office premises in an area with a residential feel, you’ll have plenty of options in North West London. Look at places such as Brondesbury, Kensal Green, Kilburn and Willesden, which offer a great mix of galleries, cafés and bar, cosy homes, and excellent office space within easy reach.
It’s easy to get around in North West London
Rail stations can be found across North West London
There are more than 10 stations dotted across the area, from Wembley to Greenford, to Harrow & Wealdstone. Whether you’re using rail to navigate the city, need to head out to another part of the city - or even to the continent - you can do so with ease from here.
There are plenty of Underground stations across North West London
The Jubilee, Northern and Central lines cover many parts of the area, meaning it’s simple to nip into central or southern areas via the underground. Services also run as far north as Watford, Harrow, Edgware and Barnet, as well as out west beyond the city to Uxbridge.
North West London is home to a number of Overground stations
The Overground is a convenient way to get around the city. Most stations in this area are located on the Bakerloo line, which runs out towards Watford and Hertfordshire. It connects to central areas like Soho and the West End, as well as Elephant and Castle on the south side of the river.
North West London has a good network of roads
According to Monster, around two thirds of NW London’s residents use the roads to get to work, so prepare for busy rush hours if you’re travelling by car. However, the area is well connected and less affected by tourist traffic than more central locations. You can use the A406 and the A40, which leads out to the M40 and M25, to travel across the city and the country.
There are plenty of bus services running in North West London
If the bus is your chosen method of public transport, you’ll have lots of options here. You can catch local services running between NW postcodes, or hop on a service to take you into central business districts. You can even head further afield from larger stations like Golders Green bus station, which is staffed by National Express employees to make travelling even easier.
Heathrow Airport is easy to reach from North West London
It’s around a half an hour drive or public transport journey from areas like Hanwell, meaning you can jet off on long haul, domestic and short haul flights with ease. The UK’s busiest airport offers flights to hundreds of destinations, so it’s an incredibly convenient option. And to the north is Luton Airport, which is just half an hour’s drive from Edgware; it’s another handy option if you’re heading off on a quick business trip.
Business amenities in North West London
There are hotels for every budget in North West London
If you’re looking for cost-effective accommodation, you can opt for places like Travelodge London Wembley, London Harrow Hotel or Holiday Inn London West. There are also independent properties like Drayton Court London in Ealing, or The Green Man Pub and Hotel, that won’t break the bank.
At the other end of the price scale, you’ll find premium properties such as Hilton London Wembley, Park Plaza London Park Royal or the grand Pillar Hotel and The Landmark London. They’re all thoroughly luxurious choices fit for the most honoured guests.
North West London is bursting with dining options
No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find a tasty option to suit your palate in North West London. Stop at Milk Beach for laidback yet sophisticated Australian food and wine from independent winemakers across the globe. You can also sample Italian dishes at La Collina, try Georgian cuisine at Geamos and grab upmarket Japanese dishes at Sushi Murasaki.
Looking for a place that’s going to impress? L’Aventure in Saint John’s Wood serves up truly fine French cuisine from chef Catherine Parisot, while Michelin-star Plu promises a sumptuous culinary experience.
You’ll find a number of meeting rooms in North West London
There are spaces to suit any type of meeting you’re hosting. From flexible spaces like Cowork Hub and the UK Business Centre Brentford, to local hotels like The Bridge Hotel, you’ll have access to plenty of options. And, if you’re bringing lots of people together, you could even opt for one of the few local stadiums, like QPR’s home ground or the expansive Wembley Stadium (if you’ve got the budget).
There are plenty of other useful amenities in North West London
North West London has plenty of places for fitness fanatics. You can visit popular chains like PureGym, David Lloyd, Fitness First and The Gym, which are dotted all across the area. There are also plenty of independent facilities, where you can work up a sweat doing everything from martial arts, to aerial fitness, to barre.
You’ll also be spoilt for choice if you’re in the mood to shop. Brent Cross is a busy mall space with over 100 familiar brands to explore, as well as places to grab coffee and a bite to eat. You can also head to Camden Market, where there are more than 1000 stalls, shops and independent eateries to check out. It’s one of London’s most popular spots, so try and head for a lunchtime wander, or visit on a day off to avoid the crowds. Nearby Chalk Farm’s Stables Market is also an exciting place to visit if you’re keen to get away from the typical high street.
Key agents operating in North West London
- Colliers International
- Chamberlain Commercial
- Michael Berman & Co
- Avison Young
- Brasier Freeth
Interesting facts about North West London
There are a number of thriving Jewish communities in NW London, which are particularly concentrated around areas like Golders Green and Willesden – the former of which is known as ‘the Kosher capital’ of the country.
You’ll find a number of Arts & Crafts home in the area, which are characterised by their traditional construction, asymmetrical roofs and distinctive structure.
Dollis Hill’s GPO Research Station, which was built in 1933, was where components of Colossus (one of the world’s first electronic computers) were made. Later, they were used within the codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park during WWII.
North West London has its very own brewery. You can find The Camden Park Brewery in Kentish Town West.
There are more than 30 ponds on Hampstead Heath, but only three are suitable for swimming in. One is for men, one is for women, and one is open to all.