There is so much on offer when you look into renting an office space in London. In fact there are so many offices, serviced office spaces and coworking spaces that just thinking about it can be overwhelming! So, in order for you to get an office that is beautifully presented, as well as matching your preferences for cost, space and style, we've tracked down all the best London office spaces out there and put them together in one place.
It doesn't matter whether you're a fledgling start-up who only need a few desks, a medium-sized business looking to rent an extra floor, or an established company shopping around for a better lease: Zipcube's search engine makes the hunt for a new office as easy as can be. We can find you an office for rent in Parsons Green, a workspace in Shoreditch or an office London's best and brightest will want to work in.
What Do I Need to Decide Before Renting an Office?
- Decide on an upper and lower limit in terms of what you want to pay per month. Once you know how much you want to spend, it will be easier to determine which locations are most suitable.
- Are you looking at an office for rent just for now or for the future? If you're hoping to recruit extra staff in the next year, you might need to find a slightly bigger office rental to give you room to grow.
- The beauty of a London office is that good transport links generally keep commute times sensible, but if you're changing locations it's important to factor in how that might affect journey times for your staff.
- Are you looking for a workspace that's cool and quirky or something a bit more chic and serious? The appearance of your office will say a lot about you as a company, so don't leave interior design decisions to chance.
- If your space needs change, you can always look into hiring some hot desks or book a cheap meeting room for casual use.
Different Options for a Workspace
When you're shopping around for an office space London has no shortage of options. Here are a few suggestions for the type of space you might prefer:
- Traditional office space – these tend to have a reception, private offices and meeting rooms all on the same floor.
- Contemporary office space – preferred by creative agencies and startups, these tend to have high ceilings, large windows and fewer private rooms.
- Coworking spaces – perhaps the most recent development in the world of workspace hire, these are large serviced offices which provide great amenities and the convenience of short-term leases.
What Should I Look For in an Office Space?
- Natural light and potted plants can make a big difference to the atmosphere of your workspace. It's easy to provide the latter yourself, but you'll need to find a bright and airy workspace London's many green-fingered plant fanatics would fall in love with.
- If you find an office for rent and fall in love with it, even though it's much larger than you need – don't despair too quickly. You might be able to sublet or share some of the space with another company. Check the lease of the building beforehand though, to find out whether it's possible.
- If value for money is one of your most important criteria, then try to keep an eye out for an office which has been unoccupied for quite a few months: the longer it lies vacant, the easier it'll be to negotiate a lower price than the one advertised.
- An open plan office is democratic and makes communication easier, but there are advantages to private offices as well. Try reading this article from the Harvard Business Review which discusses the pros and cons of open plan offices.