London is one of the world’s most exciting cities to work in. From the tech hub in the East, the razzle-dazzle of the West End, the startup spaces in the North, and the emergence of the South, professionals are spoilt for choice when it comes to the coolest and best areas to work in London.
That’s why picking the best destinations is no easy feat. There are many excellent co-working spaces, high-end offices and quirky design studios that inhabit the most vibrant places in the capital. These areas are so cool to work in; you might just find yourself taking an extra 15 minutes on your lunch break.
With that in mind, read on to find out if you’re working in one of London’s coolest postcodes. And even if you’re not, you might find somewhere that is the perfect destination for your next rental home.
Oh, and just for good measure, we'll provide some cons for each area too.
Don’t listen to people who say Old Street is so passe. They’re just jealous because they don’t get to call this lively tech hub their professional home. Silicon Roundabout more or less birthed the tech scene in London, and for that reason it’s still sought after by many in the industry today.
It’s not all about the work, though. Old Street’s proximity to Shoreditch affords professionals easy access to a plethora of funky bars, pop-up restaurants and the trendy Boxpark Shoreditch. Hackney is also nearby and receives an honourable mention as a funky, artistic area to work in.
Looking for cons? Despite the allure of working in Old Street, it's not the most scenic of areas on the eye. There aren't too many green spaces, and you're pretty much left with office and quirky pop-ups.
If you’re thinking about calling the areas of Old Street or Shoreditch your home, expect to pay between £1,200 and over £2,000 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.
We just had to include one of the most important financial hubs in the UK. Everything is so shiny and new in Canary Wharf, that you're in awe of this metropolis of the east. Pioneering skyscrapers peer over the London skyline, while waterfront settings add an aura of tranquillity to the excitement and buzz of E14.
After work, many head to a host of local bars to have a natter about their day and unwind from a hard working week. For those who want to shake a leg, there’s the Capeesh, which is located on the 44th floor of the Pan Peninsula development.
Some people argue Canary Wharf doesn't have a soul and isn't like the rest of London. Still, someone's soulless town is another's shiny, new paradise.
Intrigued by the idea of moving to Canary Wharf? Take a look at the latest E14 rental properties, where you can expect to pay between £1,110 and £1,650 per month for a one-bedroom home.
The West End
Ahhh, the West End. London’s shopping mecca and tourist destination numero uno. If your workplace is located anywhere between Marble Arch and Covent Garden through to Piccadilly and Chancery Lane, expect to have the best of the best at your disposal. Plush offices (often in beautiful period buildings), shopping havens (Selfridges or Bond Street, anyone?), and just about every restaurant you can think of await you in the West End.
The caveat? It's on the go 24/7, which means it's always busy. Prices are a premium to. Even down to the smallest items like a can of Coca-Cola, expect to pay more than you do in other area's of London.
It's one of the priciest places to live in London - average rents can be anything from £1,400 per month to just under £4k for a one-bedroom flat in W1. But if you do end up calling the West End your home, you’ll have everything you need right on your doorstep.
Hammersmith features excellent travel connections, provides professionals with an array of shops and restaurants to discover on their lunch break and after work, and offers spectacular views across the River Thames. There’s a reason why Virgin Media, L’Oreal and Walt Disney all call Hammersmith their home.
It’s chock-a-block with amenities too. From the Hammersmith Apollo to the William Morris Society Museum, Hammersmith offers a great combination of culture, arts and entertainment. There are also a fair few open spaces to relax in.
If you don't live in West London, getting to Hammersmith can be a slight pain. Some Tube journey's f can take well over 40 minutes. Of course, there are much longer routes, so as far as negatives go, this one isn't too bad.
It's not only popular with professionals; the area has caught the imaginations of residents too. There is a great selection of properties, including some with river views. Expect to pay between £1,100 and £1,800 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in the W6 postcode.
It seems like North London is the place where all the cool kids hang out these days (it is the location of Movebubble's HQ, after all), and that’s largely thanks to the regeneration of King’s Cross. If Google is happy to call the area its professional home in London, who are we to argue with them?
Workers in N1C enjoy access to brand-new shops and restaurants. Plus, Paris is only a couple of hours away via St Pancras station. Not to mention the amenities of Angel, which are just a short walk from Kings Cross.
There isn't much to dislike about Kings Cross. Although, if you don't work at Google, we'll forgive you for looking on at their amazing offices and extremely well-paid staff with jealous eyes.
Just like working in King’s Cross, living there will almost certainly mean your home comes in the form of a shiny new development. Rental prices in the area average between £1,250 and £2,000 per month.
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Funky, vibrant, edgy - these are words often used to describe Camden, and they’re the reasons why it’s one of the most fun places to work in London. Enjoy co-working spaces in the form of LABS, Work Life Camden, and the Camden Collective. In 2015, startups in Camden increased by 68 percent.
It’s no surprise that so many startups flock to Camden, although it must be hard to get any work done. There are tons of bars, restaurants and quirky shops to explore. Oh, and let’s not forget one of the area’s biggest draws: Camden Market.
If co-working spaces aren't your thing, you might want to explore alternative areas. That's about it as far as cons go. Well, we tried to be neutral.
The NW1 postcode also features a residential side with close proximity to Regent’s Park and London Zoo. These factors make it appealing for both young professionals and families. Check out the latest Camden rental properties and expect to pay between £1,200 and £2,000 per month for a one-bed.
Southbank is a core business district with great views to boot. Ogilvy & Mather, News UK and Al Jazeera all have offices in the area - the SE1 postcode is a favourite for media outlets and creative companies.
From the Royal Festival Hall to the Southbank Centre, the area is a cultural hub of activity. It’s not hard to see why companies want in on the action - The London Eye, BFI Southbank and Tate Modern all add to the allure of this creative hub.
With so many nearby attractions, Southbank is another area that is always busy and constantly on the go.
Living in and around the SE1 postcode affords excellent travel links in the form of Waterloo, London Bridge and Vauxhall, while residents also enjoy river views galore. Expect to pay between £1,300 and £1,900 for a one-bedroom SE1 rental property.
The recent regeneration in Croydon means exciting times for locals and those who work in the area. It was recently billed as the Silicon Valley of South London, drawing techies and creatives thanks to new co-working spaces and affordable commercial rents.
It’s not just the professionals of Croydon who are benefiting, though. A Croydon Boxpark opened in 2016, while a Westfield Shopping Centre is scheduled to open in the near future. Throw in a host of new residential developments, and you understand why Croydon is the Shoreditch of the south.
It's all well and good to be an up-and-coming area, but Croydon's lack of tube certainly loses it one point. Although, to be fair, for South London areas, Croydon is well connected. It has several train services and a tram service.
Rental prices for a one-bedroom property in Croydon cost between £600 and £950 per month, which is considerably lower than the other areas on our list. Take a look at the latest rental properties in the CR postcode.
Here is a roundup of the coolest and best areas to work in London:
- Old Street/Shoreditch
- Canary Wharf
- The West End
- Kings Cross
From the grand scale of the West End to the funky vibes of Camden, it's clear to see that London offers some of the best areas to work in the world. Do you work in one of the great postcodes we’ve covered? Or are there any areas you think we’ve missed out? Let us know in the comments below.