Liking stuff on the internet. You can thank Facebook for that. Finding out what your aunt did on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. You can thank Facebook for that. Pictures of your mate Jim’s holiday in Magaluf. You guessed it - thank Facebook.
Still, there is no doubting the impact Facebook has had on most people’s lives. And it’s the folk working for the social media giant who are responsible for the new features that keep coming to the platform.
London is home to two Facebook offices, with a third scheduled in 2021. The current spaces are located on Rathbone Place, just off Oxford Street in W1, and Brook Street, close to Warren Street and Euston in NW1.
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The Rathbone Square office is a stone’s throw away from Tottenham Court Road station, which is located on the Central and Northern lines. It’s also set to be part of the Elizabeth Line in the near future. Warren Street and Euston operate on the Northern Line, with the latter also having access to the Victoria Line.
Where to Live if You Work at Facebook
Ealing, W5 (Central Line)
If you find central London prices on the steep side (let’s face it; most of us do), heading further west to Ealing might be a good bet. Ealing Broadway features a stop on the Central Line that goes to Tottenham Court Road in around 25 minutes. The residential area is home to plenty of open spaces, a lively high street full of shops, and a selection of restaurants and bars, including our favourite, Limeyard.
Many families like Ealing for its large Victorian houses, while younger professionals enjoy the five-star amenities at shiny residential developments like Dickens Yard. Expect to pay just under £1,500 for a one-bedroom home in Ealing, £1,900 for a two-bedroom property and around £2,750 for a three-bed.
Camden Town, NW1 (Northern Line)
Get creative in Camden, a town with a thriving arts scene and a history rooted in the punk era. Today, Camden has become so popular that tourists flock to the NW1 postcode from all over the world. In what is a complete contrast to somewhere like Ealing, Camden is full of energy and has a buzzing, 24/7 atmosphere. It’s also within walking distance to the Facebook’s Brook Street office.
Camden Town features a mix of period properties and new developments. Victorian and Georgian houses come at a premium, while converted apartments let for lower prices. There is also the bonus of warehouse conversions. The median rent for a one-bedroom property is just shy of £2,000, a two-bed is £3,000, and a three-bedroom home is just under £6,000, though it’s possible to find three-bed flats for less.
Shepherds Bush, W12 (Central Line)
Over the last 10 years, the West London area of Shepherds Bush has gone from strength to strength. Shoppers will delight at the opportunity to live within close proximity to Westfield, while foodies will find appeal in W12’s eclectic culinary scene. There is also the famous Shepherd’s Bush Market, which has been open since 1914.
Property prices in Shepherds Bush are more affordable than nearby Holland Park. A one-bedroom apartment rents for around £,1400 per month, a two-bedroom home fetches around £1,750, and a three-bedroom property achieves in the region of £2,250. Regeneration will see a further 1,500 homes built in the area over the next few years.
Finsbury Park, N4 (Victoria Line)
Home to one of London’s most understated green spaces, Finsbury Park is a popular postcode with many young professionals. Over the years it has managed to shake its negative reputation and is now home to boutique shops, thriving businesses and excellent transport links. Many popular festivals also take place in Finsbury Park.
Along with the new developments close to the park itself, the N4 postcode has plenty of period properties in the form of Victorian homes and is mostly a residential area. Located on the doorstep of the Emirates Stadium, it’s a popular choice for Arsenal fans. One-bedroom properties fetch around £1,350, two-bed homes achieve in the region of £1,750 and three-bed flats garner £2,350.
Elephant & Castle, SE1 (Northern Line)
The first South London entry on the list is another area that has seen extensive regeneration over the last few years. Many forget just how close Elephant & Castle is located to central London - the SE1 postcode is just two miles to Bank and around 2.5 miles to Tottenham Court Road. Over the last decade, £3bn has been invested in the area.
As a result of so much investment, Elephant & Castle boasts a strong selection of new residential developments, including Strata, one of the tallest residential buildings in London. If you’re thinking of moving to Elephant & Castle, expect to pay around £1,850 a month for a one-bedroom property, £2,420 for a two-bed flat and £3,300 for a three-bed.
Stratford, E15 (Central Line)
The Olympics in 2012 left its legacy on the area of Stratford, with 11,000 new homes set to be constructed over the next 21 years. Excellent transport links mean that you can be in Tottenham Court Road in around 20 minutes, and there is also a Westfield Shopping Centre that is even larger than the one in Shepherds Bush.
When it comes to property, the majority of homes can be found in residential developments, with most of them no more than a few years old. A one-bedroom property in Stratford rents for around £1,350 per month, two-beds achieve just over £1,600, and three-bedroom homes list for around £1,850. East Village is popular with renters.
Clapham, SW4 (Northern Line, Clapham North, Clapham North and Clapham South)
Clapham is a favourite with both single professionals and families, offering plenty of open spaces, quaint restaurants, a lively bar scene and a mixture of high-street chains and independent shops. Clapham Junction train station is one of London’s major transport hubs, while the Northern Line has three stops in Clapham, meaning Facebook workers can be in Tottenham Court Road, Euston or Warren Street in around 15 minutes.
London’s well-connected hotspot has one-bedroom properties renting for just shy of £1,500 per month, two-bedroom homes listed for £1,850 and three-beds in the region of £2,500. Most of the houses come in the form of Victorian and Edwardian buildings with a cluster of Georgian homes, many of which have been converted into apartments.
St Paul’s/Bank, EC3 and EC4
If you have one of the top jobs at Facebook, you might consider the City of London a suitable place to call “home”. While the area is mostly thought of as a place for business, including being the home of London’s banking scene, there are some pretty lavish properties available to rent.
Nearby Moorgate is home to The Heron, one of London’s most glamorous residential developments, while areas around Bank features luxurious apartments with river views over the Thames. A one-bedroom property in the City of London averages £3,150 per month, and a two-bed will set you back just under £7,000.
These areas offer a range of features, including plush properties, open spaces, buzzing atmospheres and much more. But they all have one thing in common: convenience. If you choose to call any of these postcodes your home, you can be sure that a Facebook office will only be a hop and skip away.