Deciding where to base your business is not always an easy task.
A whole host of factors need to be considered, some of which may not be immediately premeditated. From crazy golf to champagne at The Gherkin, here we take a look at (a far from exhaustive) list of the many benefits of choosing serviced offices in St Mary Axe.
Why choose serviced offices in St Mary Axe? - Location
The highlight of having serviced offices in St Mary Axe is definitely the location. 30 St Mary Axe (aka The Gherkin) is at the heart of London’s modern financial district. It was designed by Norman Foster for the global reinsurance company Swiss Re who had the building commissioned for them as the head office for their UK operation. Many financial service companies have also moved into 30 St Mary Axe, such as Pearson Jones and Scottish Mutual Pep & ISA Managers Limited. Being just a stone’s throw away from St Paul’s and Bank, there are also serviced offices in the Leadenhall Street area near Lloyds of London, as well as serviced offices in Bevis Marks with clients the likes of IPS Group ltd. These are examples of the many financial companies based in the area.
Away from Canary Wharf, The City is the top location for insurance and other financial related services companies such as Aviva plc. This district has become accustomed to some iconic modern buildings such as 20 Fenchurch Street (aka The Walkie Talkie) and 122 Leadenhall Street (aka The Cheese Grater). As a prestigious address, St Mary Axe has attracted investors from overseas to buy into the area with The Gherkin being sold to a Brazilian Billionaire for £700m in 2014 and the more recent sale of the Walkie Talkie in 2017 for a staggering £1.3bn to a firm based in Hong Kong. The area is in high demand and has several new buildings due for completion in the next couple of years. If you want to find out more on who owns London, read our blog on “Who owns London’s Iconic Landmarks?”
Why choose serviced offices in St Mary Axe? - Central Location
Perhaps one of the most important factors in determining where to base your business is ensuring it is located in an accessible area for both your employees and your clients. Serviced offices in St Mary Axe are at the heart of The City of London, providing great transport links from in and around the capital. There are a whopping 9 stations, with 7 different underground lines, and national rail at your disposal. From the closest (5 minute walk) to the farthest (10 minute walk) these stations include Aldgate, Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street, Bank/Monument, Aldgate East, Tower Hill, Moorgate and Cannon Street, with a further 4 stations a very short bus ride away. One of London’s top visitor sites, London Town provides a greatly detailed description on how to get to your serviced offices in St Mary Axe.
Why choose serviced offices in St Mary Axe? - Dining
Ensuring you have a place to take your clients to wine and dine is at the top of the list for most businesses, and having serviced offices in St Mary Axe is the perfect location to do this. Most serviced offices house their own coffee shop or kitchen, however, should you wish to stretch your legs or take your staff out for some team bonding, St Mary Axe is surrounded by an array of establishments catering for everyone. From Searcy’s at The Gherkin to spices down Brick Lane, the world famous Tripadvisor presents a detailed look at what is available and why choosing serviced offices in St Mary Axe caters to all your dining needs!
Why choose serviced offices in St Mary Axe? - Shopping
Famous for housing The Gherkin, St Mary Axe is at the heart of one of London’s business hubs, surrounded by an array of bars, pubs and restaurants. What is not always considered, is the proximity to which having serviced offices in St Mary Axe are to some famous shopping locations. These include Old Spitalfields Market and Leadenhall Market, both of which host an assortment of retailers as well as traditional food market stalls for meat, fish and dairy. One of London’s top visitors site London Town provides an extensive list of the shops and markets that can be found nearby
Why choose serviced offices in St Mary Axe? - Entertainment
Having serviced offices in St Mary Axe provides you with an array of activities that only true Londoner’s will know of. One such activity is the selection of two crazy golf establishments - Swingers, located right next to The Gherkin, and Junkyard Golf down Brick Lane. This provides fantastic opportunity to host team bonding sessions or perhaps even entertain clients should they *ahem* swing that way. However should you prefer something more private, there is an exclusive crazy golf course on the roof of one of the serviced offices in St Mary Axe!
These new buildings due for completion will continue to extend The City’s reach, with views which 10 - 20 years ago only big corporations could ask for.
Nowadays, these spaces and all the perks that come with them-including the prestigious address and views are available to everyone. Serviced offices in St Mary Axe and the surrounding areas offer leases for co-working space, catering for one person start-ups to 10+ people businesses. Take for example The Shard, licenses start at around £1000 per desk per month, proving that you can have an office in a landmark building with a view second to none in London. Demand for coworking space is on the rise thanks to their ability to provide greater productivity through high morale and employee flexibility. Serviced office providers also have floors in the iconic buildings mentioned above such as 20 Fenchurch Street and 122 Leadenhall Street.
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