South London is an up-and-coming region for businesses that want in on the action of Central London, without the renting costs of the West End. Offering cheaper office rents than most other areas in the capital, this region of London is distinguished by its strong labor force.
The key features for businesses in South London include:
- Variety of occupiers due to highly-skilled work force
- Considerably cheaper office rents than the rest of London
- Apple set to arrive at Nine Elms, Battersea Power Station in 2021
- Technology and media industries expected to follow Apple’s lead
- Superb rail links into Central London as well as London Gatwick Airport
Battersea, Vauxhall and Nine Elms
The Southbank area of London is currently home to a growing portion of art and cultural-related businesses, but over the coming years technology and media-facing companies are expected to be joining them.
While smaller occupiers and some larger government headquarters, for example the new US Embassy, have also called this district home, Apple taking approximately 500,000 sq ft for their new campus at Battersea Power station from 2021 onwards is likely to prove a catalyst in other high profile tech-based businesses arriving too.
This region is excellently connected to Central London and the South West by rail, with Vauxhall and London Waterloo providing Overground services. That said, methods of getting both to and from work are plentiful and varied with regular bus services, Thames Clipper boat services and the district’s cycle superhighway ensuring office workers can suit themselves.
As an area scheduled to undergo its own Stratford-scale regeneration efforts in the near future, a greater selection of cosmopolitan restaurants and bars are a few years away. Nevertheless, Battersea Barge and The Nine Elms Tavern are some of the best-loved social spots already flourishing in the area.
Other places to unwind after a day at work include watching cricket at The Oval as well as ambling through Battersea Park, which is spread over 200 acres with superb views across the Thames.
One of Europe’s most prominent commercial hotspots, Croydon continues to draw in a variety of occupiers who benefit from great value office rents compared to Central London.
The town is characterized by its strong labor force and businesses that belong to an increasing spectrum, including the engineering, finance and insurance sectors. With names such as HMRC, AECOM, Mott Mcdonald, Allianz Global Assistance and Goldman Sachs established in the area, like-minded smaller organizations will be in stellar company.
Under 20 minutes to London Victoria by Overground rail, Croydon is excellently linked to Central London and connecting services to London Gatwick Airport - ideal for client networking and meetings abroad.
This is not forgetting the £1.4 billion overhaul of the Whitgift Shopping Centre, with Westfield and Hammerson helping forge one of London’s premier retail experiences, bringing with it a greater selection of lunch and dinner spots.
The region is constantly developing, with the multi-million pound Ruskin Square development containing 1.25 million sq ft of office space and 625 new homes, underpinning the theme of regeneration.
Home to one of the capital’s most highly-skilled talent pools, the affluent Southwest London suburb of Wimbledon is already home to several well-known organizations across a diverse spectrum.
From asset management organizations such as Close Brothers to software and technology developers like Eidos, the district is incredibly versatile with Lidl and Unibet having also found a home here. The wide variety of businesses makes the area an appealing prospect for related agencies.
Excellently connected to a wide variety of suburbs across Greater London via the District Line, it only takes 12 minutes to reach London Waterloo by rail while connections to both London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports sit close by.
Amenities in Wimbledon are as plentiful as they are diverse, with the Wimbledon Village retail precinct, Wimbledon Common and New Wimbledon Theatre representing just three spots to spend your time outside of work.
Only a short hop from the City and West End via bus or Underground, Brixton is another increasingly popular destination for those seeking more affordable office rents.
A joint terminus that not only serves the East Coast Main Line but also the European continent via Eurostar, it is preferably situated.
From a social perspective, Brixton is an incredibly diverse region of London that is revered on the circuit for its range of trendy eateries such as Franco Manca and Boqueria. Pop Brixton is another wholly unique experience with this temporary community of food stalls housed within shipping containers.
Barrio Brixton, Shrub and Shutter, and Naughty Piglets represent some of the most popular drinking establishments in the region, while the O2 Academy attracts some of the world’s biggest musical acts all year round.
Located at the southernmost end of the Victoria Line - which is a fantastic artery throughout Central London Oxford Circus, Warren Street etc - the line also passes through King’s Cross St. Pancras.
A short 15-minute car or rail journey from Brixton sits Clapham – another fantastic location for cheaper office rents by London standards.
An affluent region at large, the area is well-known due to the renowned Clapham Junction terminus - the busiest in the UK by rail traffic. This is no bad thing however, with plenty of services both into Central London, South London and the southwest of England. Clapham high street is also serviced by the Overground, providing quick links to the rest of London.
Elsewhere, the district is also served by Clapham South, Clapham North and Clapham Common stations that all sit on the Northern Line, providing excellent localized access to a range of office space locations. Naturally, there are plenty of bus connections here too.
Out of work hours, relax at reasonably priced restaurants such as Hache, Dairy, Trinity and Tsunami. For midweek or weekend drinks, The Windmill and No. 32 The Old Town are some of the best pubs in the surrounding area.
Popular outings close by include Clapham Common, a peaceful green space of 220 acres while the Clapham Picturehouse is one of the capital’s leading independent cinemas.
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