West London is a desirable part of the city - for both businesses and residents. Here you'll find the prestigious areas of Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea, all set within beautiful leafy suburbs.
Key features for businesses include:
- While picturesque, West London has the added benefit of being accessible - it's close to Heathrow Airport
- Cheaper areas to rent include Ealing, Heathrow, Brentford and Uxbridge • Plenty of green spaces to choose from
- A huge range of options for dining out
Kensington and Chelsea
A highly desirable residential area, Kensington and Chelsea are certainly picturesque. They're well-known for their retail offerings, including both high street and designer stores, as well as benefiting from great transport links throughout the city.
In terms of business space, the area is quite varied. It's currently home to businesses such as Five Guys, Jaeger and EasyJet, so if a location that couples quaint buildings with access to a variety of industries is important, Kensington and Chelsea are great places to begin your search.
The area is cycle-friendly, and features 12 tube stations, meaning it's simple to get to destinations across London on the Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, and Piccadilly Lines.
It also boasts plenty of eating and drinking options - particularly on Kings Road and Kensington High Street - so whether you're looking to arrange a formal client dinner or a simple work lunch, there's plenty of choice.
You'll also find the famous Portobello Road Market here, as well as Kensington Gardens, and of course, Kensington Palace. This part of London is certainly an impressive location to set up an office.
Another area of London that features beautiful period properties creating an impressive backdrop to any business, Knightsbridge is particularly popular with those in the insurance and financial service industries.
Transport is also readily accessible here, as is the area's retail and leisure offering. The Knightsbridge tube station provides easy access to the Piccadilly Line and Sloane Square.
In this area, you'll come across some of London's finest dining experiences. Highlights include Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Buddah Bar - Knightsbridge can certainly provide an exceptional dining experience.
It's close to Hyde Park, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, providing plenty of amenities for lunchtimes.
Hammersmith and Fulham
This part of London is increasingly popular due to its proximity to the center. From here, it's simple to access both central and outer London quickly, making it a great choice for business, benefitting from this speedy access while making the most of a cheaper rental price than is found in the center.
The Hammersmith and Fulham areas are home to well-established businesses such as GE, L'Oreal, Disney, Philip Morris and UKTV.
Heathrow Airport is a 20-minute drive away, and the area also benefits from four tube lines: District, Hammersmith and City, Circle and Piccadilly. Hammersmith and Fulham also benefit from excellent retail and dining options, including Poppy's Thai, Bertotti, Suzu and Riverside Studios, as well as being the home of the Hammersmith Apollo.
One of the main benefits to setting up an office space in Chiswick is its proximity to central London.
This part of London features plenty to attract businesses. Leading companies such as OpenBet, Starbucks UK, Absolute Vodka, PepsiCo and CBS News already have a base here, in the award-winning Chiswick Park. The development also includes a great range of retail, leisure and communal facilities for businesses.
Occupiers here can be at Green Park tube station in just over 20 minutes, and at Heathrow Terminal 5 in just under 20.
Despite being so close to the city, Chiswick's center creates a small village feel. It features boutique and designer shops and plenty of pubs and bars.
Chiswick Park also provides plenty of amenities, including activities such as sports, classes for language and yoga, a gym and other entertainment.
Richmond attracts many businesses and residents due to its picturesque setting. It's 15 miles out of the center, and provides its own attractions for both business and leisure. Richmond Park - one of the capital's eight Royal Parks - various other attractions and its proximity to Kew Gardens make Richmond a cultured spot.
Businesses that have set up a hub here include Whole Foods Retail. The area is just a ten-mile drive from Heathrow Airport, as well as providing easy access to the M3 via the A316. Central London can also be accessed by the District Line.
Richmond also has plenty of after-work amenities, including a great choice of pubs and restaurants.
When compared with central London, Ealing provides an attractive rental prospect due to its access to the West End and City with an accompanied cheaper cost. It's the home of the new Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, and is considered to be a rather affluent part of the city.
Notable companies that have a base here include Allied Irish Bank, Red Bee Media and Catalyst Housing. It's just a 22-minute journey to the West End, and an 11-minute tube journey to Bond Street - ideal if accessibility is essential for your business.
As with most of London's suburbs, Ealing features plenty of amenities. Restaurants such as Carluccios, Wagamamas and Cote Brasserie can be found here, as well as convenient cafes such as Pret a Manger and Harris and Hoole.
Notable businesses that have chosen Brentford to base their offices include QVC, Worsley Parsons, CBS News, Sky, GSK, SEGA, Allianz and PepsiCo.
Accessibility is just one of the key features attracting businesses to Brentford. From here, you'll have direct access to the M4, as well as the District and Overground lines.
Brentford is also the home of Gunnersbury Park, and features plenty of amenities that are suitable for both lunch breaks and team meetings. These include notable restaurants such as Café Rouge, Ask, The Botanist and The Orangery, as well as local shops such as Waitrose, Whistles, Marks and Spencers and Paperchase.
Hayes and Heathrow
Access to the city is a key feature of Hayes and Heathrow, as well as being close to the M4, M25 and M3. Heathrow is a popular location with businesses that make use of being close to the airport, such as BP, Cisco, Amadeus, American Airlines, British Airways and Kuwait Airlines.
The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes has proven to be a popular location for the creative industries. This is a good place to start your search if you're looking to be close to companies in the tech industry, such as Sonos and Webfusion.
Bath Road is a key area for access to the airport, and occupiers can make the most of the Heathrow Connect service to travel between the airport and London Paddington, taking just 15 minutes. This area also provides plenty of amenities, as well as hotels and the shopping opportunities in Sovereign Court.
Once complete, the new Elizabeth Line will benefit this area, making it simple to reach both the West End and the City, meaning Bond Street will be just 20 minutes away.
A key feature of Uxbridge is its accessibility from the M40 and M25 motorways, so if travel by car to the rest of the UK is important for your business, this is a good place to begin your search.
The area has become home to well-known companies such as Kraft, Bristol Myers Squibb, Nexen, Amgen, Cadbury, General Mills, Coca-Cola and Xerox. It's just two miles from J1 of the M40, as well as being on the Piccadilly and Metropolitan Lines, connecting Uxbridge with both the city center and Heathrow Airport - a key feature if constant travel is part of your everyday work.
There's an Intu shopping center located in Uxbridge, as well as The Pavillions shopping centre, providing plenty of options for lunch time breaks and eating out.
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