The key features for start-ups, as well as small and large businesses include:
- Places such as Camden offer a quirkier and less corporate working environment
- Areas such as Wembley and Watford benefit from less expensive spaces, while providing easy access to Central London
- Prominent music scene in both Camden and Watford
Camden actually covers a large area, and even includes the established King’s Cross market. Camden is especially known for being a trendy area of London where many start-ups thrive. It is certainly a vibrant location, and is well-known for its famous market. It also has a huge music scene and is the home of the Roundhouse and Koko.
Camden's vibrant fusion of cultures makes for a richly colorful food community. Even within a half-mile radius of Plender St there’s a vast range of culinary options on offer. Highlights include Andy’s Taverna for the real Greek deal, Falla and Mocaer for top-notch coffee and The Blues Kitchen for a heady mix of beer, BBQ and blues music.
There are various redevelopments that are ongoing in this area, for example the Camden Council’s Community Investment Programme – a 15-year plan to invest money in schools, homes and community facilities. This will be great not just for the local community, but will also help draw businesses to the area with the additional green spaces, community facilities and apprenticeships for local people.
Its quirky culture makes it an ideal place for tech and creative companies. It can be accessed by the Northern Line, which provides good links to Euston, providing easy access to the North West of England. It is also near to Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, which provides a great spot to unwind on a lunch hour.
Islington has a fascinating and diverse history with plenty of green places and leafy Georgian squares. It has a vibrant nightlife with a wide array of bars and restaurants to choose from, for example, Ottolenghi, the Galley and Island Queen. Along Upper Street, there are various boutique shops and independent cafes, perfect for a spot of lunch and a stroll. The upcoming development, Islington Square, will also bring an additional selection of restaurants, cafes and shops to the area.
Additionally, Islington has a wide variety of transportation services, with access to both the Overground and Underground, making it easy to reach the City and the West End. Angel Tube station is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line and its Zone 1 location means it’s only three minutes to Kings Cross and five minutes to Bank.
From Highbury and Islington station, Oxford Circus can be reached in just seven minutes on the Victoria Line, while the Overground provides excellent connections to Clapham Junction, New Cross, Canada Water, Shoreditch and Stratford.
Wembley is a large area northwest of London. It's home to both Wembley arena and Wembley Stadium, attracting a considerable amount of people to the area.
Europe’s biggest regeneration project is taking place here with plans to redevelop Wembley Park to provide a mix of new homes, venues, shops and one million sq ft of workspaces.
Wembley has various stations, providing excellent transport links across London and the rest of the UK. Wembley Central Station provides access to the Bakerloo line, Southern, London Midland and Watford DC line. Wembley Park is on the Jubilee line and Metropolitan line and the stadium station has access to Chiltern Railways.
Significant investment in regeneration is taking place in Wembley, which will continue to draw in businesses to the area.
Watford is a major center approximately 20 miles north-west of central London. Watford has plenty to offer, with a great range of bars, restaurants and cafes. It is also home to Watford FC football club, as well as a library, museum and two cinemas. There are plenty of green spaces too, with Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve, Cheslyn Gardens, and Garston Park nearby.
Watford benefits from excellent communication links; it is close to both the M25, M1 and Central London can be reached by rail in just 16 minutes. Heathrow is accessible by car in approximately 31 minutes and central London in 45 minutes.
Nearly half of Watford’s population is employed within the financial and business services sector, making it a great place to be if you are working within that industry. It also has a strong retail presence with large companies such as, TK Maxx, Costco and Mothercare having their UK HQ here.
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