There’s much more to Covent Garden than tourists, mime artists and the opera. This is a thriving commercial and creative hub, encapsulating the best of the west and offering a honeypot location for businesses of all types.
If it’s time to relocate, here’s why a WC2 postcode is worth serious consideration…
1. YOUR’E IN GOOD COMPANY
There’s a long tradition of publishers, PR, ad agencies and other creative industries gravitating towards Covent Garden. But that’s not the whole story. You’ll also find a considerable contingent of financial services, niche law firms, accountants, recruitment specialists among many others who are drawn here. Tech is well represented too: when Facebook touched down in the UK, its first location was an enviable studio on Earlham Street. When it was time for Facebook to move on, the space was taken over by King Games of Candy Crush fame.
2. YOUR’E SPOILED FOR CHOICE IN TERMS OF PROPERTY TYPES
From smart Georgian-fronted first floor offices on the likes of Henrietta and Bedford Street to more modern properties on The Strand and Long Acre, Covent Garden offers an eclectic mix of properties suitable for startups and big corporates alike.
3. A COST EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO THE WEST END AND THE CITY
For a good value offering that very often beats its neighbours to the west and east, Covent Garden has a lot to recommend it. What’s more, with the current climate presenting a buyer’s market, the right guidance can go a long way in helping you find the best Covent Garden property arrangements.
4. A SMART HALFWAY POINT BETWEEN SOHO AND CHANCERY LANE
For providers of professional services – and especially if those services are geared towards the creative industries – Covent Garden makes great strategic sense. For an up and coming business that provides intellectual property legal advice for instance, a Covent Garden office could place you right among your core client base, while still being within easy reach of Chancery Lane.
5. A BOUTIQUE FEEL
From the piazza itself through to the streets surrounding it, the unique character of Covent Garden is thanks in large part to the ever-growing range of independent businesses that flourish within it. This is a fantastic base for an SME looking to carve out a unique identity.
6. INSTANT CLIENT RECOGNITION
Covent Garden is one of those universally familiar areas that immediately rings bells with clients for all the right reasons. If those clients are staying over, there are plenty of options available within walking distance, with the Amba just above Charing Cross Station – and perhaps even The Savoy providing two notable examples among many more.
7. UNRIVALLED CLIENT ENTERTAINMENT
Theatreland, the opera, countless bars and restaurants: whether clients are amusing themselves or being wined and dined by the firm, there are few better locations for it.
8. EXTREMELY WELL CONNECTED
Covent Garden, Holborn, Leicester Square and Embankment are all within easy walking distance. The same goes for Charing Cross overground, served by trains linking the West End to London Bridge, South East London and Kent.
9. A TEMPTING STOCK OF SERVICED OFFICES
If Covent Garden is top of your wish list, a serviced offering could be the most cost-effective way to get there – without being tied to a long-term commitment. As a taster, 90 Long Acre is one of the most iconic corporate properties in the area – and also happens to include a generous portion of flexible space. This comes complete with private meeting rooms, on-site catering, free parking and everything else a demanding business requires.
10. YOUR EMPLOYEES WILL LOVE IT!
You love Covent Garden – just not on a Saturday. Working here gives you the chance to get the best of this area; to browse the boutiques when it’s still bustling, but not manic, for instance.
Want to find out our suggestions for the best places for lunch or an after-work pint? For the full lowdown on this unique part of London, download our Covent Garden area guide.