By GEMMA FOORD
What does your office say about you? Are you totally holistic in your outlook – or perhaps you’d like to take your clients on a trip to Wonderland?
There’s nothing identikit about the capital’s best serviced offices. These are spaces that are built to impress – and they all manage to achieve this in a range of different ways. Some offices are even built around an entire ‘theme’ – making them ideal for businesses striving to stand out from the crowd.
Themed serviced offices stick in the mind for all the right reasons – and here are three of London’s best…
How do you breathe new life into a stand-out 1930s-style art deco building? This Whitechapel office shows you what’s possible.
Architects, Morrow & Lorraine, have complemented the existing features of the building in a smart and sympathetic way. In short; they’ve kept it light, they’ve kept it simple – and they’ve carried it off in style.
The Miami-style art-deco palette is set off beautifully against clean white walls, while the original wood-block floors have been spruced up for an added touch of authenticity. The accommodation is suitable for businesses of all sizes, with a healthy mix of meeting rooms, offices, stand-up desks and study zones. A pleasing roof garden is an added bonus.
Why we love it:
For your business, flexible internal partitioning means that you can grow within the space.
For tenants, the space boasts on-site coffee shop. And then of course, there’s the location. For your regular dose of culture, The Whitechapel Gallery is just a stone’s throw away, and if it’s bagels for lunch, Brick Lane is just around the corner.
This corner of London was once a big centre for hat making. You’d be hard pressed to find a hatter in Waterloo these days – mad or otherwise; but in their place are plenty of media and tech startups eager for a home that’s more than a little bit special.
Architects, Peldon Rose clearly had a lot of fun with this creation. The six meeting rooms are each based around a scene from the Lewis Carroll classic, including the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (full of mismatched furniture and grass on the walls and ceilings) and the Queen of Hearts Garden complete with giant playing cards.
From the giant white rabbit in the corridor to the tea pot light fittings, this is an office space that’s designed to delight.
Why we love it:
This is quirkiness with a purpose. The wacky design will certainly leave an impression on your clients, but equally as important is the strong ratio of office-to-communal space. Those memorable meeting rooms are each geared to different needs; perfect for inspiration and collaboration. There’s also a cool onsite cafe and bar.
In this prestigious development , each floor has its own distinct persona. On the ground floor for instance, there’s a distinctly ‘earthy’ theme, with features that include a live silver birch tree in reception, lots of other plant life, bird boxes and tree trunk tables. Head to the upper floor and you are transported to the clouds, where airline seats provide the breakout zone and the galley kitchen features an airline trolley. They even offer spa-style slippers to make you feel truly relaxed as you work.
Why we love it…
As well as offering five unique themes, this building is also extremely well situated – just a few minutes walk from either Oxford Street or Marble Arch Tube. It’s perfect for up-and-coming firms and established company alike.
What will your next office tell the world about your business? For impartial help, explore what’s out there with DeVono.
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