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London. Over 8 million people, and a trove of distinctive neighbourhoods, shops, restaurants and culture. But, no two places are quite the same. One minute you’re in Chinatown, the next you’re in Leicester Square surrounded by bright lights and the arts. That really is the beauty of our city.
The same can be said for our Fora workspaces, which all complement the area in which they are positioned. Coworking in London can be whatever you want it to be (and wherever you want it to be). Let’s guide you through the core locations you should consider when searching for your next workspace.
Fitzrovia and Soho
There’s more to Soho than bars and restaurants, but there are certainly a few standout joints that make the neighbourhood an awesome office base. In amongst the independent bookstores and media publishing houses, you’ll find the unforgettable Bao (on Windmill St and Lexington St) and the old faithful Dishoom. Looking for more of an evening vibe? La Bodega Negra. But don’t be fooled by the suspicious exterior, beneath the neon lights lies a quality Mexican restaurant.
It’s safe to say that getting some eating (and drinking) done in Soho and Fitzrovia is a given, but if we trace back to the areas’ roots, we see the neighbourhoods have always inspired creativity. Notable residents over the years include the writers Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw, and still today, Soho is a major creative industry hub. Nestled between Warren Street (Northern and Victoria Line), Euston (Overground and Tube), Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) and the iconic Oxford Circus (served by three tube lines), travel is never going to be an issue here. Fitzrovia and Soho make the perfect vantage point to navigate all corners of the city.
Look beyond the industrial landmarks and the rich history, and you’ll see a hub of creativity and artistic expression. The 18th-century Christ Church Spitalfields hosts a range of concerts and art exhibitions, and Old Truman Brewery is for you if you’re in pursuit of a pop-up exhibition, a game of golf or an artisan fair.
Spitalfields is the location that certainly brightens up lunchtime. Goodbye supermarket meal deal, bring on the vendors of Old Spitalfields Market and surrounding streets. Particular standouts are Dumpling Shack, Yum Bun and Jollof Box. There’s also the likes of oyster specialist Wright Brothers for when you’re feeling that bit more fancy. Once you’ve demolished all the food, there is still more to experience. Steeped in history and the gateway to Shoreditch and Brick Lane. The passageway to the best curries, vintage shops and artwork lined streets. Find the time to admire the history and the meeting of old and new that has sparked much inspiration over the years. As working hours come to a close, this is an area that continues to thrive through the night, making it a great place to work and socialise. Stuck for ideas? You can always count on new trattoria Gloria, its exquisite interiors and dishes are the talk of the town. They even serve select pastas in a cheese wheel. What’s not to like? Nearest stations are Liverpool Street (Four tube lines and Overgound), Shoreditch High Street (Overground), Moorgate (Northern Line) and Aldgate East (District Line and Hammersmith and City).
There are more creative businesses and architects per square mile here than anywhere else on the planet. You can’t argue with that. Amongst the independent eateries of Exmouth Market, unique design stores and galleries, a wealth of tech businesses also call Clerkenwell home.
The community fosters unique artistic talent, celebrated during Clerkenwell Design Week which runs from 21-23 May this year. It acts as a great showcase of leading UK and international designers and brands. The event features an incredibly impressive variety of exhibitions and installations, some of which Fora will be hosting this year. The week provides a unique opportunity to get inspired, see craft from near (and far) and general celebrate great design. Performance broadens out to cover international dance here too. The Sadler’s Wells Theatre on Roseberry Avenue is one of the best contemporary dance venues in the world and attracts more than half a million people to shows each year. The area is well served by bus, tube and train. You can pick from Farringdon (Overground and Tube), Angel (Northern Line), Old Street (Northern Line) and Kings Cross (Overground and Tube) amongst others. Choosing the location of your new office space is no easy job, but Fora have hand selected and crafted ours in spots with the best transport links, local amenities and nearby inspiration. Explore all of our workspaces and get a step closer to securing your new coworking office here. Whichever you choose, you’ll be in a neighbourhood that has a strong sense of identity, and open arms to welcome you and your team.