As London’s smallest borough, Kensington and Chelsea may not be the most obvious location for office space. But there’s good reason it’s home to 18,000 businesses and more than 120,000 jobs, as well as 159,000 residents – the area is rich in culture, has plenty to offer out-of-hours and is well connected to both the city and suburbs.
With buildings varying from the huge traditional Georgian terraces of High Street Kensington to the cutting-edge office blocks in Ladbroke Grove, there’s space – and kinds of communities – to suit all types of business needs, big or small.
What’s more, the area also enjoys close proximity to other key areas of the capital via the Circle and District lines, while Heathrow Airport is within a 30-minute drive down the M4 – handy for those often jetting off on business
Hedge fund managers Marshall Wace moved their head offices from Charing Cross to a 43,000 square foot premises on Sloane Square in 2016, while Warner Music UK renovated their ‘HQ Music House’ in 2015, turning the six properties they had on Wright’s Lane into three massive spaces.
Kensington and Chelsea has just 2.9 million square foot of office stock, making it the smallest West End submarket
In the area…
Learn something new at the adult-only Science Museum Lates on the last Wednesday of every month. With themes exploring everything from climate change to big data and moon landings, attendees can enjoy regular highlights including live music, a silent disco and even cocktails and hot dogs in addition to their newly acquired knowledge.
On the sunnier days, have lunch al fresco in Holland Park. Dotted with various statues, wildlife and gardens (we recommend a stroll through the Japanese garden), the park offers a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life. You may even spot a peacock strolling around.
To unwind after work, look no further than the historic live music venue Troubador. In addition to nightly music and events, the venue offers a slice of history, having been established in 1954 as part of the second great London coffee revolution. And with performers taking to the same stage as the likes of Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Ed Sheeran, you may spot the next big name in music, first.
Take a stroll along King’s Road during your lunch break to discover why Chelsea has long been considered the epicentre of British social culture. Stretching from Sloane Square to World’s End, the road’s delights are both obvious and secretive. Wander behind the Peter Jones store on Sloane Square to see a world of local produce unravel before you, before heading to Old Church Street to dine at the Insta-friendly Bluebird Restaurant.
Designer dining – Jasper Conran’s Bluebird
Bluebird Restaurant – where food and furniture uplifts the mood
Feed your mind – Science Museum Lates
Kensington Palace Gardens
An area with historic charm
And beautiful mansion blocks
And some of London’s finest addresses
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Want to see what the wider neighborhood has to offer? Why not read our guides for the nearby areas.