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Choosing a London Serviced Office – Central or Suburban?


London has the largest choice of serviced office space available to rent within the UK and the diverse locations on offer across the capital ensure even the most specific space requirements can be met.

The first choice many clients seeking office space in London need to consider is whether to base their business in the centre of town or out towards the suburbs. Both options have their own benefits and drawbacks which are outlined below:

Central London

  • Choice of prestigious business addresses available e.g. The Gherkin and Canary Wharf
  • Wider choice of different settings to choose from – whether it be Grade II listed buildings right through to the very modern complex
  • Convenient for clients and suppliers (depending on your industry of course)
  • Excellent public transport links across the West End and City
  • Office rental rates are higher when compared to similar space on the outskirts of the capital
  • Intense competition for the most sought after office spaces can lead to increased lead times
  • Access into Central London can be difficult by road - and not forgetting the Congestion Charge
Suburban London

  • Rental prices are much more affordable compared to those in the centre
  • Option to rent space on dedicated business parks
  • More viable options available for those clients with larger serviced office space requirements
  • Easier access to the office by road when compared to Central London
  • Option to rent offices close to the capital’s airports e.g. office space near Heathrow Airport and offices near Gatwick Airport
  • Greater London business addresses sometimes lack the prestige that their Central London counterparts enjoy
  • Lack of suitable choice for clients seeking an office in certain parts of Greater London
  • Not ideal for staff and clients based on the other side of town

Once you have made your decision on your office location, you are halfway there to selecting the perfect office for your business.

Abbey Business Centres operate four business centres across Central London – St Paul’s, Canary Wharf, The Gherkin and Victoria – as well as their serviced office space near Heathrow Airport.

To find out more about choosing the right London office space location for your business or to arrange a viewing of any of our London business centres, call 0800 634 6346 today or email

Alternatively, calculate how much London serviced office space you may need online