The Best Locations in London to Set up a Remote Working Office

17 Aug 2020
As working from home measures continue to grow in popularity across London amongst the coronavirus pandemic, it’s difficult to imagine what the capital’s busy office spaces will look like in the future. A new study released by the Office for National Statistics revealed that 57.2% of employees in London have worked from home during April to June in 2020, and with thousands of businesses implementing permanent remote working policies, this figure is only set to increase.
For thousands of Londoners, the benefits of working remotely are clear, but what about those who work more productively within an office environment? 
In this study, Capital on Tap has revealed the best London boroughs to set up a remote working office to save money on the hefty expenses of the usually spacious office space, as well as office locations that offer safe spaces for employees to reconnect.
The study takes into account a variety of factors including the cost of office space, the distance from London borough to the closest tube station, the average number of employees as well as other factors such as the number of bars and parks. 

 

The Top London Boroughs to Set up a Remote Working Office

Rank
London Borough
Min cost of office space (per sq ft.)
Min monthly cost of office space 
Walking distance to closest tube station from borough centre (km)
Average commute time in each borough (mins)
Number of employees / employee density
Number of parks & green spaces
Number of bars around area
1
Richmond Upon Thames
£24.72
£103.00
0.32
27
108,600
135
500
2
Kensington and Chelsea
£18.00
£75.00
1.28
26
72,100
30
41
3
Islington
£11.76
£98.00
0.32
29
141,100
91
82
4
Brent
£19.68
£164.00
0.96
45
165,400
89
2,545
5
Westminster
£24.72
£103.00
0.32
28
127,100
80
49
6
Hounslow
£18.00
£75.00
1.93
42
135,900
88
479
7
Camden
£7.20
£60.00
0.8
30
135,900
12
123
8
Waltham Forest
£9.00
£75.00
0.96
40
144,800
25
817
9
Tower Hamlets
£24.72
£103.00
0.8
36
170,200
120
74
10
Bexley
£15.60
£65.00
2.09
59
122,400
111
155
11
Ealing
£18.00
£75.00
2.57
43
165,800
59
923
12
Croydon
£24.72
£103.00
0.64
38
198,500
121
34
13
Hackney
£23.52
£98.00
0.32
35
150,800
39
150
14
Barnet
£21.48
£179.00
1.28
42
203,600
159
161
15
Southwark
£24.72
£103.00
1.77
32
184,900
79
85
16
Sutton
£11.82
£197.00
6.59
31
107,000
32
182
17
Hammersmith
£20.40
£85.00
0.64
49
98,300
9
23
18
Enfield
£24.72
£103.00
0.08
37
151,000
24
124
19
Havering
£34.80
£145.00
2.09
38
126,700
41
315
20
Harrow
£24.72
£103.00
0.8
48
112,900
22
137
21
Lambeth
£19.20
£80.00
1.12
31
195,000
25
65
22
Hillingdon
£12.00
£100.00
3.37
51
148,200
53
347
23
Greenwich
£28.98
£157.00
4.6
35
153,600
56
37
24
Bromley
£24.72
£103.00
15.1
36
171,300
128
449
25
Redbridge
£23.16
£193.00
0.64
41
148,800
9
486
26
Merton
£17.88
£149.00
1.6
62
114,400
53
43
27
Wandsworth
£13.44
£112.00
1.6
41
198,100
32
66
28
Lewisham
£24.72
£103.00
2.89
44
174,300
42
25
29
Haringey
£40.34
£400.00
0.64
41
155,400
34
1,159
30
Barking and Dagenham
£33.92
£424.00
6.4
39
98,400
24
110
31
Newham
£59.76
£249.00
1.28
43
182,400
33
35
32
Kingston Upon Thames
£78.00
£325.00
8.52
40
96,200
31
45

 

Richmond Upon Thames Revealed as the Best London Borough For A Remote Working Office

With its high number of parks and pubs combined with reasonable office space costs, Richmond Upon Thames ranks as the best London borough to set up a remote working office. With prices starting at £24.72 per square ft for office space, and with an average commute time for employees currently within the borough at just 27 minutes, the location boasts easy accessibility for both businesses and employees.
On top of this, the nearest tube station on average is just a short 320m walk away, and with over 135 parks and green spaces and 500 bars around the area, it’s easy to see why Richmond Upon Thames proves to be the perfect location in London to set up a remote working office. 
According to our research, Kingston Upon Thames ranks as the worst borough to set up a remote office due to its extortionately high monthly minimum office space costs (£325), distance to the nearest tube station. With only 31 parks and green spaces and 45 bars within the area, research also shows it to be one of the least sociable boroughs. 

 

The Top 15 London Boroughs for Cheapest Remote Working Offices 

Rank
London Borough
Min Cost of office space (£ per sq ft.)
Min cost of office space  per month (£)
1
Camden
£7.20
£60.00
2
Waltham Forest
£9.00
£75.00
3
Islington
£11.76
£98.00
4
Sutton
£11.82
£197.00
5
Hillingdon
£12.00
£100.00
6
Wandsworth
£13.44
£112.00
7
Bexley
£15.60
£65.00
8
Merton
£17.88
£149.00
9
Kensington and Chelsea
£18.00
£75.00
10
Hounslow
£18.00
£75.00
11
Ealing
£18.00
£75.00
12
Lambeth
£19.20
£80.00
13
Brent
£19.68
£164.00
14
Hammersmith
£20.40
£85.00
15
Barnet
£21.48
£179.00

 

 

Camden Ranks as the Cheapest Borough in London to Rent an Office Space

With office spaces costing just £7.20 per square ft, Camden is ranked as the cheapest London borough to set up a remote working office. With the average commute time of residents living in the borough being just 30 minutes, it paves the way for a very accessible area to work in. Waltham Forest follows Camden, ranking second with office spaces starting from only £9.00 per square ft, and with a monthly office cost of £75, it becomes a very affordable space for workers in London. 

 

The Top 15 London Boroughs for Green Space and Social Interaction

Rank
London borough
No. of parks and green space
No. of bars
1
Barnet
159
161
2
Richmond Upon Thames
135
500
3
Bromley
128
449
4
Croydon
121
34
5
Tower Hamlets
120
74
6
Bexley
111
155
7
Islington
91
82
8
Brent
89
2,545
9
Hounslow
88
479
10
Westminster
80
49
11
Southwark
79
85
12
Ealing
59
923
13
Greenwich
56
37
14
Hillingdon
53
347
15
Merton
53
43

 

Barnet Ranks as the Best Location for Office Green Space and Social Interaction 

If it’s open spaces and a great post-work social life that you’re prioritising, Barnet ranks highest with the best ratio of parks to bars at 159 parks and green spaces and 161 bars. With the highest number of employees out of all London boroughs, you can be sure it’ll be a busy and atmospheric area after working hours. Richmond Upon Thames follows Barnet in the number two position with 135 parks and green spaces and over 500 bars!

 

Sources and Methodology

To calculate the best London boroughs to set up a remote working office, Capital on Tap analysed seven cost and lifestyle factors to produce an overall rank. For factors such as cost, a number of employees, walking distance to the closest tube station and average commuting time, the lower the result, the better rank. For the number of green parks and bars, the higher the result, the better the rank. These ranks were then averaged out to create the final order of boroughs.
Written by: Capital on Tap
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