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.

Remote working in London

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. 

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

 

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, we 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.