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The top London boroughs to set up a remote working office ranked

by LLP Reporter
20th Aug 20 10:48 am

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.

For thousands of Londoners, the benefits of working remotely are clear but what about those who work more productively within an office environment?

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 to set up 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 an 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.

Kingston Upon Thames revealed as the worst London borough 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 just £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 good 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

In order to calculate the best London boroughs to set up a remote working office we analysed 7 cost and lifestyle factors to produce an overall rank. For factors such as cost, 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.

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