Nestled in the heart of Westminster and named after Victoria Station, one of London's most significant transport hubs, Victoria SW1 is a notable district of our Capital city, buoyed by an incredibly rich history. But, what can you expect from an office space in Victoria? Let's find out in our latest guide to the area.
With Buckingham Palace literally the first sight that appears on exiting the sprawling station, it quickly becomes apparent that Victoria is one of the key places to be. You'll find everything you need, whether you're there for work, or looking to enjoy some of London's very finest places to eat, drink, rest or shop.
Situated east of Belgravia, Victoria is something of a petite area in itself. Still, it certainly rubs shoulders with a line-up of very impressive neighbours, including some notable business ones. Google UK and the Telegraph are headquartered here and, as a result, an array of commercial retail centres have sprung up. Local amenities serve the workforces well with a vast choice of shopping opportunities, as well as dining options offering everything from healthy fast food to Michelin-starred establishments.
An interesting history
Victoria once formed part of the St George Hanover Square parish and housed an extensive brewery from the 17th century, right up to its demolition in the 1950s.
Unnoticed for some time and considered just an in-between space connecting the affluent areas of Belgravia and Knightsbridge, Victoria's reputation was finally transformed when the railway station was built in 1860. With the existing London stations failing to provide much-desired routes to south coast seaside resorts, London Victoria quickly became a popular transport centre, especially following the merger in 1920 of what had for 60 years effectively been two stations split by competing rail companies.
Victoria Station… and beyond
Dating back to the 1860s and formerly known as the 'Grosvenor Terminus', having been constructed on the site of the Grosvenor Canal basin, Victoria Station was eventually named after the nearby Victoria Street, which in turn took its moniker from Queen Victoria.
The now-sprawling 19-platform station has developed considerably over the years. It is home to Victoria Place, a thriving complex sporting a host of popular retail brands and a variety of well-known eateries. But shopping and dining are of course just an added bonus, as the station is what makes Victoria is one of the best-served locations in the Capital.
Canterbury, Brighton, Guildford and Epsom are all accessible via Victoria's mainline services, as are many of the popular coastal resorts of England's south coast, such as Eastbourne. The Gatwick Express ferries passengers to the airport within just 30 minutes.
Also running from Victoria Station are the London Underground Victoria, District and Circle lines, making this station a truly ultra-connected hub. And if that wasn't enough, Victoria Coach Station is served by numerous coach operators providing access to cities across the UK and into Europe, from Edinburgh to Exeter and Amsterdam.
Outside of Victoria Station, the district itself is incredibly well-connected, with a number of London Underground stations scattered throughout the area:
- Green Park - Piccadilly, Victoria, Jubilee Lines
- Piccadilly - Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines
- Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner – Piccadilly Line
- St James's Park - District, Circle Lines
- Westminster - Jubilee, District, Circle Lines
- Sloane Square - District, Circle Lines
So much to do around Victoria
Victoria is literally brimming with amazing places to enjoy and has become renowned as London's up and coming food quarter, making it the ideal place to rent or buy office space.
Acclaimed restaurants sit side by side with everyday bars and cafeterias, perfect for the busy working foodie.
An exciting collection of eateries and recreational outlets all join together at Nova, a bustling haven of over 20 restaurants and leisure venues. At Cardinal Place, visitors are treated to a thriving food market featuring an extensive line-up of traders from all over the country and beyond. From fish and chips to paella, there really is something for everyone. Here also, there's a spectacular roof garden, a true oasis of green providing a welcome escape from the bustle of the city streets.
More lush green space can be found at the nearby St James's Park. One of the most tranquil and charming sanctuaries in the heart of London, this is a place that's perfect for a break-time breath of fresh air.
The typical styles of office space Victoria offers
Office space in Victoria tends to be housed in an eclectic mix of contemporary builds and period properties, for the most part. However, it boasts some of the most pioneering technology and sustainability features, ideal for the modern business.
Traditional offices with shared meeting facilities. Serviced offices with fully furnished interiors plus customer lounges, meeting rooms, breakout areas and reception services. Self-contained offices such as the unique premises at 19 West Eaton Place featuring its own courtyard. Modern open-plan offices flooded with natural light.
There really is so much to consider desirable when it comes to Victoria offices, especially when you think about features such as outdoor terraces, shower facilities, bicycle storage, 24-hour security and commissionaire services.
Considering taking office space in Victoria? Take a look around Belgrave Square and Gardens, Old Queen Street with its impressive 17th-century architecture, Park Place, Petty France, Castle Lane and Belgravia, all very notable places to run an office in SW1.
Mellersh & Harding – Victoria Office Space Specialists
Seeking office space to rent or buy in Victoria? At Mellersh & Harding, we have an extensive portfolio of serviced and un-serviced office space Victoria wide. Why not get in touch to discuss your individual requirements? You can reach our dedicated team on 020 7522 8500.