“Spectemur Agendo: Let us be judged by our actions.”
– Hammersmith motto
Trendy, bustling Hammersmith is a prominent, popular and thriving area of London. One of 35 major centres in Greater London, Hammersmith is one of London’s leading commercial and employment centres. It is also a major transport hub for West London, making it an ideal place to rent office space in London. With a current population of over 185,426 (2018 figure), 82% of which are in full-time employment, professional talent is in plentiful supply. What’s more, 80,000 people commute into the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham from London and elsewhere every day.
The profile of businesses in Hammersmith tends towards a higher percentage operating in the information and communication and arts/recreation sectors. This is mainly because of the BBC’s base in the borough, along with Hammersmith’s reputation as a vibrant creative hub for media and digital businesses.
Whatever industry you’re in, however, Hammersmith is a welcoming place with an enthusiastic entrepreneurial atmosphere. Hammersmith office space is in plentiful supply, and continued rigorous investment in the area’s economy indicates the encouraging environment you can expect when you join the Hammersmith business community.
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Hammersmith Transport Links
Hammersmith is a major transport hub for West London, with no less than two tube stops of its own (Hammersmith Broadway and Hammersmith), connecting it to the rest of London via Piccadilly, District and City and Circle lines. It’s also well-served by bus, with a large number of routes running in and out of Hammersmith Bus Station and Shepherd’s Bush Road, right outside the Needspace? office.
Needspace? Hammersmith is also situated just 300m from Hammersmith Broadway and Hammersmith tube stations, making it the absolute ideal location to base your office.
Information for Businesses in Hammersmith: Facts and Stats
There are currently around 13,000 businesses in Hammersmith & Fulham, employing a total of 140,000 employees. Employment in the borough is projected to increase by 1.6% each year between now and 2041; the third highest increase amongst all London boroughs.
Around 30% of all businesses in Hammersmith are in the ‘Professional, Scientific and Technical’ sectors, which includes (along with ‘professional’ services like lawyers, accountants, surveyors, etc) the many tech companies choosing to rent Hammersmith offices for their base. 20,000+ employees in the borough work in ‘Broadcasting, TV and Media’, which covers those employed by the BBC which has its base here, as well as Walt Disney Co Ltd, but also extends to design, marketing and advertising and other New Media businesses, which are also fond of what Hammersmith has to offer.
“Whatever their background, our residents will enjoy opportunities open to few, with excellent jobs on offer in 21st century industries such as bio-tech, digital and creative.
“Think of the future of Hammersmith & Fulham as like Cambridge, Massachusetts today, where world-leading research is forging the creation of numerous new businesses and
jobs in the ‘hot’ industries of the 21st century global economy.”
Hammersmith & Fulham comprises a cross-section of business sizes, the majority being smaller companies and startups, comprising over 80%, and large businesses employing over 100 staff. Only around 14% are medium-sized businesses with 5 to 19 members of staff. Of the larger companies, the majority are well-established in the area and have been there for a number of years, decades even. It would therefore be accurate to call Hammersmith ‘startup heaven’!
Office Space in Hammersmith
As a popular location in which to rent offices, in Hammersmith there is a range of office space to rent to suit a variety of pockets and purposes. At Needspace?, we are proud to say that we offer more than most.
The flexible office space we offer in Hammersmith is ideally suited to the needs of the young companies looking to rent offices in the area. With just a three-month minimum term, businesses have the freedom to choose their company’s journey without being tied into long leases or forced into noisy coworking spaces in Hammersmith.
Needspace? Hammersmith offers a variety of sizes of office to let, to accommodate businesses from as little as 4 employees up to 70 or more. Offices are fully customisable, so our clients can creatively transform their office space to suit their brand and work style. All our offices in Hammersmith come with VRF air conditioning, tonnes of natural light, lift access (to upper floors) and fully managed IT provision (including fibre broadband). What’s more, the building is fully secure, accessible by you 24/7 and all communal areas (including – but not limited to – the kitchen, WC and meeting rooms) are regularly and thoroughly cleaned.
Networking in Hammersmith
As such a thriving business hub, Hammersmith is home to a variety of networking events and groups. These offer the perfect opportunity to meet fellow business owners and professionals in your industry and beyond, making those all-important connections to help cement your business’s reputation within the Hammersmith business community.
Here are just a few you might like to check out:
Where to Entertain Clients in Hammersmith
Best Restaurants in Hammersmith
With a focus on culinary delights from the Isan region of northeast Thailand, 101 Thai Kitchen offers a welcoming atmosphere combined with exceptional Thai cuisine.Check out their countless versions of superb green papaya salad, or their turmeric sea bass.
A hidden gem right behind the famous Hammersmith Apollo, this branch of The Gate is in the quirky setting of a converted artist’s studio. Great for vegetarian and vegan diners, The Gate is both ambitious and eclectic in its quality and choice of menu. Highly recommended for entertaining clients in Hammersmith.
Hungry? Well, you’ve come to the right place! If you like (very) generous portions of exquisite Iranian cuisine, Mahdi is the ideal choice. The exotic interiors create an authentic Persian atmosphere, whilst the similarly authentic choice of dishes are certain to impress – as they do the queues of loyal customers who flock to Mahdi every night of the week.
Who doesn’t love a real Parisienne patisserie? Pretty pink Patisserie Sainte-Anne moved from the 13 arrondissement in Paris to Hammersmith in 2014. Breads, croissants, chocolates and suitably gorgeous gateaux, macarons and – of course – delicate little cakes, are all handmade on the premises. Stay for a coffee and a sweet treat, or take a box of delights back to your office in Hammersmith.
Michelin-starred River Cafe offers a buzzing atmosphere and exceptional menu, just back from the Thames Path. A well-known, chic riverside icon, River Cafe is as expensive as you’d expect from such a high quality dining experience, but if you’re really trying to impress a client, this is the place to take them.
Other Ideas for Client Entertainment in Hammersmith
Being so close to the centre of London, you’ll never be stuck for ways to entertain clients. But if you’d prefer to stay local, there is still no shortage of ideas for entertaining clients in Hammersmith.
The Apollo is one of the top live events venues in the UK, with world-renowned performers on stage every night of the week. A great way to earn some brownie points, giving your clients the chance to see one of their all-time favourites for a night to remember.
If your clients are of the artsy persuasion, then a trip to the theatre might be on the cards. The Lyric is certainly the best place for theatre in Hammersmith, but it is far more than that. Boasting everything from recording studios to digital development rooms, it is the ultimate community arts hub. For the classic ‘dinner and a play’ combination, the Lyric is also popular for the Lyric Bar & Grill – especially if you manage to bag a seat on the stunning roof garden.
The Polish Cultural Institute exists to showcase Polish heritage and contemporary Polish culture. Covering the visual arts, theatre, film, music and literature, this is an absolutely fascinating and engaging cultural centre in the heart of Hammersmith. Whether your clients are Polish or not, you’re sure to come away with an enhanced admiration for all that Poland and its people have to offer.
More than your usual urban park, Ravenscourt is a great place to take active clients on a dry day. With outdoor tennis courts, basketball and netball courts, a bowling green and astroturf football pitch, a game in the sun amidst the stunning grounds is the recipe for a fun and enjoyable way to entertain clients in Hammersmith.
Admittedly only an option one day of the year, the world-famous annual Oxford vs. Cambridge boat race is a true British tradition your clients will be sure to enjoy. Go watch the race in person and soak up the festival atmosphere for free in Hammersmith, midway along the route.
A Bit Of Hammersmith History
The first mention of Hammersmith was first recorded in 1294, with its name originally meaning ‘place with a hammer smithy or forge’. Hammersmith’s first parish church was built by Sir Nicholas Crispe and later became St Paul’s.
Prehistoric pottery, flints and arrowheads have been found on the embankment and there is also evidence of Roman habitation. Being on the banks of the Thames, Hammersmith’s earliest development was as a Saxon fishing village. Obviously, Hammersmith has come a long way since then!
The borough of Hammersmith & Fulham was formed in 1965, merging the two previously separate boroughs, and its name officially changed on 1st January 1979, creating the single dual-named borough we know and love today.