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Where To Live In London For An Affordable Meal Out?

moove2london on 03 Feb 2016

For graduates and young professionals living in London, the cost of eating out on a regular basis can be expensive. If you’re moving to the capital for the first time then you might even be wondering where to live in London for an affordable meal out. There are over 19,000 restaurants in London, so there’s a great deal of choice – whether you’re interested in Michelin-starred dining or cheap and cheerful establishments, there’s something for everyone.
The good news is that Morgan Pryce, providers of commercial office space in Shoreditch have done some significant research into the cost of dining in many London areas contained in Transport Zones 1 and 2. They have provided an excellent infographic showing us which are the cheapest and most expensive places in Central London to enjoy a meal for two. Here are the results.

North London
North London offers some of the most affordable meals out in town with the average cost of a meal being £61.43 per couple. The cheapest location for restaurants in North London can be found at Finsbury Park where an average meal for two will cost just £33. This represents excellent value for money. Neighbouring Seven Sisters comes in at £39 whilst Holloway Road and Highbury offer dining for couples at £35. The closer to the centre of town you get, the more expensive dining out seems to become. If you’re wondering where to live in London and are considering the area of Kentish Town, then you might be interested to know that it can cost as much as £92 there for a meal for two.

South London

On the other side of the river, it’s an ever so slightly more expensive night out for two, with the average meal costing around £63. Trendy areas such as Brixton will set you back £64 for a meal for two, whilst uber-hip Clapham could see couples spending around £70 at a restaurant. The closer to Central London you get, the more expensive – an Indian meal for two in Vauxhall will cost an average of £90 for two.

East London
According to the infographic provided by Morgan Pryce, East London is the second most expensive area in London to enjoy a meal for two – the average is £64.67. This is most likely because East London is home to the City of London. Liverpool Street in particular costs an average of £182 for an Italian meal for two people. Tower Hill is also reasonably costly with the average curry night costing £92 per pair. Couples can enjoy a French dinner out in trendy Shoreditch for around £64. It is perhaps surprising that neighbouring Hoxton is significantly cheaper, costing just £35 for two.

West London
Those who are moving to London for the first time may be unaware that West London is significantly more expensive than other parts of London in terms of accommodation, shopping and entertainment. The average restaurant meal for two will cost £69.38 which sounds manageable. However, if you are planning on dining in Knightsbridge, then you could be in for a shock as the average meal for two will set you back £264 – save it for special occasions!

The main thing to remember is that Londoners are incredibly lucky – wherever you live in London, whether north, south, east or west, you have the opportunity to enjoy such a rich variety of international cuisines from hundreds of different countries. We wish you the very best of luck working out where to live in London in 2016!

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Moving to London – Know Your Squares

moove2london on 23 Dec 2015

London is famous for its beautiful garden squares, there are 100’s of them scattered all around the city. Some were built and still are private, but the majority were built or have been opened as public spaces. They’re a great place to wander, sit and read, hang out with friends, walk your dog or simply admire as you pass by.

Here are 7 notable squares in London you should know about, and where to find them.

Bloomsbury Square
Originally known as Southampton Square, constructed back in 1665 by the Earl of Southampton, Bloomsbury Square is known for being the first named formal square in London.

Bloomsbury Square is in Bloomsbury, Camden. It is a very quiet area, making it the perfect place to enjoy a quiet break from the hustle of central London. It was refurbished in 2003, adding a number of benches so you can enjoy lunch with friends, go for a walk or just sit and read a good book.

There are a lot of nice hotels and restaurants at Bloomsbury Square, with gardens in the centre. There’s also a children’s playground, so it’s great to bring the kids along. The square is open to everyone at 7.30am; it is also within walking distance of the British Museum. You can get to Bloomsbury Square quite easily, with the nearest tube station being Holburn.

Finsbury Square
Not actually a square, Finsbury Circus is named as such due to it’s oval shape. Finsbury Circus is a large park in the City of London, holding the title of largest public open space.

The City of London is a city within London, being one of only two districts that hold city status; the City of Westminster being the other district. London is, of course, used to name all 32 boroughs around the city itself; of which, the use has been documented back to the sixteenth century.

Finsbury Circus is home to the only bowling green in the City of London. It opens at 8am each day to the public and is easily accessed from its nearest tube station at Moorgate.

Grosvenor Square
In the exclusive area of Mayfair, Grosvenor Square is a large, oval garden open to the public from 8am every morning. It is the largest square in Mayfair and second largest garden square in London; the nearest tube station is Bond Street.

Grosvenor Square is very attractive with lawns, a hard tennis court, flower beds and fine trees. Redesigned in 1948, it homes a statue of President Roosevelt in the formal garden area and in 2003 a memorial garden was built on the east side to commemorate the 67 Britons who died in the 9/11 attacks.

For the last four summers, Grosvenor Square has held the Summer in the Square event, consisting of free music, theatre and more.

Trafalgar Square
Located in the City of Westminster, Trafalgar Square is a popular location open at all times to the public.

After an 18 month refurbishment, the square reopened in July 2003 with the north side now being pedestrianised. A cafe, lifts and toilets were included in the development and a central staircase was also added, linking the square with the National Gallery.

Leicester Square
Originally Leicester Fields, Leicester Square is the centre of the entertainment industry in London and one of the most popular squares. Open to the public from 8am each day, you can access it from the Leicester Square tube station.

Over the years the gardens have suffered due to popularity so in 1993 the Shakespeare memorial statue and fountain located here were restored. A new theatre ticket booth was also installed.

In 2008, Leicester Square got a complete redesign and opened in 2012, in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. Designed by Burns + Nice, Leicester Square now has granite paving across the square, with a white granite ribbon on the perimeter to create more seating and a water feature that uses recycled water, sending jets two metres into the air surrounding the Shakespeare statue.

Soho Square
Soho Square was built in late 1670, the earliest to be purposely built around an enclosed garden, and was originally known as King Square. It opens to the public at 8am each day and the nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road. You should note that no dogs are allowed in Soho Square Gardens.

Soho Square is located in Soho and consists of a park and gardens. It is also home to an array of media companies, including: 20th Century Fox, Sony Music and the British Board of Film Classification. Perhaps even more interestingly, Soho Square is home to St Patrick’s Church, which features many historic catacombs spreading deep under the square and further afield.

Hanover Square
Open to the public at 8am each day, you can access Hanover Square from the nearest tube station at Oxford Circus. Hanover Square is an ornamental garden, completed in 1928, and is oval in shape. It contains well kept lawns and flowerbeds and is surrounded part by shrubbery and part by rockery.

Hanover Square was re-landscaped after WWII and now features diagonal paths, a small decorative pond complete with bronze sculpture and a fountain near the north end. The entire garden is enclosed by iron railings and has four entrance gates.

With 100’s of gardens and squares around London, you’re bound to find a few you really love spending time at.

Staying fit and healthy when you move to London

moove2london on 11 Dec 2015

If you’re thinking of making that big move to London, you’re probably elbow deep in research right now. Where should you live? What are the various boroughs like? Are there any lifestyle hacks that you should know about? However, while you may be thinking about living, dining, and shopping, you may also want to take care of another aspect of your life: health and wellbeing. Just because you’re moving to London doesn’t mean you should be neglecting your fitness routine!

Getting fit in London

Think of London, and you may automatically imagine busy roads, bustling shops, tall buildings, and lots of noise; but what of maintaining the healthy lifestyle you may have become accustomed to before your big move? Luckily, London is home to some of the most amazing lifestyle establishments that this country has to offer: gyms, fitness classes, juice bars, health food shops, spas and more hide on every street, and they’re yours to discover. Keeping things simple, though, how about a jog or a cycle around your local park? Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, St. James’s Park, Richmond Park, Victoria Park, Greenwich Park and Hampstead Heath – the list goes on, and each offers wide, open spaces that Londoners love to explore with their feet. One thing you may wish to think about is what you’ll be wearing as you head to the park. Londoners take their exercise very seriously, and the Tommie Copper brand, which features everything from leggings and vests, to arm sleeves and compression socks, is a great accessory option among the fit and healthy.

If you’re a little pushed for time, want to exercise once the sun’s gone down (or before it comes up), or fancy something a little more physical than jogging or cycling, there is a vast array of gyms in our capital city, many of which are open 24 hours, offer niche fitness classes, or happen to be frequented by the rich and famous. Heading to the gym is a fantastic way to keep fit around your work and home life, as well as providing the professional assistance that may well keep you motivated. Gym not your thing? Whether you’re into yoga and Pilates, or love to feel the burn during a spinning class, dance lesson, or pole fit session, London has every fitness class you can think of – they become a little addictive once you become a native.

Fabulous food and fitness

We’ve covered how to get and stay fit in London, but how should you supplement this new lease of life? London is home to all manner of healthy restaurants and food retailers, as well as specialist cafés, juice and smoothie bars, markets and takeaways. Vitamins and supplements, energy drinks, and three-course meals are designed with wellbeing in mind, and you’re sure to pick up healthy habits with such a wide range of dietary requirements catered for.

Whether you’re moving to London for work, fancy a change of scenery or pace, or have been drawn to the city’s sights and sounds, there’s no excuse to neglect your health and wellbeing once you’re there. Indeed, those who may have fallen out of love with health foods and exercise may find themselves rekindling that lost relationship once they glimpse London’s fitness scene.

Cheap and cheerful: Interior Design Ideas When Moving to London on a budget

moove2london on 10 Dec 2015

London is the most exciting city on the planet, and moving there to live is something that should be savoured. Once you’ve found accommodation, there may not be much left in the budget for interior design indulgences. The good news is that there are cheap and easy ways to transform a room without draining your bank account. The power of paint, persistence and penny pinching can overturn the darkest, coldest accommodation in the space of a weekend – even in London.

Paint power

Paint is the best interior cure-all – it gives a space a fresh base coat of pristine loveliness on which to build. A lick of white paint will be the cheapest option in the DIY store and offers maximum flexibility for interior design. White compliments everything. As a blank canvas for your masterpiece, it’s absolutely perfect. You can even paint wooden floorboards, giving them an instant contemporary look – far preferable to old carpet.

Paint also unites unruly collections of furniture, turning them into stunning room sets. When all painted a signature shade, mismatched dining chairs, tables, chest of drawers and bookcases suddenly become a harmonious statement of the utmost elegance.

Your space

Assess what you’ve got. If there are issues with noise, streetlights, darkness, cold drafts or privacy, one of the first things to consider are interior shutters. For insulation, added privacy and security, easily installed shutters provide a stylish barrier between you and the city outside. From budget to premier shutter ranges, you’ll be able to find a solution that fits your new London lodgings perfectly.

Charity cheer

Charity shops and second hand emporiums are found on most high streets, and many of them have furniture as well as bric-a-brac and clothing. Second hand curtain fabrics and textiles can be turned into cushion covers, used to upholster dining chairs or thrown over tired and dated sofas for a fresh, boho appeal. Focus on upmarket areas for richer pickings and better quality merchandise. Free delivery is seldom an option, so factor this into your planning. For finding quirky, unique pieces that really sell a look, charity stores are hard to beat.

Mass market

Flat pack furniture from big name Swedish shops is easily sourced in several locations across the capital. If you have time to assemble it, such furniture offers sleek and smart design at attractively low prices. For convenience, some supermarkets sell low priced furniture that can be delivered to your door – much easier than struggling home with items on the Tube!

Niche market

London has many markets where you can find attractive second hand furniture. Brick Lane in the East End is a honey pot for bargain hunters, as is Greenwich Market at the weekends and the more famous Portobello Road in Notting Hill. Go wearing your haggler’s hat and be prepared for enthusiastic negotiations – if you stick to your guns and your budget, you could come away with bargain treasures. Salvage and reclamation yards are fascinating places to rummage around and are ideal for interesting architectural features such as fire surrounds or tiles to finish off a room.

A smart London interior doesn’t have to be expensive when you know where to look. With a little creativity and elbow grease, a dull flat can become a flash pad.

So when’s the house warming party?

How to Prepare for Moving into Your First Property

moove2london on 26 Nov 2015

When it comes time to fly the nest, you’ll likely have a lot of questions. Deciding when the right time to move out into the world on your own can be one of the most difficult decisions of a young person’s life, but it’s also one of the most liberating. You’ll no longer be at the mercy of your parent’s rules, and you’ll have full control. Here’s what you need to know.

Should You Buy or Rent?

The first question first-time shoppers in the property market will be asking themselves is: should I buy or rent? Taking out a mortgage and buying a property will mean you could benefit from London’s rising property prices in the long-term, but it’s a large commitment to make so early on in your life. Buying is also out of the price-range of most young professionals right now. In fact, recent studies have shown that first-time buyers will need to earn around £77,000 a year to live in the capital, in comparison to around £41,000 in the rest of the country.

How to Determine Your Budget
Because of this, it’s crucial that you determine the budget you have to spend early on. In order to give yourself the best chance to prevent any dangerous financial problems in the future, this should be a long-term plan rather than a look at the next few months. Start by looking at comparing your current monthly income with your average expenditure. The biggest expenditure you’ll have will be your monthly rent. While estimates vary, the general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t spend more than 30% of your income on your rent.

Cutting Out Unnecessary Expenses
You’ll then have to factor in other monthly costs, like your utility bills, transportation costs, taxes, debt repayments, and insurance needs. Take a look here for a more comprehensive list of what you should be considering. If you have find some of these bills to be spiraling out of control, there are ways you can change this. Moving from an unlimited internet package to something with a data cap could make you a large saving, while taking the steps to alter your daily habits could make a big difference to your heating and electricity bills over the long-term.

As they say, with freedom comes great responsibility. Make sure everything is in order before you take the plunge.

A Typical Night Out At A High-End Club In London

moove2london on 26 Aug 2015

What To Expect When Partying Alongside The Rich And Famous

Find out how to party alongside celebrity A-listers in London. Get on the guest list, book a private table and dress to impress in Mayfair’s finest venues.

We’ve all seen pictures of glamorous celebrities partying at exclusive venues in London, but many Londoners are unaware that it is possible to join the elite socialising at these high-end clubs. The trick is to follow the venue’s rules of etiquette to the letter and to act like you fit in. Here is an idea of a typical night out at a high-end club in London so you’ll know what to expect.

Venues
Many of London’s most select clubs tend to be concentrated around the Mayfair and Kensington areas of town, which are naturally renowned for being expensive areas of London. Celebrities and A-listers from around the globe can be seen out and about at spots such as Boujis, Mahiki, the Roof Gardens or the Funky Buddha. On a night out, you might expect to see famous actors, sports stars and even younger members of the Royal Family.

Dress Code
It pays to make an effort when dressing up to attend one of London’s most exclusive clubs. Gents would be advised to wear a blazer with a smart shirt and trousers, whilst ladies can dress to impress in a classy dress and heels. It may surprise you to learn that too much flesh on show can be considered inappropriate, so play it safe and keep it elegant.

Getting In
Some of the clubs have membership policies, although many also open their doors to non-members – be sure to check in advance to avoid disappointment.
Members of the public queuing outside will often feel an air of nervous anticipation as they wait in line to see if they can get in. To gain a better chance of admission to a high-end club, it’s a good idea to arrive early from around 10pm or get your name on the guest list by using a service such as Capital A List. Booking a private table is also an option. As a general rule of thumb, ladies will find that their entry is free before 11pm, whereas gentlemen will often pay around £20 at any time of night.
If you’re going out as a group, then take a look at the male to female ratio in your crowd. It will usually be easier for a group of ladies to get past the bouncers than it will a group of males and a mixed group will do better if there are more girls than guys. It’s imperative that you act respectfully and don’t appear to be drunk in the queue or you’ll be turned away.

Inside The Club
Once you’re inside the club, you can be expect to be treated like a star as you party alongside the rich and famous. If you’ve booked a private table, then you’ll often have to agree to a minimum spend of roughly £150 to £500 for the table, but for this you’ll get table service and a comfortable seat to return to between tunes pumped out by an international DJ. Drinks are understandably pricey – the current trend in clubs such as these is to drink champagne, cocktails or top quality vodka.

End Of The Night
Most clubs close at around 3am and on your way home you may well come across the paparazzi snapping away at some celebrity who has stumbled out of the door before you. As with all late night journeys home in London, be sure to take care and keep your wits about you. Never get into an unlicensed vehicle – instead travel in a black cab or licensed minicab.

Established Travel Publication Puts UK On The Map

moove2london on 24 Jul 2015

Backpax Map 2015 Banner

Once upon a time, information was gathered from printed material and everyone loved a good magazine. That’s when Backpax came in, launching a free travel publication 15 years ago.

However, things have changed. Backpax has responded by hot-footing into the digital age with a swanky new website (www.backpaxtravel.com) full of travel articles, hostel and tour reviews, special deals and job vacancies.

But, staying true to its print roots, backpackers are now able to pick up the new funky fold-out Backpax map at hostels around the country which is full of great information and makes a perfect souvenir.

We haven’t looked back!

Since launching the new website, alongside its pocket-sized travel map, Backpax’s founder Sharon Henshall has noticed more backpackers engaging with the brand.

“With so much content now available online, we felt it would be best to – sadly – say goodbye to the magazine, and instead make all of our articles available through a new website,” she said.

“We still wanted something tangible out there for backpackers to pick up, so we thought: let’s create a map to go alongside the website. Backpackers love a good map!”

While the website provides regular up-to-date content, including latest job vacancies, special offers, backpacker-related news and reviews, the printed map is published once a year and highlights all of its advertising hostels throughout the UK and Europe.

The fold-out A2-sized map also has tour listings, job agencies, as well as advice on unmissable train routes and fun-filled festivals.

Backpax was founded by seasoned traveller Sharon in 2000. She set up the magazine after returning from over a decade backpacking the globe, and realised that there weren’t many travel magazines out there for those visiting the UK and Europe.

So, with her infinite wisdom about life on the road, she set about creating Backpax, informing travellers about the must-sees and dos while travelling the continent.

“There are so many hidden gems to be explored outside the main backpacking hot-spots, London and Edinburgh.

“From our sprawling countrysides to rural towns, secluded beaches to industrious cities – there’s so much out there, which backpackers don’t know about.

“Our aim with Backpax is to really help travellers, and those who are working over here, to get a unique and enriching experience.”

Backpax Maps are available to pick up at a number of hostels
throughout the UK and Europe. To view our list of advertising hostels,
visit: http://www.backpaxtravel.com/cheap-accommodation-in-uk-europe/listings

To view the Backpax Map online, visit:
http://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/38400894/backpax-travel-map-2015_

How to start your own business in London

moove2london on 03 Jul 2015

For the budding entrepreneur, starting a new business can seem like a minefield. In order to get started, you need to break the process down into manageable chunks, and focus on making as much progress as you can. Try to dedicate some time to planning each day, working around your current work schedule to move closer to your dream. Here are some steps to get you started:

Come up with an idea

In order to start your own business in London, you need to come up with a solid idea as it’s a competitive market. There are many ways to do this, but here are some of the most popular:

• Find a gap in the market – what do people need in London that doesn’t currently exist?
• Focus on your own skills and experience – how can you use your qualities to benefit others?

For example, if you’re an experienced engineer, perhaps you can develop a product that responds to a common challenge people face in their everyday lives as city-dwellers.

Get creative – and write all of your ideas down, no matter how ridiculous they may seem. You only need to look at the success of the Banana Guard to see this approach works incredibly well! If you have an idea, but don’t know how to develop it, you can enlist the help of an external engineering or production company to produce a prototype.

Evaluate your skills and knowledge

Once you have your idea, you need to work out what you can contribute to the business, and where you may need some extra help.

For example, if you have a great business idea, but can’t get your head around the financial aspects, work with an accountant to develop your business plan. This will help you minimise any financial risk, and plan the tasks that must be completed to take your idea to the next level.

There are many services available in London within your reach since it’s such a big city. Or you could take advantage of one of the many free workshops run by community hubs to help you evaluate your ideas and resources. As London inspires so many to have a business of their own, start up owners network at events and they’re fantastic places to go to meet like-minded people and gain contacts to help you. It’s all on your doorstep, so grab the opportunities.

Seek professional advice where necessary

If you’re not experienced with business strategy, growth, or sales, find yourself a reputable and experienced mentor. Whilst this will require an initial investment, it will help you ensure your business is a success – and maximise returns further down the line.

If you don’t want to make the investment yourself, investigate schemes that can help you achieve the same results.

Learn as much as you can

Education is key to business success. The more you learn, the better you become. Schedule some time each week to learn and, if you can afford to, consider undertaking professional qualifications relevant to your area of business. If you’re going to hire staff, take a management course to ensure you can lead your team effectively.

Also research businesses you admire and learn from them. Little Bou Boutique is a great example of a small retailer that operates online and has a good social media presence with their customers. As well as selling designer children’s clothes, they have a voice for the industry that parents trust and want to listen to. The blog outlines different styles for the season and designers to try, whilst their Facebook page is a resource for parents to ask questions and interact with the owners. If you’re considering setting up an online retail store – which doesn’t have the overhead costs associated with London – their digital marketing strategies are well worth checking out.

Get on with it!

If you’re determined to run your own business in London, get started as soon as you can! One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is simply not starting. Focus on getting the important tasks done, rather than striving for perfection. Any time you spend deferring your idea is halting your progress. Set clear, measurable and well-defined goals to ensure you keep moving.

Advice For Moving Home Within London

moove2london on 05 Jun 2015

Essential Tips For Tenants Moving Across The Capital

Tenants who regularly move across London can choose from a variety of transport options for their removals – find out which is the best for your needs.

With the housing ladder being exceptionally difficult to get on in London, many young people including students, graduates and young professionals are tenants out of necessity. The regularly changing circumstances of housemates, such as job moves or relationship statuses, result in tenants moving between rental properties every year or so, as rental contracts are typically 6-12 months in length.

Along with the headache of organising utility bills and informing main companies of your change of address, many people worry about how they’re going to move their worldly belongings from their old property to their new one. However, for many people, particularly those with few possessions or those who have been living in furnished accommodation, it really doesn’t need to be as difficult as you would expect.

Here are some convenient removal and travel methods to consider using for your move.

Car Sharing

You can either enlist the help of a willing car-owning friend on a Saturday afternoon in exchange for a couple of pints or you can use a car share or hire company such as Zipcar or Easycarclub. These two companies work in slightly different ways. Zipcar is a commercial company and drivers can pick up one of their hire cars from a multitude of locations in London, whereas with Easycarclub, private owners rent out their own cars to motorists at a charge. Both are reasonably priced ways to gain access to a car for your move.

Man With A Van

If you have a driving licence and are over 21, you can hire a van for yourself. However, if you don’t possess the above credentials or have no desire to drive a van in London traffic, then you might feel drawn to the idea of hiring a man with a van. The benefit of hiring a driver along with your transport is that often the driver will help you move your belongings as part of the hire cost. This is excellent for those who want to get their move completed in half the time, or who need assistance with bulky furniture such as a bed, sofa or dining table. This can actually end up being a more cost-effective method of moving home than hiring a car.

Public Transport

If you don’t have any large items, then the cheapest way to move house could be to use London’s public transport system. You could pack a couple of suitcases or sturdy laundry bags full of clothes and take advantage of the Tube, London Buses or Overground network, all courtesy of the credit on your Oyster card. If possible, avoid travelling in rush hour and dodge extremely busy interchange stations such as Oxford Circus on a Saturday afternoon.

Taxis

Whether it be a licensed mini-cab firm or a Black Cab, moving to your new house with the assistance of a taxi can be an easy and affordable option, particularly if the distance you’re travelling is a short one. When booking the taxi, make sure to tell the operator that you’re planning on bringing luggage, so that the driver knows to clear boot space for you if necessary.

Before deciding which method of removals and transport to use for your big move, it pays to get organised. Use Ebay or visit a charity shop to declutter your unnecessary possessions in advance of packing. Be sure to gather adequate robust boxes and wrap your breakables in appropriate materials such as bubble wrap or newspaper. Good luck with your move!

Optimising Your London Home Office

moove2london on 04 Jun 2015

The home office has for a long time been the place where many self-employed people find themselves during the week – trying to shut out the noise of your flatmate watching TV, the neighbours next door and the council dustbin collection every Tuesday at preciously 8 o clock. It is the place where your empty coffee cup is always a distraction and where your Facebook page is never closed.

Recent studies found that of the 30.2 million people working in 2014, 4.2 million were people who worked from home. This figure constituted 13.9% of the working population. These figures show an alarming number of people working from home amongst the distractions of everyday domestic life. Thus the importance of a work space that is both comfortable and allows for optimized productivity is very important when working in your London home office.

Room 4 Interiors take a look at how to turn your home office into the optimal work space:

1. Go Modular

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For many London home office, the amount of floor space available is limited. In most cases you are lucky if you have an extra room to dedicate to an office. Changing to modular furniture you create the optimal amount of desk space within the minimum amount of floor space. Modular furniture is a great way to create a desk unit that fits into your office space perfectly, while simultaneously allowing you to extend or alter your desk unit when needed. One of our top modular picks at the moment is this Hampton White Computer Work Station, with expandable shelving, it is the perfect fit for those who spend most of their days staring at a computer screen. The white finish helps to keep your small office space light and open. Pairing this with a Hampton Desk and Four Drawer pedestal, you have the perfect desk unit for your work space.

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2. Make It Yours

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The best part about having an office at home is being able to own that space and make it yours. You produce some of the best work when you are comfortable in your surroundings. Include personal elements into your home office such as pictures of your friends and family, unique and quirky stationary that may bring through your personality, unique home office furniture or simply paint the walls with your favourite colour. Your home office space is your own, so bring your own style through when designing it. Furniture pieces such as the ones pictured above are great for creating a unique work space. With a mixture of white and oak finishes, it can bring texture and creativity to an otherwise plain space.

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3. Get Organised

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You should never underestimate the power of an organised work space, especially when you are working in a limited space. One of the first steps towards a productive work day is making sure that your work space is neat and tidy, thus allowing your thoughts to follow the same pattern. Create dedicated spaces where everything should go. By doing this you ensure that you not only know where you’ve left your favourite pen but you also know where all of your invoices are filed. Including cute organization tools or accessories is also a nice way to make your work space more unique and fun.

4. Storage is the Key

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One great way to create the facility for organisation is to ensure that you have enough storage space. A large cabinet can be a great way to create storage space with a stylish touch. Placing baskets, shelving units and holders inside the cabinet will ensure that your stationary and important documentation stay neat and organised. Items such as the Portobello Display Cabinet is a great piece to keep the light feel of your office space while still creating the necessary storage space.

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5. Make It Comfortable

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A necessary addition to any garden home office is comfortable work seating. When working long hours, you need to ensure that you have the appropriate home office desk chair. An uncomfortable environment, or stiff dining room chair can see your mind wondering towards the couch in the lounge or even worse, your comfy and oh-so inviting bed. In order to fully utilize your work space you need to ensure that you are comfortable enough to want to stay in it.

For some great home office furniture ideas or contemporary modular office furniture, Room 4 Interiors has wonderful pieces for your London home office.

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