Time for a Cuppa – Office Tea Parties for Charity

Here at London Office Space, we just can’t get enough tea and when we were researching for our tea infographic we came across this excellent initiative: Time for a Cuppa. There was just enough time to showcase what it’s all about with it being only a few weeks away.

Time for a Cuppa March 1-8 2013
Time for a Cuppa March 1-8 2013

We caught up with Amy Cudmore from Dementia UK to ask her some questions about Time for a Cuppa and what companies and office workers could do to help raise funds for this very important cause.

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Valentine’s Charity Gifts

Once again, Valentine’s Day is around the corner and you may be wondering how to surprise your significant other and loved ones. While there are many original Valentine’s Day gift ideas out there, you surely want to your gift to be meaningful and memorable too. And no, there is no need to fly your other half to Paris in order to do that. In this article we review some of the most remarkable Valentine’s Day gifts that you can offer without breaking the bank.

Unique and special Valentine gifts for a special someone: Why Valentine charity gifts are a brilliant idea

Valentine’s Day is all about showing appreciation, love, and affection towards those very important people in your life. While jewellery, chocolates, and other traditional Valentine’s Day gifts are definitely well-received presents, giving a Valentine’s charity gift is a sure-proof way to impress your loved ones. This kind of gift is usually relegated to occasions like Christmas, and not generally expected during this date, so by choosing a charity gift as your special Valentine’s Day present you will surely make an impression that will make you stand out in the eyes of lovers, friends, and family. In fact, since choosing a charity gift often involves saving a life, you could even say that Valentine’s Day charity gifts can turn you into a hero for a day (or more!).

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Discover London’s Hidden Interiors with our February Prize

If you are like us and love London but feel there’s simply not enough hours in the day to absorb all the things this wonderful city offers, why not enter our February competition? A fantastic book called London Hidden Interiors can be yours if you happen to be our lucky winner.

London Hidden Interiors by Philip Davies reveals 180 of London’s best conserved and least known interiors in 1500 stunning photographs. Considered to be one of the most extraordinary collections of contemporary photographs of London’s historic interiors ever published, this hardcover book is our February competition prize we are happy to send your way.

LOS competition - win London Hidden Interiors by following @officeinlondon

All we ask you to do is follow us @officeinlondon on Twitter and retweet one of our tweets where we mention this competition. It’s easy, and for those interested in finding out more here’s a list of terms and conditions. Good luck! Continue reading “Discover London’s Hidden Interiors with our February Prize”

How do Pensions Work?

A pension is a tax free way to save for your retirement. There are a number of ways to save for a pension and various types of pension schemes available including state pensions, workplace pensions and personal pensions. The pension plan you choose will depend on a number of factors including your age, salary, financial situation and the company you work for.

Pensions and Retirement

Department for Work and Pensions

The Pensions Advisory Service

Online Pension Planner

How much is a State Pension?

The current maximum amount of basic state pension you can claim is £107.45 weekly (as of October 2012) and the maximum state pension amount increases annually.

Once you reach state pension age you will be able to claim the basic state pension, however you must have paid National Insurance (NI) contributions or have been credited with NI contributions during your working life. Continue reading “How do Pensions Work?”

Lizzie from Texas: I loved London!

Back in November when we published our Time for a Cuppa infographic, we got in touch with two lovely ladies – Pippa and Jules – otherwise known as the Darjeeling Darlings, who are based in San Antonio, Texas, and absolutely adore good quality tea.

Reading their reviews of Tea Rooms across Virginia, Florida, Texas and California, we couldn’t help but notice one additional participant of those little afternoon tea parties – someone we here in the UK are rather familiar with, who they refer to as Lizzie.

Among other things, we wrote in our email:

“We absolutely loved your Lizzie, she has a great taste and seems to really love tea. Just out of interest, has she actually been over here in the UK? If not, why don’t you post her over, and we will take a photo of her in front of the Buckingham Palace? Just an idea!”

It took a while to pack (all those dresses, hats, handbags and jewellery!) but guess who arrived at our LondonOfficeSpace.com office earlier this month?

Her Majesty the Queen! Continue reading “Lizzie from Texas: I loved London!”

The Royal Mint Court Building Welcomes New Businesses

Royal Mint Court Building LondonOfficeSpace.com @officeinlondonOn Royal Mint Street, opposite the Tower of London, stands the Royal Mint Court building. It is Grade II listed, recently repurposed for commercial means and blends classic architecture with contemporary style and function. The site was originally home to a Cisterian Abbey from the 14th to the 16th Century; St Mary De Grace was sometimes affectionately called Eastminster Abbey, belying its architectural and historical significance. Later, in 1562, after the dissolution of the monasteries, the Royal Navy took over and used the site as a victualling yard. Following this, it changed hands again in 1784, when a tobacco company used it to store their goods.

Sir Isaac Newton was Master of The Royal Mint from 1699 to 1727 and during that time, The Mint was still housed, as it had been for 500 years, at the Tower of London. As the minting process became mechanised throughout the eighteenth century, a new building was commissioned by King George III on the site of the tobacco warehouse opposite, to the east. A committee was appointed, two architects were chosen, James Johnson and Robert Smirke and construction began in 1807. James Johnson died in 1807 and never saw the new building finished but Robert Smirke saw it through to completion and then went on to receive plaudits for his design of the British Museum. Part of Royal Mint Court is still called the Johnson Smirke Building in their memory. The Royal Mint Court remained the home of the minting process until 1975, with the introduction of decimalisation when the procedure was moved to Wales. Continue reading “The Royal Mint Court Building Welcomes New Businesses”

A Closer Look at South Bank’s Business Centres

London's Southbank in the Morning @officeinlondonLondon’s South Bank is an area buzzing with activity; a hub for creative arts, and attractions for tourists and locals alike, it is alive with people day and night, all year round. It is packed with restaurants, bars, cafes, theatrical and artistic venues and places of business, all on the very edge of the River Thames and within easy reach of a number of different transport options. This bustling and lively district is home to a number of office buildings which cater to and look after the requirements of the kinds businesses that want to place themselves amid the hubbub and action.

On Black Prince Road sits the impressive and eye-catching Southbank House. Originally built in the early nineteenth century as the headquarters of Royal Doulton, it now provides fully serviced office and studio space for flexible terms and to accommodate companies comprised of 1 – 25 people. The facilities include 24 hour access and reception, a cafe and showers and the spaces boast natural light and many original character features which appeal to business including architectural firms, environmental consultants and chartered surveyors. The nearest tube is Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line), head south on Kennington Road, take a right on Lambeth Road and left onto Lambeth Walk, finally turn right onto Black Prince Road. Southbank House is also in walking distance to the river and Waterloo Station.

Waterloo Business Centre is located in a desirable spot, overlooking one of London’s finest theatres, The Old Vic and within a 2 minute walk down Waterloo Road from Waterloo Station. The fully serviced offices are available in a range of sizes and the building boasts a communal area for meetings. Continue reading “A Closer Look at South Bank’s Business Centres”

Explore Bond Street: History, Architecture, Business and Tourism

Bond Street was first laid out in 1680. At that time, only the section known as Old Bond Street existed. In 1720, the street layout was completed with a further section that is now New Bond Street. Nowadays, Old Bond Street runs between Burlington Gardens and Piccadilly, while New Bond Street is the northern section that connects with Oxford Street.

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Bond Street was named after its developer, Sir Thomas Bond. In the late seventeenth century, the area that is now known as Old Bond Street was occupied by a mansion called Clarendon House. This was one of London’s most expensive properties at the time. Following Lord Clarendon’s death, the property was sold and demolished, giving way to what today is known as Old Bond Street.

For over one hundred years, Bond Street has been one of London’s most exclusive shopping destinations, particularly for those looking to buy antiques, art, or jewellery. The internationally renowned Sotheby’s auction house has been based in Bond Street since 1917, and the same can be said about the Fine Art Society, which has been at this London address since it was first inaugurated in 1876.

Information on commercial real estate prices in Bond Street

According to the Cushman & Wakefield Main Streets Across the World report for 2011, Bond Street commercial real estate prices were the sixth highest in the world, only preceded by the Champs Elysées, Tokyo’s Ginza Avenue, Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay, and New York’s Fifth Avenue. At the time of the survey, retail premises were being priced at £577 per square feet. At European level, Bond Street is the continent’s second most expensive street. Continue reading “Explore Bond Street: History, Architecture, Business and Tourism”

Guide to Liverpool Street: Key Facts, History, Architecture and Tourism

Although inhabited for centuries, the area around Liverpool Street began to gain importance during the Middle Ages, when it was established as an important trading centre and as a convenient stop for travellers and merchants. From the end of the nineteenth century onwards, Liverpool Street experienced rapid growth, which was mainly due to the inauguration of the railway station. Nowadays, Liverpool Street is home to a larger number of corporations, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

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Liverpool Street’s importance in the financial world

Liverpool Street is considered one of the gateways to the City of London, and it is sometimes considered a part of the capital’s financial district in its own right. There are numerous meeting rooms and conference venues in the area that cater to business people, convention delegates, and employees from nearby blue chip companies. Some important firms in the finance, business, and banking sectors located in Liverpool Street include UBS, Forex Expert, Regus Business Centres, The Japan Bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Natwest, Barclays Bank, Panmure Gordon Investment Banking, Shinkin International, Eden Financial, Halifax, H. S. Nordbank, and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi.

However, these are not the only industries with presence in Liverpool Street. Other renowned businesses that have chosen this area as their base include Marnix Europe (insurance), Marubeni (energy), Wallis Retail, Primus Build Contractors (construction), ICX Europe (telecommunications), Inpex (oil & gas), Calyx (IT), and BP. Continue reading “Guide to Liverpool Street: Key Facts, History, Architecture and Tourism”

Christmas Decorations for the Office

Once again, we are in the run-up to Christmas. While most of us have a good idea about how to decorate our homes during this special period, decorating the office can require additional planning. In this article you will find a quick guide to decorating your workspace and making it reflect your company’s character as well as the spirit of the holiday season.

Types of Christmas decorations

Depending on the space available at your office and the budget allocated to Christmas decorations, you may want to go for only certain types of Christmas decorations or for full sets. The most popular decorations are wreaths, garlands, wall florals, desk floral displays, and Christmas lighting. Of course, having a Christmas tree in the office is almost compulsory, and the variety in shape, size, and pricing means that you are guaranteed to find something that is just right for your office.

Wreaths can be placed on individual workstations, on balconies, in the reception area, or on doors. Garlands are the perfect complement to Christmas wreaths but can also be put up on their own to add a subtle festive touch.

Desk floral displays are perfect to have in the reception desk, whereas wall florals are ideal decorative solutions for small workspaces.

Christmas decorations in the office: services available to corporate clients

In many cases, the Christmas period brings an increased workload that makes it very difficult for staff to take care of Christmas decorations. In situations like these, you may want to take advantage of the services offered by companies that are experts in decorating offices and getting workspaces ready for Christmas. Some of the services available include tree hire, installation, decoration and removal, delivery and installation of real and artificial wreaths, indoor and outdoor lighting displays, gift catalogues, and a range of other decorative items, like candles or swags. Continue reading “Christmas Decorations for the Office”