Zone 2 is largely considered part of central London, as this area enjoys the same type and quality of amenities and transport links as Zone 1. This area is between 2 and 5 miles away from Piccadilly Circus, which is often considered the heart of central London. Zone 2 encompasses sixteen local authorities, which include Tower Hamlets, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, Camden, Wandsworth, Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth, Brent, parts of Hackney, Newham, Hounslow, Greenwich, and certain areas of Ealing.
For the most part, business and commercial activity in this area concentrates to the east and west of Zone 2. For example, the Earl's Court exhibition centre is one of the major conferencing venues in the United Kingdom, as well as a well-known music, sports, and entertainment venue. In the eastern side of Zone 2, Shoreditch and Whitechapel are two of the most up-and-coming areas for businesses in the fashion, high tech, and creative sectors. In particular and thanks to its proximity to central London, Shoreditch attracts entrepreneurs interested in digital media, design, and information technology. Office floor space is cheaper here than in Zone 1, as many warehouses and industrial areas are being converted into office space. This is a bonus for startups, many of which cluster around the EC2A postcode. Office rental values in the east of Zone 2 range between £58 and £70 per square foot. Camden Town, in the northern fringe of Zone 2, is a popular area for retail businesses. The night time economy is also a very important revenue generator in this area, as total consumer expenditure ranges between £70 and £120 million per year.
There are some prestigious residential areas to the west of Zone 2. Some of the most noteworthy postcodes in this area include NW6 and W9 (Maida Vale, Kilburn), NW8 (St John's Wood), SE10 (Greenwich), W11 (Notting Hill), W6 (Hammersmith), W14 (West Kensington), SW10 (Chelsea, West Brompton), and SW11 (Battersea).
In addition to 24-hour buses, London's Zone 2 is served by London Underground services, and every underground line has stations in this area except for the City and Waterloo lines. The most important / busy tube stations in Zone 2 are Earl's Court (which is used by more than 20 million passengers every year), Clapham Junction (one of the busiest in Europe and also an interchange station for National Rail services going to Richmond, Basingstoke, Guildford, Reading, Woking, Brighton, Wimbledon, Exeter, Weymouth, Southampton, and Portsmouth), Canary Wharf (which has links to the Jubilee line and gives access to the city's financial district), and Hammersmith (which provides direct links with Heathrow Airport, Piccadilly Circus, King's Cross, and North London). The Docklands Light Railway also operates in Zone 2 after a series of extensions that have been necessary due to the incredible growth experience in East London. The DLR links Tower Hill and Cannon Street with Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Lewisham, Poplar, and Bow Road. London Overground, Thameslink, and commuter trains run by c2c, Southeastern, South West Trains, Abello Greater Anglia, and Southern trains complete the transportation network in Zone 2.
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