3 January 2019

The Ins and Outs of Putney: January

Putney is reputed as ‘one of London’s most pleasant suburbs,’ and it really does have something for everyone. With our new serviced office space, Putney now has a growing number of start-ups and freelancers working in the area.

For January, we found the best places for you to enjoy just a short walk away from our serviced office spaces in Putney.

Where to eat

An old favourite hang-out in Putney is Isola del Sole on Lacey Road. This authentic Sardinian restaurant has a warm, neighbourhood feel to it, and is a favourite among locals. Its name translates to ‘Isle of the Sun’, a nickname for the island of Sardinia.

With fresh cooking that remains true to its roots, enjoy seasonal, flavourful recipes of fresh food, presented beautifully.

Where to go for a drink

The Dukes head is a grand Victorian grade II listed building, built in 1864, sitting at the side of the River Thames in Putney.

The almost 150-year-old establishment resides at the start of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, and has four venues under its one roof. The Duke’s Bar is a traditional British pub with comfy chairs and plenty of beers, spirits and wines to choose from. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends.

Everything else

Hurlingham Books is a well-loved hidden gem in Putney. This old fashioned bookshop offers antique classics among its paperbacks, and has been going since the 1960s. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t sweat – they also have a huge warehouse in Fulham, 10 minutes from the shop, where they hold over a million books.

And then there’s London Wetland Centre, an urban oasis nestled next to the Thames.

This nature reserve offers a great place for a relaxing walk beside lakes, meadows and gardens, where you’ll see ducks, water birds, butterflies, bats, amphibians and water voles.

If you’re looking for a small office for rent, Putney could be a great place to develop your business in the new year. Why not check out our offices and see which ones suit your company’s needs?

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3 January 2019

The Ins and Outs of Shoreditch: January

It’s the beginning of a near year, and there’s no better place to start afresh than Shoreditch, where there’s just enough excitement to get us through the cold months.

As London’s startup and small business centre, Shoreditch has no shortage of places to eat, drink and hang out, which is great for those who work in the area, in managed offices such as our own. For January, we found the best places for you to eat, drink and have fun, all within a short walking distance from our serviced office spaces in Shoreditch.

Where to eat

Dirty Bones Shoreditch is certainly a unique experience. Set in a stunning Grade II listed building, the ambiance, for a start, doesn’t get much better – until you hear the lovingly curated playlist of old-school hip-hop, funk and soul in the background, that is.

Alongside the nostalgic soundtrack, Dirty Bones offers NYC-inspired comfort food and delicious cocktails to wash them down with, including chicken and waffles, cheeseburger dumplings and burnt onion and ale beef short rib, not to mention the mouth-watering famous Moving Mountains vegan mac daddy burger for all of those doing Veganuary – and those who aren’t.

Where to go for a drink

TT Liquor is one of Shoreditch’s finest speakeasy-style bars. Once a police station, the building now allows customers access through an unassuming entrance and into a cellar bar transformed from old jail cells.

Kick back and relax on leather benches and enjoy a delicious, handpicked selection of fine liquors and cocktails. There’s even the option to create your own liquor collection by taking a deposit box for bottles customers have purchased upstairs in the booze shop. If you need a particularly big January pick-me-up, TT Liquor also offers cocktail-making masterclasses and tasting experiences.

Everything else

This month, Shoreditch is treating workers to a month-long pop-up for gin-lovers at Ham Yard Hotel. A celebration of all things gin, Hot Gin Roof: The Chronicles, organised by Sipsmith And Ham Yard Hotel, greets guests with a hot gin and tonic on arrival to warm you up, and is hosting two masterclasses, where you can create bespoke cocktails and taste a few cheeky samples along the way.

And on the 10th Jan, yoga fans are in for a treat with Shoreditch’s beloved The Book Club, which is hosting a session of Sade Yoga. That’s right – a night of yoga poses along to your favourite Sade hits.

If you’re looking for a small office for rent, Shoreditch could be a great place to develop your business in the new year. Why not check out our offices and see which ones suit your company’s needs?

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7 December 2018

The Ins and Outs of Putney: December

Got all your Christmas shopping done? Nope, neither have we – but that’s ok because it’s sort of a tradition to do it all last minute, right? With our new serviced office space, Putney now has a growing number of start-ups and freelancers working in the area. The festive party season is upon us and if you’re currently lacking a little festive spirit, then Putney has lots of it. Here’s what to see and do in the area in December.

Where to eat

December is truly the best month of the year. You’ll be guzzling down gingerbread lattes and orange hot chocolates while having all of the festive food, mince pie anyone?

As well as our office space, Putney has lots of great spots for eating out. If you love sugar, spice and everything nice, a trip to Blabar is a must. A Nordic paradise, this Scandinavian themed spot serves up warm cinnamon buns, Swedish coffee and open-top sandwiches aplenty.

If you’re still looking for a place to host a festive dinner or don’t fancy cooking on Christmas Day, then The Jolly Gardeners is serving up a range of festive menus with all of the trimmings included.

Where to go for a drink

An award winner of designmynight, Tequila Mockingbird Putney is an intimate bar that would be a great stop off on a night out. Enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails and then party until 2am while the DJ entertains you with some festive tunes. Expect to see a few drinks specials over the Christmas period.

If you fancy a drink with a view, The Boathouse is a fantastic spot overlooking the river and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Wrap up warm and enjoy a mulled wine or cider that they’ll have on offer throughout December. If you’re a fan of live music or comedy then you’ll love The Half Moon – a long established and respected live music pub and food house, it plays host to plenty of acoustic music, comedy and much more. They’ve also got a couple of regular Quiz Nights happening across the month, so it’ll be a great distraction from the thought of working on Monday.

What else is going on?

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned market to get you in the mood for Christmas and Putney’s regular Saturday market will likely be jam packed with locals and tourists to the area. Bringing fresh, artisanal produce to Putney High Street, you can find all of your food and gift inspiration here. The market can be found in St Mary’s Church Square every Saturday between 10am-3pm.

For a traditional celebration through song, join the Epsom Chamber Choir on Saturday 8th December for a free choral concert. There’s likely to be a few classics to hum along to, so grab your friends or family and enjoy an evening of music without having to spend a penny.

If you’re looking for a small office for rent, Putney could be a great place to develop your business in the new year. Why not check out our offices and see which ones suit your company’s needs?


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2 December 2018

The Ins and Outs of Shoreditch: December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and you’d better believe that Shoreditch is full of cheer – not to mention restaurants and bars transformed for the festive season. London truly knows how to do the festive season best with beautiful lights lining every street and store fronts dressed to the nines. As London’s startup and small business centre, Shoreditch has no shortage of places to eat, drink and be merry, which is ideal for all of the employees that populate the area in managed offices such as our own. For December, we found the best places for you to enjoy just a short walk away from our serviced office spaces in Shoreditch.

Where to eat

For those looking to get into the spirit of the festive season, The Princess of Shoreditch is the place to go for a festive meal. Nestled on Paul Street, the pub serves up a delicious Christmas feast for the month of December. There is mulled wine and mince pies galore and Christmas music playing all day long. The Princess of Shoreditch is not open on Christmas, however – if you find yourself in the neighbourhood on the day, The Hoxton Grill located inside the Hoxton hotel in the heart of Shoreditch, conveniently located across the street from our location on Great Eastern street, offers a lovely spread – roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas Pudding and of course some mince pies.

Where to go for a drink

Nestled inside the neighbourhood staple that is Dinerama, Dick’s Magic T-bar has been transformed into a cosy escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers and the weather that can be oh so frightful – yes there is a fire that is so delightful. Delicious tipples including a frozen toffee vodka. If you’re looking for something themed but not so Christmassy, the Queen of Hoxton rooftop is sure to blow your mind away, all the way to Paris as this year’s theme is Moulin Rouge, otherwise known as Lady Celeste’s Parisian Rooftop Bar. There’s an absinthe bar to make a visit to the green fairy and of course wine and cheese to really set the scene – you’re visiting Paris after all.

Everything else

Just outside our serviced office space, Shoreditch offers an abundance of things to do from mini golf to ping pong. The London Shuffle Club, however, is all about the festive season, and has been transformed into a cosy winter retreat – fire pit and roasted marshmallows included. Another fun activity to partake in, that is a bit out of the ordinary, is a social game of darts. There’s no better place for this then at the Flight Club in Shoreditch, where you can order fizz  — and like magic have it waiting for you upon your arrival. The Flight Club also hosts a fizz hour every day from 5 pm – 7 pm, where a bottle of prosecco is just £25, so bring on the bubble!

Festive season or not, Shoreditch is the ideal place to work with great things going on all year round and not to mention delicious food and drink. Make sure to keep checking our blog for the best in recommendations.

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20 November 2018

Make the Most of Your Serviced Office Space: Taking Some Time Out

Working in the same office space can get extremely monotonous, especially when you see the same people every day and stare at the same plain walls. However, a serviced office space is not your ordinary workplace. It provides more than just a space to work. Proper Office offers a flexible working space with communal areas that recharge the batteries and encourage bonds to form between colleagues and other businesses. It’s no wonder that freelancers and start up businesses are all flocking to sign up, so if you’re looking for a shared office space for rent, Shoreditch is the place to be. How can you transform and benefit from a serviced office space? Here are just a few suggestions from Proper Office to take on board when considering this choice.

The Importance of Nature

Adding nature to your working environment has a bigger impact on your productivity than you think. A lot of office spaces don’t budget for adding a few indoor plants or flowers for the employees to enjoy but science tells us that nature does in fact make us happy.

We all long to be outside when we’re at work, particularly during the Summer but bringing the nature in, lifts our mood and improves our productivity. One of the ways it does this is through adding cleaner air to the atmosphere, which is a must when living in an overly polluted city.

Breakout Spaces to Relax and Reflect

With many a shared office space, Shoreditch is a hub for numerous digital start-ups and therefore many of the jobs at these offices require you to be sat in front of a screen for the majority of the day. That’s neither good for your health or for your work, therefore having a breakout area is crucial for us humans, so that we avoid having lunch at the desk, giving our eyes a much-needed rest.

Ever stared off into space and allowed your mind to just switch off? In London, it’s a city that’s always constantly busy, working round the clock and as city residents, we don’t allow time to just sit back and reflect. A breakout space is essential and if you’re after a shared office, Shoreditch is home to many.

Making Time to Socialise

It’s in our nature to long for connection. We need to socialise or else we would have a pretty lonely existence. By having an office building that is shared with other companies, it gives you the chance to develop relationships amongst like-minded people like yourself. At Proper Office, we offer breakout spaces with ping pong tables to give our tenants a place to enjoy their well-deserved break and network with others in the building.

As a new business, the networking opportunities can be essential for getting your foot in the door and meeting people who could potentially rocket your venture to where it needs to be.

If you’re after managed office spaces, Proper Office offers several properties in Shoreditch and Putney that can suit your business’ needs, whether you’ve just started out or need a new scene to help improve work productivity and growth amongst the staff and your company.


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5 November 2018

The Ins and Outs of Shoreditch: November

Christmas is fast approaching and this means that festive decorations are aplenty all over London. Near and around our serviced office space, Shoreditch is no different. You can expect to see all of the local businesses taking part in celebrating this wonderful time of the year. There’s plenty of things to see and do this month to get into the Christmas spirit.

Where to eat

Working in the neighbourhood of Shoreditch has its perks, including a variety of places to eat. As it approaches the festive season, there’s also plenty of offers available. Busaba Bangkok Thai offers a casual and contemporary setting that’s great value for money and therefore a godsend on your bank balance. They’re currently offering a Christmas Banquet or Feast that are great for big groups. Office Christmas party anyone?

If you fancy something a little more upmarket for a fraction of the price, Nobu has a delicious afternoon tea menu for just £30 per person. This festive treat includes your standard selection of sandwiches, hot beverages and a glass of prosecco.

Where to go for a drink

When it comes to our shared office space, Shoreditch is the perfect location for group drinks. If you want something a little different, Ballie Ballerson is the perfect venue to drink and bring out the inner child. It’s the first ball pit bar to ever come to London and is a fun atmosphere whether you’re on a first date or having after work drinks with colleagues.

Famous for its main ball pit that GLOWS, the venue also offers some very nostalgic cocktails that pay homage to the sweets you enjoyed way back when. They also do a boozy bottomless brunch with two hours of unlimited prosecco – but perhaps save that one for the weekend.

Another spot to visit is Cirque, another quirky bar that offers happy hour on cocktails for just two for £10. With its eccentric interiors, it’s a great spot if you’re new to the area.

What else is going on?

Ever been to a pop-up event? It’s a great way to discover new businesses and there’s another one coming to Shoreditch on the 9th November.  Chicken n Beer has thrown pop-up parties all over London and this time, Flavas is playing host. It’s expected to sell out so if you love festival style food and drink and twerking badly in front of strangers, this is your scene.

Since gin is no longer the spirit enjoyed mainly by the older generations, London has become a popular attraction for various cocktail bars, emporiums and festivals all dedicated to Gin. The Gin Journey London is a tour through the neighbourhood of Shoreditch. You’re chauffeured from one bar to the next where you’ll enjoy many samples of this spirit in different forms. It’s a great one if you’re celebrating a birthday and need to control a crowd of friends.

If you’re looking for an office space, Shoreditch is the ideal spot that offers more than traditional offices do. We’ll be bringing you our picks of the best it has to offer every month. Make sure to keep checking the blog to get all of our recommendations.

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31 October 2018

Make the Most of Your Serviced Office Space: Setting Up Your Space

When it comes to designing the layout and décor of your office, the process is as much about inspiration as anything else. Here, Proper Office outline how you can set up your space for maximum impact and efficiency.

The first thing to do is identify the main goals you have in mind for the new space. You may want to prioritise collaboration, in which case you’ll want to ensure breakout areas and spaces that encourage and allow working together, such as a space large enough to hold bigger meetings, or somewhere where everyone can eat and have lunch meetings together.

Other possible objectives you may have in mind could be preparing for future growth, increasing productivity, projecting a certain brand and image to workers and clients, or making it a place that attracts and retains workers.

It’s a good idea to look at what other companies in your industry, or even within the same shared office space, are doing, so you can discover any best practices. Not only is this good for design, but for practical reasons, too. This inspiration can work both ways, too – Amazon’s recently built UK headquarters was designed to mirror the sort of flexible, shared office space Shoreditch built its reputation on.

You will also need to take into consideration the practical elements, such as ample space for technology and equipment, as well as enough storage and the security of the storage.

When it comes to the design, every decision can make a difference. The colour of your décor can dictate the mood, the openness of the kitchen can dictate how people move around it, how they socialise, and even effect their moods. Multiple studies have shown that employees based in offices with more creative, inviting décor are happier and more productive as a result.

Next, think about your employees, and how the nature of their roles dictates how they work. For example, open spaces that encourage collaboration are great for designers, but for those working intensely on their own work, having a space that prioritises concentration will be more effective.

One major factor to consider here is sound. It depends on how much leverage you have to design the office, but trying to keep at least one are separate for loud or private meetings, and keeping breakout areas away from desks, are a few ways to design the office with concentration in mind.

The design will also massively depend on the type of office you are moving into. If you are based in a shared office space, for example, you may have the layout already done for you. In this case, you can focus energy and budget on the décor. Do you want the office to be filled with fresh flowers, modern lighting or bookshelves full of books?

Again, this comes down to the nature of the business and what you want to encourage in employees, and how you want the office to make them feel. Regardless of whether they’re based in the headquarters of a large company or the sort of shared, serviced office Old Street has to offer, everyone works better in a space that’s been set up right.

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25 October 2018

Meet the Professional

This month for our ‘Meet the Professional’ series we spoke with Victoria Vannicola, Marketing & Content Strategist at Snapppt, a company that drives sales via Instagram. We sat down with Victoria to find out more about herself and her career.

What are the main things you do in your role?
I create campaigns for brands, match influencers with brands and campaigns, create social plans – IG/FB/Twitter and formulate analytics based on brands x influencer // overall reach (success) they had.

What are the first three things you do when you get to the office in the morning?
1. Check my emails
2. Open up Business of Fashion + Refinery 29 for ideas + industry news
3. Scan through influencers to check for new content

How did you get your start in your career?

I started working with Childrenswear – attending trade shows, I realized that I loved being with the people and being able to ‘sell’ a vision. I then moved into a PR role for a marketing company – this is where my passion for analytics and the science behind what makes the world of social stemmed.

What is your favourite thing about what you do?

Being able to create content – envisioning a campaign and having it come to life through the brand and handpicked influencers is so much fun!

What is your least favourite thing about what you do?

I think the worst part is telling someone they aren’t a good fit for a campaign, even though it isn’t personal.

Where do you work: rented space, serviced office, owned office, co-working space?

Owned office

How important is office environment to you?

Very important – if you don’t feel comfortable with your surroundings, your productivity definitely goes down. I hate feeling like I’m locked up in a quiet zone – work shouldn’t feel like a school library!

Do you prefer open plan or individual offices?

Open plan, but for meetings and video calls I do prefer an individual office.

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?


What piece of advice would you give to someone starting in the business?

It’s easy for people to make it seem like your job isn’t as important as theirs, they don’t understand the power of influencers & how important a campaign can be in the world of marketing. Big or Small – give every account everything you have. Do not get discouraged if not all your ideas work, it’s a learning curve!

Did you have a mentor?


Is there a motto or quote that you live by?

No one is promised tomorrow. Don’t take today for granted. We all have days where life just seems impossible – it’s important to remember that we need to enjoy every moment, don’t take anything for granted.

What keeps you awake at night?

How much work I know I have to do in the morning…. #procrastination

We hope you enjoyed learning about Victoria. Watch this space for our monthly ‘Meet the Professional’ series, where we will be interviewing a new professional each month and sharing everything from what they do, to what keeps them up at night with you from our serviced office space, Shoreditch based. Did you get a chance to read about Karen Lane in our last ‘Meet the Professional’ post? Karen is the MD at Plus 1 Communications in London business center Shoreditch, where she and her team thrive.

If you’re looking for an office space, Shoreditch has many – Proper Office is a great option with a friendly staff that will help cater to individual’s needs. Contact us today to find what we have available.


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5 October 2018

The Ins and Outs of Shoreditch: October

Shoreditch has become the place to be – whether you’re hungry, thirsty, or in need of some inspiration or excitement. It’s also become the number one place to base your small business or start-up, with its diverse and creative community, and plenty of shared office space. Shoreditch has so much to offer that we’ll be publishing a monthly guide to the ins and outs of the area. For October, we take a look at some of the best places to eat, drink and be merry near our premises.

Where to eat:

Cereal Killer Café

It started with a bang when two bearded brothers set up the country’s first ever cereal café in 2014 on Brick Lane. Since then, the divisive hipster duo have won over the capital’s taste buds, and even had to move to larger premises on the opposite side of Brick Lane. But don’t worry – it’s still decked out with enough retro memorabilia to send you on a trip down memory lane.

It may not be the most conventional choice for dinner, but its cereal concoctions are surprisingly filling – and tasty. Choose from a variety of milks – including non-dairy options, as well as chocolate milk – and a tonne of cereals from the UK and US, and finish with a variety of toppings. They also offer a variety of other food options, but we recommend keeping to the classic cereal. Oh, and you can top it off with a pretty impressive selection of decadent milkshakes.

Where to go for a drink:

Bar Three

This chic, stripped-back basement cocktail bar in Spitalfields is a good old-fashioned option for a fuss-free, well-made cocktail. Each one is created with care and precision, and your taste buds will thank you for it.

The interior design at Bar Three is the perfect balance of sleek, and cosy and chilled out, with many low-lit nooks and corners to cosy up into. It’s the perfect after-work drinks atmosphere, right in the heart of Shoreditch.

What else is going on?

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Shoreditch. And as the weather cools and the leaves begin to fall, there’s no better time of year to appreciate nature, and there’s no better way to appreciate nature than with a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market.

It’s one of London’s most popular weekend markets, with vendors filling the narrow street and selling everything from succulents and cacti to humble houseplants, bouquets and herbs.

Shoreditch is one of London’s best places to work and explore, which is why we’ll be bringing you our picks of the best it has to offer every month. Make sure to keep checking the blog to get all of our recommendations.

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1 October 2018

Make the Most of Your Serviced Office Space: Networking Tips

Networking often sounds harder than it actually is. At its core, networking is simply making yourself available for conversations with new people in and related to your industry of work, and making new contacts that could serve you in the future.

But networking, while it has many benefits, is often difficult to fit into a schedule that involves spending most of your time working in an office with people you already know. It can often mean having to go to after-work drinks and events, which aren’t always practical – and where people are usually keen to leave their work at the door.

And herein lies just one of the many benefits of a serviced office space. Shoreditch may have plenty of other venues for meeting new people, but an advantage of a space like Proper Office is that you’re given the opportunity to interact with professionals working at all sorts of different companies during your working day. Here’s how to take advantage of that, and keep on top of your networking game.

Be prepared

The best networkers are the ones with their elevator pitch memorised and a dozen business cards in their top pocket.

No one would advise memorising your entire spiel, but it’s worth putting in some time to ensure you don’t waste time when it comes to opening lines. Have a clear-cut opening line for when you meet someone new and they ask you about your role and the company you work for.

Likewise, if you’re working on a big project you’re looking for outside help on, it’s worth being sure you can summarise this in a nutshell, in case it comes up in conversation and you don’t want to be caught off-guard.


The best impression anyone can give is being a good listener. And this doesn’t just mean appearing to listen with the odd nod and affirmative noise – it means really listening. This way, you can ask insightful questions and make others feel interesting and important – any conversation goes two ways, and you should be thinking about more than what you need from someone. Being a good listener will ensure you come away from a conversation liked and remembered. Remember that

Take advantage of shared office space

The best opportunities for networking will come at times when you least expect it. You may just meet someone interesting while warming your food up in the microwave.

To take advantage of this, make sure you get away from your desk on breaks and at lunch, to make use of communal space. This is much easier in a shared office space; Shoreditch has many to offer, as well as further afield in London and beyond.

See if your office has a communal breakout area downstairs. You never know what business opportunities you’ll come across while making lunch or playing a game of ping pong in Proper Office’s breakout space or rooftop area, for example. Spend some time in these communal areas winding down and talking to those working in other offices. Shared offices may also have communal kitchens, gardens, or may even have regular after-work drinks between offices.

Whether you’re networking in a shared office space, Old Street bar or at a pre-arranged networking event, taking the time to interact and engage with people can be a crucial part of opening up new business opportunities – and you never know when those opportunities could arise.

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