East London is all set to become London’s latest creative business hub. Big names like Cancer Research UK, British Council and the Financial Conduct Authority are taking advantage of the affordable rents, great transport links and access to a huge talent pool with many of London’s major universities on the doorstep.
We know how hard it can be to find your perfect office space, balancing cost, facilities, the area, proximity to clients, transport links and employee needs can be really tough. How your employees feel about their immediate environment and surrounding area can be absolutely vital for retention. In our experience, regular socials and making sure the area you base your business in is vibrant and diverse, can help drastically improve retention rate. So, if you choose to make your business home in East London, or just want to test the waters, here’s our top 5 work nights out for teams in East London.
1. Star Wars VR Experience – Secrets of the Empire
Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ, UK
Perfect for teams in the creative, digital and entertainment industries, or businesses looking to keep their teams up to date with the latest tech, this hyper-reality, full sensory, immersive experience, combines interactive sets, real-time effects and amazing technology to bring you a VR experience like no other. Your team will navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters to fulfil your team's orders.
This is a truly unique experience only available in East London for a limited time (until June 2018) so make sure you book in quick! Find out more here.
2. Ballie Ballerson
97 - 113 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS
For young teams (or teams that like to feel young!) bring your silly side with one of London’s biggest ball pits! Ballie Ballerson is covered with a 70-metre glowing UV mural twisting around the walls. Get stuck into the main glowing ball pit, or book the private pit looking directly out on the street on two sides. Ballie Ballerson is the ultimate adult playground to get loose. The Shoreditch venue provides masses of space and nostalgic hedonism with unparalleled photo opportunities.
For teams that are looking to relax over a few drinks and a grown-up playground, this is a fun and relatively cheap team night out that’s bound to get everyone laughing and some great photos for the office! Find out more here!
3. Flight Club London
Flight Club Shoreditch, 2a Worship Street, London EC2A 2AH
Flight Club are making darts cool again! Fast-paced multiplayer games, ground breaking dart-tracking technology, instant scoring make this an ideal venue for a good work night out! There are multiple throw lines to level the playing field so whether you’ve got an office expert or a team of complete beginners, anyone can win on the day. With cocktails and pizza available on demand you’ll have the perfect environment for team building and some laughs!
Great for teams with a good mix of people, there’s something for everyone! Find out more here.
4. Junkyard Golf
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL
Continuing on the sports theme, Junk Yard golf combines crazy golf, weird cocktails and an assault on the senses to bring you a 9-hole crazy golf course, created from pre-loved and reclaimed random ‘shizzle’. Groups can putt their way through all sorts of bizarre holes; think UV garage, scrapyard slides, circus themes and jungle bathtubs.
With a snacky menu (hotdogs, nachos and plenty of retro sweets) along with a well-stocked bar it’ll be a fun and light-hearted night out. We’d recommend this one for new teams, you won’t be short of something to talk about! Find our more here.
5. All Stars
95 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Bowling is a classic but you’ve never bowled like this. Think cocktails on the lanes, all American eats in the restaurant and a buzzing atmosphere to get those laughs going. You can sit down and eat or choose from the snacking bar so whether you’re going big or a quick game after work this is sure to bring everyone together.
If you’re a smaller team, this is a great venue to feel part of something bigger whilst also still being able to have a decent conversation. We loved it! Tried and tested, find out more here.
East London is known for its trendy and buzzing atmosphere, you’ll never be short of ideas for team nights out in East London and you can read more about Shoreditch & Stratford on our Workspace area guides. From Old Street to Stratford, East London is always developing and is fast becoming known as London’s latest business hot spot.
If you’re interested in basing your business in East London, we have plenty of options to choose from. Pill Box is tucked away down a cobbled street in Bethnal Green, offers a hub for businesses looking to capitalise on our flexible studio leases, fantastic transport links and the energy of East London.
As well as East London, Workspace has offices all over the capital. Discover our other locations here. Is your business looking for a new and inspiring space, or is coworking more your thing? Why not check out what we have to offer? If you’d like to arrange a viewing of any of our available offices and studios, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0203 930 4700.