Bishopsgate Area Guide
Located to the East of the City of London, Bishopsgate is an ideal location for commuters, as it houses Liverpool Street station, which serves as the mainline link to much of the South East. The station is also connected to four underground lines and offers regular services to London Stansted, making it a valuable hub for anyone needing travel in and around the area.
The area is in the heart of London’s financial district, and is particularly known for its banking institutions – both Royal Bank of Scotland and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have bases there. Growth is also ongoing in Bishopsgate, particularly business expansion. With skyscrapers regularly popping up in the area, Bishopsgate has been firmly established as a centre for business excellence.
The continued business expansion, along with unsurpassed transport links, means office space in Bishopsgate is very reliable and sought after.
What businesses does Bishopsgate suit?
The area’s strong emphasis on finance means any companies that either work in, or have links to the financial industry would find office space very attractive. The area is also minutes away from Bank, which houses the Bank of England, and with the construction of new office space the financial district is only set to expand further.
Businesses requiring high levels of mobility will also benefit from Liverpool Street station in very close proximity, providing well-connected Underground travel and mainline services across the South East, as well as placing the other main City districts – such as Canary Wharf – within easy reach.
"Bishopsgate" by Garry Knight is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
The main station serving Bishopsgate is London Liverpool Street – the third busiest underground station after Waterloo and Victoria, with 123 million passengers annually. It is connected to the Central, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle lines, and offers mainline services all the way to Norwich, Cambridge and Stansted via the Stansted Express.
Waterloo: 16 minutes
Euston: 24 minutes
Canary Wharf: 24 minutes
Knightsbridge: 29 minutes
The area is also with walking distance of Bank, Moorgate and Aldgate stations.
Like many of the inner City districts, Bishopsgate doesn’t offer as wide an array of eating establishments as in the West End of London. However, as well as a generous selection of delis and sandwich shops to cope with demand at lunchtime, there are several low-profile, high value restaurants, many of which offer special deals or unique selling points. The Cinnamon Kitchen (9 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YL) is housed in an old warehouse of the East India Trading Company, and offers an interior-designed, modern dining experience, serving up bold dishes such as roast lamb with mint-onion sauce. Or check out Tea Smith (6 Lamb Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6EA), which applies gastronomic principles to the traditional British cup of tea, served alongside a selection of fresh delicacies.
Bishopsgate has a great selection of traditional and modern pubs to cater for after-work relaxing. The Barracuda (133 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7BX) is for sports fan, showing all the big games on its massive plasma television. Unusually for a sports bar, it also employs enough bar staff to copy with the demand of match day, and has a resident DJ that mixes most Fridays. The Magpie (12 New Street, London, EC2M 4TP), which lives down an easily missed alleyway, serves up a great selection of British and foreign beers in a low-ceilinged building with some serious character.
Due to its central location near London Liverpool Street station, Bishopsgate has a surprising array of bars and nightclubs, many with a unique flavour or atmosphere. Balls Brothers (158 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4LN) offers a selection of beers and spirits but is known for its extensive wine list and banging playlists, and regularly attracts a relaxed and groovy crowd. Check out Vertigo (25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ), located 590 feet above ground in Tower 42, which pairs a superb champagne selection with breathtaking views over London. Random (233 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ) is also worth a visit, offering a diverse range of music styles and a large roof terrace, only 2 minutes from Liverpool Street station.
Whitechapel Art Gallery
One of the first publicly-funded galleries in London, Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibits contemporary artists and collections that are of interest to the local community. The famous This Is Tomorrow collection was displayed in 1956, which introduced many of the terms and big names that would define the Swinging Sixties.
Old Spitalfields Market
Old Spitalfields Market received its first licensed from Charles I in 1638 and has gone through a series of transformations through the centuries. The western end has been developed, but the Eastern end has been saved as a general goods and food market and is open seven days a week.