Best Offices: The City v Canary Wharf

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From The City to Canary Wharf, London offices have been transformed through magnificent office fit out and refurbishment projects. With this in mind, many are finding exciting and innovative ways to make their offices unique and rewarding for employees. But which of these business hubs wins in design innovation? We take a look at The City v Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf

The complex as a whole cannot go without mention. Canary Wharf incorporates the surrounding natural water providing a balance between man-made architectural wonders and a softer, more organic edge. We have been hired to complete lots of work in this area, highly skilled painters and decorators in Canary Wharf are hard to find, this is the reason that our team are hugely popular.


KPMG describe their offices as a 21st century green building at the forefront of environmental efficiency and have been recognised by The Estates Gazette as ‘one of the most ambitiously ecological developments in the country’. They’ve certainly replaced three stories or car parking space with 200 cycle spaces and shower facilities:

Clifford Chance

Who wouldn’t want a 20 x 8 metre pool with views overlooking Canary Wharf? That’s what you get if you work at Clifford Chance

Yet the office also provides ‘sleeping pods’ like these, should you have to stay up to close a deal – we’ll let you decide if the pros outweigh the cons!:

Trinity Mirror plc

This 14, 500 square foot multimedia publishers office is required to serve as flexible space for its increasing family and services: the Mirror Group and The Independent joined the Trinity Groups demanding more editorial facilities and the company began creating live TV requiring an on-site television studio.

Editors’ desks must work next to tv control rooms and spaces within spaces have appeared in order to ensure the right aesthetics for live broadcasting:

The City

Whilst Canary Wharf was ‘purpose built’, The City is the product of a more organic evolution over hundreds of years, as London has grown into the financial and business powerhouse it is today.

Lloyds of London

Heading up The City we have Lloyds of London. This infamous ‘inside out’ building has service features such as pipes and lifts on the exterior of the building rather than the inside. There is a calming acoustic throughout – if you want to attract someone’s attention you must click your fingers rather than raise your voice above hushed tones.

And this quirk is alongside an impressive and expansive interior which makes a feature of the Lutine Bell, a bell salvaged from the ship HMS Lutine, whcih sank in 1799. Traditionally struck when the news of a lost ship arrived – once if the ship was lost and twice if it had returned safely – today its use is reserved for marking the death of a royal or to commemorate disasters such as 9/11:

Macquarie Banking Group

These offices in the heart of The City cover 217, 500 feet over a staggering 6 floors. The red staircase acts as centre-piece suggesting openness and connectedness:

…whilst the glass manifestation of vertical slats gives a simultaneous impression of both transparency and privacy:

The Gherkin

However, the out and out winner must be those businesses that have managed to bags themselves an office in the landmark Gherkin. Without a doubt the most prestigious place to have an office in London, Allianz, Kirkland and Ellis, Standard Life, Couuts and Hunton and Williams are amongst the few that have seriously raised the bar on beautiful office spaces:

No matter where your office is, The Invisible Painter can make sure it pips your rivals, wows your clients and makes employees feel at home. The Invisible Painter is known for being a leading commercial painting and decorating company in London whilst also regularly undertaking successful office decoration projects throughout the capital.

Another core service the Invisible Painter provides is tower block property refurbishments. Read our page to learn more about this service if you are interested.

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