Where to hire bikes, get a great coffee and more
Heading back to the office? While Covid-19 has revolutionised working from home in 2020, there are certain things we’ll be glad to leave behind (hunching over a laptop, back-to-back Zoom calls) and with companies beginning to go back to work, we’ve created a handy and helpful guide on how to (safely) enjoy the things you’ve missed most at Broadgate.
- Finally, get a decent coffee
Even if you’ve invested in the world’s best coffee machine, a home brew just never seems to match the real thing. Fortunately, Beany Green in Broadgate Circle are up and running and serving up their original flat whites made from beans supplied by their Aussie stablemates, The Roasting Party. Their house espresso combines single estate beans from small producers in Brazil, Colombia and Guatemala which has a nutty, chocolatey profile with a hint of acidity that’s perfect for milk-based drinks. We’ve missed you, old friend.
- Grab lunch from Island Poké or Farmer J
During the early days of WFH, lunch was an exciting experiment of sourdough and homemade soups and then… work has a way of taking over. Being back in the office means the return of incredible bowls of poké from Island Poké and the legendary fieldtrays of Farmer J (a main, a grain, two sides and a sauce). You can order Island Poké via Deliveroo or order onsite or Click & Collect for Farmer J here.
- Soak up some sunshine
Finding greenery in the heart of the City has never been more important so enjoy your lunch on the lawn in Exchange Square. If you don’t fancy heading back into the office, make the most of Broadgate’s super-fast Wi-Fi and enjoy working outdoors in the sunshine.
- Enjoy after-work drinks again
Thanks to our welcoming and pedestrianised outdoor terraces, you can take your pick of delicious food, cocktails and craft beers (click here to find a full list of all our retailers). Reserve a table at Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery to enjoy their signature G&Ts and infused cocktails and finally celebrate seeing your work teams again. If wine is your preferred tipple, visit Piccolino’s in Exchange Square to enjoy a crisp rosé in the sun and relax post-work.
- Rethink your commute
Hopefully, the days of rush hours and packed commuter trains and buses are over. With the government investing £2.5 billion in cycling and walking, now is the time to embrace a greener and calmer commute to work. Look up ideas for your commute at Transport for London (they’ve also got a new online cycle skills course) or plan your route using our guide.
- Walk to work
We are London’s biggest pedestrianised neighbourhood with easy walking access from Old Street, London Bridge and East London. We’d recommend you download the Go Jauntly app for helpful London-based walks which will also let you look up the locations of Santander bike docks.
- Hire a bike
Sun Street is home to a Brompton Bike hire locker so you can wheel around the city on a design classic. Simply go to bromptonbikehire.com to register and hire a folding bike from just £3.50 a day. It’s perfect for folding and storing under your desk or taking home plus you can return it to any public cycling dock making journeys simple.
- Keep your bike safe
We’ve installed extra parking facilities around Exchange Square and in Sun Street so you can park your bike with ease. To ensure its security, read BikeRegister’s tips for looking after your bike (and definitely email firstname.lastname@example.org about getting it marked).
- Stay safe
We’ve brought in a range of measures to ensure the neighbourhood remains a safe and welcoming place for everyone. With one-way systems in buildings, hand sanitising stations, plexiglass barriers and PPE for our teams and regular deep cleans, you can find out more information about what we’re doing here.
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