The postal district of WC2 forms the southern half of Midtown and is roughly bounded by Chancery Lane and Essex Street to the East, High Holborn and New Oxford Street to the North, Wardour Street and Whitcomb Street to the West, and Northumberland Avenue and the River Thames to the South. It is mostly within the City of Westminster with the northern section in the London Borough of Camden and in the east, the City of London.
The Royal Courts of Justice are the UK’s principal courts and are a considerable presence at the eastern end of Strand. Lincoln’s Inn Fields to the north of the courts is home to a number of barrister and other members of the legal profession that enjoy the proximity to the Royal Courts that this provides.
Other key institutions located in the district include Somerset House, King’s College London, The Royal Opera House and The National Portrait Gallery.
WC2 is also home to Covent Garden which is a location unparalleled for its shopping, cultural attractions and restaurant provision. It has also established itself as a living and working environment, tourist destination and world class retail and tourist location.
The vibrant mix of historical and modern buildings in Covent Garden and its unique central positioning has ensured that the area has successfully attracted a diverse occupational mix combining multi-national companies within the creative and media industries as well as the 44 million visitors a year.
Key occupiers in the area include PWC, Konica Minolta, Mishcon de Reya, Coutts & Co, The Economist, Bain & Co, Spotify, Condé Nast, AT Kearney, Finsbury, Dreamworks and National Grid.
Key transport hubs include Charing Cross, Embankment, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Temple statins which provide access to mainline and underground services.
There is a range of hotels in WC2 including ME Hotel, One Aldwych, The Waldorf and the world famous Savoy on Strand. Additionally, in WC2 the restaurant offer is uniquely broad and includes; J Sheekey, The Ivy, Barrafina, Clos Maggiore and Café Murano as well as large selection of international and local rands spread across the sub districts of Covent Garden, Charing Cross, Strand and Aldwych.
In April 2017, advised by BBG, Infrafred Capital Partners completed on the purchase of Hempsons House, 40 Villiers Street, WC2. On obtaining vacant possession in 2018, IRCP will refurbish and extend the offices creating modern, efficient office floors in a unique location directly opposite Embankment station overlooking Victoria Embankment Gardens.