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Zetland House, Scrutton Street

21 April 2022 / Commercial Property

A historical building full of character space in the heart of Shoreditch

An iconic Victorian warehouse conversion with a wonderful modern twist, this creative office space is located in the heart of Shoreditch.

Mixed size work spaces – from individual spaces to whole floors – are brimful of character, and each has plug-and-play conveniences.

Stirling Ackroyd Shoreditch’s most popular commercial space, Zetland House offers everything from co-working lounges and offices to select penthouse floor spaces, and this ever-popular property really is the location of choice for some of the best creative and media enterprises.

Totally Connected

Old Street station (Northern Line) and Shoreditch High Street Station (London Overground) are a short walk away, and Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations are less than 10 minutes on foot, offering access to the Northern, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines, as well as national rail services.

Art Matters

Zetland House featured heavily in the London Street Art Festival, London Mural Fest, showcasing Rosie Woods and David Shillinglaw. Signal Gallery was a tenant in the building, and Banksy was one of Zetland House’s most successful artists-in-residence.

A Creative Hub – Space and Light

A popular choice for companies that want to be inspired by the space that they work in, the original structure and period features of Zetland House remain. Raised basements, lofty ground floors, glazed white bricks, wooden floors and crittall windows – have all been maintained beautifully. A private central courtyard is the main entrance, with drive-through options, and all units are fully open plan, with great natural light.

Work. Eat. Meet

Renting office space there is competitive, and tenants also have full use of the communal spaces featuring onsite hairdressers, gym, coffee roasters, an Italian restaurant, and private meeting rooms. These Shoreditch Meeting Rooms have been set up to cater for the increasing demand for cool spaces for meetings and screenings.

“We’ve always tried to work with our tenants and occupiers and give them the additional space they may require as they grow and do what we believe to make their job as easy as possible,” explains Stuart Katz – Zetland House Chairman & Trustee. “Perhaps it’s old fashioned to be able to speak to and enjoy a coffee and bite to eat with our occupiers- but that’s what we like and enjoy and we believe in turn in the Zetland community spirit.“

Rich History Of Mad Times!

Waterlow and Sons printers originated from the business of James Waterlow, who began producing lithographic copies of legal documents in London in 1810. By the 1960s, from their Zetland House base, they printed Bank of England notes and currency notes for a host of governments and countries around the world. A heavily guarded black police car with armed escorts departed the building once a week, collecting the printed bullion, driving it through Scrutton Street and out through what is now called the building’s speciality coffee shop in Paul St to the Bank of England in the City.

After Waterlow left, the building was divided and 20 different printing firms worked at Zetland House. Vast numbers of printers, rolls of paper, forklift trucks and machinery came combined, and some of the country’s leading publications were printed here.

Printers would share their staff who would literally work for one another when publications went to press. This sums up the collaborative feel of Zetland House and the events that introduce the tenants to one another.

A veritable hive of industry – this place has always been industrious and a bit avant garde! In the 60s and 70s, each Friday once a month there was a ceremony at Zetland House called “Banging Out” where a young apprentice printer were stripped and paraded naked in the Courtyard whilst his co workers threw printers ink and feathers over him, and banged on the metal equipment as he was then considered having been properly inducted and was then a qualified printer!
Stuart Katz – Zetland House Chairman & Trustee

If you would like to learn more about Zetland House, contact us.

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