If you were asked where the world’s oldest film studio is based, you’d probably go with France, or Hollywood, right? The West London borough of Ealing probably wouldn’t come to mind. Sure, it’s nice enough at first glance, with its grassy parks, decent pubs and pleasant high street. But it doesn’t exactly scream “blockbuster” the instant you step off the Tube.
In the words of Martin Scorsese: “The whole idea of Ealing Studios is rebellion – a revolution of some sort.” Founded in 1902, it’s a stealthy stalwart of the international film industry and it’s still quietly churning out major movies: recent smash hits include The Theory of Everything (the one with Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning depiction of Stephen Hawking), and The Imitation Game (the one where Benedict Cumberbatch played code-cracking mathematician Alan Turing, resulting in a quadruple-Oscar win for everyone involved.)
As well as its rich history, Ealing Studios is gearing up for the future by morphing itself into a community arts hub, with cutting-edge film, TV and music tech all under one roof. As you can imagine, at Spaces we’re super keen on this. Ealing’s artsy roots have spurred the creative community that thrives there today – and it’s an obvious choice for Spaces to set up shop.
Cinematic heritage, creative workforce, and innovative streak aside, Ealing is also generally a lovely place to live – it’s affectionately known as “Queen of the Suburbs” by Londoners. So we felt it was our job – nay, our duty – to help Ealing’s business community stay exactly where they are, and work within the dreamy corner of West London that they call home.
Spaces Ealing Aurora is a 10-minute stroll away from Ealing Studios – you can pass through the gorgeous landscaped Walpole Park and admire the lake en route. It’s also 10 minutes on foot – past delicious local restaurants and cool bars – to Ealing Broadway Tube station, which is on the District Line (the green one, which makes it possible to whizz into central London in 15 minutes). For those after office space in West London to set up their base, it’s a great alternative to dull, pricey inner-city office space that locks you into a 10-year lease.
We pride ourselves on making work fun, and this outpost is no exception. Our good-looking, naturally-lit coworking space in West London buzzes with friendly, like minded people who love sharing ideas – and desk space. Ealing-based entrepreneurs, creative business-owners and startups gather in our coworking areas to build their networks and get a daily dose of peer support (something budding filmmakers certainly need in buckets). Spaces Ealing Aurora also has 40 dedicated private desks – accessible 24/7, and perfect for getting your head down to crack on with some of those post-production tasks. And, for businesses seeking a little extra privacy, our swish serviced office in West London can be hired on a flexible basis – so companies can upscale or downsize the amount of space they’re using as and when they need to.
Perhaps you’ll need easy access to meeting rooms in West London? There are five of them here, with a capacity ranging from four to six people, and AV and superfast Wi-Fi thrown in for good measure. Or, if you’re after a West London business address as a springboard for your London debut, you could make Ealing Aurora your virtual office space in West London. That way, all your mail and phone calls can be handled by the wonderful in-house team while you carry on running the show remotely.
Our tenants at Ealing Aurora are a lovely bunch. There’s nothing we love more than seeing a Spaces community thrive, and we do our bit by hosting regular socials and networking events – we’ll always point people in the right direction to a cracking craft-beer place, a gig that’s happening that evening, or Ealing’s fantastic community-based Classic Cinema Club for budding buddies to check out together. We’ve really found our foothold in this vibrant pocket of West London, and we want to help creative businesses do the same.
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