November 8, 2023

Serviced Offices: A Quick Guide

What is a serviced office?

Serviced offices, sometimes also referred to as flexi offices are fully fitted and furnished ‘plug-and-play’ spaces that offer the freedom to adjust space requirements quickly and without the hassle long-term contracts bring. They are ideal for start-ups, rapidly expanding businesses and those that value (or require) the flexibility to up or downsize easily. 

What are the top benefits of a serviced office? 

Serviced offices offer a convenient and efficient solution for many businesses, with benefits that include:

Ease of entry

Serviced offices come fully equipped with tangible furniture, internet connectivity, all stationary, printing and cleaning services etc. It provides a ready-to-work solution with everything included.

Low deposits

Most providers usually ask for a deposit of no more than two-three months’ rent. Conventional offices are considerably more costly, often requiring full fit-outs, office furniture, larger deposits and longer lead-in times for the office to be ready for occupation. 

Flexible commitment periods

Serviced offices offer shorter commitment periods than traditional leases. Some serviced offices offer monthly rolling contracts on short notice periods. Typically, licences usually run for 6 months or 1-2 years, which is favourable if you are a growing or start-up business requiring flexibility to grow or contract as necessary. 

Immediate move-in options

The plug-and-play spaces mean you can move in almost instantly with no lengthy negotiations or time-consuming contracts to complete. 

Minimal exit costs 

Depending on your contract, you may be able to give notice just a month before leaving. Plus, with no heavy equipment or furniture to move out, it makes for a quick and easy process. 

What if I want to change my space? 

The flexibility of serviced offices is an ideal perk if you are unsure of the future growth of your business. With a serviced office, you can take a short commitment period and have the ability to up or downsize quickly. During a fixed period contract, if you require additional space, you can easily either take additional adjacent space, or you can upgrade the entire office to a larger one as your business grows, subject to availability within the building you occupy. 

How do I find a serviced office? 

The popularity of serviced offices against increasing demand and competition means Googling your way to finding the perfect space can be complex, time-consuming and overwhelming.

Here at the Lorenz Consultancy, we are experts in sourcing all suitable opportunities and in negotiating the best financial rates and optimum lease/licence terms on your behalf and in conjunction with your requirements.  

Through our longstanding relationships with all serviced office providers across the capital, we have the ability to present you with a full schedule of options on short notice and advise you through the process, leaving you to focus on your day-to-day business needs. 

If you are considering serviced offices, or if you would like to explore further, feel free to contact the Lorenz Consultancy or fill out this quick form to start your search – we will take care of the rest. 

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Emma Whittle

Executive Team Assistant

Emma joined the team in June 2018 as an executive assistant, having previously worked as an estate agent in sales. Emma enjoys baking, walking her dog, and is very creative in art and crafts in her spare time. 


Welfare Officer

Misty became part of the Lorenz family at the start of 2023. As Head of Office Welfare, she has the momentous job of maintaining client satisfaction and ensuring her colleagues are at the top of their game from 9-5.30 with consistent tail wags and hugs.

Yolandi Verschoor

Executive Team Assistant

Yolandi moved to London from South Africa in January 2022, and joined the team in July 2022 as an executive assistant.

With previous experience in the same role at a law firm in South Africa, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her position.

Christina Samuel

Executive Team Assistant

Christina joined the team in September 2019 as an executive assistant, having previously worked as general manager for hospitality group The Piano Works.

Christina has a BA and Masters in English from King’s College London, and she enjoys regularly attending yoga, spin, and box fit classes, as well as playing badminton.

Gill Pritchard

Operations Manager & Executive PA to Anthony Lorenz

Gill has been an integral part of the team since its formation in November 2007. With vast experience working as a Legal PA in London for various UK law firms, Gill currently serves as the Operations Manager & Executive PA to Anthony Lorenz.

Her extensive knowledge and skills ensure the smooth functioning of the company’s day-to-day operations.

Gill is a music fan often attending concerts and collecting vinyl records. She also is an enthusiast of historic trains and planes often visiting museums and train / air shows. 

Sammy Conway

Associate Director

Sam joined The Lorenz Consultancy in January 2022 as an Associate Director, bringing more than a decade of experience in various aspects of commercial property, including agency, lease advisory, and management.
He is a qualified professional, having received certification in October 2016.

With a specialisation in transactional disposals and acquisitions across various asset classes, Sam’s niche lies in central London offices and retail & hospitality, and his focus is working in the expanding agency department in lettings and lease acquisitions.

Additionally, works closely with the lease advisory team, further strengthening firm. Sam is also a registered counsellor, providing support to APC candidates.

Sam is a football enthusiast supporting Arsenal FC, and enjoys frequent travelling with South America being a favourite destination. He also plays multiple instruments and is a member of a band as the drummer.

Bailey Crouch

Associate Director

Bailey became part of The Lorenz Consultancy team in October 2016 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2021. His expertise lies in providing advice to both tenants and landlords on the acquisition and disposal of commercial property in the UK, with a particular focus on office spaces in central London. Bailey also collaborates closely with the professional department to facilitate successful negotiations for lease renewals, rent reviews, and lease restructuring.

Bailey is a Formula 1 and Rugby enthusiast, and enjoys golfing and is a member of West Sussex Golf Club, where he has an impressive handicap of 1.

Andrew Knights

Head of Agency

Andrew is head of agency who joined The Lorenz Consultancy team in March 2008, the inception of the agency department. With a strong focus on the core West End and Central London, Andrew specialises in acquisitions and disposals across various sectors, including office, retail & hospitality, and industrial. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our firm, helping clients to identify and capitalise on opportunities in the competitive London & UK market. Andrew also collaborates closely with the professional department to facilitate successful negotiations for lease renewals, rent Reviews, and lease restructuring.

Andrew grew up and continues to reside in North London. In his free time, he enjoys staying active and participating in sports, including tennis, football, and golf. He spends most weekends playing golf at his local course.

Frank Perri

Associate Director

Frank is an Associate Director at The Lorenz Consultancy and has over 10 years of experience working in property, qualifying as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2016.

His primary focus is Lease Advisory, where he works alongside Anthony Lorenz & Richard Russell in rent reviews, lease renewals, lease restructuring, and asset management for a wide range of clients. He has experience in providing both written and oral evidence at third party and in Court.

Outside the office, Frank is a football enthusiast who brings a competitive spirit and dedication to the team. He won The Property Cup 2022 alongside a team of peers in the industry.

Richard Russell

Head of Lease Advisory Professional Department

Richard is our Head of Lease Advisory, who joined our team in July 2016. With over 25 years of experience in the commercial property industry, Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our firm. His focus includes rent reviews, lease renewals, lease restructuring, and asset management across London and the UK.

Richard has represented both landlords and tenants in negotiations, and he is experienced in preparing expert witness reports for arbitration, expert PACT, and court procedures.

He also has a strong background in portfolio strategy, helping clients identify opportunities within their portfolios and advising across all commercial property sectors, including offices, retail, leisure, and warehouse/industrial.

Outside of work, Richard enjoys a family lifestyle with his wife and two daughters.

Anthony Lorenz

Founder & Managing Director

Anthony Lorenz is a highly respected figure in the London commercial property market with over 55 years of experience in the industry. Anthony founded Baker Lorenz in 1972, focusing on agency and professional work, including rent reviews, lease renewals, and lease restructuring. Under his leadership, the firm quickly became a nationally recognised name in the industry.

In 2001, Baker Lorenz was acquired by Hercules PLC and merged with Dunlop Heywood to become Dunlop Heywood Lorenz.

However, Anthony’s passion for delivering exceptional service to clients led him to form The Lorenz Consultancy in 2007.

Anthony enjoys spending time in his Mayfair home entertaining clients and friends in the evenings. On weekends, he retreats to his 13th-century country home, where he enjoys an equestrian lifestyle and plays competitive polo throughout the summer.