'Silicon Spa' is a hugely popular area for digital media and the games industry, as well as being a historical town containing impressive Regency architecture. Its newfound business credibility such not be underestimated either.
Leamington Spa, more officially known as Royal Leamington Spa, is a historic spa town in Warwickshire, with a population of around 55,000. Known sometimes as ‘Silicon Spa’, the town has become a significant spot for digital media, and particularly the games industry. Corporate travellers coming to serviced apartments in Leamington Spa will also find an attractive town with a great deal of impressive Regency architecture. A fairly central position, on the River Leam, makes Leamington Spa, furthermore, easy to reach for clients staying in our serviced apartments. The A46 runs through the town, while the M40 motorway links it to London and nearby Birmingham. The spa town is no farther than an hour drive from central Birmingham. Therefore, for those looking to commute to Birmingham from a slightly more scenic and quieter area, staying in Leamington Spa temporary housing or short-term accommodation is the ideal option.
The Royal Leamington Spa of old, first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, still very much remains. The book mentions many villages that still exist in the town today, and this says a lot about the unmonumental changes Leamington Spa faced until the nineteenth century. Leamington Priors, as it was previously known, then became Leamington Spa following the discovery of saline springs. The town then proceeded to build bathhouses to take advantage of the supposed healing properties of these waters.
Leamington Spa continued to profit from its water sources, from the ‘fashionable’ spa period right through to the post-war period. The war’s impacts may have been harmful, but nowadays the town still continues to be a place of the ‘spa’. Development projects are at the forefront of regenerating Leamington’s Old Town into a hub for arts, heritage and leisure. The refurbishment of Leamington’s Royal Pump Room into a museum and gallery is a prime example of this. Moreover, it is a must-see attraction when staying in Leamington spa aparthotels.
Outside of the capital, Royal Leamington Spa is amongst the top ten regional centres of wealth and tourism in the UK. Naturally, this makes the town a perpetually growing location for business travel, start-ups and new Leamington Spa corporate accommodation. Leamington Spa is already home to global organisations National Grid, Millward Brown and Wolseley, as well as boasting one of the strongest clusters of video gaming companies in the UK. The ‘Silicon Spa’ employs over 2,000 people, equating to over 10% of the UK’s total in games development, making the spa town also a video game capital. A film was even released, documenting the astounding story of how the little spa town became a hub for gaming.
The establishment of the Business Improvement District (BID) in 2008 has also been vital for local business and property owners. The organisation has made great strides in recent times, setting further objectives to create a supportive business environment. This aim is to help retain local business and attract new investors.
New and existing businesses can also benefit from the support of the Warwick District Council and Leamington Chamber of Trade. They both collectively offer advice and manage the issues (economic, environmental, social and cultural) that companies and businesspeople face. They both indicate the local council’s willingness to make the town an attractive place to remain and start-up. All the recent efforts of the town make it more appealing to book Leamington Spa extended stay apartments.
In terms of natural green spaces, the town of Leamington Spa has an abundance. The stunning River Leam runs alongside Victoria Park, Pump Room Gardens, Jephson Gardens and Newbold Comyn. These parks and green spaces make for a great, relaxing day out. Newbold Comyn even has its own leisure centre and Nature Reserve, whilst the Victorian Jephson Gardens is home to the famous Queen Victoria statue.
It does not have to be about soaking up the views and pleasant atmosphere either. Visiting the Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum is also a great place to pass time. Sat on the edge of historic Pump Room Gardens, founded in 1814, and next to the River Leam, this gallery and museum display an intriguing variety of local history, art and spa-resort culture within a historic spa-baths setting. This attraction offers a fantastic reflection of the town’s history and is easily accessible from our Leamington Spa furnished housing and railway station just down the road.
Likewise, not too far from the station is the iconic All Saints Church of England. The building has served as a Christian place of worship since the mid-nineteenth century. It continues today to be welcoming establishment to the local community. The structure itself is beautiful and is worth seeing during a business or leisurely trip.
Our Leamington Spa serviced apartments offer the chance to really experience this charming town during your stay. The apartments are well-equipped and provide the sort of space not experienced in a hotel.
For flights, Coventry Airport (CVT) is the closest, no farther than a twenty-minute drive from the centre of Leamington Spa. However, many more flights are available through Birmingham International (BHX).
Organised taxi travel is available to-and-from both these airports, whilst Birmingham International Airport station facilitates easy train travel to Leamington Spa.
It would make sense that the place to go for railway travel in the town is Leamington Spa Railway Station. It is the only station in Leamington Spa, but there are other nearby stations outside the town too, such as Warwick, Warwick Parkway and Kenilworth Station.
The Spa town also benefits from lying along the Chiltern Main Line which runs from Birmingham to London Marylebone.
Right at the heart of the town is the Leamington Spa Bus and Coach station, situated along Hamilton Terrace.
It provides great access for the town centre, no further than a ten-minute walk away. There are bus services operating in-and-out of the station for the likes of London, Oxford, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. Our Leamington Spa corporate housing can place you within the close vicinity of this handy bus station.