Silicon Valley has become the home of some of the biggest names in business across the globe.
This corner of California boasts residents such as Facebook, Google, Intel and McKinsey & Company and they are are among the companies that have been brought together by a simple idea. The 2010 film The Social Network highlighted how a good idea, combined with the right strategy and backing can really get off the ground.
The story followed a young Mark Zuckerberg who went from creating a website where college students could rate the attractiveness of their fellow classmates to launching Facebook, arguably the biggest advance in social media to date. The film followed Zuckerberg’s journey from Harvard University to the bright lights of Silicon Valley where his business blossomed.
California’s success has continued at a pace and resulted in similar operations opening up in the likes of New York City and, now, London. Shoreditch London Tech City has been steadily growing since 2008 and has attracted not only British start-ups but international clients as well.
Established companies such as BT, EE and Amazon sit alongside burgeoning firms such as Last.fm, Songkick and New Brand Vision. It also has institutes such as City University London, University College London and London Metropolitan University as academic partners.
As Shoreditch is quickly becoming the place to be in London, it has attracted a large number of tourists every year.
If you are staying in this part of London then one of the best is M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City is the obvious choice for a hotel. While driving is not the best way to get around the capital, here are a few car parks within easy reach of the hotel.
London Finsbury Square NCP
Just a ten-minute walk from the M by Montcalm is London Finsbury Square NCP. This car park is in a good location for the sights and sounds of the area and is open 24 hours, seven days a week. However, be warned as it is on the pricey side with two hours costing £14.
If you are planning on keeping the car overnight, this can cost as much as £45.
London Great Eastern Street NCP
Another car park just over ten minutes away from your hotel is London Great Eastern Street NCP. This site is slightly cheaper than the Finsbury Square option but closes at 20:00 BST on weekdays and 19:00 BST on weekends.
A two-hour stay is charged at £8 while up to 24 hours is £22.