ONE a few workers wander through the almost deserted streets of London City under the watchful eye to 30 St Mary Ax, better known as the “cucumbers”. It’s Friday, September 3, and the capital’s financial district is still a shadow of its former self.
Squares that would normally be busy with office workers rushing back and forth remain eerily quiet ahead of what is expected to be the busiest month yet for workers returning to the office. Data from the think tank Center for Cities shows that the fall of office workers in London at the end of July was still only 15 per cent of its levels before covid.
Many companies have pencil in September as the true litmus test of whether or not workers will return