We’re going to be honest, we’re really finding it hard to contain our excitement at the moment. Last night, we went out to every restaurant we’ve ever dreamed of. We’ve sampled African-fusion dishes, Greek-fusion tapas, Japanese-fusion plates… our trousers are pretty tight and it’s glorious. Can you blame us now that the restaurants are fully open? Next up, it’s all about where to work.
This whole ‘being out and about in London again’ thing has really put a spring in our step and we’re desperate for meetings, networking, live events, rubbing shoulders with people, maybe even the occasional hand-sanitised handshake (… then again maybe not). But where to set up an office? There are so many options. So whether you’re a freelancer just starting out or the owner of a growing company, we’ve put together a few places to start your search. Make sure to invite us a long when you’re in!
Sunloungers, comfy seating and cocktails. What more could you want? Desk space? Oh, there's plenty of that too.
For creatives … and swimmers: White City House
Imagine going into an office that has a rooftop pool. Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore. Over at White City House (brought to you by the Soho House chain), where the old BBC TV centre used to be, there is a delightful penthouse offering of sunloungers, comfy seating and cocktails. What more could you want? Desk space? Oh, there’s plenty of that too.
Perfect for the creative types, there’s a screening room, podcast recording equipment, a members’ kitchen, meeting rooms, break-out spaces (basically more meeting rooms but with sofas instead of chairs)… and a pool.
If you sign up to their Every House membership, you get access to all the different houses across London including Shoreditch, Greek Street and Little House Mayfair. So chi chi but totally worth it, particularly for that tan… oh, and sure, the networking too.
Where: Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7FR
For entrepreneurs: Kindred
Whether you’re starting out on your own or you’ve managed to set up a small business, Kindred is a great place to network and meet people. They have a brilliant roster of events, including barbecues in their beer garden, poetry and spoken word performances, live music… the list goes on.
The club is set in an impressive Grade-II listed Georgian mansion and is all about socialising. The logo is a campfire, which perfectly illustrates their ethos of sitting around together and exchange ideas and thoughts – although instead of melting marshmallows you can sample the London-fusion menu in their restaurant The Cellar.
Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9BW
Instead of melting marshmallows you can sample the London fusion menu in their restaurant The Cellar.
The delightfully kooky set-up includes a 30-foot rocket-ship Big Ben.
For dog lovers and outside-the-box thinkers: nhow London
If you’re looking for something a little different, this might be it. The vibrant and whacky interiors of the nhow hotel sits in-between Angel and Shoreditch. It opened at the beginning of last year (not great timing, sure…) and has a great selection of co-working spaces. The delightfully kooky set-up includes a 30-foot rocket-ship Big Ben – you might be starting to get a taste of the kind of inspiration you might find here.
You can get a hot desk at £15.99 for eight hours (which includes a hot drink, a sandwich for lunch, and water) or take up one of the
‘Leave Me Alone Private Labs’ for total silence (which comes at an extra cost). You can even opt for a ‘Full Workation’ which has the workspace and hotel stay rolled into one. And the best bit? Pets are welcome!
Where: 2 Macclesfield Road, EC1V 8DG
For growing businesses: 107 Cheapside
‘Yours’ is the brainchild of co-working operator Work.Life and global real estate adviser Knight Frank. The team curates office space for businesses of 30 or more people with flexible contracts. Offering neither a leased self-managed office nor a co-working space, they’ve mixed things up a bit by combing these two elements to offer a super adaptable workspace, but with the right levels of privacy, security and management.
This Cheapside office is in the heart of the City with floor-to-ceiling windows peeking out over St Paul’s Cathedral. You can customise the space with your company logos and branding and mix up the floorplan so the Accounts Department can be in their secluded corner where they like it.
It has meeting rooms, phone booths, a kitchen, seriously high-speed internet and all the rest. Meanwhile the Yours team manage the space and you can keep tabs on it through their app. Simple!
Where: 107 Cheapside, EC2V 6DN
You can mix up the floorplan so the Accounts Department can be in their secluded corner where they like it.
For sealing big deals: Michelin House
There’s one guaranteed way to impress a new client and that’s by inviting them for a meeting at Argyll Club at Michelin House. The impressive Art Deco building was originally commissioned by Michelin in 1909 to be their headquarters … but now it’s ready and waiting to be your new work space.
Inside there are 47 serviced offices, six meeting rooms, a business lounge and a private roof garden. For those cycling to work there are showers and changing facilities as well as bike storage. And it’s just five minute walk from South Kensington tube station. If you don’t seal a business deal here, we don’t know what will work.
Where: 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD
For first-time freelancers: The House of St Barnabas
The House of St Barnabas is a Grade-I listed Georgian building set in the heart of Soho – and it’s a truly exceptional offering. Not only is it a private members’ club, it’s also a homeless charity. So all profits go back into a really excellent cause. As well as that, for people just starting up on their own, it’s really great value and very sociable.
They have a very impressive outside space considering it’s smack bang in the middle of London. They host events in the garden when the weather is good, as well as barbecues, and inside they showcase contemporary art exhibitions. The rest of the time, you’ll see works by the likes of Banksy, the Chapman Brothers, Damien Hirst, and Tracey Emin.
Where: 1 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4NQ
For those who like to relax in the evenings: NYX Hotel
The NYX boutique hotel is named after the Greek goddess of the night, which makes sense, as it’s an ideal place to unwind after a long day’s work. The hotel covers ten storeys on the corner of Southampton Street and Theobalds Road. The building has been graffitied by street artist Dan Kitchener and the interiors designed by Garuda Design, providing a chic but edgy place to tap on your keyboard.
The hotel has an exciting programme of events and you can pick up a pew at the all-day and late-night NYX bar and restaurant. It features a mouthwatering menu of London fusion dishes and an impressive array of more than 20 tequilas. A great way to end a day in the office!
Where: 50 – 60 Southampton Row, Holborn, WC1B 4AR