Whether you’re a one man band or a small start-up, shelling out the big bucks for business rental space isn’t always an option. Thankfully London has some of the coolest co-working spaces in the world, from a former MI6 location – how very Bond, to the Shard’s collab space – just think of the views. And while the darling of the co-working world, WeWork, hasn’t had the best press of late, it still offers some of the chicest locations to work al desko. Read our guide for that and many more, no matter what your needs are.
Second Home co-working spaces have locations all over the world form Lisbon to Los Angeles. London boast several, each with quirkier and more colourful interiors than the next. Spitalfield’s 60’s sci-fi themed location houses the area’s digital big players while the Clerkenwell site is brimming with design buffs. There are plenty of membership and payment options available too, to suit your needs.
For some it’s buckets full of coffee, others it’s brainstorming. Us? We work best when we’re surrounded by seriously cool interiors. Think plush velvet chairs in jewel tones and Tom Dixon-style pendant lights over your boardroom table. The team behind the brand, whose locations span Islington, Fulham, Borough and Liverpool Street, have thought of everything from ergonomics (serious supportive chairs and standing desks) to biophilia (an indoor bounty of botanicals help workers breath better) to the scent of the place (calm curated smells to help people work). If you don’t blast the to-do list at Uncommon, you’ve got no hope.
The D&D Group, who are responsible for some of London’s hottest restaurants including Bluebird and Aster, have turned their hand to co-working space. Their £10 a day drop-in spaces are housed inside some of those very restaurants, meaning you can plug in and chow down all in a day’s work.
This Thameside, former M16 building has been turned into an Intsgram-worthy co-working space and it is beyond stunning. Public Hall by Huckletree is the first GovTech focused workspace, bringing together a curated community of start-ups, investors and innovators transforming public services. The brand also has sites in Shoreditch, West London and more, for a diverse range of industries, but Public Hall is the one if you want to pretend you’re James Bond, even if you’re just doing spreadsheets.
Here’s some good news, even if you don’t know a thing about tech you can still work at Google. Well, their London campus at least. The space is designed for freelancers and start-ups so you can work in a community of like-minded people with super-fast wifi and strong coffee. Unlike other places there is no membership fee, you just need to sign up to join. Being a freelancer can be lonely at the best of times, but their talks and events list will ensure you grow your network even if it’s just you.
With different memberships to suit different businesses, SOHO WORKS Shoreditch is an around-the-clock working space set in the iconic Tea Building. Whether you rise early and clock off quick or are a night owl that works into the small hours, the space has all the practical things you need to get your work done – printers (including a 3D printer), all-day café and bar, bookable meeting rooms, phones booths for private meetings and a roof terrace and reading room.
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Flexible, affordable and a shed load of plants (hense the name) are the USP at North and East London’s The Greenhouse. Deals and memberships vary depending on your needs but for as little as £150 per month, you can utilise 20 hours per week of desk space, fancy meeting rooms, private phone booths and access to their creative community of inspiring individuals and businesses. A great option if you’re looking to network as well as get your work done.
At the helm of this conscious co-working spot in Shoreditch is your health, as the brains behind the spot, 42 Acres, understand the importance of airy spaces, good posture, lighting and a visually pleasing work area.
The space for co-working, located on 66 Leonard Street, provides a stress-free sanctuary far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, coupled with events that community members receive discounted access to and retreats, as well as one to one sessions in the mornings, lunchtimes, evenings and weekends.
So, the darling of the co-working space might not have had the best press of late, but WeWork still offer some of the best collab spaces in the capital. Known for their millennial-approved interiors, beer and Prosecco on tap and a work hard, play harder vibe, the brand has grown exponentially, from one office in New York to locations in 29 countries. Whether you’re a one man band or a growing start-up, they have resources to suit your business and locations in just about every corner of the capital. Will Adam Neumann who had to step down as Chief Executive will be renting a space in one of their 500+ locations, who knows? We think probably not.
Fora provide spacious, bright and beautiful spaces across different locations in the city, whether you’re a solo freelancer or building your team. As well as the usual meeting rooms, workers can take advantage of a concierge desk, wellness studio, wet rooms and more. We’re big fans of the smart interiors and views across London, from The Shard to St Paul’s. And, the brand have just opened their 8th site on Shoreditch’s Princelet Street which boasts a reading room, cinema room and the pièce de résistance, an incredible feature staircase designed by top architect Piercy & Company.
Close to Old Street, Angel, Dalston and Shoreditch, De Beauvoir is at the epicentre of London’s creative scene. The Block is a network of 33 workspaces, designed to support individuals and businesses in the creative industries. Choose from casual memberships for small businesses or freelance work or private spaces for bigger ventures. There’s also an onsite café with daily changing specials and local coffee on tap.
They say an office dog makes a team more productive and we couldn’t agree more. If you’re intent on bringing your four-legged friend to work with you, Central Working might be your answer as many of their London locations allow dogs. There are plenty of other luxuries too, from onsite showers to cool breakout rooms and more. Memberships range from drop-in to 22-people private offices.
Is there anything more impressive than saying your office is in the Shard? On the 24th and 25th floor of London’s most iconic modern building sits the capital’s most progressive co-working space. Chic interiors, state of the art facilities and the best views in London.
Ok, so granted, when you think of places to take the laptop for a cosy cuppa and an e-mail reply session, Ministry of Sound, doesn’t pop into your head. However, we’re here to subvert the norm and tell you about The Ministry, a shared working space and members’ club equipped with a 70 ft bar spanning the entire ground floor, sound proof production suites, cinema, immersive technology studio and secret tequila bar.
It’s the ideal space for the creative community who want more than just some desk space.