My flatmate has a dog and since we’ve been working at home the dog has become my closest colleague. We go for walks during our lunch breaks, we chat in the kitchen while I make a coffee, and she takes a nap while I persevere through the afternoon slump. Now that offices are opening up, there’s no way I can be separated from her (yes, I am aware that she isn’t actually my dog…).
But there’s a solution, we can continue our strong work schedule in the comfort of London’s most welcoming dog-friendly workspaces. Hurrah! They’re so welcoming that some even provide dog bowls and beds for our furry friends. Although, most do provide the caveat that they only let in well-behaved pups… so we might just need to do a bit more training first…
25 EP, Victoria
Slap bang in the middle of London is a new workplace concept that blends luxury living, flexible working and pooches. What more could you want for work life in London?
25 EP is the brainchild of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and it sits in the heart of Belgravia in Eccleston Yards. The locale means there are places to go for all your fitness, wellness and dining needs in your lunchbreak too. The building rubs shoulders with the likes of Wild by Tart, Ole & Steen and Barry’s Bootcamp.
Inside, it feels like a private members’ club, with comfy sofas, vintage carpets and snazzy wallpaper. It sounds almost like you won’t get any work done, but there are glass office pods, meeting rooms, hot desks, permanent desks and private offices, from 2 to 50 people (the full capacity is 600 members). Event programmes and super-fast internet will keep you going.
And if you’re worried about spending a small fortune on coffees and teas, there’s a complimentary desk side trolley service, delivering daily afternoon tea and coffee. Even better, on a Thursday and Friday this is swapped for complimentary beer and wine!
But most importantly, this fine establishment is fully dog-friendly and all new canine members receive a complimentary dog bed and bowl.
Where: 25 Eccleston Place, Victoria, SW1W 9NF
This fine establishment is fully dog-friendly and all new canine members receive a complimentary dog bed and bowl.
Having pets in the office has shown to have a positive effect on mental health and also productivity.
Workpad, various locations
Workpad offers up luxury offices in central London, so if you’re a whole team looking to relocate with your furry friends, they know just the spot. In fact, they have loads of spots. In Soho, they have offices in Carnaby Street, Berwick Street, Broadwick Street, the list goes on… And the good thing about Soho is that there are a number of pet-friendly coffee shops and parks to take your dog to on your lunchbreak. There’s even Bow Wow, a boutique pet shop fully stocked with the latest designer accessories for your pooch.
The bespoke offices cater to all your canine’s needs and in fact, working with them can even help boost your business according to Workpad CEO Edward Griffin. “Having pets in the office has shown to have a positive effect on mental health and also productivity, and we strive to spearhead the positive changes that need to be made when returning to the office.” You know what to do.
Where: multiple locations
The Ministry, Borough
In Borough, The Ministry co-working space is mad about dogs. Canine members receive dog beds, water bowls and treats, and dog walking is also available on request. For humans, the creative workspace has a gym, bar, café, terrace, cinema, sound studio and events space.
The workspace is super flexible, you can choose a hot desk area and enjoy the Wi-Fi and comfy seats. There’s also an extensive wellbeing programme with everything from PT and fitness classes, massage therapy and sound baths to educational talks and interactive workshops.
Where: 79-81 Borough Road, SE1 1DN
Hubble, various locations
Hubble is an online platform that you can use to find your perfect co-working or office space. They have outlined which co-working spaces are dog friendly, including specific WeWork and Airspace locations in London.
We love the look of Forge & Co on Shoreditch High Street. There are three floors of beautifully-designed co-working spaces and private offices and, most importantly, for these hot summer months, there’s a stunning rooftop terrace that we bet your four-legged friend would love.
Where: various locations
The Ramp, Peckham
Peckham Levels has its own co-working space called The Ramp. The space is home to a diverse community of creatives, makers and entrepreneurs. During the day, the spaces are dog-friendly.
From weekly memberships to monthly ones, the space is super flexible. There are meeting rooms, phone booths, a kitchen space, and social events – and obviously lots of friendly people wanting to pet your dog. You can even bring them along to the free film club.
Where: 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
Uncommon, various locations
Uncommon has various locations around London – Highbury & Islington, Borough, Holborn to name a few. And each of them is dog friendly. They love having dogs around, well, at least the well-behaved kind. They rightly point out that not all people love dogs (madness) so to ensure everyone gets along, dogs need to be on a lead and ensure they don’t get too up close and personal with anyone.
They have all kinds of memberships for owners, flexible, day passes, hot desks, private offices. And the decor is really amazing. Plants, subtle colour tones, and cute lamps – it looks straight out of Instagram. You and your dog are just gonna love it.
Where: various locations
nhow, Old Street
The open-plan lobby at nhow hotel is designed for co-working. They have different lounge areas and a dedicated co-working table complete with charging points, free Wifi and even motivational music! What’s more, this is a seriously dog-friendly hotel – they provide special dog beds and bowls for guest mutts. For the humans, there’s an all-day dining menu available to fuel busy brains, plus a fully stocked bar. You can sneak off into private spaces in three different meeting rooms or simply enjoy parading your pooch around the foyer!
Where: 2 Macclesfield Road, EC1V 8DG