Workcation, workoliday, woliday… these are just a few of the terms given to trips with a laptop in tow – a travel trend that saw a spike in popularity post-pandemic. The laptop lifestyle that used to be reserved for digital nomads has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for those of us who now work remotely, and most people can now swap their home office for anywhere in the UK whilst still getting stuff done.
Often, working from a different location is just the change of scenery needed to get the creative juices flowing and promote a healthy work life balance. But some hotels go the extra mile – with dedicated co-working spaces, free-flowing tea and coffee, and plugs galore. Not to mention gorgeous rooms, a stunning food and drink offering, and in some cases, a whole new city to explore.
Whether you’re looking for a brief weeknight escape, or a full week or two working from a brand new location, these are the UK hotels we’re headed to for the perfect productive mix of work and play.
A lesson in the art of thoughtful design, the locally-inspired interiors of Locke’s properties give off boutique hotel vibes in an apartment-style setting. Eden Locke in Edinburgh is the most intimate of their locations, with just 72 apartments to perfectly blend living, working and sleeping. Leafy plants sit alongside a tropical colour palette, creating a vibrant, modern, yet relaxed haven to work in. Whether you make one of the meticulously designed apartments your base, or the light-flooded shared living space, this city retreat is sure to get your creative flow going.
Historical, beautiful and inspiring, Edinburgh’s a perfect city to take a workcation in, with green hills on one side, the North sea on the other, and a wealth of charming cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways to explore in your spare time.
With original artist murals and eclectic style oozing out of every room, Artist Residence Brighton is a colourful, contemporary place to get creative before kicking back with a cocktail with the Brighton seafront as your backdrop. Created in collaboration with local artists and makers, the beautiful individually-styled rooms are designed to feel like a home away from home, with luxury amenities like a Roberts radio, Nespresso coffee machine, fully stocked mini bar and organic Bramley bath products.
Meanwhile downstairs, you’ll find the lively all-day neighbourhood hub which serves up a laid back brunch and coffee to keep you going while you work. Plus, it’s a two-minute walk to the beach when you’re looking for a much-needed break from the screen.
Part hotel, part foodie haven, part members’ club, part working space, part wellness getaway and part creative hub – that’s how Birch describe themselves, and it couldn’t be a more accurate description of this fun, creative and diverse destination. Set within 55 acres of nature, it’s a well-oiled machine when it comes to blending work and play. There’s a co-working space of course, but there are also heaps of activities to get involved with to keep the creative juices flowing – think comedy shows, bingo, clay-pot making, bread baking and axe-throwing.
After a day’s co-working at The Hub, get comfortable in one of their ample-sized airy rooms, before heading for dinner at The Zebra Riding Club. Oh, and there’s also a sauna, treatments, wellness workshops, and lido for swimming (or lounging). A stay here will luxuriously upgrade your working day from home desk to stately home heaven.
The Hoxton hotels have a long-standing history of welcoming remote workers with open arms. But the Southwark location has recently taken things to the next level with Working From, their homely co-working space. There are countless cosy corners to make your own; from stylish library desks with ergonomic chairs, to meeting rooms and daybeds. Help-yourself pantries are also fully stocked with snacks, tea and coffee.
Among other perks like an open air terrace and desk-side food delivery from the hotel restaurants, members also receive exclusive rates on The Hoxton’s creatively-designed hotel rooms with comfy beds, concrete ceilings and marble surfaces. And with the River Thames right on your doorstep, work breaks can be filled with long walks, fresh air and calm riverside vistas.
Countless cosy corners to make your own.
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The stylish Hyatt Centric Cambridge launched just over a year ago in October 2021 and is a hub for work and leisure. Located in the thriving new university district of Eddington, it’s perfectly positioned for exploring the famous sights of the local area after work or on your lunch break – think shops, museums, punting, cobbled streets and the university colleges on your doorstep.
Stay the night (or week) and enjoy the comfortable communal space, which has a coffee shop, cocktail bar, restaurant and an inspiring co-working space with free Wi-Fi. Rooms are warm and opulent with soft blends of mustard yellow tones against art deco wooden furnishings. All of them have super king beds too, for the ultimate post-work wind-down.
A working holiday in one of London’s most exclusive private members’ club? Don’t mind if we do… With its fabulous location and sumptuous décor, Home House is one of London’s best locations for turning your workcation into a five-star experience. A loophole we’re very much a fan of, the club’s bedrooms can be booked by non-members from £269 a night, so for 24-hours you can enjoy the full amenities (spa, gym, restaurants, bars and lounge spaces) just as the members do. Room options vary from from Club and Feature rooms to Suites, each one uniquely designed and just as luxurious as the next.
The Drawing Rooms are the perfect place to hunker down with your laptop during the day. Grand but cosy, there’s sink-in sofas, low tables and breakfast on offer to keep you fuelled while you work. You’ll also likely catch a glimpse of members going about their business next to champagne on ice (just in case). End the working day with a cocktail at The House Bar before retreating to your room for a sleigh-bed slumber. It’s a central London location, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, but the pure indulgence here will make you feel like you’re worlds away.
A working holiday in one of London’s most exclusive private members’ club? Don’t mind if we do…
A stay in this home away from home hotel ensures you have everything you need for a productive workcation under one roof – from a cinema and all-day deli counter, to an outdoor terrace and fitness classes. Each of the luxury, serviced apartments offer curated comforts, with generous kitchen and living rooms perfect for getting some work done.
In keeping with Manchester’s industrial vibe, some rooms have cosy seating areas; others exposed brick walls, or balconies with views over the city. Take a break from your screen with dinner downstairs or a fitness class from BLOK.
Everything you need for a productive workcation.
Where: Warehouse, Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP