Despite the greater uncertainty currently prevailing in the UK, London’s urge to innovate shows no sign of abating, even extending to the way people go about their daily business. And as large numbers of visitors continue to come to live and work in the capital, whether for a few weeks, months or longer, the impetus to adapt our working lifestyles accordingly is growing.
One of the key ways in which this has happened is the growth of co-working spaces, where both individual freelancers and small businesses can rent public desks and private offices on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis. London’s myriad of co-working spaces are scattered throughout the city, stretching all the way to the suburbs. If you’re planning to stay in London for a while and are looking for a workplace where you can be both productive and social, here’s our pick of the 20 best coworking spaces in London.
Co-working spaces are all over the world, and eOffice’s latest project on London’s iconic Oxford Street is fast becoming one of the most sought-after spaces. Open to members 24/7, the brand new space is bright, spacious and designed to be the perfect place to unleash your creativity and entrepreneurial energy. It offers a range of flexible workspace solutions, as well as a range of essential services and amenities, including high-speed internet, meeting rooms, video conferencing, virtual offices, printing, breakout spaces and a kitchen. It also hosts regular networking events. Both daily passes and monthly rolling contracts are available. Please contact them for pricing information.
Location Holden House, 57 Rathbone Place Nearest Metro Tottenham Court Road Website www.eoffice.net
Located in the North East London suburb of Newington Green, The Greenhouse is an informal creative co-working space with a strong focus on the local community. It features a blend of rustic, recycled features and thoughtful design, with a striking glass roof as a focal point. Members have access to designated desks and lockable storage, superfast broadband, meeting rooms and printing services. Other facilities include a boardroom-style meeting room with presentation equipment and a private phone booth. There’s also an on-site café, a resident yoga studio that hosts twice daily classes, and regular workshops and networking events. Membership works on a rolling monthly basis, starting from £150 per month for one hot table for up to 20 hours per week, and includes discounts for use of bookable meeting rooms and wellness sessions.
Location: 49 Green Lanes, Mildmay Ward Closest to TUBE Arsenal Website: www.thegreenhouselondon.com.
Work . Life Hammersmith
The Hammersmith branch of this highly acclaimed co-working company places you in the heart of West London with some of the best live music and comedy in London. There are private offices and hot desks, as well as meeting rooms, private phone booths, super-fast Wi-Fi, event space, bike racks, showers and a fully equipped kitchen. After-work entertainment includes beer and pizza nights and regular social events, while visitors can also enjoy monthly massage treatments and complimentary yoga sessions. For maximum flexibility, you can do anything from popping in to work for a few hours for just £4 per hour, or sign up on a monthly basis with unlimited hot desking from £275 per month.
Location 174 Hammersmith Road Nearest TUBE Hammersmith website www.work.life.
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The Trampery is a London-based social enterprise specialising in shared workspaces and support for entrepreneurs and creative businesses. Since setting up Shoreditch’s first start-up workspace in 2009, The Trampery has built an ecosystem of prestigious shared workspaces and industry facilities in London. Building on this, The Trampery is shifting towards a strategy of co-developing ‘innovation districts’ that combine workspaces, housing and amenities. As a social enterprise, The Trampery exists to bring maximum benefit to the community; to help businesses realise their ambitions; to promote a spirit of mutual support and active citizenship; and to support entrepreneurship in deprived communities as a weapon against poverty. Monthly membership fees range from £180 at the Republic office to £430 at the flagship Old Street office.
LOCATION: 239 Old Street, Hoxton, nearest pipeline Old Street website www.thetrampery.com.
This west London co-working space prides itself on providing a flexible, comfortable, warm, friendly and inclusive working environment. It’s also easy to get to from the city centre thanks to nearby tube and bus connections, and the new Crossrail service will make it easy for those travelling from other parts of the city and beyond. Amenities here include meeting rooms, ultra-fast connections, breakout areas, virtual office solutions, communal kitchens, free snack areas, lockers and showers. Unlike most other co-working spaces, BoomZone doesn’t require you to be a member, and its services are completely open to all guests, who can access and reserve desk space upon request. Hot desk prices are £25 per day, £150 for 2 weeks and £250 per month.
Location: 22 Uxbridge Road Closest to TUBE Ealing Common Website www.boomzone.co.uk
Winkley Studios is the East End’s leading co-working space for anyone who wants to work in a friendly, beautiful and affordable environment. It’s just minutes away from Bethnal Green and Cambridge Heath tube stations, and within walking distance of Broadway Market, Spitalfields Market and Liverpool Street tube. Open 24 hours a day, this bright space is a hub for designers, architects and creative people from all walks of life.Leo Wood is a freelancer who wanted to create a welcoming and professional workspace, which he founded and runs, offering the best of both worlds: sophisticated but not pretentious, stylish but relaxed. That’s why they took the time to get the look and feel right, with spacious desks sitting next to sofas and even an outdoor terrace for those sunny days and much-needed screen breaks. Prices for the desk start from £125 per month, including fibre broadband, bills and all the tea and coffee you can drink.
Location: 7 Winkley Street Nearest Metro Bethnal Green Website: www.winkleystudios.com.
Innovation Warehouse in Farringdon is known as a co-working space for digital technology start-ups and is frequented by a wide range of people, including entrepreneurs, developers, mentors and investors. Established in 2010, the venue also hosts a mentoring programme, as well as regular events and evening get-togethers. Prices for hot desks start from £150 per month for up to 10 days of use per month, as well as discounted rates for high-speed Wi-Fi, your own storage space and meeting rooms. If you want to use it regularly, £250 gets you a semi-permanent desk that you can use indefinitely from 8am on weekdays.
LOCATION 1 East Poultry Avenue Closest to the Tube Barbican website www.innovationwarehouse.org.
Uncommon Highbury & Islington
As a self-proclaimed ‘co-working space with a difference’ in the Highbury and Islington branch, this popular space is a short distance from Highbury Fields, where the tennis courts provide an ideal lunchtime event. It’s open every hour of the day, every day of the week and prices include daily tickets from £24 per day, allowing you to simply turn up and pay as you go, as well as weekend tickets, hot tables, dedicated desks and private offices.Open 24 hours a day for members, facilities include superfast internet, a dedicated reception, coffee lounge, fully equipped meeting rooms, bike storage, showers and ergonomic furnishings. There is also a communal stocked kitchenette, communal quiet areas and outdoor space to breathe in the fresh air and work outdoors. Regular daily and evening activities include fitness classes, barbecues and drink socials.
Location: 25-27 Horsell Road closest to the subway Website: www.uncommon.co.uk.
This co-working and events space in the heart of East London, two minutes from Hackney tube station and 10 minutes from Old Street tube, is the only co-working space in the UK aimed at the education sector, providing a focal point for educational institutions and entrepreneurs. The space offers permanent desks and hot-desks, with short-term hot-desks priced from £85 per month for five days’ use and £195 per month for 15 days’ use. Facilities include high speed internet, printing, meeting rooms, event space, kitchen, free weekly internet breakfast, weekly Friday drinks, priority invitations to workshops and guest speakers.
Location Hackney Community College Block D, Falkirk Street, nearest tube station to Old Street www.edspace.io
Founded by David Fletcher, an internet entrepreneur with a passion for addressing the high demand for flexible and affordable workspaces in the Wimbledon area, Wimbletech transforms underutilised libraries and public spaces into affordable collaborative hubs. Focusing on the importance of community, they aim to support and adapt to the needs of each of their members. Spread across four sites, the Wimbledon Reference Library site offers unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi and plug points, free tea, coffee and biscuits, as well as quiet areas, a lounge and air-conditioned space, a kitchen with microwave and fridge, access to meeting rooms and monthly events, including group meet-ups. Pricing for hot tables starts from £100 per month.
LOCATION: Wimbledon Reference Library, Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon NEAREST TUBE South Wimbledon WEBSITE www.wimbletech.com.
US & Co.
Located near iconic attractions such as London Bridge and the Monument, Us&Co is a popular choice for workers looking for a central city location. The space offers a range of exceptional facilities including a luxurious top floor club space and a rooftop terrace overlooking the River Thames. Each floor has its own informal meeting space, a bookable private meeting room and a lounge area where you can help yourself to freshly ground coffee, tea and still and sparkling water. Hot desks are available for £35 as a day’s drop-in, paying for a monthly membership at £295, while fixed desks can be hired on a monthly basis for £595.
LOCATION: Bakers Hall, 7 Harp Lane Nearest TUBE Tower Hill Website: www.usandco.com.
Correctional Institution No. 1
Located in the heart of East London’s creative hub, just minutes from Old Street, Workhouse One offers a bright and spacious environment in a semi-industrial warehouse that is quintessentially artistic. Situated next door to Google Campus, the space is well laid out with fast wireless internet, Canon copiers, phone booths, large meeting spaces including a courtyard garden, and a variety of multi-purpose areas including air-conditioned rooms, kitchen/dining areas, bike storage and showers. The site hosts regular events and networking opportunities to help workers develop your business or career. Prices for hot tables start from £30 for a day’s use, and monthly payments start from £230 if you need to work here for a month or more.
Location: 6-8 Bonhill Street, closest to TUBE Old Street, at www.workhouseone.co.uk.
Located in Shoreditch, between Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market, The Hatch is suitable for those who need full-time use for a few months, with resident desks priced at £350 per month. Day or weekly tickets are not available. The premises has excellent transport links to central London and is surrounded by a range of local amenities. The interior design of the space has been hand-crafted to create a modern and minimalist working environment. Facilities include fibre optic broadband, a kitchenette; a lounge area and meeting area with Apple TV, plus complimentary tea and coffee, panini grill, spice rack, outdoor terrace, bar area, BBQ and table tennis table. There are also regular social events held here.
Location: 37 Heneage Street, Aldgate East, nearest tube station www.thehatch-london.com
Situated in one of London’s most prized buildings, Somerset House, Makerversity is much more than your average co-working space. As well as simply providing desk space, this members-only venue is home to a number of studios for the creative industries, including textiles, digital photography and sound recording, all of which are equipped with a wealth of tools and machinery. Other facilities include regular talks, skills sharing and events, a weekly members’ breakfast, free use of three separate meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities including free tea and coffee. Membership starts at £200 per month with access to a hot desk for up to 60 hours per month, rising to £325 per month for unlimited use of the permanent desk.Members under 25 also benefit from the generous ‘first three months free’ offer.
LOCATION: Somerset House, Strand, West Goods Entrance Nearest Metro Covent Garden Website: www.makerversity.org.
Located in the city’s thriving design district, Huckletree Clerkenwell is a bustling hub for creatives, freelancers, early-stage startups and part-timers. One of the first creative co-working spaces to emerge in London, it features a light and airy workspace overlooking the historic Smithfield Market. Members have access to meeting rooms and Skype rooms, communal breakout spaces for collaboration and relaxation, and a communal kitchen stocked with unlimited tea, coffee and a weekly breakfast. There are also mentoring sessions, a printing service, showers and free parking. Pricing starts from £250 per month for 10 days’ use of the hot desk, with no commitment or expiry date. However, no daily hire is available.
LOCATION: 87 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell Nearest TUBE Barbican HOURS Website: www.huckletree.com.
Second Home Spitafields
Located in vibrant Shoreditch, East London, Second Home offers flexible workspaces in an open, light-filled environment dotted with plants and trees. The cheapest option here is a community membership, which entitles you to a hot desk for up to four days a month for £180 a month, as well as unlimited access to the venue’s popular cultural events and wellness classes. Other facilities available to members include private meeting rooms and teleconferencing facilities, multiple breakout spaces, printing and scanning facilities, free filtered coffee and organic tea, breakfast and lunch in the in-house restaurant, an evening bar, private lockers, bike parking and fibre optic broadband.
Location: 68 Hanbury Street Liverpool Street closest to the tube Website: www.secondhome.io
Joint Working Angel
Located just off Upper Street, just 2 minutes from Angel tube station and 10 minutes from Kings Cross rail and tube, Co-Work’s Angel space is a social and creative working environment. It’s a popular destination for creatives, freelancers, innovators, start-ups and entrepreneurs and small businesses, and offers an ideal option for those working in chaotic family environments or noisy cafes. The venue is best suited to those who plan to be in London for a few months rather than those who need a one-off use, which they often don’t offer. Monthly rolling use of a dedicated desk starts from around £35 per month.Open 24/7, the facilities and equipment available include a VoIP phone, meeting room with presentation and webcam conferencing facilities, photocopier, printer and scanner. During break times there is also a lounge/breakout area, complimentary tea and coffee, and a kitchen.
Location: 9 White Lion Street Closest to TUBE Angel’s website www.cowork.co
Bloomsbury Work Centre
Central Working is housed within one of London’s first boutique hotels, originally located in central London. Just minutes away from both Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street stations, the space has become a platform for many of the world’s leading companies to thrive. There’s a comfortable and inviting entrance that helps create an atmosphere of collaboration and networking, and there’s plenty of activity during out of hours too. The 24/7 open membership offers anyone who needs a part-time desk access for up to 40 hours per month, including free use of the meeting room, with prices starting from £169 per month. The more expensive ‘resident’ membership offers unlimited use, but is tied in for a minimum of two months. Facilities include Wi-Fi and printing, meeting rooms, lounge areas, showers and kitchens. As an added bonus, all members receive a discount on hotels in the same building.
Location: 13 Bloomsbury Bailey Street, closest tube station to Goodge Street Website: www.centralworking.com
Not far from London’s famous Brick Lane, The Cube bills itself as a curated, diverse and intelligent community of creatives in the fields of design, science and technology. With high ceilings, plants and plenty of natural light, you’ll feel the most creative freedom here. Facilities include printing, copying, faxing and scanning. Membership works on a monthly basis and prices start from £125 for up to five days use per month, rising to £325 for unlimited use. However, day passes are not available.
LOCATION: Studio 5, 155 Commercial Street Nearest TUBE Whitechapel website www.thecubelondon.com.
Located in the heart of King’s Cross and conveniently close by, including Eurostar on your doorstep, ARK offers a range of desks, from floating desks for individual freelancers and creatives, to fixed desks for start-ups, small businesses and social enterprises. There are pay-as-you-go options available for £20 per day, allowing you to just turn up and get yourself a floating desk whenever you want. If you’re planning to use the space more regularly, there’s also the option of a 3-day and 5-day monthly membership for £150 and £225 respectively.As well as the co-working space, the venue also has bookable meeting rooms for private meetings. Other facilities include a front desk service, kitchen, lockers, bike storage and showers.
Location: 237 Pentonville Road closest to the TUBE Kings Cross site www.arkcoworking.com.