Even in these uncertain times, London’s creative impulse shows no sign of diminishing, extending to the ways in which people are going about their daily work. And with the city attracting an increasing number of digital nomads coming to the capital for a few weeks, months or even years, the impetus to adjust our lifestyles to align with these new ways of working is gaining pace.
One significant way in which this has already happened has been in the growth of coworking spaces, where communal desks and private offices are available for hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or annual rent, both for individual freelancers and small businesses. London’s myriad of coworking venues are dotted across the city, stretching all the way out to the suburbs. If you’re planning to spend time in London for any length of time, and are looking for somewhere to work where you can be both productive and sociable, here’s our pick of 20 of the best coworking spaces in London.
With four flexible workspaces across East London, x+why’s flagship Whitechapel venue is home to a community of purpose driven businesses, all sharing a vision for how companies can be a force for good. Housed in the People’s Mission Hall, formerly home to the Salvation Army’s HQ, the space offers a range of membership packages. Monthly membership starts at £250 per month for unlimited hot desking, while cheaper flexi passes allow members to commit to just 4 or 10 days a month on a rolling basis. Day passes are priced at £29. On-site facilities and other perks include a courtyard, a kitchen, complimentary fruit and tea/coffee, a café, a wellness area, and changing/shower rooms with bathroom products. There are also regular workshops and social events including weekly drinks and a running club.
Various locations across London www.xandwhy.co.uk
With several venues across London, each based on a specific theme or sector, Huckletree’s workspaces are designed around how you work, rather than where, with a focus on sharing skills and driving industry change. Huckletree Shoreditch is an accelerator housed in the historic Alphabeta building catering for East London’s ChallengerTech community; Huckletree Soho brings together brands, VCs and global innovation teams; Huckletree West is an accelerator for tech businesses, entrepreneurs and corporate innovation teams across media, fashion and design; and PUBLIC Hall is a GovTech focused space for startups, investors and innovators focussed on public services. Each space offers varying membership packages, starting at £215 per month for unlimited hot desking. All members gain access to amenities including breakout spaces, workshops, and panel discussions, plus weekly yoga and meditation sessions.
Various locations across London www.huckletree.com
Situated in what was previously an Auction House – taking on the name ‘Collective Auction Rooms’, Camden Collective is no ordinary coworking space. A project that comes off the back of Business Improvement District – CTU which delivers and campaigns for projects and policies to benefit the local area, the venue features four floors of workspace, including free hot desking space for startups within the creative and or tech industries at their most “vulnerable” stage. There are also meeting rooms, breakout areas, and subsidised offices for companies looking to expand their business. Members gain access to social and networking events too, including a Lunch Club and pub quiz nights, plus informal talks and information sessions. In return for use of the workspace, members must contribute two hours per month to support the Collective project, a policy established to encourage collaboration.
Top Container, 5-7 Buck Street, Camden Town (Tube: Camden Town) www.camdentownunlimited.com
Housed in a 1908 Edwardian building that also features a restaurant, rooftop bar, shops and a live music venue, Market Peckham is a shared workspace for independent people and businesses. With its mix of professional, cultural and social spaces, the entire venue is designed to support a balanced working lifestyle, with a variety of desk and communal spaces suited to different moods and styles of working. Hot desks are currently offered on a weekly basis priced at £45 per week, with fixed desks are available on flexible monthly contracts starting a £250 per month. All workspace residents gain access to fast broadband, printers, showers, bike storage and meeting rooms.
133a Rye Lane, Peckham (Overground: Peckham Rye) www.marketpeckham.com
Situated in Newington Green in northeast London, The Greenhouse is a creative co-working space with a strong focus on the local community. It features a mix of rustic, recycled character and thoughtful design throughout, with a striking glassed roof serving as a focal point. Members benefit from a designated desk with lockable storage, super-fast broadband, meeting rooms, and printing. Other facilities include a meeting room with presentation equipment, and private phone booths, a cafe, and a yoga studio that hosts daily classes and workshops. Membership works on a rolling monthly basis, starting at £150 per month for one hot desk for up to 20 hours per week.
49 Green Lanes, Newington Green (Overground: Canonbury) www.thegreenhouselondon.com
This co-working company’s six London venues feature a mix of private offices and hot desks, along with meeting rooms, private phone booths, fast Wi-Fi, an event space, a bike rack, showers, and a fully equipped kitchen. After-hours entertainment comes in the form of beer and pizza nights and regular socials, and visitors can also indulge in monthly massage treatments and free yoga sessions. For maximum flexibility, you can do anything from pop in for a couple of hours for just £4 per hour, or sign up on a month-to-month basis, with unlimited hot desking starting at £275 per month.
Various locations across London www.work.life
The Trampery is a London-based social enterprise with six locations across London, each specialising in shared workspace and support for entrepreneurs and creative businesses. Since founding Shoreditch’s first startup workspace in 2009, The Trampery has cultivated an ecosystem of acclaimed shared workspaces and sector-focused facilities across London. Building on this, The Trampery is making a strategic shift towards co-developing ‘innovation districts’ that combine workspace, housing and lifestyle facilities. Monthly membership prices start at £180 per month.
Various locations across London www.thetrampery.com
This west London coworking space offers flexibility and comfort in a warm and inclusive working environment. It’s easily accessible from the city centre thank to nearby tube and bus links, while the new Crossrail service will add convenience for those travelling in from other parts of the city and beyond. Facilities include conference and meeting rooms, super-fast connectivity, a break out zone, a communal kitchen, a free snack zone, and lockers and showers. BoomZone doesn’t require you to become a member, with its space and services available to all-comers on request. Hot desk pricing is £25 per day, £150 per 2 weeks and £250 per month.
22 Uxbridge Road, Ealing (Tube: Ealing Common) www.boomzone.co.uk
Winkley Studios is a leading co-working space in the East End for anyone who wants to work in a friendly, beautiful, and affordable environment. Situated just minutes from Bethnal Green tube station, the venue is also walking distance from Broadway Market and Spitalfields Market. The bright, airy space is open 24/7 and is home to number of designers, architects and other creative types. The space features generously sized desks sitting alongside sofas, and there’s even an outdoor terrace for sunny days, and those much needed screen breaks. Desks are priced from £125 per month, which includes fibre-optic broadband, bills, and all the tea and coffee you can drink.
7 Winkley Street (Tube: Bethnal Green) www.winkleystudios.com
Billed as a coworking space for digital technology startups, Innovation Warehouse in Farringdon is frequented by a wide range of people, including entrepreneurs, developers, mentors and investors. Founded in 2010, the venue also hosts mentoring programmes, plus regular events and evening meet-ups. Prices for hot desks start at £150 per month which gives you access for up to 10 days a month, plus high speed Wi-Fi, your own storage and discounted prices for meeting rooms. For more regular use, £250 will get you a semi-permanent hot desk, which entitles you to unlimited weekday access from 8am.
1 East Poultry Avenue, Farringdon (Tube: Barbican) www.innovationwarehouse.org
Uncommon Highbury & Islington
A self-proclaimed “coworking space with a difference” the Highbury & Islington branch of this popular space is located a short stroll from Highbury Fields, where tennis courts offer an ideal lunchtime activity. Open 24/7, pricing for day passes start at £24, and there are also weekend passes, hot desks, dedicated desks and private offices. Amenities include super-fast internet, a coffee lounge, meeting rooms, bike storage, and showers. There’s also a kitchenette, communal quiet areas and outdoor space where you can get a breath of fresh air and work outside. Regular daily and evening events include fitness classes, BBQs and drinks socials.
25-27 Horsell Road, Highbury East (Tube: Holloway Road) www.uncommon.co.uk
Founded by an internet entrepreneur keen to address the demand for flexible and affordable work space in the Wimbledon area. Wimbletech transforms under-utilised libraries and public spaces into affordable, accessible coworking hubs that support and adapt to the needs of their members. Spread across four venues, the Wimbledon Reference Library site offer high-speed Wi-Fi, free tea, coffee and biscuits, along with quiet areas, a lounge and chill space, a kitchen with a microwave and fridge, access to meeting rooms and monthly events including group meet-up sessions. Pricing starts at £100 per month for a hot desk.
Wimbledon Reference Library, Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon (Tube: Wimbledon Park) www.wimbletech.com
Situated close to iconic attractions including London Bridge and Monument, Us&Co is a popular choice with workers looking for a central city location. The space offers a range of excellent amenities, including a lavish penthouse club space and roof terrace overlooking the Thames. Every floor has its own informal meeting spaces, a private bookable meeting room, and a breakout area where you can help yourself to fresh ground coffee, tea and still and sparkling water. Hot desks are available as a day drop-in for £35 and pay monthly membership for £295, while fixed desks can be rented on a monthly basis for £595.
Two locations across London www.usandco.com
Nested in the heart of East London’s creative hub, minutes from Old Street, Workhouse One provides a light and spacious setting in a semi-industrial warehouse feel typical of its artsy surroundings. Sitting next door to Google Campus, the space offers fast WiFi, a photocopier, phone booths, meeting spaces, a courtyard garden, and various multi-use areas including chill out room, kitchen/diner, bike storage and showers. The venue hosts regular events and networking opportunities to help workers grow. Pricing for hot desks start at £30 for a day’s use, or if you need to work here for a month or more then monthly payments start at £230.
6-8 Bonhill Street, Shoreditch (Tube: Old Street) www.workhouseone.co.uk
Situated in Shoreditch between Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market, The Hatch suits those needing full time access for a few months, with Residents desks priced at £350 per month. Day or week passes aren’t available. The venue boasts excellent transport links and is surrounded by local amenities. The space’s interior design has been handcrafted to create a modern and minimalist environment. Amenities include fibre broadband, a kitchenette, a break out area, and a meeting area with Apple TV, and there’s also free tea & coffee, an outdoor terrace, a bar area, a BBQ and a Table Tennis table. Regular social events are hosted here too.
37 Heneage Street (Tube: Aldgate East) www.thehatch-london.com
Located within one of London’s most cherished buildings, Somerset House, Makerversity is more than your average coworking space. As well as offering desk space, the members-only venue is also home to workspaces tailored for creative trades such as textiles, digital photography and sound recording, and come equipped with a range of tools and machinery. Other amenities include regular talk and events, meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities. Rates start at £200 per month for use of a hot desk for up to 60 hours a month and rise to £325 per month for unlimited use of a permanent desk. Under 25s can also benefit from a generous ‘first three months free’ offering.
Somerset House, Strand, West Goods Entrance (Tube: Covent Garden) www.makerversity.org
Second Home Spitafields
Situated in Shoreditch in London’s vibrant East End, Second Home provides flexible workspaces in an open, light-filled environment peppered with plants and trees. The cheapest option is a Community Membership, which for £180 per month gives you a hot desk for up to four days a month, with unlimited access to the venue’s cultural programme and wellness classes. Open 24/7, other amenities include private meeting rooms and telephone conferencing facilities, multiple break-out spaces, printing and scanning equipment, free filter coffee and organic teas, an in-house restaurant for breakfast and lunch, an evening bar, private lockers, bike parking and fibre-optic broadband.
68 Hanbury Street, Spitafields (Tube: Liverpool Street) www.secondhome.io
Co-Work’s Angel space is located just off Upper Street, only two minutes from Angel tube station. A popular venue for creatives, freelancers, innovators, startups and entrepreneurs, as well as small businesses, the venue is best for people planning to be in London for a few months, rather than those requiring one-off day use. Pricing for a dedicated desk on a monthly rolling basis starts at £35 per month. Open 24/7, available facilities and equipment include meeting rooms with presentation and video conferencing facilities, a photocopier, printer and a scanner. For down time, there’s also a lounge/chill-out area, free tea and coffee, and a kitchen.
9 White Lion Street, The Angel (Tube: Angel) www.cowork.co
Central Working Bloomsbury
Based within a boutique hotel, Central Working’s original location lies in the heart of Central London. The space fosters a collaborative atmosphere, with plenty going on out of hours too. Open 24/7, drop in membership offers anyone needing a part time hot desk access for up to 40 hours per month, including complimentary use of meeting rooms, with prices starting at £169 per month. More expensive ‘resident’ memberships offer unlimited access, but tie you in for at least two months. Facilities include Wi-Fi and printing, meetings rooms, a break out area, showers and a kitchen. All members get discounts to the hotel located within the same building.
13 Bayley Street, Bloomsbury (Tube: Goodge Street) www.centralworking.com
Just moments from London’s famous Brick Lane, The Cube bills itself as a curated, diverse community of creatives from across design, science and technology Established in 2009, the workspace puts on regular events, innovation labs and one-to-one mentoring. The venue contains high ceilings, plants and plenty of natural light to give you that sense of freedom needed to be at your most creative. Amenities include printing, copying, faxing, and scanning. Membership works on a monthly basis, with pricing starting at £125 for access for up to five days a month, raising to £325 for unlimited access. However, day passes are not available.
Studio 5, 155 Commercial Street (Tube: Whitechapel) www.thecubelondon.com
Positioned in Kings Cross, with excellent transport links nearby including the Eurostar on its doorstep, ARK offers a selection of desks, from floating desks for individual freelancers and creatives, through to fixed desks for startups, small businesses and social enterprises. There are pay-as-you-go options for £20 per day, allowing you to turn up and get yourself a floating desk at any time. If you’re planning to use the space more regularly, there are also 3-day and 5-day per month memberships for £150 and £225 per month respectively. The venue also has a selection of bookable meeting rooms for private meetings, plus a kitchen, lockers, bike storage and showers.
237 Pentonville Road (Tube: Kings Cross) www.arkcoworking.com