Despite all the wider uncertainty in Britain right now, London’s creative impulses show no sign of diminishing, and even extends to the ways in which people are going about their daily work. And with large numbers of visitors continuing to come to the capital to live and work – whether it’s for a few week, months or longer – the impetus to adjust our working lifestyles accordingly is gaining strength.
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 coworking spaces across the world, eOffice’s latest London venture on iconic Oxford Street has quickly become one of its most popular. Brand new and open to members 24/7, the space is bright, spacious and design-led, making it perfect for unleashing your creative and entrepreneurial energies. A range of flexible workspace solutions are available along with a whole host of essential services and facilities including high-speed Internet, meeting and conference rooms, video conferencing, a virtual office, printing, break out spaces, and a kitchen. Regular networking events are held here too. Both day passes and monthly rolling contracts are available. Contact them for pricing information.
LOCATION Holden House, 57 Rathbone Place NEAREST TUBE Tottenham Court Road WEBSITE www.eoffice.net
Situated in the suburb of Newington Green in northeast London, The Greenhouse is an informal, 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 boardroom style meeting room with presentation equipment, and private phone booths. There’s also an on-site cafe, a resident yoga studio that hosts twice-daily classes and regular workshops and networking events are held here too. Membership works on a rolling monthly basis, starting at £150 per month for one hot desk for up to 20 hours per week, including access to bookable meeting rooms and discounts for well-being classes.
LOCATION 49 Green Lanes, Mildmay Ward NEAREST TUBE Arsenal WEBSITE www.thegreenhouselondon.com
The Hammersmith branch of this highly regarded co-working company places you in the heart of West London, with some of London’s best live music and comedy. There’s a mix of private offices and hot desks, along with meeting rooms, private phone booths, exceptionally 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, while visitors can also indulge in monthly massage treatments and free yoga sessions. For maximum flexibility, you can do anything from pop in to work 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.
LOCATION 174 Hammersmith Road NEAREST TUBE Hammersmith WEBSITE www.work.life
The Trampery is a London-based social enterprise, 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. As a social enterprise, The Trampery exists to provide the greatest possible benefit for society; helping businesses realise their ambitions, promoting an ethos of mutual support and active citizenship; and supporting entrepreneurship in deprived communities as a weapon against poverty. Monthly membership ranges from £180 at their Republic workspace to £430 at their flagship Old Street workspace.
LOCATION 239 Old Street, Hoxton NEAREST TUBE Old Street WEBSITE www.thetrampery.com
This west London coworking space prides itself on offering both flexibility and comfort in a warm, friendly and inclusive working environment. It’s also 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, Virtual Office solutions, a communal kitchen, a free snack zone, and lockers and showers. Unlike most other coworking venues, BoomZone doesn’t require you to become a member, with its services fully available to all-comers who can access and reserve a deskspace on request. Hot desk pricing is £25 per day, £150 per 2 weeks and £250 per month.
LOCATION 22 Uxbridge Road NEAREST TUBE Ealing Common WEBSITE 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 and Cambridge Heath station, the venue is also walking distance from Broadway Market, Spitalfields Market and Liverpool Street tube. The light, bright space is open 24/7 and is home to number of designers, architects and creative types across a range of industries. Founded and run by Leo Wood, a freelancer who wanted to create a homely but professional workspace, it offers the best of both worlds: Grown up yet non-pretentious, stylish but easy-going. That’s why they’ve taken the time to get the look and feel just right, with 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.
LOCATION 7 Winkley Street NEAREST TUBE Bethnal Green WEBSITE 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.
LOCATION 1 East Poultry Avenue NEAREST TUBE Barbican WEBSITE 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 every hour and day of the week, pricing includes day passes starting at £24 per day allowing you to simply turn up and pay as you go, plus weekend passes, hot desks, dedicated desks and private offices. Open 24 hours for members, amenities include super-fast internet, manned reception, a coffee lounge, fully equipped meeting rooms, bike storage, showers, and ergonomic furniture. There’s also a communal stocked kitchenettes, 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.
LOCATION 25-27 Horsell Road NEAREST TUBE Holloway Road WEBSITE www.uncommon.co.uk
This co-working and event space in the heart of East London, two minutes from Hackney overground station and ten minutes from Old Street tube, is the UK’s only co-working space for the education community, providing a focal point for educational organisations and entrepreneurs. The venue provides a mix of permanent and hot desks, with short term hot desk rates starting at for £85 per month for 5 days’ use and £195 per month for 15 days use. Facilities include high speed internet, printing, meeting rooms, an event space, a kitchen, a free weekly networking breakfast, access to weekly Friday drinks, and priority invites to seminars and guest speaker sessions.
LOCATION Block D, Hackney Community College, Falkirk Street NEAREST TUBE Old Street WEBSITE www.edspace.io
Founded by David Fletcher, an internet entrepreneur keen to address the high demand for flexible and affordable work space in the Wimbledon area. Wimbletech transforms under-utilised libraries and public spaces into affordable accessible coworking hubs. Focusing on the importance of community, they aim to support and adapt to the needs of every single one of their members. Spread across four venues, the Wimbledon Reference Library site offer unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi and plug points, 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.
LOCATION Wimbledon Reference Library, Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon NEAREST TUBE South Wimbledon WEBSITE 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.
LOCATION Bakers Hall, 7 Harp Lane NEAREST TUBE Tower Hill WEBSITE 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 is extremely well appointed with fast wireless, a Canon copier, phone booths, large meeting spaces including a courtyard garden, and various multi-use areas including chill out room, kitchen/dining section bike storage and showers. The venue hosts regular events and networking opportunities to help workers grow your business or careers. 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.
LOCATION 6-8 Bonhill Street NEAREST TUBE Old Street WEBSITE www.workhouseone.co.uk
Situated in Shoreditch between Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market, The Hatch would suit 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 to central London and is surrounded by an array of local amenities. The space’s interior design has been handcrafted to create a modern and minimalist environment in which to work. Amenities include fibre broadband, a kitchenette; a break out area, and a meeting area with Apple TV, and there’s also free tea & coffee, a Panini grill, a condiment shelf, an outdoor terrace, a bar area, a BBQ and a Table Tennis table. Regular social events are hosted here too.
LOCATION 37 Heneage Street NEAREST TUBE Aldgate East WEBSITE www.thehatch-london.com
Located within one of London’s most cherished buildings, Somerset House, Makerversity is a lot more than your average coworking space. As well as simply offering desk space, this members-only venue is also home to workshops for a number of creative trades, including textiles, digital photography and sound recording, all of which come equipped with a huge range of tools and machinery. Other amenities include a regular programme of talks, skill shares and events, weekly members’ breakfasts, free use of three separate meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities including free tea and coffee. Membership starts 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 highly generous ‘first three months free’ offering.
LOCATION Somerset House, Strand, West Goods Entrance NEAREST TUBE Covent Garden WEBSITE www.makerversity.org
Based in the city’s thriving design district, Huckletree Clerkenwell is a buzzing hub for creatives, freelancers, early stage startups and part-timers. One of the first creative coworking spaces to pop up in London, it features a light and airy workspace overlooking historic Smithfield Market. Members get use of a meeting room and Skype booths, communal breakout spaces for collaboration and relaxation, a communal kitchen stocked with unlimited tea, coffee, and a weekly breakfast. There are also mentor meetings, printing services, showers and free parking. Pricing starts from £250 per month for 10 days’ hot desk use per month, with no commitments or expiry date. However, day rates are not available.
LOCATION 87 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell NEAREST TUBE Barbican HOURS WEBSITE www.huckletree.com
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 here 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 popular cultural programme and wellness classes too. Open 24/7, other amenities available to members 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.
LOCATION 68 Hanbury Street NEAREST TUBE Liverpool Street WEBSITE www.secondhome.io
A sociable and creative working environment, Co-Work’s Angel space is located just off Upper Street, only 2 minutes from Angel tube station or 10 minutes from Kings Cross rail and tube. A popular venue for creatives, freelancers, innovators, startups and entrepreneurs, as well as small businesses, it offers an ideal alternative for those over working from a disruptive home setting or a noisy café. The venue is best for people planning to be in London for a few months, rather than those requiring one off day use which they tend not to offer. Pricing for a dedicated desk on a monthly rolling basis start at around £35 per month. Open 24/7, available facilities and equipment include a VoIP phone, meeting rooms with presentation and web 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.
LOCATION 9 White Lion Street NEAREST TUBE Angel WEBSITE www.cowork.co
Central Working Bloomsbury
Based within one of London’s first ever boutique hotels, Central Working’s original location lies in the heart of Central London. Minutes from both Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street stations, this space has been the launch pad for a number of globally renowned businesses. With a cosy and inviting entrance, the space helps to foster a collaborative and communicative atmisphere, with plenty always 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. As an added bonus, all members get discounts to the hotel located within the same building.
LOCATION 13 Bayley Street, Bloomsbury NEAREST TUBE Goodge Street WEBSITE www.centralworking.com
Just moments from London’s famous Brick Lane, The Cube bills itself as a curated, diverse and smart community of creative operating across design, science and technology Established in 2009 as a response to the financial crash, 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, scanning. Memberships work 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.
LOCATION Studio 5, 155 Commercial Street NEAREST TUBE Whitechapel WEBSITE www.thecubelondon.com
Positioned in the centre of 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, all the way 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 simply turn up and get yourself a floating desk any time you want. 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. In addition to the coworking space, the venue also has a selection of bookable meeting rooms for private meetings. Other amenities include reception service, a kitchen, lockers, bike storage and showers.
LOCATION 237 Pentonville Road NEAREST TUBE Kings Cross WEBSITE www.arkcoworking.com