If you thought your kitchen table or the local coffee shop were the most obvious options for freelance or out-of-office work, think again. Co-working spaces are growing ever more popular, with swanky new spaces cropping up all over the capital. Whether you’re a remote worker or a start-up looking for guidance, mingling with like-minded professionals and making the most of super-fast Wi-Fi are just two of the reasons to check out these 14 productivity-boosting options...
7 Winkley Street
If peace and tranquillity is what you’re after, take a peek at 7 Winkley Street. Their chilled out studios near Bethnal Green provide high-quality desk space to anyone looking to get some serious work done, plus they come kitted out with superfast Internet, free coffee and friendly company, should you want to chat.
Campus London (Run by Google)
Run by none other than tech giant Google, Campus London can be relied on for co-working floors that welcome both solo entrepreneurs and full teams looking to rent desks, conference rooms and more either part-time or full-time. And did we mention, the Campus Coffee Shop is pretty stellar, too.
With no less than four locations (The City, Bloomsbury, Shoreditch and Whitechapel) Central Working wins points for its no-lease policy which allows you to pay as you go, work in private or collaboratively depending on your mood, and the added bonus of no hidden hassle rates, cleaning and bills.
Eco-friendly and flexible, we rate Huckletree’s locations across London for their straightforward payment plans. Choose from ‘pay as you go’ for easy hotdesking, ‘flexible’ plans to nab yourself a block of hot-desking or ‘dedicated’ to guarantee your own desk for a whole month.
Open since 2011, Innovation Warehouse has had over 200 entrepreneurs working together in their Smithfield Market location, and with an environment that actively encourages and mentors start-up companies, it’s not hard to see why they’re so popular.
Those who are starting up their own company will be welcomed at the Rainmaking Loft by Tower Hill. For a flat rate of £349 a month you’ll get six meeting rooms at your disposal, access to a 150 seater event space (complete with a ping-pong table and bean bags), eight phone booth/Skype pods for conference calls, communal and breakout areas, plus free access to printing. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.
With standout interiors, this hub of creativity off Brick Lane is members-only, lending it an edgy, cool air. Just don’t be too distracted Instagramming the inside to get your work done.
Social types will take to co-working at Tech Hub, based in Shoreditch. You can choose how and where you work, plus there's a buzz of quiet activity which keeps you going all day. When you want a break there's plenty going on inside and outside the building, plus there's the opportunity to have an after work glass of wine.
Join TheCube and you’ll get to power through work among a carefully curated and diverse community of artists, scientists, engineers, designers, anthropologists and more in their open-plan workspace on Commercial Street. Specifically designed to make you feel calm, focused and happy, you’ll find eye-catching artwork, plenty of natural light and not a closed-off cubicle in sight in this welcoming space.
With locations in Soho, Devonshire Square, Moorgate and on the buzzy South Bank, We Work is one to bookmark if you want instant access to super stylish workspaces, as and when you need them. All that from just £45 a month? Pretty impressive stuff.
Whether you need a smart setting to meet with clients or simply want to get on with your work in a stylish and inspiring environment, The Clubhouse in Mayfair is your best bet. With space for businesses of all sizes and a dedicated team on-hand to assist you with any needs (plus Nespresso coffee on tap), it’s well worth the £950 a year fee.
With 15 locations across the capital, from the City to Chiswick, you’re bound to find a space to suit. Designed with both team and solo work in mind, this is the ideal option if you’re looking to boost your networking potential – a diverse events calendar ensures you’ll be able to engage with like-minded entrepreneurs and freelancers.
Its four City-based locations make Tech Space the obvious choice for any budding tech entrepreneurs out there. Focused on giving start-ups a place to flourish, you can choose from private offices or fixed-desk space to suit your growing business.
Based in Clerkenwell, Warner Yard’s three-storey space is already home to two dozen start-ups. With plenty of tech-focused mentors on tap, this is the place to try if you’re serious about growing a small venture into big business. The stylish, Scandi-inspired interiors won’t fail to impress either.