A global destination for creative entrepreneurs and techies, London’s startup scene is rivalled only by New York and Silicon Valley.
Offering flexible work spaces for everyone from independent freelancers to global corporations, the city’s co-working community is home to the best of London’s entrepreneurial talent, fostering networking opportunities and workplace wellbeing in serious style. Here are a few of our favourite spots.
Soho Works: Best for a Members’ Club Feel
From global members’ club Soho House, Soho Works is a beautifully designed standalone co-working space in Shoreditch “equipped to support an international membership of individuals and businesses in the creative industries.”
Membership is open to the public (though Soho House members do get a discount), Soho Works curates a “calendar of professional, social and well-being events, and workshops,” as well as providing “appointment-only personal advice from industry experts.” In addition to a café, kitchen, meeting rooms, phone booths and break-out spaces, Soho Works is complete with everything from a 3D printer to a roof terrace, showers, studio, workshop and library.
This exclusive vibe doesn’t come cheap, though. A hot desk – “sitting room” – is available for £400 a month, a monthly fixed desk with lockable storage is available for £550, and a secure space for teams of different sizes — called a “study” — is available from between £825 for one person to £6,500 for 10 people.
Huckletree: Best for Community-Building
One of London’s fastest growing co-working communities (read our exclusive interview with co-founder and CEO Gabriela Hersham), Huckletree is “built for a diverse mix of ambitious entrepreneurs, startups, bigger businesses and agencies”.
With three sites across London (in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and White City), Huckletree offers beautifully curated workspaces, a three-month-long in-house accelerator for pre-seed companies called the Alpha Programme and the Ambassadors’ Programme, a speaker series bringing together inspiring individuals across the tech and media sectors from entrepreneurs and investors to creators and journalists.
Prices vary by location. Monthly membership to Huckletree Clerkenwell costs £250 for light membership, £350 for unlimited membership, £450 for resident membership and £600 for studio membership.
WeWork: Best for All-Over Access
The biggest and most well-known co-working network, WeWork offices are spread across 38 London locations from Tower Bridge to Soho. Housing both individual entrepreneurs and big brands, WeWork offers stylish workspaces with perks including unlimited coffee, beer and fruit water.
Prices vary by location, but a standard hot desk is around £200 per month, a dedicated desk will cost you from £285 a month and a private office starts at £460 per month.
Fora: Best for Workplace Dining
With two Clerkenwell locations (and seven more set to open across London between 2018 and 2020), Fora offers beautifully designed workplace amenities from lounges to open-plan co-working areas to desks and bespoke offices. Fora Clerkenwell Central St. even has its own on-site Italian restaurant, Palatino, serving food with a focus on the cooking of Rome, led by chef Stevie Parle. The co-working space is equipped reading room (complete with its own fireplace), a gym and a wellbeing studio. The kitchen is stocked with complimentary tea, coffee and snacks, and a a concierge app lets members book meeting rooms, order room service, manage invoices and network.
Contracts start at £375 per month for an open desk, £475 for an owned desk with a lockable drawer in an open area, or £675 per desk for a bespoke office.
Uncommon: Best for Personalised Wellness
With workspaces in Highbury & Islington, Borough and Fulham, Uncommon’s wellbeing-focused offices are curated with “bespoke scents in each room, tailored music playlists, [and an] abundance of greenery and plants (including live olive trees and moss-covered walls).”
Touting its personalised services, the brand claims to create a “design and work ethos catered towards the individual, whether a company is a start-up, scale up or an established entity.” Rooftop yoga, healthy snacks, smoothies, organic juices, and coffee are available on-site (for a fee), and showers, bike storage, phone booths, meeting rooms and a “creative lab” for brainstorming are part of its perks.
Pricing varies by location. Spots at the Borough location start at £299 a month for a hot desk, £399 for a dedicated desk and £650 for a private office.
TechHub at Campus London: Best for Networking
Campus London, Google for Entrepreneurs’ seven-story Campus community, serves as a central locus for London’s startup community.
TechHub, a London-founded global entrepreneurship community, operates co-working spaces across two floors of the the Campus building, in addition to others spaces in London and across the globe. With competitor co-working space Central Working, seed fund Seedcamp and Techstars London’s accelerator program on site, you’re sure to find a buzzy, collaborative environment and rub shoulders with the talent you’re seeking to attract.
Monthly residencies are available from £275, with team offices (available for teams of 4-20+) from £1,548.
Servcorp: Best for Five-Star Locations
Although it may sound like the headquarters of a TV villain, Servcorp’s four, grown-up locations offer beautiful shared work spaces in iconic London locations from the Leadenhall Building (AKA the ‘cheesegrater’) to the Devonshire House at One Mayfair Place.
Prices vary by location. Hot desks are available from £249, a dedicated desk from £399 and private offices start at £800 a month.
For more on London’s rapidly growing co-working scene, read our interview with Huckletree co-founder and CEO Gabriela Hersham.