If you’re a freelancer in London and are sick of working from home but can’t afford the leap to renting an office – or if you're on a working holiday and need somewhere other than your hotel room to work from – then co-working is the answer.
These 10 recommended co-working spaces across the capital offer a creative place for you to work, meet clients and collaborate, while some offer additional services to help you grow into something special.
1. Central Working
With four offices across London (and even one in our own city of Manchester), Central Working provides a suitable space where things happen. Flexibility, connections, clarity and environment are the key values of the offices, inviting individuals and groups to “get things done better, faster, and seize new opportunities” within their buzzing environment. Head to their offices in the City of London, Bloomsbury, Shoreditch and Whitechapel.
2. Club Workspace
Club Workspace is continuing to grow its network of creative workspaces across London, with bases in Bankside, Bethnal Green, Chancery Lane, Chiswick, Clerkenwell, Islington, Kennington, London Bridge, Southbank, and West Dulwich. The offices are more official than some other co-working spaces, allowing individuals or early-stage businesses access to their own mailbox, lockers, and meeting or events spaces.
Their London Bridge studio right next to The Shard is full of character in particular. The revamped period building has retained the original tannery features of exposed brickwork and beams, providing a place for important projects or meetings, without the corporate feel.
Light and spacious, Huckletree leads innovation and community at their shared workspace in Clerkenwell. The hub particularly encourages startups, with many designers heading here to rethink technologies and recreate the world as we know it. The office is committed to sustainability as well, so you can expect to find lots of plants, energy-saving equipment, and furniture created from recycled materials.
4. Port of Entry
Young creatives flock to Port of Entry for a much-needed space to plan projects, exhibitions and debates. The backdrop of the office features raw design work with old-fashioned desks and wooden chairs, as well as a bit of a mishmash of sofas and armchairs. Located in the basement of El Paso in Hoxton, this is the place to head to to be in on all the underground events relating to contemporary culture and the arts.
5. Rainmaking Loft
London is one of three trendy Rainmaking co-working office spaces, with others in Berlin and Copenhagen. Driven by a fun ethos the Loft opens its doors to tech entrepreneurs and company builders, focusing on cultivating the potential of early stage tech startups. You can take some time out from planning by watching the TV or playing a game of table football. The best ideas come when you’re having fun after all…
Sharing their space with a Google Campus, aspiring tech heads should head to TechHub to be part of a powerful tech network. Their London studios have received a name for being at the heart of the UK’s biggest technology cluster in London. Tech startups and entrepreneurs are welcomed into their three East London homes on Bonhill Street (Campus), Old Street, and Shoreditch. The studios also host a variety of events and workshops at their main Campus base, to keep you fuelled for your latest project.
7. Uber Office
Just three minutes away from Victoria Station, Uber Office is in a handy central location. The office offers a place to meet, work and create, within a comfortable and practical environment. There are plenty of trendy chairs and bright colours to keep you happy and inspired throughout the day on your personal project, or meeting rooms for collaborations.
8. Warner Yard
Welcoming technology entrepreneurs, investors, and tech stars Warner Yard is based in the heart of Clerkenwell. It aims to target fund companies as well as early-stage investors, housing many tech geniuses within its slick office space. The hanging light bulbs and crisp interiors look like something straight out of a Scandinavian design magazine.
9. We Work
We Work’s London office spaces are the ideal platform for creators. With beautifully decked out offices in Soho and South Bank, they are the perfect location for any creative freelancer on the go. Expect some quirky wall art and vintage touches to keep you inspired.
10. Winkley Street Studios
The open-plan studios at Winkley Street in Bethnal Green offer a friendly and peaceful workspace for creatives. The studio is collection of old wooden school desks and chairs, vintage armchairs and lots of plants. It’s the ideal studio if you’re looking to de-stress. There’s even an outside space with a shed and seating area.