While working from home certainly has its perks, there's something to be said for the collaborative and creative energy of coworking spaces. With the rise of the self-employed freelancer and the decline of traditional offices, a new breed of work space is cropping up, feeding the demand for increased flexibility and social connectivity. London is home to all manner of coworking spaces with a whole variety of perks — from members clubs that hold events to connect professionals with others in their industry to wellness-focused spaces with deluxe gyms. Sick of working from your kitchen table? Read on for our pick of the best coworking spaces in London.
Housed in a six-storey Art Deco building in the heart of elegant Fitzrovia, Mortimer House is a multifunctional hub that offers work, social and wellbeing spaces under the one roof. Choose a workspace that suits your style: there are communal areas, dedicated desks and bookable meeting rooms that boast state of the art technology. A fully equipped gym and studio with a diverse roster of classes and a wellness programme that includes various retreats, workshops and masterclasses allows members to flex their physical and mental muscles in equal measure. Take advantage of the excellent dining scene: Mortimer House's all day menu offers everything from breakfast to cocktails, and even ‘room service’ for wherever you might be in the house.
Huckletree was founded with the goal of creating the space and environment for innovative companies — from startups to MNEs — to work, grow and collaborate. There's a space for every need — from light-filled studios and auditoriums to internal courtyards and even meditation rooms — ensuring work and relaxation in equal measure. Each of Huckletree's locations (there are four in London, one in Dublin and one in Manchester) is geared towards a different industry: for example Huckletree White City is dedicated to startups and global brands in the creative sphere, while the Soho space is home to Europe’s most exciting investment funds. In keeping with its commitment to helping members better themselves professionally, Huckletree also offers a series of educational programmes for aspiring founders or those looking to get an idea off the ground.
Second Home has multiple locations across London, Lisbon and Los Angeles, but the workspace innovator's Spitalfields outpost is its original launchpad. Designed with the goal of engendering creativity and inspiring motivation, the space is characterised by bold splashes of colour, ample natural light and a profusion of greenery in the form of hanging plants, live mosses and rooftop gardens. There are myriad spaces to work, an extensive wellness programme, 'Breakthrough' events and workshops where you can learn from leaders of industry and an onsite cafe serving up nutritious meals to help fuel your body and mind.
As its name suggests, Soho Works is the coworking arm of the Soho House members club empire. It offers dedicated workspace (with your own desk) and so much more, including a curated calendar of professional, social and wellbeing events that give creative members the chance to meet, connect and collaborate. Membership permits entry into four London outposts: Dean Street, Shoreditch, White City and 180 Strand, as well as Soho Works locations in Los Angeles and New York. Each space is kitted out in gorgeous Soho Home furnishings and adheres to the classic yet contemporary aesthetic that Soho House is known for, promising a dreamy coworking experience for design lovers.
While some members clubs automatically emanate an intimidating air, Arboretum in Charring Cross prides itself on its relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. In the spirit of democratising the members club experience, it accepts all applications from those who want to join its community. Membership benefits include complimentary access to exclusive events, which range from talks and launches to networking nights; reduced rates on theatre tickets; access to a boutique gym (which features a ping pong room) and wellness and beauty perks. And that's not to mention the variety of coworking options for every need: settle into a comfy sofa, book out a private office or make the most of 5000sq feet of airy and bright open plan work space.
Is working from home more your jam? Check out these incredible home offices for some serious WFH inspiration.
We'll keep you up to date.