Everyone who starts their own startup or becomes a full-time freelancer knows how important a good working space is – and how hard it can sometimes be to find an affordable option. And as beautiful and bustling as London is, it can be quite intimidating for entrepreneurs. The good news is that this city hides many interesting co-working options in every borough.
There are many benefits to taking your business to a shared space: networking opportunities and enhancing productivity are just a few of them (have a look at this cool report by the Harvard Business Review on Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces). Here at SaveWallets we’ve gotten down to doing some research that will help you find the right co-working space for you, at whichever stage your business might be in. Swipe further down for some cool temporary free options as well!
Price per person / per month: Starting at £150
Key demographic: Technology-driven companies across all markets
Self-defined as a “coworking accelerator”, it was founded in 2010. It is built as a “community for digital high-growth start-up businesses” in London. It has a variety of angel investors based in the space as well. Apart from private offices, it also offers Hot Desking in “The Hive” – a permanent desking area. More info here.
Location: Earl’s Court (more options available, including Chelsea and Chiswick)
Price per person / per month: Starting at £95
Key demographic: Varied
It presents itself as an “amazing, affordable alternative to working alone either at home or in coffee shops”. Plus, they are committed to improving local libraries and community innovation through the transformation of under-utilized public spaces partnering with local Councils. More info here.
Location: King’s Cross St. Pancras
Price per person / per month: Starting at £170
Key demographic: Professionals in creative industries (from social enterprises to filmmakers)
Its motto is “Coworking with community at its core”. With a super convenient location, it functions in a beautiful restored Victorian apartment building. By joining Ark Coworking, you are joining a community. Open from 9am to 6pm. More info here.
Location: Soho (new location coming soon!)
Price per person / per month: Starting at £50
Key demographic: Freelancers, start-ups and small businesses
It has very instagramable interior designing, which creates a modern yet inviting feel. It’s your “low fuss co-work space for less”. It offers several options: desk space, coworking areas, office space and events space. You can go for the Hotdesks option for only £50. It also features a bar, an outdoor terrace and storage. Plus, it is open until 10pm for those long working days! More info here.
Location: London Bridge
Price per person / per month: Starting at £180
Key demographic: Freelancers and entrepreneurs
A wonderful, large bright open coworking space, with both dedicated stations and shared desks, and 3 private offices. It also has a bookable meeting room (also available to non-members from £20+VAT), plus a wonderful terrace. Excellent location! Hot desks are available from £180. Also important: dedicated work stations members have 24hs access! More info here.
EXTRA, EXTRA! Temporary options for occasional days…
The British Library
Did you know the British Library has a special wing just for small business owners and investors? It even has really cool resources that will come in handy for every business in the making: from international market reports, data for 144+ million companies, free or low cost workshops, and a very interesting Innovating for Growth Scale-ups (applications now open!).
Campus London, by Google
It all starts with an honest motto: “Strong community to show you the way. Strong coffee to start the journey”. A great initiative by Google, with several programs like: Campus Residency, Campus Startup School and the fundamental Campus Cafe to meet tech startup founders and entrepreneurs. Campus is a global network of spaces, “where big ideas are shaping the future. Operated by Google for Entrepreneurs”. It has more than 22.000 members in 60+ countries. You can apply to become a member of Campus for free! More info here.
Very close to London’s Liverpool Street Station, it has a great open lobby “where everyone is welcome whether it’s to work, catch up over coffee” or what you need. A beautiful option in the heart of bohemian, cool Shoreditch.