By Adam Jon Stacey, Fresh Business Thinking
In this world of freelancers, independent professionals and start-ups, the need for an office space of your own is at the top of most people’s checklists. However, it is not always a viable option to go out, sign a lease and commit to a yearlong contract for a multitude of reasons.
This is where the most en-vogue trend in the business world comes in, co-working.
These office spaces, rife with open floor plans and open cultures, offer workers a place to grow their businesses while collaborating with like-minded individuals, in a cool and sophisticated setting.
Without the need for miles of data cables, chunky desktop computers and the introduction of the cloud, the need for a permanent office space has become obsolete, and that is where these ‘hubs’ come in - giving anyone and everyone the opportunity to be part of a vibrant and energetic community of business professionals, at a fraction of the price of renting in London.
With opportunities to rent long term, or hot desk for as short a stay as an hour, co-working really is the best of both worlds.
So, that is why we here at Fresh Business Thinking have decided to compile our list of the freshest co-working spaces in London.
The Clubhouse London
The Clubhouse offers a luxurious, professional space with complimentary high speed and secure WiFi, refreshments, tea and Nespresso coffee in a Mayfair location. This is a creative environment where business gets done and professional relationships can grow and flourish, designed around the needs of today’s business people and entrepreneurs. They have recently opened their second Clubhouse, at 50 Grosvenor Hill, as well as The Clubhouse on Grafton Street.
Cost: Prices start from £1875 per annum for their Club Membership.
Website: The Clubhouse London
Contact: 0207 183 7210
Central Working – Shoreditch
Central Working provides the ideal environment for growing businesses. They offer you the support, infrastructure and tools needed, to create the connections, momentum and recognition that will help you grow your businesses and develop your skills and team. Whether you need a place to drop in, a permanent office for you and your team, or to be part of the co-working revolution then Central Working is for you.
Cost: Prices range from £99 for their ‘Club’ membership, to £499 for their ‘Resident’ membership.
Website: Central Working - Shoreditch
Contact: 0203 011 0213
Le Bureau is a beautifully designed office in Battersea, providing shared workspace for independent professionals, startups and small businesses. Offering state-of-the-art facilities in an environment of ultimate comfort and style, Le Bureau is truly unique. There is one monthly rate, which includes the use of all the office facilities and a fantastic range of benefits.
Cost: £79 per week for a small desk, or £99 a week for a large one.
Website: Le Bureau
Contact: 020 7100 5666
ClubRooms – Paddington Station
ClubRooms are a smart, innovative response to the way that work is changing, where companies and individuals can work, meet and base their businesses in whatever way suits them best. Featuring open workspaces, lounge-style rooms or private areas; Club Rooms is designed to allow you to work the way you need.
Cost: Prices start at £250 a month
Website: Club Rooms
Contact: 0203 626 0100
Innovation at 90 Main Yard
Innovation at 90 Main Yard offers an environment that not only provides support therefore enabling the natural emergence of innovation but also proactively encourages it. The space is for organisations with up to four employees and a mixture of new and already established organisations and freelancers.
Cost: Prices start from as low as £100 a month, up to £200
Contact: 020 8986 0090
The HUB Kings Cross
This is a space for innovators based in London - a global community of social enterprises, environmental companies and sustainable businesses. The HUB King’s Cross in London offers a versatile event space for arts, corporate and private events as well as a unique location for TV/film shoots.
Cost: Prices start from as little as £15, up to £450
Website: The HUB king's Cross
Contact: 020 7841 3450
Techspace – Underwood Street
Techspace premises are unbranded so that businesses can be as at home and independent as possible, with the advantages of being part of a community. Techspace has private meeting rooms, a conference room, kitchen facilities, breakout areas and a 1000 sq.ft. events room to help create a vibrant, friendly and professional place to work.
Cost: £325 per month
Contact: 020 3095 2964
The Wimble Tech Campus offers a flexible co-working environment for start-ups and other professionals. There is Wi-Fi, power sources, Free tea, coffee, drinks, and fruit, all while being situated in an awesome location in Wimbledon. It is an ideal alternative space for homeworkers, freelancers, mobile workers and those who want an informal meeting space or to reduce their daily commute.
Cost: £150 per month
Contact: 07446 873754
The Trampery – London Field
The Trampery London Field is the perfect location for anyone in a fashion-related business such as photography, supply chain management or magazine publishing. Equally it’s an inspiring place for anyone working in graphic design, media production, software, a social enterprise or another creative discipline.
Cost: Desks cost £200 a month, with discounts if you sign up long term
Website: The Trampery
Contact: 020 7253 6959
Club Workspace – Clerkenwell Workshops
Clerkenwell Workshops is home to a diverse base of young and growing businesses. The centre incorporates a charming central courtyard and cafe/bar, which provides the focal point for interaction and activity. Club Workspace aims to bring entrepreneurs and start-up communities together, creating more productive working relationships and Clerkenwell Workshops central location offers entrepreneurs easy access to the City.
Cost: Prices start at £200, and go up to £400
Website: Clerkenwell Workshops
Contact: 0203 393 1142