Over the last several years, the number of freelancers and remote workers in London (and around the world) has skyrocketed. And – as we know – supply must meet demand, which is why from 2017-2018, the number of flexible office centres in the UK increased by 10%.
It’s easy to see why these pop-up offices have taken off. Today more than ever, all anyone really needs to get the job done is a strong and reliable internet connection. Okay, not ‘anyone’. Service staff still have to interact with guests in real life, labourers still have to be on-site, and doctors still must visit patients in-person…
But you know what we mean.
Entrepreneurs, graphic designers, writers, IT experts and plenty of other people have the freedom to work from anywhere in the world, so long as they can get online.
While there’s nothing wrong with plunking down at a cafe or restaurant near Paddington station, ordering a flat white and a scone before asking for the Wi-Fi password, and hoping the connection is consistent enough for you to check and respond to e-mails, there are certainly better (and more fun!) ways to work.
Whether you’re in town on business and staying at one of the many luxury boutique hotels in London or are a local looking for a new place to call your office, here are the best-of-the-best in terms of co-working spaces in London.
Best co-working spaces in North London
Uncommon – Highbury and Islington
If you’re travelling with your pooch or simply can’t bear the thought of leaving your four-legged friend at home while you go to work, Uncommon is the place for you. Dog-friendly, filled with plants, and with enough natural light to power a solar panel, Uncommon has hot desks, private offices, a terrace, a coffee shop, and everything else you’d need (or want!) from a workspace.
Rocket Space – Angel
Perfect for techies, investors and entrepreneurs, Rocket Space (just seconds away from Angel Tube Station) values balancing work with play. And, with offices spread as far as China, it seems to be working. Looking for some inspiration to kickstart your workday? Rocket Space hosts dozens of events and workshops each month, ranging from yoga to live recordings of podcasts.
Best co-working spaces in South London
Hotel Elephant – Elephant & Castle
With 80 desks available, this is a great co-working space if you’re staying or living near Elephant & Castle tube station. While this may not have as many amenities as some of the bigger workspaces on this list, it certainly has a real sense of community. Better still, your membership gets you free access to many local events, meaning you won’t be short of a thing or two to do while in the city.
Peckham Levels – Peckham
Once a carpark, this is now a thriving, multi-storey creative workspace that’s more like a shopping mall than an office. In addition to the obvious (offices, of course) Peckham Levels is home to a child’s play area, street food stalls, a hair salon, yoga studio, and live music event space.
Bear in mind, you have to apply for a membership, so express your interest before your trip if you’re not local to London.
Best co-working spaces in Central London
If you’re staying at The Devonshire London Paddington, the hotel is perfectly equipped to support you as you work with lightning-fast Wi-Fi, endless amounts of delicious coffee and tea (and beer and wine), and plenty of brain food. Of course, we won’t hold it against you if you’d rather get out and – being in Central London – you’re mere minutes away from co-working spaces that inspire collaboration and foster personal growth.
Our top picks?
WeWork – Paddington
Just north of Hyde Park (and around the corner from The Devonshire London Paddington), WeWork – an institution in the co-working world. Spread across seven floors, this space is perfect for short-stay visitors or long-term locals with affordable hot desks and well-equipped office spaces. Not only will you have a chance to put your head down and get some work done, but you’ll also be in a great position to mingle with like-minded people. For entrepreneurs, this represents a great opportunity to make some new connections and grow your business.
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The Clubhouse – Mayfair
Offering annual memberships, The Clubhouse (as the name suggests…) is more than a co-working space. It’s a business club, lounge, and meeting space with hot desks available now. Better still, your membership allows you access to other locations in the city, including Holborn, Bank and St. James Square.
Where are you going to co-work while staying in accommodation near Paddington? Leave us a comment!
Best co-working spaces in West London
The Refinery – Chelsea
Much like Chelsea itself, The Refinery is of a different class. Housed in a gorgeous Georgian era, hot desks and private offices are both available and the outdoor event space gives members a stage to showcase their work or network at events.
Club Workspace – Portobello
Portobello Road – famous for its bustling market – is also home to an incredible co-working space that even guests of The Devonshire London Paddington might want to venture to for a day. Highlights include an on-site cafe and free co-working days. And, with a calendar filled with events, social butterflies will feel right at home.
Best co-working spaces in East London
Google Campus – Shoreditch
The only totally free co-working space on this list, Google Campus in Shoreditch is perfect for those just starting out. In addition to strong coffee and Wi-Fi, this space is just as much a learning centre as it is a place to work. In addition to weekly (if not daily!) events, there are regular classes teaching everything from Google Analytics to yoga.
Hackney Cogs – Hackney
Last but not least, this co-working space is ideally located a short walk from London Fields park and Broadway Market and Mare Street. If you actually need to get work done instead of just exploring the area, you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen and high-speed internet within the compound which offers members 24-hour access. No rest for the wicked, eh?
See? No matter where you’re staying – from accommodation near Paddington to your home in Islington, there’s a co-working space for you. Curious to learn more about the Paddington area in preparation for your stay? Check out unusual things to see and do here!