As strong advocates of the concept that you should Love Where You Work, we can’t emphasise enough the fact that choosing an office space for a small business isn’t just a case of sticking a pin in a map and picking the first decent-looking option that fits your budget.
Take a look at our recent infographic. The world of work has changed and will continue to do so, rapidly – and the way that teams function and adapt is no different. The facilities available to companies now go far beyond the number of desks on offer and the speed of the internet – you’ve got onsite events, networking opportunities, gyms, and perks that can all take your business to the next level.
Why is choosing the right office for a small business so important?
Realistically, whatever the size of your company your surroundings can make or break your team dynamic, morale, and productivity. But when you’re only a select few, the impact of such elements can be so major that disregarding them could put unnecessary strain on your business. Pick the right workplace, and you can get on with the important stuff.
As a team of 24 ourselves, we can relate first-hand. So we’ve curated a list of the ten best offices for small businesses in London, offering a range of all the facilities, locations, environments, and budgets you could wish for.
Here are the best offices for small businesses in London
Available from September 1st is this spot in the Shoreditch edition of the brilliant Techspace family. Located on Luke Street, this workspace offers scale-up teams a range of high-quality spaces, including 10 free meeting rooms and a trendy breakout area. On top of that, they’ve also got a unique event space where they host curated events, workshops and meetups – perfect for business people wishing to expand their network and increase their knowledge.
Private office with 14 desks: £8,610/month.
Located on the third floor of a modern office building right in the heart of the City, Frameworks offer eleven private offices made to suit both creative startups and well-established businesses alike – current members are startups and small businesses looking for somewhere fun to work that can also meet the high demands of a fast-growing small business. It may be high quality, professional and well-designed, but this space is also one of the city’s most affordable offices, making it perfect for smaller businesses looking to be smart with their expenditure.
Right in the heart of Soho, you’ll find Office Bloc – the boutique, serviced office providers who have converted a beautiful 1920s Townhouse on Dean Street into a well-equipped, friendly environment for you to grow your business. The naturally light offices have just been completely renovated, and now offer superfast WiFi, meeting rooms with refreshments, and stunning interiors, all in one of London’s most dynamic districts.
Fixed desks: £350 pp/month, private offices start at £6,500/month.
As with many of the Workspace family, The Pill Box reminds anyone in the vicinity of its former glory – this time, as a pharmaceutical research company. But whilst its purpose may have changed, Pill Box is just as innovative and forward-facing as it was previously – it has now been reborn as a hub for creative startups looking to capitalise on flexible studio leases, fantastic transport links and the energy of East London. And if you’ve got any of the latter left, you can always expend it in the onsite gym.
Hot desks £150 pp/month, fixed desks £350 pp/month, and private offices from £472/month.
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell and close to both Farringdon and the City of London, WorkPad’s new office space location is the perfect location for a small business in London looking to find a new base. Not only are all the essentials included in the price – including 100MB dedicated high-speed fibre and meeting space – but WorkPad’s offices are unbranded, giving you the opportunity to create your own identity and make your business.
Private office options start at £2,500/month
House of Maria Amalia is a modern, light-filled workspace in Shoreditch, and is made for any team looking for a fun work environment alongside likeminded, ambitious small businesses. Workspaces vary between fixed desks and private offices, are ideal for creatives, and are 100% pet friendly. Rentals are also highly flexible in terms of timings and prices, with spaces available for early birds, night owls, and weekly or monthly residencies – perfect for your every need.
Private office with 6 desks £1,600/month.
Located in London’s thriving media capital, The Boutique Workplace Company’s stylish Soho Square office space is an enviable choice for startups for a number of reasons. For one – its leafy spot on the square provides a calm oasis amongst the busy streets of the West End, whilst its central location means it’s well connected for tube and bus routes. For another, its bright, well-lit, spacious private offices are completely unbranded, meaning that you and your small business will feel right at home.
Private offices start at £6,400/month.
This exciting and innovative workspace on Camden Road is perfect for small businesses looking for somewhere to take their company to the next level. Not only do Mushroom Hub offer fantastic facilities, such as 24-hour access, cleaning, printing areas and a roof terrace, but they’re also there to support members in taking those first key steps into making ideas and visions a reality.
Private offices from £218 pp/month.
Plexal is perfect for tech startups and small businesses with big ambitions, looking to harness new and emerging technology. Why? Because this stylish space is one of Europe’s largest innovation centres, designed as a mini-city, and comes complete with event space, an indoor park, and a makers yard. A different kind of workspace, Plexal isn’t just about good coffee, free pizza and networking events (although they do have all that). It’s also the ideal place to get healthy, give your mind a rest occasionally, and make some pretty decent connections.
Hot desks and fixed desks from £220 pp/month and private offices from £1,250/month.