Working in one of the coolest office spaces in London seems like a dream for most young businesses (until you scroll down this post to check out your options) – but awesome office space in the capital is easier to come by as businesses change the way they think about what a traditional office should look like.
The way we work is evolving
The kind of office spaces previously only within reach of large companies with a high turnover is now available to young startups, solopreneurs and freelancers. With London now being a centre for some of the world’s leading tech startups, the demand for creative, modern and functional office space has rocketed.
Plenty of companies now recognise how much working environment affects employees. Enjoying the environment you spend most of your time in can transform your working life and boost your motivation and productivity. A toxic work environment does the opposite.
When you’re sat at your desk at 3pm, fiddling with a paperclip and trying to keep your eyes open whilst you type out that report you need to complete in two hours, you wonder why you’re losing concentration. It’s not always down to factors you can control. The immediate reasons you think of like lack of sleep or not eating the right food might be a factor…but what about your external environment?
A 2014 study of Nordic countries showed that the “physical working environment is an important, statistically significant predictor of productivity”. This isn’t a new idea. It’s estimated that unhappiness amongst American office workers is costing a huge $300 billion a year in lost productivity! Crazy.
Small business and solo entrepreneurs have more and more options across the city than ever before when it comes to attractive and creative space.
Uncommon provide some of the coolest shared office space in London. There’s an awesome bar/cafe area perfect for escaping the computer screen during the day or after work drinks. Even better, pets are allowed; no more lonely little snouts!
Hot desks, fixed desks and private offices starting from £199/pp month.
Location: Covent Garden
WeWork is so much more than (stunningly designed) coworking spaces: each location is anchored within the local community and a global network of entrepreneurs and creators. This new addition to the London WeWork family features a jaw-dropping private roof terrace with views over London plus chic breakout space in a heritage building.
Hot desks, fixed desks and private offices are available starting from £500pp/month.
Mindspace is a global provider of beautiful and inspiring offices and workspaces for teams of all sizes. Located in the heart of Aldgate, Mindspace is the new destination for forward-thinking companies of all sizes, providing a global gateway for growing companies. Work within wallking distance from the Whitechapel Gallery and Old Spitalfields Market, as well as an ever-growing collection of great restaurants.
Fixed desks and private offices starting from £375pp/month.
This Time Next Year is a new airy space in Leyton designed to help you get inspired, creative, and productive – from the interior design, to the cultural and wellness programmes, to the top–notch facilities. This Time Next Year is for everyone from freelancers, to start–ups to established businesses.
Hot desks, fixed desks, and private offices starting from £200pp/month.
Freelancer? Bigger Business? Work.Life London Fields is front and centre in one of London’s most creative postcodes located seconds from London Fields station (just 3 stops away from Liverpool Street) and only a stone’s throw from the famous Broadway Market. What’s more? The space is dog friendly.
Hot desks and private offices starting from £200pp/month.
Located a 5 minute walk from Camden Town tube station, LABS: Atrium boasts its own courtyard, ideally shaped to facilitate connectivity across the space. This state of the art building is located in the heart of Camden’s famed Stables Market and has its own restaurant, innovation lab, cafe, and bar.
Hot desks, fixed desks, and private offices starting from £300pp/month.
The inside of this place is beautiful but how cool is the exterior? These guys took what was a ghostly abandoned shopping mall and turned it into an exposed brick, high tech, high spec office masterpiece. Imagine your office being located in the same space that holds Oktoberfest?!
As well as a massive outdoor space, boat loads of history (literally), huge desks and loads of other awesome office features, this has to be one of our faves so far.
Hot desks, fixed desks and private offices starting from £250pp/month.
Finsbury Business Centre is a family-run, friendly business centre, with a diverse range of tenants. Conveniently located in the heart of buzzing Clerkenwell, the centre comprises 40,000 square feet of space divided into 60 individual units, which are all newly decorated before occupation. The space is relaxed and provides an environment where all tenants can feel at home.
Hot desks and private offices starting from £200pp/month.
Huckle is a creative coworking space situated in the heart of London’s innovation district inside the iconic Alphabeta Building and is perfect for tech focused startups, scale-ups and corporate innovation teams. The space offers Private Studios, Fixed Resident Memberships, and Open-Plan Shared Workspace along with inspiring breakout spaces that encourage people to think boldly.
Private offices starting from £4,900/month.
Location: Kings Cross
This is one of the best looking office spaces in London. Located across two floors of Kings Cross station, some of the original brick and ironwork features of the heritage building have been kept. There are shared work desks, including a relaxing lounge area, plus meeting rooms and dining spaces.
Rent starts from £300/month.
Location: Old Street
At WeWork: Old Street, much of the interior has been stripped back to the bare concrete and covered with graffiti art to give it a fun, industrial feel. At the centre of it all is an incredible spiral staircase that local artists have covered with a colourful mural. The space provides weekly-events, micro-roasted coffee, and private phone booths.
Fixed desks and private offices starting from £380pp/month.
In the heart of London’s Business Hub, 25 Finsbury Circus offers a wide selection of serviced offices. The space is spread over 4 floors and includes 24/7 access, unlimited refreshments, showers, and super-fast Internet. The space hosts businesses spanning media, technology and professional services, and is within walking distance various fancy bars and restaurants.
Private offices starting from £950pp/month.
This sustainable and affordable co-working environment is part of a wider community of artists, designers, creatives and entrepreneurs. They strive to create a network of socially-purposed organisations, so if you’re passionate about making a difference while running your business this place is perfect for you.
Located close to Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations with excellent access to the rest of the city, rental prices are amazingly low. You can also work all night long if the creative juices are flowing – there’s 24-hour access.
Rent for co-working space starts from £150.00/month.
So before you think about sitting in crumb covered PJ’s for another six months, or slave away in that dimly lit box of an office that’s been giving you headaches – think about if it’s really beneficial to your productivity. Ridiculously nice office space is not out your reaches as a small London businesses, freelancer or entrepreneur, and it’s about time everyone made the most of it.
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