Ask people to describe London and you might get responses such as “lively”, “dynamic”, “diverse”. Others might not be quite so favourable: terms such as “polluted”, “busy”, and “rude” are pretty common too. But the chances are, whether you’re pro or anti-London, most would probably agree on one thing: it’s expensive.
Everybody knows that the UK capital is one of the priciest cities in the world – with pints averaging at over a fiver each, and house prices significantly more than that, sometimes it can feel that you’ll always have to compromise on quality to be within budget in London, or even that the city is off-limits full stop.
But that’s not necessarily the case, especially when it comes to office space. Now that the flexible office market is exploding, there are tonnes of options out there to suit all sizes, industries, tastes – and most importantly, budgets.
That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of workspaces for every budget in not only London, but Zone 1:
You may not believe it, but even in Central London you can find full-time workspace for under £100/month.
Desks from £99 pp/month
Take Areaworks in Hoxton, just on the cusp of the N1 boundary. This coworking provider has created a relaxed, open-minded workspace by Regent’s Canal, with excellent facilities including their very own rooftop terrace – perfect for Friday beers, yoga sessions, and (albeit rare) sunny afternoons – all for a tiny £99/pp month. That price gives you everyday access, so don’t worry about only have a limited numbers of days per month. The area is also one of the most exciting for all things innovation, so you can be sure you’re right in the action!
Private office: 34 desks for £3,231/month
Workspace Greville Street is cool, creative, and very affordable – even though it’s a mere two minute walk from Farringdon station, in the heart of London’s Jewellery Quarter and the centre of the UK’s diamond trade. This office space has capacity for 34 people and costs just £3,231/month – coming out at a tiny £95 per person. It comes unfurnished, but think of this as an advantage – you can kit it out and brand it just how you want!
It’s worth noting that in Central London, whilst you can find office space at lower prices, you will remain somewhat limited. The old adage location, location, location, holds true and often you are paying for your postcode. Move a little further out, and London is your oyster. Zones 2+ are full of innovative workspaces in up-and-coming areas.
Step up your budget a little, and you’ll start to see the options increase.
Desks from £105 pp/month
London can be pretty innovative when it comes to workspaces, and here’s a prime example of how. Located on the top floors of a beautiful Georgian style building is this Spitalfields office space, filled with natural light and good vibes. WiFi is included in the desk price, as is printing and mail handling, and you can even get a discount in their lovely Italian cafe downstairs. A great spot to get your business going in one of the world’s most thriving cities!
Private offices with up to 102 desks from £11,070/month
Located just 300 meters from Angel tube station, Goswell Road is a recently refurbished business centre with a modern and fresh feel, offering six large offices and studios. Formerly an art-deco warehouse, Goswell Road retains its historical charm externally, yet the recently refurbished reception and common areas of the building give the property a modern feel. It’s also close to the multitude of parks, shops, bars and restaurants in the thriving Islington area, and is close to King’s Cross St Pancras – a commuter’s dream.
Another step up and you’ll start to see increasingly innovative facilities included in your price.
Desks from £195 pp/month
Private office: 30 desks for £5,000/month
V22 is a self-contained office on Worship Street – smack bang in the heart of the City, and just a stone’s throw from the Google Campus and The Microsoft Reactor. The space features super-fast fibre internet, central heating, and air conditioning, too – and soon will be providing bike storage and showers to its tenants. Not bad at all for a teeny £167 pp/month!
Now you’re in business. For under £300/month, you can get space in a world-renowned workspace provider such as Mindspace…
Desks from £300 pp/month
Mindspace’s offerings are, quite simply, stunning – they believe that offices are as much about inspiration as they are about work, so in this beautiful Shoreditch space they have a range of areas, amenities, and activities to get you thinking outside the box – think: ultra-fast Internet and WiFi, meeting rooms, IT support, 24/7 access, coffee, tea, soda and refreshments, postal address, event space, phone booths and a flexible monthly subscription. There are also no added fees – everything is included in the monthly price!
Private offices with up to 18 desks from £1,600/month
Desks from £375 pp/month
Situated just off (and with a prime view of) the one and only Silicon Roundabout lives one of the city’s most iconic office buildings: White Collar Factory, designed and owned by property developers Derwent (read more about that here). The building is home to big dogs like Capital One and Adobe, and you can join them in this stunning three floor workspace owned by The Office Group – complete with a courtyard, cafés, restaurants, incredible views of London, a roof terrace, 276 cycle spaces and a 150m rooftop running track.
Private offices for up to 25 desks from £2,800/month
If it’s a private office that you’re looking for, then an excellent option in this price range would be the creative, green, and bright Finsbury Business Centre in Clerkenwell. This is a family-run, friendly business centre with a diverse range of tenants, some of whom have been in the space since it opened in 1983 – quite a testimony to the service and facilities that they offer! Other highlights include a cafe, sun terrace, and plenty of curated events for your enjoyment.
Now you’re in WeWork territory. Think: daily events, barista coffee, and beer on tap included in your rent.
Desks from £450 pp/month
Take this brand new WeWork in Holborn that opened at the beginning of November. This location is historically a hotspot for professionals working in media, law, and finance, so nabbing a desk here is a big deal. This particular office contains ten floors of the renowned Aviation House, is dog-friendly, and features inviting lounges, private offices, and high-tech conference rooms. Plus, onsite bike storage and showers make commuting by bike a breeze – whilst the proximity of Holborn Station across the street is ideal for a quick tube commute!
Private offices for up to 24 desks from £1,920/month
Now you’re heading to the upper end of the spectrum, you can expect more premium, hospitality-led workspaces, like these:
Desks from £425 pp/month
Private offices for up to 47 desks from £2,550/month
Now you’re at the top end of the price scale, you can expect clubhouse-style surroundings and exemplary service. You can also get head into traditionally prestigious parts of London – notably Mayfair – and pull out all the stops to impress clients.
Desks from £1,400/month
Private offices for up to 16 desks from £4,700/month
(Do be aware that availability of the above may change, but click the links at the top of each section to see the current offerings!)
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