With traditional offices in decline, and self-employment on the up and up, the demand for co-working spaces in the capital is at an all-time high.
Here, we’ve rounded up six of the best work spaces in town.
The co-working arm of Soho House, Soho Works is a network of round-the-clock workspaces. As the Houses become more social – and largely adopt a ‘no-laptop’ policy – many Soho House members are adding on a Lounge membership to their current plan. With access to all Soho Works locations for £75 per month, members can book meeting rooms, attend events – from workshops to panel talks –, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning – plus teas and coffees throughout the day. The swish space is kitted out with luxe pieces from Soho Home and even offers podcast recording facilities to its cohort of co-workers.
The Mills Fabrica
Originating in Hong Kong, The Mills Fabrica has now arrived to London’s vibrant Kings Cross. Housed within a three-storey Victorian warehouse, The Mills Fabrica encompasses Fabrica X – an experiential concept store and innovation gallery for sustainable brands –, a café by Mouse Tail Coffee, membership-led work spaces, as well as a tech lab for prototyping and a powerful start-up incubation programme. It’s the ideal spot for sustainably minded 9–5ers.
Launched by ex-CEO of home-sharing platform Love Home Swap, Debbie Wosskow OBE, and former Hearst CEO, Anna Jones, AllBright is billed as “a members’ club for working women.” While AllBright isn’t intended as a full-time co-working space, its physical space is intended to provide women with a place to collaborate and network in comfort. Housed in a majestic townhouse on Mayfair’s Maddox Street, the stylish space extends over five floors. AllBright have tailored their club for women to work smarter, with access to desks and meeting spaces, as well as events, talks, and networking meet-ups, not forgetting the all-important rooftop terrace bar for post-work debriefs.
With a focus on hospitality and wellness, this London co-working space is set in a six-storey Art-Deco building in the heart of Fitzrovia. Home to an array of workspaces — fully furnished and intuitively designed — to suit all needs, there are Private Studies for teams working together and Dedicated Desks for individuals, as well as communal spaces such as the Living Room & Den and the Loft. Busy workers can order ‘room service’ to their desks from the Mediterranean restaurant downstairs and the premium workspace even has a meditation room (for those extra stressful days).
De Beauvoir Block
De Beauvoir Block’s current tenants include DH-PR, Alexa Chung, KITRI, et al – suffice to say, it sits at the heart of East London’s creative offering. Offering like-minded creatives a range of exclusive and casual memberships (for just £100) to suit everyone’s co-working needs, they also offer private workspaces for companies both big and small. Work in bright, plant-filled surrounds, rotating between the café, communal area, downstairs boardroom outside courtyard, and so on as the day sees fit.
A pioneer of the co-working movement, WeWork’s robust offering, spanning more than 60 office spaces across London alone, from Marylebone to Shoreditch, makes it an appealing choice. Their Spitalfields office occupies a striking modern glass structure, with views over the East London skyline, while their Monument WeWork rooftop is the ideal place to set up with your laptop on a sunny afternoon. From a single desk to an events space for 25+ people, other amenities available include access to casual business lounges and bookable meeting rooms, high-speed WiFi, printing facilities, plus free-flowing barista coffee – a true office essential.