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Coworking in London: The Ultimate Guide

Find out which area of London best suits your shared office needs with our ultimate guide to coworking in the capital

From riverside Roman settlement to 21st century metropolis, London has long been a hotbed for cultural, political, financial, and technological change.

A bubbling stew of innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, its parks, pubs and private spaces have acted as the catalyst for billions of interactions, and the backdrop for some of the most important conversations in history.

Today, London holds onto its changemaking reputation as one of the world’s leading hubs for a new revolution: coworking.

According to the Global Coworking Growth Study 2019, a coworking space opens in London every five days. This puts it ahead of New York and Toronto as the highest growth market for flexible workspace in the world.

But with this ever-increasing number of potential locations, how can you find the best home for your business?

Our comprehensive study ranks each area of London based on the number of spaces, the cheapest desks available, accessibility to public transport, and internet speed.

The best areas for coworking in London

map of the best coworking areas in london

best coworking areas londonIn this section, we’ve identified the best areas for coworking in London. How did we do this? By taking the following factors into consideration: the number of coworking spaces, the cost of desk space, the internet speeds, and the number of transport stations and lines operated through the area. 

When coworking in London, how connected a place is can be significant, in addition to the number of spaces to choose from and the cost to work there. Similarly, staying connected is essential – both digitally and physically – so we paid particular attention to transport connections and internet speeds. 

So what did we find? Despite only having two coworking spaces, the central London area of Kensington scored second on our ranking, with its high number of stations (eight) contributing to its listing.

Victoria has only one coworking space, and with the cheapest desk costing £649 per month, it shows that space is at a premium in south London.

And while it may offer desks at a reasonable rate, London Fields is left out of the loop in super trendy east London, thanks to its poor transport options – it’s served by only one station and one line.

However, with 10 coworking spaces to choose from, the ability to connect to 16 public transport lines criss-crossing the city, and affordable desk space available, King's Cross stole the coworking crown to come out on top in the coveted number one spot on our ranking!

With so many areas and spaces covered, here we profile the top five coworking spaces in London on an area-by-area basis. Click on an area to find out more!

CentralNorthSouthEastWest
KensingtonKing’s CrossClaphamSpitalfieldsPaddington
South BankCamdenBrixtonStratford / Hackney WickNotting Hill
MaryleboneClerkenwell / FarringdonBermondseyShoreditch / Old Street Shepherd's Bush
SohoFinsbury ParkTulse HillMoorgateHammersmith
HolbornStoke NewingtonBoroughCanary WharfFulham

5 best areas for coworking in Central London

coworking spaces central londonWhether you’re looking for well-connected areas or a range of coworking spaces, locating your business in central London guarantees you’ll be in the heart of the city. Here we outline the top five areas in the centre of the capital to cowork from.

Kensington

Featuring cobbled streets, colourful mews houses, and some of London’s most famous museums, Kensington is an affluent, semi-residential area with an air of luxury. Plus, with its eight stations and six lines, it offers easy transport connections to the rest of the capital.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk pricesNo. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
2£95-£400 per month8647.5

*Megabits per second

South Bank

Situated on the iconic River Thames, the South Bank is home to some of the most famous cultural institutions in the capital, such as the National Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall. With seven coworking spaces to choose from, there’s plenty of choice for startups that want to be close to culture.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk pricesNo. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
7£198-£915 per month6845.4

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Marylebone

Nestled in between major tourist attractions like Madame Tussauds, Regent’s Park, and Marble Arch, Marylebone is a quaint area in central London.

Marylebone High Street has a range of independent shops, while the famous Baker Street can also be found nearby. We detected desks that are available from just £135 per month, making Marylebone a perfect coworking spot for small businesses that are prepared to seek it out.

No. of coworking spaces
Range of desk pricesNo. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
9£135-£630 per month2647.5

*Megabits per second

Soho

One of London’s most vibrant areas, Soho is home to Theatreland and Chinatown, and serves as the centre of the LGBT community in the capital. During the day, Soho offers shopping and dining, and when night falls, the bars open – it’s a nightlife hub, and the capital’s red light district.

With 12 coworking spaces to choose from, and prices ranging from £139-£800 per month, Soho is ideal for small businesses with big plans. It’s suitable for companies that are just starting out through to more developed enterprises.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk pricesNo. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
12£139-£800 per month2247.5

*Megabits per second

Holborn

Known for its connections to the law, Holborn houses chambers, courts, and universities. With 19 coworking spaces available in this part of central London alone, it’s also something of a hotspot! It could be ideal for legal businesses, or as a springboard for entrepreneurial students and graduates.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk pricesNo. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
19£189-£5002250

*Megabits per second

5 best areas for coworking in North London

coworking spaces north londonFrom the buzzing, alternative scene in Camden to the transport hub of King’s Cross, we profile the five top areas to cowork in north London. 

King’s Cross

King’s Cross is one of London’s most famous interchanges. After all, it’s the place the Hogwarts Express departs from in Harry Potter

The area itself (of the same name) is also home to the Regent’s Canal, Central St Martin’s art school, and Coal Drops Yard, a new shopping and eating area near the station. 

With 16 lines operating across three stations, King’s Cross stands out for its public transport options. And with desk prices ranging from £129-£743 per month, there are coworking spaces to suit every budget.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
10£129-£74331642.9

*Megabits per second

Camden

Choosing to cowork in Camden is choosing to locate your business in one of London’s original alternative neighbourhoods. With its famous markets, musical history, and grungy vibe, Camden is ideal for creative startups with an outside-the-box mindset. 

And with the cheapest desk space available for free from one provider (provided certain conditions are met), coworking in Camden offers a cost-effective solution for small businesses.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
8£0-£4005240.5

*Megabits per second

Clerkenwell/Farringdon

Clerkenwell Design Week takes place each year, attracting professionals from the national and international design industry. Farringdon station offers connections across the capital, as well as rail services into the suburbs – making the area a winning combination for creatives and commuters alike. 

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
14£99-£4001441.7

*Megabits per second

Want to know what it’s really like to cowork in Clerkenwell? When it comes to choosing which area of London to cowork in, Charlie Johnson, founder of Brighterbox, comments:

The key criteria when choosing where to set our office up were location and price. We had to be central so that we would be competitive enough to attract talent, near enough to some decent lunch spots, and within an easy distance of as many clients as possible. 

“On a personal note, it had to be somewhere on the Thameslink line – overground, clean, and always on time (unless the sun’s heat melts the overhead lines).

“Farringdon ticked every box – less than a mile from Old Street and also close to the West End, with excellent transport links. Five minutes up the road in Clerkenwell, we found an independent co-working space called Purple Patch, which sat between Exmouth Market and Leather Lane – two of the best food markets in London. 

“Clerkenwell had the best rental price per square foot in Central London. I couldn’t get my head around it. The vibe is villagey and local (so the footfall is way lower than the City or Soho), and you’re on the doorstep of so many great areas.”

And on how to choose which coworking brand to work with, Johnson says:

“Price was a major consideration, and having set my sights on Clerkenwell, I needed to find somewhere affordable that we could grow into. Unfortunately for our early team, that meant a lower, lower ground floor space with no natural light (and which was about to be renovated). 

“The deal I found was half the price of the bigger competitors, so to placate the team – and maintain our sanity, given the lack of daylight and maintenance work – we committed to stay there for six months. Then, ideally, we would find somewhere bigger and brighter.”

When asked how businesses can develop by moving to a coworking space, Johnson states:

 We knew the bigger brands had better communities and technology, but this space had a better location – and a much better price – so we succeeded in meeting a few clients in there (which is usually one of the selling points of a WeWork or similar). 

“We had long term aspirations to find our own space, or move into something with more bells and whistles. But over time, as the business grew, we made the move up two floors to the areas with floor to ceiling windows. Now, we feel at home here. 

BrighterBox has since expanded to Manchester and into a WeWork, which we felt would allow us to quickly integrate with the startup community there. Our HQ remains in the heart of Clerkenwell.”

Finsbury Park

Close to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Finsbury Park offers an affordable option for coworking in north London, with desk prices offered for £100-£300 per month. 

Coworking in Finsbury Park is ideal if you live in or near the area and want to base your business close to home. This could be perfect for side hustles that you work on in the evenings or weekend, or newly launched startups.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
4£100-£3001342.9

*Megabits per second

Stoke Newington

Stoke Newington, or ‘Stokey', as it’s sometimes referred to by locals, offers two cheap coworking spaces in London. If you like being near green space, Stoke Newington could be ideal, with Clissold Park and Abney Park both nearby. Plus, Church Street offers a variety of places to eat and shop in the local area. We’d recommend coworking in Stoke Newington if you live nearby, want affordable space, and want to be able to walk or cycle to work.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
2£150-£2252142.9

*Megabits per second

5 best areas for coworking in South London

If you’re interested in coworking south of the river, discover the best areas below…

Clapham

The south London area of Clapham surrounds Clapham Common, a famous open expanse of green space in this mainly residential area. Clapham North and Clapham South are both on the Northern line, while Clapham South is served by the Overground and Southeastern national rail services.

In addition to its six stations, Clapham has high internet download speeds of 59.9, making it a great choice for businesses wanting coworking space in London that provides connectivity – both on and offline.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
1£2806459.9

*Megabits per second

Brixton

Brixton is one of south London’s major hubs, offering a multitude of eating and drinking options, along with entertainment hotspots like the Ritzy Cinema and the O2 Academy Brixton. The area is also well-known for being a centre of Caribbean culture in the capital. Brixton was immortalised in the popular Eddy Grant song ‘Electric Avenue’, which was named after a street in the area.

With its low cost monthly desk prices, Brixton is an affordable option for coworking in London. And like its neighbour Clapham, Brixton offers high internet speeds of 59.9, and could be perfect for businesses needing to stay connected in the south.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
5£135-£3502259.9

*Megabits per second

Bermondsey

Situated close to the River Thames, Bermondsey is home to the Fashion and Textile Museum and the White Cube Bermondsey art gallery. Bermondsey station is served by the Jubilee line, which offers connections to east, central, and north-west London. 

With its reasonable range of desk prices and internet speeds, along with six coworking spaces to choose from, Bermondsey could be a match for startup owners seeking a solid location.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
6£150-£3752245.5

*Megabits per second

Herne Hill/Tulse Hill

Herne Hill and Tulse Hill are situated either side of Brockwell Park. With the coworking space in this area offering desk prices from £90 per month, this is a perfect spot to pitch your business from if you live nearby, or can travel in via the Southern, Southeastern or Thameslink lines that service the two stations in the area.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
1£902345.4

*Megabits per second

Borough

Basing your business in Borough means you’ll be coworking within a stone’s throw from Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, some of the most iconic landmarks in London. And with four coworking spaces to choose from at a range of price points, it’s ideal for startups that are looking to expand.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
4£199-£3753345.5

*Megabits per second

5 best areas for coworking in East London

coworking spaces east londonEast London is known for being a coworking hotspot – but how do the numbers add up? Here, we identify the best coworking spaces in east London.

Spitalfields

Spitalfields is home to the east London institution of Old Spitalfields market, which trades seven days a week and offers 51 shops and stalls. 

But Spitalfields isn’t just for shopping – with 12 coworking spaces and monthly desk prices starting from £99, it’s a suitable location for growing startups and budget-conscious small businesses.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
12£99-£4502842.2

*Megabits per second

Stratford/Hackney Wick

Stratford was put firmly on the map thanks to the 2012 London Olympics. Since then, it’s grown to be a destination in its own right, and along with nearby Hackney Wick, the area offers plenty of affordable coworking spaces. And with six stations and six lines, you’re never too far from the rest of the city.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
7£150-£2506642.2

*Megabits per second

Shoreditch/Old Street

If you’re a tech startup looking for a base in London, Shoreditch/Old Street may have just what you need. In fact, the Old Street Roundabout was dubbed Silicon Roundabout due to the high numbers of tech companies and startups in the area. And with 22 coworking spaces scattered about, there’s plenty of opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)
No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
22£100-£499+VAT3341.7

*Megabits per second

Moorgate 

In the heart of the City, Moorgate serves as an ideal base for fintech and other finance-related businesses. Plus, with three stations and nine lines, it offers a location that’s nice and easy to reach.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
9£195-£549+VAT3941.7

*Megabits per second

Canary Wharf

Go further east and you’ll find Canary Wharf, another financial centre in London. If you run a finance business and need more affordable desk prices and faster internet speeds, consider coworking in this area of east London.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
3£180-£2905242.2

*Megabits per second

5 best areas for coworking in West London

coworking spaces west londonWest London offers some of the most luxurious areas in London, along with being in easy reach of Heathrow, the capital’s main airport. But what does it offer in terms of the best coworking spaces in London?

Paddington

Paddington is perhaps most famous for the children’s story that follows the adventures of a bear called Paddington, who was found at the eponymous train station having travelled from deepest, darkest Peru.

Besides serving as inspiration for a literary classic, Paddington offers a number of coworking spaces too, along with a station served by seven lines. 

One of its main advantages in terms of transport is the Heathrow Express, which offers quick and easy access to the airport – perfect for globe-trotting entrepreneurs and international businesses.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
4£350-£5503747.5

*Megabits per second

Notting Hill

Like Kensington, Notting Hill also has cobbled streets and colourful mews houses, along with the famous Portobello Market. But this picturesque area is a popular coworking spot too, with five locations available. 

We’d suggest this area for more established small businesses that want access to the rest of London, away from the hustle and bustle of the centre.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*

*Megabits per second

Shepherd’s Bush

Shepherd’s Bush has a selection of three coworking spaces, with a range of reasonably priced monthly desks available. In addition, it has three stations and five lines, offering multiple transport connections across the capital. 

We’d recommend Shepherd’s Bush for small businesses in the retail sector, as the nearby Westfield London shopping centre could offer plenty of inspiration!

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
3£149-£2953547.5

*Megabits per second

Hammersmith

Home to the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith could be an ideal area for small businesses in the entertainment industry looking for coworking spaces in London. Take your pick from four such spaces, and travel to work via the same amount of lines.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
4£300-£4402447.5

*Megabits per second

Fulham

Hugging the River Thames, and close to a number of green spaces, Fulham offers businesses a base for coworking in a leafy, mostly residential area. 

And, with 59.9 download speeds, the area has some of the fastest internet in London. All in all, Fulham is suitable for small business owners that want to stay close to home (as it’s a residential area) and be connected digitally.

No. of coworking spacesRange of desk prices (per month)No. of stationsNo. of linesInternet speeds (Mbps)*
2£2992159.9

*Megabits per second

Mathias Linnemann, co-founder of Worksome, explains the process for choosing a coworking space in London:

1) How you chose which area of London to cowork in

“Worksome is a Danish company that recently opened up in the UK. When deciding on an office location, three factors played a role. First of all, it should be rather easy for us to get to – both for our London-based employees who go every day, and people flying in from our offices in Copenhagen and New York. 

“Second, it should be rather close to some of our main customers and the companies we're targeting. Most of our clients are startups, media and advertising agencies, or software development companies, and everything is just easier when we can pop over for a coffee or meet for clients for lunch.

“Third, the area should be vibrant and offer good lunch, nice walks (as most of our internal meetings are done outside when the weather permits), as well as nice coffee shops, cafés and bars for client interactions. 

“We're currently in Runway East’s new office in London Bridge, which has all of the above. It's a rather new office, but the culture and vibe is building up fast, and the team at Runway has really done a fantastic job creating a creative and productive environment.”

2) How you chose which coworking brand to work with

“Finding the right coworking brand is a jungle. Honestly, it's hard to differentiate a lot, and so it becomes a matter of location, “vibe and culture”, and price. For Worksome, the most important things were the location and vibe to begin with. 

“Vibe and culture gets important when the team gets bigger, and as you start exploring sales and partnership opportunities with companies in the same place. Worksome is growing +30% every month, and we're expanding the team fast. Therefore, its crucial for us to have a lot of flexibility, and be able to scale up and down fast. 

“We've met with several co-working spaces that would offer 12 month contracts, which is a huge red flag for us. Flexibility is key here. We recently partnered up with WeWork Labs on offering freelance solutions to their startups, and will be visiting a lot of WeWork offices during the next six months. We've also seen The Ministry, which has a great new place near Borough, as well as Uncommon, which seems to be on the rise. 

“For us, one of the most important factors is that the people running the coworking space know all about the other startups, and can introduce you. They should know who does what, what stage they're in, who just got funding (even from which investors), who's having which problems, and who in the building can help solve them. 

“They should build business opportunities for their startups everyday, and really have a genuine interest in the success of their startups. They should hype news from their startups on social media, host events, bring in investors and founders, and generally do everything they can to build a high growth environment.” 

3) How your business has developed since the move to a coworking space

“We're growing super fast, and being in a coworking space enables us to stay agile and expand and contract when needed. Further, I personally moved from Copenhagen to London with my family three months ago, and staying in a coworking space is a great way to meet other founders and get familiar with the London tech and startup scene. 

“I often chat with the baristas and community managers to talk about who moved in and who got funding, and to pick up on all the gossip. Then I can go and meet the right people, partner with them, buy from them, sell to them, or just exchange some advice.”

Learn more by reading our guide to choosing a coworking space.

Most connected areas in London: Top 10

most connected areas in london map

rank of best connected areas in londonWhile you may love a particular coworking space in London for its number of networking opportunities or cool communal areas, you’ll need to know if you can get there easily and quickly too. 

Plus, a more connected space is not only easier for you to get to, but for your team and clients too – meaning it could help to attract more talent and business.

With six stations and eight lines serving the area, South Bank sailed past the other areas in our list for transport connectivity. The area with the second most number of lines? Kensington, with eight stations and six lines. Stratford/Hackney Wick and Bank tied for third place, with each area served by six stations and six lines. 

To calculate which areas are the most connected, we combined the scores for the number of stations and the number of lines we added them together to work out which areas ranked the highest for this factor. 

1. South Bank

The South Bank is served by six stations and eight lines. In addition to tube lines that can take you around the capital, the area also has Waterloo and Waterloo East rail stations that offer services out of the city.

2. Kensington

Next, with eight stations and six lines, Kensington is the reverse of the above. It has plenty of tube stations that are served by a number of underground lines.

3. Stratford/Hackney Wick, Bank

The only tie in our list, the Stratford/Hackney Wick and Bank areas are equally most connected.

Bank has six stations and six lines. Some transport highlights include the handy Waterloo & City line, which connects Bank and Waterloo stations with a non-stop service, and the interchange between Bank and Monument stations.

Similarly, Stratford and Stratford International offer extensive connections across the capital and beyond thanks to its tube lines and rail services, which include high-speed train services. It’s also the terminus for one branch of the London Overground, which Hackney Wick is also on.

4. King’s Cross

With 16 lines available, King’s Cross offers unrivalled transport options in the capital. Not only can you access five tube lines, but there are national and international rail services, too.

5. Moorgate

Nine lines are operated from three stations in the Moorgate area, which includes underground and rail services.

6. Clapham

The Clapham area is served by six stations with four lines, including tube, Overground, and rail services. In fact, many of the stations are situated along, or near, the Clapham Common South Side road.

7. Paddington

In Paddington, there’s a choice of three stations and seven lines, along with the option to catch rail services to destinations further afield.

8. Covent Garden/Charing Cross

In the Covent Garden/Charing Cross area, it’s possible to access five stations and four lines to travel across London, as well as use services from Charing Cross station that can take you outside of the capital.

9. Spitalfields

Eight lines are operated in the Spitalfields area from only two stations, connecting this trendy corner of east London to the rest of the city.

10. Fitzrovia

Coworking in Fitzrovia is likely to offer an easy commute, thanks to its four stations and five lines, with the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern and Victoria lines serving the area.

Fastest internet in London

map of fastest internet in london

fastest internet in london rankTo work out the fastest internet speeds in the capital, we used the Thinkbroadband website to measure download speeds in Megabits per second (Mbps). 

All but one of the areas that recorded the highest internet speeds (59.9 Mbps) are in central or south London, with west London’s Fulham the only exception.

At this level, you can expect to stream Ultra HD video and quickly download large files, as well as have multiple devices connected. 

With business in today’s day and age almost entirely reliant on the internet (think about the last time the internet went down while you were working – how productive was everyone?), being able to access a quick and reliable internet connection is essential. 

So which areas in London came out on top for download speeds? Find out which are the best coworking spaces in London for internet.

AreaLocationInternet speed (Mbps)*
ClaphamSouth59.9
BrixtonSouth59.9
ChelseaCentral59.9
VictoriaSouth59.9
BatterseaSouth59.9
WestminsterCentral59.9
FulhamWest59.9

*Megabits per second

Cheapest coworking desks in London: Top 10

Here, we profile some of the cheapest monthly desk prices for coworking in London.

1. Camden Collective: £0

The Camden Collective is a charity which offers free coworking spaces to businesses in vacant buildings, making it the cheapest coworking desks in London! 

In addition to desk space, you’ll also get access to the Collective’s lunch club, socials, events, support, and mentoring.

However, there are a number of restrictions: for starters, you must be a creative startup to apply for space, and once in, you’re asked to donate two hours of your time each month to the space and its community.

Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that as the spaces are in vacant buildings which the Collective takes on through temporary leases, you may only be in each particular space for the short-term.

2. The Workary Chelsea: £75

In second place, The Workary Chelsea offers desk space starting from £75 per month. 

For this, you’ll have affordable workspace and join The Workary community and members directory, as well as gain access to events and discounted meeting spaces. 

However, there are only 30 spaces available, and you must have Fixed membership, which gives you your own space on the campus.

3. The Workary Brompton: £85

The Workary offers another affordable coworking space, this time at its site in Brompton, which offers desk space from £85 per person, per month. 

Like its other offering in Chelsea, for this amount you’ll get access to the coworking space, community and events, as well as the members directory and other discounts. 

However, there’s only space for 35 Fixed members at this price.

4. GLOWS Tulse Hill: Maker Space & Co-Working Business Hub: £90

At GLOWS Tulse Hill, you can access a fixed desk/workstation for £90 per month. It offers a business hub with desks and meeting rooms, along with a maker space suitable for creative studio work.  

In addition, you’ll need to purchase an annual membership, which is priced at £5, £15, or £25, depending on where you live and if you receive a bursary. 

Note that the GLOWS space is aimed at Tulse Hill residents, as well as residents from across the Lambeth borough only. Furthermore, the space is currently only open Thursdays and Fridays during the day.

5. The Brew Commercial Street: £99

For £99 per person per month, you can hot desk at The Brew Commercial Street. This fee gives you access to desk space in the hot-desking hub, as well as meeting room space and phone booths. However, access is only available from 9-5 on weekdays.

6. Campfire Shoreditch, Cadoo Works: £100

If you own a creative or tech startup, then consider coworking at Campfire Shoreditch. Its £100 monthly starting prices offer hot desking, along with 24/7 access and private meeting rooms – and it’s pet friendly, too!

Alternatively, you could head north – for the same price point, you’ll get guaranteed desk space at the Cadoo Works in Finsbury Park, as well as discounts on its laser cutting and printing services. Note that this is offered as a 30 day rolling contract, with a 30 day notice period.

7. WorkSpott @ King’s Cross: £129

WorkSpott offers coworking within bars, hotels and restaurants, and its King’s Cross spot can be found inside The Green Room Bar @ Drake and Morgan. 

For £129 per month, you’ll get a desk space, as well as complimentary tea and coffee, high-speed wifi, meeting spaces, and weekly personal development sessions. 

However, the space is only open 9-5, Monday-Friday.

8. Crucible, Tripod, Landmark - Cavendish Square: £135

A Brand Ambassador membership at the Crucible in Haggerston will cost you £135 per month, and allow you to book equipment and use its hot desks (when available). You can also have one guest at a time. Note that Crucible membership is only open to those working in the hospitality industry.

The Tripod in Brixton is a coworking space for businesses operating in the creative, tech, and social sectors. Hot desking is available for £135, without a deposit, and you’ll also benefit from free business support events. However, access is only available between 8am-6pm.

Landmark – Cavendish Square has 24/7 access, meeting rooms, and even a car park. Landmark offers the Club Space membership from £135 per month, which includes unlimited drop-in access to workspaces in 30 buildings.

9. WorkSpott @ Soho: £139

For its monthly price of £139, you’ll get access to desk space, high speed wifi, a quiet working area, as well as bottomless tea and coffee. Plus, you’ll get discounts on the menu – as this coworking space is inside Zima Restaurant. 

Note that the space is only open on weekdays between 10am-5.30pm.

10. Open Cell: £149

Open Cell offers coworking space for the biotechnology industry. For £149 per month, you can rent a hotdesk in a shared studio. 

Check out our guide to cheap coworking spaces in London: The best desks for under £100 a month!

The best coworking spaces in London

In this section, we’ve researched outside of our dataset to find you even more options for coworking in London, based on certain criteria like cost, networking, and flexibility.

Best on a budget

TechHub offers workspaces, a network, and a community for tech product startups. Its London site is based near Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout, while it also offers space in Swansea, Wales. Its international locations are situated in Bucharest and Riga. 

TechHub offers more than just desk space – it’s a place to network and collaborate with others in the industry through its support and events programmes. 

TechHub’s Flex (drop-in) membership costs £600 per person yearly – only £50 a month! 

If you’re able to commit to the full year, then this offers considerable value. Plus, you’re not restricted to one location either – membership includes global perks, providing access to workspaces and benefits at international TechHub locations too.

Best for networking

With 50 WeWork buildings in London alone and locations in 124 cities worldwide, WeWork is ideal for small business owners looking for a coworking space that offers plenty of networking opportunities. 

WeWork states its mission is to “create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living”. Its offering, which includes annual summer camps for members, as well as running the Creator Awards, provides opportunities to meet other entrepreneurs from across the world.

Access to shared workspace in London is available from £200 per month.

Best for flexible working

Fancy working from a restaurant in West Brompton one day, a hotel in London Bridge the next, or a bar in Soho the following week? Well, with Andco, you can. It offers hot desking in bars, restaurants and hotels across the capital during weekday daytime hours. 

Unlimited access is available for £20 a month, and there’s also the option to try it out with a free trial period. Facilities vary between venues – you can see what you’ll get when you view a particular profile, along with the exact times each place is available for coworking.

Best for creatives

Headspace offers coworking and office space targeted at the creative, media, and technology sectors. 

It’s possible to cowork at the Headspace Farringdon site, with prices starting from £220 per month. The creative vibe includes music playing and break out spaces on each floor for team work. 

Others benefits are the free breakfast that’s available five days a week, as well as lunchtime seminars, a library, and yoga classes, which can all help to further fuel your creativity and keep you inspired.

Best for working parents

The Third Door Coworking & Nursery in Putney offers childcare and workspace in the same location, which is ideal for working parents. Gone are the days of having to drop your kids off at daycare and dash across town to get to the office. 

Third Door offers space that is fixed (based on numbers of days a week) or flexible (based on hours) for children in an OFSTED registered nursery, as well as coworking space – all in a family-friendly environment. 

Prices for the nursery and coworking space start from £368, which includes desk space and nursery care for 30 hours per month (flexible) or one day a week (fixed). Coworking only is available from £65 per month.

Read about real-life experiences of coworking at Third Door – Katy Low, director at Vero Law Limited, explains:

“When I went full-time with my business, I was keen to find a coworking space that would give me a short commute from home, a calm and relaxed atmosphere, and a sense of community working alongside other freelancers/business owners. 

“I knew that finding somewhere local to me was the best option – I didn’t want to battle with the tube anymore, and I wanted to meet like-minded people that lived in the same area as me. Now I get to walk to Third Door through the park, and know that I am heading to a fantastic coworking space with a real sense of community and purpose.”

On the decision process, Low adds:

“I was looking for more than just an office with a hot desk and somewhere to plug in my laptop. As running a business on my own was all a bit new to me, I was looking for a great coworking space that was run by people who understood the challenges of being self-employed, and maybe that could offer a bit of advice and support too. 

“I was hoping that I would find somewhere with a network of people who would have a bit of a chat and discussion, so that going there always felt like I was going to learn something! I also wanted real flexibility with using and booking a coworking space and meeting rooms where I can bring clients.

“When I found Third Door and had a tour of the place, I knew it would be perfect! I feel lucky to have found it, as it ticks all the right boxes for me.”

In terms of business development since the move to a coworking space, Low says: 

“I run a legal consultancy business where I offer commercial legal support to startups and small businesses. Our aim is to offer flexible, affordable, and approachable legal advice. So getting to know people at Third Door has meant that I have met or have been introduced to lots of new clients. This has helped me to access a whole new business network and community, which has really helped me to grow my business. 

“I also now feel even more confident about what I am offering at Vero Law, because I’ve had the chance first hand to see how my advice and support is helping others. Third Door really are fantastic, and I’ve felt the successes of working there as my business continues to grow and develop. Vero Lawhad its one year anniversary recently, so I’m hoping for many more years of success to follow!”

Best for wellbeing

Just looking at the photos of an Uncommon space is enough to make you feel calm: plants hang from the ceiling, healthy-looking snacks and smoothies fill the fridges, and the pastel palette helps to create the sense of a lush coworking oasis.

Uncommon spaces offer ergonomic furniture and greenery, as well as attention to detail for sound, lighting and scent, all with the aim of creating a productive environment.

Uncommon has four locations in London: Highbury & Islington, Borough, Fulham, and Liverpool Street. Hot desking is available from £249 per month.

Matthew Carlton, founder of Shine Workplace Wellbeing, comments:

“Our choice of co-working provider was a simple one – we wanted somewhere with reliable internet, inspiring décor, and a community of like-minded businesses. We moved our business into Workspace’s China Works Club in February this year. 

“I was looking for a fast and efficient commute from my home in Kingston-upon-Thames, so Vauxhall was the perfect place. I had toured several other spaces in the area, but preferred the warm and welcoming atmosphere of China Works – there is an etiquette among other co-workers, so the space is always clean, tidy and collaborative.

“Being part of the co-working space has helped us to grow our business. We provide engaging health and wellbeing programmes and strategies for companies who wish to enhance their employees’ working experience. 

“Through the Workspace network, we have held around 10 ‘lunch and learn’ sessions informing other businesses how to improve employees' mental and physical wellbeing in their places of work. It’s something we couldn’t have done working in a solitary office, and has been made possible through Workspace’s hunger to help and the connections we have made.

“The facilities at China Works are impressive. The internet connection is the best I have ever experienced, and the stylish décor is conducive to our business ethos of creating a positive working environment. We have been able to secure business by a simple introduction and chat beside the on-site café, which is what any startup business dreams of.”

Methodology

We’ve scoured the capital to bring you the best coworking spaces in the most definitive list possible. And how did we reach our conclusions? We went to the sites that you would use when researching – our sources for the ranking were Google Maps, Thinkbroadband, and the coworking spaces’ websites. 

The listing for each area is based upon five data points: the number of coworking spaces, the cheapest desk prices available, the number of stations and lines, as well as the internet speeds. We worked out which were the best by weighting each point equally, and adding them up to get the total.

Best coworking areas in London: The definitive list

RANK /43London areasLocationNo. Coworking SpacesCheapest Desk (£/per month)No. StationsNo. LinesInternet Speeds (Mbps)*
1King's CrossNorth1012931642.9
2KensingtonCentral2958647.5
3South BankCentral71986845.4
4SpitalfieldsEast12992842.2
5MaryleboneCentral91352647.5
6Stratford / Hackney WickEast71506642.2
7HolbornCentral191892250
8Shoreditch / Old StreetEast221003341.7
9FitzroviaCentral41504547.5
10SohoCentral121392247.5
11MoorgateEast91953941.7
12CamdenNorth805240.5
13BrixtonSouth51352259.9
14Shepherd's BushSouth11496459.9
15ClaphamWest31493547.5
16Clerkenwell / FarringdonNorth141001441.7
17Covent Garden / Charing CrossCentral22405450
18ChelseaCentral3751159.9
19PaddingtonWest43503747.5
20BankCentral32506641.7
21Tulse HillSouth1902345.4
22BermondseySouth61502245.5
23Notting HillWest53994447.5
24
Mayfair / St James'Central33004447.5
25VictoriaSouth16492759.9
26Canary WharfSouth41993345.5
27BoroughEast31805242.2
28Dalston / Hackney DownsNorth41001342.9
29Finsbury ParkEast51504142.2
30Bethnal GreenEast61753242.2
31BatterseaSouth22502359.9
32WestminsterCentral23002359.9
33HammersmithWest43002447.5
34WhitechapelEast21202142.9
35PeckhamSouth61992342.2
36FulhamWest12192
445.4
37HaggerstonEast22992159.9
38Stoke NewingtonEast31502142.2
39Elephant and CastleSouth12602445.4
40VauxhallSouth33752245.4
41London FieldsEast42001142.2
42AngelNorth43751142.9
43KenningtonSouth23751145.4

*Megabits per second

Next steps: Compare coworking spaces in London

We’ve zipped across zones and bounded through boroughs to help you find the best places for coworking in London, whether you’re looking for fast internet, cheap space, or an easy commute. 

Plus, we’ve mapped out the best areas for coworking in the capital, along with highlighting a number of spaces to suit a range of needs – from those that are best for inspiring creativity, to those that are ideal for maintaining a work/life balance.

With more than 43 areas covered in this guide, we’ve offered a range of spaces and locations that are as diverse and plentiful as the capital itself. We’ve provided all this information to help you decide where to base your business. 

Next, read our articles on cheap coworking space in London and how to choose a coworking space

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