Best coworking spaces in London 2018
Find the best hot desks and coworking spaces in London specifically suited to solo business owners, female entrepreneurs, and charity start-ups
For an entrepreneur of the past, the months, or even years, prior to moving into their first affordable office were often spent on kitchen tables, in spare rooms or even, at the local library.
Thankfully, the rise of coworking spaces and hot desking means now even the smallest start-up can consider working in a serviced office, at a very reasonable cost.
However, with London’s love of entrepreneurialism seemingly at an all-time high, small business owners can feel a little inundated when picking the best coworking space for their business – given the plethora of options now available.
In such a crowded market, many operators have taken to offering rather unusual gimmicks to gain notoriety – with some offerings more of a distraction than anything else.
But at Startups, we know what you’re really looking for is an affordable, secure and creative environment to run and grow your business in – and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of the very best coworking spaces London has to offer.
So, whether you’re a one man band looking to hot desk somewhere in the city, a female business owner looking to work alongside like-minded entrepreneurs, a charity start-up looking to give something back, or a discerning director looking to immerse your enterprise in the very best London has to offer, simply complete the webform at the top of the page and find the perfect home for your company.
The best coworking spaces in London
With numerous locations scattered across the capital, WeWork, Central Working, Runway East and The Office Group are some of the best known and most trusted coworking spaces in London.
Holding a very general appeal, these shared workspaces are suitable for almost any business – ensuring you’re in safe hands should you decide to choose them as your provider.
To compare these coworking spaces read on below, or, complete the webform at the top of the page to receive a free quote and find which one is most suited to you.
Description: Founded in 2010, WeWork has over 140 locations in 15 countries across the globe, hosting over 120,000 members and almost 10,000 companies worldwide; including household names Dropbox, Samsung and IBM.
Placing a huge emphasis on cross collaboration, the workspace provider says that over 70% of its members collaborate with one another.
Locations: 35 including Marylebone, Hammersmith, Chancery Lane, Soho, London Fields, Aldgate Tower, Paddington, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, Tower Bridge, Old Street and Moorgate.
Unique features: Members can expect cross-collaboration between international members, as well as access to the WeWork Creator Awards and WeWork Summer Camp.
|Hot desk||Freelance/part-time||£200 a month|
|Dedicated desk||Start-ups/small agencies||£285 a month|
|Private office||Staff size one – 100||£460 a month|
|Custom buildout||Staff size 50-500||Pricing varies|
Description: Founded by James Layfield, Central Working is the serial entrepreneur’s fifth business and is built on his own experiences of running an enterprise and trying to find suitable office space.
Being offered lease periods of several years, Layfield said he had no idea what size his company would grow to within that timeframe and found serviced offices to have “no soul.”
Admitting he also found it lonely at times when running his own company and in constant need of advice, Central Working aims to eliminate all the issues – by offering members tailored packages and placing huge emphasis on cross collaboration and in-house support.
Locations: Seven including White City, Paddington, Victoria, Bloomsbury, Farringdon, Shoreditch and the City.
Unique features: Central Working offers a guarantee that states: “We guarantee a meaningful connection to your business in your first 30 days or you, the founder, get your money back.”
Once a business becomes a member, they also have unlimited access to other Central Working locations such as in Cambridge, Manchester, Cape Town, New York, Tel Aviv and Mumbai.
Price: Prices are tailored to each individual business – ensuring you won’t pay for services or space you don’t need.
Description: Offering a range of open plan and private offices across its three London locations, Runway East can house anything or anyone from one man bands, to small businesses with 100 employees.
In terms of individual locations, Moorgate is best suited for teams of between one and 20, Shoreditch for one – 80, and Featherstone 40 – 100.
Members include the likes of Lovespace, Tech City UK, Streetbees, Grabble and PawSquad.
Locations: Three including Moorgate, Shoreditch and Featherstone.
Unique features: Excellent transport links, each location is under 90 seconds from an underground station.
Runway East Shoreditch also hosts Hangar 58, a free (application only) cafe, bar and event space for London’s founders and investors, located just 50 metres from Old Street Roundabout and open 8am – 4pm every weekday.
|Plan||Size||Price (per person)|
|Hot desk||Freelance/part-time||£199 (per month)|
|Dedicated desk||Staff size one – 15||£399 (per month)|
|Private office||Staff size four – 40||£400 (per month)|
|Custom scale-up space||Staff size 40 – 100||£400 (per month)|
The Office Group
Description: Founded in 2003, The Office Group has over 15,000 members across 33 buildings.
Locations: 25 including Bank, Old Street, the City, Borough, Farringdon, Great Portland Street, King’s Cross, Oxford Circus and Shoreditch. With the 95,000 square foot flagship building Tintagel House set to open this year in Vauxhall – and a 28,000 square foot space set to open in Fitzrovia in 2021
Unique features: The Office Group offers what’s called ‘virtual membership’ for entrepreneurs who just need a business address, as well as mail and phone services.
All Office Group members also receive a copy of &Co magazine – a bi-annual publication for entrepreneurs – while four of its buildings also offer boutique fitness studios.
|Plan||Size||Price (per person)|
|Virtual||Building address, call answering and forwarding||£50pcm +VAT|
|Lounge||Drop-in workspace for up to 32 hours a month||£75pcm +VAT|
|Coworking||A regular workspace for up to four people||£375pcm +VAT|
|Office||Private offices for between two to 400 people. Flexible leases to allow for growth||From £500pcm +VAT|
The best hot desking spaces in London
Despite the flexibility of some of London’s best coworking spaces, the truth is that if you’re working freelance, operating as a one man band, or still even just tinkering around with your business idea, you might not know whether you actually need office space from one day to the next or not.
This is where hot desking comes in, namely, the ability to pay for desk space per day, per hour, or even, per minute.
Naturally, London is rife with places where you can drop in unannounced and get cracking on your start-up. We’ve compiled and compared the very best here:
Description: First launched by Ivan Mitin in Moscow back in 2011, Ziferblat is a pay-per-minute cowork that models itself on a sitting room. Other branches include Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Kiev, Ljubljana, Manchester, MediaCityUK, and Liverpool.
Location: One in Shoreditch.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 11pm; Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 11pm
Unique features: When entering Ziferblat, there’s no requirement to sign up or provide any details whatsoever. Paying only for the time you spend; all food, teas, coffees and Wi-Fi are free.
- 7p per minute for first hour (total £4.20)
- 4p per minute for second, third and fourth hour
- Daily cap at four hour of £11.40
Martello Hall Hackney
Description: Located smack bang in London’s most hip neighbourhood, Martello Hall is a restaurant and cocktail bar that offers hot desking and event space during the day. A converted 140 year old institution, entrepreneurs can hot desk during the weekdays on the first floor all while enjoying copious amounts of coffee.
Opening hours: Weekdays 10am – 5pm
Unique features: Bottomless coffee.
- £10 per day
- £20 per week
- £40 per month
Ben At Work (Ben’s Canteen)
Description: Located in both branches of brunch spot Ben’s Canteen, and run in collaboration with startup marketing agency We Grow Startups, Ben At Work offers South London entrepreneurs affordable desk space, great (discounted) food and drink, and access to weekly business surgeries.
It’s dog friendly too!
Location: Earlsfield and Clapham Junction
Monday – Thursday 10.15am – 6pm
Friday 9am – 6pm
Unique features: Members receive a 20% discount of all food and drink at Ben’s Canteen – which was voted by Time Out as the best restaurant in Wandsworth.
Ben At Work holds weekly expert surgeries in a variety of subjects including law, accountancy, marketing, PR, social media, HR, and web design.
Members can receive further discounts on insurance, printing, accounting software, PR tool kits, virtual assistants and delivery logistics.
- £20 +VAT per month (rolling contract)
Description: Hand picking London’s best restaurants, cafes and event spaces that have room to spare during the working week, Andco members can pay just £20 a month to have unlimited access to hundreds of hot desks across London.
Location: Hundreds of restaurants, cafes, and event spaces across London
Opening hours: Weekday daytime working hours – with exact opening hours shown once a booking has been made
Unique features: Entrepreneurs can connect and network with fellow coworkers via Andco’s internal social platform
A guaranteed desk with fast Wi-Fi
Price: Unlimited bookings for £20/month
The best coworking spaces in London for female entrepreneurs
While huge strides have been made in equality in recent decades, women looking to start their own business can be faced with many barriers their male counterparts just don’t encounter – one of which has been access to support groups.
Thankfully a spate of such initiatives and organisations now exist to aid female-founded start-ups – and the coworking sector is no different.
Below, we’ve selected the very best coworking spaces in London for female entrepreneurs. Compare options below, and receive a free quote by completing the webform at the top of the page.
- The All Bright
Description: Opening its door back in October 2017, Blooms is a co-working space specifically designed for female entrepreneurs.
Based in Shoreditch, just one minute off Silicon roundabout, Blooms aims to “create an inspirational environment for female founders to work from and do business in.”
Officially open to “all 71 genders recognised on Facebook” via 24/7 access, resident start-ups can benefit from credit-based memberships, club sessions with mentors, experts and investors – as well as an on-site creche.
Opening hours: 24/7
Unique features: Free entry to inspirational, educational and social events
Exclusive mentor sessions with seasoned entrepreneurs and experts
|Passport membership||One day per month||£30 (per month)|
|Club membership||Four days per month||£70 (per month)|
|House membership||Eight days per month||£120 (per month)|
|Residence membership||24/7 access and eight meeting room hours||£250 (per month)|
The All Bright
Description: Founded by serial entrepreneurs Debbie Wosskow and Anna Jones The All Bright is the UK’s first-of-its-kind members’ club for working women.
Situated in a five-storey Georgian townhouse, with a cafe, bar, and powder room, the club is a multi-purpose space open six days a week.
Members can work, host meetings, socialise, and enjoy rich cultural programming with like-minded women.
Monday -Friday 7am – 7pm (Food served 8am – 10pm)
Saturday 10am – 6pm (Food served 10am – 6pm)
Unique features: Cafe, salon and beauty bar, art gallery, fitness classes, events space.
- Full membership £750 per year
- Under 27s 10% discount £675
- Three year membership £2,000
- Additional £300 joining fee
Description: Founded by Gabriela Hersham and Andrew Lynch, Huckletree’s three coworking spaces in White City, Shoreditch and Clerkenwell focus heavily on wellbeing – with the West London location billing itself as London’s “first digital lifestyle workspace, bringing together media, tech, VR, fashion, health tech startups and creatives together.”
With a keen emphasis on sustainability, Huckletree’s Clerkenwell office is devoted to sustainability – housing energy saving equipment, furniture made from recycled materials, and lots of greenery.
Locations: Three. In White City, Shoreditch and Clerkenwell.
Opening hours: 8.30am – 8.30pm
Unique features: Members can benefit from free yoga, in-house massages, and a weekly running club
|Light||10 days per month||From £175 per month|
|Unlimited||Full access||From £280 per month|
|Resident||Dedicated desk||From £380 per month|
|Studio||Private workplace||From £550 per month|
Description: Based in the Olympic Village in Stratford East London, Plexal is one of London’s largest innovation centres.
Founded by Claire Cockerton, who was previously deputy head at Canary Wharf-based fintech accelerator Level 39, Plexal hosts Plexiglass, an accelerator programme specifically designed for female entrepreneurs – while also offering all your standard hot desking and coworking requirements.
Monday – Friday 7am – 12am
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Unique features: Plexal hosts Plexiglass, an accelerator programme for female entrepreneurs.
Run in partnership with London Legacy Development Corporation, Women-led companies in sectors such as AI, data analytics, cyber security, fashion tech and fintech are currently among the first cohort of businesses taking part.
|Plan||Price excl. VAT|
|Hot desk||£220 per month|
|Fixed desk||£350 per month|
|Private office||£350 per person per month|
The best coworking spaces in London for charity start-ups and social enterprises
They say that charity starts at home, and much like your business, it probably does. But sometimes in order to change the world, you need to venture outside the confines of your kitchen.
So because we’re too the generous type, we’ve compiled a list of the very best London coworking spaces that cater towards charity start-ups and social enterprises.
Description: Based in King’s Cross in a restored Victorian apartment, ARK coworking is a vibrant cowork that offers pay-as-go hot desking for creatives, social enterprises and start-ups.
Location: King’s Cross
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 6pm
Unique features: spARK, a three month scheme offering a fully paid coworking membership to start-ups, entrepreneurs and freelancers making a difference.
Funded by KXC, a local church and charity in King’s Cross, the purpose of the scheme is to support new and innovative local businesses that will impact and transform King’s Cross, London and beyond.
|Plan||Price excl. VAT||Price|
|Pay-as-you-go||Turn up and pay on the day||£20|
|Three day membership||Three days each week in a month with use of floating desk||£150|
|Five day membership||Five days each week in a month with use of floating desk||£225|
|Fixed desk||Your own desk and space||£300|
Description: CAN Mezzanine offers office space solutions and business support for UK social enterprises, charities and non-profits.
Locations: Four, in Borough, Loman Street, Old Street, Hounslow, and Queen Street.
Monday – Friday 7am – 9pm
Saturday 9am -5pm
- Free fairtrade tea and coffee
- Disabled facilities
- Reception area and receptionist
- Bike racks, showers and lockers
|Full size desk||Four-five metre desk space||From £5,027.32 per annum|
|Standard||Three -four metre desk space||From £3,500 per annum|
iNDUSTRY (Shoreditch Trust)
Description: iNDUSTRY, located in Shoreditch Trust, delivers affordable workspace to micro, small and medium-sized creative and tech businesses.
The site offers desk spaces, studios and meeting spaces, where businesses can develop through the flexible use of space for meeting, networking, socialising, and cooking and eating together.
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed
Unique features: All income generated through Shoreditch Trust’s Workspace and Enterprise Programme is re-invested in charitable initiatives.
Price: Permanent desk spaces. (£300 + VAT per month per desk)
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