Cheap London coworking spaces: top 5 budget options for SMEs right now

Startups examines five of the best cheap coworking spaces in London that offer hotdesking from as little as £60 per month.

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Switching to coworking space has become a common solution for businesses this year, as firms downsize to reduce overheads. The most affordable option is a hotdesk at Icon Offices. Priced at just £60 a month per user, an Icon hotdesk is great value, and also comes with strong business support and a long list of perks and incentives.

But with just three locations to choose from, Icon Offices may be limiting for startups based all over the capital. For London office space, you might be better off considering Regus Business Lounges, which has nearly 80 locations and great pricing, starting at £125 per month per user:

Best Cheap London Coworking Spaces, at a glance

While it can be wishful thinking to use the phrase ‘cheap office space in London’, given how expensive the UK capital is, now that business rates have gone up, it’s an especially smart time to begin looking away from renting full-time office space in London.

As the world moves towards hybrid working, there has never been a wider range of providers offering flexible payment packages for hybrid or part-time workers in London (there’s even workspaces in London that are completely free to work from).

We’ve collated a list of the best cheap office space in London – recently voted the best city in the world for coworking – all of which offer full-time membership for less than £130 (plus VAT) per month. Read on to find the best deal for your business.

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What is coworking space?

Coworking space, also known as serviced office space, is essentially office space which is shared by multiple companies who ‘hotdesk’ (a system where desks, meeting rooms, and offices are allocated via a rota). Because the members are all funding the building’s upkeep, coworking generates large cost savings and convenience.

Coworkers will usually also get access to paid-for perks like equipment, utilities (yes, even energy bills), a receptionist, and custodial services. This is a huge benefit in the current poor economy, as you won’t have to worry about paying third-party service providers or extortionate gas and electricity bills this winter.

Some might argue that the coworking boom happened when big-wig provider, WeWork was founded back in 2010. But many industry leaders think the sector has gained a second wind post-COVID, as the return to office debate sees companies look for more flexible rental contracts that can support a hybrid working model.

Regus business lounges
Best for: Prime locations

Price: £125 per person, per month
Locations: 55 in Central London (+ 33 in Greater London)

Regus coworking space (1)

What will I get for £125 per month?

Regus has the largest property portfolio on this list and with its business lounge package. You’ll not only get access to its 88 central and greater London locations, but also unlimited drop-in access (during business hours) to more than 8,000 UK desks.

That’s obviously a huge bonus in today’s remote working world – particularly for sole traders, who are increasingly rejecting traditional office space in favour of freedom of movement.

With business overheads rising across the board, SMEs should also check out Regus’ discounts and offers which can make its pricing plan even more affordable. For instance, Regus coworking members will get a 10% discount if you book via MyRegus.

What are Regus’ business lounges like to work in?

As you’d expect from one of the UK’s largest office providers, Regus’ business lounges are sleek, modern and stylish. The spaces are quiet, and feel completely professional. On top of this, you’ll get:

  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Photocopiers
  • Members are eligible for discounted meeting rooms

Besides the lower price point, business lounges are designed specifically for drop-in hot desking. With convenience at the forefront, you won’t only find them in city centres and business parks, but also in railway stations, airports and service stations. Regus’ portfolio even rivals big-name providers like WeWork! (Find out more in our WeWork review).

With Regus office space up and running in over 2,000 locations around the world, fans of exploring different environments will likely get all the variety and convenience they need with this membership.

What other plans are available?

As well as being able to cowork in any Regus lounge, the company offers both coworking (starting at £139 per month for 5 days) and office plans (£205 per month for 5 days).

Excitingly, however, Regus also permits SMEs to purchase part-time plans to use its spaces. That means you can purchase a coworking plan to access Regus for just 10 days or 5 days a month. Hybrid workers will of course find this a much more useful option over paying for a space you won’t need more than two days a week.

Lounge Coworking Office
Price per person£125 per monthFrom £319 per monthFrom £535 per month
Price per person (10 days per month)N/AFrom £205 per monthFrom £345 per month
Price per person (5 days per month)N/AFrom £139 per monthFrom £205 per month
FeaturesUse of WiFI, printer, and photocopiersLive receptionist servicesPrivate office access
Access to any Regus loungeOffice cleaning and maintenance

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Icon Offices
Best for: Affordability

Icon Offices

Price: £60 (including VAT) per person, per month
Location: Chadwell Heath, East Ham, Ilford

What will I get for £60 per month?

The cheapest provider on this list, Icon Offices offers a choice of three service office spaces in East London. This means that utility bills and a receptionist service are included in your monthly rent – a big incentive for growing SMEs that want to keep coworking costs to a minimum.

If you’d like more options, Icon Office users can choose between a variety of packages including:

  • Serviced offices
  • Virtual offices
  • Coworking space/shared offices
  • Meeting rooms

Sole traders, or those who just require an office desk to get their focus work done, are also able to hot desk at their chosen site’s shared business lounge between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

What is an Icon Office like to work in?

If having a speedy internet connection is important to you, you’re in luck. Icon Offices has invested in having its own exclusive fibre optic cables laid beneath its buildings, meaning upload and download speeds of up to 100mbps are accessible in its spaces. Plus, it’s also the best 24-hour coworking space in London.

While Icon Offices’ business lounges are not the most attractive space compared to more premium options in this list, they do the job well with ergonomic seating and splashes of colour that keep the space contemporary. The company also ranks highly for business support, offering services like brand and logo creation.

As well as the lounge, the buildings are home to private offices and a meeting room that you can use for free once a day (£3 per hour after that). You can also choose to purchase a day office for 1-4 employees, priced at just £35 per day – a real bargain compared to large competitors such as WeWork.

What other plans are available?

Standard Shared PackageHot Desk PackagePremium Shared Office PackageSatellite Office Package
Price£60 per month£115 per month£140 per month£140 per month
FeaturesWork from business lounge for no chargeAccess to shared office 24/7Dedicated desk with a free phone lineShare subscription with work colleagues
Avoid paying Small Business Rates
Up to 2 visitors per day for 90 minutesLeave belongings overnight24/7 call answering service
30 minutes free meeting room user per day

WimbleTech CIC (The Workary)
Best for: Networking

Workary WimbleTech

Price: £65 (plus VAT) per person, per month (based on Mitcham pricing)
Locations: Caterham, Hanwell, Maidenhead, Mitcham, Rickmansworth, Welling, and Wimbledon

What will I get for £65 per month?

With Wimbletech CIC’s most affordable package, known as Flexi, you’ll be able to hot desk at your chosen The Workary facility. Prices vary across The Workary’s locations, ranging between £65 and £95 per user, per month.

The Workary does not deal with complicated contracts. Monthly members simply pay for the first and last month’s desk rental, together with any additional services.

What’s a Workary building like to work in?

With seven offices located across London, The Workary is founded on a strong sense of community. So, if networking, skill sharing and collaborating is your thing, you’ll find a welcoming, productive home in one of The Workary’s modern-looking sites. Perks include:

  • Invites to entrepreneurial events
  • Free marketing and promotion of your business through The Workary’s comms
  • Storage locker for £10 per month
  • Members directory to list your skills and services and connect with investors and mentors
  • Discounted access to local meeting rooms and event spaces
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, biscuits and cold drinks on offer

There are a few caveats to The Workary’s Day Pass, however. Users must arrive between 10am and 11am on the day to collect and activate your pass. On top of this, all day passes must be booked a minimum of 48x hrs in advance.

It is important not to forget these details, as any booked passes are non-refundable and are only valid on date booked.

What other plans are available?

Some Workary locations offer more options than others. If you are based in Mitcham, Rickmansworth, Maidenhead, Caterham or Wimbledon, you’ll be able to choose from the following short-term plans:

  • Day pass (ranging from £15-£25 per day)
  • Weekly pass: (ranging from £45-£75 per member)

On top of this, all offices allow members to rent a dedicated desk (not just a hot desk) for anything from £95-£185 per month depending on location.

The Workary Caterham and The Workary Rickmansworth also offer private rooms which cater from either 4-10 members or 2-20. Members get a 50% discount on this price.

Digital Pass*Day PassWeek PassMonthly Membership: Hot Desk (min two months)Monthly Membership: Private Desk (min two months)
Cost (based on Mitcham office)£25 per month + VAT£15 per day + VAT£45 per week + VAT£65 per month + VAT£95 per month + VAT
x2 Day Passes a monthSuperfast WiFiSuperfast WiFiComes with storage
50% discount on passesPrivate phone booths/meeting spaceBook passes 72hrs in advance

*Only available at Caterham, Mitcham, and Maidenhead

Clockwise
Best for: Aesthetic

Clockwise Wood Green

Price: £130 per person, per month
Locations: Wood Green

What will I get for £130 per month?

The Clockwise Club Lounge plan has lots of home comforts alongside its high quality workspace, and gives users access to breakout rooms, kitchens, and plenty of complimentary refreshments.

Clockwise is the best-looking office on our list. It’s been designed to impress, and its slightly high-end pricing plans reflect that intent. Smart-looking and with beautiful outdoor terraces, these buildings are not only for practical use, but also feature gorgeous designs for you to enjoy while you work.

Plus, users can access the member portal, which is a designated area for networking and business collaboration, and collaborate with local artists to display unique pieces for the space.

What’s Clockwise like to work in?

As its name implies, Clockwise is focused on time efficiency. Spaces are available to occupy just 24 hours after enquiry, and its contracts are all rolling – designed to prioritise short-term or flexible options for users.

What plans are available?

Business users are certainly not short of options with Clockwise. Members can choose between five different plans in total, all of which are transparently priced (we’ve outlined the costs below):

  • Clockwise Club Lounge
  • Dedicated Desk
  • Private Office
  • Virtual Office
  • Day Pass

All of Clockwise’s plans are available as rolling contracts so users don’t need to feel nervous about being trapped in a long-term contract.

There is also a handy cost calculator available on the Clockwise website which tells you exactly how much money you’ve saved from purchasing a Clockwise workspace over a traditional lease. For a team of five employees, it claims to save you over £800 per month on rent, as well as over £4,000 in set up costs, for a total reduction of 75%.

Day PassVirtual OfficeClub Lounge (coworking)Dedicated DeskPrivate Office
Cost per person£20 per day£50 per month£130 per month£275 per month£350 per month
FeaturesAccess to kitchen Discounted rate on day passAccess to member portal for networkingLockable storageLockable private office
Use of a hot deskBusiness addressCall forwarding (for extra £20)'Preferential rates' on meeting rooms

Creative Works
Best for: Creative teams

Price: £80 per person, per month
Location: Walthamstow

Creative Works

Creative Works offers coworking spaces but it is, first and foremost, a community interest company. Since 1999, it has trained 10,000 young people in creative and media courses and is focused on supplying workspace for creative-based teams.

Situated only 13 minutes from Kings Cross, it has consistently been ranked as some of the most eco-friendly and socially conscious cheap office spaces in London, and aims to supply office space fit for the 21st century worker.

What will I get for £80 per month?

For your hot desking package, you’ll get access to printing facilities, super-fast internet, and tickets to all Creative Works educational and networking events. Users can also get free teas, coffees, and breakfast.

What is a Creative Works building like to work in?

Whether you’re a photographer, an acoustic technician, or a sculptor, Creative Works is designed for creative working and has fostered a community of artists to offer support for its tenants.

As well as desk space and vibrant communal areas, other office perks included in the Creative Works plans are:

  • Storage and bike racks
  • In-house IT team
  • Shower
  • Nap pod
  • Training programs

What other plans are available?

There are five different workspace solutions available through Creative Works which gives members a great amount of flexibility. All plans have superfast internet.

Drop-in passes for a single day’s work cost £20 per day. When you can access the space depends on your level of membership. Hot desking and day-pass users can only use the workspace 9-5, Monday to Friday, whereas private desk and office users can access Creative Works 24/7.

The only downside is that all Creative Works packages are only available to purchase for a full month. This is not as flexible as our number one coworking provider, Regus Business Lounges, which lets hybrid workers pay for ten or five day subscriptions.

Drop-InHot DeskingDedicated DeskDedicated Desk with Cabled InternetFlexible BaysPrivate Office
Price £20 per day + VAT£80 per month + VAT£220 per month + VAT£240 per month + VAT£275 per month + VAT£350 per month + VAT
FeaturesAccess 9-5, Mon to Fri40 hours workspace timeBusiness addressEthernetDiscount on training programsPrivate office with key
All day breakfast24/7 access30% off meeting rooms30% off meeting rooms

How does coworking space work?

Coworking buildings are run by a provider, who will take care of utility bills and maintenance fees. In exchange, the business pays a membership fee, allowing them to ‘rent’ a desk or communal area to work in.

On top of being more affordable than office rent or lease fees, coworking spaces tend to come with lots of modern perks, bridging the gap between home and office working. Members get access to networking and community events, as well as office amenities home comforts like tea and coffee.

Many coworking providers are also increasingly offering hybrid of flexible plans to those who only work from the office some days in the month – preventing managers from forking out thousands in rent on an office that goes unused four days out of seven.

Another reason firms switch to coworking space is the confirmation of a business address. This looks much more professional to clients than using a home address and represents a significant step up for scaling startups.

What types of businesses are coworking space suitable for?

The most popular coworking plans are those that offer hotdesking arrangements in business lounge areas. These are naturally best-suited to freelancers or sole traders who are in the early-stages of starting a business who are happy moving base regularly.

Of this group, coworking spaces make the most sense for those based in an online industry. Whether insurance and legal professionals to marketers and web designers, we recommend them to anyone who can do their job remotely.

That’s not to say you can’t be a bigger team to use coworking space. In the face of rocketing overheads and a rise in business rates, more companies are turning to coworking space to keep costs down – even those with 10 or 15+ employees.

Increasingly flexible plans also mean you can sign up for anything ranging from a single desk, to an eight-person office, giving business owners lots of choice over price and length of contract.

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Final review: the best cheap coworking space in London

Regus Business LoungeBoasting the biggest property portfolio on this list, Regus is the best choice for easy access to tons of modern, high-quality buildings.
Icon OfficesAs the cheapest option on this list, Icon Offices ranks highly not just for affordability, but also business support and startup services.
Wimbletech CICA huge range of locations and impressive networking and entrepreneurial events.
ClockwiseBeautiful interiors and simple pricing makes Clockwise a popular solution for SMEs.
Creative WorksNewly refurbished workspace providing an inspirational and affordable space for creative freelancers and SMEs.

These coworking spaces might not provide exactly what you need. You might prefer a dedicated desk, for example, or even a private office in a coworking facility, for example.

If that’s the case, take a look at our guide to the best coworking spaces in London for a range of options for entrepreneurs with a larger budget.

All of the information in this article is correct as of October 2023.

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Written by:
Helena Young
Helena is Lead Writer at Startups. As resident people and premises expert, she's an authority on topics such as business energy, office and coworking spaces, and project management software. With a background in PR and marketing, Helena also manages the Startups 100 Index and is passionate about giving early-stage startups a platform to boost their brands. From interviewing Wetherspoon's boss Tim Martin to spotting data-led working from home trends, her insight has been featured by major trade publications including the ICAEW, and news outlets like the BBC, ITV News, Daily Express, and HuffPost UK.
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