Everything you need to know about WeWork

Covering WeWork's locations, benefits, amenities, packages and more - plus honest reviews from real members - learn what the global workspace provider can offer your start-up

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WeWork at a glance:

UK locations: Multiple locations across London and Manchester

Price range: From £200 to £800 per person, per month

Provides: Hot desking, dedicated desks, offices, office suites and private HQs

Caters to: All small business operations, from teams of one to 100 plus

Website: www.wework.com

 


In this article, we’ll cover:


What is WeWork?

Worth a reported $40bn, global workspace provider WeWork has grown to run hundreds of locations worldwide – including in Asia, South America, Europe, the US, Canada and Australia – since its inception in 2010.

Founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey, WeWork’s first location opened in New York’s SoHo district, and was very much inspired by the times in which it was born.

Reflecting, Neumann told the New York Daily News: “During the economic crises, there were these empty buildings and these people freelancing or starting companies. I knew there was a way to match the two. What separates us, though, is community.”

Now with UK locations across London and Manchester, WeWork is known for its sleek glass walls (which it says provide privacy without limiting natural light) and its modern, attractive and unique common spaces.
A driving success story in the world of coworking spaces, WeWork now provides thousands of UK start-ups with “dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection”.


Who is WeWork for?

Whether you’re a one man band or the leader of a team of 50, WeWork could be the right workspace provider for you.

The provider aims to cater to ambitious entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses, and with a mix of hot desks, fixed desks and private offices on offer, WeWork can house businesses with teams of one to over 100 employees.


 

Still not sure whether WeWork is right for you? If you’d like a helping hand with finding your ideal coworking space, try filling in the form at the top of this page. You’ll receive tailored quotes from coworking spaces in particular UK regions.

 


The benefits of a WeWork membership

Regular members’ events

WeWork runs a programme of regular events for its members, whether informative sessions to incite business growth or social activities designed to help members meet and blow off steam.

WeWork’s regular events include:

    • Office hours: One-to-one sessions with investors and industry leaders

 

    • Lunch and learns: Catered lunches during which members can share their experiences, expertise and advice with one another

 

    • Networking events: Events in which to mix, mingle and make connections with other WeWork members

 

  • Wellness events: Wellbeing-focused classes, such as meditation and kickboxing

A dedicated members’ app

For $45 (roughly £35) a month, WeWork members can sign up to We, a dedicated app through which users can collaborate with, learn from, and share expertise with fellow members.

The app – which is available on iOS and Android – comes complete with a social feed that displays updates and announcements from your building’s community managers.

Using We, members can:

  • Book space in meeting rooms and working spaces at any WeWork location
  • RSVP to WeWork events
  • Post advertisements for jobs in their business

Access to a global community

Travelling in Beijing and need a place to stop and get some work done? Fancy expanding your business into France, and want a place in Paris in which to get set up and chat to local entrepreneurs?

With a WeWork membership, you can hot desk at any of the provider’s hundreds of locations in key cities across the world. So, no matter where you are, it’s likely that there’ll be a space for you to do some work in just around the corner.


 

If you’d like to explore more workspace options in the capital city, visit our list of the best coworking spaces in London – or, if you’re on a budget, try coworking spaces in London for less than £100 a month.

 


WeWork’s amenities

Enjoying more than just an attractive workspace, members also benefit a range of amenities that, WeWork says, “make a business day run smoothly”.

Such features include:

 

WeWork’s UK locationsNB: As a fast-growing provider, WeWork is opening new locations all the time – so be sure to double check the website for the most up-to-date information.WeWork’s Manchester locations

WeWork’s London locationsThe majority of WeWork’s London locations are based in and around the capital’s fast-growing Tech City, attracting both start-ups and established businesses in finance, media, and a wide variety of fields.The areas in which WeWork sites can be found include:

WeWork’s membership plans and prices

Real members’ experiences of WeWorkRussell Teale, CEO and co-founder of tech start-up FiTR, says:“We are based in WeWork in Spinningfields, Manchester, and we came to this decision for two main reasons: To be part of the Manchester professional community, and to take part in the many events that WeWork hold, focused on the start-up community.“WeWork has a great vibe, with lots of other exciting businesses around the place that are happy to support and collaborate with you.“However, you need to like the sound of other people talking, dogs walking around the building, and table tennis and table football being played, as these are common occurrences.“The theory around productivity is great, however in practice it can be quite challenging! It’s beneficial to bring your headphones to drown out the people cheering as another goal goes in on the table football!“The network is fantastic. A lot of events are held here, therefore you are constantly given the opportunity to attend value-add workshops that either help the thinking around your business or your network, particularly around investment.“The free beer is great and aside from this obvious perk, it definitely promotes social working and a happy and collaborative environment.“Overall, WeWork is a great place to start your business journey. An affordable, flexible option that provides you with a platform to build from.”Nigel Sarbutts, founder of PR start-up The PR Cavalry, says:“I worked in WeWork in Spinningfields Manchester for about five months. It’s an impressive building (in contrast to the WeWork in London I visited recently) and the wow factor is undeniable.“WeWork occupies three floors and the other 17 are occupied by well-known professional services firms, so the foyer buzzes.“Being a new building, the design and fit out is fresh and for a tech start-up in the PR and communications market – like The PR Cavalry – that’s important.“The front desk team are good – professional and friendly.“Our business matches PR and comms freelancers to clients via algorithm, so it’s been useful to have a lot of PR and digital marketing businesses around – but once you’ve connected, that advantage fades.“I’ve recently moved to another coworking space as I became frustrated with WeWork Spinningfields as somewhere to do serious work. The common areas are not really work-friendly; table football might seem cool, but it’s comically loud – as is the music sometimes.“If I ran a call centre business that needs to attract young people who are impressed by free beer and games, WeWork’s probably ideal. For me, it’s been fun but the party is over. I’ve got work to do.”How to join WeWorkIn order to join WeWork, you’ll need to get in touch with the company directly. You can:

  • Click the ‘Contact Us’ button on the website, and fill in the contact form the appears
  • Call +44 203 695 7895
  • Fill in the dedicated contact form on your favourite WeWork location’s page

What’s next?If you found this review of WeWork useful, try taking a look at our other detailed articles on popular coworking space providers:

Or, for more suggestions, you can also read our guide to the best clubs, hubs and coworking spaces for entrepreneurs in the UK.Alternatively, for help with finding the best coworking space for you, try filling in the form at the top of this page to receive quotes and offers from coworking spaces in particular UK regions.The information in this article is correct as of January 2019

Super fast internet

24/7 building access

Office supplies

Stylish meeting rooms

Private phone booths

Business-class printers

Front desk service

Personalised help and support

IT support

Mail and package handling

Micro-roasted coffee

Fresh fruit water

Craft beer on draft

Daily cleaning

Attractive common areas

Table football and ping pong

Bike storage
Location nameNearest stations
Dalton PlaceSt Peter’s Square Metro, Manchester Piccadilly
One St Peter’s SquareMachester Oxford Road, Manchester Deansgate, Manchester Piccadilly
No. 1 SpinningfieldsSalford Central, Manchester Deansgate, Manchester Oxford Road
Old StreetPoultryWaterloo
HoxtonMoorgateMonument
BishopsgateShoreditchLondon Fields
FinsburyHammersmithSpitalfields
AldgateVictoriaChancery Lane
PaddingtonSohoTower Bridge
MaryleboneSouth Bank
Location nameNearest stations
5 Merchant SquarePaddington
The MonumentMonument, Tower Hill, London Fenchurch Street, Bank
Moor PlaceMoorgate, Bank and Liverpool Street
1 Waterhouse SquareChancery Lane, Holborn, Farringdon
138 HolbornChancery Lane, Farringdon, Holborn
131 Finsbury PavementMoorgate, Liverpool Street, Bank
New Kings Beam HouseBlackfriars, Southwark, Waterloo
Two Southbank PlaceWaterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross
The Stage – Hewett TowerLiverpool Street, Moorgate
Shoreditch – The StageLiverpool Street, Moorgate
120 MoorgateMoorgate, Liverpool Street, Bank
41 Blackfriars RoadSouthwark, Waterloo
21 Soho SquareTottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Bond Street
Linen CourtOld Street
97 Hackney RoadHoxton, Liverpool Street
77 Leadenhall StreetFenchurch Street, Aldgate, Tower Gateway
26 Hatton GardenFarringdon, Chancery Lane
123 Buckingham Palace RoadVictoria, Sloane Square
16 Great Chapel StreetTottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus
184 Shepherds Bush RoadHammersmith, Shepherds Bush
Keltan HouseLondon Fields, Cambridge Heath, Hackney Central
Aldgate TowerAldgate East, Aldgate, London Fenchurch Street
1 Primrose StreetLiverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street
70 Wilson StreetLiverpool Street, Moorgate, Old Street
Fox CourtChancery Lane, Holborn, St. Pauls
9 Devonshire SquareLiverpool Street
No 1 PoultryBank, Cannon Street, Liverpool Street
41 Corsham StreetOld Street
1 St Katharine’s WayTower Hill, Tower Gateway
145 City RoadOld Street, Angel
1 Mark SquareOld Street, Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street
8 Devonshire SquareLiverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Bank
Medius HouseOxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross
15 BishopsgateLiverpool Street, Aldgate, Monument, Bank
Aldwych HouseCovent Garden, Temple, Holborn
Aviation HouseHolborn, Tottenham Court Road, Chancery Lane
12 Hammersmith GroveHammersmith
The CursitorChancery Lane
30 Stamford StreetBlackfriars, Southwark, Waterloo
33 Queen StreetCannon Street, Mansion House, Bank, Monument
2 Eastbourne TerraceLancaster Gate, Paddington
North West HouseMarylebone, Baker Street, Edgware Road
Kings PlaceKings Cross, St. Pancras
The BowerOld Street, Liverpool Street, Moorgate
10 Devonshire SquareLiverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East
Package typePriceWhat is it?Who's it for?
Hot desks and fixed desksStart at £200 per person, per monthEither a flexible hot desk or a dedicated desk in one of WeWork’s shared workspacesSolopreneurs, freelancers, consultants, remote workers, and start-ups
Private officesStart at £460 per monthAn enclosed, lockable office complete with desks, chairs and cabinetsTeams of one to 100-plus members
Office suitesPricing available on requestA premium private office with its own meeting rooms, lounges and executive officersTeams of over 25 members
HQ by WeWorkPricing available on requestA private location entirely branded and staffed by your company, with no shared spacesTeams of 20 to 250 members
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