City centre coworking
Whether you’re a lone freelancer or you’re running a small business, there’s something to be said for being based in central London. While the costs might be higher, the benefits are obvious: if you’re regularly looking to meet clients or prospective new business, you’re easily accessible. Plus, for some people, there’s something about the buzz of being right in the thick of it that you can’t get anywhere else.
For anyone who feels that draw to be in the centre, we’ve rounded up the best co-working spaces that the capital has to offer. And for more spaces to work – check out our round up of the best coworking spaces in East London, North London, South London and West London.
Best coworking spaces in Central London
With sites in Victoria, Bloomsbury, the City and Paddington, Central Working do what their name says on the tin – they have an abundance of options for those looking to base their business in a central London location. Ideal for ambitious businesses, Central Working emphasise the connection they form with your business, and the role they can play in introducing you to other members to develop new business opportunities. It’s also possible to be based between different sites, allowing for flexibility. They don’t advertise rates, as they say prices are bespoke to individual businesses. centralworking.com
Based in the iconic Somerset House, right next to Waterloo Bridge, Makersversity is a space for anyone who makes things – so that could be designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, technologists, inventors, craftsmen, technicians or artists. In the basement of the 300-year-old building, they put an emphasis on forging connections between those using the facilities, and encourage tenants to get involved in workshops to help the next generation of makers. They offer three months free for under 25s, and six months free to “makers with a mission”, who can apply if they have a project that is value-driven and ambitious. Otherwise, fees are from £240 per month for roaming membership and from £390 per month for a full membership. makerversity.org
If you want top quality customer service, Fora could be the place for you. With sites dotted all across central London, Fora’s professional and carefully-designed office spaces would be a good fit for any business that wants to project a serious image. They emphasise the level of service they offer to residents, with their staff trained in partnership with elite hospitality management school L’École Hôtelière de Lausanne. Monthly prices start with £300 for hot desking, £400 for a fixed desk and desks in your own private office from £475 a month. foraspace.com
For female entrepreneur or business owners. A female members club, The Allbright could be the place to base your business or a space to have meetings and make new connections outside office hours. With two branches, one in Fitzrovia and a newly-opened Mayfair edition, they’re in the plusher corners of the city centre. They have meeting rooms, as well as bars, restaurants and gym facilities. The idea is to encourage connections between members. Membership starts from £1,3000 a year. allbrightcollective.com
One for any tech startups with big ideas. Run by Google, and based in Shoreditch, it’s part-cafe, part workspace, and they also offer opportunities to network with other businesses. Plus, there are regular mentoring sessions and talks on how to make your big idea happen and grow your business. Be warned, however, that it can get popular, so it’s worth arriving early in the day to find a space. campus.co/london
Mortimer House has as much to offer in leisure as it does in work. Based in an art deco building in Fitzrovia, it’s a members club-cum-co-working space. Aimed at freelancers and small businesses looking for a more refined experience, facilities include meeting rooms, event spaces, living room, terrace, studio and gym. Prices start from £250 monthly. mortimerhouse.com
Keyboards and Dreams
For those who are after a simple, high quality office space, Keyboards and Dreams could be just the place. Based in Farringdon, with a range of impressive businesses under their roof, it could be an option for standalone freelancers or small businesses. They have 24/7 access and security, unlimited meeting room usage, breakout spaces and ergonomic seats. The monthly rate for a dedicated desk is £325. keyboardsanddreams.com
Another option for those who like their workspace with a bit of luxury. Owned by the Soho House group, who have members clubs in the UK and internationally, Soho Works offers co-working and private office spaces in Shoreditch. The facilities include a workshop with crafts, tools and 3D printers, plus a library, reading room and roof terrace. sohoworks.com
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