Work space down south
While the east of the city might be the focal point for London’s tech and startup scene, South London has long been a natural home for creatives in the capital. Its patchy transport connections can be off-putting for some, but for those who aren’t deterred, there are cheaper rents to be found and an abundance of green spaces.
The co-working spaces in the area are in keeping with that slower-paced and more relaxed feel. Here we round up some of the best places to work south of the river if you’re a freelancer or looking for somewhere to base your business.
And for more places to work, check out our guides to the best coworking spaces in East London, North London, West London and Central London.
Best coworking spaces in South London
The perfect choice for rolling straight from the club to the office. Connected to the legendary Ministry of Sound nightclub, this co-working space is part of a private members club of the same name. The vibe is appropriately sleek, the interiors in social areas featuring exposed metalwork, wooden floorboards and retro furniture. Their facilities include private phone booths, breakout spaces, bookable meeting rooms and 24-hour access, 7 days a week. They don’t advertise prices but invite enquiries for new applicants. theministry.com
Not far from Bermondsey’s famed Beer Mile, Many Hands is aimed at those in the arts and creative industries. Home to over 100 residents, which includes individual makers, creative companies and charities, it will likely feel like a welcoming community to anyone of a similar ilk. An ex-warehouse space, it boasts big high ceilings and lots of light. Of the studios they have available currently, prices start from £350 month. manyhandslondon.co.uk
Aimed at artists, creatives, recent graduates and entrepreneurs, Hotel Elephant boasts a central location and affordable prices. They have co-working space and artist studios, plus they offer free professional development for graduates. A not-for-profit set up by local artist Reuben Powell in 2009, it was opened was to provide space for arts, culture and enterprise, and is supported by Southwark Council and the Mayor of London. Monthly prices for the co-working space start from £150 a month. hotelelephant.co.uk
One for ambitious, fast-growing businesses, Piano House is in the impressive surrounds of a converted Victorian warehouse in Brixton. Offering bright, welcoming workspaces, they offer shower facilities, 24 hour access, a managed post room and break out areas. Plus, a roof terrace promises the opportunity for scenic lunch breaks. They currently have one unit available, which fits around 50 staff, with rent of £17,850 a month. pianohousebrixton.co.uk
If you like having food and culture on your doorstep, and are a freelancer looking for somewhere to base yourself, then The Ramp could be the place for you. Based inside converted multi-storey car park Peckham Levels, which has two floors of bars, restaurants and venues, is a venue for everything from yoga to live music, as well as hosting a number of creative businesses, The Ramp is a co-working space for small teams, independent creatives and freelancers. They offer a kitchenette, bookable meeting rooms and workshop and learning opportunities. The monthly rate for hot desks is £159 + VAT. peckhamlevels.org/co-working
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