Hot spaces for hot desking
Loved by everyone from artists to fashion designers, foodies to architects, East London is undoubtedly the heart of London’s creative community. It’s also the place we’re proud to call home; ICON Printing has been in the middle of it for the last decade, watching the start up scene flourish, printing for everyone from WeWork to Google Campus as well as enjoying everything the area has to offer, from its East End pubs and cafes to chic bars, food stalls and independent shops.
When it comes to coworking spaces in East London, you’re spoilt for choice. We’ve taken a moment to pick out some of the best in this part of town (and we can’t vouch for the area enough!). And for more spaces to work – check out our round up of the best coworking spaces in North London, West London, South London and Central London.
Best coworking spaces in East London
De Beauvoir Block
A co-working space in the tranquil De Beauvoir neighbourhood – just between Dalston and Islington, this is a chic hub with 33 workspaces, an outdoor courtyard and an all day cafe. Membership starts at £100 per month. debeauvoirblock.com
With locations in Tower Hamlets, Walthamstow and Wimbledon, it’s the Hackney Wick workspace that this the flagship hub for this creative workspace. Occupying a former dye-cutting factory it boasts three floors of office and coworking space as well as 10 music studios and production rooms, as well as being home to the Number 90 bar & kitchen – so you don’t need to travel far to cut loose after a day’s work. A dedicated desk starts at £350 per month. mainyardstudios.co.uk
Second Home’s impressive flagship office space is just off Brick Lane, filling a building with an eye-catching retro-futurist interior. It boasts a culturally active creative community reflected in the events programme it offers – from talks to workshops – and offers weekly wellness activities from yoga to fitness bootcamps. Second Home has other locations across London, as well as in Lisbon. Prices start at £185 per month for five days access. secondhome.io
Located in Moorgate – close to Old Street and the City – Runway East pitches itself as a friendly space for start ups.As well as providing opportunities to connect with investors it keeps office life light, with cake on Wednesdays and rooms to cut loose with pool or table tennis. Hot desks with 24/7 access start at £199 per person. It also has locations in Soho, London Bridge and Bristol. runwayea.st
The Trampery has four locations across East London, at Fish Island Village, East India Dock, Stratford and Old Street, which is its flagship space (it also has one more in Tottenham). Each offers a range of office and shared workspace for creative businesses, with facilities ranging from member’s lounges to libraries as well as a programme of events from comedy nights to yoga. Desk space starts at £150 per month. thetrampery.com
The Shoreditch branch of Huckletree boasts some pretty cool facilities – like an in-house squash court, private rooftop terrace and “iconic” ride-in bike ramp. The high spec, modern coworking space – bang in the middle of London’s creative community – is a vibrant place to work with an active community and events, talks and masterclasses on offer to its members. Memberships start at £175 per month for ten days access and £420 for a dedicated desk space. huckletree.com
A place for female entrepreneurs, this coworking space in Shoreditch – formerly known as Blooms – offers a network of support and seeks to break down the barriers women in business might face. As well as meeting rooms and workspace it offers mentorship, child care services and 24-hour member access. Pricing starts from £30 for one day a month, £250 for unlimited access and £350 per month for a fixed desk. bloomingfounders.com
Ministry of Startups
This Whitechapel based start up hub is focused on affordability – with free meeting rooms, rolling contracts and no deposits and has a range of locations ranging from the typical office, to converted Georgian terraces, all with an eclectic, stripped back feel leaving the focus on work – and community. Hot desking can start at as little as £35 per month. ministryofstartups.com
It’s one of the biggest names in coworking with countless locations around the world, but we’re going to flag up WeWorks London Fields office (just round the corner from where ICON is based). The four storey co-working space has a private roof terrace, colourful wallpaper and a front desk that looks like a food truck – very fitting for a space right next to one of London’s best foodie hang outs – Broadway Market. Membership starts at £200 per month for hotdesks. wework.com
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