The best flexible working spaces in London
How we work has changed dramatically over the last year, accelerating a trend that had already seen digital technology change the way we viewed the traditional office. London is well ahead of the curve, with a range of flexible working spaces, serviced offices, shared co-working hubs and small on-demand offices available across the city.
These innovative new flexible office spaces are perfect for start-ups and SMEs looking to scale their business office footprint rapidly, offer flexibility for the freelancer looking for a short term office let and for larger, more established businesses who have slimmed down their property portfolio.
Here are a few of the best flexible working spaces in London.
Soho Works Shoreditch
Ok, ok… we know. App Agency picks a Shoreditch co-working space as one of their favourite haunts. Could we get more predictable. The thing is, there is a reason why so many start-ups and tech companies have started calling Shoreditch home. It has decent transport links. It is nice and central. And it’s got a pretty cool vibe going on. Sohoworks has venues across London, but for our money the best location is in Shoreditch. In terms of facilities there is everything you would expect from a co-working location, including a 3D printer!
Workspace Cargo Works
If you’re looking for more of a traditional let, but on a shorter term basis or with the possibility of scaling up the space then Workspace could be the answer. And if you’re on the hunt for a flexible working space in London right by the river we’d recommend the Cargo Works location on the South Bank. A brisk stoll from London Waterloo, near the Tate Modern and stunning river views makes the Cargo Works a hugely attractive location.
24 hour access, showers (in case you fancy a lunchtime jog next to the river), an on-site cafe, cycle storage and meeting rooms are some of the available amenities. And if you’re just looking for one-off meeting rooms Workspace offer that too. Hire a smart meeting room for that key investor presentation!
WeWork Hammersmith Grove
It had to be in there somewhere didn’t it? The rise and fall and trials and tribulations of WeWork have been widely covered in the media but the fact remains that they are possibly the most accessible, widely available provider of flexible working spaces in London.
Our pick of the bunch is a location that has bailed us out on numerous occasions – Hammersmith Grove is a very brisk 10 minute walk to London Olympia exhibition centre. We’ve used it to run prep work before exhibitions or even to catch up on emails before heading across for a day manning a stand. Even when we’ve just been touring round an exhibition we’ve used it a couple of times for those in-depth meetings that aren’t quite suited to the show floor or one of the coffee stands (which genuinely still serve the worst coffee in the world).
For a quick hop off the train and straight into a meeting experience we recommend the York Road location – super convenient for Waterloo. You probably already know the range of amenities that WeWork provide – and as ever their locations offer a range of private offices, dedicated desks and open workspace.
The Office Group: The Shard
We’ve not ever worked out of The Shard location ourselves, but we did head there for a client meeting and it’s safe to say it is a pretty striking location to find yourself in. The views ‘only’ 25 floors up are epic, and even for the experience it is pretty boss. Plus we won the business so all in the day was a great success!
The Office Group offers a range of locations across London that you can check into – their prices for co-working spaces are a little on the high side when compared to some of their competitors, but they offer a discounted Lounge membership which looks like decent value and a more upscale experience than taking up a table in your local Starbucks.
The Scandinavian Kitchen
Speaking of hanging out in a Starbucks… sometimes all that you need when you’re on the hunt for some flexible working space in London is a cafe with decent tables, great coffee, healthy snacks (and cake) and a decent wifi connection. The Scandinavian Kitchen isn’t going to be somewhere where you can routinely while away an entire day. But, if you have a couple of hours to kill between meetings or need somewhere for your team to meet up before heading off to a client meeting then the Scandinavian Kitchen might be perfect for you.
Fantastic coffee, great open sandwiches and most importantly brilliantly moreish Scandi cinnamon buns will get you off to a great start to the day. And don’t be deterred if it looks busy. The real party piece is their ‘secret’ seating area downstairs, complete with a couple of big tables that are perfect for last minute changes to your presentation.
London isn’t just the touristy bits along the river though. So how about we cast our net a little wider for this excellent flexible work space in Bromley. Contingent.works offers the usual suite of services and amenities you’d expect.
Of course not having to pay central London rents and rates helps too – those savings are passed on to you with much lower day rates and membership fees. What really caught our eye though is the on-site podcast studio. You can hire it from £20 an hour, perfect for the entrepreneur looking to promote their business!
Again another slightly obvious choice, but really it’s hard to leave them out of contention. Whilst Regus might not have been able to surround themselves with the silicon valley tech aura of the likes of WeWork, they’ve been at this a while and consequently have a huge portfolio of locations.
If you ask us (and you’re on our site so I guess that is the case) Regus locations are better suited to more established SMEs who are growing quickly and don’t want to commit to a long-term lease. For solo freelancers or entrepreneurs or just people looking to vary up their working situation Regus is less likely to scratch that itch. Still worth checking out.
C’mon. Bin off central London and join Apptaura in the lovely embrace of Worting House. We’re 40 minutes from central London. 40 minutes from Southampton Airport. 40 minutes from Heathrow. There isn’t a Pret in sight. Sometimes there are even sheep on the front lawn. Partridges in the car park. A massive deer scaring our CEO Thom Gibbons when he’s been on a late night shift.