8 of the Best Co-Working Spaces for London’s Finance Workers
London is the UK’s main finance hub, accounting for 1 in every 5 financial services jobs.
Over 80% of firms in the UK have looked into introducing hybrid work, giving staff the freedom to work outside the office. Hybrid and remote working have become popular across London’s business landscape, and co-working spaces have surged in popularity as workers look to maintain productivity outside their normal office environment.
London is a big city, and there are lots of co-working options to choose from. Whether you’re a freelancer, a startup, or a remote worker, this guide shows you the top coworking spaces to work efficiently, network effectively, and thrive in the finance sector.
The Clubhouse markets itself as ‘filling the gap between a co-working space or serviced office and meeting in hotel lobbies, members clubs or coffee shops.’
With three prime locations in Mayfair, St. James’s and Holborn Circus, The Clubhouse attracts members from the likes of Santander, Deloitte, Samsung and Tesla. This prestigious co-working space offers fantastic networking opportunities alongside well-equipped offices, hosting regular events and guest speakers from top multinational corporations.
The three tiers of membership range from 24-month agreements of £190 to £380 +VAT, or rolling month agreements of £225 to £450 +VAT. All tiers give you access to bike racks, lockers, showers and a range of other services. You also have a choice of hot desks and dedicated desk options, as well as access to meeting rooms, boardrooms and presentation rooms.
The Workroom operates in a unique way. It doesn’t have a set office location, but offers drop-in workspaces in top restaurants around the city.
For £10 per day, workers can choose an available workspace from The Workroom’s app. All passes give you access to high-speed Wi-Fi, power sockets, complimentary tea and coffee, and two guest passes. The monthly Solo tier also gives you unlimited access to workspaces and discounts on meetings rooms and dining. The Joint tier offers the same benefits for teams.
Example workspaces include the Bluebird in Chelsea, 100 Wardour Street in Soho and Avenue in St. James’s. Check out their website and find your perfect location!
Uncommon focuses on flexibility and supporting its members. With five locations to choose from – Liverpool Street, Borough, Fulham, Highbury and Holborn – you’re sure to have a workspace local to you.
The membership options range from day passes to private offices, giving members exactly what they need to be productive. There’s even a weekend pass for those looking to get some extra quiet, productive work done. Prices range from £35 to £450 +VAT.
All the workspaces are designed to be comfortable, with lots of plants, couches, outside areas and quiet zones. The Uncommon app lets you book a meeting room or get support straight from your phone. Regular events help you connect and collaborate with like-minded individuals.
WeWork offers solutions for everyone, from individuals looking for a hotdesk to businesses with 100 staff looking for an office. There are 51 WeWork buildings in London, with a wide range of office spaces catering to every need.
The ‘Basic’ membership starts at just £7 per day, or £135 (normally £179) per month, giving you one co-working space booking every day at over 180 locations worldwide. The ‘Plus’ membership bumps the location count up to over 500 for £269 per month (normally £359).
There’s a huge variety of office options, with dedicated desks, private offices, office suites, full-floor offices, and on-demand spaces. Many buildings offer 24/7 access if you need to work with clients in different time zones. Take a look at their site and find the office that best suits your needs.
96% of members confirmed that they were happier after joining Work.Life, and it’s easy to see why. There are nine London locations to choose from: Old Street, Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Soho, Camden, Hammersmith, Fitzrovia, Bermondsey and Holborn. All are located near train stations and local amenities.
Work.Life looks to provide ‘smart, sustainable, truly sensational workspaces’ that boost productivity for businesses and freelancers, giving them comfortable spaces to collaborate and innovate.
Memberships are split between pay-as-you-go and monthly, giving members the flexibility to use the spaces a few times a month or every day. The London locations start at £6 +VAT per hour for pay-as-you-go. This gives you daily access between 8:30 am-8:30 pm, with the best value for up to two days of working.
The monthly membership is £350 +VAT, which gives you 24/7 access to all locations and includes mail handling, registered business address and printing. Both levels of membership give you access to Wi-Fi, refreshments and the community portal and events.
Fora offers a range of spaces catering to individuals and businesses, from flexible desks to serviced offices. Sixteen locations spread across central London ensure that workers are well-connected and close to the best amenities the city has to offer.
Fora’s offices are designed to provide a premium experience for workers. With the choice of an owned desk, tailored office, open desk, and owned offices, there are plenty of options for finding your perfect work environment. If you’re a business owner or leading a team, the tailored office allows you to create a personalised workspace.
Prices range depending on what type of space you’re looking for and the location. Take a look at the Fora site and find the right solution for you.
The Fisheries is a co-working space that focuses on sustainability. The bathrooms use recycled rainwater, air source heat pumps provide air conditioning, and some of the building’s power comes from solar panels.
Located on the doorstep of London Fields, this East London co-working space is ideally situated in the heart of Hackney. The building is a renovated warehouse but has been transformed with many plants, wooden floors and cosy working spaces.
Three flexible membership tiers ensure you get value for money. The ‘Community’ tier gives you 24/7 access to the building, wellness events, shower facilities and unlimited tea and coffee. The ‘Dedicated’ tier is perfect for individual workers, with your own desk, locker, secure internet and VPN, and three free meeting rooms. The ‘Office’ tier is tailored for businesses, giving an office space for 2-20 workers.
Central Working is more than just a co-working space. It seeks to give you everything you need to grow, including contacts for investors, clients and suppliers, as well as productive workspaces.
There are regular networking events to connect businesses and like-minded individuals, paving the way for success. Flexible desk and office options ensure that every business has the resources it needs.
The tailored nature of Central Working means that prices are based on what you, or your business, need. Visit the site and see how Central Working can help you.
Tips for choosing your co-working space
Location: Location is crucial for a good co-working space. Look for one that is easily accessible via public transport (or close to where you live) and is situated in a safe and comfortable area. Cafes, restaurants, and other amenities are great to have nearby, so you can step out for a break or lunch without travelling far.
Facilities and Amenities: The facilities and amenities of a co-working space can make or break your experience. Look for a space that provides high-speed internet, printing and scanning facilities, comfortable seating, and adequate working space. Free bonuses like tea and coffee and discounts for meeting rooms can enhance your experience and productivity.
Community and Networking Opportunities: Events are fantastic places to enhance your network and discover new working opportunities. Look for a space that hosts events, meetups, and workshops, or has a community manager who can introduce you to other members. Being part of a community can help you grow your business and learn from others.
Price and Flexibility: Pricing and flexibility are crucial factors to consider. Ensure that the pricing is transparent and suits your budget. Flexible membership options are best, as you can choose the option that best fits your needs without being tied into a contract. Check if there are any hidden costs, such as extra fees for using meeting rooms.
Environment and Culture: A coworking space’s environment and culture can significantly impact your experience. Look for a space that aligns with your values and provides a positive and inclusive environment. Consider the space’s style, noise levels, and overall atmosphere to ensure it fits with how you like to work.
The world of work is changing, and workspaces are adapting to fit. Research around to find your perfect co-working space, and see how productive you can be!
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