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Working a virtual job offers plenty of benefits (here are four reasons to consider a remote-working job), not least the fact that you don’t need to leave the house to start work. You can set up a perfect home office, but after weeks in the same location working by yourself, working at home might not be so positive after all! That’s where coworking spaces come in.
A somewhat recent phenomenon that has grown alongside flexible working, these spaces fill the void between cafes and offices and are popping up all over London and further afield in the UK. They offer freelancers and remote workers the chance to work in a professional environment with all the resources at their fingertips – without committing to a traditional office. Here are the first four of our nine best coworking spaces.
1. WeWork, 50 Locations around London
No list of coworking spaces would be complete without a mention of WeWork. The American company has made a huge splash in the UK market, having opened 50 spaces across London, including Hammersmith, London Fields, Southbank and Paddington, all of which are among the best coworking spaces London has to offer. Memberships range from a hot desk to a private office and start from £299/month. Features include unlimited refreshments, fast Internet, private phone booths, meeting rooms and break-out spaces, as well as on-site staff, 24/7 access and events during the week. Best of all, every office is designed the same way, so there’s no stress about getting lost within its walls.
Head to wework.com for more information about your closest location.
2. Forward – Frome, Bristol and Taunton
London isn’t the only city with coworking facilities. Forward takes the phenomenon outside the big cities, with spots in Frome, Bristol , Taunton and soon, Exeter. The facilities differ based on the venue, but can include a café, event space, meeting rooms and video call booths, showers and bike racks, fast Internet and parking. Memberships start at £25/month for 8 hours, but go up to £150 for unlimited use. Its only downside is its hours – access is only available during working hours, Monday to Friday.
Check out forwardspace.co.uk for more information about your closest location.
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3. SOHO Works, Shoreditch
The latest offering from SOHO House, SOHO Works offers 16,000 feet of coworking space right opposite Shoreditch High Street station. Memberships start at £400/month for a hot desk, but shared desks (with lockable storage) are also available. But just what do you get for the investment? There are weekly events that cover everything from brand-building to meditation classes and designing pillowcases, as well an on-site café and bar, members kitchen, phone booths and meeting rooms, a library and reading room, showers and lockers and a roof terrace. SOHO Works also offers mail and stationary services, photo studios and tech support.
4. Campus London, Kings Cross
Not content with continuing digital domination, Google has also opened a coworking space a short walk away from Liverpool Street and Old Street tube stations. Campus London has something for every remote worker, ranging from the free café to designated coworking spaces. The former is a freelancer’s dream, with free wifi, a constant supply of coffee and no pressure to purchase anything. All that’s required is free membership, activated through an orientation session held weekly. For something a little more established, the coworking space, run by TechHub, allows you to rent desks and conference rooms.
Still not spotted the coworking space that’s just right for you? Read part two for more of our favourites.
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