At Nixon Williams, we have compiled a guide of fantastic shared office spaces across London. These spaces put productivity, collaboration and community at the heart of what they do; creating a space for remote workers, freelancers, contractors and the self-employed to optimise their work efficiency whilst networking in a comfortable environment.
As self-employment and remote working is on the rise and looks to be the norm for the majority of office workers, people are being encouraged to step away from the home office and create a new environment to work in to keep productivity levels high and to provide a change in scenery.
The use of shared office spaces boasts multiple benefits, including providing an office environment without the expense of a private office. With increasing demand from individual workers and start-up businesses, co-working and shared office spaces are designed to increase productivity, create flexibility in the workplace and provide a sense of community when working from home can feel lonely.
Idea Space is a co-working space in the South London district of Battersea. It prides itself on being a local, creative and friendly working environment as well as the go to hub to enjoy some great artisan coffee!
As a space which offers a collaborative community of individuals, trying to break the norm of the 9 to 5 working cycle, Idea Space helps remote workers, self-employed and freelancers achieve their business dreams in a productive workspace.
“We are more than just a pretty workspace, we want to build a community of like-minded individuals, and break the cycle of traditional working. We offer flexible membership options, which can be tailored to individual needs, from meeting room bookings, to event space as well as a pay-as-you-go membership system; Idea Space is the hub of productive and collaborative co-working in Battersea!”
Idea Space offers a number of flexible membership options for its workspaces. Hot-desking spaces can be booked on a pay-as-you-go system and is perfect for those who want to escape the loneliness of working from home. The telephone booths provide co-working space for those wanting to hop on and off zoom or telephone calls with colleagues or clients. Idea Space also has a number of meeting spaces, varied for the number of people they hold, from the lounge suitable for 1 to 1 meetings to the big ideas room suitable for 8 to 10 people.
You can read more about Idea Space here: ideaspace.london
Mainyard Studios, Multiple London Locations
Mainyard Studios provides workspaces for creative professionals; curated spaces with real communities in environments that support growth. Starting a new business venture can be isolating and lonely, but Mainyard Studios are passionate about entrepreneurship and offer much more than just a workspace but business support and resources too.
“Here at Mainyard Studios, we offer a new kind of workspace designed specifically for the modern worker, who wants both privacy and collaboration whilst they get things done! Entrepreneurs, freelancers and business owners need a place where they can be productive, have clients contact them and meet other like minded individuals.”
Mainyard Studios offer a number of membership options, including coworking desks, dedicated desk spaces, meeting rooms, shared areas, private offices, podcast studios and sound-proof music studios in a number of locations across London; including Hackney Wick, Mile End, Hackney Central, Leyton, Walthamstow, Enfield and Wimbledon. All Mainyard Studio memberships come with no hidden fees, only one fixed price and access to free WiFi, printing options, meeting rooms and plenty of cups of tea and coffee to keep you going throughout the working day! The team at Mainyard Studios also pride themselves in getting to know each individual member to ensure they can support them in networking and finding resources which will enable their business to grow or make it easier to run for them.
You can learn more about Mainyard Studios here: mainyardstudios.co.uk
North West London
Situated in the iconic, creative district of Camden, Work.Life provides a funky environment to work collaboratively in. The Work.Life in Camden has been created with a real family feel to it, creating an energetic and bustling environment where you can work productively, surrounded by like-minded individuals.
Offering various membership options, including hot-desking, dedicated desks, private office spaces as well as a virtual office, Work.Life also provides memberships which boast of many perks; including weekly pizza and beer nights, free yoga classes as well as wellness perks and discounts.
“You spend roughly 90,000 hours working in your lifetime, life’s too short not to enjoy it, so here at Work.Life we believe everyone should be happy at work. Workplace happiness is not a one-size fits all concept, we have created a workplace designed to increase happiness and engagement for everyone!”
Not only does Work.Life provide a comfortable working environment, it also hosts wellness events and skill sharing workshops so you can make full use of your Work.Life membership. Work.Life creates a coworking space where members can work collaboratively, productively and, most importantly, work happier.
You can understand more about what Work.Life offer here: work.life
In the centre of it all, surrounded by top global corporate companies in media and fashion, Mindspace Hammersmith provides shared or dedicated deskspace, dedicated working spaces and private offices for those wanting to thrive in the workplace.
“We believe that when people are excited about coming to work, they thrive. Mindspace members enjoy better employee engagement and satisfaction, notice higher productivity and innovation, whilst attracting and retaining the best talent!”
Mindspace allows members to immerse themselves in an exciting boutique workplace in which they receive a personal attuned service adapted to their business needs. It is a coworking space which provides a vibrant community that enhances professional networking opportunities as well as supplying multiple benefits of being a Mindspace member. Not only does Mindspace care about your professional working environment, they also offer a number of events and development opportunities for your personal growth too; from wellness events to professional development programs, you’re paying for much more than just a shared office space!
You can learn more about Mindspace here: mindspace.me
Eat Work Art – Hackney Downs Studios
Eat Work Art was established with the aim of revitalising disused buildings in London, transforming them into workspaces for independent creative communities to grow. Set in an old print works on the park between Dalston and Clapton in the heart of East London, Hackney Downs Studios is home to a diverse community of artists and creative independent businesses. Providing over 200 creative workspaces for rent ranging from flexible desks within co-working spaces to large-scale workshops, creative offices and art studios, each space is adaptable to foster collaboration and innovation.
“Inspired by the passions and interests of our residents and the wider community, we evolve to engage with our surrounding communities in creative projects. Hackney Downs Studios now hosts the largest vegan market in London in collaboration with Fat Gay Vegan. We aim to bring like-minded individuals together who champion innovation and collaboration, everyone is welcome, from individual start-up artisan traders to more established companies – everything we do is centred around bringing people together to foster a community of great minds.”
There are a number of membership options available at Hackney Downs Studios including co-working, workshop spaces as well as private studios and office spaces for a variety of creative businesses. The Hackney Downs Studios is also a fully serviced space which includes 24/7 access, an on-site cafe, bar and restaurant as well as wellness facilities, shops and workshops.
You can find out more about Hackney Downs Studios here: eatworkart.com