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9 Workspaces in London Perfect for Startups

Top 9 Best Workspaces in London for growing your business

When starting, where do you start? 

That’s the question that’s often on the mind of entrepreneurs in the dawn of building a new business. Where does the business get built?

The real answer is often; anywhere you can. In cafes, in coffee shops, in the cubicles between meetings at the job you’re desperately trying to get out of. You cobble it together anywhere that’s available. 

However, soon the tipping point comes, where the corner of a crowded room won’t do the trick. You need to find somewhere better. 

Best workspaces in London

The right space can change your work. It can alter how you feel. It can give you, and your team a moment to see things a little differently. It’s certainly easy enough to get a little cabin fever from that same old office, or that same old home study.

Sometimes your work needs a bit of reinventing. So why not try somewhere different? And in trying somewhere different, why not try somewhere really different? 

HotPatch hosts the most unique hot-spots, and allows you to book almost any kind of space in seconds, all over London. 

We’ve collated our top 9 best and most unique workspaces, from churches to traditional 18th century townhouses. 

Whether you need a small space to type up a spreadsheet in peace, or something grander for your first big team-meetings, there’s all sorts to discover – and these uncommon workspaces in London might just be the inspiration you need.

1 – Versatile event space to rent for meetings, dinners, and more in South Kensington

  • South Kensington // Fits 20 // £200 per day

With all of the perks of working in a library, with none of the rules on whispering, this secluded coworking space acts as the ideal location for any manner of business meeting, training session, or workshops alike. Where better to enforce workplace culture, than in the most cultured workplace possible? 

2 – Community driven co-working space for rent in the heart of London Fields

  • London Fields, Hackney // Fits 5 // £30 per day

This space is filled with natural light and, as if to prove that fact, a lot of lush greenery. Combined with the vintage furniture and a selection of different workspaces, it makes a very homely environment for work, discussion, or a nice team lunch. Plant yourself onto an old-school seat and let your ideas grow in the sunlight.

3 – Beautiful Georgian Townhouse​ to rent in the West End 

  • West London // Fits 40 // £750 per day

Step into the 18th century in this beautiful Georgian townhouse. Spacious, and brilliantly well-lit, the room proves itself an excellent meeting or boardroom. Originally built as a private home, the building includes an exhibition space, an events room and a room that’s ideal for private dinners. 

Run a business of chimney sweeps, loom weavers, and blacksmiths? More likely, perhaps you’re looking to see what some of the fancier workspaces in London are like? Then this Georgian townhouse will make you feel right at home, at last!

4 – Multi-functional meeting room space to hire on Regent’s Canal

  • Regents Canal // Fits 15 // £800 per day

This space gives you room for both work and recreation, physically separated right down the middle by a central pillar. One side has a well-lit selection of sofas for coffee breaks and one-on-one discussions, but you’re only a few steps away from a more professional work environment on the other side. Two long tables sit in front of a screen and speaker system perfect for presentations or conferences. Don’t go rushing out those double doors at the end of the day though, as they lead not to the exit but a nice balcony to take in some fresh Regent’s Canal air from.

5 – Cosy Coworking Cafe space in King’s Cross

  • Kings Cross // No person limit // £10 per day

Finding somewhere good to spend your lunch break in a hurry is no issue when you’re working out of a fully-stocked cafe and bar. This affordable space is lined with practical seating for teams both big and small, with breakfast to lunch service suiting all workers from early birds to night owls. Whether you’re a ‘Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee’ person or maybe even a ‘Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my mohito’ person, this spot has you sorted.

6 – Mezzanine event space available to hire in Hammersmith

  • Hammersmith // Fits 20 // £84 per hour

Located in a repurposed church, this mezzanine event space sits directly opposite a quiet eco-area, kitted with a hammock and swinging chair, ideal for focussed work, or a sit-out. The building itself is designed as a ‘hub of creative combustion,’ which is swiftly unifying a vibrant community in East London. The Mezzanine event space holds up to 20, and has on offer in the building, a kitchen, meeting rooms, showers, and other available amenities.

7 – Quirky Boardroom ​/​ Meeting Room to rent in East London

  • East London // Fits 15 // £320 per day

‘Quirky’ is an understatement. Located in an old church, this ‘safari room’ (as all churches have, right?) includes a number of velvet chairs, a projector and sound system, kitchen access, and a wall-height George Stubbs painting. The atypical nature of this space could be just what you need to free yourself of outside-world distractions when working.

8 – Library to rent for meetings, conferences, events and more in the West End

  • West London // Fits 45 // £750 a day

This intimate library space (librarian not included) serves as an inviting spot, for smaller talks, meetings, receptions and even press conferences. Or, off-the-top of my head, a nice place for a book club, too? This is one of the most charming workspaces in central London, and can be easily rearranged into a number of styles, from cabaret and theatre seating, to the traditional boardroom or classroom arrangement.

9 – Whole event space to rent with natural daylight from a floor to ceiling in Whitechapel​

  • Whitechapel // Fits 40 // £850 per day

For startups with a big team (or big dreams), this Whitechapel venue is a floor full of workspaces, both mental and physical. Spread your business out across the desks and tables, all lit up by floor-to-ceiling windows and accompanied by a cafe for refreshments. When you’re finished working your brain, you can work your muscles too with free access to the neighbouring gym space.

A you part of a London businesses that needs to get its foot in the door?

HotPatch has public and private workspaces all around the country for you and your team to work smarter and better. Want to see a wider selection of pay-as-you-go workspaces in London? Check our site.

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Happy “lockdown-iversary”, what’s next for workspace?

Happy “lockdown-iversary”, what’s next for workspace to rent?

Can you believe that it is a year since the UK was first placed under lockdown? How strange a world.

Our streets deserted, shops closed, the vibrant sound of birds chirping in the trees. Zoom became the platform for many of our interactions, we exercised at home, exhausted Netflix, and all the while lived in uncertainty and despair at the thought of the wellbeing of our friends, family, and jobs.

Our daily routines changed. The commute to work, making a brew for our colleagues, and grabbing a sandwich at lunch turned into an extra hour in bed, joining an online meeting in our pyjamas, and warming up last night’s leftovers to enjoy whilst watching mid-afternoon television.

Soon, we longed to return to normality: to walk around uninhibited, to see our loved ones, and to share workspace with our colleagues.

Building and sustaining relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and clients requires a physical environment. The emotional benefits of bonding, learning from one another, and collaborating is much easier harnessed in a shared workspace.

Remote working, or indeed in many cases, not being able to work, has had many adverse effects. Though we can replicate many of the office or other workspace rituals from our homes, we do suffer from a lack of face-to-face interactions. Motivation drops and so too the great sense of community that we feel in a workspace shared with others.

We may never return to ‘normality’. Our work practices may become split between home and the office, or the way in which we share workspace may be more measured than we remember. Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has recently said that, “… for many people there will be more of a hybrid model of working from home and working in a place of work.”

Our workspaces will be designed to support flexibility and choice. Companies will arrange a broader ecosystem of work sites that may include regional offices, co-working spaces, and home to support increasing and ongoing mobility. The workspace will have new purpose: to be the site for community, culture and collaboration. Less time will be spent on focused tasks while on-site and more time dedicated to the three ‘Cs’ above. The physical appearance of workspaces will adjust to reflect this change.

Though much has changed in the last year, and many more changes are to be implemented as we work out the best way to work, the workspace will continue to be an important hub for many of us. We hope that with restrictions slowly being lifted, and as we reintegrate society, that we can continue to Make Space Work.

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