In a search of a coworking space in London.
Holidays are finally over and its time to go back to the office. Thousands of people were dreading coming back to work this week and wishing they could at least work from home to avoid facing the reality for longer.
I don’t have to go to office this week, but I feel you, people. Office is not (always) for everyone. But so is home office. I always envied people who could use their home as office, properly focus and get things done. I manage, but I have to fight hundreds of distractions, and managing time or focusing is not always easy. I prefer to have a desk and a white noise in a place that is not mine to distract me. I like to have people around. But not always people I work with. So I used to crash local coffee shops and just use it as my working desk. Luckily, a lot of modern workplaces offer flexibility of working from where ever you wish, as long as the work is done. And luckily urban co-working spaces are up and coming.
I remember when I was a student and wanted to write an essay in the coffee shop, I was reminded that “this is not a library”. Fortunately, the times have changed and now you’re welcomed with the laptop and provided a free wifi at variety of places. My hometown Kyiv saw few amazing spaces being created last year to host entrepreneurs, remote workers and other wondering souls. Vibrant, dynamic, diverse, they attract lots of creative and restless people. Still mostly for the young, therefore they are very reasonably priced and flexible to attract the crowd.
A quick search in London gave a big variety of choices, mostly with a monthly rate and are offering wide range of services from a free shredder to a gym access or even a nursery. If you want to leave a family picture and a favourite mug, you can even have a permanent desk or if you need flexibility – rent it by day/hour. Check out wiki.coworking.com or www.sharedesk.net. Here’s also a good review from Deskmag.
And did you know you can also work in the legendary Google London campus? You can drop in as a visitor (cafe only) or apply for Google campus residency for wider access.
But what I am looking for is a drop-in option and all I really need is a table, free wifi and a cool atmosphere. I’d also like it to be just down the street. In that case Worksnug is a valuable resource, where you can find the nearest “laptop friendly space”, mostly cafes with free wifi and confortable desks (rated by other users). They also have an app!
Coworking spaces though are not only relevant for entrepreneurs. For smaller companies its a great way to keep the office costs down, for companies that follow their customers its a way to have a temporary, well-equipped office in the required location etc. It’s flexible, someone takes care of the little things, you can choose the design/atmosphere you like and you can meet some new interesting people!
And here’s an idea for benefits packages! Many employees will be happy to work from coworking spaces (less distractions, no need to have office desk at home etc) once in a while, so why not offer a monthly subscription in a coworking space of choice? I’d be up for it!
So if you ever think of dodging your office, but not staying in your pyjamas either, here’s where you can find a suitable place in London that will host you and your laptop: