Top coworking spaces for freelancers in the UK
Cheaper coworking spaces have become increasingly popular in the UK. Today, you have everything from business members clubs to coworking facilities offering a more professional environment to do your work (then your home office) and also come with numerous perks, including snacks, free drinks, member events, concierge services, showcases and workshops.
According to research by Cubefree, a workspace finder app by Citrix, about 40% of freelancers tend to experience some level of isolation and miss human interaction. The app helps freelancers locate nearby libraries, cafes, and coworking spaces, and also provide information about facilities like Wi-Fi, parking, noise level, and power outlets.
Whether you are a startup, a freelancer, or a solopreneur, we have put together a list of some of UK's coworking spaces for you to compare and consider. Many come with flexible packages that you can work with.
Soho Works is a 16,000sq ft space located in the popular East London Tea Building in Shoreditch. It’s an international network of 24/7 workspaces from the snazzy Soho House group developed and equipped to offer membership to individuals in the creative and business industries.
The coworking space boasts of the best facilities that you could possibly need to get your works done, including High-speed, secure internet, A range of bookable meeting rooms, 200 pages of free printing per month, Phone booths for private calls, All-day on-site café, and bar plus members' kitchen, and many more. As you’d expect with Soho House memberships aren’t the cheapest! Check out sohoworks.com for more information.
This coworking space is based in Liverpool Dock and is fast becoming a hub for the creative and digital industries. Baltic Creative is an amazing regenerated warehouse space.
Their coworking space is all about sustainable business practices, offering unique working areas that have different design themes from a garden shed-style space in it’s Creative Campus to large studio and storefronts. Baltic Creative offers a range of courses and networking opportunities, as well as educational talks. To find out more about packages and memberships, visit baltic-creative.com
Club Workspace offers sleek, modern workspaces for freelancers across London – located at Bethnal, Chiswick, Dulwich, and Islington. They have a network that currently has a membership of about 4,000 individuals in various industries, and the number keeps growing. One key feature about Club Workspace is that they host a variety of events, from business to social, which provides the opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and networking.
Prices range from £100 to £199 (VAT inclusive) monthly. The business centres offer dedicated desks, private offices, and day passes. Visit workspace.co.uk for more information about facilities and membership options.
Colony is located in Ancoats, in Manchester that has experienced a regeneration, with its local Mills being transformed into restaurants, shops, and accommodation. These transformations have turned the area into a hub of business activities. Colony is a workspace that encourages collaboration, communication, and freedom to work within the space. There are no restrictions to movement, as members can move around the space collaborating and sharing ideas and information.
Majority of Colony’s members are in the creative and digital industries, which makes perfect sense for them as they can take advantage of the focus areas, private phone booths, collaboration zones and more.
Memberships: Colony's most affordable membership includes serviced office services like mail handling and 25-hour access to a floating desk, they also offer dedicated desks and day pass. Visit colonyco.work
When it comes to coworking spaces, WeWork is the big player with locations in various cities across the world. The company has a network of colourful, modern workspaces designed for businesses, solopreneurs, and freelancers. WeWork seeks to 'hu.anizenwork’ with their custom-built workspaces that provide visual stimulation and great comfort. These spaces are designed to encourage businesses to collaborate and help one another grow.
WeWork runs both business and social events on a weekly basis, front desk services, phone booths, and brainstorming rooms. They also provide craft beer on draft if you choose to take a break to unwind. The most affordable plan offers hot desking, with a desk space guaranteed, in the common area of any WeWork location of your choice. They also offer private offices, dedicated desks, office suites (including lounges, reception desks, meeting rooms) and office floors. Visit wework.com
This really is just the top of the iceberg coworking spaces are popping up in smaller towns in the UK and globally not just big city centres – you’d be surprised what’s out there and the flexibility of working options. If you’re a fivesquid freelancer and you’re thinking of exploring a coworking space or if in fact you’re already working in one then let us know we’d love to hear your experience first hand.