Being a freelancer in a large city can be daunting at the best of times. But, it also brings with it opportunities to network and collaborate with like-minded creators. Unfortunately you can’t get out and meet them if you’re stuck at home watching Lorraine in your pyjamas!
The solution? Coworking spaces. Here are some of the best freelancer-friendly coworking spaces that London has to offer.
THECUBE is more than just a fresh environment in which to get your work done. It specialises in the fields of science, technology and design so you aren’t just gaining a place to work, you’re becoming part of a community.
This hub of scientists, engineers and designers (to name a few) offer not only a vital network to flourish in your industry, but also access to THECUBE’s events, which combine “academia, thinkers and industry to discuss complex questions which will impact future innovation”.
Studio 5, 155 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ
Coined as “new space for creative enterprise”, Greenhouse is an environment perfect for those dedicated to getting as focused and creative as possible.
Not only are there places for you to settle down and freelance away, there are larger spaces such as meetings rooms and creative spaces that you can hire as part of a large group – even with a space to do yoga! If your work requires software that you might not feel like lugging around on the tube, you can set up in the Greenhouse’s media centre.
Greenhouse has two locations, with one space in in Homerton and another in Mildmay Ward. You can book a no commitment one day trial to see how you get on by visiting their website below.
For those who thrive off the scenery when you work, the dock is a perfect coworking option for you.
A bricked cave may sound like the setting for a 1900s murder mystery novel, but the folks at the dock have reinvented this potentially gloomy setting into a bright, warm and enjoyable work hub. Not only are you given access to a desk in this unique workspace, a membership will also get you access to the kitchen, showers, bathroom and ‘chill out facilities’ where you can network until your heart’s content.
The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF
Impact Hub Brixton
If you need something a little more southern, Impact Hub Brixton is for you. This international chain of coworking spaces runs numerous events throughout the year that you can gain access to if you join.
Impact Hub Brixton offers their members a space with natural light, tea and snack making facilities and even grass on the floors, for that real environmentally-friendly feel! If that doesn’t win you round, we’re sure their sweets in jars will.
Impact Hub Brixton, Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ
This “friendly and affordable coworking space” is ideal if you’re just starting out as a freelancer. You may find it daunting to head into a larger coworking space with seasoned entrepreneurs who know exactly what they’re doing.
Winkley Studios makes the perfect introduction into the coworking lifestyle with a more intimate setting that can help you speak to your fellow coworkers and learn from their experience; as well as making those all-important contacts.
Winkley Studios is also a great alternative if you’re not flashing the cash right now, as their space offers a more affordable solution compared to some of the others on this list.
7 Winkley Street, London, E2 6PY
Huckletree caters to all manner of entrepreneurs, and most importantly, they create a support system just for freelancers.
Flexible options mean you don’t have to dive in straight away, too. ‘Hotdesking’ allows you to pay for the day you go, and if you like what you see you can give some more commitment with a longer membership.
Shoreditch and Clerkenwell
And for the tech freelancers among us, there’s a clue in the name. TechHub is dubbed the ‘global community for technology startups’ so there really isn’t a better place for you to get started on your business plans.
With everyone focused on getting their startup off the ground there’s a lot of people running into the same problems, which means this is the place to be for that startup advice you undoubtedly need.
TechHub’s events are also specifically designed to help you in the beginning of your career, so you’ll be able to make full use of their facilities if you decide to try them out.
20 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AR
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