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Remote working in London

2 Feb 2024 by Hannah Brandler
25EP (image supplied)

A round up of London’s top spots for remote workers.

Members clubs and co-working spaces are increasingly on the rise, particularly after the pandemic encouraged people to adopt more flexible hours and locations. Such venues provide a range of work and leisure opportunities that better fit the modern era of remote and hybrid working, but it’s worth doing your research to find the right one.

We spent the day at four different venues in London to get a taste of what’s on offer. Whether you’re looking for a space to collaborate, entertain clients, connect with like-minded people, or simply want a fantastically floral backdrop for Zoom calls – there’s a space for you.

BEST FOR: Hot-desking

25EP, Belgravia

In a nutshell: Flex by Grosvenor operates six flexible workspaces in Mayfair and Belgravia, including this three-floor venue named after its address at 25 Eccleston Place. Open 24/7, the venue offers a combination of open-plan seating and glass-walled private offices, which can accommodate from two to 40 people. Additionally, there are lounge areas, colourful break-out spaces, nine phone booths and design features such as exposed brickwork, an industrial ceiling and pops of purple and teal. Kitchens are well-equipped with large fridges, microwaves and dishwashers for those bringing a packed lunch.

Location: In Belgravia, a seven-minute walk from Victoria tube station. 25EP is part of Eccleston Yards, a courtyard with shops, restaurants and wellness facilities – ideal for business lunches or some R&R.

Perks: It’s dog-friendly, has shower facilities, bike storage, a concierge, complimentary hot drinks, and social events.

Meeting rooms: Seven, with capacity from three to 70 people, as well as a 60-person auditorium.

PACKAGES

Hot desk: This rolling monthly contract provides 24/7 access to well-equipped desks, complete with USB and plug sockets and beautiful planters. Individuals get 35 hours usage per month and free printing up to 200 pages per month. £249 per month.

Permanent desk: Individuals get a dedicated desk and private locker, 24/7 access, 15 hours of complimentary meeting room use, a registered business address so they can receive post, and free printing up to 400 pages per month. £699 + VAT per month.

Private office: Companies get a lockable 24/7 private office for employees, a registered business address, and free printing up to 400 pages per month. POA.

flexbygrosvenor.com/locations/25ep

HAY HILL MAYFAIR - credit Mathias Falcone

BEST FOR: A coveted postcode

12 Hay Hill, Mayfair

In a nutshell: Entrepreneurs can operate their business from this six-storey building in the heart of Mayfair, all the while entertaining high-net-worth clients at the club’s all-day restaurant, subterranean bar or suntrap roof terrace. Members span a range of industries but are largely investors, advisors or entrepreneurs running businesses at scale, with the site used for “clubworking” – a fancy word for co-working. The club has shared workspaces, a dedicated phone booth, storage safes, a quiet room with 12 desks, three floors of fully serviced offices, and social areas.

Location: On the namesake road in Mayfair, just around the corner from Berkeley Square and a five-minute walk from Green Park tube station.

Meeting rooms: Nine, with capacity from four to 18 people. These are fully equipped with video conferencing, wireless AV facilities and flip charts, and can also be hired for private dining.

Perks: It can be used as your registered business address, there’s a complimentary concierge service, and events include masterclasses and business-focused talks.

PACKAGES

(Rates start from £2,040 per year. Corporate rates available for teams of 3+ employees. POA)

Club: Designed for overseas travellers or out-of-towners, with 20 visits per annum.

Business: Best for those in need of a meeting space, a base for their operations one day a week or a space to meet clients, with 48 visits per annum.

Premier: Unlimited visits to work throughout the week and entertain clients.

Evening: Unlimited visits, with access to the bar and restaurant after 5pm and invitations to member events.

12hayhill.com

Home Grown Secret Salon. Credit Neil Kenyon

BEST FOR: Networking

Home Grown, Marylebone

In a nutshell: You may have heard of elite members club Home House, but its sister venue is designed more for start-ups, entrepreneurs, founders and investors looking to scale up their business. This business club provides access to a network of investors and trusted industry experts, while its event series includes pitching events, workshops, dinners and debates. Much like Home House, interiors dazzle in rich tapestries, plush furnishings, original fireplaces and decorative wallpapers, with opportunities to work and dine in the various lounges. Take a full lunch hour at the excellent modern British restaurant, which serves locally sourced, fine dining-style food, or work while you type at the more casual, co-working-style Study Café.

Location: Home Grown is housed in a six-storey Georgian townhouse in Marylebone, a seven-minute walk from Marble Arch tube station.

Meeting rooms: The club has a flamboyant salon with capacity for 15 people, plus two boardrooms which double as ping pong arenas – ideal for teambuilding or friendly competition for up to 20 people. There are also three private dining spaces, catering for ten to 80 guests seated.

Perks: It’s dog-friendly, has an aptly named (and very well-stocked) Unicorn Bar which hosts socials and live music nights, plus 35 bedrooms (rates from £100 per night), with categories fittingly named ‘equity’, ‘angel’ and ‘venture’.

PACKAGES (all include £399 joining fee)

Full membership: Full access to the club. £2,000 p/a (or £3,250 for additional access to Home House).

Homecoming membership: Limited to 20 visits per year. £1,000 p/a.

Home Grown local: This membership is by invitation only and includes full access on weekends and bank holidays, plus access after 6pm on weekdays.

POA + £150 joining fee.

Note: There are preferential rates for three or more individuals from the same business.

homegrownclub.co.uk

Second Home Spitalfields (image supplied)

BEST FOR: Creativity and sustainability

Second Home, various locations

In a nutshell: As the name suggests, this club is designed to be your home away from home – the one where you’re at your most productive and social. Second Home is B Corp Certified, converting existing buildings into its vibrant sites and using recycled furnishings and 100 per cent renewable energy for its operations – hence the beautiful biophilic interiors and lashings of natural light, which provide an indoor-outdoor feel. You can either hot desk or hire an office, while further amenities include fibre-optic broadband, free organic tea and coffee, an on-site cafe, phone booths and comfy breakout spaces.

Location: There are four locations in London (Spitalfields, London Fields, Clerkenwell and Holland Park), plus outposts in Lisbon and Los Angeles.

Meeting rooms: Each location has several meeting rooms and event spaces for hire, including roof terraces, courtyards and auditoriums.

Perks: It’s pet-friendly, can be used as your registered business address and has great cultural programming – from games nights to weekly drinks and wellness events. Members also get one hour meeting room credit per person per month, unlimited printing, shower facilities, and ten per cent discount at its Libreria bookshop.

PACKAGES (prices vary depending on location)

Studio: Private office, ideal for teams of all sizes. There is also a flex option whereby clients only pay for the team that are in the office each day. From £300+VAT per member.

Roaming: Hot desk access for individuals or small teams. From £250+VAT per member (not available at the Holland Park site).

Resident: Permanent desk in a shared workspace. From £300+VAT (not available at the Clerkenwell site).

Note There are also day passes for a hot desk (from £25 or various bundles available) or a private studio for a minimum of three people (£50+VAT per person).

secondhome.io

Three additional clubs that caught our eye

Pavilion Club, Knightsbridge

This club opened in 2021 within 64 Knightsbridge – a four-storey period building which formerly served as the London & County Bank in 1884. Facilities include private offices, co-working space, a library for hot-desking, all-day dining at the Atrium Bar, plus a roof terrace overlooking Hyde Park. Join for the rich programme, which includes a monthly cocktail club, live music and DJ sets, poetry evenings and high-profile panel discussions. Members also gain access to the Pavilion Club’s two outposts in Kensington and the City. Membership starts from £250 pcm. pavilion.club/knightsbridge

Kindred, Hammersmith

Founded in 2018, Kindred is a co-working space, restaurant and cultural events venue located within a beautifully restored Grade II-listed building in Hammersmith. Open from 9am-5pm, the space is designed for freelancers, remote workers and entrepreneurs, with £13 day passes – while an extra £10 will score you unlimited hot drinks and a choice of soup, salads and sandwiches for lunch. Join the 11am coffee break to connect with the community, socialise with a free drink at the ‘Thank Five It’s Friday’ social event, or attend a workshop, live performance and spoken word night. F&B is an important part of the offering, with the all-day restaurant Cellar focusing on locally sourced and sustainable produce, including coffee from Kiss the Hippo and craft beer from Two Tribes Brewery. wearekindred.com

The Ministry, Borough

Well-known for its role in London’s music scene, Ministry of Sound set up this spin-off club in Borough in 2019, converting a former Victorian printworks into a communal space for creative industries. The 4,645 sqm industrial structure features a combination of private offices, dedicated desks and hot-desking options, plus event spaces, an impressive gym, fitness studio, café, bar and deli across six floors. An app connects members across various industries, or you can meet potential partners by attending one of the lively events. The Ministry is open 24/7 and plans to open an additional site in Shepherd’s Bush this year. Membership starts from £300 pcm. theministry.com

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