Coworking spaces have become all the rage over the last few years. Collaboration is very much at the forefront, with most spaces offering talks and seminars as well as encouraging different businesses to mix it with each other.
TechHub, Rocket Space, Campus London - there are plenty of options if you want to work in a coworking space. The main hub in the world of collaboration, however, is WeWork. WeWork offer desks, office spaces or an entire HQ if necessary.
Coworking spaces encourage creativity and aren’t your run-of-the-mill office environment. Start-ups flock to them, and you can expect to see yoga classes, art on the walls and sofas galore as regular features.
But if you’re a professional who travels to a WeWork office every day, where should you live? In an ideal world we would all live close enough to work so that the daily commute doesn’t suck every inch of life out of us, yet far enough away so that we don’t have to be reminded of work every time we step outside of our doorstep.
With that in mind, here are the best places to live if you work at a WeWork office.
Central and West London
Central London offers nine spaces, scattered mostly around the WC postcodes with two in W1(Soho and near Oxford Street). For those working in the W1 postcodes with large rental budgets, the capital is your oyster.
Marylebone, with its village-like atmosphere right in the middle of Central London, is one of the most desired areas in the capital. While Knightsbridge, where Harrods is your local store, has some of the most lavish properties (and prices) in the UK. Average rents for a one-bedroom property in Marylebone achieve £3,580 per month, while Knightsbridge fetches in the region of £4,300.
Alternatively, the W2 postcode of Bayswater and Queensway offers so very slightly lower rental prices than its W1 neighbour. Instead of forking out between 3 and 5k for a one bedroom, those residing in W2 can expect to relinquish around £2,300 instead. There’s even a WeWork on Eastbourne Terrace.
Working in one of the four WeWork WC postcodes (Holborn x2, Chancery Lane, Aldwych)? Forgive us for getting all plush again, but Covent Garden is the de facto area to live around WC. Lively bars, theatres, and a vibrant piazza make it the perfect area for young professionals - that is if you can fork out around £3,000 per month for a one-bedroom rental.
Hammersmith is home to two more WeWork offices: one is located on Shepherd’s Bush Road, while the other is on Hammersmith Grove. One-bedroom flats in Hammersmith average £2,000 per month, while it’s possible to find properties in the lower end of the Shepherd’s Bush market for £1,200.
East and East Central London
You will find the majority of WeWork postcodes in East London, especially in the EC postcodes. In fact, there are a whopping 20 WeWork offices in the EC postcodes, with St Paul’s, Liverpool Street, Old Street, Shoreditch, Bishopsgate, and Bank amongst some of the areas.
But where do you live if you travel to one of these locations daily? If you’re ready to spend the big bucks, then Shoreditch, Old Street and Hoxton offer a creative environment, despite becoming somewhat commercialised over the last five years. Expect to pay just over £2,100 for a one-bedroom rental in these areas.
Those working in the Bank and St Paul’s area, who have their eyes on more affordable accommodation should look towards Lewisham and Greenwich in South East London, which offer plenty of green spaces, shops and restaurants. Rents for a one bedroom property average £1,100 and £1,350 respectively.
Young professionals working in the Aldgate WeWork who don’t mind living on the doorstep of their job can expect to pay rental prices just shy of £2,000 for a one-bedroom flat. There are several new residential developments in Aldgate, including the savvy Goodman’s Fields.
WeWork has four homes in North London, with one located in Camden and the other three positioned in the N1 postcode of Angel and Islington. Those working in Camden have plenty of nearby options, both affordable and at the higher end of the rental market.
Let’s start with Camden, where the average rent for a one bed is around £2,000 per month. If, however, you’re looking for something a little more village-y, then Hampstead and Belsize Park might be more up your street (they’re literally just up the road from Camden). One bed apartments in the NW3 postcode average £1,850 per month.
Archway, Holloway and Kentish Town all offer affordable alternatives to Camden, with Kentish Town’s popularity surging in recent years. Archway and Holloway fetch around £1,600 per month for a one bed, while Kentish Town is slightly more expensive at £1,700.
The areas of Angel and Islington offer plenty of boutique shops, trendy restaurants and quirky bars - the perfect setting for after work drinks. Rents cost just over £2,000 for one-bedroom apartments.
Heading slightly further - but not too far - afield, Canonbury is more residential than Angel and Islington and has rents starting from £1,300 per month. Highbury is another area that is within walking distance to N1’s WeWork offices and has similarly priced rents to Canonbury.
There are four WeWork offices in South London: Victoria, Waterloo and two in South Bank. Rentals in Victoria start from around £1,400 for a one-bedroom home, increasing to well over £2,000 depending on the property type. Clapham and Vauxhall are trendy alternatives, where one-bedroom rentals average £1,500 and £2,000 respectively. While nearby Battersea offers one beds for around £1,800 per month.
South Bank is another place in London that offers cutting-edge art and entertainment, making it a popular pick with creatives. Nearby areas include Lambeth North (Northern Line) and Southwark - both command rentals in the region of £2,400.
Worry not if you want something a bit cheaper, as Waterloo offers slightly more affordable rents in the region of £2,000 per month, although you can find properties for £1,500 on the lower end of the spectrum.
Where Are We Working?
There are plenty of options for somewhere to live, no matter which WeWork you end up at. All budgets are catered for too, from affordable to absurd. Have we missed any areas that you think we should have included? Let us know in the comment below.