When starting, where do you start?
That’s the question that’s often on the mind of entrepreneurs at the dawn of building a new business. Where does the business get built?
The honest answer is often, anywhere you can: in cafes, coffee shops, the cubicles between meetings at the job you’re desperately trying to get out, etc. So you cobble it together anywhere that’s available.
However, soon the tipping point comes, where the corner of a crowded room won’t do the trick. It would help if you found somewhere better.
A suitable space can change your work. It can alter how you feel. It can give you and your team a moment to see things a little differently.
It’s certainly easy enough to get a little cabin fever from that same old office or that same old home study.
Sometimes your work needs a bit of reinventing. So why not try somewhere different? And in striving somewhere different, why not try somewhere really different?
We’ve collated nine of the unique spaces you can work in, from churches to traditional 18th-century townhouses.
Whether you need a small space to type up a spreadsheet in peace or something grander for your first big team meetings, or marketing shoots, there are all sorts to discover across London – and the right space might just be the inspiration you need.
Versatile Event Space to Rent for Meetings, Dinners, and More in South Kensington
- South Kensington // Fits 20 // £200 per day
All the perks of working in a library, with none of the rules on whispering, this secluded coworking space acts as the ideal location for any manner of a business meeting, training session, or workshops alike. Where better to enforce workplace culture than in the most cultured workplace possible?
Community-driven Coworking Space for Rent in the Heart of London Fields
- London Fields, Hackney // Fits 5 // £30 per day
This space is filled with natural light and a lot of greenery as if to prove that fact. Combined with the vintage furniture and a selection of different workspaces, it makes a very homely environment for work, discussion, or a friendly team lunch. So plant yourself onto an old-school seat and let your ideas grow in the sunlight.
Beautiful Georgian Townhouse to Rent in the West End
- West London // Fits 40 // £750 per day
Step into the 18th century in this beautiful Georgian townhouse. Spacious and brilliantly well-lit, the room proves itself an excellent meeting or boardroom. Originally built as a private home, the building includes an exhibition space, an events room, and an ideal room for private dinners.
Run a business of chimney sweeps, loom weavers, and blacksmiths? Then this Georgian townhouse will make you feel right at home, at last!
Multi-functional Meeting Room Space to Hire on Regent’s Canal
- Regents Canal // Fits 15 // £800 per day
This workspace gives you room for both work and recreation, physically separated right down the middle by a central pillar. One side has a well-lit selection of sofas for coffee breaks and one-on-one discussions, but you’re only a few steps away from a more professional work environment on the other side. Two long tables sit in front of a screen and speaker system perfect for presentations or conferences. Don’t go rushing out those double doors at the end of the day, though, as they lead not to the exit but a nice balcony to take in some fresh Regent’s Canal air.
Cosy Café Coworking Space to Hire in King’s Cross
- Kings Cross // No person limit // £10 per day
Finding somewhere good to spend your lunch break in a hurry is no issue when you’re working out of a fully-stocked café and bar. This affordable workspace is lined with practical seating for big and small teams, with breakfast to lunch service suiting all workers from early birds to night owls. Whether you’re a “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” person or maybe even a “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my mojito” person, this spot has you sorted.
Mezzanine Event Space Available in Hammersmith
- Hammersmith // Fits 20 // £84 per hour
This mezzanine event space is in a repurposed church; it sits directly opposite a quiet eco-area, kitted with a hammock and swinging chair, ideal for focussed work or a sit-out. The building itself is designed as a ‘hub of creative combustion,’ swiftly unifying a vibrant community in East London. The workspace holds up to 20 and has on offer in the building; a kitchen, meeting rooms, showers, and other available amenities.
Quirky Boardroom/Meeting Room to rent in East London
- East London // Fits 15 // £320 per day
‘Quirky’ is an understatement. Located in an old church, this ‘safari room’—as all churches have, right?—includes several velvet chairs, a projector and sound system, kitchen access, and a wall-height George Stubbs painting. The atypical nature of this workspace could be just what you need to free yourself of outside-world distractions when working.
Library to Rent for Meetings, Conferences, Events and More in the West End
- West London // Fits 45 // £750 a day
This intimate library space (librarian not included) serves as an inviting spot for smaller talks, meetings, receptions, and press conferences. Or, off-the-top of my head, an excellent place for a book club, too? Located in central London, you can rearrange this charming venue’s style from cabaret and theatre seating to the traditional boardroom or classroom arrangement.
Whole Event Space to Rent with Natural Daylight from a Floor to Ceiling in Whitechapel
- Whitechapel // Fits 40 // £850 per day
For startups with an extensive team (or big dreams), this Whitechapel venue is a floor full of workspaces, both mental and physical. Spread your business out across the desks and tables, all lit up by floor-to-ceiling windows and accompanied by a cafe for refreshments. Then, when you’re finished working your brain, you can work your muscles too with free access to the neighbouring gym space.
About the Author
Yas Alimam is Founder and Chief Patch Officer at HotPatch.
Yas founded HotPatch in 2019 whilst working on a similar concept in the fitness & wellness space. It was realising that so many more professionals rent the space they need but require it on a flexible basis, yet the only method of doing so was awkward and time-consuming.
Thus HotPatch was born as a way of making people realise that if they’ve got space, it could be used to make income, and for those looking for space, they are now spoiled for choice for locations to use.
HotPatch has big ambitions for the future; the team is looking to expand to as many locations as possible around the country and globally until there’s a local Patch, for whatever purpose you need, wherever you live.