West London is less rich in coworking spaces for startups than its opposite number East London. Not quite as edgy, not quite as cheap – all labels that dog West London. However, you don’t always have to spend the big bucks to find a space – though the option is available, and areas like Shepherds Bush have changed significantly in the last few years as waves of young people from around the world have chosen it as their London base. We’ve compiled a list of the best, the affordable, and the most extravagant places for coworking in West London.
Runway East Soho
We couldn't not mention ourselves on this list, could we?! Located right in the middle of bustling Old Compton Street, our Soho location offers the space, support and connections that high growth companies need to grow. With the West End on your doorstep and a five-minute walk to Leicester Square Tube, there aren't many better places better than this for creative, ambitious companies.
Community type: tech, media and creative agencies
Plus points about Runway East Soho:
Beautiful roof terrace and secret garden
West London’s largest coworking space is located right next to Paddington station, which makes getting to and from WeWork’s newly refurbished coworking hub a breeze. The bonus points of this space include a games room and a terrace to sit out on in the summer. Hyde Park is just a 10-minute walk away - as are the trendy bars and restaurants of Notting Hill.
Community type: corporates, small companies, entrepreneurs, startups
Plus points about WeWork Paddington:
Variety of outside spaces with a view
By merging creative and tech startups Huckletree West has established a 'digital lifestyle' that specialises in helping creatives grow through technological innovation.
The space features top-quality coworking areas for companies focussing on media, technology, fashion, and design with a unique selling point of virtual reality studios and podcasting technology.
Location wise, this space ticks a lot of boxes. Westfield shopping centre, one of the largest in London, is only a 10 minute walk away. The bubbling nightlife of Shepherds Bush is just down the road. And the tube from White City station can take you into central London in just 20 minutes.
Community type: Media, tech, and creative startups
Plus points about Huckletree West:
Workshops, Hackathons, and panels for your business ideas
Meditation garden for relaxing
Kensington Pavillion is the most expensive space on the list, where dedicated desks are a whopping £1000+VAT, and private offices will set you back up to £2000 per person.
However, there’s no denying that your money is being put to work by the folks at Pavillion. With services including room service, phone answering, and a host of member-exclusive deals with local businesses like the Royal Garden Hotel. The elegantly designed hotdesks, office pods, and ‘penthouse’ office spaces are complemented by plush sofas, well-designed meeting rooms, and a fully stocked bar.
Even the basic package will get you access to the terrace, table service, and someone to answer your phone for you. Situated 100 meters away from High Street Kensington tube station this space is an easy place to get to and within walking distance of some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.
Community type: Finance, property, and technology companies
Plus points about Pavilion:
Open 24 hours a day
Luxury showers with towel service
The Workary - Chiswick
This is a space with a stripped-down, more affordable approach to coworking in West London whilst still maintaining a community atmosphere.
The Workary has a proven model of collaborating with community locations to provide cheaper spaces for coworking in London. Included in the price is a weekly ‘hour of power’, designed to help startups solve any issues with industry veterans.
Located in the leafy suburb of Chiswick the area provides a peaceful backdrop to a community-driven workspace and at £65 per month for desk space, you will be hard-pressed to find better value for money.
Second Home - Holland Park
After successes in East London, Second Home - Holland Park promises a relaxing atmosphere with its verdant decor and artistic clientele. The interiors have been painstakingly curated by its founder Rohan Silva, formerly an adviser to David Cameron and rumoured to be keen to have Samantha Cameron as a member.
The venue has a rich history of artists and creative tenants with Richard Rogers, designer of the Lloyds building and Pompidou Centre in Paris, among the alumni.
Community type: Entrepreneurs, architects, artists, photographers
Plus points about Second Home Holland Park:
Roaming membership at all Second Home workspaces
24/7 all year round access