Are you sick of spending your nights in CSM Library, unable to find a free computer, can’t find a plug socket, no where to sit and too noisy? Although as UAL students we’re able to use any library or workspace within the university, sometimes you feel like a bit of a change from trying to do work on your cramped bedroom floor and being trapped in the library…to the point where your productive levels go from 100 to 0 by the end of the term. However, when you do decide to go out and do some work, you find yourself going to your go–to café which in turn starts to bore you. As a creative, we tend to work well within a creative environment, so here’s 5 work spots in London for creatives, wifi strength being the no.1 priority.
- Google Campus: Google Campus in Shoreditch is a space designed for efficient working, whether you’re working individually or you’re collaborating. The campus includes work benches, desks for co–working or teams, it also has a cafe with decent priced coffee to fuel your brain. Including the work spaces there are co–working ‘boxes’, which you can book for team meetings, phone booths and there is table tennis outside for when you need to de–stress. WIFI is free – don’t worry. It’s open from 9AM–5:30 Monday to Friday, so if you don’t have class on Tuesday and you’ve got a deadline next Monday, you can spend the day at the campus instead of hiding away in CSM Library. The best part about Google Campus that it is free! All you have to do is sign up as a member and you can pop in! www.campus.co/london/en 4-5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4BX
2. Reuben Library BFI: BFI at Southbank has a library which not only holds the best collection of films, but it also has free work spaces. There are three sections, one with six desks and another with computers and then several individual workspaces. So, whether you’re doing research on Films, or you're writing your dissertation, the Reuben is your go to. The library is closed on a Sunday and Monday, but open from 10:30 AM to 7:00PM Tuesday–Saturday.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT
3. ACE Hotel: ACE hotel’s lobby is a social hub – where you can work or relax 24/7, for free. The space is divided into ‘room-like’ zones, so you feel like you’re secluded. So, if you want 24/7 free wifi and a bevvy as a reward for doing your work, ACE hotel is the one.
100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ
4. Timberyard: “Tea, coffee, work and play.”. Timberyard has two locations in London: TY SOHO and TY Seven Dials. Timber yard is a creative workspace, providing a place to work individually, collaborate, and meet like minded people. TY includes food and drinks, free wifi, sockets, meeting spaces, projectors/screens and a members area. Although you can pop in whenever you want, if you want to book a meeting room you need to book in advance through their website. TY is open in both locations: Monday–Friday 8Am–7PM and Saturday/Sunday 10AM–6AM.
TY SOHO: 4 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GB
TY Seven Dials: 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2H 9DL
5. The Laundry Building: An ex–industrial basement, now, a creative workspace in London Fields. London Fields is for freelancers or small scale teams or companies who want a co-working space. The spaces include companies within the music industry, arts and fashion and photography and recording studios. Although The Laundry isn’t free, whether you need somewhere to set up your photography studio or your new magazine set up needs a base location, the Laundry accommodates all creatives. However, they do have a canteen and bar where you can do work, and have some after work cocktails.
2–8 Warburton Road, London, E8 3FN