A good flexible work space in London, these days is hard to find. Wait didn't Feargal Sharkey sing about that? Maybe it was a B-side somewhere. I digress. Increasingly, when I'm maneuvering around London, filming, appointments what have you, it's nice to know there's a good work space within blast radius to hammer out an editorial, catch up on emails etc. I've put together a short list together of flexible work spaces in London, if you know of a good one I'd love to hear from you in the comment bar below.
Institute of Directors - Pall Mall
There are varying degrees of membership at the IOD, but for just under a poultry £9 a month you gain free access to their business hubs nationwide including their prestigious national headquarters at 116 Pall Mall, as well as free access to over 3,000 co-working spaces globally. I'm not one for newsletters per say, but I do look forward to the free morning news round-ups from the IoD press team. These will drop into your inbox at 8am every weekday, giving you the jargon-free download on current business and political news which I get to read on the morning walks with Charlie.
British Library - Euston
For even less than that, at circa £6.60 a month you can set up base camp at the British Library and get access to an exorbitant amount of knowledge at your fingertips (not everything can be found on Wiki). Their exclusive Members' Room has views of the King's Library and free WiFi. Or bring guests to the Knowledge Centre Bar, part of their state-of-the-art facility for everything from conferences to private events.
Tate Britain - Millbank
I've planted this little gem 3rd on the grid but really, it should take pole position. The library & archive reading rooms at Tate Britain has a potent blend of distraction and serene tranquility. You'll be distracted because there is so much to see in the gallery, the Henry Moore sculptures, the pre-raphaelites and the free daily tours! It's free, but I urge you to make a contribution if you can. We're so privileged in this country to have access to all this information and if we don't plant some seeds back into the fields of good will, then they might never yield another harvest. I'm not entirely sure that works as a sentence, but I'll stand by it.
Work.Life - Various
They're open Sunday! Only God is allowed to rest on a Sunday, everyone else should be hustling. Speaking of God, for £3.50 an hour Work.Life is a Godsend. Work.Life has locations in Camden, London Fields, Clerkenwell and Bermondsey. Tip if you're in Bermondsey and need to stay the night check out the Bermondsey Square Hotel, rooms from just over £100. Average night in London is now close to £130. If you're treating the missus ask for the Lucy Suite, they have a hot tub on the terrace.