Working every day from the same desk in the same office is a thing of the past for many. Nowadays, freelance, home workers and start-up businesses operate from coffee shops, museum cafes and a swathe of newly opened collaborative co-working spaces that have cropped up in disused mills and cool old buildings throughout the country.

We checkout the best co-working spaces across the UK. Pull up your MacBook and green matcha….

Ziferblat, Manchester City Centre

Manchester city centre’s Edge Street branch is the jewel in the crown of this quirky chain, and the largest of all its locations worldwide. Nestling in the vibrant Northern Quarter, this kooky coffee shop is designed to be an extension of your living room. And the most amazing thing?  You don’t pay for any of the food or drink, you simply pay for time spent. So for 8p a minute, Manchester’s growing freelance community can take advantage of free WiFi, meeting rooms, great coffee, cakes, soup, houmous – there are even board games and a piano if you fancy a little time away from the screen…

23 Edge Street, Manchester http://www.ziferblat.co.uk/edgestmanchester.html

 PLATF9RM, Brighton & Hove

PLATF9RM is split across two locations at Tower Point in Brighton’s North Laines, and the newly opened Hove Town Hall. This burgeoning creative community hosts both multi-national businesses and freelancers who thrive on collaboration. Brighton train station has eight platforms, so this growing collective is duly named as an extension of the city’s thriving business talent portfolio, many of whom used to commute to London every day.

Tower Point, 44 North Road, Brighton & Hove Town Hall, Tilsbury Road, Hove https://www.platf9rm.com

The Harpenden Collective, Harpenden

Located within the historic and beautiful Harpenden Hall, this professional yet chilled co-working space has it all. The Harpenden Collective can host 16 members at any one time, who pay just £14 a day for a desk. There are meeting rooms and desks for conversations, free cold refreshments and access to printing, copying and – of course – WiFi.

Harpenden Hall, Southdown Road, Harpenden http://www.theharpendencollective.co.uk

SoulShine Cafe, Bridport, Dorset

This gorgeous little cafe in sunny Bridport is a real gem. Built up with a passion for great food in a community setting, SoulShine sells amazing juices and smoothies, speciality coffees and fresh, tasty local ingredients. Freelancers, families, kids and business people are all welcomed with open arms, so the atmosphere is always friendly and kind. It’s a lovely little place to hang out and write, dream up ideas or plan your own empire.

76 South Street, Bridport http://soulshinecafe.co.uk

Pico Lounge, Glossop, Derbyshire

Glossop, a small market town in the High Peak, is located a stone’s throw away from Manchester but is surrounded by rolling hills and purple-heathered moors. Playing house to many of the town’s freelancers and home workers is Pico Lounge, a large, trendy and buzzy cafe bar, situated in the new Howard Town Mill development.  It’s lunch menu includes vegan and gluten free options and a brunch selection to die for. With decent WiFi, good coffee and a quirky interior that looks like your nan’s living room, Pico Lounge is a great place to work as you watch the world go by.

Howard Town Shopping Park, Victoria Street, Glossop https://thelounges.co.uk/pico/

Cambridge Business Lounge, Cambridge 

If you prefer a more professional atmosphere, this fantastic co-working space allows freelancers to work in a real office environment, where they can happily collaborate and communicate with other businesses. The Business Lounge also features serviced offices and meeting rooms, and – for a small daily fee – users are guaranteed to receive top notch WiFi and unlimited free Nespresso Coffee. The co-working space also puts on social events such as Beer Friday, so if you work from home a lot and miss the buzz of the office and after-work pre-weekend drinks, this place is definitely for you!

52 Burleigh Street, Cambridge http://www.cambridgebusinesslounge.com

The Elephant House, Edinburgh

A little bit legendary amongst creative and literary types, the Elephant House prides itself on being one of JK Rowling’s favourite hang outs when she was writing Harry Potter. Other writers that have found solace in its welcoming walls are Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin. The Elephant House serves up fresh, locally roasted coffee using Arabica beans, and a cracking plate of nachos, so if you want to soak up two decades of creative juices and give yours a nudge, this fabulous little place is the place to be.

21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. http://www.elephanthouse.biz

Bakesmiths, Bristol

Much loved by locals, Bakesmiths is a coffee shop, bakery, cakery (definitely a word, definitely), innovation and demo centre and has meeting rooms, test kitchens and even a photo studio for hire.  Knocking out an impressive brunch menu (the Eggs Florentine is to die for!) and the fanciest Flat White in town, Bakesmiths is a fabulous place to knuckle down and do some work and the freelance hang our du jour in Bristol.

65 Whiteladies Road, Bristol https://bakesmiths.co.uk/home/

Co-Up, Slaithwaite, Yorkshire

Co Up is one of the new wave of co-working spaces, designed to offer flexible and professional work environments for start ups and freelancers. Nestled in the South Pennines, Co Up in beautiful Slaithwaite (pronounced Slah-wit, trust us on this!) features hot desks, co-working spaces, permanent desks, pop up spaces and studios, either with a rolling monthly rate or a day pass. As usual, good coffee and great WiFi awaits the creative community of West Yorkshire.

Britannia Mill, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield http://www.co-up.co

Forge & Co, Shoreditch, London

Offering social working solutions for the creative community of east London, Forge & Co on Shoreditch High Street features two workspace floors brimming with desks for freelancers or small teams, meeting rooms, studios and and all-day dining experience at the Modern Grill. This achingly cool space allows freelancers to interact with others in a great environment for a few days or months – whatever suits.

154-158 Shoreditch High Street, E1 http://forgeandco.co.uk

 

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