The hum of the photocopier, the headache inducing flicker of the flourescent striplighting, the sheer banality of lift small talk – London’s offices really know how to sap the life out of you. The problem is, working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, either, with the distraction of housework, ‘Tipping Point’ and your local pub a real threat to productivity. The solution is to find somewhere between the two, which is why the rise of co-working spaces has changed the way London works.
With fancier furniture than your flat and way better facilities than the average corporate set-up, co-working community Mindspace has venues in some of the world’s most exciting cities, and has just opened a pair of venues in east London. The spaces in Aldgate and Shoreditch come with everything you’d expect of a co-working space in the heart of the city’s tech hub – superfast internet, stylish meeting rooms – along with a few things you probably wouldn’t, like murals painted by local artists, flat whites on tap and an event space that plays host to a busy calendar of social activities.
And the really good bit? Membership also allows you to drop in on any of the other 14 (and growing) Mindspace offices around the world, so if you’re in San Francisco (or Washington DC, or Berlin…) for a conference and in desperate need of somewhere to get your head down for a few hours, there’s no need to resort to a busy coffee shop with flaky wifi.
Whether you’re a small startup or part of something a bit bigger, Mindspace has facilities to suit professionals of all shapes and sizes, from by-the-seat desk space to full-blown offices, and no matter which you go for, everything is included in the monthly fee, with no hidden costs. And with some of the city’s brightest minds as neighbours, you can bet your life the lift chat will be way more insightful, too.
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