Looking for a co-working space in London? Over the past few weeks I’ve been on the hunt for a workspace that ticked all my London blogger boxes — then I found Second Home! Here’s my unbiased review.
This blog post is brought to you by Second Home. All opinions are my own.
Whether you’re a London creative, remote worker or anything in between, finding a space to work in London isn’t always easy.
Cafes can be too loud (and London flats too small) and renting an office in London may be on the bucket list for a while.
That’s where co-working comes in. Not only is it a great way to change up your working environment (and help you have work-life separation), but if you’re living in London especially, it’s a fantastic way to make friends in London and find like-minded people.
As a full-time London blogger (as of this month!) I’ve decided if I’m writing about my favourite city, it’s got to be somewhere I feel inspired. Welcome to Second Home.
What is Second Home?
Front-facing Second Home advertises as a workspace as creative as you — but trust me, it’s so much more. Think of it as a giant community. Filled with entrepreneurs, social impact organisations and creatives to be more specific.
They know the world is changing, and so is the way we work. So every aspect of their sites are carefully built to unlock creativity — from no straight lines to bursts of colours and natural light, and thousands of plants and greenery oozing out of every corner.
On top of this, they’re a B-Corp, committed to putting people and the planet over profit (my kind of business). This includes everything from a range of social programmes and initiatives to exclusive renewable energy use and a commitment to diversity in everything they do.
Second Home Space Tour
Before I knew anything about the mission of Second Home I was drawn in by the space. In London, they’ve got 4 locations (in Spitalfields, London Fields, Clerkenwell and Holland Park) but most of my visits have been to the Spitalfields and Holland Park sites. There’s also locations in LA and Lisbon.
It’s hard to miss the Spitalfields location, with passerbyers literally walking in off the street to say “Can I ask what this is?”.
Once inside you’ll find yourself instantly inspired, which is no coincidence.
“Being around green stuff makes people happy” as Second Home says, so true to word there’s not a single corner in the entire building you’ll see without lush greenery.
All the orange? Well, they well know it’s the colour of creativity and expression, so there’s loads of it too. And of course, nature has no straight lines, so neither do they!
I could go on and on about how the space made me feel as I was typing away on all the best things do in Shoreditch and my favourite Notting Hill brunch spots, but its one of those things you really do have to see for yourself. Book a free space tour here!
What’s Included in the Membership?
The cool thing about Second Home is that there’s something for everyone. If you’re just keen to try the space, there’s a cafe open to the public at their Spitalfields location. However to get the full experience, I highly suggest checking out their membership options. This includes:
- Dedicated workspaces in a beautiful environment
- Monthly community and cultural events
- Unlimited coffee & tea
- Access to wellness classes and programmes
- And so much more!
Second Home Resident Pass
Consider getting the Resident Pass for a permanent desk at Second Home, ideal for solo London workers or small teams. It’s available at the Holland Park and London Fields location!
Second Home Roaming Pass
If you’re more of a casual worker, I’d get the ‘hot desk’ or Roaming Pass (this would suit me, for example). You’ll get access to all the perks and it’s great for individuals and small teams.
Second Home Studio Pass
If you already have a small team, a private office (with tons of natural light and plants) might be calling your name — i.e, ‘The Studio Pass’.
Second Home Day Pass
If you’re only in London for a short while, a Day Pass might be your best bet. For the most value, I suggest buying them in bundles, which gives you a hot desk each visit.
Pros and Cons of Second Home
It wouldn’t be a proper review if I didn’t talk about the pros and cons. Here’s my thoughts on both for Second Home.
- Green space on their sites is incredible (I’ve never seen another co-working space like it)
- Beautiful architecture
- Delicious and well-priced cafe food
- Really welcoming staff
- Community and wellness events to help you connect and make friends in London
- Competitively priced compared to other co-working spaces in London (especially for the value you get)
- Limited locations: might not be practical to work from if you don’t live near Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, London Fields or Holland Park
Final Thoughts on Second Home
Being a creative and entrepreneur in London isn’t always easy. But there’s nothing comparable to having a workspace that feels like a home.
I hope you enjoyed my unbiased review of Second Home. If you’re interested in seeing the magic for yourself — make sure you book a tour today!