Co-working spaces are cool. With tea and coffee on tap, and the potential to connect with new people, they offer a working experience that drives creativity and collaboration They also offer a chance to reconnect with the local community – a far cry away from the often isolating nature of home-working. And, as lockdown restrictions ease, co-working spaces across the UK are looking forward to welcoming back freelancers and remote workers alike, laptops in hand.

And whilst you may be drawn to the ‘conventional’ office setup with four walls and a desk – and maybe even the promise of a meeting room – there is a hidden world of co-working spaces across the country that offer something more unique. Tucked away in hotels and restaurants, bars and community spaces, these spaces offer a more comfortable, laid-back working experience. They also tend to be less expensive and commitment-heavy than their corporate alternatives, making them perfect for casual or trial users.

This blend of unique character and cost savings make these co-working spaces perfect for many. And to celebrate this special class of space, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best (non-office) co-working spaces, some of which are available to book on Phlex!

WIZU Workspace – Number Thirty Two

1WIZU Workspace – Number Thirty Two, Leeds

A modern and community-driven workspace, Number Thirty Two is part of WIZU’s network of co-working spaces. It’s close to Leeds train station and offers freshly-brewed coffee and access to quiet working spaces and private call booths.

We reckon this would be great for the casual user of co-working spaces who enjoys modern, minimalist aesthetics without the corporate price tag.

Day Pass: £24

Uncommon, London

2 – Uncommon, London

With biophilic and ergonomic design, and music ‘in tune with a focused mind’, Uncommon’s co-working spaces in London are beautifully unique. Advertised as spaces for out-of-towners who want a change of scenery, these spaces are great for creativity and connection. Oh, and they’re great if you like plants; there are lots of them. 

Uncommon has spaces in Highbury and Islington, Borough, Fulham, Liverpool Street and Holborn.

Day Pass: £40

Duke Studios, Leeds

3 – Duke Studios, Leeds

Marketed towards creatives, Duke Studios looks amazing. With desks across multiple floors and the option of using the space as your business mailing address, this space is ideal for those who want to stay for longer than a day. Monthly membership includes key card access, free meeting room hire and – our favourite – free Yorkshire tea and bike hire!

Monthly rate: £130

Queens Hotel, Portsmouth

4 – Queens Hotel, Portsmouth

With stunning views of the Isle of Wight and Southsea beach, the Queens Hotel in Portsmouth offers an exquisite co-working experience for a very reasonable rate. Take a seat in the bar or lobby and enjoy a pleasant working experience with unlimited tea/coffee and complementary parking.

We’re really proud to have this opulent space on Phlex – you can book the Queens Hotel here.

Day Pass: £10

Workspace On The Farm, Kent

5 – Workspace On The Farm, Kent

Okay, now this is cool. Set in a converted granary, the aptly named ‘Workspace On The Farm’ offers co-working with all the essentials (fast WiFi, printer and kitchen) except on a farm in the beautiful Kent countryside.

Used by freelancers, creatives and academics, this space is perfect for creative work and for reconnecting with nature! Sounds bliss!

Day Pass: £20

Monthly Rate: £150

The Werks, Brighton

6 – The Werks, Brighton

The Werks is a great network of spaces across Brighton, boasting over 100,000 square feet of space across the city. 

Their co-working spaces are worth taking a look at; their ‘co-working cafe’ is only £5/day and in a central location, whilst their more traditional office spaces in Hove offer modern co-working for £10/day.

There’s something for everyone.

Day Pass: from £5/day

The Melting Pot, Birmingham

7 – Melting Pot, Birmingham

Another space aimed at creatives, the Melting Pot in Birmingham’s creative quarter of Digbeth offers co-working in a recently-renovated Grade II listed building with ‘industrial and art deco alike’ features.

The Melting Pot offers hot desks for £10/day and has more long-term plans if you plan to stay longer; a single desk is £150/month.

Day Pass: £10

The Host Space, Portsmouth

8 – The Host Space, Portsmouth

Set in Portsmouth’s oldest building (a Church), The Host Space offers a truly uplifting co-working experience. With free WiFi, tea and coffee, and a podcasting room, The Host Space has everything you need to build your business.

The combination of plants and wooden desks against the backdrop of the brick-walled Church offers a beautifully unique aesthetic.

We love it, and you can book The Host Space on Phlex!

Day Pass: £7 

Benk&Bo, London

9 – Benk&Bo, London

A warm and welcoming co-working space, Benk&Bo – translated as ‘workbench’ and ‘a place to live’ in Norweigan – focuses on details, sustainability and quality.

Their co-working spaces are free to use and don’t require a booking, just show up. In the space, there is also a library of art, design and architectural books curated by Barbican Library.

If you’re in London, be sure to visit Benk&Bo. It’s between Whitechapel and Finsbury.

Day Pass: FREE

The Candlemaker, London

10 – The Candlemaker, London

In the heart of London in what used to be home to the city’s candlemakers, The Candlemaker is a restaurant that welcomes co-workers. You can make bookings via the Othership website.

Day Pass: FREE (with subscription)

Works Social, Nottingham

11 – Works Social, Nottingham

Works Social is a contemporary co-working space in Nottingham that offers space for freelancers and small businesses for a monthly subscription.

We love their community feel, which can be so valuable for freelancers!

Monthly Fee: £200

The Landmark, Burnley

12 – The Landmark, Burnley

Located in the iconic Grade II listed former Burnley Grammar School Building, The Landmark co-working space offers working in style. 

Their ‘Business Club’ is only £25/month and offers weekday access, free parking, WiFi and printing, this looks like a great deal!

Monthly Fee: £25