Ahead of September’s back to work call, one of the team received an email about a few innovative London co-working schemes. There are three workspace initiatives doing away with hefty membership fees, turning everyone’s favourite working spots (restaurants, cafés and hotel lounges) into official workspaces, whereby tables and desks can be reserved via easy to use apps.

This means no competition for spots, no pressure from waiters.

Laptops in cafés be gone: 3 apps turning restaurants & hotels into bookable workspaces!

The Workroom and AndCo utilise restaurants and cafes, turning tables into bookable workspaces during quieter business hours, while Haus utilises the comfortable lounge space of 5* hotels.

The Workroom

D&D London, have recently launched The Workroom: a brand new co-working scheme which enables freelancers and creatives to work from top restaurants, booking a table, booth or bar area to themselves, all for only £10/day. Bookable via an app, with no membership fees, for a tenner guests can find workspace on short notice, enjoy two complimentary restaurant-quality teas and coffees, and make use of all amenities on site, including high-speed wifi and ample power sockets. The scheme benefits both the business themselves, driving custom during quieter daytime hours, as well as the freelancer on a budget. Naturally, there’s top quality lunch at your fingertips too! Restaurants partnered with The Workroom are dotted all over London: 100 Wardour StreetBluebird ChelseaBluebird White City, Fiume (Battersea) and Radici (Islington).


AndCo have also cleverly turned restaurants and cafes into beautiful co-working spaces, keeping membership fees to an affordable £20/month or £99/pa. Bookable at short notice, guests can reserve a desk in the work area, which is then theirs for the day, including access to the speedy wifi and various amenities on site. Membership allows unlimited bookings so AndCo workers to really get their heads down, day in, day out. AndCo’s restaurants, cafés and their workspace availability can be found by a simple search of the app and booked within seconds.

Prefer the tranquillity of hotel lounges? You might prefer the next one…


Haus offers affordable workspace in the lounges and bar areas of 5* hotels. These make great spaces for freelancers and creatives to work, meet and socialise. A membership costs only £95/month, or £15/day, which enables freelancers to book into any of the top London hotels signed up to Haus’ innovative scheme. Membership also includes unlimited barista coffee, tea and snacks from the hotel’s fine kitchens, use of power outlets and high-speed wifi. Sites currently include: W Hotel (Leicester Square), Qbic Hotel (Aldgate), Courthouse (Shoreditch) and a Waterloo site it coming soon…