London is my home and home to some of the most prestigious and sought-after hotels and coworking spaces in the world. As a remote worker, I spend the majority of my time working from my apartment in East London where I have everything I need and love. But having such a selection of leisure facilities at my doorstep, I can’t help but venture out every now and then.
Setting up my home office elsewhere inspires
I find it inspiring and motivating to head to a new space to work from and experience a change of scenery. In a vibrant city like London, this is easy to do as you find an endless number of luxury hotels, cafes, libraries, and coworking spaces. I personally am a sucker for a room with a city view and spa facilities as it allows me to take a time out from working in front of the computer all day and to complete a short digital detox. It helps to refresh the mind, refocus on the tasks ahead, and process some more blogging or content ideas. It’s the ideal way to combine work and pleasure for the perfect work-life balance. Staying at an iconic hotel that you’ve always wanted to visit gives an extra kick.
I may indulge in such a venture once or twice a month. I do this instead of going out or spending money on clothes as I find this much more rewarding. Plus, most hotels and coworking spaces have nice restaurants and bars where you can still enjoy a cocktail or meal in the evening before calling it a night. In fact, one of the conveniences of setting up my home office at a London hotel or coworking space is that I am served a wonderful breakfast buffet in the morning. By that you already have a fantastic start to a productive day, saving time and being offered healthy fruit salads, smoothies, and ok, that odd pancake might slip in there. But wouldn’t you be tempted to test this pancake maker?
Leading a healthy lifestyle while working remotely
Should I really feel guilty after breakfast, fortunately, I have the option to make use of a gym or swimming pool for my personal fitness regime? As a remote worker spending a lot of time sitting in front of the laptop, this is a daily ritual I hardly ever miss. My body craves movement and exercise after hours of barely moving and I use this time to completely switch off from work and focus on my well-being. I have come to learn that this is vital for my productivity and health and will therefore only stay at hotels and coworking spaces that offer such facilities. I usually do 10-20 minutes of cardio exercises and then around 20 minutes of toning, finishing off with stretching. A daily 15-20 minute yoga routine is also included usually and a short 15 minute guided meditation either after getting up or before going to bed.
You may be wondering where to find these London hotels and coworking spaces at a good price and I can assure you, there are many great finds if you just look in the right places. People often think that London is super expensive and it totally can be, if you pay the full price. But as a very competitive marketplace, you can often dig out great discounts and offers. I usually compare prices on lastminute.com and booking.com. If I’m not happy with what I find there, I look for vouchers on Groupon, TimeOut London, or VoucherCodes. That way I would achieve a price cut of at least 15% and at times of up to 40%. So, doing your research can certainly pay off, especially for that luxury experience you have in mind.
Manuela’s favorite places to work from
So, what are my recommendations as a London blogger, writer, and enthusiast? I’m still planning on checking out many more hotels and coworking spaces here, but for now, I’m a fan of
- The Collective in Canary Wharf – top facilities, e.g. swimming pool on the 20th floor with stunning views, cinema, playroom, café, restaurant/bar with imperfect service, but seriously good prices + calm workrooms with printers and speedy Wifi.
- Novotel London Excel – modern hotel with cool features like bathroom wall changing to transparency with a push of a button, gym with a view and sun terrace looking out to the river Thames where you can comfortably sit and work with free Wifi.
- Hotel Novotel London Heathrow Airport – stylish hotel with a fantastic breakfast buffet included, featuring a pancake maker + a small gym and pool and decent sized rooms with a good working desk space.
- Aloft London Excel – a sleek modern hotel with a lovely and colorful lobby area, featuring darts and a soccer table game + a gym and big swimming pool, steam room, and sauna. The lobby offers a lot of space to work from in the calmer corners.
- WeWork Waterloo – A huge building offering hot-desking, but even the lobby in the entrance hall offers great spaces to either work or conduct meet-ups and record videos. It’s perfectly located in close proximity to the train station and the river Thames for a nice walk.
I won’t mention all of my secret tips here yet, but if you want to explore more London coworking spaces, check out this guide. And for London hotels, you can browse through this article covering some luxury hotels. Join the movement and become a digital nomad to work from anywhere you fancy while enjoying life’s advantages.
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