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Coworking & Private offices in London

Over 1000 people are based at The Ministry’s coworking spaces in London.

We now have more than 10 different coworking spaces in London & Lisbon, providing space for freelancers, startups and small businesses. So whether you want to be in a shared space or private office we can help (teams ranging from 1 to 25+ people).

We’ve got offices for rent in Shoreditch, Spitalfields, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Cacilhas (Lisbon, well Almada really, the south bank of Lisbon). In total we’ve got nearly 100,000 sq/ft of space for startups and small businesses, so pretty much anything is possible.

There’s a range of coworking / private offices spaces. We’ve got space in “office type” & warehouse buildings like everybody else, but also we’ve got a row of Georgian town houses which were previously offices of the NHS.

Our spaces are eclectic, and that’s being kind to our founder who loves pianos and grandfather clocks, and many other random 19th century items. With this many real startups all hustling and bustling it’s never going to feel sleek and spick-and-span, so reign in your expectations we’re not this affordable without reason. We are here to help startups and businesses get going without breaking the bank, we’re not here to be on the equivalent of MTV cribs for coworking spaces.

We’re real, we’re honest, we’re not perfect, but we definitely know the basics of what startups actually need from a coworking space

  • a fixed desk (solid beech worktops with adjustable height legs, solid, not cheap)
  • a good quality chair (Humanscale chairs, they’re £500 when new)
  • 24/7 access (biometric entry systems)
  • a super quick internet connection (1gb+ symmetrical leased line)
  • simple monthly rolling contracts (easy to leave, and easy to scale up… and down if you need)
  • an open community (our slack channel is like a self help group for startups, its like having a permanent guru on hand to answer your questions and solve problems)
  • pets are very welcome! you’ll see quite a few (nothing too loud mind… we are after all here to get stuff done)
  • plenty of kit for you to borrow (DSLR cameras for photography and film, sound equipment, gimbals, drones, projectors, speakers, VR, podcast mics etc)
  • a monthly social with the other startups and businesses, as its good to hang out with others who are in the same boat, helps keep you sane.

We try and be different

We are here to help, whether you need coworking space, private office space, or a commercial kitchen, then we’ve got it… We’re not glamorous so if you’ve got a pile of cash to burn then you might find that coworking spaces such as WeWork or Foraspace more suitable for your burn rate, we’re definitely not scared of the competition, we’re just a little different.

We’ve never focused on attracting a particular sector. To begin with, this was just about us getting enough bums on seats so we wouldn’t go bust. Now, it’s a real decision to have coworking spaces full of businesses from different sectors. We’ve seen amazing collaboration and sharing of networks happen between the most unlikely of tenants. From fashion-tech and food-tech to fin-tech, we bring all startups together in the knowledge that we can all learn from each other.

It’s a coworking community with an entrepreneurial heart and creative pulse, I genuinely feel that anything is possible when surrounded by this number of people who are passionate with a purpose.

A strong focus of ours is to be as transparent as possible. We are not a fan of how some of our competitors do things, like charging for meeting rooms and tying startups into 3 or 6 month contracts – startups don’t always know where they’ll be in 6 weeks, let alone 6 months!

We’re in the same boat as many startups, so we understand the challenges.

We haven’t taken on investment, none at all. We’ve bootstrapped since day one, its amazing to think we started 4 years ago with £1,500. Oddly we think that makes us solid, 4 years on and we’re still growing, not as fast as we’d like but hey we can’t have everything (we’re actually debating whether we should take on investment to grow quicker, or whether we just keep on going like we are).

We understand value and what is genuinely achievable. We’re not like WeWork, Foraspace or Second Home and so please don’t expect us to be like them (what they do they do well and profit from it, it’s just not for us). We don’t have buckets of cash to splash and we’re not shiny, new or sexy. Actually, we’re quite proud of it.

We base what we do on super lean growth – our focus and our heart has always been to remain as affordable a coworking space as possible in order to help startups and develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We promise you’ll never see a ‘Thank God it’s Monday’ mural either…

We’re here to help, phone us and we’ll answer any questions you’ve got.

[email protected]

020 3488 0724

…Sadly we don’t have beer on tap (as we don’t think its essential), but we have made sure we’re near, or next to, quite a few great pubs!

On a mission

The Ministry of Startups is run by a very small lean team, we are operating in a very competitive industry and are bootstrapping it up against some of the biggest global startups who have raised billions, however those who join us as members believe in what we offer, help us and champion us.

  • International – our members come from across the globe

  • Peer to peer – our member slack channels are awesome for asking any startup related questions and getting real advice from other people going through the same learning experiences and challenges (also good for arranging Friday evening beers, just don’t use @channel as you’ll probably not be seen again).

  • We’re all in the same boat – we all row together

Work with us

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Private offices £225-£245 per person

Coworking Fixed Desks £185-£245 per person

Hot Desking £65 per person

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