Working at home sounds like a dream until you actually do it. Maintaining a healthy relationship between your work and personal life can be difficult once the line between the two is blurred.
Time loses meaning, your bed is also your desk, and suddenly the only reason to go outside is to stock up your cupboards, which leads us to the greatest downfall of all: isolation from fellow creatives and innovators.
Coworking spaces can relieve remote workers from a number of common problems, from lacking equipment and space, to feeling uninspired and alone. Self-doubt and uncertainty can be smoothed over simply by being shoulder to shoulder with like-minded souls, who are either living in similar shoes or have experienced the early stages and prove that success is possible. Opportunities to network and connect with creative communities can lead to collaborations, self-development, and can shape your career in ways you never imagined.
Taking it district by district, we’re bringing you the lowdown on Liverpool’s best spots for coworking, whether it’s a hive of activity or a quiet hideaway you seek. First up is the Commercial District which holds some of the best in the city. The district itself is vibrant and home to historic landmarks, as well as some of Liverpool’s biggest companies and creative minds. The spaces below provide the necessities needed for a good day’s work (plugs, WiFi, access to food and drink), as well as welcoming environments and their own unique perks.
A word of warning: If you head to one of the cafes mentioned, charging your laptop and phone beforehand may be the safest option. Plug sockets are not as accessible as they are in spaces designed specifically for coworking.
What: Hangout, bar, cafe, restaurant and events space
Where: First Floor, Tempest Building, 12 Tithebarn Street, L2 2DT
When: Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 22:00, Friday 8:30 – late, Saturday 9:00 – late, Sunday 10:00 – 16:0
HUS translates as ‘house’ in Swedish and that’s exactly what it feels like – a home away from home. A place where, in the words of HUS, there’s ‘no awkward formality or wondering whether you’re wearing the right shoes.’ They’ve managed to transcend the standard food and drink scene and build the perfect hangout and hideaway. Since opening its doors just over a year ago, HUS has housed a number of solitary workers, business meetings, and witnessed the bright ideas of Liverpool’s creative community come to life. The space is large, open, and beautifully thought-out, with Scandinavian decor and greenery that puts the mind at ease to do its best work. There are plenty of quiet corners to set up your workspace, fuel up from their diverse menu, and watch the world go by through the lofty windows.
What: Artisan cafe and eatery
Where: Silkhouse Court, Tithebarn Street, L2 2LZ
When: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 16:00
Similarly to HUS, the minds behind Panna have brought a little piece of Scandinavia to Liverpool’s Commercial District. They’ve created a welcoming space that is clean, smart and effortlessly cool, like stepping inside an Ikea advert: white bare brick walls, concrete ceiling, hanging lamps, and wooden tables and chairs. It’s tucked away below ground just opposite Absolute Body Solutions, so don’t be dissuaded by the intense workouts happening next door. The priority at Panna is proper coffee, fresh food, and a relaxing atmosphere for all.
What: Pay-per-minute co-working space
Where: 4 St Paul’s Square, L3 9SJ
When: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 17:30
At Ziferblat everything is free except for the time you spend. Essentially an extension of your own home, the space accommodates casual visits, events and co-working, with separate rooms to hire for workshops and private meetings. Pay 8p per minute and Ziferblat will sort the rest. Help yourself to as much food and drink as you like, make use of the space and its services, and if you wish to spend the entire day, the cost is capped at four hours. The space itself is a hive of activity with a real sense of community. It’s open and comfortable, with a homely interior, and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural lighting to flood in. Perfect for those who like to switch from hard desks to comfy chairs and hate feeling hemmed inside an office-like environment.
What: Coffee house
Where: 61 Lord Street, L2 6PB
When: Monday – Saturday 8:30 – 19:00, Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
If aesthetically pleasing surroundings are what get your creative juices flowing, Rococo might be the place for you. The coffee house is like Liverpool’s very own Narnia; an unexpected labyrinth of 18th Century style rooms nestled above an EE store. Climbing the staircase takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Lord Street and the retail giants. Rococo has built a balance between rustic and elegance with gold mirrors, plush seats, and chandeliers against bare brick walls and leafy potted plants. There is space to sit amongst fellow workers and coffee drinkers or hideaway in one of the rooms along the Victorian hallway. A great escape from the city whilst keeping it within arm’s reach.
What: Startup incubator and work space
Where: 6th Floor, Tempest Building, 12 Tithebarn Street, L2 2DT
When: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 20:00
Lab has created a fuss-free, peaceful working environment with business growth and guidance at the centre. The registered charity seeks to help early entrepreneurs, from all walks of life, overcome hurdles that often stunt their success. Monthly memberships allow access to events space, meeting rooms, advice from experienced mentors, and signposting to funding. The workspace is fully serviced with plenty of desk space, a large communal area to relax in, and a kitchen stocked with free tea and coffee. Tempest’s rooftop garden also has extremely instagrammable views of the city. Launch22 hosts a number of events and workshops with a variety of industries, offering opportunities for networking and self-development. It is home to a friendly community of creatives and small businesses, who often collaborate and support one another through the familiar challenges that come with getting started.
What: Coworking space
Where: 17 Mann Island, L3 1BP
When: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 22:00, Saturday – Sunday 9:00 – 17:00
At Avenue HQ you’ll find yourself amongst a community of startups, freelancers, and established businesses. If you prefer efficiency over frills and work better in a more stylish, modern setting that oozes with professionalism, then this one’s for you. The diverse space offers everything from open-plan hot-desking to fully furnished private offices, and intimate meeting rooms to large spaces that can accommodate a range of events. A membership covers all the necessities to build and sustain your business, big or small, and feel part of a wider community of innovators with monthly meetups. If you’re just starting out, joining Avenue HQ could be a great way to get inspired by and connect with established companies. Plus, with views like that of Liverpool’s waterfront, going to work can’t be that bad.
What: Contemporary arts centre
Where: School Lane, L1 3BX
When: Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 18:00, Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
A longstanding hub for Liverpool’s creative community, the Bluecoat is home to over 30 artistic industries and provides the city with a multi-purpose centre to meet, work, and engage with the arts. Their belief is that ‘everyone can craft and be creative,’ and have developed the perfect surroundings for thinkers and doers to flourish. It is ideal for those who work best in more stimulating environments and appreciate a buzz of activity in the background. You’ll find space in the cafe, Upstairs Bistro, or courtyard garden to settle in and soak up the building’s artistic history. Be sure to browse their serene galleries and check out the notice board for updates on the latest workshops and meetups.
What: OH Working and Jelly Liverpool
Where: 12 Tithebarn Street, L2 2DT
When: Monthly Meetups
OH Working and Jelly Liverpool offer a chance to try something different with your working day. The meetups are free to attend and open to workers from all levels and professions to connect and get a change of scenery. Jelly Liverpool takes place once a month on the sixth floor of Tempest at Launch22, as well as other coworking spaces across the city. Our own meetup, OH Working, takes place once a month on the first floor of Tempest. Simply turn up, connect to the WiFi, and settle in amongst fellow creatives for a day of productivity and collaboration.