Known for its growing chain of trendy lifestyle hotels, the Hoxton has announced a new dedicated co-working concept called Working From, which will debut in the newly opened Hoxton Chicago and upcoming Hoxton Southwark in London, in October. Jenny Southan reports
Inspired by demand from locals for its “open-door lobbies”, which have been welcoming people to come and work for the past 13 years, the Hoxton is finally creating specific co-working areas in its properties for digital nomads, freelancers and other professionals.
Working From will offer “home-like spaces to work and meet, stress-free policies and the hospitality know-how of the Hoxton”. And for travellers or locals who don’t want to commit to a monthly fee, there is a £30 day pass.
A statement from designers Ennismore Design Studio, says: “It has evolved the one-size-fits-all standard office model, giving people the freedom and flexibility to work as, when, and how they want.”
Catering for all working styles and moods, there will be library desks benefiting from natural light, ergonomic chairs and wireless charging (fantastic!), as well as cosy corners and bright communal spaces with armchairs and custom-designed daybeds for power naps.
With facilities open 24 hours a day, there will also be studio spaces, offices, nutritionist-designed brain food that be delivered to your desk, a self-service pantry of snacks, a stationary cupboard, £2 barista coffee, unlimited meeting room access and printing in line with a fair use policy.
The hotel lobbies will remain available for working on a laptop or meeting clients free of charge.
How much will Working From cost?
- A Day Pass costs £30 and is for people who need a dedicated space to work from for a few hours
- Desk Hop costs £200 a month and is for those happy to desk surf
- Open Studio costs £500 a month per desk and provides a permanent desk in a pod of six or eight people
- Private Studio costs from £700 a month per desk and gives members their own office (six, eight, 22 desk size options).
- Side Hustler costs £75 a month and offers access after 5.30pm on weekdays and all weekend
What else does Working From offer?
Depending on your membership tier, you get “mates rates” for Hoxton hotel bedrooms and at restaurants, free guest passes, and the option for book hotels rooms for the daytime-only, which is an excellent idea.
The Hoxton says “these are in case you’ve come in on the red eye or want to work from bed for the day”. Globetrender suspects they may be used for illicit hook-ups as well.
A Deadline Hotline will be for members who are working late into the night and can request a last-minute hotel room for £25. These innovations benefit the hotel if they have unsold inventory or late-check-ins (in the case of day-use).
There will also be a weekly events programme and wellness space run by a local partner.
Working From Southwark
Occupying six floors of the Hoxton hotel in Southwark, which will open in September, Working From will arrive one month later, in October 2019.
The co-working space will offer 744 desks, five meeting rooms, a wellness studio with daily classes, a winter garden, and quiet booths for making private calls.
Local fitness partner, the Refinery E9, will organise daily yoga, mindfulness and meditation classes, while YCN will curate weekly talks and workshops “to inspire and enrich professional development”. They will be free to attend.
Additional facilities include showers, lockers, bike storage, and a members’ cafe which will offer healthy desk-side lunch delivery.
Address: 32 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8PB
Working From West Loop
After opening its doors in April, the Hoxton Chicago will be home to Working From West Loop. It will feature two floors of shared workspace with 294 desks, two meeting rooms, two terraces and a cultural programme.
Like the Southwark site, there will be lockers, showers, a members’ cafe and bar offering brain food by Boka Restaurant Group, and access to the Hoxton Chicago’s wellness studio where members will have “mates rates” on a rotating calendar of classes from local partners.
Address: 208 N Green Street, Chicago, IL 60607-1702
What other Hoxton hotels are there?
The first Hoxton hotel opened in Shoreditch, in East London, in 2006. The Hoxton Holborn opened in 2014, followed by the Hoxton Amsterdam in 2015, and the Hoxton Paris in summer 2017. The Hoxton Williamsburg was the first US opening, followed by Portland and Chicago. Southwark and Downtown LA are in the pipeline.