When I was invited to visit the WeWork coworking space in SouthBank, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’d done my research and knew that WeWork are HUGE in America, with coworking dominance on the streets of New York, and that they are the new kids on the block here in London, having opened their first space in late 2014.
I was met in the reception by Johnny Messina, a Senior Community Manager from New York who immediately made me feel at home. We then went on a tour of the workspace. First impressions were amazing – the workspace was really bright with lots of natural light, music was playing in the background and the general hum of coworking oozed from every corner.
I wanted to know more about what makes WeWork tick, and what it’s plans are for the future here in London.
WeWork was born in 2010 – their mission was (and still is) to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living.
“We wanted to build more than beautiful, shared office spaces. We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, ‘me’, but where you become part of a greater ‘we’. A place where we’re redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst”
As I sit and listen to Johnny, I start to realise that WeWork is not just about coworking – it is more of a movement, a group of individuals coming together to become one. The ‘community’ vibe really runs through everything WeWork does.
There are currently three WeWork locations in the UK – all of these are in central London, with another one opening on the 1st July. They all have the same branding and you know as soon as you walk in that you are in a WeWork space.
I would definitely recommend taking a look at one of these spaces if you are ready to take the leap into a coworking environment.