The return to the office: benefits of sharing spaces again

With many workplaces having already returned and others following suit, what do we have to look forward to once we’re back in the office? The answer is: lots!

Arts and culture
  • 06 January 2022
When the COVID pandemic hit, we watched our offices, shops, restaurants and businesses close. At first, the novelty of working from home was great, and many employees – to this day – still relish the opportunity to do just that.

With many employees now seeking more flexibility in a post-COVID world, many companies are offering a mix of home and office working. And if you’re self-employed, a freelancer or a small business, you may want the same opportunity to separate work from home life. So here is a round up of the best offices in Elephant and Castle, from coworking spaces to fully serviced office options. 


Hotel Elephant

This not-for-profit workspace was established in 2009 by two local artists to create an office in Elephant and Castle that provides space for arts, culture and enterprise. And, in 2016, it launched co-working space Spare Street. Offering hot-desking, dedicated desks and private offices, as well as a public event and meeting space, a gallery and its Sidecar Coffee Bar, this relaxed workspace is great for people to gather, work and exchange ideas.

Address: 1-5 Spare Street London, SE17 3EP
Website: Hotel Elephant



The latest workspace from Fora is part of the Two Fifty One development on Southwark Bridge Road. With co-working venues across the city, Fora is extremely popular. Workers can expect the same high standards as in the other locations, including concierge service and a tailor-made environment.

Address: 241 & 251 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 6FJ
Website: Fora Space


55 East

A heavily community-focused co-working, café, event and studio space run by leading community enterprise charity Hatch. It offers a place for up to 30 locals, creatives, freelancers and entrepreneurs to come together, work, eat, drink and network. There’s also a monthly business social club, mentoring and coaching available on site, plus many events to get involved with.

Address: 53-63 East Street, SE17 2DJ
Website: Hatch Enterprise


The Ministry

This private members’ club and flexible office space is a new venture from the team behind legendary superclub Ministry of Sound. Workers can choose from private, open or fixed-desk options and gain business advice, and more. The Ministry also has a restaurant, bar, heated terrace, sound studios, gym, cinema, plus meeting and dining rooms.

Address: 79-81 Borough Road, London, SE1 1DN
Website: The Ministry



Ok… so not technically an office but just as good a place to take your laptop and do a little work. Expect ample seating, a relaxed environment, and, of course, gallons of coffee, delicious cakes and sandwiches. 

Address: Mansfield Point, Rodney Road, London, SE17 1BA
Website: HEJ


Elephant Park

The newest proposed office in Elephant and Castle, will, if approved, be right here at Elephant Park. 

The brand-new commercial building will bring 485,000 square feet of office space to the area and be designed with the health and wellbeing of its users in mind. It will also align perfectly with the environmental priorities of its tenants. 

To find out more about the proposal, read our article.