Office culture has changed a lot in the UK over the past few years. Where once employees would be content with a cubicle of their own and a half-decent coffee machine, now the average worker expects flexi-hours, chill out zones, ping pong tables and Friday drinks. At least, that’s what’s on offer at the coolest UK offices.
In pursuit of the ideal work/life balance, many employers have started to kit out their offices with fun and quirky details which are intended to increase productivity and promote wellbeing among their workforce. As a result, the UK is now home to some of the coolest offices in the world. Here are just a few of them.
1. WeWork - This global space-sharing phenomenon currently has 45 locations in London and 3 locations in Manchester. WeWork buildings can house dozens of small companies, either in private offices or shared spaces. Designed to be ultra-modern and chic, they include shared features such as craft beer bars, micro-roasted coffee stations, meditation rooms, games areas, and fresh fruit water daily. Some branches even boast a rooftop bar, so you can network in style!
2. Google - One of the first big companies to join the ‘cool office’ revolution, Google’s London office is like a miniature city. A massive new Kings Cross development is currently under construction, but when it is finished it will boast its own running track, honey-producing beehives, sleep pods, a duck pond, a swimming pool, and an innovative cascading roof garden. You’ll never need to leave.>
3. Money.co.uk - This office is based in an actual, real-life castle in Gloucestershire, and comes fully equipped with its own (Star Wars themed) cinema and popcorn machine. >
Inside, the décor is brightly coloured, with walls full of fresh plants, quirky paintings, and lots of glittering wall slogans. It even comes equipped with its own library, chalet and an ice-cave inspired meeting room.>
4. Superdrug - Based in Croydon, the Superdrug headquarters is exactly what you might imagine from one of the UK’s leading beauty retailers. There is a brow bar and a nail bar on site, as well as a wellness centre and a 550 sq ft mock store, so staff can trial display ideas and promotions.>
5. TalkTalk - When TalkTalk bought a disused soap factory in Salford Quays, the office’s theme was inevitable. The telecoms firm features a soap-bar fireplace installation, and the whole building has been decorated with vintage images from the factory’s heyday.>
There doesn't appear to be such an emphsis on office desks today, instead modern additions include a rooftop garden with a pizza bar, deli and coffee station, a herb garden, a 24/7 video games room and a picnic heath.