London’s Mortimer House coworking club offers the kind of plush hospitality found in high-end hotels, including a gym, wellness centre and even room service…
The brainchild of hotelier Guy Ivesha, Mortimer House takes over a seven-storey former office block in Fitzrovia, which has been completely renovated by New York architecture practice AvroKO. The firm stripped back the 31,000 sq ft building to reveal its hidden Art Deco details, including marble mosaic tiling, plaster mouldings and terracotta ceilings.
Original fittings including wooden handrails, floors and concrete columns have been restored to their former glory, and leather booth seating added in strategic locations – allowing members to sit and enjoy views across central London.
‘Mortimer House is a relaxed hospitality-led destination–one that goes far beyond the current workspace model,’ says Ivesha, who’s bringing the hotel industry’s best tricks to the London coworking space.
The work hub offers its own ‘room service’ for busy workers, who can order food from the restaurant downstairs – which is also open to the public – without leaving their desks. Meals are delivered via a dumbwaiter.
Other perks include access to yoga and fitness classes, a gym, a meditation room, and a terrace filled with plants and hammocks. Tiny individual phone rooms with folding doors offer space for members in need of momentary privacy, while a fifth floor lounge adds something of a Mad Men vibe, with midcentury armchairs, a glass-tiled fireplace, and brass cocktail trolleys.
The whitewashed top floor of the building can be used as a quiet working area, and plans are in motion for it to host rotating take-over exhibitions by London art galleries.
Membership is on a sliding scale, with Mortimer House’s ‘social’ option starting at £100 a month – granting users access to communal floors, programmes and a weekend gym pass – rising to £5,600 for the ‘Study’ membership, which gives teams their own designated office space, full perks, and of course, room service.