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Published on April 30th, 2015 | by Sophia Longhi


Net.Works Co-Working Space, Islington

A co-work space launch, huh? Not the most exciting-sounding party offer on a Thursday night, I hear you say – but that’s where you’d be wrong. If it’s about work hard-play hard, then Net.Works is a place that knows how to do it.

Last week, ImALondoner was invited to the launch of a new co-working space in Islington, which offers the city’s first members-only coffee shop. On this evening, however, there happened to be no coffee in sight – just gin, and lots of it. We weren’t complaining.

Co-working seems to be the word on everyone’s lips right now and could be a simple but effective solution for this new, exciting wave of start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs who don’t have their own office space to work from. But as a frequenter of places in which I can perch my iPad and get down to a day’s work, spaces dedicated to working are often dull and uninspiring and cafés aren’t always the best places to let ideas flourish when you’ve got customers table-baiting and a jazz soundtrack playing on a loop.

Net.Works offers something different. It is certainly a cool space – lots of brightly-coloured, stylish furnishings with plug-points at every crevice. But it also offers you the chance to work alongside other creative minds and the opportunity to mingle with them at networking events. It also takes away that feeling that you are overstaying your welcome in a busy café, where you couldn’t drink another espresso if it was force-fed to you.

If the canapés were anything to go by, then the food on offer is really good too. The in-house artisan coffee-shop, SL28, offers tasty high-quality food and drinks throughout the day to its members. Really hoping they’ll be serving the green tea brownies, which were absolutely delicious.

Cocktails at the launch, made with Sipsmith Gin, helped to dispel any stale networky vibe and it definitely helped guests to envision the space as the bustling, dynamic venue it certainly will become.

Flexible working, stylish surroundings and, most importantly, yummy brownies – where do we sign up?!

Membership starts from £199/month. For full details visit http://www.net-works.london/

Net.Works, 25-27 Horsell Rd, N5 1XL

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Lioneye Media lionesses, Sophia and Rebecca, can tweet with one hand whist sipping an espresso martini with the other. Dedicated food, wine and cocktail connoisseurs, they love nothing better than scoping out London for its best bars and restaurants. Follow their exploits and breakfast pics on Twitter @LioneyeMedia

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