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So why did I choose SPACES Charing Cross?
If you have been following me for some time, you might have noticed that I hate commuting. The idea of needing to spend 30 min or even an hour to get to work is something I avoid as much as possible. Located in the heart of Glasgow and only a few blocks from where I was staying, SPACES Charing Cross has the shortest commute I have ever experienced. From door to door, it took me 5 minutes to walk to the office.
I was also curious what one of the bigger full-service brands (one of the many types of coworking spaces) such as SPACES Charing Cross felt like in regards to community, getting work done, and overall vibe.
The Monday I walked to the office, I left my hostel, turned right, and started my few block walk to the workspace.
When I first arrived, I was met by the area manager, Jessica. She told me about the space, a bit more about the options available for working there permanently, and then gave me a tour. These larger spaces only allow for one day of coworking as part of coming in for a tour, however, I made it a goal to get a good feel for the space in that time.
My first observation of the SPACES brand in general was that they had one of the most streamlined processes I have seen. Even the follow ups were timely and personalized as they reached out to make sure that I had a good experience and to determine if I would be interested in renting a space.
Since I am a digital nomad, the plans they had available were not a good fit for me yet as I tend to be in smaller cities just as often as bigger cities where the likes of SPACES by Regus and competitors such as WeWork and Industrious are located.
Even though the plans available weren’t a good fit, I did find many things that I liked about this space.
The workspaces were open with plenty of room to spread out or find a corner to have a phone call.
I also really like these built in booths. They are cozy and comfortable for a quick meeting.
The highlight for me was the cafe area!
It was a great spot for a break and to have lunch away from my desk. There were even a few people playing ping pong during lunch! I was able to meet a few people in this part of the space, however, I didn’t have much other interaction with coworkers besides saying hello in passing.
I was extremely productive all day and worked late into the night as I was still catching up due to the timezone change traveling from the United States.
My experience here was a good one, however, I would like to come back to SPACES Charing Cross again for a longer time period. It is a professional environment to get work done, however, I struggled to meet people and get a good feel for the vibe. I will definitely come back to this space or another of their locations soon so as to get a better picture of what this brand is about.
In the meantime, check out the rest of the spaces I worked out of on Cowork22’s European Journey of 2017 as a digital nomad building a business while traveling and working in coworking spaces.
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