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'Work from pub' is 40% cheaper than booking a coworking space for the day, research finds

Working from a pub is 40% cheaper than a coworking space, saving Brits £9 a day, according to a new analysis (Alamy/PA)
Working from a pub is 40% cheaper than a coworking space, saving Brits £9 a day, according to a new analysis (Alamy/PA)

Working from a pub is 40% cheaper than booking a coworking space for the day, saving Brits an average of £9 a day, according to a new analysis.

Figures from catering supplier Alliance Online analysed the cost of five nationwide coworking spaces and six major pub chains that offer workspace deals. It found that a table at a pub for the day comes out at £13 on average, compared to £22 at the coworking spaces.

However most coworking spaces offer monthly deals as well, at lower prices per day. The analysis found that the average monthly cost at a coworking space is £253. That  is slightly less than the cost of 20 days - a normal working schedule - at the pub. For those working every single day in the month, as would be possible with a monthly coworking deal, the pub is more than 50% more expensive.

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“Work from pub” deals typically allow a remote  worker to book a table for an entire workday with the purchase of a meal an a hot drink.

Alliance Online marketing manager Rachael Kiss said: “If you’re opting to work from a pub, understand that your environment will be different to a designated working space. The nature of a pub is that there will be hustle and bustle whilst you work. Recent research has shown that background noise may be beneficial to your work productivity, making working from a pub the ideal location to stay focused.

“While some people may work effectively during background noise, some may not, so be prepared and bring headphones to block out any potential distractions.”

The pub chains whose remote working offers  were used in the research were Young’s, All Bar One, BrewDog, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Joseph Holt and Faim’s. The coworking spaces were Regus, Bruntwood, Huckletree, WeWork and Rubberdesk.