From the box to the bar

A guide to the quirkiest places you can work from in Birmingham.

With the pandemic changing the way we think about offices forever, a pioneering new platform has unlocked hidden and unique places across Birmingham, turning them into inspiring workspaces for remote workers. Featuring everything from private booths in Birmingham’s best bars to the city’s stadiums with pitch-side views, Work From Here is set to provide an innovative, COVID-safe alternative to clinical co-work spaces.

Amongst the quirkiest venues to feature are The Birmingham Assay Office, where all the Jewellery Quarter’s namesake wares pass through to be analysed and the historic Solicitor’s Law Stationery Society’s office – now Jojolounge Bar and Restaurant – which allows you to work surrounded by remarkable maps of the city.

What’s more, for the Blues fans looking to score an impressive workspace, the executive box overlooking Birmingham City’s St. Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium could be just the ticket.

Co-founder of Work From Here, Jo Seabright, is excited about the endless possibilities that the platform holds for revolutionising the way we work. She commented: “As we look towards the future of work, I think there is a huge appetite for people who are bored or lonely working from home, to look for creative and inspiring spaces to work from. The new way of working also means that people no longer need to be a slave to the 9-5 and can now be much more creative and agile, working from anywhere, with anyone. COVID-19 forced us to work in new ways, and now that we have adopted the latest technologies and working practices, going back to ‘normal’ just doesn’t appeal like it once did.

“For me, that’s the beauty of the Work From Here model: our spaces are available to book for as little as an hour and up to a whole day, and provide an escape from the boredom of the makeshift desk at the kitchen table or the same office seat. By connecting frustrated home workers with unused spaces in local venues, it really is a win-win for all!”

As well as the more unusual workspaces, the Work From Here directory also features favourite faces from the city’s hospitality scene. Much loved venues including Zen Metro, Loki Wine, Cafephilia, AC Hotel by Marriott, Park Regis, and Pentahotelall have exclusive offers available through the platform, as well as offering an ambient alternative to the usual 9-5 routine for local professionals.

“Work From Here is about providing welcoming and creative spaces to home workers who need to escape the four walls of the home office for a few hours, or all day, and it’s an alternative to formal meeting spaces when meeting up with colleagues or clients. All of our workspaces have excellent WiFi, access to plug sockets, and a variety of refreshments available, while also being vibrant and exciting to leave you feeling inspired and motivated to work. I truly believe this could be the secret to successful hybrid-working and I can’t wait to see it grow in the coming months,” concluded Jo.

For more information about Work From Here and to explore – or book – your next workspace, visit