Soho office space gets go ahead to serve free beer to thirsty workers

A Soho office space is catering for thirsty workers by offering them unlimited beer on tap for free.

At WeWork, workers renting desk space have been able to enjoy a tipple in the office since last April.

But the rental company's bosses were unaware that they needed a licence to serve alcohol at the premises. 

Westminster Council today granted the office rental business permission for the tap to remain after the firm’s lawyers made the case to a committee.

Explaining the concept to the committee, solicitor for WeWork Craig Baylis said: "It's Friday, and I've had enough.

"I go to the beer tap, help myself with my mug or whatever then I go back to my office and drink my beer while I finish off my work.

"There's nothing to stop anyone from taking the beer back to their screen."

He added the beer tap was available for office workers to help themselves to "whenever they want" but was not a facility that was "abused".

"Those using the office space don't want to spend their entire day drinking free booze," Mr Baylis said.

Despite the application being approved, committee chair councillor Angela Harvey pointed out that beer was the only alcoholic beverage on offer, telling Mr Baylis: "So, it's just beer for the boys then". 

The WeWork brand has eight other hireable office spaces, which offer a free licensed beer tap, across London including in Spitalfields, Old Street, Moorgate and the South Bank.

WeWorks offers office space for hire across the world, with desks available in Soho from £475 per month.

The firm says on its website: "We are helping to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. There has been a macro shift towards a new way of work—one focused on a movement towards meaning. WeWork is accelerating this movement."

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