Jay, App Developer

Jay, App Developer


Artist House. It's a great building on a quiet road (Little Russell Street in Bloomsbury) with lots of natural light in the upper floor where I tend to work. I first joined Rentadesk in 2014 so am relatively new. I love it. It’s a great space and I'm surrounded by lots of nice, like-minded people. 


I'm a half-time hotdesker at the moment, although depending on how this year plays out it's likely that I'll go up to a full-time package. Some days it's easier for me to work from home as I'm involved in app development, which means I need to test apps on a variety of different devices, and carrying them to Rentadesk every day wouldn’t be practical!


I try to arrive between 10am and 10.30am. This means I can get started at a reasonable time but miss the morning rush hour. There is usually a good choice of desks at this time. My favourite is the four-person group of desks on the upper floor, by the window. I sit against the wall, facing the stairs. I'm a creature of habit. I have agreed with several people that it is the best desk in the office, so I have to make sure that I'm in before they are! The first thing I do is say hi to anyone I know who’s around, start up my laptop and make some filter coffee.


Most days I leave between 4.30pm and 6pm, depending on how my workload is panning out. I'll often go to the gym after work to justify leaving a little bit earlier. I like the Better gym on Brixton Station Road. Before I leave the office, I stash my stuff in my Rentadesk locker overnight. It’s good to have a little bit of space for my laptop charger and contact lens solution, the kind of things you need but don't want to carry around London with you while commuting.


At the moment it’s a 10min walk to Brixton tube, then I take the Victoria line to Oxford Circus, then grab the Central line to Holborn and walk the last five minutes to Little Russell Street. Apart from the change at Oxford Circus it's a very pleasant journey. I'm currently reading The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster, and listening to Alvvays, Haim and Bon Iver.


Despite my many resolutions to make my own lunch, I'm often found at EAT – I usually have one of their healthy soup like the jerk chicken. Or I’ll go to Kimchee next to Tottenham Court Road. I love their spicy chicken salad. Sometimes I eat it at the café, sometimes I bring my food back to Artist House and eat at the big table with whoever else is eating lunch at that time. 


I usually go to the Costa Coffee on New Oxford Street, just round the corner from the office. One of my favourite places that I don't go to enough is the open plan Benugo cafe inside the British Museum. They serve good coffee and it’s an amazing space to hang out in. 


If I need some clothes you'll find me down Oxford Street in Zara or Uni-Qlo. I also like to browse the little row of music shops on Denmark Street, past Tottenham Court Road tube station.


I like going to the bar in the Soho Theatre on Dean Street, just on the edge of Soho. It’s a great place to see some alternative comedy and theatre too. I saw a comedian called Adam Riches in December, who was really funny. He won the Edinburgh Comedy Awards a few years ago, for a show that involved characters and some really embarrassing audience participation.


I’m focussed on building up vaudeville.io, which is a small agency specialising in digital marketing and web technology. My business partner Max Hardy can also be spotted around Rentadesk sometimes – although he's mostly based outside of London. I also have a music start-up called Procorder which is on hiatus just now.


The best thing about Rentadesk is that it gets me out of the house and around other people who are in a similar situation work-wise. Coming to Rentadesk instead of working from home all the time has definitely helped me feel more positive and given me extra motivation to succeed and develop. I've also got back into playing tennis against some fellow Rentadeskers. Finally, I love the location – right beside the British Museum, which is one of my favourite places to visit in London. OK so I guess that was actually my three best things about Rentadesk but there's too many to choose just one.


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Bleddyn Williams