Welcome to the SoA Space
The new SoA Space at our central London office is open for members to drop in every Friday, and on Mondays starting from Monday 18 November, between 10am and 3.30pm.
As a Society of Authors member, you can drop by for up to two hours to enjoy some downtime during your day in London. Help yourself to a coffee, read, or meet fellow members. You can even book a private room for meetings, if you need somewhere quiet to meet with an agent, friend or colleague.
The SoA Space is a new venture for us, so we’re treating this current setup as a trial so we can review in early 2020 how it is working. We’d love to hear your thoughts on that.
How does the SoA Space work?
Please read our FAQs before your visit.
Where is the SoA Space?
The Space is based on the ground floor of the SoA's London office.
Society of Authors
24 Bedford Row
London WC1R 4EH
Our main entrance is on Theobalds Road – marked here on the map.
You can find more details about how to find us on our contact page.
Who can use the Space and when?
Current Members and Associates can use the Space as a drop-in every Monday (from 18 November) and Friday (from 1 November). We’ll ask you to show your membership card on arrival.
What can I expect at the Space?
We have tables and chairs for up to 10 members to meet other authors, or sit and read between meetings in London. Help yourself to tea, coffee and water while you’re here, and log in to the free WiFi. Some seats are near power sockets, if you need to charge your phone or laptop. Visits are limited to a maximum of two hours.
We are not able to store luggage.
Do I need to book before I drop in?
No, but seats are available on a first come, first served basis for up to 10 members. Feel free to call us on 020 7373 6642 when you’re on your way if you want to check in advance how busy we are.
Can I bring a guest?
Yes – you can bring up to one guest on production of your SoA membership card.
Can I book a meeting space or quiet room?
Yes! We have two private meeting rooms, which can be booked for a maximum of two hours at a special member rate of £10 per hour if available. You’ll need to book these in advance, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
Can I book a meeting with a SoA advisor?
It isn’t possible to book face to face sessions with our advisors or other SoA staff. Your queries are dealt with via a managed triage system, and our advisors need time to fully read and research your contract or query before they can respond. The best and quickest way to get advice is to email us.
Can I book the space for my event?
Not right now, but we’re hoping to make this available for members wishing to book events from early 2020. More info to come.
Can I borrow some of the books in the SoA Space or provide my own books?
Unfortunately not. We do occasionally have free books that you are welcome to take; these will be clearly labelled, and if in doubt, please check with a member of staff before taking. Holborn library is also across the road from us.
Is the Space wheelchair accessible?
We are still working on wheelchair accessibility to the Space and will keep you updated. At present, you’ll need to climb five steps to enter the area as we are about half a metre above ground level.
Fridays and Mondays don’t work for me – can I stop by another day?
Not right now – the SoA space is only open for member drop-ins on Fridays from Friday 1 November between 10am and 3.30pm and the same time on Mondays starting from Monday 18 November. We run events and larger meetings throughout the week, so we cannot currently accommodate member drop-ins on other days. However, we are keeping this under review.
We’ll be hosting monthly, informal evening socials – SoA Lates – from Thursday 5 December where you can meet other members and mingle and network with fellow writers, illustrators and literary translators. A chance to socialise and relax in our new space in Bloomsbury over drinks and nibbles.
Booking required – more info available soon.
Throughout your visits to the SoA Space, we ask that you treat our staff and other members professionally and with respect at all times. Read the SoA’s Dignity and Respect policy here
Check out some of the photos from the SoA Space below:
Photographs ©️ Martin Reed / Society of Authors