a day in the tentacle zone

We put together a one-day journey on what working in the Tentacle Zone is really like. Have read below to see what you get as our resident 

My day begins as I step off the train at Farringdon Station, a stone’s throw away from the famous Smithfield Market. It’s a ten-minute walk from the station to the Tentacle Zone workspace, a pleasant stroll that takes me past many of the area’s coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

I enjoy walking to the office, although I sometimes need to drive. On those days, I use the workspace’s free parking, a rarity in Central London!When I arrive at the office, I make my way to the large kitchen area. Here, there are tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as a foosball table and arcade machine, perfect for unwinding.

I make myself a coffee, walk up the stairs (there’s also a lift, which was a godsend on my first day moving in!), and head to my desk. I say hi to a couple of the other residents; everyone here works in the games industry, which is brilliant for networking and sharing war stories.

I settle into work; before I know it, it’s midday, and I feel peckish. Sometimes, I bring my lunch into the office, which I keep in the kitchen fridge, but today, I’m going to treat myself and eat out.

 

I’m not sure what I want to eat, so I take the five-minute walk to Exmouth Market. There are loads of great pubs, restaurants and cafes here, but I’m really interested in the fantastic street food today.

There’s so much to choose from: Ghanaian Jollof, Japanese noodles, French bourguignon; all of it excellent, and you can’t really miss. I make my choice and take my food back to the office to eat.

I have my lunch alongside some of the other residents. Everyone is super friendly here, and it’s great to learn more about their progress on various projects.

 

After lunch, I get back to work for an hour. At 2pm, I dial into one of the free resident events. These regular events cover all sorts of game dev topics, industry experts deliver them, and they’re only available to those in the Tentacle Zone. One of the perks of being part of this brilliant community!

I have a meeting later in the afternoon, which requires a quiet space. Fortunately, meeting rooms can be booked in advance here—another handy feature of the workspace.

 

After lunch, I get back to work for an hour. At 2pm, I dial into one of the free resident events. These regular events cover all sorts of game dev topics, industry experts deliver them, and they’re only available to those in the Tentacle Zone. One of the perks of being part of this brilliant community!

I have a meeting later in the afternoon, which requires a quiet space. Fortunately, meeting rooms can be booked in advance here—another handy feature of the workspace.My work wraps up at 5.30pm, but I’m not ready to go home just yet. There’s a social event planned for this evening with food and drinks. It’s a chance to relax with my fellow residents, play a few games and enjoy some downtime. The event winds down by 7.30pm, and I make my way back to the station to begin my journey home.

Signing off

Tentacle Zone is a shared workspace in Farringdon, London, home to 12 studios. If you work in games, maybe you’d like to join us?

We have full-time space available as well as hotdesks and meeting rooms. Click here the full lowdown. If you have questions or want to book a visit, drop us a line. We look forward to hearing from you!