Great Cafes & Spaces To Work From in London

Great Cafes & Spaces To Work From in London
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I don’t know about you but working at home doesn’t always work for me. I end up putting washing away or getting hooked to some TV show and suddenly I’ve lost half of my day. You might also, like me, be victim to sharing with flatmates and have no space of your own to concentrate.

That’s why finding a space outside of my house has always been important to me and that’s why I wanted to write this list and share it with you. Working away from my house has helped me a lot and heading to a cafe or alternative space takes me away from *most* distractions. Although, not all distractions, I mean, you can access YouTube and cat videos from anyyyyywhere, right? In a cafe, coffee shop and even a church as on the list, there are some great places to stick your headphones in and buckle down with a cup of coffee.

Speaking of coffee, it’s important to remember that while all these lovely spaces I’m suggesting are more than happy to have you and your laptop in their cafe, purchases are necessary to keep them going (the library and free spaces being exempt and I’ll note them below). Timberyard, one of the places I’ve mentioned, they even have a slogan which says ‘workspace fuelled by purchases’. A good deal I think –  a nice space and free wifi (of which all of these have!) for the price of a cup of coffee or two!

So if you’re a professional freelancer, a student or someone fulfilling their passion outside of their usual office hours here’s some great cafes & spaces to work from in London.

1. British Library, King Cross

The most beautiful library in London and just a short walk from Kings Cross Station. Plenty of spaces around the library with plug sockets and good light. Visitors can get apply for a pass which will allow you into the ‘reading rooms’ which are calmer and very quiet. Also has a cafe for that much-needed coffee and snack break. Purchases not required.

Good for? Somewhere quiet.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 09:30 – 20:00

Friday 09:30 – 18:00

Saturday 09:30 – 17:00

Sunday 11:00 – 17:00

96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB, www.bl.uk

 

 

2. Ole & Steen, Various Locations

A Danish bakery chain with various locations across London. Ample seating in all of their locations at either your own table or counter areas with a stool if you prefer. Some locations have power sockets on the counter spaces too. Grab one of their famous cinnamon rolls on your snack break.

Good for? Snacks and If you like a bit of hustle and bustle around you.

Hours:

Opening hours differ across the cafes but most are open from 8 am – 10 pm. Please see here for the individual opening hours.

 

56 Haymarket, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4RN, oleandsteen.co.uk

 

3. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

A newly renovated space part of the Royal Opera House. The cafe/waiting area has a sleek, wooden design with sharing tables or stool seats along the counter. It gets busy between 1:30pm – 2:30 and  6 – 7:30 pm before performances.

Good for? An interesting space to work.

Hours:

Their website says the café is open every day from 10 am. Closing times may vary.

Bow St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, https://www.roh.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Timberyard, Seven Dials

 Timberyard was the original ‘workspace fueled by coffee’ concept in London. The space is known for being ‘laptop land’ so rest assured you won’t feel unwelcome here. Tables are available, however, the window seats are where you’ll find most people working while looking across Covent Garden.

Good for? Being around like-minded people

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 8pm

7 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9DL, www.tyuk.com

 

 

5. Joe & The Juice, Various Locations

A funky, relaxed space with 37 locations across London. Enjoy one of their many detox juices or shakes while you work!

Good for? If you don’t have to focus ‘too’ hard.

Hours:

Opening hours differ across the cafes but most are open from 8 am – 10 pm. Please see here for the individual opening hours.

46 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QD, www.joejuice.com

 

 

6. National Theatre, Southbank

Working at one the world’s most famous theatres is pretty impressive, right? While there are cafes and restaurants in the National, the lobby areas have open spaces with seating and wifi for anyone to take advantage of regardless if they have a ticket to the show. It will get busy before and during the interval of performances so be aware. No obligation to buy anything in free space areas.

Good for? An impressive venue.

Hours:

Building open from Monday to Saturday: 9.30am − 11 pm

Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX, www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

7. Southbank Centre Royal Festival Hall, Southbank

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and home to shows, exhibits, workshops and talks. Inside the centre there is plenty of open and free tables for you to use with no obligation to buy anything. There is a cafe, bar and a few shops for your lunch break.

Good for? Lots of space and not feeling on top of everyone.

Hours:

10am – 11pm every day.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XX, www.southbankcentre.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. HOST Coffee, St Pauls

Probably one of the more unusual work spaces on this list, Host Coffee is a little coffee shop that sits inside St Mary Aldermary Church and they are incredibly welcoming of people with books and laptops. They even allow you to bring your own snacks or if you prefer the cafe do treats, teas and coffees. It’s a beautiful and peaceful pace to work.

Good for? New scenery.

Hours:

Monday – Thurs 7:30 am – 4:30pm

Friday 7:30 am – 4pm

Closed Sat/Sun

6 St Agnes Well, London EC1Y 1BE, https://www.instagram.com/hostcoffee/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Foyles, Charing Cross

Upstairs in London’s most famous book shop is Foyles cafe. There is a mix of sharing tables, counter seating with tall stools and a large area serving hot and cold food as well as cakes and glasses of wine. It is a very popular space so it’s not somewhere you can ‘spread out’ as such but it’s still good for you and your laptop or study books. Either get their early or later for quieter times.

Good for? If you like books or the feeling of book shops.

Hours:

Monday – Saturday 9am – 8:15pm

Sunday 11:30am – 5:15pm

107 Charing Cross Rd, Soho, London WC2H 0DT, www.foyles.co.uk

 

 

10. Benk & Bo, Liverpool Street

Benk & Bo is a cafe/yoga studio/co-working space that offers an affordable way of renting your own mini (but shared) office space. They have three floors of flexible space with lots of greenery and light for full time or part time rental with lots of perks. See different pricing options here.

Good for? Serious freelancers.

Hours:

8am – 6pm every Monday – Friday.

4-6 Gravel Ln, Spitalfields, London E1 7AW, www.benkandbo.com

 

 

11. The Old Vic, Waterloo

The Penny Cafe, on the first floor of one of London’s most famous theatres, is great place to bring your laptop and be around the buzz of the theatre. They serve Workshop Coffee, unique drinks and a selection of cold sandwiches and snacks. It’s only open until 6pm so you will avoid the theatre crowd in the evenings but be aware of the matinee crowd.

Good for? Theatre lovers.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm

The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 8NB, www.oldvictheatre.com

 

12. St Pauls, Islington

St Paul’s made my Best Breakfasts in North London’ list’. This lovely cafe feels like you’re inside someone’s modern living room and is very bright and airy with lots of natural light. Great cakes too. The window seats are probably best for you and your laptop as to not take up their larger tables.

Good for? Those who love a coffee and cake break, especially the carrot cake!

Hours:

Monday 10am – 5pm

Tuesday – Friday 8am – 11pm

Saturday 9am – 11pm

Sunday 10 am – 5pm

274B St Paul’s Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LJ, https://www.stpaulislington.com/

 

13. The Coffee Works Project, Various Locations

An industrial chic cafe with 5 locations across London. A full brunch and snack menu if needed. Gets very busy so go early.

Good for? Lots of locations so lots of options.

Hours:

Opening hours differ across the cafes. Please see here for the individual opening hours.

 

Various locations, https://coffeeworksproject.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Prufrock Coffee, Holborn

Prufock is a buzzing coffee shop with plenty of light and airy space for you and your laptop. They sit on Leather Lane, home to a great food market during the weekday. They take coffee very seriously so make sure you get a cup to power you through your work.

Good for? Coffee lovers.

Hours:

Saturday – Monday 10am – 5pm

Tuesday – Friday 7:30am – 6pm

23-25 Leather Ln, Holborn, London EC1N 7TE, http://www.prufrockcoffee.com

 

15.The Hoxton, Shoreditch

You can work from the lobby areas of the very stylish Hoxton in Shoreditch without having to stay in their hotel. Otherwise, if you need a more permanent location they have launched their WorkingFrom_ concept where you can rent a proper space. Prices start from £30 a day. Click here to see all the options.

Good for? People who want to keep it stylish.

Hours: N/A

81 Great Eastern St, Hackney, London EC2A 3HU, https://thehoxton.com/london/shoreditch/hotels

 

16. Electric Coffee Company, Ealing

I like the Electric Coffee Company because they are always friendly and you never feel awkward. It’s got an industrial, local vibe with wooden tables and also unique produce to buy. Busyness comes and goes. Good coffee and great carrot cake.

Good for? Friendly service and carrot cake.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 7am – 6pm

Saturday 8 am – 6pm

Sunday 9 am – 6 pm

40 Haven Green, Ealing, London W5 2NX, http://www.electriccoffee.co.uk

 

 

 

Wait! Before you go…

You might also be interested in Project #365LDNCafes – 365 London Cafes in 365 Days By Alexandra Kalinowski 

#365LDNCafes - 365 London Cafes in 365 Days By Alexandra Kalinowski

 

 

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