I’ve never felt as though the travel element of my role was limiting. It’s a constant adventure and an opportunity to do and see things that I otherwise might not have, so long as I make the most of the time.
With an office based on Rivington Street and so many of lovely clients (both current and speculative) operating from the capital, London has become a home from home for me.
With that in mind, I thought it might be nice to share some of my favourite coffee joints that transform into ‘coffices’. Cosy spots that have always given me a warm welcome and wifi on tap.
Here’s my list of the best cafes to work from in London…
The first coffee stop on my whistle-stop tour is a 30 second trot away from London Bridge station. The glitzy neon sign is an unmissable feature and if you haven’t been here for a cocktail then I would recommend that too. Having completely nailed the warehouse-chic look and feel, London Grind has a really distinctive vibe as well as a few dark corners that you can tuck yourself away in. I love hosting meetings here because it’s accessible and the service is always amazing. If you want to grab a table after hours, I’d recommend turning up with some time to spare as it’s popular and can be somewhat oversubscribed.
With the closure of Workshop’s flagship cafe on Clerkenwell road this summer (sob), this first-in-class coffee roaster opened a spacious and beautiful alternative on the ground floor of Amazon’s Headquarters in Holburn. This is a marble-laden ‘coffeebar’ and is a great place to meet, greet and get back on your feet with one of the best Mochas in town. If you want to upgrade your coffice experience, it also has a sliding wall through the centre of the bar which can divide the space into a seated gathering area for meetings or events! Ooh err.
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Now I have to be transparent here - I’ve not yet been to Hatch in Homerton. But I’ve heard so many great things about it and it looks the bomb. The space is a coffee shop, restaurant and bar that has a bustling and varied events calendar and offers desks at £2 an hour for freelancers (which includes free tea refills to keep you motivated). Their food menu looks incredible and it certainly has its own identity. I suspect this space houses a really interesting mix of people which despite focusing on your own work, can make for a more interesting day. After all, it’s a chance to soak up the city.
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For us southern folk, travelling in and out of London is done through Waterloo station. For those keen not to waste a minute catching up on emails, the Riverfront bar & kitchen offers a fabulously bright and airy space. It’s great for people watching, has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, is a 5 minute walk from Waterloo and has fresh coffee, food and drink - a venue for all hours.
I stumbled across this kitsch little coffee shop before a meeting in Hammersmith earlier in the year. It stuck in my mind because it stood out on the high street. A fabulous spot to grab some breakfast, the Stamford Larder was a warm and calm café with delightfully friendly staff.
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