When I initially went freelance, I had intended to launch a mini-series on the blog, sharing the best cafes I was discovering. I love using the change of scene to ward off being stuck at home, and to make the most of not being tied to a desk – and I failed to journal it spectacularly.
Fortunately/unfortunately it’s because I’ve been super busy that I haven’t put fingers to keyboard, so thought I’d put that right. All of these have been trialled several times – for quality testing purposes obviously and nothing to do with a raging coffee addiction…
These are all favourites for different reasons – I often choose my cafes based on where in London I have meetings that day and they all have – I’ll pop down a small shorthand & the area the coffee shops are in (and an embedded GoogleMap below)
C – Great coffee
W – Amazing Wifi
P – Plugs
Q – Quiet and good for concentration
B – Buzzing and fun; good for creative work
You may note that Timberland, the freelancers favourite is missing – and that’s because I’ve never, ever been able to get a seat in there so don’t even bother trying after the first three unsuccessful attempts. It also looks a little too cozy for my liking – perhaps I just need to try again.
Hanbury Hall – Liverpool St/Spitalfields (C W P Q)
I discovered this gem via a Google search – and it’s a brilliant spot to settle into for a few hours. Their iced coffee is fantastic; full-bodied and creamy, their chocolate brownies are ridiculously good (make sure to grab a fork if you want to actually be able to type in-between mouthfuls) and the wifi is top notch.
H R Higgins – Mayfair (C W P Q)
In a bright and airy basement (usually a contradiction in terms I know) this coffee shop in the heart of Mayfair is always cozy, the staff are lovely and settling into one of the corners is such a pleasant way to spend an afternoon working away. There is usually quite a nice level of chatter which is just the right level of ambient sound.
Host Cafe – St Paul’s (C P Q)
A glorious confection of arches, even though the wifi isn’t great, I love going into Host Cafe for the excellent coffee and a chance to switch off from emails and knuckle down with uninterrupted writing. Well, that is when I’m not distracted by the glorious surroundings..
Le Meridien Hotel – Piccadilly (W P Q)
Technically this isn’t a cafe, rather a 5-star hotel, but outside of mealtimes, I occasionally sneak into the hotel and sit myself down in the light-filled atrium. I’ll often order a pot of tea and settle in to let the words flow. Or answer emails and tee up social media posts.
The Coffee Works, Angel (C P B)
Full of quirky professionals, the decor in this place is crazy and wonderful. With lovely baristas always up for a joke, miss-matched industrial chic furniture and a sweet garden out the back, it’s a great spot to spend a couple of hours.
Iris and June – Victoria (C B)
I haven’t actually worked in here owing to the concrete tables, but meeting clients and friends for coffee and brunch is always a treat. The baristas totally understand the Vegemite division (as many are antipodean) and there is always a good selection of treats to snack on.
Sourced Market – Marylebone, Victoria (C W Q)
Open from 7am and not closing until 10pm, it’s the perfect place for early birds and late night muses to get all kinds of writing done. The coffee is absoloutely top notch, the baking array will spoil any diet and their shelves stock all kinds of cooking inspiration.
Charlottes W5 – Ealing (C Q)
Although I haven’t yet managed to check if there is wifi, the croissants here are sinfully buttery, and adding a smear of jam to them takes it to another level. Popular with Ealing locals, it’s also a popular spot with business people who want to enjoy somewhere a touch nicer than their own home sofas.
Where is your favourite spot? (I can’t wait to add to the below!)
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