Most freelancers would be in agreement that a cool coffee shop is a more inviting place to set up work in than your office or home. Research has actually proven that a moderate level of ambient noise in a busy environment will improve performance levels on creative tasks. With this in mind, we’ve taken the time to put together a list of the top 10 coffee shops in London, to take time out from your everyday workplace and get creative within a great atmosphere.
Located in the heart of Holborn, right next to Covent Garden, Soho and Oxford Street, The Hoxton is a boutique hotel offering a large and open plan lobby area, which is the perfect spot to relax and work in. Whether you like to work with a coffee or prefer to get lunch, the lobby space at The Hoxton serves great coffee and offers food from breakfast through to dinner.
The lobby area is a versatile open space, where you can work and relax 24 hours a day. It has a long communal work table popular amongst remote workers to set up for the afternoon. It also offers a gallery space with regular exhibitions of local artists perfect for when you need a break. If you fancy a slightly quieter spot, head to the Bulldog Edition where you can relax on a sofa and enjoy their batch brew filter coffee supplied by Square Mile’s coffee.
Situated on the historic Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, Grind is a coffee shop with a cool and creative feel. Sit amongst its neon lights and bohemian furnishings and be inspired whilst you work. It even has its own coffee line called Grind House Blend, produced in their Shoreditch roastery daily. Grind is a firm favourite amongst remote workers who enjoy the electric and fast-paced attitude that Grind offers.
Positioned above Tower Hill underground station and near to Tower of London and London Bridge, Citizen Hotel offers style and comfort in a great location. The lobby area has been designed with your living room in mind to make you feel instantly at home. Free Wi-Fi and a library filled with design-led books make for a calming atmosphere to plug in and get on with work.
Looking for a dynamic and creative workspace? Timber yard is an independent speciality tea and coffee shop offering something different to your conventional café. The interior is a mismatch of armchairs, sofas and long tables encouraging creatives to work alongside one another. The relaxing atmosphere and artisan food mean you can stay for as long as you like in an environment filled with like-minded people.
Exposed brick, a large window over-looking the mews and a wooden ceiling make for a light, airy and welcoming space. Chief Coffee is a former furniture factory which comes as no surprise when you notice the mismatched furniture, stylish chairs and tables with obvious Scandinavian influence. Enjoy their speciality coffee and counter filled with tempting treats. The biggest surprise lies downstairs where you can enjoy a well-earned break with a game of pinball in their nostalgic lounge are.
Easily reachable from Waterloo and just a short stroll from Earls field station. Bean & Hop serves brunch, speciality coffee and over 50 types of beer; offering something to please all types of workers. If you’re more of a night owl try their sourdough pizza, which is served Wednesday to Saturday nights and very popular amongst fellow freelancers.
Combining coffee and hospitality, Ozone Coffee brings people together in its community space that encourages interaction and relationships to grow amongst like-minded people. The front of the shop is the freelance zone, where you can sample something sweet from their onsite bakery or try their menu filled with healthy options that don’t sacrifice flavour.
A panoramic bar, garden, café and workspace mean that whatever the weather, Netil 360 will fulfill your freelancing needs. The informal workspace is available to use Wednesday to Friday every week with free wifi, charging stations and the city’s skyline as a backdrop. This place has a truly relaxed atmosphere and is a freelancer’s favourite.
Although relatively small in size this retro diner speaks volumes inside with walls adorned in retro art, comfortable booths to work in and a menu filled with authentic American food. Free wifi can be used up until 2:30am and unlimited coffee refills are served throughout the day ensuring you never run out of fuel. The Love Shack Café Lounge becomes livelier in the evening, dimming the lights and turning the music up a notch, perfect for if you want to unwind after a day of work.