My favorite places to work in London 👩🏼💻
It's been over two years now that I have left the corporate world and its traditional offices: cubicles, open space, tiny unadapted rooms, etc. I have seen it all and since 2016 I am observing the nomad workers revolution in coffee, libraries, hotel, shops, parcs, restaurant, everywhere there is some Wifi and no 'no laptop' sign. Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to my favorite spots in London. Note that they are listed depending on how brave I feel with the cycling, that is: in distance order from home!
I love heading to this airy and sleek coffee shop in Hackney! It is a great spot to enjoy the day thanks to its huge windows through which I often let my gaze wander looking at kids leaving school, buses, shower rains and whatever catches my attention. I also love the fact that they host a range of different artists, changing on a regular basis. It often makes nice surprise when I haven't been for a while. The only thing I don't like is that they close quite early and I would love to enjoy a longer day there. Oh! Almost forgot, nomad workers don't worry, our holy trinity is well served here: great coffee, good wifi and power supply at hand almost everywhere.
119 Lower Clapton Road London E5 0NP (Overground: Hackney Central)
This place has the wow factor! Google Maps calls it a 'Shopping Centre', which, I guess, makes my guests wonder sometimes if I am inviting them to some American outskirt mall but it's million miles from this. Step inside the glass doors and discover a huge space where you can enjoy many gems: coffee shop/deli with amazing staff (hello Lucas!) and amazing products (their £7 salads are my fav at lunch!), florist Rebel Rebel (Beyonce floral crown for Vogue's September issue, it's them...) or vinyl record store Stranger Than Paradise. Still it's relatively calm, with good music, you can work inside or on the terrace, holy nomad worker trinity OK! Welcome to Hackney bitches!
17 Mare Street London E8 4RU (Overground: London Fields)
Located near Old Street tube station, the Hoxton Shoreditch (not Holborn's) is the original Hoxton hotel. I like this space especially when I meet people for business or market research. It is cosy and beautiful! Also, two great things about it being a hotel: you can stay long hours (I sometimes work there until 10pm, yes I know...) and I think the waiters actually can't bother to serve you, which is actually quite nice if you are on a budget, it doesn't even feel weird to drink your own bottle of water, provided you ordered a coffee earlier for instance. Hahahaha... No I am not cheap!
81 Great Eastern Street London EC2A 3HU (Tube: Old Street)
This place is the s***! Samy, my husband, found out about it as soon as we landed in London in January this year, we registered and on the same day we were heading to a visit, received our badges, following day, we were working! So efficient! If you are into entrepreneurship, you have to join London Campus as it is a wonderful path to London startups ecosystem. It will not only give you access to a free coworking space and good coffee, you will be part of a thriving community always happy to help and powered by Slack. I met great people there and I love the atmosphere! It's a shame it tends to be packed sometimes (until people get lazy basically, so if you go early in the week, be there at 9am sharp!).
4-5 Bonhill Street London EC2A 4BX (Tube: Old Street)
Others spots that are still useful...
These other spots are not my favorite for some reason but they happen to be quite handy in some circonstances and I guess that they still may be valuable to some of you so here I share, again listed in distance order from my house.
I discovered this option thanks to a Google Campuser! Located right by Old Street tube station, it is actually a good option if you cannot find a spot at the Google Campus and need some calm, which doesn't make it one of my favorite as I find it a bit too calm. It contains however a true gem that I should not forget to mention: a Make Make Coffee counter managed by one of its co-founder Jonny (other half is Olivia) who serve one of the best coffee in London in addition to being a lovely person. I could recommend a visit at the Hangar just for that! To gain access, you need to register on their website and should get an answer within a few days.
58 City Road London EC1Y 2AL (Tube: Old Street)
Adidas Flagship Store
Here again, Samy told me about this place! He discovered it while shopping and had been telling me to go for a few days when I finally decided to give it a try. It's nice OK. But... Wasn't impressed by the wifi and the chairs are not that comfortable and maybe a bit too low with this table, oh and wifi wasn't great. Power supply OK though! I guess I will give it another chance simply because it's quite an interesting idea to offer a coworking space in a store and the music is dope!
15 Hanbury Street London E1 6QR (Overground: Shoreditch High Street)
If you happen to be at the Adidas store and fancy a coffee, you may well cross the street to end up, as I did, in the Hanbury Hall. I didn't know the place when I discovered it as I was attracted by the coffee shop in the entrance. It is definitely a place worth the look. It has the potential to become one of my favorite to be honest. I will keep you posted on this.
22 Hanbury Street London E1 6QR (Overground: Shoreditch High Street)
The British Library is easily accessible and is an impressive building where you should find a place to work and have coffee, not Make Make Coffee quality but still. The interesting thing here, that I still have to research, is their Business & IP Centre, which is here to help you start, run and grow your business. To be honest, I will need to dig deeper so I can tell you more about it. All I know for the moment is that to have access you need to ask for a card based on ID with signature and proof of address. Stay tuned on this one...
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB (Tube: Euston, King's Cross, St Pancras)
Located in Covent Garden, this place is about tea, coffee, work and play, basically: a coffee shop where you get to work and eat. To me, it comes very handy when I book a manucure at the Nail Club next door and feel like staying in the area for a change of scenery. East London rules but I still enjoy a fair amount of Central from time to time. I wouldn't list it as a favorite though as you will definitely not enjoy space their, people are crushed next to each other and the team is a bit too pushy when it comes to making you feel like you need to order something regularly.
7 Upper St Martin's Lane London WC2H 9DL (Tube: Covent Garden)
What about you? Did you know any of these? Have you been trying any after reading me? Any other addresses to share?