It is often away from my desk that I do my best work. Perhaps it’s the change of scenery, or the removal of distractions, but as a result, I’ve refined a shortlist of places around London that I can escape to to crack out the laptop and get my head down. I’m often asked for remote working recommendations, so I hope you find these tip-offs handy.
London EDITION Hotel, Fitzrovia
The EDITION’s Lobby Bar is absolutely stunning, and such a perfect place to while away hours on a laptop. Sky-high ceilings, stunning original architectural features and plush furnishings are luxe beyond belief, and the work table (to the right as you come in through the main entrance) is huge, with plug sockets and free WiFi. Staff are on hand to take your order for fresh juices, coffee or tea in silver pots.
Hoxton Hotel, Holborn
Just west of Holborn station is the super trendy Hoxton Hotel. Pick an armchair or the communal work table amongst the hipster furnishings, and enjoy the free WiFi and multiple plug sockets. Fuel your work with top notch coffee from in-hotel café Hubbard & Bell – the Lamington cakes come highly recommended too!
Ace Hotel, Shoreditch
You could be fooled into thinking that the Ace bars entry to anyone without a MacBook, judging by the proliferation of the silver Apple laptops in the Ace’s lounge areas! Free WiFi, plenty of work surfaces and caffeine from in-hotel Bulldog Edition café attract the hip and trendy hard workers of east London.
The Association, City
This coffee shop features a large communal table that’s ideal for working at – and also acts as a great setting for Instagram shots, with its chevron-painted surface that makes the perfect backdrop for your flat white! WiFi, plugs, awesome coffee and really great pastries create optimal working conditions.
F Mondays, Brixton
This spot is my bolthole when I need coffee and a change of scenery from my kitchen table! It ticks all the table/WiFi/socket boxes, and fuels you with Alchemy coffee (almond milk is on offer – another bonus) and amazing snacks, from porridge to toasties to gluten-free goodies.
Timberyard, Seven Dials
Timberyard is perfectly set up for worker bees – it’s huge, with a subterranean seating area with a great many tables, plugs and internet. I’ve managed to nab a table seat every time I’ve visited, and can work for hours thanks to the coffee/baked good offering.
Raw Press, Mayfair
There’s just one table at Raw Press, the basement juice bar beneath Wolf & Badger clothes shop, but it’s a pretty huge one. Cold-pressed juices, acai bowls, and vegan and gluten-free cakes and salads will keep you going as you beaver away (free WiFi and plugs).
London Grind, London Bridge
This recently-opened café is the largest in the chain of Grinds, and is furnished with plenty of tables. There’s coffee, plugs, WiFi and food – though the music soundtrack can be a bit much at times.
Iris & June, Victoria
Coffee, smoothies, cakes and amazing hearty lunch options mean you can hunker down in Iris & June for the long haul! Victoria is rather barren when it comes to good coffee, so I&J is a rare gem – with WiFi and plugs to make your remote office a reality.
Dishoom, Covent Garden / Shoreditch / Kings Cross
This one is somewhat time-dependent, as you haven’t got a chance of working in peace at Dishoom during meal times – but if you avoid the lunch and dinner services, Dishoom is pretty damn perfect. Get stuck into a spicy House Chai or mango lassi, connect to the “ChaiFi” internet and you’re good to go! There are even plug sockets if you pick your spot wisely.
Did I miss anywhere, or have you got alternative recommendations for remote working in London?