The Best Independent Cafés To Work From In London

Chloe Koura
By Chloe Koura Last edited 14 months ago
The Best Independent Cafés To Work From In London

Lattes and laptops are both important when you're working out of the office. We've compiled a list of independent places where you can get both a caffeine and a Wi-Fi fix.


Macchiato at The CoffeeWorks Project. Photo: spektrograf.

The CoffeeWorks Project in Angel is pretty popular with freelancers; you can stay for a while without feeling you're outstaying you're welcome. The independent, family-run coffee house knows what it's doing when it comes to coffee, offering V60, Kalita and aeropress brews, as well as espressos from their pride and joy Slayer machine. Just make sure you get there early.

96-98 High Street, Islington, N1 8EG (there are also branches in Blackfriars and Leadenhall).

Quality Italian paninis and pizzas define Finsbury Park's Exeter Street Bakery — perfect to nibble on while you're working. The coffees aren't bad either; grab one of the cushioned benches and settle in for a few hours.

The Arts Building, Morris Place, Finsbury Park, N4 3JG

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Vagabond has stores in N7, N4, E1 and E1W.

Grab a flat white whilst you catch up on your work at Vagabond, Holloway. It's small and cosy, but luckily there are four branches to choose from — all with free Wi-Fi and plug points (although N4's branch has fewer of these).

105 Holloway Road, N7 8LT and Charter Court, Stroud Green Road, N4 3SG. There are also branches in Whitechapel and Wapping.

Bread and Bean in Archway is a hit with locals and laptoppers alike — even if it offers only one coffee. Nab one of the window seats and choose from a cooked breakfast to soup and salad, to see you through the day.

37 Junction Road, N19 5QU


Cream, Shoreditch.

Latte art lovers, laptop owners and dogs frequent Cream in Shoreditch. The big glass doors onto the street are open when it's warm, and the fresh and healthy seasonal menu is perfect to get your brain juices flowing.

31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY

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Campus London isn't technically a café, but it's run by Google, so we think that justifies it making the list. There's free Wi-Fi, a lot of plug points, the chance to network with other freelancers — and even weekly yoga. Just remember to sign up before you go.

4-5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch, EC2A 4BX

Like to power your push bike with caffeine? Look Mum No Hands! is an Old Street cycle café open until 10pm every night. With free Wi-Fi, power sockets, sofa seating, and Square Mile Coffee Roasters, it doesn't get much better for freelancers who cycle. And if you need an alcoholic fix, there's draught beer from four taps (as long as you're not cycling home).

49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX

Coffee and soup at Husk Coffee & Creative Space.

Husk Coffee & Creative Space opposite Limehouse station houses big tables and a small library where you can work and study. There are fresh pastries from local bakeries, daal and naan (just £3.50) and coffee from a rusty red La Marzocco. The walls of the spacious community hub are lined with art — perfect to stimulate your creative juices.

649 Commercial Road, E14 7LW

Free Wi-Fi, and a (sensibly volumed) jazz music backing track makes Ezo Bistro in Barking a great café to work in. Take a breather in the small gallery and library, or by getting stuck into the cappuccinos and crepes.

Barking station, IG11 8TU


Department of Coffee and Social Affairs.

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs on Leather Lane is a renovated ironmonger describing itself as a "coffee-focused social hub". There's a meeting room should you need a completely private space to enjoy your single origin or filter coffee, as well as a private booth and communal seating.

14-16 Leather Lane, EC1N 7SU. There are seven branches across London.

Flat Planet is a flatbread haven just off Carnaby Street; there's Wi-Fi and a piano pleading 'play me' downstairs, where most of the seating is. Just hope there's not an aspiring Tchaikovsky down there. It can get busy at lunch and dinner, but is quite relaxed outside of those times.

39 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7JG

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Coffee and ham&cheese toasties at Timberyard.

A creative hub fuelling you with speciality tea and coffee, Timberyard in Soho is a great place to plug in your laptop and make use of the free Wi-Fi. Stay as long as you like, or even hire one of the air-conditioned meeting rooms. See if you can work out why Timberyard won Best Independent Coffee Shop in Europe 2014.

7 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9DL. There's another branch in Seven Dials.

Hubbard & Bell, Holborn has comfortable seats, good coffee and power points — everything you need in an office away from the office. Open until 2am every night apart from Sunday (when it's open until midnight), this is ideal if you need to work late.

199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BW


The Lido Café, Brockwell is the one of best poolside places to work in the summer months without leaving London, but be warned — it does get busy and there will be screaming babies. And splashing. Lots of splashing.

Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, SE24 0PA

There's free Wi-Fi, eclectic homely furniture, homemade scones and tea in vintage china cups at Greenwich's Red Door. How much more relaxing could a temporary office be? The café/gallery/shop also serves tasty Monmouth coffee.

10 Turnpin Lane, SE10 9JA

An iced coffee at Escape the Daily Grind.

Balham's Escape the Daily Grind serves south London-roasted Volcano Coffee alongside fresh cakes and a yummy brunch menu served until 3pm. Open for just over a year, this place has free Wi-Fi (with power sockets) and a chilled out vibe to work in.

8 Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG


Bean & Hop.

Bean & Hop, Earlsfield is locally-owned and has benches to create a community feel (and also so you don't feel guilty taking up a whole table). The coffee is made from Nude Espresso Roastery, and there are over 70 different beers on offer if you fancy something stronger. With fast Wi-Fi and plenty of plug points, this dog-friendly shop is a properly relaxed workspace.

424-426 Garratt Lane, SW18 4HN

Best known for its delicious cakes, Cocomaya on Connaught Street also has a good line in coffee and hot chocolate (which they serve in traditional English crockery). Free Wi-Fi and plug points are available too.

12 Connaught Street, W2 2AF


Hammersmith's Antipode is constantly praised for its good coffee served with friendly Australian vibes. It is small, but it's open from 7am and the welcoming baristas are happy for you to whip your laptop out.

28 Fulham Palace Road, W6 9PH

Coffee In The Wood in Colliers Wood has great coffee and food, but because of this, it can get rather loud. If you don't mind the occasional screaming child though, this community hub is a solid choice.

99-101 High Street, Colliers Wood, SW19 2JF

Tamp Coffee & Tapas in Chiswick.

Tamp Coffee & Tapas in Chiswick serves coffee from Bristol-based Extract Coffee Roasters, and chooses a different speciality coffee each week. The quiet atmosphere (and selection of empanadas) make it a freelancer's haven.

1 Devonshire Road, W4 2EU

Have we missed your favourite café to work in? Let us know in the comments below.

Last Updated 20 February 2017


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Many people are seriously bothered by background music. There are a lot of conditions that can be affected by loud music; hearing impairment, presbycussis, fibromyalgia, autism etc.

Could Londonist run an article on coffee shops, chains or independents, that either don't play music or are willing to turn it off for customers who request this? Apart from medical conditions, in our lovely but stressed out city, there are many who would probably just appreciate a little oasis of calm to work or chat with friends.

A reply here from Londonist would be great.


Up North I also tend to work in EZ & Moss on Holloway Road.

East, I would add Paper & Cup on Calvert Avenue. Super friendly crew and you can stay for hours. But people do like to come to chat and hang out so grab some headphones.


Artisan Coffee In Ealing Broadway. IT's also a coffee school, so if you want to learn how to not spend a tone of money in hipster cafes you can :P Needless to say I haven't yet http://www.artisancoffeesch...


West, R&H cafe gallery in Richmond has got all the box ticked to make you fall in love to work there


Just went to Cream, I have been told they have a "serious policy of non laptop"... not so handy to work from this one