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Where To Work In London As A Freelancer

Where To Work In London As A Freelancer

Freelancing.

On the one hand it offers unparalleled freedom, and a deeply gratifying sense of self-determination. On the other hand, your family only need so many logo designs…

Either way, you need somewhere to work. And so we’ve pulled together a solid list of the best places in London to hammer out some good ‘ol caffeine-fuelled work in a comfortable setting with kind staff, delicious beverages and brisk WiFi…


NORTH

Vagabond

A shabby-chic coffee shop, well-versed in the wandering worker. 

Plug sockets: Yes.
Wifi: Yes.
How chilled are the staff? They’re easy-going folk more than happy (and we quote) for freelancers to come and spend their day working to their hearts content.
Ideal working hours: 7.30am – 5.30pm.
Bonus points: a leafy garden for the occasional brain power boost.

The Coffee Works Project

A quaint, family-run, industrial-style place with plenty of go juice.

Plug sockets: Yes.
Wifi: Yes.
How chilled are the staff? Stay hydrated and they stay sedated.
Ideal working hours: 7.30am – 6pm.
Bonus points: fresh pastries every morning and cakes baked on-site making for a very enjoyable aroma.


EAST

Granger and Co, Clerkenwell

Bill Granger’s laid-back, antipodean approach to all-day eating. And all-day working from home.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? It’s decidedly a restaurant not a cafe so lunch and dinner times their probably going to want you to either get some food or fresh air. However the rest of the time their happy for you to hit the laptop.
Ideal working hours: 8am – 12pm, 3pm – 6pm.
Bonus points: breakfast and lunch options including chilli fried egg and bacon brioche roll with rocket and spiced mango chutney or ricotta hotcakes, banana and honeycomb butter.

The Laundry, E8

Former industrial laundry turned 250 seater bar and restaurant.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? Chilled. No doubt they’d be keen if you didn’t just chug tap water all day but daytimes are quiet and so a coffee will do.
Ideal working hours: 10am – 6pm.
Bonus points: big comfortable sofas and chairs, plus an outside area fit with a fire-pit.

Ozone Coffee Roasters 

A kiwi-owned coffee roasters, shop, and eatery changing the meaning of desk lunch one freelancer at a time.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? From what we can tell Ozone is split into two parts with the front window seats being the prime freelancer zone. Something tells us the restaurant might be a no-go.
Ideal working hours: 7am – 6pm.
Bonus points: twenty years of experience (i.e. delicious coffee); an on-site bakery for fresh pastries and cakes; and lunch options including omelette with roast squash, lemon, kale, tahini yoghurt, and fried shallots or beetroot and sesame falafel with hummus, Umbrian lentils, apple, popped grains and chilli mayo.

Campus London

Your year-round ticket to pretending you’re smart enough to work for Google. 

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff?  Of all the places on this list, by far the most. They want you there, and wouldn’t have a job if you weren’t.
Ideal working hours: 9am – 8pm. (Please note, you need to be a member to enter. Membership is free just don’t forget that part before visiting.)
Bonus points: meeting rooms available (although at a cost), plus workshops, talks and networking programmes for start-ups or those just starting to spread their tiny employment wings.

Netil 360

A rooftop workspace, cafe, and bar with inspiring views across the city.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? They welcome freelancers with open arms, the only thing they ask is that any food and drink consumed is bought from them.
Ideal working hours: 12pm – 5pm, Wednesday – Friday. Please note, they’re closed October – December except for Friday and Saturday afternoon/evenings.
Bonus points: impressive sunsets and Tres the rooftop dog.

You can read more about Netil 360, in full HERE.

Rawduck

A leafy all-day eatery serving up mouth-watering Mediterranean food from the edge of London Fields.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? If it’s quiet, buy something to sip on and you’re good to go. At busier times you might want to buy yourself a plate of baby beetroot, charred potatoes, green beans, ricotta and hazelnuts to secure your spot. (It’s a hard life.)
Ideal working hours: 10am – 12pm, 3pm – 6pm.
Bonus points: they have monthly changing weekday lunch special including a dish and glass of wine or soft drink for a tenner.

The Hoxton Hotel

A swish East-London hotel boasting probably the coolest meeting rooms in the city.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? It’s another buy-a-couple-of-tipples-and-you’re-good-to-go situation.
Ideal working hours: 8am – close.
Bonus points: it’s a hotel meaning if a once-in-a-lifetime breakthrough means you work through last tube (…all buses have broken down and Uber actually ends this time) you’ll have somewhere to sleep.

 


CENTRAL

The British Library

Over 150 million books. In one building. And you.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? It’s a library, they’re big on quiet people. Beyond that they’re cucumbers.
Ideal working hours: 9.30am  – 8pm.
Bonus points: inspiration for days.

Picturehouse Central

Cinema, stroke cafe, stroke restaurant, stroke bar. And quite the looker at that. 

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? No worries here.
Ideal working hours: 8am – 12pm.
Bonus points: films. At your fingertips. Plus some seriously reasonable pick-and-mix priced by the pot (get squashing).

Timber Yard, Seven Dials

Coffeeshop cum work haven offering all-day breakfast and speciality tea and coffee.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? Ice cold beer on a summers day.
Ideal working hours: 8am – 6pm.
Bonus points: free, bookable meeting rooms and much tea and coffee.

The Social, Fitzrovia

A wood-panelled workspace boasting burgers and booze. 

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? Extremely
Ideal working hours: 12.30 – 5.30pm.
Bonus points: booths can be reserved in advance for meetings, totally free of charge. Oh and they have on-site tech support (say wahhh…).

 


SOUTH

Caravan, Bankside

Restaurant, bar, and coffee roastery housed on the ground floor of an old metal box factory. 

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? Very.
Ideal working hours: 8am – 10.30pm.
Bonus points: it has two sister restaurants (Exmouth Market and King’s Cross) that are also happy to host you.

Peckham Refreshment Rooms

A minimalist haven in the hustle and bustle of Peckham Rye.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? Very.
Ideal working hours: 8am – 12am.
Bonus points: food (the kind your brain’s into) all day long.

Spike and Earl

Coffee Roastery, cafe, and bar spreading good vibes in South East London.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? They walk perfectly the tightrope between attentive and relaxed. In other words, nicely so.
Ideal working hours: 8am – 11pm (please note they close at 4pm on a Monday).
Bonus points: £5 cocktails, £3 beer, and £10 carafes, Tuesday – Thursday, 5-8pm.

The Southbank Centre

The UK’s largest arts centre overlooking England’s longest river. 

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? They’re mostly there to support the shows. You are the least of their worries.
Ideal working hours: 10am – 11pm.
Bonus points: lots of floors, lots of furniture, plus some pretty decent views.


WEST

Granger and Co, Chelsea

The latest edition to Bill Granger’s Aussie-inspired empire.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff? Probably less so around lunchtimes but fortunately the Saatchi Gallery is just around the corner making a considerate lunch break more than enjoyable. The rest of the day they’re very welcoming.
Ideal working hours: 7am – 12pm, 3pm – 6pm.
Bonus points: a drinks selection including smoothies with homemade almond milk, lsa ,raw cacao, banana and honey or berries, banana, apple juice, orange juice and yoghurt; matcha and vanilla or espresso, avocado frappés with vanilla ice cream; and spiced almond milk chai.

No. 11 Pimlico Road

An all-day restaurant and bar serving up Modern European food to Pimlico locals.

Plug sockets: yes.
Wifi: yes.
How chilled are the staff?
Ideal working hours: 9am – 12am.
Bonus points: the interior design is on point. It makes for a very pretty office.


All that working and you’re probably in the mood for some fresh air and/or booze… so check out our guide to London’s best rooftop bars.



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