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AreaVENUEWEBSITE LINKWIFIWIFI PASSWORDS/NETWORKPLUG SOCKETSMENU£STAFFSTARSPRICE OF A CUP OF COFFEEANYTHING ELSE?
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North LondonArchwayBread and BeanFineMainly fancy sandwiches and cakes, and a few other options.££All nice; although some a little brusque at times3.5Looks quite small from the outside, but there's a back room as well so don't worry if looks busy from outside.
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Central LondonBankMerchant House of Bow Lanehttp://www.merchanthouselondon.com/bow-laneSometimes flaky but usually quite passableCocktail bar with good tea and coffee, some small plates££Extremely friendly and chilled out, during the day they like the company more than the cash5£3.50Open from 11am until late. Best cocktails in London when you're finished working ;)
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Central LondonBanksideCitizen Mhttps://www.citizenm.com/destinations/london/london-bankside-hotelExcellentNo password, just accept their T&CsPlentifulBreakfast & Lunch buffets. Fully stocked bar.££Very friendly5£2.50Walk into the hotel lobby and sit down.
Plenty of times I've bought nothing if it's busy enough to get away with it.
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South-west LondonBatterseaBattersea Arts Centrewww.bac.org.ukGood and consistentOpen networkPlentyLimited food£Really friendly and good atmosphere. Gets busy around performances, but in downtime it is often empty.52Can get very noisy in peak times.
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South-west LondonBatterseaSocial Pantryhttps://socialpantry.co.ukGoodOpen networkLimited – best spot is the big table down the end.Good brunch menu and fresh salads bowls for lunch.££Staff quite pushy about buying more if you're there over an hour. Stagger your food!43Don't sit under the air con supply. It drips and I left with a soaking bag :(
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East LondonBethnal GreenThe Common E2Very goodGreat breakfast dishes££Real nice5loads of people on laptops
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Central LondonBlackfriarsMerchant House of Fleet Streethttp://www.merchanthouselondon.com/fleet-street/Sometimes flaky but usually quite passableCocktail bar with good tea and coffee, some small plates££Extremely friendly and chilled out, during the day they like the company more than the cash5£3.50Open from 3pm until late. Smashing cocktails once you're off the clock
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Central LondonBLOOMSBURYContinental Stores (and its sister cafe, store street)Alright - but staff sometimes turn off over lunchA whole galaxy of fancy herbal teas and hippie lattes, salads and sandwiches, cakes that look more delicious than they are.££Very lovely.4Store street gets CRAZY at lunch - but it opens early
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Central LondonBLOOMSBURYDillons Coffee at Waterstones Gower StreetCan be pretty slowCakes and toasties, decent coffee££All nice4The wifi isn't great, but it's big and thanks to being right near lots of universities is actually mostly filled with people working, which makes for a peaceful atmosphere and means staff leave you be.
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Central LondonBLOOMSBURYInstitute of Historical Research Library and Common Roomhttp://www.history.ac.uk/libraryyes for members +eduroamJacket spuds, panini, sandwiches, cakes!£Lovely 4For budding historical fiction writers... Free for academics and gradute students; day or £52 per annum memberships. Try the 3rd floor for a quiet spot.
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South LondonBRIXTONStir Coffeehttp://www.stircoffee.co.uk/GoodDecent coffee, cakes, sandwiches, salads, canned craft beer££Bit over the top4Hipstery, but in a Brixton way, with a relaxed, friendly vibe. Even at its busiest never failed to find a seat. The kind of place you can stay for hours without worrying.
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South LondonBRIXTONThe Ritzy GoodQuite pricey coffee, good food with lots of choice. Also a bar for when work is getting tough.£££All nice3Don't mind you being there a while, but only really a good idea to go during the day -- it's a cinema so gets packed in the evening. Head to the upstairs cafe/bar rather than the downstairs one.
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South LondonBROCKLEY NOAKslightly dodgyCinnamon buns for days££Everyone's cool here.4I've had issues with the wifi cutting out before
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South LondonCAMBERWELLLumberjackhttps://wearelumberjack.co.uk/goodGood cakes. Seriously good cakes...££Largely very sweet; almost all of them seem to be actors/musicians so good for eavesdropping when bored...4Pretty small, so not necessarily somewhere you can guarantee a table, but very chilled, quite arty vibe.
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North LondonCAMDEN TOWNYumchaaFree, but connection is unreliable. But a neighbouring shop has a guest wifi network that can be accessed."A whole galaxy of fancy herbal teas and hippie lattes, salads and sandwiches, cakes that look more delicious than they are." Yumchaa is a chain: been to one, been to them all. But the cakes are amazing.££Always perfectly pleasant4£2.50-£4.00UPDATE: Due to the landlord increasing the rent, the Yumchaa on Parkway has closed down. The one in Camden Market's food court is still open, but it's not laptop-user friendly – pen-and-paper writers will be fine, if they can snag a table from tourists. Yumchaa is a chain, so if you've been to one you know what to expect.
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Central LondonCANNON STREETJoe and the JuicePretty goodThey charged me 50p for a lemon slice£££A man called me "darling" five times2Phat beats, armageddon on the streets.
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South-east LondonCatford 🐈🐈🐈Archibald'sExcellentLunch/brunch - fairly predictable but good food££Friendly, chatty3.5Relaxed atmosphere. Sometimes fills up with buggies and mums, but often very quiet and chill. Importantly, there are loads of plug sockets and the wifi is good.
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Central LondonCHARING CROSSUpper Crust ( I think)Excellent (in-station sky.com)Er, don't know, I just bought a banana so I could sit there?Good4?Only including this half remembered entry because, like the author above, I fought and lost against the Waterstones Wifi. Go into Charing Cross station along the "Cab Road Passage" ( http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/static/images/content/SME/1485-0000002.jpg ) and turn right immediately, the space is open, has many chairs, power, good station WiFi and you can "hide" around the corner if need be.
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Central LondonCHARING CROSSWaterstone's CafeAwfulIt's a Costa so obviously I'm not going to eat there££The woman in there was definitely over my shit1Seriously, no one could work the wifi, it was Lord of the Flies
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South-west LondonChelseaRaw PressGood, fasthealthynothardLotsAll vegan. Lots of juices. Not sure how to feel about it, but also quite nice? Lots of saladsFine
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West LondonChiswickKitchen and PantryGoodBreakfast, brunch, light snacks and lovely caskes.££Chilled, friendly4Lots of plugs and confortable sofas
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South-west LondonCLAPHAMTartVery goodt@styt@rtSome.Tarts (three on rotation it seems), the odd sandwhich and coffee/tea. Of course, you're there for the tart though£££Delightful4Genuinely nice tarts (as you may have guessed by now) and a great pace to take a laptop. Not every table has plugs, however. Toilets have wheelchair access.
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South-west LondonCLAPHAMThe Black Labhttp://blacklabcoffee.com/Very goodToasted sandwiches (a bit ££), good loaf cakes, pastries etc. V. good coffee.££Lovely5Have spent eight hour stretches there. Power points at various places. Good tables for working on.
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South LondonCRYSTAL PALACE/
SYDENHAM
Brown & GreenGoodNice coffee, breakfasts etc. ££Nice people4Isn't the biggest place and buggaboo central at certain times, but know of people who've written whole books in here. two CP locations (one in the 'triangle', the other in the station), and Sydenham one in Mayow Park.
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East LondonDalstonTo The JungleGoodPretty much just sandwiches and pastries££Nice, fairly hands-off, won't hassle you to leave earlier than you want4Plenty of plug sockets, never struggled to get a seat there. Point knocked off because the menu is a bit boring and the seats aren't very comfortable but I am probably being unnecessarily harsh.
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South-East LondonDEPTFORDLondon Veloexcellent Also largely fine££Everone's cool here4It's also a bike shop? Don't know what that's about.
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South-East LondonDEPTFORDMousetailhttp://www.mousetailcoffee.com/#ourlocationsexcellent Real good banana bread££Everyone's cool here.5it's kinda dark so you'll get SAD if you sit here for too long
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North LondonEAST FINCHLEYDan n Decarlohttps://www.facebook.com/DanAndDeCarlo/Good£Seemed nice enough4Right across the road from station and a few min away from cherry tree woods, Good for the traveling freelancer.
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North LondonEAST FINCHLEYCaffe Nerohttps://caffenero.com/uk/stores/east-finchley/GoodYesStandard Caffe Nero£Standard Caffe Nero4Standard Caffe NeroAbout 5-7 minute walk from East Finchley Station. Surprisingly large branch, with a long table suitable for packs of writers, and plenty of small tables in booths. Most tables seem to have power points nearby and there is WiFi. Everything else is what you usually find at a Caffe Nero.
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Central LondonEustonBritish Libraryvery goodwide range of food in cafe. no food allowed in library bit££leave you alone5
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North LondonEUSTONFriends House Cafehttp://www.friendshouse.co.uk/getting-hereThey give you a code that lasts an hour when you buy a coffee. Nice cakes, sandwiches etc - plus tea and coffee are super cheap£Nice4£2 -ish - tea is about £1Very near Euston Station
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Central LondonFARRINGDONAsk For Janicehttp://askforjanice.co.ukGreatFull menus. Separate Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus.££Great5Staff very happy to leave you for hours whilst you work. Coffee is excellent, food is great, healthy and well priced. They also have an excellent gin and beer selection. Gets busy during lunch and from about 5pm. Outside of those times you should always find a comfortable table.
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Central LondonFARRINGDONSmiths Of SmithfieldGoodQuality breakfasts, free coffee refills until 2PM£Reasonable4Turns into a bar after 2pm, you can stay but it gets loud and annoying. Easily the nicest open space & largest tables around here
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Central LondonFinchley CentralBespoke cafehttps://www.facebook.com/bespoke.Cafe/Consistently fine.Excellent coffee, avo on toast, soups of the day, good breakfast menu, and green smoothies£Friendly owner and staff4Lovely indie cafe that is not terribly expensive. Does not get too busy in the afternoons, not too many charging points (about 2-3)
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Central LondonFinchley CentralTinticohttps://www.facebook.com/tinticocoffee/Consistently fine.Very nice coffee, menu of various egg on toast, avocado toast type dishes. Reasonable range of cakes.££Lovely staff4Can get a bit busy
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North LondonFinsbury ParkVagabondhttp://www.vagabond.london/Always strongThere is a plug socket but it's above the door Excellent, rocket fuel coffee, basic brunchy menu of eggs on toast etc, and cake.£Lovely staff, cool neighbourhood vibe4Crucially, no plug sockets. Which is a pain – but sometimes also the incentive you need to work and stop dicking around?
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South-east LondonGREENWICH 🕒🕒🕒Waterstone's Cafe, 2nd floorWaterstone's WIFI is always horrible, but you can crab 🦀 WIFI from the M&S downstairs pretty easyI had a cookie and it was ok££Everyone's fine, if sort of non-plussed, which I get3There are very few tables that are comfortable typing-height
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East LondonHackneyBernstein's BarGoodSmall menu but lovely. Open from breakfast until late so you could theoretically stay all day if you wanted.££Staff are all cool, you will get to know them quickly. 4One point knocked off because it's absolutely tiny. Plug sockets only available from one or two points I think. REALLY GOOD if you like visiting dogs, for some reason I've never been there and not seen a dog.
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East LondonHackneyFootnotehttp://www.footnote.london/Very goodChanges regularlyLots by the windowsNice posh breakfast/brunch food. Cakes not as good as they used to be but delicious ice cream££Very friendly. They love dogs.5
£2.50 ish (I am a tea drinker, it's £2.00 for a pot of leaf tea)
Lovely big windows, my favourite place for writing. Gets busy at lunch and occasionally they get laptop people to share tables, but outside of meal times it's a lovely quiet space
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East LondonHackneyJim's CafeGoodNice food, on the experimental rather than the comfort side (like, duck egg hash rather than cheese omelette).£££Nice, unfussed if you just want to stay there the entire day and not even get food.4Point knocked off because it's v dark and expensive. Key though is EVERY table has a plug socket.
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East LondonHackneyPalm VaultsGoodAlmost the whole food menu is variants of avocado toast. I think it's all or almost all vegan. Drinks menu is ludicrous and you have about thirty options, many of them caffeine-free, most of them very fancy and instagrammable.. ££ to £££They're intimidatingly cool but all really lovely.3It's extremely pretty, extremely fancy and extremely luxuriously hipster. It's also unfortunately very small and always busy. DO NOT go there at the weekend you will not be able to get a seat. Plenty of plug sockets. No air conditioning and Not Good in heatwaves.
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East LondonHackneyVenetia'sOKSort of like a slightly less greasy greasy spoon. Reasonably priced.£Nice but not over-friendly. If you need to get stuff done and don't want to have to socialise, good choice.3Not many plugs, dark inside, but they do also have a covered garden out the back. Something weird going on with the wifi I can't figure out but rebooting on my end always seems to fix it.
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North LondonHampsteadSilverberry Deli and KitchenOKGood coffee and amazing cake. Good choice of vegan options. £Nice staff don't bother you too much4Nice outside area in the summer.
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North LondonHarringayMokaGoodNice stuff, good coffee, Mauritian angle to the food££Nice (the chef's annoying but mostly in the kitchen)4The food's too expensive but the coffee's good and not too much
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Central LondonHarrowBru GoodAce waffles and ice-cream. Also does more normal cafe stuff££Pretty nice and chilled4Busy on weekends and after school due to the ice-cream. lots of plugs and comfy chairs of different types. open late. don't mind you being there for ages
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South LondonHERNE HILL 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️Brockwell BlendGoodGood coffee, tasty avocado toast if you're feeling rich££Lovely, will chat but also leave you be for a while to work 4Decent wifi, but quite small. Grab a table before lunchtime rush or Herne Hill buggy brigade turn up. Gave me a free coffee they'd accidentally made last time I was there.
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Central LondonHOLBORNThe HoxtonGreatFull menu£££Will leave you alone. Not great if you're ordering food lolIt's a fancy hotel. I saw a high end hooker sex worker there once
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East LondonHomertonThe HatchGoodThe best pain au chocolat I've had in London (i'll put money on them being baked by french people). Sweet things, salads, sandwiches, all excellent. ££Friendly enough. Buy some stuff to drink and nibble now and then and you'll have nothing to worry about4If you're feeling flush you can pay a couple of quid to sit upstairs in the gallery set aside ESPECIALLY for the purpose of WORKING, where there are benches and chairs and more plug sockets than you can shake a magsafe apple power charger at. Can be hot however
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North LondonIslingtonFinsbury Libraryhttps://www.islington.gov.uk/libraries-arts-and-heritage/libraries/your-local-libraries/finsbury-libraryVery goodget-readingPlentynormally no food allowed except water-Leave you alone4Can be a bit noisey when the school finishes for the day, there are plenty of plugs and USB charging points, during Tuesdays and Thursdays closes at 8pm.
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West LondonKensingtonWayne's Coffeewww.waynescoffee.co.uk/GoodCan get WiFi from Seraphine Hotel next door. 24 hours access.Sandwiches, bagels, salad, pastries, juice, coffee and tea. Most of the time there are one or two raw vegan cakes, but these are the only vegan food options. Not sure about gluten free options. There are a few vegetarian options.£-££Very nice. The owner is lovely and he is occasionally around. They aren't bothered by people working on their laptops and usually smile. They occasionally bring orders over to your table for you.4£1.50 - £3.10There's a 20% own cup discount that not all staff are aware of. Fresh lemon or mint tea is more expensive than a tea bag.There's usually music playing, it's not very distracting and can be eaisly drowned out with headphones. It's typical easy listening/coffeeshop music.
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North LondonKentish TownArancini Brothers Consistently fine.Delicious coffee and muffins, cookies etc. Arancini are cheesy, heart-attack-y perfection. ££Super friendly, cool staff. 5There's a little garden in the back, which is quiet and ideal.
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North LondonKings CrossDishoomGreatIndian. Small plates of stuff, wraps, curries, bread, nice drinks. Bottomless chai! Bacon naan!£££ (compared to a cafe)Totally fine4Look, I know. But bear with me. The King's Cross one is massive, and not crazy busy during the day, mid week. You can sit at a booth downstairs, or at the bar upstairs, with a laptop. They will pretty much leave you alone. Food is consistent, and good if you're hungry. Chai is bottomless. Bacon naan kicks off your day really well.
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North LondonKings CrossDrink, Shop, Dohttp://drinkshopdo.co.uk/Fairly good - have two separate networks incase one goes downScattered around Salads, tarts and a lot of cake!££Really nice staff and quite helpful4£3This is a really nice place, and actually pretty spacious. I'd give it a miss at weekends as it can get pretty packed, but you can pretty much always get a table in the week. Staff are lovely and will leave you too it.
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North LondonKings CrossLe Pain Quotidien [in St Pancras]http://www.lepainquotidien.co.uk/store/st-pancras/OkayFrench food: pastries, salads etc££Fine4There's huge tables near tha back where you can spread out and work in peace. If you're worried about the tourists, don't be - they usually sit at the front and aren't that loud in any case. Also if you get kicked out at 10pm: 24hr Costa right next door.
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South-East LondonLewishamLewisham CentreNot many 'laptop' cafes in Lewisham yet - there are Costa and Starbucks inside the shopping centre.
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East LondonLeytonstoneAll You Read is LoveGoodGood home made cakes, sandwiches, excellent coffee, also has a licence if you fancy a beer or cocktail£Couple of friendly Danish hipsters4Not all tables would be suitable for working at, but there's always a few people in there with laptops. Point knocked off as it's a bookshop and therefore has too many distractions!
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East LondonLimehouseHusk café & creative spacehttp://www.huskcoffee.com/Good, but sometimes over-populatedYes, but limitedGreat fresh soups, sandwiches, cakes£Very friendly - all young studenty types5£2Always full of students working and rarely paying, so feel no pressure to keep buying stuff. The staff seem to expect you to set up camp for decent amount of time
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East LondonMile EndMae + HarveyGoodNoneSuper nice food, really reasonably price (although fairly small portions)£Staff are super lovely3Only a three as this place is teeny teeny tiny (entire place cannot sit more about 10 people). Usually quiet during the weekday though, so good if you're working alone.
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East LondonMile EndThe ChesterfieldGood, but often off before ~2PMAmazing food - all in really big portions. Bagels are great, brownies are heavenly.£ to ££Staff are nice, and happy with you hanging around all day. They can be a bit dozy - I've had my order forgotten, the wrong thing ordered, etc, so many times - but always nice enough.4Various places to sit big tables, little tables, couches, etc). A few plugs but not too many! The tea comes in annoying pots which stew really quickly so despite size, you can only usually get a cup out of them.
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South-East LondonNew CrossThe Red LionPretty goodGood brownies££Everyone's cool here.4Don't come here on a bright day, as it is a glass box of sweat when it's hot
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South LondonNEW CROSS ⚔️⚔️⚔️Out Of The BrewGoodI haven't eaten there but the coffee is good. Hot and cold things like tarts, lasagne, salads etcetera, various cakes.££All nice3Always massively busy, really hot, nice garden.
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North LondonNorth Finchley North Finchley libraryhttps://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/libraries/find-your-local-library/north-finchley.htmlAvailable.Yes. Library membership needed.YesNone. But you can bring in bottled drinks, due to lack of staff.Friendly, if any are around.3North Finchley Library is only open to the public for a few hours a day. Outside of those hours, you need a membership card to enter. Inside of those hours, the library is staffed by volunteers and professional librarians. At the back of the library there is a large, well-lit room, with loads of tables and chairs. It has the feel of a cheap classroom, and everything echoes a lot, but otherwise it's quiet and there's plenty of space to work.
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North LondonNorth Finchley Artsdepot Cafehttps://www.artsdepot.co.uk/GoodBasic sandwiches, salads and cakes, with tea and coffee.£Friendly.4Three issues with the Artsdepot: plugs are hard to come by for laptop users and get snagged early. It closes early - check its website for opening hours. And finally, the Artsdepot is home to a dance school: so during terms at lunch the cafe gets rammed by teenaged dance students grabbing their lunch: it can feel like you've wandered into a scene from Fame.
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South east LondonNunheadThe Old Nuns Headhttp://theoldnunshead.co.uk/GoodStreet food pop-ups, dinner only, except lunch on Sat / Sun: Burger Bear (Mon, Tues, Sat), Greek (Weds), various (Thurs, Fri), great Sunday roasts. They make a decent coffee - and hot chocolate in winter!£Manager Nick and all staff super lovely and supportive of the arts, esp theatre4Usually fine to spend hours and hours working in there unless massively busy. (Quiz night Thursday 8pm very loud and busy!) Sockets available, ask for a booth (and also elsewhere, ask staff). If you need peace and quiet, and pub is quiet during daytime, ask staff if you can sit upstairs in the function room to work.
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South LondonPECKHAMAnderson & CoPretty goodSo good that you should probably eat before you go there to save ££££Really lovely - great music4Don't seem to mind you be there AGES
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South LondonPECKHAMBlackbird Bakery Queens RdOKFine - coffee could be nicer, other stuff is good.££Very nice4Can definitely do a few hours without feeling uncomfortable. No aircon, so pretty warm on a hot day. Nice to have outside tables for a little al fresco working.
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South LondonPECKHAMRefreshment RoomsGoodDelicious££Seem nice enough4Good for an hour, maybe 90 mins if you want to be out of the house, or aea heading in on the train later.
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South LondonPECKHAMRosie'sOKSpenny but lovely, good coffee ££Nice people3If wifi better would be FIVE
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Central LondonPICCADILLYCafé MonicoVery niceFull menus££Excellent4.5Definitely a great place for meetings and/or to work. Looks like it's way to fancy to let you work there, but they're great about it. Excellent service.
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Central LondonPICCADILLYPicturehouse CentralDecent Hot & cold food, coffee and pastries££Nice4Please boycott - theres a current boycott called by picturehouse's workers until theyre paid living wage. (details: https://www.bectu.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/picturehouse) You'll be left alone even if you sit there all day with your laptop. Does attract tourists who can be noisy. Last time I was in music was very loud, so you may need headphones or earplugs if you need quiet.
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South-West LondonPutneyDillons (Waterstones cafe)ExcellentPlenty on wall-side boothsLimited daily menu, but solid selection of homemade baked snacks
Wide range of coffees, high quality
££Lovely, usually young, sometimes a bit slow but always friendly and helpful3.5£2.80Very popular in general, but especially so with new parents - I'd recommend headphones
Wifi is excellent and there are plenty of sockets
There's usually space but sharing of booths is encouraged
Tip: ask for your coffee in a takeaway cup, even if you're sitting in. Not sure why exactly but their coffee does tend to go cold quicker
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South-West LondonRichmondPattisserie ValerieVery goodwide range of food and of course cakes, tea, coffee, etc££really nice5comfy sofas, mixure of ladies who lunch, small business groups, laptoppers
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South-West LondonRichmondReference libraryvery goodno food apart from botttled water allowed£0leave you alone4no food or drink but great space for working if you don't mind A'level students and the occasional bag lady/gentleman taking refuge. looks out over the Thames. get there early though.
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South-West LondonRichmondStarbucksvery goodusual Starbucks stuff sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea££Good4loads of laptoppers
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South-West LondonRichmondWaterstones CafeVery goodnice sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee, cold drinks££Good4laptops plus carers and babies
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North LondonSEVEN DIALSTimberYardPretty GoodLots of tea and coffees, which they bring to your seat even when the place is packed. Sandwiches during lunch, plus a wide variety of pastries and muffins. Also Granola£££ (4.70 for a tea and a juice)Good Atmosphere, unless a group comes in.4Wingback chairs to work on downstairs, a few power sockets but not one for every seat. Some tables as well, can book the room downstairs. If the main TY location is out of order, they only let club members downstairs
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West LondonShepherd's BushLaveli's BakeryGoodBrunch and pastries galore.££As above!4Lots of big tables, so good for groups. Only one power socket
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West LondonShepherd's BushDetour CafePretty GoodGood coffee, lots of power sockets. Sausage rolls from Ginger Pig££Good Atmosphere, unless a group comes in.
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West LondonShepherd's Bush 🐏🐏🐏Bush Hall Dining RoomstGoodAll-day breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas from 5pm. Iced coffees, iced teas, milkshakes and smoothies. Not many gluten free or vegan options, but staff accommodate.££Mixed bunch, but young and keen. Most are also in the arts!4Avoid on weekends - busy brunch is loud and it's likely you'll need to book a table to get one. It's also next to a music school for children, so when classes come out around 4pm, it gets noisy. Lots of plug sockets in the lower section, air conditioned, good music. Open until 10pm most days, and fairly quiet in the evenings.
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East LondonShoreditchBarber & ParlourGreatGood classic hipster cafe food – avocado toasts, brunch-y food, salads, as well as more dinner-like offerings I think. Good coffee, as well as beer and wine.££Sometimes inattentive and slow, but generally nice and friendly.Good food, very comfortable seating. Only plugs in some places – can sometimes be hard to come by, but the ones hidden behind the corner couches are good game. One of the higher quality wifi situations I've come across, and they don't mind you hanging around for hours.
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East LondonShoreditchGoogle CampusExcellentSalads, pastries, great coffee£ to ££Very nice5You'll need to be a member to get involved. [Membership is free.] Cons, foosball table. Pros, super professional environment, so you'll get a ton of stuff done.
Other Cons: Quickly gets rammed, so it's hard to find seats unless you get their early in the day.
Stays open until 8pm, but food and coffee only available until 5pm.
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East LondonShoreditchPitfield Cafehttps://pitfieldlondon.com/pages/cafeGoodAMAZING mix and match fresh salads from the salad bar, pretty good sandwiches and flat breads and then hot food to order which I've never tried£Fairly eccentric and can be slow at busy times4Unsure about plugs, but atmosphere is great - very chill with the occasional 90s banger on the music front. It doubles as a hipster art/furnishings shop so looks great. There's loads of space (there's another seating area at the back, away from the counter) and is quiet outside of lunchtimes. Cheapest 'nice' cafe I've been to in Shoreditch and they're cool about you sitting there with one coffee all day.
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East LondonShoreditch Ace Hotel Great Awesome. Try the Eggs Benedict. ££ - £££Really attentive. Almost too attentive5Loads of little spots to sit and work and each one has a different 'aesthetic' if you get bored sitting in the same place. VERY popular with freelancers so get there early for the central table with lamps/plugs.
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Central LondonSOHOYumchaaDecent££Always perfectly pleasant and ok with you staying there for hours4Open until 9pm most nights, which is weirdly rare for cafes even in central. Can be heaving earlier in the day but a nice, peaceful spot for evening working – and there's a cosy downstairs too.
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Central LondonSOHO 🍆🍆🍆Soho Theatre barPretty GoodSohoPublic
peachbellini
Coffee good, wine pricey, water (flavoured) for free on the end of the bar! chips & pizza or salad available.£ to ££Utterly super darling, suave & genuinely charming. Apt to add biscuits to the side of regulars coffee.4Wifi is passably fast, there are sockets and booths (but people pounce fast - however sharing is rarely seen as odd) and half the folk in there 10 to 5 are also working, or having meetings. good for hearing indiscreet media or theatre gossip, and overhearing people needing freelancers, or about good auditions
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South-West LondonSouth KensingtonBrompton Oratory CafeGoodLimited menu - some sandwiches/salads. Incredible donuts. Coffee is good and good range of T2 tea££Friendly and chill4Not sure about plugs. Some tables not great for typing, but the atmosphere is really nice. Is conjoined with a Christian library if that's not your thing. Don't go on Sunday. edit: last time there weren't any donuts :c hopefully they just ran out and haven't stopped selling them. Also they have an outside section now, idk if the wifi works up there tho.
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South-west LondonSouth KensingtonDrayton Armsconsistently good O2 WifiPlenty near the sofasPub food/fancier stuff. ££ (but actually reasonable for the area)Totally chill.4Gets busier/noisier in the evening thanks to theatre upstairs. Brunch menu is awesome but ends at 2pm - highly recommend getting there before that. Coffee isn't the best ever. Generally really nice atmosphere.
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South-west LondonSouth kensington Zacks DeliExtremely patchyOnly by the window and long tableSandwiches and cakes££Generally fine32.5Bad wifi. Coffee was expensive compared to the food which was weird. Food was edible, cakes looked good.
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South LondonSouthbankNational Theatrehttps://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/Pretty goodCoffee shop with the usual spread, restaurant/kitchen with sandwiches, cakes and hot meals as well, and there's also a pub attached to the building 'The Understudy' where you can still access wifi££Friendly5Lots of people working there throughout the day, but when they have matinee shows they'll ask you to free up the desks/tables for visitors during the lunch hour and also after 6pm.

When the weather is nice they've got tables outside that you can work from and still connect to the wifi.
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South-west LondonSurbitonThe Press Roomhttp://www.pressroomcoffee.co.uk/Good, can break occasionally but they'll fix it if you mentionSandwiches/wraps/melts, lots of pastries, incredible range of loose tea (not T2 overpriced tat either...)££Really friendly4They have changed the layout a bit to try and encourage people to not stay but they are very nice and as long as you don't sit all day sucking down one cold cup of tea they'll be fine :) I have hung out there for multiple hours on days I freelanced
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Central LondonTOTTENHAM COURT RDWaterstone's Cafe, Basement Floorhttps://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/waterstones-tottenham-court-roadPretty GoodLots of teas, coffe, beers and cocktails. Also yummy looking cakes (not tested)££Super friendly4Its underground so no windows unfortunately. But they do have wifi and there are others around you sitting and working. There are some times events in the eveing but it should be quiet during the day - bring headphones.
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Central LondonTOTTENHAM COURT RDThe Cafe at FoylesPretty goodEverything's kinda fine, no standouts£££Everyone's cool here3It's always busy, like always. Currently there aren't using the gallery space, so it's a lot bigger than usual. Wifi is good but your VPN won't work if you need to access it.
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Central LondonTRAFALGAR 🔲The National Portrait Galleryhttp://www.npg.org.uk/visit/shop-eat-drink/cafe.phpPretty goodConsistently good cakes, they do £2 cafetieres££ (by central London standards) Everyone's cool here5They close at 5 SHARP, which can sneak up on you
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Central LondonTRAFALGAR SQThe National GalleryGoodIt's a benugo I think££Pleasant4In the basement espresso cafe, there are plugs and wifi. Almost like having your own desk. Can stay as long as you like (though might have to wait to get a spot while tourists charge their phones). Bring headphones.
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Central LondonTURNPIKE LANEBlendConsistently fine.Great coffee and good food: hipster sandwiches, breakfast foods & a nice selection of freshly baked cakes!££Staff & owners are always friendly & helpful5Plenty of plugs sockets. Tap water on a side table so you don't have to queue to ask for some. Gets fairly busy at mealtimes & there are usually families with kids in there.
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South LondonWEST NORWOODVolcanoexcellent Good coffee (they roast in house) food ok but mostly limited to sandwiches etc. ££Nice people5Sat in here for hours and it's fine. Big airy space, not the best food choices but great coffee.
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East LondonwhitechapelideaStore whitechapelvery good. although VPN is blocked, a few popular websites blocked such as reddit
ideastore2015
plenty
on site cafe. plenty of shops nearby
pretty quiet atmosphere. there are always seats available.
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East LondonWhitechapel/
Aldgate
GroundedAlright Tosh, got a Toshiba?Lovely - niche quiche, good breakfast range, huge toasted sarnies£ to ££Nice, although there's one lady who can get quite grouchy if you're a lone person on a bigger table...4dfghjuklPlugs under all the tables by the door, on the left hand side as you walk in. Tends to have very sweet, chatty German tourists (must be on a guide somewhere!)
100
East London o jai
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