Looking for a change of scenery from your own four walls? London is awash with freelance working spaces, but if you’re after something that offers a little more than just Wi-Fi and plug sockets, we’ve found the coolest work spots in London. From delicious food at quaint cafés to bottomless coffee in hipster hangouts, read on to discover the city’s new wave of creative hubs, offering you a space to let your imagination run wild…
A one-stop-shop for work and day-to-night drinking, Martello Hall is east London’s latest hangout, providing a creative space during the day for freelancers to hot-desk in style before transforming into a glamorous drinking spot in the evening. Upstairs is a relaxed working space, where freelancers and creatives can work for just £10 a day, and enjoy unlimited bottomless coffee. If you’re hungry, head downstairs to the restaurant, where stone-baked pizzas and slow-cooked meats are served up in spades, and once you’ve finished, there’s a collection of gin-based cocktails that are too good to pass up. Just be sure you get your work finished before you head downstairs to the bar.
137 Mare Street, Hackney
Combine the coolness of Soho House with the hipster vibes of Hoxton Hotel, and you’ve got yourself a pretty swish working space. Egg Break – a joint venture between the two venues – is a quaint café in Notting Hill providing amazing working spaces for creatives, with free Wi-Fi, a delicious breakfast and lunch menu and countless coffee orders. Menu choices are naturally egg-heavy – the bacon, smashed avocado and fried egg bun is to die for – but there are plenty of lunch dishes including crispy fried chicken wings, spring salads and veggie options.
30 Uxbridge Road, Notting Hill
Brought to you by the brains behind award-winning 69 Colebrooke Row Bar – aka The Bar with No Name – and Bar Termini in Soho, legendary mixologist Tony Conigliaro is back with yet another mysterious marvel. But this time, it’s not just cocktails on the menu. Set to become Hackney’s latest hipster hotspot, Untitled takes inspiration from Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory – the tin-foil den which provided a creative space for artists, creatives and radical thinkers during the ‘60s – and interiors are pared back with specks of silver. A communal coffee table provides a workspace during the day for creatives and freelancers, then by night, it transforms into a hub of activity, serving up Asian-inspired bar snacks alongside 12 of Tony’s experimental cocktail creations.
538 Kingsland Road, Hackney
Just a short walk from Shoreditch High Street station, Ace hotel’s comfy lobby has a sixteen-seater table with power sockets for everyone, free Wi-Fi, comfy sofas and a choice of Square Mile coffees and quick bites from the Bulldog Edition café, where you can stock up on everything from giant sausage rolls and toasted sandwiches to scrummy salad boxes. For more substantial plates, head to the Hoi Polloi restaurant which is open 24-hours a day, with a full cocktail bar and plenty of power sockets.
100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch
Riding House Café
This chic Fitzrovia hangout is roomy and stylish, with designer details to boot. It’s the ideal place to work if you’re central, with plenty of quiet corners to curl up with your laptop, and heaps of natural light, to stop you from getting cabin fever. There’s free Wi-Fi and a private meeting room, should you need it, but the best part is the delicious food offerings – think chorizo hash; avocado eggs Benedict; and lobster lasagne. Alternatively, when you’ve clocked off for the day, perch on the plush, high-backed seats at the bar and work your way through some of the addictively moreish small plates – the salt beef Reuben croquettes, Sriracha chicken wings and Devon crab on toast are well worth a try.
43-51 Great Titchfield Street
Wringer & Mangle
This cool London Fields warehouse – which was once a fully-functioning launderette – has a co-working-space-meets-café kind of vibe, with freelancers typing away during the day and people popping in for lunch. The interiors are beautiful – lots of luscious foliage, white chalk paint and laundry-themed bits and bobs lend a shabby chic edge, and there’s plenty of space to work in, with free Wi-Fi, plug sockets and excellent tea and coffee, served up in vintage tea cups. Order from their breakfast menu and lunch menu – choose from poached eggs with avocado on toast; full English; fish finger sandwich; or burger and chips. When the weather’s nice, set up camp in the pergola or garden area, which opens out into a stunning courtyard.
13-18 Sidworth Street, Hackney
Barber & Parlour
Offering a slice of Shoreditch House without the hefty price tag, Barber & Parlour is a great spot to hole up with your laptop for a few hours, and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and delicious dishes. The open kitchen serves everything from salmon rillettes and pickled cucumber on toast to hot dogs and halloumi burgers, to keep you going all through the day. And for when you’re ready to take a break from the grindstone, head to the Cheeky Parlour for a Cowshed manicure.
66 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch
The Café @ Foyles
A café that sits atop five floors of books – if that doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, we don’t know what will. This bright, airy space offers a mixture of shared benches and glorious Soho views. Get your caffeine fix whilst you enjoy a selection of British classics including duck egg mayonnaise and watercress on light rye and caraway seed bread; chocolate Guinness cake and artisan cheeses with pear chutney and crackers.
107 Charing Cross Road, Soho