The best places to work remotely in central London

Finding a decent place to work in London as a remote worker, digital nomad, or freelancer can be difficult. Many cafes are often too loud, not WiFi-equipped, or too small, and when you’re on a deadline, you don’t have the time to sift through endless online reviews to find somewhere decent.

The next time you find yourself in Central London, here are a few recommendations to save you some time and stress. Whether you’re in Bloomsbury looking for somewhere to get some writing done or you’re in Barbican needing a quiet place to host an online meeting, these lovely establishments are here to save the day.

Hubbard & Bell

199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD

Closest station: Holborn (Central & Piccadilly lines)

WiFi: Yes

Food: Yes

Hours: Monday to Friday 7am – 2am

Saturday 8am – 2am

Sunday 8am – midnight

Located about a minute’s walk from Holborn station, this trendy eatery attached to the Hoxton Hotel next door is perfect for remote workers. The long hours mean that you can park yourself in a good spot nice and early, and there’s plenty of space to bring your laptop and spread out. Volume can be a bit loud from the late afternoon into the evening, so give this a miss if you need peace and quiet. But the internet’s reliable, the coffee’s strong, and the food’s delicious.

TY Seven Dials

7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9DL

Closest stations: Leicester Square (Northern & Piccadilly lines), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)

WiFi: Yes

Food: Yes

Hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm

Saturday 9am – 6pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

TY (aka Timberyard) is another great haven in Central for nomadic workers. This hip coffee shop is usually pretty busy with fellow laptop workers so it’s a good idea to arrive well before noon to settle in. The atmosphere is warm, cosy, and busy – their serious coffee has a considerable following, and they’ve got plenty of tasty food options. Another perk about TY is their bookable rooms – ideal if you need a professional, private space to hold a meeting. The only downside is the price: the minimum time you can book is 2 hours, which costs £50.

Bloomsbury Coffee House

20 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RE

Closest stations: Russell Square (Piccadilly line), Euston (Northern & Victoria lines)

WiFi: Yes

Food: Yes

Hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm

Saturday & Sunday 8am – 1:30pm

Tucked away beneath the St Albans Hotel, you may have walked right by this cosy little café without even realising it. This chilled-out café is a favourite of uni students, so you’re bound to find others with their laptops working away. Because of its popularity, it can be difficult to find a seat during busy hours (aka around lunchtime). However, this place is definitely worth a visit – the food’s yummy (especially their breakfasts), there’s plenty of choice for veggies, and the coffee’s nice and smooth.

Ask for Janice

50-52 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ

Closest station: Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

WiFi: Yes

Food: Yes

Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30am – 12:30am

Saturday 10:30am – 12:30am

Sunday Closed

Ask for Janice has a nice, relaxed atmosphere with free WiFi, so it makes sense that it attracts a fair amount of remote workers and professionals looking for somewhere cool to have an out-of-office meeting. In addition to excellent coffee and delicious food (try the homemade crumpets), they have an impressive gin selection and craft beer menu if you’re looking to sip something slightly stronger than coffee while you work. Although it’s not the cheapest place, but you definitely get your money’s worth.

Café at the Barbican

Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS

Closest station: Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

WiFi: Yes

Food: Yes

Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am – 11pm

Sunday 11am – 11pm

If you need to have a videoconference or are on the hunt for somewhere relatively quiet to focus, the Barbican is ideal. Never too crowded or noisy, you can mooch off the free WiFi for as long as you want, and there are plenty of power sockets to charge up if you’re running low. You can also get a decent cuppa without queuing for ages, and its long opening hours mean you can work when it suits you.

Bishopsgate Library (inside the Bishopsgate Institute)

230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH

Closest station: Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

WiFi: Yes

Food: No

Hours: Monday and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5:30pm

Wednesday 10am – 8pm

Saturday & Sunday Closed

If you’re getting kind of tired of working in cafes and bars, opt for the Bishopsgate Library. This stunning library is open to the public (meaning you don’t need a library card to enter), and makes for a peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street (just across the road). They’ve also got a range of newspapers and periodicals in case you want to do some offline referencing in your work. The only downside is the WiFi, which is pretty slow – so save the library for your offline work.

Host Café

St Mary Aldermary Church, Watling Street, EC4M 9BW

Closest stations: Mansion House (Circle & District lines), Bank (Central, Northern, Waterloo & City, and DLR lines)

WiFi: Yes

Food: Yes

Hours: Monday to Friday 7:15am – 4:30pm

Saturday & Sunday Closed

Situated in the gorgeous St Mary Aldermary Church, Host is a tranquil haven, no matter what your religious beliefs are. This unique café is furnished with couches, pews, and tables, and despite the lofty ceilings the place remains warm and cosy. Host serves up a range of organic food, although you can also bring your own if you’d rather. The coffee is decent, the prices are reasonable, and the ambiance is just perfect for getting work done.

 

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