Coolest Places to Work Solo in London
Last updated on March 21st, 2016 at 03:12 pm
If you’re a freelancer, finding a space to work which keeps you inspired and motivated can be a harder than it sounds. There’s plenty of distractions at home and a pile of other things you could be doing, and while your local library is nice and tranquil, it’s hardly the most inspiring of venues.
With that in mind, we thought we’d compile a list of some great spaces in for the the best remote working in London. Places to take your laptop where there’s little distraction, free Wi-Fi and a great atmosphere for productive days.
Look Mum No Hands!
It’s no great surprise that cafés and coffee shops are so popular with freelancers. Good refreshments and a calm but buzzing atmosphere all add up to some prolific worktime. One of our favourites in London is Look Mum No Hands! This independent working bike shop also triples up as a bar and cafe. It’s very cool and very London so can get busy but there’s an atmosphere you can’t beat. Wi-Fi is, of course, available but is switched off between midday and 2pm on weekdays (and 11am-4pm at weekends) – perfect time for a break and some lunch!
Location: 49 Old St, EC1V 9HX.
For something truly creative with a view, the Southbank Centre is just a few minutes on from Waterloo. Located right next to the Thames, the exhibition and concert hall space has plenty of seating dotted around the building, including spaces with a view of the river. While it can get busy at weekends, it’s perfect for Joes who like an atmosphere and a creative space.
Location: Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX.
If you’re looking for an experimental space where collaboration is on the menu, then Ziferblat in Shoreditch is one of London’s most interesting ventures. At Ziferblat, the space is free to use however you wish – whether you’re there to read, work or chat amongst friends. The space features quirky seating and a plethora of books designed to bring out your creative side and to encourage conversation with other like-minded Joes. It’s essentially a glorified café, only the coffee is free. In fact, everything is free to use in the space but they do ask for a donation of 3p a minute to use it (or £1.80 an hour).
Location: 388 Old St, EC1V 9LT.
While we may have given libraries a bad rep in our introduction, there is one big exception to the rule in London, and that’s the British Library. Located within a couple of minutes’ walk from King’s Cross, the grandeur of the building inspires productiveness along with its hushed background noise. There are dedicated areas to sit and work here but they do get taken up fairly rapidly. We suggest you just place yourself in one of the many other open spaces and enjoy their free Wi-Fi.
Location: 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB.
If you need a dedicated space for an extended period of time across the year, Campus London should be at the top of your list. Owned by Google, the multi-floored space is perfect for start-ups and freelancers who need a buzzing environment. There are benches that can be used for free, predominantly on the Ground Floor, where free Wi-Fi and charging spots are available. The Campus also hosts a load of events every week, but be warned the space is only open from 9am to 5.30pm on Monday to Friday.
Location: 4-5 Bonhill St, EC2A 4BX.
While it might not be the first place you think of, a good hotel can often be a perfect space to work thanks to its tranquillity, meticulous design and free internet access. One of the best examples of this in Central London is the lobby of the Ace Hotel. The dedicated communal workspace is open 24 hours and it’s been designed with plenty of glass/steel partitions to give you some privacy. There’s a long 16-seat table if you need a meeting and there’s also a bar if you feel you’ve earned a stiff one at the end of the day!
Location: 100 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JQ.
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