10 London cafes to work in a creative environment

From deconsecrated churches to glamorous clubs and terraces reminiscent of California, careful interior design makes these venues ideal for working remotely and bringing inspiration.

In London, the capital that this year was voted the best city in the world for young entrepreneurs (Forbes) and has an ever-expanding community of freelancers of over 2 million (IPSE, 2020), more and more hybrid workspaces are springing up to cope with the new habits and needs of remote working, such as hot desks, co-working studios and hubs for creatives.

For some, the preferred format is that of work cafes, aka spoiling yourself with good food and a cozy atmosphere in small venues that are happy to host local remote workers, letting them sit undisturbed for hours and offering comfortable, equipped workstations.

The must-have elements that make a venue a good workspace are a fast and easily accessible WiFi connection, spacious tables that can turn into messy desks, plenty of sockets, good natural light, a not-too-noisy environment and, not to be underestimated, good coffee.

Often though, it is the curated interiors that make the difference. Being able to work in spaces that are also aesthetically pleasing and comfortable has an impact on the quality of work, stimulates creativity and can make hours in front of the screen more enjoyable.

From readapted churches to glamorous clubs and terraces reminiscent of California, we have selected 10 cafes in various parts of London that we hope will bring some relief, and maybe even a little inspiration, to your ‘work from home’ days.

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