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11 Great Coffee Shops to Work From in London

The places that serve good coffee, offer reliable WiFi, and have plenty of space

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London’s essential coffee shops are necessarily all about the brews. When it comes to getting the good work done, other factors come into play. Reliable WiFi is a necessity, comfy seating a boon. But the contract of ordering regularly, not camping out, and tipping extravagantly is vital. Cafes are not offices, folks.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lighthaus

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11 Argall Ave, Walthamstow
London E10, UK

This deceptively airy space — all high ceilings and overflowing plants— is genuinely beautiful, especially with the sun slanting in from outside. Set on an industrial estate, its location belies a neighbourhood feel, while a mixture of counter stools and enticing blue sofas, all bespoke, make it suitable for industrious loungers and productive perchers alike. Lesser-spotted but thoroughly excellent Cornish roasters Yallah provide the beans, while house-baked goods, inventive salads are on the menu. Screens and sanitiser available for safety.

Lighthaus | Instagram

2. Esters

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55 Kynaston Rd, Stoke Newington
London N16 0EB, UK

One of two essentials that made it across the divide, Esters is still tucked away in a leafy residential corner of Stoke Newington and still approaches the platonic ideal of a neighbourhood café. It’s small but hospitable to workers, with smaller tables leavening the potentially crippling guilt of taking up a four-top. A frequently changing menu is always several notches more ambitious, clever and delicious than many dedicated restaurants, let alone cafés, while the garden to the back is a worthy al fresco desko (sorry) in fairer weather.

Esters in Stoke Newington, one of the great coffee shops to work from in London Pinterest

3. Ginger & White

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2 England's Ln, Belsize Park
London NW3 4TG, UK

Whether at the pleasingly gnarled communal table or squidged into a leather sofa, this friendly space between Belsize Park and Chalk Farm has a calming atmosphere perfect for plugging in. Cakes are baked on the premises with coffee from London stalwarts Square Mile, while a steady all-day breakfast menu dovetails with lunch options focussed on careful sourcing. It might not be reinventing the wheel, but warm hospitality in an inviting space with plenty of outdoor seating doesn’t exactly need an overhaul.

Jonathan Gregson | Ginger & White

4. Mare Street Market

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117 Mare St
London E8 4RU, UK

This sprawling, multi-use warehouse space on the edge of London Fields in Hackney is one of the better new places to work from in the city’s hippest borough. WiFi here is reliable and there’s plenty of space at any time of the day. The cafe which serves coffee from its own Flying Horse roastery on site is dependable. Breakfast sandwiches include bacon, egg sqaure, and American cheese. Plenty of outdoor space but be careful with the pizza; the £5 marinara veers wildly between acceptable and not.

Mare Street Market near London Fields in Hackney is one of the best places to work, with free WiFi, in east London
Mare Street Market
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5. Catalyst

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48 Grays Inn Rd
London WC1X 8LT, UK

A relatively recent addition to Gray’s Inn Road on a relatively dead stretch for freelance options. Wood with copper accents and a window counter offer a calming, bright base from which to explore coffee roasted in-house and an adventurous food menu, scribbled up on whiteboard walls. An outstanding halloumi katsu sando is a serious lunch option, while the cafe is open until late Fridays, serving cocktails, wines and craft beers alongside inventive small plates.

Catalyst Cafe’s frontage with tables and menu boards Time Out | Official

6. Artisan Coffee School

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32 New Broadway
London W5 2XA, UK

On a high-street-saturated stretch of Uxbridge Road in Ealing, this independent stands out. Offering adventurous filter coffee and steady espresso from its own roastery, Curious Roo, the interior is distressed, welcoming, and crucially large. Whether at a substantial communal table or a row of smaller spots, it’s ideal for a whole day’s work. Branches in Stamford Brook, Putney and East Sheen offer further reliability for those working out west, and each branch has a decent clutch of outdoor seating.

Best Coffee Guide | Official

7. The Wren

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St Nicholas Cole Abbey, 114 Queen Victoria St
London EC4V 4BJ, UK

Going to church with a laptop might be frowned upon elsewhere, but here’s an altar for the itinerant worker. It goes without saying that the setting is stunning, all high ceilings, dark wood and stained glass. Coffee is from the reliable Caravan with tea from Brew Tea Co, and an equally steady and tasty food offer includes sourdough toast and quiches for when the font runs dry. Really, though, this is somewhere to let the surroundings inspire, working in peace.

Workshop Coffee | Official

8. Chief Coffee

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Turnham Green Terrace Mews, Chiswick
London W4 1QU, UK

Tucked away down a pretty mews off Turnham Green Terrace — delis, grocers and butchers galore — Chief Coffee is a former furniture factory, which explains the mismatched but stylish chairs and tables, heavy on Scandinavian influence. Those looking for specialty coffee will be delighted by Workshop and The Barn, complimented by a tempting counter of brownies galore. The bonus lies downstairs: when it’s time for a break, pinball machines are waiting for a heady nostalgia trip, and there’s tons of outdoor seating on all sides.

Chief Coffee | Instagram

9. The Peckham Pelican

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92 Peckham Rd
London SE15 5PY, UK

This cafe, bar, and adored event space has tonnes of natural light, space, and, yes, plugs, as well as one of the best-value cafe menus out there: DIY bagels start at £1; open sandwiches featuring Spanish style tomatoes or Boston beans are at £4, and fish fingers can be added to either which, frankly, is unmissable. Coffee is also extremely good value, and there’s a feel of camaraderie about the place which other spots can lack.

Peckham Pelican, one of London’s best coffee shops for work The Peckham Pelican [Official Photo]

10. Bean & Hop

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424-426 Garratt Ln
London SW18 4HN, UK

Bean & Hop is a short stroll from Earlsfield station, making it suitable as a delightful neighbourhood café as well as a destination for the intrepid freelancer: Waterloo an easy connection. Well-made coffee from Nude, whether filter or espresso, pairs well with a brunch menu that is ingredient-led and lovingly prepared if less adventurous than some of its contemporaries. With cushions lining the seats and evening opening, it’s a true all-dayer. A stock of sixty craft beers is perfect for an evening session or to take home; those staying in can enjoy creative pizza Thursday — Sunday.

Bean & Hop café and restaurant in Wimbledon, London Eat Wandsworth | Official

11. E5 Roasthouse

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2 Cotall St, Poplar
London E14 6TL, UK

E5 Bakehouse is returning to the upper echelons of London’s bakeries, and its Poplar offshoot — built on a relationship with the U.K. Refugee Council that provides training and funding — replicates its success with flat breads, great coffee, and pizza and music on Friday evenings. The perfect end to a week of work.

E5 Roasthouse in Poplar, one of the best coffee shops to work from in London E5 Roasthouse [Official Photo]

1. Lighthaus

11 Argall Ave, Walthamstow, London E10, UK
Lighthaus | Instagram

This deceptively airy space — all high ceilings and overflowing plants— is genuinely beautiful, especially with the sun slanting in from outside. Set on an industrial estate, its location belies a neighbourhood feel, while a mixture of counter stools and enticing blue sofas, all bespoke, make it suitable for industrious loungers and productive perchers alike. Lesser-spotted but thoroughly excellent Cornish roasters Yallah provide the beans, while house-baked goods, inventive salads are on the menu. Screens and sanitiser available for safety.

11 Argall Ave, Walthamstow
London E10, UK

2. Esters

55 Kynaston Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 0EB, UK
Esters in Stoke Newington, one of the great coffee shops to work from in London Pinterest

One of two essentials that made it across the divide, Esters is still tucked away in a leafy residential corner of Stoke Newington and still approaches the platonic ideal of a neighbourhood café. It’s small but hospitable to workers, with smaller tables leavening the potentially crippling guilt of taking up a four-top. A frequently changing menu is always several notches more ambitious, clever and delicious than many dedicated restaurants, let alone cafés, while the garden to the back is a worthy al fresco desko (sorry) in fairer weather.

55 Kynaston Rd, Stoke Newington
London N16 0EB, UK

3. Ginger & White

2 England's Ln, Belsize Park, London NW3 4TG, UK
Jonathan Gregson | Ginger & White

Whether at the pleasingly gnarled communal table or squidged into a leather sofa, this friendly space between Belsize Park and Chalk Farm has a calming atmosphere perfect for plugging in. Cakes are baked on the premises with coffee from London stalwarts Square Mile, while a steady all-day breakfast menu dovetails with lunch options focussed on careful sourcing. It might not be reinventing the wheel, but warm hospitality in an inviting space with plenty of outdoor seating doesn’t exactly need an overhaul.

2 England's Ln, Belsize Park
London NW3 4TG, UK

4. Mare Street Market

117 Mare St, London E8 4RU, UK
Mare Street Market near London Fields in Hackney is one of the best places to work, with free WiFi, in east London
Mare Street Market
Adam Coghlan/Eater London

This sprawling, multi-use warehouse space on the edge of London Fields in Hackney is one of the better new places to work from in the city’s hippest borough. WiFi here is reliable and there’s plenty of space at any time of the day. The cafe which serves coffee from its own Flying Horse roastery on site is dependable. Breakfast sandwiches include bacon, egg sqaure, and American cheese. Plenty of outdoor space but be careful with the pizza; the £5 marinara veers wildly between acceptable and not.

117 Mare St
London E8 4RU, UK

5. Catalyst

48 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8LT, UK
Catalyst Cafe’s frontage with tables and menu boards Time Out | Official

A relatively recent addition to Gray’s Inn Road on a relatively dead stretch for freelance options. Wood with copper accents and a window counter offer a calming, bright base from which to explore coffee roasted in-house and an adventurous food menu, scribbled up on whiteboard walls. An outstanding halloumi katsu sando is a serious lunch option, while the cafe is open until late Fridays, serving cocktails, wines and craft beers alongside inventive small plates.

48 Grays Inn Rd
London WC1X 8LT, UK

6. Artisan Coffee School

32 New Broadway, London W5 2XA, UK
Best Coffee Guide | Official

On a high-street-saturated stretch of Uxbridge Road in Ealing, this independent stands out. Offering adventurous filter coffee and steady espresso from its own roastery, Curious Roo, the interior is distressed, welcoming, and crucially large. Whether at a substantial communal table or a row of smaller spots, it’s ideal for a whole day’s work. Branches in Stamford Brook, Putney and East Sheen offer further reliability for those working out west, and each branch has a decent clutch of outdoor seating.

32 New Broadway
London W5 2XA, UK

7. The Wren

St Nicholas Cole Abbey, 114 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4BJ, UK
Workshop Coffee | Official

Going to church with a laptop might be frowned upon elsewhere, but here’s an altar for the itinerant worker. It goes without saying that the setting is stunning, all high ceilings, dark wood and stained glass. Coffee is from the reliable Caravan with tea from Brew Tea Co, and an equally steady and tasty food offer includes sourdough toast and quiches for when the font runs dry. Really, though, this is somewhere to let the surroundings inspire, working in peace.

St Nicholas Cole Abbey, 114 Queen Victoria St
London EC4V 4BJ, UK

8. Chief Coffee

Turnham Green Terrace Mews, Chiswick, London W4 1QU, UK
Chief Coffee | Instagram

Tucked away down a pretty mews off Turnham Green Terrace — delis, grocers and butchers galore — Chief Coffee is a former furniture factory, which explains the mismatched but stylish chairs and tables, heavy on Scandinavian influence. Those looking for specialty coffee will be delighted by Workshop and The Barn, complimented by a tempting counter of brownies galore. The bonus lies downstairs: when it’s time for a break, pinball machines are waiting for a heady nostalgia trip, and there’s tons of outdoor seating on all sides.

Turnham Green Terrace Mews, Chiswick
London W4 1QU, UK

9. The Peckham Pelican

92 Peckham Rd, London SE15 5PY, UK
Peckham Pelican, one of London’s best coffee shops for work The Peckham Pelican [Official Photo]

This cafe, bar, and adored event space has tonnes of natural light, space, and, yes, plugs, as well as one of the best-value cafe menus out there: DIY bagels start at £1; open sandwiches featuring Spanish style tomatoes or Boston beans are at £4, and fish fingers can be added to either which, frankly, is unmissable. Coffee is also extremely good value, and there’s a feel of camaraderie about the place which other spots can lack.

92 Peckham Rd
London SE15 5PY, UK

10. Bean & Hop

424-426 Garratt Ln, London SW18 4HN, UK
Bean & Hop café and restaurant in Wimbledon, London Eat Wandsworth | Official

Bean & Hop is a short stroll from Earlsfield station, making it suitable as a delightful neighbourhood café as well as a destination for the intrepid freelancer: Waterloo an easy connection. Well-made coffee from Nude, whether filter or espresso, pairs well with a brunch menu that is ingredient-led and lovingly prepared if less adventurous than some of its contemporaries. With cushions lining the seats and evening opening, it’s a true all-dayer. A stock of sixty craft beers is perfect for an evening session or to take home; those staying in can enjoy creative pizza Thursday — Sunday.

424-426 Garratt Ln
London SW18 4HN, UK

11. E5 Roasthouse

2 Cotall St, Poplar, London E14 6TL, UK
E5 Roasthouse in Poplar, one of the best coffee shops to work from in London E5 Roasthouse [Official Photo]

E5 Bakehouse is returning to the upper echelons of London’s bakeries, and its Poplar offshoot — built on a relationship with the U.K. Refugee Council that provides training and funding — replicates its success with flat breads, great coffee, and pizza and music on Friday evenings. The perfect end to a week of work.

2 Cotall St, Poplar
London E14 6TL, UK

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