Comma’s quick guide to finding somewhere to stay for a few hours in London.
Finding somewhere to sit and work between meetings can be a bit of a pain. You need wifi, you need the loo and you need somewhere to charge your phone.
Grazia posted a great guide to the Best Places to Freelance in London back in October that covered all these issues.
Take a look here https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/london/work-london-youre- freelance/. There’s a mix of cafés, hang-out areas and paid for areas if you need to hire space for the day or even a month.
To make things easier for you to navigate we’ve rejigged the recommendations into geographical areas so you can better use the guide ‘on the run’ once you’ve had a whizz through Grazia’s article to see what takes your fancy – upmarket, low-key, ‘buzzy’ or quiet, free or paid for. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet to write then the British Library will probably tick the right boxes, if you are looking for somewhere sumptuous then The Hoxton Hotel will fit and if its somewhere you hope to network then the Google Campus could be right up your street. But, a word of caution, they have a waiting list at the moment.
The Riding House Café, Fitzrovia
43-51 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PQ https://ridinghouse.cafe
Opening hours are 7.30am – 11.30pm
Closest underground: Oxford Circus and Goodge Street
The British Library
96 Euston Rd, London NW1 6DB https://www.bl.uk/visit/reading-rooms https://www.bl.uk/visit/getting-here Opening hours are 9.30am – 8pm Closest underground: King’s Cross
30 Uxbridge St, London W8 7TA. Opening hours are 8am-10pm https://eggbreak.com
Closest underground: Notting Hill Gate
Joe & the Juice
Joe & The Juice, Various locations around London Opening hours are 7.30am – 8.30pm
81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU
Opening hours are 24/7 https://thehoxton.com/london/shoreditch/restaurants-and-bars/hoxton-grill Closest undergrounds: Old Street and Liverpool Street
5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4BX Opening hours are 8am – 6pm. https://www.campus.co/london/about/ Closest underground: Old Street
The Ace Hotel
100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ.
Opening hours are 24/7
https://www.acehotel.com/london/food-and-drink/hoi- polloi/?gclid=Cj0KCQiApt_xBRDxARIsAAMUMu_H3U7VMAKnXdcpaqfXpmg- XqEOXwdYzn_6hAbmx4HnaJDf7Qof1AAaAraDEALw_wcB
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ace+Hotel+Londonfirstname.lastname@example.org,- 0.0794768,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!3m7!1s0x48761cba08de2267:0x18ea9064b8cb94ba!5m2!4m1!1i2!8 m2!3d51.5253782!4d-0.0772881
Closest undergrounds: Shoreditch High Street Station
7 Winkley Street, London, EC2 6PY
Closest undergrounds: Bethnal Green or Cambridge Heath Station (5 mins) or 15 mins from Liverpool Street Station
£25 per day or £265 a month includes free coffee.
Do you have any of your own tips you’d like to share? If so, we’d love to hear about them.
Edited by Tracy Smeathers Published Feb 2020