13 of the best coffee shops to work in London

January 11, 2023Daniela Toporek0

Tired of staring at the walls in your house or out the hotel windows? Visit these local cafes in London for a change of pace and a caffeinated taste of what the Big Smoke has to offer.


Nothing brings more dread to the workday than detesting your work environment. If you need a change of scene the confines of your home, hotel room, or even your office (if permitted!), check out these local cafes in London that are sure to reignite your productivity and your coffee intake.


Mawi Cafe


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Right by Kensington Gardens, Mawi Cafe is the perfect spot for plant lovers and fans of the cosy aesthetic. The warm-lit space can get crowded during peak hours, but it still has many tables and outlets for charging emergencies. Mawi also has a community table for individual seating or group work – whatever floats your 9-to-5 boat. When you’re finally free, just cross the street for a walk to enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous gardens. 24a Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London, W11 3JE.


Sapid Coffee

In the warm and hipster heart of Stoke Newington’s high street lies Sapid Coffee. Most of the locals visiting this friendly cafe already know how comfortable it is to work here despite the limited number of outlets. But don’t let that deter you from its tasty coffee and fresh sausage and sage rolls that serve as a delectable snack while on the job. 168 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0JL.


Over Under Coffee


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For bangin’ music playlists, delicious avocado toast and a bright and friendly work environment, head over to Over Under. This cafe has multiple locations, outlets and coffee drinks to keep the workflow strong. The Ladbroke Grove location is perfect for getting work done in the morning and going for a stroll along Portobello Road in the afternoon. 145 Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, London, W10 6HJ.


Caffรจ Nero


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The best way to describe Caffรจ Nero is that it’s basically the Starbucks of the UK. With a variety of coffees, teas, pastries and ample study space and electrical outlets, Caffรจ Nero is the safest bet when it comes to finding a coffee shop with a little workspace. It also has numerous locations across the city, so you’ll be sure to find a spot in any borough. Order a speciality latte, sit back and let the caffeinated hustle commence.ย Various locations across London and beyond.


Roastery & Toastery

If you’re staying near the famous Camden Lock, but can’t be bothered by the crowds and noise, walk a bit further to Chalk Farm Station and find respite in Roastery & Toastery. This tiny cafe is known for its unique and wonderfully cheesy toasties like the Chilli Chaser and Welsh Rarebitโ€” yummy companions for your coffee or tea of choice. And yes, this cafe may be small, but it has outlets, great food and drinks and even a motivational post-it wall filled with cute, inspiring notes and drawings from past guests. It’s a lovely little break before you descend back to the chaos of Camden. Chalk Farm Station, Adelaide Road, Camden, London, NW3 2BP.



For a sleek, professional vibe and top-notch coffee, Frequency prevails. Locals already know the quality of the local cafe and how its beans are roasted at the Tate Britain, providing joy to museum-goers and coffee connoisseurs alike. Though the King’s Cross location in Islington can get a little crowded, there’s still plenty of seating, tasty fare and locally-baked artisan pastries. You can even enquire about renting out Frequency office spaces near the cafes. Just arrive early or with all electronics charged in case the seats near the electrical outlets are taken. 121 King’s Cross Road, Islington, London, WC1X 9NH.


Apple Butter Cafe


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Adding a little elegance and flair (and an indoor tree!), Apple Butter Cafe in Covent Garden is a true delight, with tons of coffee options and a lovely Instagram-worthy interior. Arrive early to get a decent spot with an outlet and indulge in a mango smoothie bowl as you work and watch the queue form out the door. You won’t regret waking up before the crowd for this local delicacy. 32-34 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HA.


Pannus Cafe


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Born in Spain and expanded to London, Pannus Cafe sits right on Camden High Street, right across the market. Though it can get a little crowded, it’s well worth the visit if you can find a seat along the window. Work alongside a stunning view of the canals and watch as people go by and explore one of London’s most popular areas. From sweet and savoury artisanal pastries to delicious coffee with a view, this Spanish little gem will not disappoint. The best part is that after you’re done with work, you’re already in the middle of all the Camden action. 250 Camden High Street, Camden, London, NW1 8QS.


BrewDog – DeskDog

BrewDog might be first and foremost a brewery, but the brand knows its audience and how to expand. Thus came the creation of DeskDog, BrewDog’s coworking space initiative. Book a space at any BrewDog bar and relish in unlimited coffee or tea, and even a pint at the end of the day for only ยฃ10. Add wings for ยฃ7 extra if you’re feeling hungry after a long day. All BrewDog spaces are dog-friendly and even offer a special discount for students. For all BrewDog locations, click here.ย 




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Do yourself a favour and venture to Deptford in southeast London for Mughead Coffee. Its cool and casual vibes and minimal, yet effective decor can make anyone feel at home. Order a cup of tea or coffee, treat yourself to one of Mughead’s signature cinnamon rolls and get to work before you’re distracted by the silent films projected on one of the cafe walls. 359 New Cross Road, Deptford, London, SE14 6AT.


Press Coffee & Co

Great background music, great interiors and even greater coffee, Press Coffee & Co is the coffee shop trifecta. It even has three locations, but the Fleet Street location in Holborn reigns as the original. Grab a cuppa, find a cozy spot alongside the tall windows and enjoy work away from home โ€” or work. You can even take a little bit of Press back with you as they have a variety of retail coffee beans to choose from. 3 Fleet Street, Holborn, London EC4Y 1AU.


Chapter 72

Nestled in the heart of Bermondsey. Chapter 72 specializes in both coffee and cocktails, for those who need a little more than just a caffeine kick. Its even earned a reputation as serving one of the best espresso martinis in town. So grab a drink, grab a seat and enjoy the lively atmosphere while getting some work done. 72 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3UD

Pret A Manger


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With branches in France, the US, Hong Kong and several other countries, you may have heard of this one before. Have you heard of their subscription though? If you’re going to be in town for a while, you may want to sign up. For ยฃ25 per month (ยฃ12.50 for your first month) you can enjoy up to five Barista-made drinks per day. Any type, any milk, any syrup: all included in your subscription cost. You’ll soon get your money’s worth out of this one! Find out more here.

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