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The past year has changed the way we work including working from home or working remotely. Your home is comfortable to work in but can be distracting and even fuel your procrastination. We know the value of having a concrete workspace where you know you can get things done and maybe sip on a cup of coffee while you’re at it. Here is a list of places we found that are great co-working spaces, free spaces to work, or coffee shops to die for.

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  1. Canova Hall – 250 Ferndale Road, Brixton
    • Who doesn’t love bottomless coffee? Canova Hall offers a space called the “hot desk” for freelance work from 8:00 – 17:00 on weekdays. You can purchase a workspace for the day or buy a monthly membership!
    • Want food with your coffee? The restaurant has a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu with the most delicious pizza, salads, and more.
    • Fast Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working Hours: 8:00 – 24:00 (M-Th), 8:00 – 2:00 (F), 9:00 – 2:00 (Sat), and 9:00 – 23:00 (Sun)
  2. Java U – 195-197 Edgware Road
    • A North American and European fusion café.
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working Hours: 7:30 – 23:00 (M-Sun)
  3. The British Library – 96 Euston Road
    • This is one of the largest libraries in the world and the UK’s national library.
    • Access is free or you can get a reader’s pass for one of the spacious reading rooms!
    • Known as one of the quietest places to work in London
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working hours: 9:30 – 19:00
  4. Second Home – 125-127 Mare Street
    • Modern and trendy office space for co-working and freelance workers.
    • You can buy a day pass or membership
    • Onsite café and nursery services
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Other locations include Spitalfields, Holland Park, and Clerkenwell Green
    • Working Hours: 8:00 – 22:00 (M-Th), 8:00 – 21:00 (F), and closed Saturday and Sunday.
  5. Caravan – 1 Granary Square
    • Restaurant, bar, and coffee roastery with indoor and outdoor seating
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working hours: 8:00 – 22:00 (M-Th), 8:00 – 24:00 (F), 9:00 – 24:00 (Sat), and 9:00 – 22:00 (Sun)
  6. Glass House Brick Lane – 118 Bethnal Green Road
    • An LGBTQIA+ venue led by Glass House Projects including a bookshop café, a multimedia events space, and restaurant and bar
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working Hours: 9:00 – 24:00 (M-Sun)
  7. Southbank Centre – Belvedere Road
    • Largest arts centre in the UK which includes cafes and co-working spaces.
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working hours: Closed on Mondays, 12:00 – 20:00 (T-Th), 12:00 – 22:30 (F-Sat), and 12:00 – 20:00 (Sun)
  8. Coffee Works Project – 96-98 Islington High Street Battersea Power Station
    • Quiet café with fresh-baked pastries.
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working hours: 7:30 – 17:30 (M-F)
  9. Lighthaus – 11 Argall Avenue
    • A refreshing café with indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy.
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working Hours: Closed on Mondays, 9:00 – 16:00 (T-F) and 10:00 – 16:00 (Sat and Sun)
  10. Catalyst – 48 Grays Inn Road, Holborn
    • A classic coffee shop in a contemporary space.
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working Hours: 8:00 – 17:00 (M-Th), 8:00 – 23:00 (F), and Closed Saturday and Sunday
  11. Shoreditch Grind – 213 Old Street
    • Another delicious café you must try!
    • Other locations include London Bridge, Liverpool Street, Greenwich, Covent Garden, Soho, and the Royal Exchange.
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working hours: 8:00 – 17:00 (M-W) and 7:30 – 22:00 (Th-F), 9:00 – 22:00 (Sat), and 9:00 – 18:30 (Sun)
  12. Look Mum, No Hands – 49 Old Street
    • A bike-inspired café where you can get your bike fixed while you’re working.
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Working hours: 8:00 – 16:00 (M-T), 8:00 – 22:00 (W-F), 9:00 – 16:00 (Sat), and 10:00 – 16:00 (Sun)
  13. Shaman – 157 Tower Bridge Road
    • A modern, cool café complete with amazing coffee and juices and a lunch menu to devour.
    • Wi-Fi and plug sockets
    • Other locations include Leman Street, Dalston, and St. Paul’s Riverside
    • Working Hours: 8:00 – 17:00 (M-Sun)
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Of course, there is always the classic Starbucks, Costa Coffee, or Café Nero, but why not try something new? Finding a unique comforting spot could be the next best thing to working from your bed at home. There are so many places around London to enjoy the culture of the city, have a cup of coffee, or catch up with co-workers. Freelance work can be difficult, but these places will make you want to never work in a boring office again.