Best Cafes to Work in London → 24 Laptop Friendly Places to Drink & Eat

24 Top Places to Drink and Eat in London

Flat-whites, cappuccinos, lattes, you name it! In this post, you will find the best London coffee shops where you can work and drink that delicious magical liquor that gets us ready to start our day each morning!

Are you ready? Because I sure am! 

I have a love affair with coffee (writing this as I’m sipping from my 2nd cup for today) and when I lived in London I made sure to check out the specialty coffee scene but not only that, I was on a quest to find the best coffee in the city!

But to my surprise, I found the best cafes to work in London. Come along while I go through a carefully curated list of the top places that have all the facilities you (and your laptop need): coffee, plugs, and free wifi, 3 elements every digital nomad needs! 

Since London is HUGE, I’ve divided the post by regions, Central London, North, East, West, and South so you can easily find a great spot near you. 

Come on, time is precious in London! 

1. Central London Cafes

Notes Coffe Roasters 

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Notes Coffee Roasters

One rainy Sunday afternoon, a girl, and many things to get done! That was me, the day I entered the doors of this cozy cafe located near Trafalgar Square. I went there around lunchtime and it was super busy.

I managed to find a small table (there are also shared tables) and ordered my Sunday usual: banana bread and a strong coffee. Notes cafe has reliable wifi, high ceilings, and a great brunch menu. 


PRO TIP: If you can’t work in noisy spots, make sure to take some headphones along. 

Location: Notes Coffe Roasters 

Redemption Roasters

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I’m a big fan of specialty coffee and to be honest I can’t work properly without a cup of good coffee by my side! This cafe located in Bloomsbury is perfect for anyone who’s remote working. It’s not so crowded and it has delicious pastries (the muffins are my favorites)!

The outdoor seating area is great for those of you who love the natural light while working. Inside the cafe, you’ll find a few power outlets, some high chair tables, and a comfortable couch. 

PS, if you’re visiting the city and haven’t booked a hotel yet, check out our post on the best areas to stay in London

Location: Redemption Roasters

Apple Butter Cafe 

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Remote workers, you’re going to love this place! Take a look at the lunch menu and you’ll run there in a London minute! Good coffee, comfy seating (tables + couches), and great food options: the perfect recipe for a workday if you ask me! 

You’ll have access to free wifi that’s pretty fast but not Fast&Furious fast so I don’t recommend coming here if you have to download big files or anything like that. 

Location: Apple Butter Cafe 

PrufrockCafe 

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Farringdon is famous for its coffee shops, and to be honest most of them serve excellent coffee! Prufrock is an independent coffee shop that has a laid-back atmosphere and it’s not too busy, except during lunchtime, but we’re in London, finding a good table at noon is like finding a needle in a haystack! 

Buy food, order some excellent coffee and get comfy in those seating booths, you’re now ready to start replying to those long emails! 

Location: PrufrockCafe 

Host Coffee

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I know the London coffee scene is pretty excentric but this one beats all of the rest! Fancy working in a church? Sir Christopher Wren, who built St Paul’s Cathedral is the brains behind Saint Mary Aldermary Church. 

The Host Coffee shop still is a place of worship and one of the best places to work from in London. They have free wifi but you should call before to make a reservation if you plan to stay for more than 1.5 hours. 

Location: Host Coffee

2. North London Cafes

Ginger&White 

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Don’t you just love those coffee shops that have a long table by the window? 

I simply love them! You can sit with your laptop, drink a cup of excellent coffee, and do some people watching when your eyes get too tired. Perfect combo! Ginger&White gets crowded at times, especially during warm days but hey, you’ll forget all about it once you have their beetroot latte! 

Location: Ginger&White 

Vagabond

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This coffee shop has a vintage vibe that I love! You must try their cakes, they’re so yummy that you’ll come back for more!

Most cafes in London are busy and loud. Luckily, Vagabond is a quiet space that has fast wifi and laptop-friendly spots, with power sockets. Check out their outdoor seating area, it’s so lovely! Their opening hours start from 7.30 am and they’re located near Holloway Road Station.

Location: Vagabond

Caravan King’s Cross

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who appreciates high-quality coffee, especially when I have to work. Let’s check out this hip coffee shop in King’s Cross…

You will find small single tables and big shared tables, power outlets, and free wifi. Their opening hours and all-day menu, are great for people who like to work until late. Keep in mind that the cafe is used as an event space, as well so you may have to check the schedule. 

Location: Caravan King’s Cross

Origin Coffee Roasters

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The perfect coffee shop for early birds! Their opening hours start at 8 am but they close at 3 pm. Espresso drinks, free wifi, and a long shared table where you can work. Sounds like the perfect setup for me! 

The cafe is not too crowded, and they also have an outdoor seating area. It’s also a great spot to wait for your train, as St. Pancreas Station is just around the corner! If you’re planning a trip, I think you’ll love Cardiff, it’s a stunning city! 

Location: Origin Coffee Roasters

House of Morocco

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Need a change of scenery to boost creativity and a great coffee?

House of Morocco coffee shop is the perfect place in North London for that! It has fast wifi, a chill atmosphere, and delicious food. It’s not so busy and they have a few plug sockets. Get comfy in one of the small couches or at the small tables and get cracking! Opening hours start at 8 am. 

Location: House of Morocco

3. East London Cafes

The Alchemy Coffee Roasters

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The Alchemy Coffee Roasters

This is one of my favorite coffee shops to work in East London! Here’s a list of reasons to back up my opinion:

Great Coffee: check! Small tables with plug sockets: check! Free Wifi: yes sir! See? They have everything you need! Plus the most delicious pastries! I tried their brownie and it was so yummy! (*ditches work to go bake some brownies*)

Location: The Alchemy Coffee Roasters

Ozone Coffee

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A small and comfortable place near Old Street station to have your coffee! It has long shared tables with benches where you can plug in your laptop and get started on that PowerPoint presentation. 

The overall prices are higher than the average but hey, you deserve a treat after all the hard work! 

Location: Ozone Coffee

Lighthaus

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Yes, we all know how diverse the coffee scene is in London! Each place has its charm! Just like this industrial, chic coffee shop that has all sorts of seatings available. Grab one of the high chairs, or sit on the small but comfortable couch and order your coffee.

This industrial estate has all you need from free wifi to power sockets, plus a delicious lunch menu and the best coffee. 

Location: Lighthaus

The Attendant

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Coffee & Plants? Sign me up!

On a gloomy London morning, nothing smells as good as coffee beans! Throw in a loaf of banana bread and VOILA! You’ve got the perfect snack. The Attendant is located near Old Street station and it has many plants, small tables, and bar tables by the window plus plug sockets. The atmosphere is super chilled and the wifi is good. 

Location: The Attendant

Forge & Co.

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This co-working space/cafe/restaurant is great for people who like to work in a more office-kind-of-environment. You’ll find small tables, comfortable couches, and great wifi. 

After a long day at work, call your friends and have dinner at the restaurant. The food is delicious and I’m sure we all love a wine glass or two, even if it’s mid-week. You’ve earned it! 

Location: Forge & Co.

4. West London Cafes

Electric (Swallow) Coffee Shop

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Electric Swallow Coffee Shop

One of the best coffee shops to work from in London! Trust me when I say that their flat-white is simply delicious!

Plugs, free wifi, and pastries: the 3 golden rules for anyone who works remotely or self-employed people. I came here on a Sunday afternoon and there wasn’t a big crowd plus the atmosphere was very chill and the people who serve coffee nice! 

Location: Electric (Swallow) Coffee Shop

Coffee Plant

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Nothing Hill coffee shops are packed with people, especially during the weekend. I recommend coming here early if you want to find a table. 

The place isn’t so quiet as many people come here. My advice? Take your headphones! It will save your life! There are lots of small tables in the coffee shop, and some power sockets as well. They also sell coffee beans so make sure to check out their organic blends and buy a mix for those days when you’re too lazy to leave the house! 

Location: Coffee Plant

Artisan Coffee School

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Tables of all shapes and sizes and a delicious coffee that will give you all the energy you need to start your day! This cool cafe also offers training courses! Eager to learn how to make the best coffee at home? Now you’ve got the chance!

The wifi works pretty smooth and it’s not super crowded except at lunchtime. You must try their muffins or some of the other pastries, they’re delicious!

Location: Artisan Coffee School

Greenspears

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You’ll love the design of this coffee shop in Chelsea! Don’t let the name fool you! The food here is so good and colorful. Just the way I like it. 

There’s a lot of space, small tables and also some comfortable armchairs. The coffee shop is not too crowded and the atmosphere is super chilled. If you like doing your work in a calm environment, I think you’ll love this place in Chelsea. By the way, their veggie breakfast is to die for! 

Location: Greenspears

5. South London Cafes

Stir Coffee Brixton

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Need to get some work done fast? Head over to Stir Coffee Brixton find a table just for you, and start working!

You’ll love it here! Everyone is so friendly and they play really nice music, just loud enough to create a cozy atmosphere. If that bugs you while working, your headphones will save you. So will the plugs and wifi. The coffee and pastries? Yummy, of course! 

Location: Stir Coffee Brixton

Caya Brixton

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This cafe has designated workspaces which you’ll have to pay for and book in advance, but guess what? The price includes coffee and tea from their menu! 

The tables of 4 have plugs for each person, and there are also some shared tables that you can use. As most people come here to work it can get busy at times but the mood is super work-friendly! The wifi is on the house and it’s pretty reliable as well! What can I say? Caya is heaven for digital nomads!

Location: Caya Brixton

Lumberjack Cafe

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This neighborhood café has the cutest design and a great atmosphere! It has an upstairs and downstairs area. Guess in which one you’ll find tons of laptops?

Downstairs, of course, that’s where everyone goes to get work done as it’s a bit quieter but make sure you charge your laptop because they don’t have so many power sockets. Free wifi is on the house and of course, the coffee is super good!

Location: Lumberjack Cafe

Bean & Hop 

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The food here is yum&my! The coffee shop has small tables as well as long shared ones that you can use. There are a few power plugs on one of the walls so I would charge my laptop in case it’s too busy.

I love cafes with big windows (we all need more natural light while working), and this place has that in bucketloads. Bean & Hop Cafe has that laptop vibe, and most people respect that but it gets loud sometimes around noon. If you work until late, I suggest trying their craft beer! 

Location: Bean & Hop 

London Grind

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This is a super popular coffee shop in London, and the one in Greenwich has to be my favorite!

It’s super spacious and it has power plugs and free wifi. It’s a great place to get some work done as it’s not so crowded, and the coffee is amazing! I would stay for an after-work drink as well. Call your friends and relax for a bit. We all need that sometimes! 

Location: London Grind

🇬🇧 Central London:Notes Coffe Roasters
☕ North London:Ginger&White
💯 East London;The Alchemy Coffee Roasters
🔝 West London;Electric (Swallow) Coffee Shop
🤩 South London:Stir Coffee Brixton
⛪ Unique cafe:Host Coffee
💻 Top laptop-friendly cafe:Caya Brixton 
💰 Avg. coffee price:$3.80

Frequently asked questions about cafes to work in London

Best Cafes to Work in London

💻 What cafes can I work in?

Notes Coffe Roasters and Redemption Roasters are 2 great coffee shops in Central London where you can bring your laptop to work. Both have power plugs and free wifi for their customers. 

☕ Where can I sit down and work in London?

There are many cafes and co-working spaces in London. Caya Brixton is a great one as it has designated working spaces and plugs. Forge & Co. is a co-working space that also has a restaurant on-site. 

🤔 Where can I work for free in London?

The Tate London, the Barbican Centre both offer free co-working spaces for people plus free wifi! 

🍵Where can I work in Covent Garden?

Apple Butter Cafe is one of the best cafes in Covent Garden where you can drink a delicious cafe and get some work done. It has free wifi and power plugs. 

Conclusion 

Victoria at cafe

What an incredible ride! I hope this post will help you decide which are the best cafes to work in London. I’ve decided to split them by area so you can easily find your favorite. 

There are so many cafes to work from in London but I’m confident that I’ve made a top-notch list. Whether you’re a super big fan of specialty coffee or you must work in a place that has the right ambiance and delicious food, you’ll find all that and more in this post.

Now I must say my goodbyes! But don’t forget to leave me a comment below if you know any laptop-friendly cafes that I might’ve missed. I’ll answer as soon as I can! 

Enjoy your coffee,

Victoria

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