The best workspaces, coffee shops and cafe’s you need to know about if you work for yourself…
Since leaving the world of Journalism and taking the plunge into the world of blogging; working for myself and being my own boss has felt unbelievably empowering, rewarding and challenging. One of the very first avenues I considered after leaving my office based job however, was where my own ‘office’ would be.
I liked the idea of venturing between independent cafe’s, dedicated workspaces and generally surrounding myself with creative minds. I’ve never been the type that could merrily hide myself away in my flat, structuring my day like that of an office-based 9-5pm individual. I need new environments, good coffee and a buzzy ambience to be able to busy myself in work.
Two and a half years later, and I’ve sampled more caffeine, cake and coworking spaces than you can shake a stick at, and put together a list of my personal favourites…
BEST FOR A LARGE OPEN SPACE AND INSTAGRAM INTERIORS: LABS, HIGH HOLBORN
I discovered Labs when I was taking a phone call one day, and it’s now my most used ‘office’. From marble tables, to colourful potted cactus and brilliantly budget coffee, it’s bright, buzzy without being brash and furnished in that minimalist Scandi style that’s forever asking for an Instagram post.
BEST FOR A QUIRKY, QUIET ATMOSPHERE WITH ECLECTIC MUSIC: SCOOTERS CAFE, WATERLOO
From country western to Miles Davis jazz and French Blues, this tiny little cafe loves their eclectic music. Vespa’s and old maps attached to the wall, a cat that comes and sits on your lap and an even tinier back garden makes this one of my new-found favourites for when I’m a weekend wordsmith. It’s dark and derelict for most of the week days which I very much enjoy on days when I don’t feel like being sociable, although the sandwiches make it a popular lunch spot.
BEST FOR NETWORKING AND TOP NOTCH FOOD: THE HOXTON, HOLBORN
Whilst first and foremost, The Hoxton is a hotel, the lobby area is a hugely popular workspace. With one also in Shoreditch, it’s the one in Holborn that I’ve sat all day in for a large proportion of my freelance career. I tend to use here for business meetings too, as it has a professional feel to it, and the breakfast’s and lunches are a winner (the avocado on toast, oh my!). It’s pricey – you can expect to spend £30-40 a day here on coffee and food so it’s not for those on a budget.
BEST FOR A HEALTHY DAY’S EATING: BALANCE, WATERLOO
Newly opened, this has an Aussie Bondi feel to it, with it’s whitewashed walls, juice bar and healthy food offering. It’s packed by lunch time, so definitely more of a morning spot, but the wifi is fast, which is a rarity and it transports me to sunnier, beachside climes. Definitely sample their breakfast menu too if you’re nearby, it’s unbelievable mouth watering for a healthier cafe.
BEST FOR FEELING LIKE A QUEEN: THE EDITION HOTEL, OXFORD CIRCUS
The most beautiful hotel reception area in London; huge glass chandeliers, a floor to ceiling bar, plush fur-lined sofas and a marble fireplace to boot, this is a seriously stunning spot for working. I find myself people watching a lot here, with celebrities coming and going inbetween your sips of peppermint tea, but it’s tranquil, worth a snap or two and makes you feel like a VIP, even if you’re not quite there yet.