Being a freelancer in London is pretty easy – there are tons of cafes that are absolutely perfect for you to chill and write in. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve found that those cafes have either limited wifi, or they don’t have enough outlets. And in this economy, my laptop battery life doesn’t live for longer than an hour. If you’re anything like me, you know the struggle of finding a good outlet, so here are 5 cafes for freelancers where an outlet and decent wifi is guaranteed!
I’m not kidding, that’s the actual name. It’s a head-banging coffee shop with a lot of attitude in the Bermondsey area and it’s absolutely wonderful. I go out of my way to come work here just so I can get a good dose of no f*cks 😛 Outlets galore, good coffee, smoothies, healthy food, and plenty of quirky signs. You better grab your seat before 11 because the place gets pretty full! I recommend the motherf*cker smoothie. It’s delightful.
Address: 163 – 167 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW
2. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
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One of my favorite London coffee chains where I usually go to take my friends and Tinder dates (wish I was kidding :P). Their Instagram-worthy coffee is exceptional, but I absolutely adore their music that always gets me in a writing mood. The outlets are pretty decent, but you have to come in before 11 if you want to hog on the outlets at the Carnaby Street branch.
Address: 3 Lowndes Ct, Carnaby, London W1F 7HD
It’s a cliche to work from Starbucks, but one of my favorite things is working on my own stuff and listen to office gossip and people complaining about their work. The Starbucks internet is nothing special, but the atmosphere always inspires me to write (all while I drink my Pumpkin Spice Latte because I’m basic).
Please note: there aren’t a lot of Starbuckses (is that a word?) in London that actually have enough outlets, but here are the two that have never let me down. And they’re actually pretty close to each other!
Also note: The wifi isn’t the best and I wouldn’t recommend it for things other than writing.
Address: 170 Wardour St, Soho, London W1V 4LA
3-4 Great Marlborough St, Soho, London W1F 7HH
(yup, they’re just 5 minutes apart from each other)
4. The Common Old Oak
Shoutout to my apartment building for having the best coffee ever in The Common restaurant downstairs. Although the internet can sometimes be laggy, it’s a perfect place to work on a sunny day. Outlets galore and amazing food!
Address: The Common, Unit D, Nash House, Old Oak Lane, Willesden Junction NW10 6FF
5. Timberyard Seven Dials
A little breakfast pick me up at my favorite place to work from after another amazing personal training session at @639pt ☺️ avocado beetroot + hummus toast (my fave) with flat white coffee. ❤️ . . . #travelblogger #travelawesome #digitalnomad #digitalnomadlife #remotework #london #londoner #londonlife #vegan #healthyfood #breakfast #avocadotoast #healthybreakfast #healthyeating #yummy #brekkie #breakfast #foodie #foodphotography #fuelyourbody #fitnessmotivation
Timberyard is one of the most popular places to work from if you’re a freelancer, but there’s a good reason behind it. I adore their food, their wifi is fast, and the productive people around you will make you feel inspired. You just have to get there early to secure your spot, but it’s totally worth it!
Address: 7 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9DL
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Gotta have that extra battery ready for when all freelancers in London decide to hog your favorite cafe and take all outlets available 🙂
I’ve been using the same battery charger for my phone and Kindle for years and it hasn’t failed me yet.
I’m a huge fan of Skyroam and their portable WiFi hotspot. Mind you, it’s not the best of the best (I haven’t tried the 4G veresion yet which comes with a power bank), but it gets the job done and it helped a great deal when I was living on Santorini.