Though you’ll always get free Wi-Fi and a comfortable spot in your Point A Hotel room, finding a peaceful corner in the city where you can concentrate and get free Wi-Fi is more difficult than you’d think. Whether you’re a business traveller or a freelancer, there are plenty of laptop-friendly coffee shops dotted around the capital; better yet, they’re all just a short walk away from one of our hotels.
2 Oliver’s Yard
Nestled on the ground floor of a modest-looking building in Shoreditch sits Lantana Café. Don’t let its unassuming exterior fool you though; inside you’ll find the very best example of Australian café culture – right here in London! Just 5-minutes’ walk away from our Shoreditch hotel, it’s got a relaxed feel, huge tables, a spacious (and expansive) interior – oh and of course – free Wi-Fi. And, since it’s open from 7.30am-10pm, you really can spend all day there. Got a big meeting in the pipeline? Why not drop a hint to the whoever’s in charge of food? Lantana offers corporate catering services, both on and off-site.
Lantana’s breakfast and lunch menus (served until 11.40am and 3.30pm respectively) are wholesome and delicious; if you’re looking for something to keep you going until dinner time, you’ll find it here (their top-notch coffee should help too of course!). It’s got all the modern favourites; avocado on sourdough, vegan-friendly nourish bowls and pulled pork baps for the meat-eaters. The overriding feature of their food is its multicultural influence; from schnitzels to shawarmas (both fully explained on the menu), you can get a taste of something new every time you come here.
If you’re a member of the A-List and staying at our nearby Shoreditch hotel or Liverpool Street hotel (the latter being only a 12-minute walk away), you’ll get 25% off food at Lantana from Monday-Friday (between 6pm-10pm). You’ll also get a complimentary hot drink with your meal from 9am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays – that’s got to make working over the weekend a little easier to swallow!
24 Crossrail Place
Notes is a coffee-shop-come-bar located just 7 minutes (on foot) from our Canary Wharf hotel. Serving up a huge selection of hot and cold beverages, including their own brand of gourmet coffee (which is roasted just up the road in Canning Town), it’s got that homely and rustic, yet hip and industrial thing down to a t (or should that be tea? – excuse the pun, we couldn’t help ourselves!). The free Wi-Fi and chunky tables make it ideal for getting some important work done too.
If you’re the sort of person that needs a shot of coffee before getting down to business (we hear that!), then Notes is the place for you. With its comprehensive selection of coffees on offer, you’ll certainly get your caffeine fix before the day is out. Come nightfall (from 5pm to be precise), you can kick back and relax with a craft beer, wine or cocktail. Why not make a night of it by ordering some tapas-inspired small plates too? If you’ve got to strike a deal, impress your clients with a bottle of wine and a sharing platter of charcuterie, cheese or vegetarian nibbles.
Young Vic Theatre, 66 The Cut
Just off the South Bank you’ll find The Cut; an independent all-day bar/restaurant and café that’s perfect for theatre-goers and keyboard tappers alike. One of the reasons it’s made our list (aside from the fact that it’s only an 8-minute walk away from our Westminster hotel), is the setting. With huge floor-to-ceiling windows and a lovely open-plan feel, it’s sure to inspire your work. Also, since it’s open from 8am until 11pm Monday-Saturday, you can spend hours there toiling over spreadsheets or penning your masterpiece. The tables are huge, and the Wi-Fi is free; they serve seasonal food and offer plenty of drink options – what more could you need?
The food is affordable, deliciously fresh and entirely organic. If you’re looking for some good mood food to go with your coffee, you’ll definitely get it at The Cut; they even do deals on lunches between 12-3pm every weekday – now that’s good mood food.
20 Tavistock Place
Cute, cosy and casual, the Bloomsbury Coffee House is a central London gem. With its wooden floors and shabby chic décor, it’s the perfect little café to get some work done (‘there are plenty of plug sockets and quiet tables to sit at,’ it promises). It usually gets fairly busy at weekends, so be prepared to work with some background noise during peak times!
Their hearty, homemade menus aren’t huge – it’s all about simple food done well – but you’ll definitely find something to keep you on track whilst you’re working. Whether you want a lunchtime feast or a coffee and cake, it’s all about good old-fashioned comfort food. What’s more, it’s just an 11-minute walk away from your our King’s Cross St Pancras hotel.
153 Praed Street
A stone’s throw from the station (and just 3 minutes from our Paddington hotel), stands Java U. Having caused a stir on the organic café scene since its opening, it’s become a go-to hangout for visitors and locals alike. With exposed brick walls and upcycled furniture it’s cool yet cosy. This laptop-friendly haunt is fully-equipped for the working lunch; there are plenty of plug sockets and free Wi-Fi – the password is even displayed, so you can turn up get started straight away.
The food is healthy, hearty and homely; fresh salads, veggie soups and organic pastries are standard fare here, though everything is done with a certain je ne sais quoi. In short, the menu is full of café classics with a modern twist. Think open sandwiches and big breakfasts with slices of sourdough. There are vegan-friendly smoothies, matcha lattes and specialty teas to drink, as well as lots of coffee options to quench your thirst.
11 Leonard Street
Ozone Coffee is a roastery, bakery, coffee shop and eatery all in one. Located in-between Liverpool and Old Street stations, it’s just a 13-minute walk from our Liverpool Street hotel. With its relaxed mood and free Wi-Fi, Ozone is an ideal place to sit with your laptop; the fact that it’s open from 7am-10pm Monday-Friday (and 8.30am-5.30pm during the weekend) is especially handy if you find yourself in the flow of your work.
Originally hailing from New Zealand, Ozone has a culture ‘of respect to the land and the people who tend to it.’ Working with sustainable food suppliers in the UK, they offer a seasonal menu that’s both healthy and haute cuisine. Served until 4pm, their daytime menu offers classics with a gourmet edge (like omelette with sumac yoghurt and fried shallots). From 5pm-9pm, the kitchen continues to serve family favourites – updated (as per) with their own inimitable flair.