The Best Spots to #DoGoodWerk in London
According to a recent poll, only 6% of people in the UK work 9 to 5 jobs – a staggering stat, until you consider the freelancers, entrepreneurs and flexible hour policies that make working remotely possible and, for many, preferred. Finding a place to put your head down and get work done can add unneeded stress when your to-do list is already miles long or you’re on a deadline, so keep this shortlist on hand when you’re in a bind.
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street
Ample indoor greenery? Cozy seating? A killer view over East London? Located in a converted warehouse in the heart of Hackney, NT’s Loft checks off all the boxes and is as aesthetically pleasing as it is amenable to doing work.
Burr & Co
1 Russell Square
This centrally-located spot was inspired by Victorian coffeehouses, a place where people meet for conversation and commerce. Café culture hasn’t changed much since the 17th century in that sense, but we’re guessing the coffeehouses of yore lacked the soaring ceilings, ornate panelling and abundant seating that make Burr & Co a particularly appealing spot to spend a few hours.
9-10 Stable Street, Coal’s Drop Yard
Nestled amongst the railway arches of outdoor retail space Coal’s Drop Yard, Spiritland is a welcome respite from the buzz of the neighbouring King’s Cross tech hub, which bigwigs like Facebook and Google call home. A cavernous space with exposed brick, dark wood detailing and neon lighting, it even has its own in-house sound studio for audiophiles and podcast fans alike.
The British Library
96 Euston Road
It isn’t hard to believe the British Library is the largest in the world by items catalogued; the sheer scale of its arcade-like space is as immense as it is impressive. Some parts of the library necessitate a Reader Pass to access, but then you’d be out of eyeshot of the library’s gorgeous pièce de resistance, the six-storey glass tower that houses 65,000 written materials collected by King George III.
81 Great Eastern Street
Set up camp amidst – but blessedly removed from – the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch in the Hoxton Hotel’s lobby, which boasts plush seating, natural light and the added benefit that it tends to be less busy on weekdays. With plenty of nooks and crannies to sink into, you may never want to leave.