Nowadays a good coffee shop is rated on its Broadband speed. The coffee is almost perfunctory. There is over 22k coffee outlets in London and according to Allegra, we consume around 2.3 billion cups of coffee per year in stores (or around 45 cups per adult per year). Some think tanks suggest we might have already hit saturation point. That the wild west days of killing 1 hour drinking a solitary soya cappuccino in your local Joe & the Juice is over baby! But whilst we still have a rumoured 4-5 good years of structural growth left in the UK coffee market, let’s take a look at the best coffee outlets to work from in London.
Daisy Green - Marble Arch
Tucked away behind Marble Arch, is Daisy Green. A decent place for meetings especially. Its central which is an ideal compromise if you're meeting people from the quirky corners of London. No one can argue with a meeting when it's central. There's luminous covered deckchairs outside, and nice little nooks and snugs downstairs that's ideal for setting up camp for an hour or two.
Book Club - Shoreditch
Famous for their Volcano coffee and the home-from-home service. Its open, airy, drowning in natural light and the perfect environment for meetings, lunches, an afternoon cocktail or a quick game of ping pong! There is of course Spitalfields Market close by which houses The Peloton & Co. Cycle Cafe; a neat little stop for a caffeine fix if you'd like to be part of London's cycling community.
Federation Coffee - Brixton
These guys really pride themselves on their coffee. With so many shops now looking for their USP, this outlet just lets the coffee do the talking. They often switch a guest filter option, meaning that no visit will be the same. Nothing more idiomatic for the coffee connoisseur to ask 'what guest filter do you have on this week?' If you get in early enough you can set up camp and work. Bring the wireless headphones because it can get a bit busy and cramped.
The Front Room Cafe - Finsbury Park
I think bonus points should go to this place for having a brilliant name. Makes me feel like royalty when I tell my colleagues I'm doing work there. Unlike Joe & the Juice which sounds like a lost 80's Tom Hanks film. It's friendly, has pavement seating, free wifi for customers and no-nonsense nosh. The unique front room style interior décor is easy on the eye which makes it a great London cafe to work from.
The Farm Girl - Portobello Road
As if one needs an excuse to visit Portobello Road. The Farm Girl is a holistic and healthy, yet comfortingly simple approach to Australian cafe culture in the heart of Notting Hill. Even English Cricket fans are welcome here. Farm Girl values fresh, nutritionally nurturing ingredients and delivers them in a warm and welcoming environment. It's an ideal hub with plenty of tables and it would be a dereliction of duty not to sample some of the homemade hazelnut cookies.