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London's coolest places to work solo

by 1st Contact | Jan 22, 2014
  • It's easy to get caught up in your work-from-home world. If you're a freelancer falling prey to cabin fever, strip off that onesie, comb your hair and get out there! There are plenty of coffee shops and collaborative spaces in London that will see you getting your work done in no time.

    Coffee shops and coffices

    There are hundreds of freelance-friendly cafes in London that double as informal offices. Ziferblat, in the trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood, was London’s first pay-per-minute coffee shop. Charging three pence a minute, Ziferblat invites customers to make themselves at home – you can treat yourself to whatever you want, including coffee, tea, toast, snacks, or simply bring your own food.

    Why not join foursquare and stay in touch with the best 'coffices' in London?

    Of course, drinking cappuccinos and eating baguettes or cakes every day can become rather expensive - on both your wallet and your waist. But fear not, option two requires very little money.

    Green spaces

    If cabin fever's getting the better of you, why not change your environment? Take something to snack on and get creative in nature. Timeout has a nice list of the capital's secret gardens and blissfully tranquil open spaces.

    Communal work spaces

    There are fantastic places in London where you can rent an office space for an hour or a day and share facilities like fax, kitchens and boardrooms. The downside is that these environments can become rather busy and a little distracting. Still, it doesn't harm to look around and find one that works for you. KindredHQ lists their top 10 work spaces, while Londond Loves Business provides a comprehensive top 20 list.

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