Working remotely can be a great way to get more productive. Office stationery giant Staples has some research that says 70% of people work remotely from coffee shops at least twice a week, 77% of the people surveyed believe that working remotely helps in their work-life balance and the research shows that workers are 20% more productive with creative tasks when they work remotely.
Whether you work remotely full-time, or you just like to escape the office once in a while, there are loads of places where you can sit at a comfortable table and have a good coffee whilst you work, so now there is no need to be confined to a generic Starbucks or Costa anymore!
Here is a quick guide to some of the best places in London to work from, (good WiFi, plenty of plug sockets and hot coffee are a must!)
The British Library
The British Library provide a quiet and calm space for people to work and read. You don’t have to pay but you do have to have to be registered if you want to use the reading rooms (more info here). There is free reliable WiFi and power sockets available. It’s also great for public transport as it’s in the St Pancras area.
The Sonos Studio
This is a light and modern space that has a vibrant atmosphere, with music playing, a cafe and food on offer. It describes itself as an ‘acoustically designed, social and collaborative space’. The café is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday and is great for meetings, working and soaking up the music. Check it out here.
The Barbican Centre
Located in the heart of the City of London, The Barbican is a grade II listed building and is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue famed for being one of the best examples of Brutalist architecture. There are many restaurants and café’s on site, but you should definitely check out the conservatory for an amazing garden space to chill in whilst you work.
The V&A National Art Library
Just like the British Library mentioned above, this is another quiet and sophisticated space to work from. The Library is a beautiful space where you can soak up the inspirational surroundings whilst you work. It is closed on Sunday and Monday, open Tuesday – Thursday 10am to 5pm and 10am to 6.30pm on Fridays.