Foto Ruta head office is migrating to London next week for its annual summer work trip, which means we’ll be hunting out the best new cafes and remote working options
As the owners of an international organisation, we travel regularly and take our work with us. So we are well practiced in the search for the best remote working spots. From freelancer friendly cafes, private members clubs to shared co-working spaces and offices, it’s a common conundrum in the world of freelancers, remote workers and digital-nomads.
Every freelancer and remote worker has their own list of requirements. Here are ours:
1. Good internet connection – Being photographers this is a must
2. Low cost – As a lowly creative start up we don’t have the budget for high monthly fees
3. Sociable – Somewhere we can share ideas, learn from others and socialize
4. A light an airy space – Somewhere with big, big windows and good onda A must.
5. Healthy food, reasonably priced
6. Relaxed service – Its not great feeling constant pressure to order things. The less attentive the service the better (up to a point)
7. Lots of plug sockets – in non-awkward places please.
Thankfully the London working café scene is pretty developed. There are lots of work friendly cafes, and even a bunch of cafes specially designed for workers. Here are our favourites:
Forge & Co
Great space in the heart of Shoreditch, Forge & Co is a bar/restaurant with a paid monthly workspace upstairs. Foto Ruta has run events from here and we love the lounge downstairs for its great juices, smoothies and their tube fabric sofas are a winner.
154-158 Shoreditch High Street - http://www.forgeandco.co.uk/
Good food, loads of space, awesome wi-fi and bookable meeting rooms, makes this a pretty good option for freelancers whether you’re East side or Central (new café just opened in Covent Garden)
61-67 Old Street, EC1V 9HW - http://timberyardlondon.com/
7 Upper St Martin's Lane (Covent Garden)
We love the Ziferblat concept – taking up a place on the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ (or what some might still know as Old Street Roundabout.) They call their clients micro tenants and lay claim to being a kind of social experiment where you can work, drink, socialize and even play the piano. You pay 3p per minute and have access to the kitchen, make your own coffee and help yourself to fruit and bread. Sounds like an awesome deal to me.
388 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9LT- http://london.ziferblat.net/
Google’s baby this is a multi-faceted work space, café, start up incubator, event space. They do it all. Plus they run events, mentoring sessions and workshops throughout the week. It gets busy, so if you’re in the mood for peace and tranquility skip Campus…But if you’re down for networking with London’s next Zuckerbergs then this is the place.
-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX - https://www.campus.co/
The Book Club
We ran one of our first iPhone Tours here so we have a soft spot for this place. It’s a great space both for working and socialising. With overly keen waiter service, there’s definitely a temptation to buy, so its not an all day option. Another down-side the scarcity of plug-ins.
100 – 106 Leonard Street - http://www.wearetbc.com
The Riding House Café
Nice and central, eclectic décor and great brunches. You wont cheek to cheek with fellow macbook wielding freelancers and start up kings (which always makes us feel a bit more at home) but it’s a great space with good Wi-Fi, plug-ins. Enough onda to wile away a few hours of work-time
43-51 Great Titchfield Street W1W 7PQ - http://www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk/
The Proud Archivist
(Quick plug: We’re holding an iPhoneography event here in May). Apart from the awesome, creative events they put on, this is a great space next to the Canal – with a huge bright space upstairs. The food is top notch and the abundance of shows and workshops mean you might end up ending your work day in the middle of a folk concert or a super cool photography workshop.
2-10 Hertford Road, N1 5ET - http://www.theproudarchivist.co.uk
Foxcroft & Ginger
A great central location that welcomes workers and is filled with the macbook & coffee brigade on a daily basis. The amazing array of pastries and bread on display make it a diet danger-zone.
3 Berwick Street - http://foxcroftandginger.co.uk/