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The Best Places to Work Remotely in London

As a visitor to London, it's tricky to know where the more secluded corners are for working remotely. If you're visiting London for a conference or trade show, we've got you covered with the best remote working places in the capital. 

If you’re visiting London for a work event, be that a conference, convention or trade show, no doubt you’ll have a very full itinerary planned during your stay. However, no matter how busy these sorts of events get, there’s always a respite between activities - offering you the perfect opportunity to catch up on your work. 

But as a visitor to London, it can be difficult to find good remote working places quickly and easily - especially when you’ve only got a short window to get some work done. So, in this article, we look at some of the best places to work from in London, taking into consideration cost, atmosphere and other pros and cons, allowing you to plan your remote working ahead of your work trip.

Work remotely from London’s Cafes

As anyone who’s worked remotely knows, cafes are a great place to work from - and London certainly has no shortage of them. In the centre of London there are literally hundreds of cafes to choose from, each with their own personal style and offering. 

From big chains to smaller independent set-ups, London’s cafes can be a great option if you’re in need of a working power hour. Let’s look at the pros and cons.

Pros:

● Easy to find - there are plenty of cafes in central London!
● Good ambient/background noise
● Easy access to snacks and beverages 
● Free WiFi 

Cons: 

● Can be too loud for calls or meetings
● Potential issues with WiFi 
● The pressure to buy lots of coffee/cakes out of guilt (don’t deny it!)
● Limited access to plugs

Best cafes to work from in Central London

Although cafes are in high supply, it can be tough to find the perfect option for remote working quickly when you don’t know the area well. So, we’ve taken our pick of what we think are the best cafes to work remotely from in central London. Have a look at our top 3 recommendations below. 

  1. Grumpy Mule
  2. Bloomsbury Coffee House
  3. Department of Coffee and Social affairs 
Coffee and croissant in a London Cafe
Enjoy downtime in a London Cafe

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Libraries - the perfect quiet places to work in London

If you’re looking for a quiet place to work in London, nowhere beats a library. After a morning spent at a busy and frantic conference, libraries provide the perfect contrast to help you get your head down and tick some tasks off your to-do list. 

Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of working from a library. 

Pros:

● Quiet and calm - excellent for focus  
● Beautiful, inspiring spaces (London is home to some very beautiful libraries)
● Good WiFi 
● Free to use

Cons: 

● No noise allowed - this means no making calls or meetings
● No easy access to snacks or drinks
● No eating or drinking allowed at desk 
● Potential for metered/limited WiFi 

Best libraries to work from in Central London

Libraries in London are some of the most impressive in the world. From the famous to the architecturally impressive, working from a library in London can actually be a great way to see some famous landmarks while you’re in the city.

Here is our pick of the most impressive libraries to work from in central London. Click on the links to find instructions on how to get to each one.

  1. Senate House Library 
  2. The British Library, King’s Cross
  3. Swiss Cottage Library
  4. Wellcome Library

Work at some of London’s coolest co-working spaces

Co-working spaces have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last couple of years, and are used by thousands of remote workers and freelancers every day. If you’re looking for cool places to work from in London, co-working spaces offer just that.

And London is a great place to find an interesting and stimulating co-working space. As a capital city, it’s home to a huge array of co-working spaces, each boasting their own quirk and style. Let’s have a look at their pros and cons.

Pros:

● Dedicated desk space 
●  Sociable - potential to meet other people while working 
● Spaces to make calls/conference calls 
● Good, strong WiFi 
● Pay by the day or hour 

Cons: 

● Added expense to work trip 
● Potential for being distracting (they can be very social places!)

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Senate House Library
Get peace and quiet at Senate House Library

Co-working spaces in Central London

Co-working spaces in London are full of fun and personality, and there are plenty to choose from. However, depending on where you are and how long you want to use the coworking space for, it can be hard to find the right one for your needs. 

That’s where apps like Croissant and Coworker are really helpful. Both list various spaces that are available according to your location and the amount of the time you need to rent. 

Work remotely from London’s hotel lobbies

Hotel lobbies are the remote worker’s best-kept secret. As opposed to co-working spaces and cafes, they are one of the last remaining free places to work in London (in most cases). 

They’re also incredibly good places to find focus. The coming-and-going nature of hotel lobbies means there’s always a pleasant ambience, striking the perfect balance of active but not distracting. 

In addition, hotel lobbies are beautiful places. They’re designed to make their guests feel at ease as soon as they arrive, so project a sophisticated, elegant and relaxing atmosphere that makes it easy to get work done. For these reasons, remote workers have been taking advantage of this for some time - even when they’re not guests. 

Many hotels have welcomed this trend, and have started to officially open their lobbies up to people who want to use them for work or study. And, in a city like London, there are some pretty amazing hotels to choose from. Let’s look at the pros and cons.

Pros:

● Great atmosphere 
● Free (sometimes!)
● Quiet, but not silent - great focus ambience 
● Ability to consume drinks and food (some hotels sell products to people working from Lobbies, too) 

Cons: 

● Unreliable or not free WiFi
● Potential push back from hotels 
● Limited access to power supply

Hotel lobbies you can work from in Central London  

There’s no shortage of hotels in London, but not all of them are open to people using their lobbies for working. We’ve picked out some of our favourite “remote worker-friendly” options. All of them are centrally located and open to non-guests using their lobby space for work. 

  1. The Hoxton Hotel
  2. The Hampton by Hilton
  3. Mercure London Bridge
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Find a welcoming hotel lobby in London

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Work from your London accommodation 

Working from your accommodation is an obvious choice - especially if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city. Conferences, conventions and tradeshows are typically high energy events where you’ll need to be alert and on your feet all day - all the while taking a lot of information on board. When you add a busy capital city to the mix, your work trip can easily get overwhelming.

That’s why working from your accommodation is a popular choice for many remote workers (depending on the accommodation you have). 

At Stay Central, we understand the importance of high quality, affordable accommodation for our guests, especially those who are coming to London on business. That’s why we offer entire self-catered apartments which have dedicated table space for getting work done. We even have B&B accommodation that have access to shared, modern lounge spaces - not dissimilar to a hotel lobby! These spaces provide the ideal ambient working spaces. Take a look at our B&B options here.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of working from your London accommodation.

Pros:

● Quiet, easy to focus
● Free 
● No need to travel throughout the city
● Great access to plugs and WiFi

Cons: 

● Can feel lonely and isolating if you’re working alone
● Noise disruption if you’re sharing space 

Stay Central - perfect accommodation for your London work trip

If you have an upcoming work event in London and are planning to stay in the capital city for a few days, then Stay Central offers the excellent quality and value accommodation you’re looking for. 

Located in the heart of London, our apartments and rooms are ideally situated for central events, and are located in various areas across London. Choose from single, double, en-suite, and bed & breakfast rooms, as-well-as 2 bedroom flats and larger apartments. All rooms are spacious and bright, and offer the perfect place to get some work done. 

Our affordable prices and high-quality spaces make us the perfect choice when it comes to staying in London for a conference or trade show. Find out more about our London accommodation options.

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