Choosing to become a digital nomad is an increasingly popular lifestyle. For people who want to explore the world, working online provides the freedom to earn an income from anywhere and discover new countries and cultures.
The freedom to work anywhere comes down to two elements: a computer and an internet connection – at least, that’s what online professional Dale Phillips says. If you’re looking for recommendations on laptops, he has found in the Apple Retina MacBook Pro two essential components he is looking for in a laptop: a quality screen (size and resolution) and an SSD hard disk.
In the age of technology, finding a quality laptop is easy, but having a reliable wifi connection can still be challenging. If your world-traveling map happens to stop in London, here is a list of cafes where you can get the best brew and good wifi:
The CoffeeWorks Project in Angel
CoffeeWorks Project has different locations around London, but the best remains their location near Angel tube station. In a cozy wooden-interior, CoffeeWorks Project in Angel welcomes its customers with good coffee and a large selection of delicious baked goods like cookies, muffins and scones – including vegan and gluten-free options.
Address: 6-98 Islington High St, The Angel, N1 8EG
Nearest Tube Station: Angel – Northern Line
Esquires Coffee Shop
A nature-themed cafe located in the West of London, Esquires Coffee Shop is a neighborhood cafe. Many of the customers live nearby and their familiarity with the place and each other creates an inclusive environment to work at. One of the downsides of a nomadic life can be the lack of regular human connections, and to be surrounded by such a friendly environment is always appreciated.
Address: West 12 Shopping Centre, W12 8PP
Nearest Tube Station: Shepherd’s Bush – Central Line
This cafe is the ultimate networking space for digital nomads. The story behind Timberyard is to create a workspace for remote workers to exchange and feel part of a community. And they have amazing coffee: In 2014, they won the Best Independent Coffee Shop at the European Coffee Awards. For those looking to build connections in London and find new work opportunities, Timberyard is the place to stay at.
Address: 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9DL
Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden – Piccadilly Line
Foyle’s in Central London
Foyle’s is a five-floors bookstore located in Soho and a great to work at. The top floor is a bright cafe with plenty of big tables to work at. Some customers come to read their newly bought books, but remote workers are also regular customers. They prepare organic and delicious lunches from salads, quiches, sandwiches and have a decent selection of cakes. Foyle’s Cafe is an ideal location for those looking for a quiet work environment
Address: 107 Charing Cross Rd, Soho WC2H 0DT
Nearest Tube Station: Tottenham Court – Central Line
Ginger & White
Digital nomads who like to work on caffeine and sugar, Ginger & White is the place to go. In addition to serving great lattes, they are famous for their incredible selection of cupcakes, muffins and pastries. One of the most popular cakes is their G&W’s freshly baked muffins. In a minimalist setting, it’s a fantastic place to get work and fuel your creative energy with yummy cakes.
Address: 4A – 5A PERRINS COURTNW3 1QS
Nearest Tube Station: Hampstead Station – Northern Line
ByChloe Tower Hill
Famous for its great vegan menu, ByChloe Tower Hill serves the best meals to keep you going all day. Tower Hill is one of the business areas and a great place to look for or meet new clients. ByChloe serves decent coffee and a selection of vegan meals, like their signature Spicy Thai Salad or their Vegan Fish & Chips. The cafe closes at 10 pm, and gets very quiet in the evening, so it’s a great location for nomads who are more productive later at night.
Address: One Tower Bridge, 6 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD
Nearest Tube Station: Tower Hill – District Line
London’s coffee culture is dynamic and cafes keep on emerging in all parts of the city. The city is a great spot to stop for a few weeks for remote-workers looking for new clients and a way to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs.