A shortlist of independent coffee roasters and coffee shops from Clerkenwell, through Soho (Covent Garden, Leicester Square) up to Fitzrovia (Bloomsbury). I’m a frequent traveller and remote worker (aka digital nomad), but in London, I tend to visit places mostly for the coffee and catch ups. 

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First thing off my flight is a cuppa coffee in Covent Garden — Photo by Athena Lam

How to read this coffee list:

These are independent cafes I’ve visited or mapped out for my 2 week trip in London. Cafes I visited in previous years don’t have their own reviews because I don’t have photos. Below, you will find a photo of the cafe, a brief description, and the address that links to the above coffee map.

You can pre-load this map onto your phone. 

Note that cafes in Central London, many independent cafes often don’t have plugs, Wi-Fi or much space. I highly recommend getting a prepaid data SIM at the airport. 

Feel free to leave a comment or your suggestions! Happy exploring!

Monmouth Coffee Company (Seven Dials)

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Pay per gram for your coffee beans at Monmouth Coffee — Photo by Athena Lam

The original Monmouth Coffee shop is a hole in the wall. Nonetheless, people still bring papers to mark, books to read, and friends to chat with. No WiFi and forget plugs, but if you want good coffee and fresh beans (at whatever amount) this is the place to go.  Another shop is at Borough Market.

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso
Remote Work: No Wi-Fi or outlets
Hours: Mon – Sat: 8:00-18:30
Closed: Sundays
Address:  27 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EU, UK
Website Website

Workshop Coffee (Clerkenwell)

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Mikey, my friendly barista — Photo by Athena Lam

A huge (by London standards) cafe that includes even a skylight and living wall. This original shop was opened by a coffee fanatic and remains unpretentious. Mostly locals, as it’s in a low-rise office area. Has some plugs but no WiFi. One of my favourite roasters in London.

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso
Remote Work: A few outlets, no Wi-Fi
Hours: Mon: 8:00 – 18:00
Tues-Fri: 8:00-19:00
Sat-Sun: 9:00-18:00
Address:  27 Clerkenwell Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5RN
Website Website

Look Mum, No Hands

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Coffee and cycling tribe — Photo by Athena Lam

This hippster bicycle shop x cafe was one of London’s earliest Third Wave coffee places. You’ll find many others here with laptops, and still more watching races on the TV screen. It also has a patio outside that’s perfect for summer!

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso
Remote Work: Wi-Fi, maybe a plug or two
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:30-22:00
Sat: 8:30-10:00
Sun: 9:00-10:00
Website Website

Coffee Island

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Coffee Island has wifi and plugs for remote work — Photo by Athena Lam

Coffee Island is actually a Greek coffee chain, but their flagship store between Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden in London’s Theatre District is the best remote work haven I’ve found. Its two-story space is outfitted with plugs and the shop has good Wi-Fi. They also serve authentic Greek-style coffee!

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso, Greek coffee
Remote Work: Tons of plugs and Wi-Fi
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:30-21:00
Sat – Sun: 9:00-21:00
Address:  5 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9NY, UK
Website Website

London Review Bookshop Cafe

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London Review Bookshop serves Monmouth Coffee — Photo by Athena Lam

Just separated from the bookstore by a doorway,  this small cafe right across from the British Museum is a good spot to get some work done in between meetings. The staff are friendly. I saw one plug in a corner,  and there are pastries and food. They serve coffee using Monmouth beans.

Coffee: Espresso, maybe single origin
Remote Work: 2 Outlets in a corner, no Wi-Fi
Hours: Mondays – Saturdays: 10:00 – 18:30
Sundays: 12:00 – 18:00
Address: 14-16 Bury Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 2JL, UK
Website Website


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They use beans from the Coffee Collective — Photo by Athena Lam

Hailed as one of London’s best independent cafes, this small shop always has a lunch rush (because it also serves the likes of salads and quiches). The space isn’t really designed for working, but if you get a small table, you can pull out your laptop.  They serve beans from Coffee Collective.

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso
Remote Work:  No Wi-Fi or plugs
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:30-18:00
Sat: 8:30-18:00
Sun: 9:00-17:00
Address:  66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QJ
Website Website

Attendant Coffee

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Underground coffee, literally — Photo by Athena Lam

Just a block down from Kaffeine, Attendant is much more low key and friendly. Its entrance looks like an old subway gate, which brings you to a brightly lit subterranean refuge. WiFi available!

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso, aeropress
Remote Work: Free Wi-Fi
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00-18:00
Sat: 9:00-18:00
Sun: 10:00-18:00
Address:  27A Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DY
Website Website

J + A Cafe

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Spacious courtyard seating in Clerkenwell — Photo by Athena Lam

J + A are actually more like a restaurant and bar,  but they consistently pop up as a location for coffee too. The restaurant is tucked in a courtyard in an old diamond cutting factory. It’s a great hideaway that’s just a turn in from Clerkenwell’s bustling traffic.

Coffee: Espresso
Remote Work: Outlets
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00-18:00
Weekends: 9:00-17:00
Address: 1-4 Sutton Ln, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5PU
Website Website

Last random tips

I discovered a few things from local friends during the week I was here, so I’ll pass them on:

  • Public spaces like the National Theatre make better remote work places (Wi-Fi, plugs, and spacious seating)
  • Get take-away, save a few pence, and work in a public park or along the River Thames
  • Sundays are quieter, especially at places like Clerkenwell.

If you liked this post, you can check out my other coffee maps:

Of course, would always appreciate a share! Thanks!


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