A shortlist of independent coffee roasters and coffee shops in East London, which stretches from Old Street down to Whitechapel. As an amateur coffee enthusiast and digital nomad, I usually consider places both for their coffee and their remote work suitability, but central London’s independent cafes aren’t the most remote work friendly. 

How to read this coffee list:

These are independent cafes I’ve visited or mapped during my 2 weeks of remote work in London. The ones I have visited have links to my review. Below, you will find a photo of the cafe, a short write up, and the address that links to my coffee map.

You can save this map onto your phone and it works offline as long as you don’t reset Googe Maps or your phone. 

Note that in Central London, many independent cafes don’t have much space or Wi-Fi. For those who can work from a tablet or phone, I would highly recommend getting a pre-paid data SIM. 

My additional recommendations:

  • Walk across London Bridge to Borough Market or Tower Bridge through to the wharves
  • Check out Bethnal Green
  • A bit further,  but Regent’s Canal is one of my favourite places in London and runs up to Angel

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! Happy exploring!

Ozone Coffee Roasters

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Seats, plugs and Wi-Fi for remote workers who want great coffee — Photo by Athena Lam

Ozone is a New Zealand coffee transplant by Old Street station. It has two floors, a designated work bench facing brightly lit windows, and an interesting food menu. It also has a staple of lineups (especially on the weekend).

Coffee: Pourover, V60, Aeropress, Espresso
Remote Work: WiFi and Outlets available
Hours: Weekdays: 7:00-22:00
Weekends: 8:30-17:30
Address: 11 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4AQ
Website Website

Rapha Cycling Club

Cafe disguised as an upscale bicycle shop in Spitafields Market — Photo by Athena Lam

Rapha is easily missed in Spitafields with Nude Espresso over a few stores, the thoroughfare of stalls pedalling mostly souvenirs,  and jumble of restaurants and shops surrounding them. But anyhow,  it has two outside tables and a handful of inside ones — the refuge designed for cyclists who need that quick coffee before heading home.

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso
Remote Work: No Wi-Fi or outlets
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00-19:00
Saturday: 9:00-19:00
Sunday: 11:00-18:00
Address: 61-63 Brushfield St, London E1 6AA
Website Website

Nude Espresso

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One of East London’s first espresso shops — Photo by Athena Lam

Nude Espresso was one of the first major players for independent Third Wave coffee in the British capital. Its first shop was close to Brick Lane and it now has 3 locations within a 500 metre radius. The one at Spitafields Market usually has space to work.

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso
Remote Work: No Wi-Fi or outlets
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 – 17:30
Weekends: 10:00 – 17:00
Address: 4 Market Street, London E1 6DT
Website Website

Fix Coffee

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Fix Coffee is away from the touristy centres for quiet work — Photo by Athena Lam

Fix Coffee is on the border of Clerkenwell and the area around Old Street. It’s a cozy space with mostly locals since the tourists usually don’t venture so far. You’ll be in the company of several others with a laptop if you come.

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso
Remote Work: No Wi-Fi, one or two outlets
Hours: Weekdays: 7:00-18:00
Saturday: 8:00-18:00
Sunday: 9:00-18:00
Address: 161 Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8JL
Website Website

Exmouth Coffee Company

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Get a taste for authentic East London minutes from Brick Lane — Photo by Athena Lam

Handwriting and paper is the organic wallpaper that has lined Exmouth Coffee’s walls. Or, perhaps it’s the black and white tiling and the stoic bits that catch your eye. Or, perhaps it’s the tarts and mounds of pastries and piled sandwiches greeting you at the door. But either way, it’s got a colourful vibe and free WiFi for remote work!

Coffee: Espresso
Remote Work: WiFi and one or two outlets
Hours: Daily: 7:00-20:00
Address: 83 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX
Website Website

Association Coffee

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London’s Financial District, Liverpool Street, has bustling independent cafes on weekdays — Photo by Athena Lam

Association Coffee is one of the hottest cafes in the Financial District and filled on weekdays at all times with business meetings. It has lots of seating, so you’ll probably get a spot within 15 minutes by the time you line up to make your order to settle in for remote working. Note that it’s closed on Sundays.

Coffee: Espressos
Remote Work: WiFi
Hours: Mon – Sat: 7:30-17:00
Closed: Sundays
Address: 10-12 Creechurch Ln, London EC3A 5AY
Website Website

Curator’s Coffee Studio

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Coffee stand in the heart of London’s Financial District — Photo by Athena Lam

Curator’s Coffee is right in the heart of the Financial District, so most of it’s visitors are office workers out on a coffee or lunch break. The space is tiny, without a washroom, so honestly not good for remote work unless you’re just looking to put in an hour or so before a meeting.

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
Website Website

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

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Spacious seating 10 minutes walk from Liverpool Street area — Photo by Athena Lam

I’ve never tried their coffee, but I passed by the one at Aldgate and Leicester Square a few times. They have friendly staff and roast their own beans at reasonable prices. But perhaps the best part is they have lots of space. They also have locations at Spitalfields, Bishopsgate, Bank, Regent Street at Picadilly, and Canary Wharf. Check the website for the full list of locations.

Coffee: Single-origin pour over, espresso
Remote Work: No Wi-Fi or outlets
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7.30 – 17.30
Closed: Weekends
Address: 133 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QA
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:

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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