When you work from home alot (like a lot of bloggers I know) or don’t work during the day (like me), sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house. There are days when I trry to be productive but I usually end up sitting on the couch watching Netflix. I’ll still be working, but it’s nowhere near as productive as when I hole up in a coffee place somewhere! Plus there’s something about the buzz of a little coffee shop that makes me feel like I’m right in there. There are a few places sprinkled all over London that I like to frequent when I need to get out of the house!
Ozone Coffee Roasters
Ozone was a discovery courtesy of Poppy Loves, who did a great post on her fave places to grab a chai latte! I ventured out to Ozone to give it a try, and boy was it delicious! It’s definitely one of the busier spots on this list, packed with all the working types who do what I do and sit in a cafe, writing and drinking chai lattes.
Ozone is located at 11 Leonard Street, EC2A 4AQ
This little place has popped up in the most unexpected place! An old Victorian toilet if you can believe it! They’ve retained all of the beautiful original tiles, and even refurbished the urinals as part of the decoration. It’s small but cozy and they usually have some nice tunes playing while you sip your tea, or whatever it is you’re munching on. I like go for the avocado toast with a poached egg and a chai latte. Every single time. YUM!
This trendy place is right by my job, so I passed it a number of times before finally deciding to pop in for a pick-me-up. It’s always full, with people working, meeting or just having a moment to themselves, but all the times I’ve been there, it doesn’t feel overrun. I also love the decor. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Their collection of pastries certainly helps the cause, and I’ve been known to treat myself to a tasty donut as well as a chai latte… it’s difficult to resist!
Notes is located at 31 St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4ER
Paper and Cup
I discovered this little gem thought Instagram, surprisingly! I follow an account called @londoncoffeeshops, which offers some great inspiration, and a few of the places they’ve shared looked really adorable! Paper and Cup was one such image I saw, so I thought I’d check it out! Not only do they offer your standard coffee fare, and cakes to munch on, but the shop features bookshelfs stuffed with books that you can purchase for a mere £1-2! Their own wifi is a definite bonus, and it’s nice and quite, perfect for sitting down to read or write for an hour or two!
The first time I walked past Hej, I had no idea that it was a coffee shop! It was just a cool green building that I snapped a picture of in passing. Later, I had a little google and discovered the true nature of the building! The green exterior, often decorated with floral greenery is totally dreamy, and their food is pretty tasty as well! There were plenty of people in there working, but it didn’t feel overwhelmingly busy! I’ve been back a few times, to enjoy a cup of tea and the nice, chilled out atmosphere.
Hej is located at 1 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN
Timberyard has two locations, and I’ve been to both, but the Seven Dials location is the one I go to the most. It’s right by work, so I can sit there for a little while before heading off, and it’s in a great spot, too! A pot of tea will set you back £4 pounds max, but that buys you at least an hour of hydrated work time. I love the vibe in Timberyard too. It’s busy, but you feel like you’re in a room of kindred spirits! Don’t be surprised if you never want to leave!
Timberyard (Seven Dials) is located at 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9DL
The Book Club
This trendy place is a coffee house by day, and bar by night. Exposed brick walls, colorful artwork on every wall, upbeat tunes pumping from the speakers… what’s not to love! Breakfast is served until 11:45am, so get in there early for a tasty start to your day. Can we just talk about the porridge for a second? It’s amazing! Better still, even when every table is full, it certainly doesn’t feel like it is, which is all you could ask for really, isn’t it?
The Book Club is located at 100-106 Leonard St, EC2A 4RH
What do you guys think of my little list? Do you have any favorite places you go?