Dunno about you guys but sometimes I do my day job, and then do some other work in a café afterwards. Also, sometimes I like to have a cake with a person after work instead of pints. Here’s a Google map I’ve made of places in London that stay open to 8pm on weeknights (or later) that do coffee.
Cafés that qualified for this map are places that, generally:
- would be convenient for someone to take a laptop to work on
- would be OK for someone work for about an hour without feeling like he or she was annoying anyone or being a character from Nathan Barley
- have laptop-friendly surfaces (tables or benches, for example, rather than sofas and shin-height coffee furniture)
- aren’t noisy (beyond the regular swearing of the scalded barista) and don’t run gigs
- are good
I haven’t considered whether these places have wifi or plug sockets – most have wifi, some are cool with you using their electrical power supply. Some of the cafés on the map sell booze but none of them are pubs or bars and none of them have drunk people. If you need more certainty on the wifi, power or event situation, then call ahead – most places are happy to help and it only takes a minute.
To read an article about these cafes, with pictures to give you an idea of what each spot looks like inside, have a look at this feature I did for Londonist based on the map suggestions.
And lastly, if you know a good café or coffee shop that fits the bill that you want me to add to this map, please say hi! firstname.lastname@example.org