Saturday, May 17, 2014

Study/work spots in London (+wifi)

I'm the type of person who cannot focus on work at home. I get so easily distracted and find 1000 things to do other than my work. So the past three years, I've been studying in various libraries and cafĂ©'s in London. I've made a list of my favourites, some with and some without wifi. So whenever you need to do some work, one of these places might be perfect for you! Or if you're only visiting London, it's also good to know which places have free wifi. 
London free wifi study spots
The Nordic Bakery
There's three Nordic Bakeries in London, two in Marylebone and one in Soho. I believe only the Soho branch has wifi, but if you don't need wifi, it's a pretty quiet place to get some work done. Have a cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun, and you'll be good for a few hours :) You might get distracted by Jason Statham who'll be in the pub opposite the street but a little study distraction never hurt nobody, right/
London free wifi study spots Nordic Bakery

Coco Momo
Want to mix some work with play? Coco Momo is perfect for that. You can sit inside to get some work done (wifi password: foodandfuel) and then sit outside in the sun with some drinks and friends as a reward for your hard work ;) the sun shines here all afternoon so you can spend hours here. 
London free wifi study spots Coco Momo

Le Pain Quotidien
A firm favourite of mine because 1) the wifi is very good and 2) you can find LPQ's all over London. Nearly every branch has free wifi (no password) but check the website in advance, it tells you if there's wifi or not. My favourite branches are Kendal Street and Great Marlborough Street. 
London free wifi study spots Le Pain Quotidien

Natural Kitchen
For the health-lovers there's Natural Kitchen. I'm pretty sure there's wifi here too. Grab a juice and get to work either upstairs or downstairs (Marylebone branch). There's a new and very big Natural Kitchen opening on Baker Street in May/June '14. 
London free wifi study spots Natural Kitchen

Benugo
Benugo's are popping up everywhere. It's like a better version of Pret/EAT. You can't beat freshly made sandwiches! All Benugo's have free wifi (no password needed). My favourite branches are Wigmore Street (brand new) and Hanover Square. It's pretty cheap and a good place to study. 
London free wifi study spots Benugo

London free wifi study spots Benugo

London free wifi study spots Benugo

Joe & The Juice
If you're not a big fan of coffee, there's always Joe & The Juice with freshly made juices. Again, there's a few dotted around London, though the Regent's Street and Tottenham Court Road branches are my favourite. There's pretty loud music though, which might not help everyone's concentration. Wifi password: Pickmeup 
London free wifi study spots Joe & The Juice

RIBA
One of the more quiet places on the list is the Royal Institute of British Architects on Regent's Street. There's a big bookshop and a little cafe with wifi. It's always nice and quiet here, a perfect escape and only a short walk away from Oxford Circus. 
London free wifi study spots RIBA

London free wifi study spots RIBA

London free wifi study spots RIBA

Flatplanet 
This cute little place on Great Marlborough Street has a cosy downstairs area which is perfect for getting some work done. There's wifi here too.
London free wifi study spots Flat Planet

Granger & Co. Clerkenwell
Maybe not the best place to work at during weekends, but during the week in the mornings it's pretty quiet here. I'm not sure about wifi, but I saw some people work here on their laptops. Grab your laptop and have breakfast here while you work!
London free wifi study spots Granger & Co

Others
Let's not forget about the standard Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero which mostly have wifi. But in my experience, these places are usually much more crowded. Other good places with wifi are Yumchaa and The Fat Of The Land (Great if you want to work outside. There is sun almost all day on the outside seating area).  

Libraries 
If you're the type of person that can't concentrate with background noise, there's tons of libraries in London. There are some public libraries in London, though I never tried those so can't recommend any. Since I attended the University of The Arts, I could go to any library which was part of this uni. I used LCC library, which is quite big and has iMacs, Macbooks as well as Windows computers. There's a huge silent zone too. LCF library is much smaller but has nice secluded study areas. However I mostly used LSE library, which anyone can use (though you need to sign up for it). It has 4 floors so it's absolutely massive, and has silent and quiet zones. 

I hope this post is useful for some of you! Have you found any good study/work/wifi spots in London?

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