Bored of working from home but can’t quite face returning to the office full time? After months of sharing your dining table with your partner, mix up your usual impromptu at-home set up and head to one of London’s best restaurants for hot desking.
Here are our favourite 15 restaurants offering the best work spaces, hot desking deals and just darn good coffee for freelancers and WTHers alike.
For those who work best with a buzz of people, head to the busy, all-day dining restaurant Serata Hall in Hackney. You’ll be able to pair your hot desking day alongside a good ol’ supply of Ozone coffee, coal-fired pizza and finish off the day with one of their signature cocktails.
The interiors are totally on point too, with industrial features and statement bottle green accents dotted throughout, plus a whole lot of foliage too.
They also offer affordable hot desking passes too, starting from as little as £10 a day, and you’ll receive bottomless coffee or fresh teas too. Bonus.
207 Old Street, Serata Hall EC1V 9NR
From post-work drinks to family-friendly menu favourites, whatever the occasion Caravan comes through with options. And this branches out to hot desking too. Boasting multiple venues across the city, Caravan provides the perfect backdrop for freelancers and work meetings, no matter the clientele you’re looking to impress.
The menu is casual and laid back, with small plates, sourdough pizzas and large plates on offer depending on your budget or hunger pangs, while the industrial interiors found at most of Caravan’s sites also offer great interiors inspo.
From post-work drinks to family-friendly menu favourites, whatever the occasion Caravan comes through with options.
For something a little more fancy, look to AllBright, the female members’ club in the beating heart of Mayfair.
It’s the perfect spot for those wanting to co-work with colleagues or head down to make meaningful and professional connections with like minded women. The members’ club regularly hosts talks with female founders, networking opportunities and restaurant residencies. And they also offer a digital package too, home to over 200 training courses and spaces where you can connect with others across the globe from your very own living rooms.
24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1PP
Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of the city’s flourishing hotel scene. The Hoxton is a prime example of somewhere that’s awaiting to be visited and worked in by freelancers and fellow WFHers.
The Hoxton, now with three beautifully converted hotels in London, is home to some of the city’s trendiest booths and areas that are perfect for whipping out your laptop and working in. Our favourite being Albie in Southwark, thanks to its stylish interiors and laidback vibes. This all-day lobby spot is the perfect space to work away in and serves up some good grub too. Once you’ve signed off for the day, make your way up to Seabird to cheers to the end of the working day and soak up the foliage filled terrace overlooking London.
Shoreditch / Southwark
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BRADMORE HOUSE, QUEEN CAROLINE ST, HAMMERSMITH W6 9BW
Kindred, the west London members’ club, is built on a foundation of community spirit. Despite being a members’ club, the powerhouse company is dedicated to bringing people together, through both work and play, and their co-working space is fused together through a desire to connect through skills and ideas, eating and sharing.
Their on-site restaurant, The Cellar, will take you on a journey around London’s diverse culinary scene. Head there for a quick lunch break and let the creative juices flow as you travel through the flavours and different cultures through head chef Romulo Silva’s ‘London Fusion’ menu.
Paddington favourite, Smith’s Bar & Grill offers the perfect place to host your next work meeting, coffee catch-up or space to work alone while enjoying delicious food and the hub of the restaurant surroundings.
Stylishly decorated with hanging plants and vibrant chairs and banquette seating, burrow your head away as you type on your laptop or soak up the atmosphere and get inspired. There’s free high-speed WIFI and plug points dotted throughout.
25 Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6EY
If chic interiors give you a rush of energy, pencil in Grind for your next hot desking date.
Grind boasts multiple venues across the city but all have three things in common: flowing coffee, Instagrammable interiors and stellar cocktails for an afternoon pick-me-up. Grab yourself a table, order in your favourite brunch staple – they do a great avo on toast – and let the creative juices flow as you sip on their signature coffee blends.
Designed with co-working in mind, nhow’s lobby area is the place to go for hotdesking in east London. Their tables come complete with charging points and ergonomic chairs, as well as plenty of space dotted around other lounge areas to work in. For those only in London for work for a few days, you can also book in for ‘workcation’.
2 Macclesfield Road, EC1V 8DG
Treehouse London has been taking over our Insta feeds since opening up last year, and with tropical, treehouse-inspired interiors, it’s easy to see why. But for those looking for hot desking options, it’s the perfect place to head.
Over at the Madera expect exceptional contemporary Mexican cuisine with a jaw-dropping skyline background; it’s sure to get the creative juices flowing. Or head to The Nest, the casual rooftop bar, also boasting 360 degree views over London.
14-15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS
Whether you’re a lone ranger or you’re looking for somewhere away from the office to brainstorm with your team for the day, The Athenaeum provides the perfect energetic background for a hot desking session or brainstorming day with your colleagues.
For the solo workers, The Athenaeum offers day rates whether you’re looking for a private space to get your head down or if you work better with the buzz of fellow creators working around you. For groups, there’s areas to host a socially distanced gathering, which may be a great alternative to working in your crowded office.
By day, The Book Club is an all-day dining spot perfect for meetings, catch-ups and creativity; by night, it’s kitted out for DJ nights and art events. But, for now, we’ll stick to the daytime as it’s when most of us office workers grind…
Spread across two floors of a former Victorian warehouse, The Book Club is a quirky spot filled with bright features, exposed walls and regularly changing exhibitions across the walls. Book in for a meeting with your co-workers or keep this little secret hot desking spot all to yourself.
100-106 Leonard Street, Hackney EC2A 4RH
Swap your kitchen counter for a real restaurant-working experience with Drake & Morgan. With several venues scattered across the city, including Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross, The Folly, The Allegory and The Happenstance, there’s plenty of options to choose from. Right now, they’re also offering unlimited hot drinks and a lunch dish of your choice, all for just £15. It certainly beats the beans on toast we’d become readily aquainted with.
Skylight isn’t just all about its wild weekend nights. During the weekdays it’s great for sparking inspiration, hosting coffee catch-ups with colleagues or wowing prospectus clients with cocktails.
Start off inside typing away on your computer with small plates and coffee, before making your way out onto the rooftop to cheers to the end of a successful day or week. Now with sites in Peckham and Tobacco Dock, there’s no excuse not to head down and explore their co-working options.
Fancy working from one of the most prestigious postcodes in London? Take a visit to 116 Pall Mall and work amongst inspirational business leaders and entrepreneurs. As a member, you are regularly invited to work at 116 Pall Mall, hot desking in the newly refreshed brasserie and Carlton Lounge, as well as the restaurant and wine bar.
For those who aren’t members, you can still get a taste of the success when you hire out meeting rooms in the Academy, a training centre equipped with everything you need to get inspired and work efficiently.
116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED
Hithe + Seek, the new wine bar hidden inside The Westin London City, will be opening its doors later this month, bringing with it a vibrant spot to work away during the day and enjoy after-work drinks with friends straight after.
The bar boasts breathtaking views overlooking the River Thames, Bankside and Shakespeare Globe Theatre, so is the perfect place to inspire that book you’re determined to write.
60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD