My Office is a Café: A Freelancer’s Guide to Hackney - UnderPinned

Working from home has so many bonuses, but living and working in the same four walls can become frustrating and claustrophobic. However, when it comes to venturing out of the house in search of a new workspace, finding the right spot can be a delicate process. We’ve been on the hunt for the perfect cafés to work in, and here are our top picks:

6. Workers’ Dalston (Dalston Junction)

Workers’ Dalston was created for freelancers by freelancers. It serves as a dedicated co-working space, where anyone can come in and make use of their back room, where the music is soft and the ambience is quiet, relaxed and perfectly constructed for freelancers working alone quietly.

If youre planning on settling in for the long haul, then you are welcome to do so for a fee (starting from £6/half day), which entitles you to free refreshments, a discount on cafe food and a peaceful, uninterrupted, dedicated workspace.

5. Cafe Z Bar (Stoke Newington)

This one is great for any freelancers out there who are balancing working from home with raising kids. They’ve separated the café into two rooms, one of which is tailored towards children, with a children’s bookcase and toys corner, and tables nearby for parents. They are very welcoming towards freelancers and families alike and, particularly at quieter times of the day, could serve as a great child-friendly working space.

4. Hoxton Cabin (Hoxton)

Just one minute away from Hoxton Station, this nautical themed on-the-corner cafe provides the perfect space to slip away from the harsh realities of modern city life and escape into the world in which you work. Its like a kind of time-warp. Upon entering it really does feel like stepping into the cabin of a boat, with engraved furniture, wooden ceilings and dark, intimate, lamp-lit corners. The Hoxton Cabin is wonderfully quirky, cosy and slightly eccentric, and is a great spot for creatives and laptop workers alike, with the work of local artists hanging on the walls, and newly-fitted USB plug sockets on almost every table. They provide a good range of homemade food, as well as alcoholic drinks, and are open late every day of the week.

3. Hatch (Homerton)

Hatch loves freelancers. Located just one minute from Homerton station, hidden on an unassuming side street, its immediately recognisable from the messy patchwork of windows that make up the exterior. Inside, its the perfect bohemian hideaway; fitted with fun decorations, sofas and even an old piano, its a chatty, creative environment, perfect for those who work best in more sociable settings.

During the week they ask for laptop users to work upstairs in their dedicated work area (starting at £3/hr), which offers super-fast wifi, power sockets, printing services, teas/coffees and refreshments included in the price. At weekends everything is very relaxed, and the super friendly staff have really created an ambience which is well worth a visit.  

2. WAVE (Hackney Central)

This one is a vegans dream. They recently opened in January, and are tucked away in a little pedestrian cul-de-sac just off Dalston Lane, surrounded by startup offices and independent creative businesses. Its unapologetically boujee; a sanctuary for nature lovers and those who seek a light, soft, sophisticated setting. Sink into a linen sofa (or better, a woven hanging chair!) and enjoy their selection of vegan treats, juices, smoothies and light bites while you work. They really have created a beautiful atmosphere, and overlooking their walled garden at the back, complete with wooden benches and fairy lights, makes for an extremely peaceful place to be.

1. The Last Crumb (Stoke Newington)

The owners of The Last Crumb have split this beautiful, big, Victorian house in Stoke Newington into two spaces. Upstairs is a large, light and peaceful cafe, with wifi and a gently chatty atmosphere, which is a very inviting space to work in itself.

 

However, if you’re in need of getting some serious work done, the downstairs has been transformed into a dynamic co-workspace (starting at £13/half day), which offers super-fast wifi, a private meeting room, flat screen, printing services, and refreshments; perfect for meetings or settling into more concentrated work in a quiet, private space. The decor is simple, tasteful and the atmosphere serene. Weirdly, they don’t seem to show up on google maps, but can be found on Stoke Newington Church St, just opposite the entrance to Abney Park, with eight little steps leading up to their front door.

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