To many, working from home can seem like the dream. You can get up when you want, base yourself wherever you feel like in the home each day and even go to work in your pyjamas. However many bloggers who have taken the plunge to blog full-time have told us that remote working can lose its shine before long. Even those with dedicated home office spaces (a must for at-home workers), can at times go stir crazy and a few days spent working amongst other people can do a world of good. With more and more people working remotely, bars and coffee shops are upping their game to tap into this growing number of people to provide inspiring workspaces. With all the required amenities, outstanding menus and more, there are endless fantastic remote working spots in the UK and these are our favourites…
Offering dynamic, independent workspaces fused with speciality teas and coffees, Timber Yard is perfectly geared towards remote workers and aims to provide products and services to adapt to the evolving needs of London life. Encouraging creative people to come together, Timber Yard strives to be a place where workers are comfortable to stay as long as they need. The food and drink menu is sourced from local artisan producers and speciality coffee brews are served at both the Soho and Seven Dials locations.
Changing daily, the food and drink is designed to keep visitors fuelled all day long and both venues have numerous meeting and event spaces that can be booked. Awarded the title of the Best Independent Coffee Shop in 2014 at the European Coffee Awards, it is the perfect space to knuckle down whilst soaking in the bustling atmosphere and of course – the wifi is top notch too.
A big name in the Edinburgh coffee scene, Brew Lab is an atmospheric and cosy yet cool space to get stuck into your workload. With plenty of space, you will always find a free spot and plug sockets are also plentiful with most tables having at least one. The focal point of the coffee shop is the monolithic concrete ‘brew bar’ which serves exceptional filter and espresso coffees using precise brewing techniques for the best coffee in the city to see you through a day’s work.
The perfect place for coffee aficionados to feel at home, a training lab is also on site if you want to take your coffee experience even further and one of the coffee house’s specialities is their cold brew coffee. Offering free wifi and a range of artisanal sandwiches, pastries and cakes, it has an excellent atmosphere and amenities to get you through even the toughest days of home working.
A fairy light-lit food and drink lounge heaven, Bocabar is pride of place in Bristol’s Paintworks site which is currently undergoing huge refurbishment to become one of the city’s creative hubs. With a distinctive warehouse feel, it is filled with squishy red leather sofas and wooden benches which makes an ideal base for a day of work. The redbrick warehouse is also filled with local art and interesting artefacts to innovate and inspire and the venue has been awarded numerous awards in the 11 years it has been running.
Famed for their Bocapizzas and inventive cocktails, Bocabar is also a fabulous spot to fit in a few hours of blogging in the evening and once all of the hard work is done you can enjoy the live music on Saturday nights or DJ sessions on Fridays. Definitely one for those that love a laidback vibe when working, the wifi is free and you’ll usually spot others working alongside you whilst you’re there.
This is a remote working space with a difference as you also have the opportunity to get in a spot of exercise too whilst you’re there. An effortlessly chic café, it is attached to the Brockwell Lido which is one of London’s best outdoor swimming pools meaning when you aren’t racing to meet a deadline you can race yourself in the 50 metre pool, smashing your work and exercise quota for the day. Ideal for sunny, warm days, the café has an outdoor terrace and free wifi and will offer a much needed change of scenery if working at home is getting too much.
With a big breakfast and brunch menu you can try something new every morning to boost your productivity and if you’re there all day there are also burgers and salads for lunch. If you are looking for an afternoon pick-me up after a long morning of typing, The Lido Café also offers a selection of cakes, pastries and gelato, this teamed with a poolside view and relaxed surroundings makes for a gem of a summer working spot.
Located in Manchester’s Barton Arcade, Pot Kettle Black is in a fantastic spot to watch the world go by and of course get your head down to work. Focused on the Evolution of Coffee, Pot Kettle Black explores the journey that each bean takes from growth to coffee cup. Raising the bar for a good ol’ cup of Joe in the area, the coffee house aims to bring knowledge of speciality coffee to everyone and its friendly and inviting atmosphere makes it the perfect place to spend a few hours or a day on your laptop.
Offering mouth-watering food to go with the speciality coffee, they are open every night until 7pm (except Sundays) and even have occasional live music sessions if you fancy a break from your work. Another perk of working at Pot Kettle Black is that they offer table service, so you can set yourself up for the day and rest at ease knowing that if you need anything it can be brought straight to you.
As one of the most creative cities in the UK, it’s no surprise that Brighton is home to a host of coffee houses and bars geared up for remote workers. Our favourite is Presuming Ed which effortlessly capture’s Brighton’s unique atmosphere with all of the practical amenities required of a remote working location.
With meeting rooms for hire when you need more than just a space to park your laptop and dedicated work stations available, Presuming Ed allows you to enjoy the finer things of a coffee house including lovingly crafted coffees and mouth-watering cakes mixed with the practicalities of office working. The eye-catching exterior and quirky artwork filled interior is Brighton at its finest and it is one of the most unique venues on the list.
Another spot ideal for those that need quality coffee to see them through a working day, Flat Caps Coffee use three brewing methods including filter, aeropress and syphon with the last reminiscent of a science experiment taking place at your table. A cavernous coffee house, there are so many spots to base yourself for a few hours or a whole day and the enticing list of guest coffees will ensure you stay motivated whatever the task at hand.
With two locations in the city, the to-die-for coffee can also be accompanied by delicious sweet treats. The coffee is so good that owner Joe Maeger has won numerous barista awards and their second coffee house was launched via Kickstarter – only proving how popular and well-loved the first venue is and it’s very easy to lose track of time once you are settled in your favourite spot for the day.
Main image courtesy of Timber Yard