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If like me you're self-employed and regularly work from home, from time to time you'll find that your work environment can start to feel a little... stale. Staring at the same four walls day in day out has a tendency to make my mind stagnate, so when I feel that happening, I switch it up by working somewhere else for a bit. 

I covered some of my favourite London workspaces in the Little Black Book, but those were slightly weighted towards East London, where I lived and worked for years. So to even out the balance, here are a few of my favourite Central London spots for when I'm bored of working from home, or if I find myself with a bit of time to kill between meetings. Criteria for making the cut: must be reasonably quiet; have fast, free wi-fi (places offering BT Openzone/The Cloud hotspots need not apply); and a good supply of coffee and snacks.



Dotted with sofas and chairs tucked away off the beaten track, the often overlooked Barbican Centre is the stuff of freelancer dreams - try the higher levels or the Cinema Café for the best spots. There's also the bonus of being in the middle of a world-class cultural centre should you fancy taking a break with a stroll around an exhibition, or popping into their cinema to catch the latest arthouse releases. 

The Barbican Centre

Silk Street,

London EC2Y 8DS





Timberyard is everything you could want from a workspace, with delicious food and dedicated spaces downstairs for the laptop brigade. A great environment for when you really need to focus, they've also got branches in Soho and Old Street.

Timberyard Seven Dials

7 Upper St Martin's Lane

London WC2H 9DL





This gorgeous hotel lobby bar is bright, comfy and calm during the day - although it's definitely on the pricey side, so might not be an every day option (or maybe it is, I don't know your life). It's a good option if you've got a meeting with someone you seriously want to impress - or one where someone else is picking up the bill. 

London Edition Hotel

10 Berners Street

London W1T 3NP




Okay, so this last one is in East London, but it's such a gem it didn't feel right to leave it out. Like the Edition Hotel, the Ace has a dedicated workspace in its lobby, which is very popular with the freelance crowd (myself included). Get there early to bag yourself a seat at the library-esque communal long table, otherwise you'll have to settle for one of the (admittedly, very comfortable) sofas. The space is open to guests and non-guests alike, so you won’t feel out of place turning up with a laptop and notepad in tow.

Ace Hotel Shoreditch

100 Shoreditch High St

London E1 6JQ