Megan Tomos, author of The Best Digital Nomad Neighborhoods in London, shares her picks for the city's best restaurants and bars, plus the top places to work from laptop-friendly cafes to coworking spaces.
The Best Restaurants in London for Digital Nomads
Gloria: A 70s Capri-style Italian restaurant in the heart of Shoreditch with maximalist, bombastic decor, and a boisterous ten-layer lasagne specialty.
Poppie’s: This impressive dining experience transports you back to London in the 40s and 50s, serving some of the best fish and chips in the city.
Seabird: A chic rooftop seafood restaurant, known for having the longest oyster list in London and incredible views of the city skyline. Expect high prices and limited seating.
Bao Soho: Inspired by the Xiao Chi houses and street food markets of Taiwan, this restaurant is a popular choice in the city for delicious bao and traditional Taiwanese cuisine. You’ll never find this place empty, so expect long queues.
Koya Soho: This Udon bar is a popular spot for Japanese cuisine. Their incredible small plates menu selection and unique specials board (that changes daily) make it a sought-after dining spot in the city.
Club Mexicana: The best vegan Mexican food in the city, with enticing frozen margaritas and vibrant restaurant decor.
Franco Manca: Affordable and always freshly-made sourdough pizza, with several restaurants dotted around the city.
BiBimBap Soho: A famous London spot serving signature Korean dishes and specializing in traditional bibimbap.
Mildreds: Serving a 100% plant-based, internationally inspired menu, you’re guaranteed to have a great dining experience at one of Mildreds’ many locations around the city.
Borough Market Street Food: The best of London’s street food at one of the largest and oldest markets in the city, where there is an endless array of cuisine to choose from.
The Best Bars in London for Digital Nomads
The Sun in Splendour: A little boutique pub on the corner of the infamous Portobello Road, whose vibrant yellow walls and enticing menu attract many visitors daily.
The World’s End: A historical pub in Camden with renowned stone-baked pizza that once served drinks to famous London residents such as Charles Dickens! Be sure to check out The Underworld, a club located in the basement.
Sketch: A chic, picturesque tea room and cocktail bar in Mayfair. Be sure to visit the extraordinary bathrooms.
The Prospect of Whitby: A historic pub on the Thames, known to be the oldest riverside pub in London founded in 1520.
The Churchill Arms: This Kensington pub claims to be the most famous in London. Its aesthetically pleasing decor and interesting history are reason enough for a visit.
Happiness Forgets: A chic speakeasy bar in a basement in Shoreditch, known to have one of the best cocktail menus in London.
Ninetyeight Bar & Lounge: A cocktail bar with fairy-tale-inspired decor and an excellent small plates menu.
Swift Bar: This lively Soho bar will impress you with chic decor, world-class cocktails, and an expansive whisky list.
Blame Gloria: The best place in Covent Garden for happy hour drinks, and one of the best wine lists in the city.
Sexy Fish: A hotspot for A-listers in Mayfair, this Asian restaurant and bar serve delicious food in cozy, low-lit booths with some impressive decor.
The Best Digital Nomad Cafes in London
The Coffee Tree: A quaint, cozy cafe with three locations in London and some comforting, delicious coffee.
Ozone Coffee: Speciality coffee roasters with two eateries in London specializing in sustainable dining and excellent service.
Coffee Plant: A desirable, independent roastery in Notting Hill with over 25 blends of organic and fair trade coffee.
Grind Greenwich: A cult coffee company in London with cafes all over the city, as well as a state-of-the-art roastery, serving an iconic house blend. You can also purchase the ever-popular Grind home-compostable coffee pods online.
Southbank Centre: A modern, open cafe in the famous Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts center that sits along the Thames. The space is great for working and is reasonably priced.
The Best Coworking Spaces in London for Digital Nomads
Caya: A popular and affordable cafe and coworking space in Brixton where everything is locally sourced. Their mission is to create a comfortable, budget-friendly workspace with bottomless coffee for all members.
Camden Collective: A registered charity, offering free coworking spaces as well as a like-minded community of workers.
Uncommon: Popular, flexible office workspaces with several locations across the city. Uncommon strives to create a sustainable work environment and plans to provide members with carbon-neutral desks by 2027.
Soho Works Shoreditch: A desirable place for creatives, but it does come at a rather expensive price point.
British Library Reading Rooms: Take advantage of dedicated workspaces in one of the eleven reading rooms at the British Library. Be sure to check out the Newsroom, heaven for writers, with access to global newspaper articles dating back to the 17th century.