The digital nomad community in London is growing rapidly. With modern and affordable coworking spaces opening all across the city, working remotely from London has never been easier. In terms of lifestyle, there is no beating the range of cultural activities in this cosmopolitan city, renowned attractions, and effervescent social scene. If you know where to look, you'll find outdoor activities across the city, from Royal Parks to hilly viewpoints.
The underground can be relied upon for exploring, but it also gives digital nomads more choices when it comes to deciding where to live in London. Each area has its own vibe and atmosphere, which is why we’ve broken it down for you to highlight the Central London hubs harboring artist-types to the quieter greener parts of a city located a bit further along the Thames.
Whatever brings you into town, these are the best neighborhoods for digital nomads in London looking for the best places to work remotely.
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East London’s Shoreditch is a popular choice for those seeking a vibrant neighborhood with plenty of modern workspaces. In recent years, Shoreditch has emerged as the creative hub of London, catering to remote workers of all kinds. It sits conveniently above the main attractions of central London that are accessible by foot or by underground.
Brick Lane is an unmissable introduction to dining in Shoreditch—a street known as London’s curry mile where foodies can relish the taste of some of the best Indian food in the country. You can do some shopping in Brick Lane's vintage markets and after, go for a bagel at the famous Brick Lane Beigel. Save room for some fine dining and you can indulge in Gloria's impeccable menu, a favored restaurant in Shoreditch with impressive food and extraordinary decor.
Shoreditch has some of the best work-friendly cafes and workspaces in London. For a coworking spot that pairs focus zones and meeting rooms with an impressive rooftop terrace and wellness area, Uncommon Liverpool Street is your match. Otherwise, opt for The Brew for a workspace with 24/7 access and reliably fast WiFi. Cafes like Ozone Coffee and Grind are among the most popular choices of nomadic workers. For a more relaxed work environment, Ditto Coffee pairs excellent coffee with great music from independent artists.
On weekends, Shoreditch truly comes alive, and there is no shortage of things to do outside of work. Take an inspirational stroll amidst the many street art-covered lanes with murals from artists such as Banksy and Phlegm. Shoreditch is also home to countless galleries and museums, and be sure to check out one of the many pop-up exhibitions that the area is known for. Check out Happiness Forgets for after-work drinks and extravagant cocktails and Village Underground for live music.
Rivaling Shoreditch with its own impressive art scene, Camden is one of the most welcoming and diverse parts of London. The neighborhood has long been the source of inspiration for artists and writers, from Virginia Woolf to Amy Winehouse. There is always something fun to see or do from live gigs at world-renowned music venues like Round House to exploring the market stalls. Camden is also the gateway to Primrose Hill, one of the chicest green spaces in London with some of the best views in the entire city.
A highlight of staying in Camden is the extravagant international street food scene in Camden Lock. For a more classic British experience, treat yourself to some English fish and chips at Poppie’s, where the elaborate decor will transport you back to London in the 40s and 50s. A key way to immerse yourself in Camden culture is with after-work drinks at one of the many historical pubs. A pub steeped in history like Lock Tavern will warm your soul with great food and an even better happy hour. And don’t discount a visit to the infamous World’s End Pub, a North London landmark that played host to keen drinkers including Charles Dickens and other famous figures.
Camden has impressive coworking spaces to entice digital nomads like Work.Life Camden and Camden Collective. The latter is a popular choice with young nomads, being a charity that offers free hot desks and subsidized coworking spaces.
Brixton is a popular South London neighborhood known for its youthful, hipster atmosphere and it has a relatively more affordable price point. Only four miles from central London, Brixton is a conveniently located suburb on the end of the Victoria line on the underground, meaning you can reach Oxford Circus, Victoria, or other central spots with ease. The neighborhood is an inspired place where Victorian architecture meets artsy cafes.
There is no shortage of delicious street food in Brixton, the best of which is found at Brixton Village and Pop Brixton. The area is also famous for Caribbean food, and restaurants like Rum Kitchen serving delicious jerk chicken. Brixton is a hotspot for after-work drinks, especially at the popular Hootananny. Spend your weekends browsing the many vintage shops and colorful stalls at Brixton Village, or taking a stroll through Brockwell Park.
For work-friendly cafes, head to the popular not-for-profit Cafe Van Gogh, or locals’ favorite spot, Brixton Blend. Brixton’s popularity with young professionals and digital nomads can be credited to the range of affordable coworking spaces nearby. CAYA Brixton is a great cafe-coworking hybrid with an inexpensive pay-as-you-go system and delicious coffee while Impact Brixton is built around a community of creatives. This not-for-profit workspace has a range of office and desk rentals, complimentary coffee, and chic, modern decor.
Nestled in West London is the safe and picturesque Notting Hill. Known for its pastel-colored houses, this neighborhood is one of the most desirable residential areas in London. It is peaceful and charming, and only a short distance to the center of London and its main attractions. It is also home to the iconic Portobello Market which is a long stretch of shops where you can score vintage finds and delicious street food.
Whilst Notting Hill is not exclusively known for its nomad workspaces, there are great places to work within walking distance, such as WeWork Marylebone, a quiet, modern workspace that offers hourly, daily, and monthly passes. Residents can also opt for a pass bundle at Second Home Holland Park, an incredible workspace filled with greenery and complimentary refreshments. What Notting Hill lacks in coworking spaces, it makes up for in charming laptop-friendly cafes such as Farm Girl and Biscuiteers. Or, you could opt for the classic Londoners' choice cafe chain Gail’s for reliable coffee, strong WiFi, and delicious pastries.
Notting Hill is known for its chic and fashionable after-work dining locations, such as The Shed, You’ll also find some of the most charming pubs in the city here. It’s hard to miss the bright yellow paint of The Sun in Splendour pub that sits on the corner of Portobello Foad. This Victorian pub is cozy and quaint with a lovely beer garden and some great food. Otherwise, head to other famous pubs in the area like The Cock and Bottle or The Churchill Arms to get a real feel for British pub culture.
Greenwich is the best London neighborhood for digital nomads seeking a quieter, greener corner of the city. Six miles southeast of central London, Greenwich sits alongside the Thames and has a bustling town center, a market, and many green spaces like Greenwich Park. It's one of the best Royal Parks in the city because of its impressive views across the river to Canary Wharf. Greenwich town center is well connected to most places in London, as well as the infamous O2 Arena. It's considered to have the best air quality in the entire city—perfect for those remote workers seeking a combination of the rural and the urban.
Greenwich is one of the best areas in the city for charming pubs that come alive after work hours, arguably the best of which being The Guildford Arms. Be sure to visit the historical Cutty Sark or Trafalgar Tavern, two riverside pubs that are favorites to both locals and visitors.
A popular space with nomads is Greenwich’s Centre Library, an affordable workspace with fast WiFi, computer rentals, and quiet spaces. Or choose to work in the center of the action at Greenwich Market’s Artfix, a modern coworking space with a cafe, fast WiFi, and a range of other benefits for members. Most days you’ll find Greenwich’s town center to be very busy, with Greenwich market tempting hundreds of visitors with delicious food and unique shopping stalls.
The town center is also dotted with work-friendly cafes such as Craft London Cafe (on the ground floor of Craft London restaurants which serves some of the best food in the area), and Avocado And Coffee, a desirable vegan and organic cafe that is popular with remote workers.
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