#1 The Coffee Works Project, Islington

This café is good for meetings and long work sessions.

What I like about it:

  • Ambiance. People are often co-working around the same table and those who work on laptops usually sit toward the back of the café while those who may not be working sit toward the front. Since it is such a cosy space, you get opportunities to have conversations with really cool people.
  • Friendliness. The baristas are ace (especially Daniel and JM!) – they are always on the lookout for you even when it gets busy.
  • Food. If you are a sweet tooth, this is one of the better places to have cake but to be honest, all their food is pretty tasty.

Key features:

  • Coffee rating (1 = really bad, 5 = really good): 4
  • Wifi: Yes.
  • Power sockets: Most places except by the high table window seating.
  • Location: 96-98 Islington High St, Islington, London N1 8EG

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  • Nearest tube: Angel
  • Opening hours: 7.30am – 6pm on Weekdays, 9am – 6pm on Saturday, 10am – 5pm on Sunday
  • Music volume: Just right.

Other features:

  • It’s a relatively small space but easy to find seating if you are on your own. People move in and out pretty frequently. It is never too busy on weekdays.
  • Seating type: Regular wooden tables and chairs or benches with a few high chairs by the window.

This is my favourite place to work from so far mainly because its so well lit by natural light (You can probably tell, I’m a big fan of natural light) and it never gets overly crowded. My barista friends Daniel and JM also play a part in this because they are super friendly and always happy to give me the inside scoop about the not-quite-ready-to-be-sold-yet coffees they have.

On that note, I gave them a 4 out of 5 stars because while their filter coffee is good, it has not been to my preference. I prefer medium-bodied, fruity coffees. Nonetheless, of all the cafés I have been to, I have frequented The Coffee Works Project the most.

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