Central Brixton cafes for getting work done (laptop friendly)

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Where's City Road in Brixton?
  2. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    It's not. I was responding to the post above mine.
  3. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    There is always the library, unless coffee is an essential requirement.

    The money saved on coffee could be donated to a local charity.
  4. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I used to work from home eons ago, used to send me stir crazy, not the being at home bit but the working alone bit.
    But that was before laptops/wifi made it possible to take work out easily.
  5. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    so how to they make it pay, do they charge for the space or just the coffee? I wasn't really listening when I heard it on the radio.
  6. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    Sam's on Acre Lane has free wifi, but you'll need to get yourself a personal trainer or you'll be obese in a week.
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  7. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    I remember reading about a Russian chain called Ziferbalt that opened last year in North London, they charged something like 3p a minute to be there and everything was included in the price - coffee biscuits etc. I guess if it works we could see one coming this way sone enough
  8. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Surely it cant be that cheap, as that wouldn't even cover the cost of cake?
  9. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    That's a 'coworking' space that runs mostly on donations. Loads of Russian artists and journos from the ex Soviet Union. Azeri journalist I know uses it
  10. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    just checked the article (Guardian last year) and it was indeed 3p, but I agree it seems implausible - maybe it's a front for something
  11. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Federation doesn't have wifi. Or the beard that served me 2 weeks ago in there told me they don't at least.
  12. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Sounds okay if your clientele are basically roaming freelancers and others who spend hours there, but not if they're just there for 20 minutes. Maybe they have a minimum charge.

    When I was freelance I used to go to an organic café near Goldhawk Road station that made half a business out of that sort of client—most of the day they'd have a few people working and sitting, and at lunchtime they'd have queues out the door for sandwiches. Given they closed down perhaps it wasn't that profitable though. Nowadays it's pretty much pubs or go to another part of London—I ended up doing both tbh.
  13. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    as an ex owner of a cafe, freelancers were a double edged sword, on the one hand they would come in and buy coffee and the occasional piece of cake at the quieter times of the day, on the other it would become a problem during the busy periods as their spend per hour wouldn't have been enough to cover any overheads (1 coffee nursed for 2-3 hours verses office staff wanting a meal and a drink as quickly as possible and spending as more in 30 minutes than freelancers do in a week), to be fair most did vacate at busy times but some had a sense of entitlement (I'm sure none of the freelancers here are like that)
  14. MissL

    MissL Well-Known Member

    f mondays (awful name i know) has free wifi and good coffee and i've always found the people who run it to be very friendly. best avoided on the weekend but pleasantly quiet during the week. closes at five though i think. it's pretty much like federation but up the hill. same style of place.
  15. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    KFC. Chill with colonial and make a bucket last that day. That's living.
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  16. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    My Aussie mate wont go there though
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They don't but there's a BT connection I can hook up to.
  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I always try to play fair and spend some money every hour I'm in a cafe. I can see how it might wind up an owner if someone spent all afternoon there nursing a single cuppa.
  19. malice

    malice Well-Known Member

    Oh I haven't posted for years but having fairly recently gone freelance, this is a slight obsession. I think BCA cafe might suit - cheaper coffee than most, plenty of space, so you don't feel like you're hogging a table, not sure about wi-fi, but friendly and relaxed (and good light, that matters) and not busy.

    I like Parissi, but last time I got distracted by a hilariously bad conversation next to me, so good for distraction but bad for working, good cakes and food, and they are nice in there.

    F Mondays has the most uncomfortable seats ever, and shuts at 4 in the week, which is annoying, and pricey (but good coffee and cake), and just generally a bit irritating.

    I like Le Deli Corner off the hill as well, probably my favourite overall.

    There are a couple of cafes in central London that turn off the wifi between about 12 and 2, which I think is fair if need to keep tables for lunchtime customers.
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  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's next on my list!
  21. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    You got to and I think the hourly spend is perfect for all.

    Kaff had to put up a sign which basically pointed out they weren't an office space with an afternoon entry fee being one of the cheapest drinks. Who thinks its ok to do this? Are they incredibly naive or incredibly rude?

    This would be the time to post a picture of the Canterbury's brilliant hand written poster of rules concerning watching Sky but I don't have one.
  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I do!

  23. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    and why not too. good on them.
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  24. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery I bet you think this tagline's about you?

    I was in a pub once where the landlord was getting increasingly annoyed about a customer who was watching the footy but hadn't bought a drink.

    The TV signal went down mid way through, to which the landlord quipped "if people fucking bought drinks, I'd be able to pay sky for the whole game".

    The bloke left after a fairly tense standoff. Had me in giggles though.
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  25. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Considering BSkyB charges pubs a four-figure monthly subscription fee, I can't blame landlords for demanding punters spend money on the premises.
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  26. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Really?!!! Unbelievable. Football is just so obscene.
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  27. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Yes, I remember from some article in the press the average pub could expect to have to pay a £1,000 monthly fee. Hence the little pint glass sign on the image when you're watching football in a pub. It tells you you're watching the 'corporate' feed as opposed to a domestic one.
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  28. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Wasn't there a woman down South who got her corporate feed from France because it was so much cheaper and they were trying to do her for it?
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  29. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

  30. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Getting back to the matter of cafes, I tried the BCA cafe today and it was pretty good. The coffee wasn't bad at all and reasonably priced too - £2.10 for a cappuccino.
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