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Central Brixton cafes for getting work done (laptop friendly)

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

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Ah. Turns out that the BCA cafe closes earlier than originally advertised - around 5.30pm - so I'm back at the Ritzy.

    I'm having to keep my earphones on just to block out the grating conversations from people talking about the expensive properties they're buying.

    I'm going to try some of the cafes on Station Road next week, but given that they're in the arches, they'll probably be closed down soon too.
     
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  3. MissL

    MissL Well-Known Member

    i love brixton station road. it's by far my favourite street in central brixton. it would be a massive shame if all those places closed down :-(
     
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  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I fear the writing is on the wall for them. :(
     
  5. tompound

    tompound Well-Known Member

    A new cafe opened on Brixton Station Road a few weeks ago, think it's called Cafe Brixtonia? Just up from the entrance to the Rec. Seems to have a similar vibe to the other cafes on the street, ie. I don't think you'll get a flat white in there :D
     
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  6. editor

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  7. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    the hours i've spent and the fags i've smoked in those coffee bars. all of them. was integral to me quitting drinking/drugs a decade a go. it was "somewhere to go" with mates or lonesome and actually became 10x more proferable than the pub for me. a very relaxed road with a great feel to it.
     
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  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Brixton is going to be all the worse when they're inevitably swept away and replaced by bland, homogeneous shite.
     
  9. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    Cafe Cairo.
     
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Lovely place but it's closed in the daytimes.
     
  11. DGR

    DGR New Member

    I highly recommend Katakata, next door to Negril at 134 Brixton Hill. Lovely, comfortable space to sit and eat, read, work, think. Staff are incredibly friendly with good coffee, great food and it's very affordable. A great local business to be supporting.
     
  12. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    ooo, yes, can't comment on their wifi, but the galettes are amazing - share one to make sure you have space for a sweet one for afters! All veggie too
     
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  13. editor

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  15. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    I went to Stir on Brixton Hill for the first time today and it was full of people on laptops. I got a takeaway latte which was quite good, on the small side and pricey (£2.70). I find Brixton is more expensive than Herne Hill for coffee these days. Even Art Nouveau or whatever it's called these days is £2.50. My regular places in HH charge £2.20, and one of them (The Parlour) has a loyalty card where every fifth coffee is free.
     
  16. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    £1.80 for a cortado at Perk & White(?) is the best coffee I've had 'round here.
     
  17. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    A rare trip to posh west London today. Have just had a flat white in a coffee shop in Holland Park: £3.30 :eek:
     
  18. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    Blimey!
     
  19. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    I was in there today too. Despite the laptops I prefer the atmosphere in there to the IKEA place (F. Monday) across the road but neither of them do exactly brilliant coffee.
    Heard the guy in Stir saying they have a drinks licence and will opening in the evenings soon. Think he mentioned live music too.
    Oh and they're closed form 4pm today because they have to fix the window that got smashed.
     
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  20. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    There's a place in Crystal Palace that charges £3.25 for a small americano. Wankers.
     
  21. editor

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  22. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Not quite central, but it looks like the new Brixton Cycles has coffee and seating, not sure if there is wifi
     
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  23. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Yeah they've got Look Mum No Hands to do the café. They were handing out cakes at the lights this morning but I was late for work :(
     
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  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I just visited it. I liked the look of it, but it's quite pricey and closes well early (like 4pm) :(

    I'll try and get across when it's open.
     
  25. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    You should try the Renov8 Music Cafe while you are in the area.............Renov8 MUSIC CAFE Café « HEYCAFES.CO.UK
     
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  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've still to find a real Kaff replacement. Ritzy supplies the right kind of working vibe I like (not too quiet and with plenty of other laptops around) but their wi-fi has been well wobbly of late. Stir Coffee is pleasant enough and has the bonus of a 7pm close but it's pricey and just a bit too on-trend for my tastes. I'd definitely recommend the place as the coffee is good. F Mondays nearby might be better but it shuts too damn early (4pm) further reducing the local options for a coffee past 5pm. If I lived closer, Cable Cafe would still be my #1 choice.
     
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  27. uk benzo

    uk benzo أنا ليس أمريكي

    For rock solid WiFi, nothing beats San Marino.
     
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  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I go to San Marino a lot but find it a bit too distracting for working after a while.
     
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  30. editor

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    I gave Cafe Tana a go today. I liked it very much indeed and much preferred it to the hipster Stir place opposite. The coffee was bloody good and the prices were very affordable indeed (espresso £1, Americano £1.50 etc). The cake was delicious and there was fast free wi-fi too. I can't think of any reason to ever visit Stir again now that I've found this place.
     
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