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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

    I went to give Brixton Blend a look today but found out that they close at 6pm.
     
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    So I'm in Brixton Blend. There's loads of space upstairs although all the exposed wood and the lack of furnishings makes it a bit cold and echoey. Bit of a bummer that the coffee only comes in takeaway paper cups too. Surely it's not too much to get an actual cup? Coffee is good though.
     
  3. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    ^ I raised this with them and was told they don't have facilities or budget for proper china or the dishwashing/dishwasher that cups entail. Even had to beg to borrow the one teaspoon in the shop! It's certainly not your ideal coffee shop in any way but hey. At least it's anther option. It's getting like the Three Bears, this ...
     
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  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It actually feels more like I'm sitting in an office or a library than a coffee shop. I'm sure that may be what some people are looking for, but I like to work somewhere with a bit of an atmosphere and maybe the chance to chat if the mood takes. As it people are talking in hushed tones.

    Wi Fi is nippy though - but there is a dead spot in the corner upstairs.
     
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  5. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Have you tried the Caya place on CHL yet editor ?

    (I really need to find a (quiet) place for the next couple of weeks as there will be people banging and scraping the outside of the building 8-4 every day).
     
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    No but I've been meaning to go for ages. San Marino is still my first choice although the wi-fi can be absent for days at a time.
     
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  7. aussw9

    aussw9 Well-Known Member

    That rules me out. I try and sit in if I've got the time for coffee as it tastes far better out of a proper cup. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of additional wast that using paper only creates.
     
  8. aussw9

    aussw9 Well-Known Member

    I've used it, and its a great set up. Cafe in the front and working space at the back.

    £2 per hour for desk space. Wifi is incredibly quick at the pay for space, plenty of power cables and USB outlets to charge your phone. I think the desk space gets cheaper by the day or week.

    The coffee is bang on too.
     
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  9. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Just a reminder that the Brixton Pound is also a great choice. Coffee is miles better than before but it shuts too early for my tastes (6pm, last time I was there).
     
  10. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    Those cups aren't recyclable either. I now try to avoid those cups as much as possible. I feel like a wanker producing my own cup out of my bag but hey.
     
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  11. aussw9

    aussw9 Well-Known Member

    Yep, most people think they are being paper.
     
  12. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    I'm in a cafe in Amsterdam. It's one of those big typically modern Amsterdam type place. There are signs on the table saying "Laptop free during weekends". I like the concept. It does have a nice ambience in here with people chatting and chilling rather than hunched and harried looking
     
  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Finally got to take a look at Caya. It certainly fits the bill for a laptop friendly cafe and they've done it up really well. It looks like it's great for meetings and folks wanting to settle in for a long afternoon on their laptops. That business approach comes at the expense of a slightly less than relaxed vibe but it's still a good addition to the area. Nice staff too.
     
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  14. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Great. I'm going in there tomorrow then, early. Really need to get stuff done and that sounds perfect.
     
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  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    As I'm still working on the final article, I thought I'd add a few updates.

    San Marino is still my #1 choice: good coffee, friendly staff but the wi-fi is often not working
    Ritzy cafe: boycotted
    Caffe Nero: noisy and not so comfortable, but the wi-fi is reliable
    Costa: a new makeover has made the lighting unbearably bright
    Starbucks: nope, never
    Vera Cruz: average coffee
    Brixton Roast: decent coffee but closes early and no crockery

    That's it for now. More opinions welcomed!
     
  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    San Marino loses a point for playing fucking Christmas songs on loop already.
     
  19. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    Canova Hall is literally festering with self employed Mac-using knowledge professionals so obviously the wi fi does work, but after several catastrophic fails to get a decent feed in there earlier I couldn't be bothered to risk the £s to see if they've managed to get a grip on the coffee-making yet. You may want to give it an audition even if it's only to be *certain* you never want to set foot in there...
     
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  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It really doesn't look like the kind of place I'd want to tarry in but you're right: I should at least give it a go once.
     
  21. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    I cannot stand the food in San Marino’s. Plus, the old lady who deals with the money, the owner I presume, once denied me with my then 3 year old access to use her toilet saying I wasn’t a customer and people use the toilets to do drugs. Now, those of you that will have met me and may know me a little know that I don’t look like a hard core drug user! I also used to go in frequently for one their mozzarella panini so o was a customer, just not one that day. I was really fucked off after that, denying a baby use of her facilities and never went back in until recently and the food is still utterly disgusting imo.
     
  22. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    It leaves me a bit cold too... never found them that welcoming and it always seems rammed so it's not a relaxing place
     
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  23. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    San Marino defo ain’t relaxing. They almost throw the plates down on the tables too. I just don’t get why it’s so popular. Maybe cos it’s quick.
     
  24. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    I like it in San Marino. It’s buzzy and I like the sandwiches. I love they’ve been around so long and worked their way from army premises to a big one and made it successful.

    I wouldn’t want to work there as I need some bit of quiet but that’s just me
     
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The food is good, the coffee is good and the prices are affordable - and it's good to support a long term Brixton independent business. They've always been friendly and polite with me. It's not the greatest place to work because it can get noisy, but it's the best choice for me right now.

    But if anyone has any alternatives, post 'em here!
     
  26. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    What about the Lounge? Although I went there today after 10am and it was closed :(
     
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I like the Lounge and the people that run it are lovely, but it's never felt much of a 'working' kind of place when I'm looking to do a load of work on my laptop. I still visit from time to time though.
     
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    So I thought I'd check out the new Pret store as part of my Brixton work/cafe research. Compared to the other chain coffee shops, the lighting is more friendly than the halogen dazzle of Costa, and the decor is, unsurprisingly, not as scruffy as Caffe Nero. There's fairly minimal seating upstairs, although there's great window seats for people watching.

    They have a very odd bouncer here though: he's patrolling the premises like it's some sort of drug dealing hotspot and eyeing up all the customers with great suspicion. Maybe he thinks the place is set in Brixton 1990?
     
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  29. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    The only other Pret I've ever seen with a security guard is the one in Trafalgar Square.
     
  30. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    He's still standing almost right in front of me, methodically scrutinising every person who comes through the door. It's not very welcoming at all.

    Coffee-wise, I don't mind Pret, although the food is at the upper end of the price scale. I'll still mainly be using San Marino.
     

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