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Grab a coffee, write a book: The UK’s most inspiring literary cafes

JK Rowling famously penned her best-selling Harry Potter books in a coffee shop in Edinburgh, and she’s not the only one. Ernest Hemingway, Henrik Ibsen, TS Elliott and F Scott Fitzgerald all favoured writing in cafes over quiet home offices, claiming that the bustle of real life unfolding before them helped to stir the creative juices.

Even British author Marina Fiorato penned her 2008 best-seller The Glassblower of Murano in coffee shops around London, with her baby sitting on her lap. “At home I tend to be distracted from writing, pottering and prevaricating,” she explains. “I'll always be tempted to tidy the kids' horrible rooms, or make a cup of tea!”

With the literary cafe however, there’s no tea to be made (at least not by you), no television or odd jobs to distract and plenty of real life to be observed.

So if you’re preparing to write your own best-seller, try pulling up a chair in one these cosy cafes, all brimming with literary inspiration.


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