Reclaim Your Lunch Break

Discover London’s most stylish coffee shops

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Need to get something off your chest? Instead of risking being overheard in the office kitchen, call an emergency lunchtime catch up at one of these comforting London coffee shops. Here, you can share your woes without worrying about eavesdroppers - and, most importantly, you can protect against office burnout with an energy-giving slice of cake.

Workshop Coffee

With branches across central London, Workshop Coffee is a favourite with Macbook-toting freelancers. Which is perfect, as it means everyone else will probably be plugged into a productivity-boosting Spotify playlist, and you can dissect the latest office drama in peace.


This Aussie-born coffee shop should be your destination of choice if you plan to grab lunch too, as each of its Fitzrovia, London Bridge and Shoreditch branches have delicious breakfast and lunch menus. And we’ve heard that office problems are much easier to solve when you have a hefty supply of toasted muesli, smashed avocado on toast and corn fritters.


Step out of the office and into the welcoming embrace of Prufrock Coffee, now a Leather Lane institution. Once you’ve ordered your flat white, grab a table by the window where you can watch the world go by as you put the world to rights.


Where better to moan about the daily grind getting you down, than a coffee shop whose name gives a nod to exactly that? (As well as its delicious coffee beans, of course.) Grind now has 10 branches across Central London, so you’re sure to find one near your office - or even further away, if you want to make extra sure that you won’t encounter any workmates.


The Allpress roastery on Dalston Lane is one of our favourite coffee shops in London, perhaps because there’s something uplifting about it’s light-filled, design-forward interiors and expertly-brewed coffee. If the walls of your office have started to feel like they’re closing in on you, this place will provide you with a much-needed dose of caffeine in suitably refreshing surroundings.

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Helen Booth

Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.