Being self employed with no office, means I’ve become a bit of a coffee shop expert in and around Surrey! Sometimes though the local coffee shops get a bit busy, so here are some of my favourite spots!
The Anglers, Teddington (£)
Atmosphere: They’ve recently redecorated, it looks great! Not at all busy in the mornings, but good music and friendly staff, a good spot for a morning’s work!
Productivity: Easy Wifi, plenty of plug sockets, an easy place to set up for the day! Opens at 9am too, so earlier than most pubs!
Parking: Free parking on site, plenty of space during the day.
Food/ Drink: Pastries and Coffee all morning, very affordable (£4 for tea and croissant!), looks like there’s good lunch options too but I haven’t tried them!
Guildford Harbour Hotel (££)
Atmosphere: Perfect for day time work, not too busy and mostly other people working or having quiet meetings. Incredibly helpful and friendly staff.
Productivity: Plenty of sneaky hiding plug sockets, wifi straightforward. A great working spot, I find seeing other people work makes me more productive too! Open early since it’s a hotel!
Parking: Pay Parking in G Live Car Park.
Food/ Drink: Surprisingly Affordable! (and DELICIOUS) I can recommend the Chicken Burger (and at just £7.95 you cant go far wrong!)
The Park, Teddington (££-£££)
Atmosphere: The recently revamped Park Hotel is super relaxing and a quiet working spot. Get a seat near the window for a brighter spot!
Productivity: Could do with a few more plug sockets, I had to hunt, but good wifi and also open early as it’s a hotel!
Parking: Free onsite parking, and loads of it!
Food/Drink: Not cheap, but pretty tasty, possibly better off with just a cuppa if you’re not up for spending closer to £15 for a sandwich and drink.
G Live: Guildford (£-££)
Atmosphere: A theatre foyer in the day time, not the most atmospheric, but bright and airy, comfy seats and cheap drinks. A good spot if you’re meeting up with quite a few people.
Productivity: Possibly not somewhere to sit with a laptop, but to mingle and chat or have a meeting its perfect. So much space so you’re not disturbing anyone.
Parking: Paid parking in the G Live car park.
Food Drink: Essentially a theatre kiosk! Nothing luxury but a decent, cheap cuppa!
Bondi Beach Club, Surbiton (££-£££)
Atmosphere: Relaxed, fun, beachy vibes! Gorgeous views of the river, and if you can manage to see your laptop screen outside or need to make a phone call, the wifi reaches right outside so you can sit on the river front!
Productivity: Enough plugs because its very quiet in the morning! A mix of workers and mums and toddlers in the mornings. But a nice bright spot to work from!
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking on site.
Food/Drink: Definitely just a stop for a cuppa unless you’re treating yourself. The food looks delicious but it’s not cheap! (£6 for a slice of cake!!!).
Giro, Esher (££)
Atmosphere: Busy, high street coffee shop. But on weekday morning mostly full of people working or in meetings. Also a bike shop, it’s bright and airy and a great spot to spend a morning.
Productivity: Not particularly ‘buggy friendly’ so you don’t get the mat leave crowd which is good for working.. Hit and miss as to whether you get a plug socket, good wifi once you’ve found the code!
Parking: 2 hours free on the road (if you get a spot.. unlikely) or pay and display 2 minutes away.. probably a shorter working spot!
Food/ Drink: Erring slightly on the ‘fashionably healthy’ side, but it’s pretty good! Think cake with seeds on top and green smoothies! But you can get a bog standard coffee too.. with a choice of 95367829 different types of milk!
I’d love to hear if you’ve found any other gems to work from?