When Face to Face is the only option
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When Face to Face is the only option

1st October 2009
By Staff

We’re reasonable people here at Powwownow, and even we accept that there are some occasions when a conference call just isn’t enough and you need a face to face meeting. Still, if you’re going to meet up, why not do it in style? So we’ve come up with the top 10 places to meet – because life’s too short to just meet at average places to drink average coffee.

1.    Timberyard (cafe)  – Covent Garden

Timberyard is an old favourite for many. Created to cater for remote workers, it provides good Wi-Fi, ample desk space and plug sockets for anyone who comes through their doors. By encouraging people to work there, you don’t have to face the feeling of overstay your welcome. And the food and drinks are great. They offer everything from juices to flat whites to matcha lattes and they’re all great. For food, they have a mix of salads and sandwiches, right through to cakes, brownies and crodoughs (also known as cronuts – short for croissant doughnuts) for those with a sweet tooth.

They also offer meeting rooms and event spaces where you can hire it out for anything from a couple of hours to the whole day (or week if you please). So if you’ve got a meeting with more than just two of you, this is a great place to make sure you stay productive and stay well fed and caffeinated.

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Locations:

  • 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2H 9DL
  • 4 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GB

2.    Ace Hotel – Shoreditch 

If you find yourself in East London, Ace Hotel would be our pick of the bunch. It’s designed in such a way there that you have the option to choose the way you want your meeting to be held. This could be in a collaborative environment on their long communal table, an informal conversation by the bar, or over lunch in their modern English Brasserie…which is very trendy i.e. very Shoreditch!


Location:

  • 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ

3.    Amanzi Tea (cafe) – Marylebone

If you find yourself near Oxford Street or Baker Street, Amanzi tea is great for the tea lovers out there. With over 100 loose-leaf teas, a good mix of hot and cold tea-based drinks as well as a match menu, this tea house will leave you with an endless amount of options to go through so you can get a quick takeaway or sit there for as long as you require – oh, and Timeout awarded them with the best cafe in Marylebone!


Location:

  • 24 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 8TX (Marylebone)

4.    Caravan (cafe/restaurant) – Kings Cross

Caravan is a versatile location walking distance from Kings Cross Station. At the heart of Granary Square, it’s warehouse style venue is great for a meeting over a meal or just for a coffee (or cocktail). Being quite a large venue, it’s great for indoors or outdoors – so it suits all weather types.


Locations:

  • 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA (Kings Cross)
  • 11-13 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD (Finsbury/Clerkenwell)

5.    In the Park

Being based in Richmond, we find ourselves with the wonderful green open spaces of Richmond Park on our doorstep. What better place for that creative brainstorm than the great outdoors. Take along a rug, a thermos, and some sarnies, and be inspired! (weather permitting, of course)

6.    The Metal Box Factory (co-working space) – Southwark

The Metal Box factory is a co-working and office space that houses more than 150 growing businesses. With a cafe, multiple meeting rooms, good Wi-Fi and 24 house access, it’s a great place for creative sessions or quick catch ups (and networking) if you’re in the area.
Location:

  • 30 Great Guildford St, London SE1 0HS (Southwark)

7.    London Zoo
Conveniently placed for several mainline stations, this is a great place to meet people coming in from outside London. Meet in the restaurant or one of the other dining areas, or rent a room for larger events. There’s every excuse to take a break from proceedings and clear the mind whilst visiting your favourite wild animal!

8.    Adam Street
Meeting with someone you want to impress? Try Adam Street, another Private Club just round the corner from Charing Cross Station. Beautifully decked out with lots of quiet corners plus meeting rooms and even offices if required, this is the ultimate stylish corporate venue. It’s also a great place for a drink after that late afternoon meeting! You will need to join…. or find a member to invite you!

9.    The Royal Institute of Architects
On Portland Place, a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, this is a beautiful venue for any one to one or group meeting. The café is a lovely peaceful area, and you can sit outside when the weather is good. Rooms are also available to hire if required.

10.    The Pub
This wouldn’t be a real ‘top 10’ if we didn’t include everyone’s favourite meeting venue, the local Pub! Richmond has many wonderful venues, and we particularly recommend: The White Swan, The Dysart Arms , and The Marlborough . Sit outside when the weather’s good, and in many cases, wi-fi is included!

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Discover some of London’s quirkiest remote working locations here or download our very own Remote Working Guide to London here.