POSTED ON 14th OCTOBER 2019 BY nada el-hammoud for ERIC
Wifi? Check. Cute Italian vintage aesthetic? Check. Resident cat? Check. Just a short walk from Waterloo station, ScooterCaffe is a quaint little food and drink spot that was originally a vintage motorcycle repair shop. The cafe has a chill, relaxed vibe that will defo get you in the mood to hit those word counts - munch wise they do only serve snacks and cakes, but you're free to bring your own food as long as you clean up after yourself. They're rumoured to serve the best hot chocolate in London, or you might want to order one of their famed coffees for a caffeine kick to your afternoon of work.
The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Rd
A renovated church home to the tomb of two 17th century royal gardeners and plant hunters, the Garden Museum in Lambeth is the country's only museum dedicated to the art, history, and design of gardens. With a medieval tower that leads to breathtaking views of the Thames, a beautiful outdoor garden, and a cosy cafe, there's no shortage of serene surroundings and comfortable spots to work from. When you're done meeting deadlines, you can explore the museum's beautiful art installations and take a look at the exhibitions and artefacts. Plus, entry is only £5 if you're a student!
Tate South Lambeth Library
Opened in 1888, the Tate South Lambeth Library is the borough's oldest public library that is still in use today. Opened by Henry Tate, who donated his collection of art and provided funding for the creation of The Tate Gallery, the library is located on the ground floor of a private Victorian-style house. A bright, open space with high ceilings and large windows, the library has an airy and uplifting atmosphere that is perfect for anyone needing a quiet and peaceful place to get some work done.
The Chocolate Museum, Brixton
This one is for the chocoholics - The Chocolate Museum houses a variety of chocolate-related memorabilia and objects that have been acquired over many years, coming together to create a space where people can be educated on chocolate and celebrate mankind’s best creation. The cafe is as chocolate-centric as you would imagine - the perfect place to work on your projects with a significant sugar rush spurring you on. The museum also hosts loads of chocolate making workshops and chocolate-related events, so once you’re done with working you can have a go at making your own artisan chocolate lolly. Very fancy.
If you're looking for a great open space to work from this summer, look no further than the Brixton Windmill and Gardens. The Grade 2 site is often called the area’s best kept secret - found in a small park off Brixton hill, the windmill itself is only open for tours during March and October. However, the surrounding Windmill Gardens park area is a perfect green space for you to unleash your inner zen whilst you work on your latest project under the shade of the beautiful windmill itself. There's also a cafe where you can work from if the grass isn't doing your hayfever any favours, or find something to snack on if you get hungry.