In The City: Digital Nomading through London
"Digital Nomads are individuals that leverage technology in order to work remotely and live an independent and nomadic lifestyle."
I hadn't heard of this term until my friend Olivia asked me my opinion on it. I have to say it has stuck hard with me since. The same night I researched free spaces where digital nomads and entrepreneurs work - with a particular focus in London. You know when you get that rush of excitement and enthusiasm and just can't wait to get stuck in??
I asked a friend in Camden if I could stay with her for a couple of days, packed a bag, grabbed my laptop and hopped on the coach.
Thursday 14th July
I arrived in an hour later than planned to Victoria and headed straight across Central London to (Google) Campus London for a talk by Leigh Ashton about 'Making Sales Easy'. She had a really inspiring and holistic approach to sales which I find really refreshing and speaks to the 'audience' of today so I got a lot out of it!
Second Home - Hanbury Street
Once again on the recommendation of a one Miss Olivia who completed a summer internship here, I wandered from Leonard Street across to Hanbury Street off Brick Lane.
Oh my goodness! I was in love!!
Unless you walked down the street or had heard of it, you would never have guessed Second Home was there.
A futuristic looking building, it reminded me of the spaceship-looking playgrounds I used to play in in the McDonald's restaurants in Spain, but for adults. If you can imagine that!?
While I sadly don't have the £350 to hire out private space, it definitely made me want to! A design like no other, it just gave off an innovative, creative vibe that just 'spoke' to me, haha!
I got work done and I got inspired here. I've taken some information about the spaces and will definitely have a serious think about getting proper space here for the future!
You can work in the cafe for free and that was amazing! The staff are super friendly, the coffee is strong and everyone in it highly engaged.
*Instagram: @hanmeetsworld and @lookinmyoffice
Timberyard (TY) - Seven Dials
My final working stop today, I'm super happy I made the effort! Subtly called embellished with TY signage outside, considering how central I tend to be when I come to the city, it's a place I wish I'd discovered sooner.
Full of chairs and tables, it's another digital nomad's paradise complete with yummy alternative bites and beverages.
Slightly easier to get to but a tiny bit busier feeling. I've been super productive - although you can't help but social media fart about it so I got a bit distracted for a while...
You might struggle if there's more than one of you but for the lone monkey/wanderer it's pretty easy to wiggle into a corner, grab a matcha latte and get to it.
Again, a bit pricey but it is Seven Dials sooooo...
I highly recommend the Peanut Butter Brownie, so delicious! And anywhere that serves Matcha Lattes is great in my books!!
Obviously I haven't covered everywhere, but these were the ones that grabbed me first. If you can recommend a (free of charge) work space in London that inspires you, let me know!
Have a fabulous weekend!
(Caffeined-up) Han x