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17 Quiet Spots In London To Curl Up With A Good Book

Just don't steal my table, OK?

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1. Libreria

Closest tube: Liverpool Street / Shoreditch High Street

The brand new concept bookstore was built with readers and writers in mind. The interior was inspired by the Jorge Borges' The Library of Babel, and features a no-phone policy, and private reading and writing nooks built into the shelves.

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2. 68 and Boston

Closest tube: Tottenham Court Road

A wine bar below, and a speakeasy-style cocktail bar above, this charming and quiet Soho haunt is a great spot to cosy up in the corner and work on your manuscript. Upstairs, Boston even has book corner and lamps fashioned from old typewriters to set the mood.

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3. Antidote

Instagram: @jineeny

Closest tube: Oxford Circus

If your favourite writing partner is a quality glass of wine, look no further than Antidote. Nestled in an alley off Carnaby Street, the organic wine bar offers big tables, classy food and drink, and big windows for inspiring people-watching.

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4. The Royal George

Closest tube: Tottenham Court Road

Tucked behind the construction right off the station, this gem is always quiet on weekend afternoons, and offers big tables, a quiet atmosphere, and a pretty decent range of craft beer if you need a little liquid courage to get through your next chapter.

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5. St Martin-in-the-Fields' Café in the Crypt

Instagram: @mauxdd

Closest tube: Leicester Square

This underground hideaway is the perfect place to write over lunch. With a stunning atmosphere and lots of space, the arches of the crypt will certainly set the mood for fantasy writers.

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6. Timberyard

Closest tube: Covent Garden / Oxford Circus / Shoreditch High Street

With locations in Covent Garden, Shoreditch, and Soho, this trendy workspace offers big tables, good snacks, and like minds. The Soho branch offers a membership to their basement for late-night work and workshops perfect for writers and freelancers.

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7. Said

Instagram: @ts399

Closest tube: Oxford Circus

If you're keen for a booze-free haunt, you must grab a seat in this charming chocolate bar in Soho. With a big communal table in the back and plenty of private seats, it's one of the few independent coffee shops open late in the area – but it gets crowded so get there early to claim a spot.

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8. Graphic

Instagram: @manairaaraujo

Closest tube: Oxford Circus

This cosy bar boasts an incredible gin collection to get the juices flowing, and plenty of cosy spots to tuck yourself away to get down to business.

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9. The Ace Hotel, Shoreditch

Closest tube: Liverpool Street / Shoreditch High Street

Big, spacious tables plus a relaxed and quiet vibe. Need I say more? The lounge at the Ace makes for the perfect writer's office if you're tired of writing at home, and you'll find plenty of inspiring reading material on tap if you hit a block.

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10. Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen

Closest tube: Tottenham Court Road

While this spacious basement bar is hopping on the weekends, you'll find it quite quiet in the first half of the week. With the added plus of a killer weekday happy hour and plenty of secret nooks for privacy, it's a must-visit if you're looking to log some writing hours after work.

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11. Ziferblat

Instagram: @break_your_dlyrtn

Closest tube: Old Street

This pay-per-minute café has everything you need for a productive day of writing. For a pretty fair price of 5p/minute, you get unlimited access to varied workspaces, unlimited tea, coffee, and snacks, plus books and interesting company galore.

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13. Yumchaa

Instagram: @helloimkiah

Closest tube:: Oxford Circus / Warren Street / Camden Town

This delightful London tea chain offers several brilliant places to work across the city. Soho's location has a spacious basement perfect for escaping reality, while the Warren Street location has a bright, open workspace with lots of big tables and comfy chairs, and Camden's branch may be small, but the view and vibe are spot on.

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14. Hoxton Hotel

Closest tube: Holborn

The spacious entrance hall at the Hoxton is the perfect place to settle in for some writing, with its comfy sofas, big tables, and inspiring book and magazine collection to spark your creativity. Just be warned: Finding a spot in the evening is a bit tough, so it's best for those looking for space during the day.

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15. The Lamb

Closest tube: Russell Square

This Victorian pub in Bloomsbury, with its incredible selection of London ales, quiet feel, and plenty of workspace is a no-brainer for an after-work pint with your notebook.

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16. The Garden Café

Closest tube: Bond Street

This writing room with a view is an ideal spot for working. Spend rainy days inside the bright, glassed-in cafe, and sunny ones on the fantastic terrace, and let the words flow.

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17. Look Mum No Hands

Instagram: @sssallivan

Closest tube: Barbican

This charming cyclist café promises a cheerful atmosphere and killer coffee to keep you working through the day, not to mention big, spacious tables and lovely decor to jumpstart your creativity.

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Did we miss your favourite writing spot in the city? Leave it in the comments below!