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Hackney is a coffee shop haven. Around Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street, there are loads of quiet and quirky places to sup coffee and watch the world go by – what better way to spend a break from the screen. Here’s our pick of the best in the area.
Just behind Shoreditch High Street down Redchurch Street, you’ll find Albion. It’s bright yet cosy and there are lots of tables so you should find it easy getting seated for a quick meeting. All the cakes and bread are baked on site, giving it a heavenly smell. If you can resist a pastry, we salute you.
Also right by Shoreditch High Street is another of our favourites: Sevengrams. The owners are real coffee connoisseurs, so it’s the place to go for a proper espresso or decorated flat white. You can even go to workshops here to learn how they do it, which could be a fun team outing that gets everyone involved.
This tiny spot is towards Hoxton, just north of Shoreditch High Street. It keeps things simple, with minimalist decoration – lovely tasting coffee is the main focus here. We’ve found it a good option for quiet concentration if we need an escape from the office.
If you’re a creative, you’ll probably find White Rabbit an inspiring place to be. It’s a relaxed café in a complex with creative studios to hire. There are always interesting people around. You can even hire the café out if you want to hold a meeting somewhere off-site. You’ll find it right by Shoreditch High Street.
This Shoreditch institution is about a 10-minute walk from our Great Eastern Street offices. Above the coffee is shop is a recording studio that’s been used by a number of world-renowned artists. It’s right by Old Street Station, so a handy option for grabbing a coffee before catching a train. Big windows and a busy street mean it’s a great spot for people watching.