In the lead up to GFX Liverpool my weekend/weekday distinction got a bit hazy. So I was faced with the dilemma of how to motivate myself to keep at the project plans when the rest of London seemed to be enjoying the weekend like never before. I came up with a slightly insane plan of promising a new cafe every time I tired/de-motivated. It seemed to work and I got a solid of 8 hours of work done on a Sunday, here are a couple of the cafes I discovered!
1. Watch House Coffee – 193 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UW
This is a cafe that has had a brilliant designer cast their eye over it. In the tiny cafe half of the room has wooden seating built into the wall, so it transitions from old stone to clean wooden lines in a heartbeat. The coolest feature is the inbuilt charging stations. No need for ugly three pinned plugs here, these are all USB baby. I was lucky to grab a seat and enjoyed a strong coffee (we are talking Wellington strength) to get my day sorted. The also have a big range of sweet and savory food with the counter taking up almost half the room. Good coffee, charging stations and free wifi made for a perfect Sunday work spot and put it firmly on my regular coffee list.
2. Bermondsey Street Coffee – 163 – 167 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW
Bermondsey Street Coffee is owned by the same Come Happy Leave Edgy kids as Brick Lane Coffee. So expect a loyalty card that would make a Fulford blush and super comfy seating to finally perfect your VLOOKUPs. I think I might like this one a little more than its Brick Lane cousin, there is less of a ‘you might be stabbed by an over-caffeinated hipster’ vibe, and has some motivational art. Win win.