At first glance, you’d think that The Hoxton is a cafe as the chairs are full almost all the time with freelancers or remote workers. But when you see people with suitcases coming in and out, you’ll soon realise that it’s also a hotel and the working area is the hotel’s lobby/reception.
Wi-Fi is free and unlike Starbucks or Caffé Nero, they have staff here who will approach you to take your order. Taking a comfort break may still require you to entrust your laptop to strangers but since everyone who ‘works’ here are of the same predicament, it’s less likely that someone will nick it. Don’t take my word on it though! You should still be mindful of your belongings in a public place such as this.
Drinks and food in the reception area are catered by Hubbard & Bell and a cup of cappuccino will set you back £3. I’ve also tried their burger here, which at £9, is a bit overpriced in my opinion. But hey, that plus 3 cups of coffee is still a lot cheaper than paying an office space by the hour in London and at The Hoxton, you can stay from morning till the wee hours of the night – even sleep there if you like.