CoffeeWorks serves some of the best coffee in London, and this branch also has a sizeable menu of quality food, particularly the salads. Weekdays are easiest for bagging a table, but you’ll still find lots of laptop slaves throughout the day. Like any remotely decent food source in the area, it’s rammed both days of the weekend. In warm weather, get an iced coffee and drink it in the garden.
The CoffeeWorks Project Islington is permanently closed.
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