The British Library: Solitude, sandwiches and Shakespeare… a classic

What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t give The British Library at least one mention in a blog about quiet places to work in London?

This place is a mecca for writers. Sit in one on their many fancy new writing desks and you’re surrounded by some of the most iconic examples of literature in the world, and letters that have shaped the world: original copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio, letters from Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and handwritten manuscripts by Austen and Dickens, all of which you can see for free. Pretty special.

What with all of those aforementioned writing desks, plus parts of the restaurants that you can work at (surprisingly rare at big places like this) you’ll probably never struggle for a seat. Oh, and there’s free wifi too.

The only drawback is that its opening times leave a lot to be desired. Although it’s open until 8pm Monday to Thursday, the building closes at 6pm on Fridays and 5pm on weekends. The cafes close even earlier.

Anything else to mention? The coffee shop downstairs has ridiculously good rooibos tea and there’s an awesome bookshop on your way out.

Nearest Tube: King’s Cross or Euston

Budget: A cup of (very good) tea will set you back a couple of quid.

More information: www.bl.uk

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