Tapped & Packed

Working by my own, I am often in search of good places where I can spend and afternoon or morning working, normally a café. London has lots of them, but it is not easy to find one where I feel comfortable for more than an hour, working, being productive. This post initiates a series in which I highlight great places to work anywhere in the world.

The first is Tapped & Packed (26, Rathbone Place, London). How I got here? I googled “Best cafés to work in London”, first page was list, this café in number 7 on the list. I liked the description and the pictures on its website. I read a couple of reviews online. The coffee is good (not the best I tried in London though), the wifi is fast and works flawlessly and the tables are great to work. Lots of space, in wood. The interior is simple, “rustique”, not many distractions, good to work. Of all the places I’ve been working in London, this is the one where I feel better in. That also may be because at this time (around 15:30-16:00 on Thursday) and sunny, warm weather there are not many people, so it feels spacious. Also, at the table where I am sitting there are two useful plugs, though I haven’t seen any more plugs in other tables (I know where to preferably sit when I come here!). The café & tea menu is simple and straightforward. They have wonderfully-looking cakes on the counter. Difficult to resist, I ordered an amazing chocolate cake, which was (yes, “was”) really delicious. There is just one “tiny” problem, there is no toilet. One has to go to the pub next door.


Under the protection of nature, all dreams are sweet

St James’s Park, London, May 1, 2012

Life Yoga


“To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,
that the sun of awareness is shining in you,
that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself,
and you have acquired some peace.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh