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We all have to do it at one time or another - you have a meeting that you're early for, or two that are badly matched when it comes to timing. Maybe you just need to kill an hour for one reason or another or need a break from the office or home.

The simple fact is though, is that it's really annoying for other people. Coffee shop laptop squatters that sit nursing an empty coffee come or, even worse, empty free water glass with one hand and are browsing or typing with the other, taking up valuable seats and table space are a bit of a pain.

It's great that so many places have available WIFI and that they don't hassle you to hurry up and drink and leave but we should all make a mental note not to take for piss when it's clear that there are decent amounts of people wishing they had somewhere to sit with their newly purchased drink or sandwich.

In an effort to stop this from happening some coffee shops in the States have reserved "express tables" for non-computer users.

So, in an effort to help the situation over here we have made a list below of good places if you do want to sit somewhere on your laptop for a prolonged period of time. Generally they include places with ample seating that never get overly busy, therefore no ones upsetting anyone. These include :

Yumchaa Camden

Plenty of seating, never too over run and you wont be bothered by staff if you are there for a while. There are also plugs near some of the tables and the oh so helpful free water jug.

Most Starbucks

Starbucks, although they get busy are generally a good one to sit with your laptop in, mostly because a large amount of people never want to actually sit in them - they get their coffee and leave. And we know that some of you are going to writhe in agony at the suggestion that someone goes to Starbucks but we are afraid that it is a simple fact that they are a pretty good location for laptop squatting. Plus they can easily absorb some lost trade.

Joe & The Juice, Carnaby

This fairly new Joe and the Juice is tucked just off Carnaby and therefore not that busy yet. Plus it is large so there are plenty of seats to go around.

Most modern pubs

Think of a pub rather than a coffee shop - you don't have to drink and it will be pretty quite in the morning and afternoon, plus many do coffee and other drinks. So win win. On the other hand, if you want to drink you can just get quietly pissed with the excuse of working.

Try to go to the places above where you won't stop much needed custom as coffee shops are not really here to be offices and smaller establishments really do suffer from people sitting and sucking up their WIFI without purchasing more than a cheap drink during their stay.

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Grind Coffee Bar in Westfield like to get creative with their receipts it would seem. Most recently a student got a receipt that included a note which read 'f***ers all come at once'.

Quite funny if someone is playing a joke on another colleague but not that funny if you are the 'f***ers' spending your good money on their coffee.

When the girl that found the receipt went to complain to staff the simple response was, “Yeah, we’ve been rammed.”.

Naomi Bloomer who found the receipt trying to complain in writing both to Westfield and to Grinder but until now has had no response.

Now, Dave Dickinson, owner of Grinder Coffee has finally replied saying "We strive for super-friendly antipodean customer service. So we apologise to the one person that didn’t experience this."

Want a free coffee at your desk?

Check out London start up, Pact Coffee. They are on a mission to get London drinking better, fresher coffee and they are offering WJ readers an exclusive free 100g bag of amazing fresh coffee worth £4.95! Pretty good Eh?

Pact Coffee get world-class beans, bought from dedicated farmers and hand-roast them in London. Once they are all roasted and ready to go they are shipped to you within 7 days. Pact coffee isn’t ground until the last possible moment before being sent straight to you to enjoy so it's as fresh as possible - ready for your cup.

Get to the Pact Coffee website and enter the vouchure code below to give it a try!


loaf free coffeeLOAF in Fitzrovia is offering Hot Dinners readers a complimentary coffee (any type) with any food purchase over £3.95. The until Sunday 30th June all day.

To take advantage of this great deal, simply mention the Hot Dinners offer when you pay at the till.

LOAF is near us in central so why not pop down to the TAB gallery afterwards and grab a tennis ball cake for a charitable donation?

LOAF is at 93 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4HL. Opening hours are Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm. Saturday 9am – 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Contact them on 020 7323 0692 or find out more on their website.

The-London-Coffee-festivalIt's about time another drink got a look in from all this beer! The London Coffee festival comes to The Truman Brewery this month celebrating all the things we love about that lovely smelling brown stuff.

This wil be The London Coffee Festival's third year and it will rund from the 25th-28th April.

On offer will be the chance to sample special blends, delve into the independent coffee scene, take part in a workshop and generally spend a day doing nice artisan foodie things.

Tickets (£9.50-£17.50) are available now online, with 50% of the proceeds going to support Project Waterfall in delivering clean drinking water in coffee-producing countries in Africa.