The rise of work from home means more of us are looking for somewhere to work from. After all, WFH doesn’t necessarily mean working from your actual ‘home’. Sometimes we need a change of scenery.

Plymouth has a small selection of co-working spaces and cafes for remote workers. Having checked out a few of them in recent months, this is my review of the top spots for working on a laptop across Plymouth.

This list is likely to be updated as I check new places out, and I’m only going to include places I have been to.

So, with that out of the way, these are the top remote working spots in Plymouth.

1. ThinqTanq

I checked out ThinqTanq just before the second lockdown in 2020, and I found it a great place to work. With plenty of desks, a friendly mix of people, free drinks, a meeting room for when you need a space to meet clients or conduct a private call and a nice central location.

ThinqTanq is probably the only independent remote working spot in the city, and has limited spaces. It’s also quite affordable at just £140 for the whole month, or limited access starting from £14 per day.

They also offer a free week for you to check it out, subject to availability. Visit their website for more info.

2. Regus

There are two Regus locations in Plymouth, one in the Drakes Circus Mall, and the other at Sutton Harbour in the Foot Anstey Building. Although I haven’t worked from them, I did do the tour of both locations.

The Regus Drakes Circus is obviously well located for the centre of town. Hidden at the top of the mall, it’s quite a nice corporate space with a choice of private rooms and open plan working space.

Sutton Harbour definitely is the nicer location, with a view across to the Barbican. However the office is also more expensive. It seems that Regus are struggling slightly in Plymouth so they are open to offers to win new clients – including price matching ThinqTanq.

I found both places perfectly adequate, if a little staid. I would be happy to use Regus, especially if I wanted to maintain a professional image on remote calls or what have you.

Check out their co-working offices in Plymouth here.

3. Barclays Bank Social Space

The Barclays Bank in the city centre of Plymouth actually has a small ‘social space’ on the first floor. This consists of a small desk for 8 people, and some booths.

Use of the social space, including wifi, is free although there are no refreshments provided.

If you only need to do ad-hoc remote work and you want to find somewhere in town, Barclays Social Space is very useful. It can also serve as a good place for a quiet remote meeting, with little footfall. It’s worth bearing in mind that the Social Space is also shared with Barclays banking services, so there are general Barclays activities going on too.

4. Plymouth Central Library

Another free spot, the library in Plymouth offers free wifi and a few seats on the first floor. Obviously this is a nice quiet spot, so not ideal for business meetings.

There are ample power points for your laptop, and there is actually an outside covered terrace which is nice. Not so comfy seats though, and no plug sockets.

Useful for some ad-hoc work if you want somewhere quiet to use your laptop.

5. Prime Cafe

Is this the most hipster cafe in Plymouth? Quite possibly. It’s also one of the most popular places for remote workers in the city.

The coffee is great, as is the food, and the wifi is free. There are quite a few plug sockets dotted around, although it can get busy and the music can be loud. So it’s not ideal if you need to do a remote meeting – but fine if you want to do work and enjoy refreshments.

6. Minerva Cafe

This new coffee shop cum skate shop in Bretonside is a remote working cafe in the making. There aren’t many seats though, so you might be holding up other paying customers if you’re making one cappuccino last a whole 3 hours.

They also didn’t know the wifi code when I visited so I ended up tethering to my phone. That said, they do have free wifi if you can get the code from them.

Coffee is excellent, food is also good and they have craft beers too. There are some plug sockets by the wall if you can get a seat there. A good option if Prime is full or you want somewhere a bit less obvious.

7. Boston Tea Party

I’m gonna say this is the best spot on the Barbican to work remotely. For those who don’t know, Boston Tea Party is on the corner of Vauxhall Street, next door to Annabells.

With a large indoor space, lots of tables and plug sockets, especially upstairs, and a nice menu, Boston Tea Party is a top choice for digital nomads or laptop workers in Plymouth.

The coffee is top quality and there is a good choice of sweet and savoury snacks to keep you coming back. Wifi is free too, and even though it gets busy at lunch, it’s generally a pretty laid back place to work.

8. Chain Coffee shops

Alright, yeah this is the old fallback for digital nomads and remote workers the world over. And if you are looking for somewhere with reliably decent wifi, refreshments and a toilet then take your pick from the many coffee shops in Plymouth city centre.

I’ve not worked in all of them, but some are definitely better than others.

  • Cafe Nero: Two locations, one in the House of Fraser on the piazza by the Sundial, the other on Cornwall Street. Neither have many plug sockets, and the Cornwall Street one is quite small.
  • Starbucks: One in the mall, opposite Primark, the other in the Cineworld Cinema.
  • Costa Coffee: The largest one is opposite the sundial in the city centre, another is on Old Town Street, opposite Natwest Bank, and another in the mall. The mall Costa is very busy and a big dark and dingy. The Old Town Street one is best for natural light and people watching.
  • Coffee #1: One branch of this small independent coffee shop chain – and the coffee is very good. Lots of seats, but can get very busy.

Places not so good for remote workers in Plymouth

I have a growing list of shame for places that are not suitable for laptop working. These include:

  • Rockets & Rascals – Coffee and bikes on the Barbican. Time limited free wifi and not many plug sockets (if any, can’t remember)
  • The Roundabout pub – Not so bad in the day, but can be very noisy and busy later in the afternoon.
  • The Box – Yes it’s a museum so not really designed for remote working. On the mezzanine floor there are some comfy sofas, and wifi is free, so it’s not too bad. However there are no tables, and it can be quite busy. Fine for an hour at a push.

Got your own suggestions for places to work with a laptop in Plymouth? Any co-working spaces or great remote working cafes in Plmouth that really should be on this list? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll go and check them out!

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