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Published September 3rd 2014
Freedom of word enriched with a coffee and a hearty meal
Inside Free Word Centre Cafe; picture by Rowan Spray
If you're looking for a café with decent food that is not pricey and based in an interesting area, then visit the one located in the Free Word Centre.
Cheap, with a cosy interior and tasty drinks and meals – that's what best describes the cafe at Free Word Centre in Farringdon. So, if you're looking for a place to unwind with a book and a refreshing drink, grab a quick lunch or meet someone for an informal business meeting then this is the place to go. People come here from surrounding offices, on their own to read a book and have lunch or a piece of cake with a cup of tea.
Before discovering the cafe I had been to the Free Word Centre a couple of times but didn't know that it was hiding such a gem. That day, I was heading to an appointment in Clerkenwell area when I realised I still had a lot of spare time, so I looked for a place I could relax, drink something different than usual and maybe grab something to eat. And there it was. It's location; a 10 minutes walk from Farringdon Station, which is really convenient. It's a small, but a creatively designed space with a small couch for those who are tired, tables for meetings and a high counter in front of the bookshelf for those who come alone. Food is really nice and cheap. You can get a latte for ₤2 or a hot chocolate with marshmallows for ₤2.70. If you get there in time for breakfast then I recommend grabbing porridge with blueberries and honey for ₤2.50. The lunch menu includes a deli salad box (small/large ₤3.50/4.50) and a wide range of sandwiches.
Entrance of the Free Word Centre on Farringdon Road; picture by Rowan Spray
I tried grapes and apple chiller which was amazing in hot weather. I sat down after a long day and randomly chose a book from the shelf just to see what it was going to be. Eventually, it was an interesting half an hour but when I was leaving I felt I could stay longer. I enjoyed the visit even more when I found out that cafe is a part of a social enterprise Community Diner, which run cafes and catering enterprises around London. They also provide training for those with learning abilities, looking for a job and help create the community.