Barbican Music Library
There are plenty of potential work spots in the concrete sprawl of the Barbican, but we'd tip their Music Library as the best place to get into something serious. It's slightly away from the main action which means it's often very quiet and silence is the norm. It's set up for the listening to and studying of that beautiful thing we call music, meaning private booths and headphones and all the solitude you need to stare at a wooden wall for an hour or two. Along with 20 computers and plenty of communal work space there are also pianos dotted about which you can practice on!