Free wifi: Moca on Old Dover Road


As part of a semi-regular series reviewing venues in Charlton and nearby with free wifi, I worked last Wednesday morning at Moca, the Italian deli/cafe in old Dover Road, which advertises free wifi.

At 9am, the place was quite full, with quite a strong showing of young, but admittedly well-behaved children. I was certainly able to get my head down and do a good hour of work without any concentration problems, and it wasn’t so full that people resented someone on her own sitting at a table for 4. However, there did only seem to be a very few powerpoints and these were not at the proper tables which are better for working.

The free wifi was not a service like BT Openzone or the Cloud, but rather proper wifi with password protection. It was necessary to ask at the till for the wifi and the code was an alphanumeric key, not an easily remembered word. There was no registration required, or conditions to accept. Everything seemed to work quite well. One item with lots of photo needed two goes to download, but it went quickly the second time. I seemed to be the only one using it, so I’m not sure what level of usage it can withstand.

As I started my day here, I had breakfast, a latte and smoked salmon with scrambled egg and both were perfectly acceptable. The woman serving was a little sharp at first, but I think this was to do with the fact that she was on her own with a rush on. A man came out to help and things seemed to settle down. I did appreciate that nobody made any efforts to move me out, or make me buy more, even though I was there, clearly working, for more than an hour.

Moca has a toilet with baby-changing facilities. There is a small terrrace that takes 4 or 5 people. The radio was on when I arrived, but they later put music on, a decent mid noughties playlist with Morcheeba, Moloko and Primal Scream. Well, it worked for me.

Summary
Wifi service: 9/10 (due to unknown service levels at times of high demand)
Work environment: 7/10 (as long as you can work with music and chatting around you)
Food and drink: 7/10

Total: 23/30

About Antonia

I'm a British citizen who has been working for the European Commission since 1995. From 2003 to 2011 I worked on the media side, as a Spokesperson, most recently for Science and Research, and then as Head of Media in our London office. I've now moved to a new role as Head of Communication, Partnerships and Networks and am relishing the new challenges. I went to the London School of Economics and in 2008 took part in the Eisenhower Fellowship Multination Programme, the subject of 3 of my blogs. I live in Charlton, SE7, have a cat, play bass guitar and piano, direct theatre, and love to knit. You can find me on Twitter as @euonymblog
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One Response to Free wifi: Moca on Old Dover Road

  1. Chris says:

    This is run by the same people who run the cafe at Oxleas Woods.

    I often go in there and its perfectly adequate for coffee etc, certainly a step up from Carlos which it replaced. It’s now got an alcohol licence.

    If you fancy a cheaper coffee in a mug in more basic (genuine retro) surroundings, then Gambardellis is the place!

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