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Pay-Per-Minute Cafe Launches in London

“Everything is free inside except the time you spend there.”

We have no idea how this concept is financially feasible, but a new cafe has opened in London where “everything is free inside except the time you spend there.” According to The Guardian, the cafe Ziferblat is the first British outpost of a popular Russian chain.

Visitors to Zieferblat take an alarm clock upon arrival and then clock out when they leave—getting charged three pence (about five cents according to current exchange rates at for every minute spent inside. There’s no minimum amount of time that patrons must stay, and while they are in the cafe, they can drink all the tea and coffee that they want, or eat the complimentary snacks provided. There are tables to work at and even a piano to be played.

This place seems like a too good to be true bargain, considering the free drinks and food! Have you been to a Zieferblat? Tell us in the comments.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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