London Cycle Cafés – who? where? what?

London Cycle Cafes

Lately London Cycle Cafes have been getting a lot of exposure. Whether that be the Evening Standard, Time Magazine, Timeout, Bike Hugger or the Financial Times. Therefore, I thought now may be a good time to actually take a better look at some of them.

Look Mum No Hands Cycle Cafe

Where? 49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX www.lookmumnohands.com

Quickly becoming London’s most popular meeting point for cyclists this great cafe provides a workshop where you can work on your bike yourself or hand it over to a mechanic, delicious meals and a great place to relax with a coffee. Closes at 10pm.

MiCycle

Where? 47 Barnsbury Street, N1 1TP www.micycle.org.uk

MiCycle is a very recent addition to London and it provides far more than a bike shop. It is also a place to borrow tools to work on your bike, grab a coffee and take part in cycling classes.

CycleLab Juice Bar

Where? 18A Pitfield Street, N1 6EY www.cyclelab.co.uk

London Cycle Chic recently highly recommended the service she had on her bike at CycleLab. The juice bar is a great addition.

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Lock 7 Cycle Cafe

Where? 129 Pritchards Road, E2 9AP

Perhaps London’s oldest “cycle cafe” Lock 7 provides everything you would expect from a cycle cafe. It is a great place to get your bike tuned up, find a second hand bike and rent a bike or a tandem.

FullCity Cycle Cafe

Where? 72 Leather Lane, E1

Petite cycle cafe and workshop down Leather Lane. Serves up £1 cups of Monmouth coffee!

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19 Responses to London Cycle Cafés – who? where? what?

  1. Angi 12/07/2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Meh…West London has no such thing…you’ll be lucky to find somewhere decent or nearby to lock your bike up round these parts…

    Nope…we are overpopulated with cafes for ‘yummy mummies’ with large gas guzzlers and equally oversized buggies.

  2. Reuben 12/07/2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Heh. I was about to make a “where are the West postcode?” comment. I smell a niche, sadly one I cannot fill.

    • Angi 12/07/2010 at 9:15 pm #

      Oh I’d love to have my own cafe/bakery/place for naughty delicious treats…and a cycling related/friendly one at that…Unfortunately I think I would be awful at working super early mornings :S

  3. Mike 12/07/2010 at 5:26 pm #

    There’s also the Towpath Cafe: http://projectmanageme.blogspot.com/2010/04/towpath-cafe.html

    • Andreas 12/07/2010 at 6:20 pm #

      Thanks for the addition Mike :)

  4. Craig 12/07/2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Still N1 though – wouldn’t mind something in Croydon or along route 21. Have a mad idea for one using an old Library which was a convent, but I reckon it will need millions to convert to purpose.

    • Andreas 12/07/2010 at 7:46 pm #

      Well, seems like a good time to jump onboard the bandwagon. Long as there are enough cyclists in that area. Though big library might be too big!

      • Craig 13/07/2010 at 1:10 pm #

        Small with a great facade, plenty of space for workshop and sales, and a good sized bistro/cafe. Probably room for a meeting room or similar as well. Any good chef and bike mechanics who want to think about a joint venture? :)

  5. John 12/07/2010 at 11:49 pm #

    I think there must be a spot for a cycle cafe any where in Britain myself that would take off really well.

  6. tajasel 13/07/2010 at 2:02 am #

    Where’s the south London love? :(

  7. Andreas 13/07/2010 at 9:13 am #

    Maybe we should pool together and open another cycle cafe for the areas not seeing the London cycle cafe Love!

  8. Mr. J 13/07/2010 at 11:05 am #

    These cafes are awesome, have not seen them in any other city. Seems like a great concept and a way to increase profits of two low margin businesses by combining them into one space.

    Look Mum No Hands is a personal favorite, in part because they serve beer as well. GBP12 for a flat fix. I’m the guy reading the Economist.

    Also, N1 uber alles.

    • Craig 13/07/2010 at 1:11 pm #

      The you’ve not been to the excellent Mud dock cafe in Bristol Mr J.

    • skyhighsi 05/05/2011 at 2:42 am #

      you should come to melbourne. i am from london but it is HAPPENING over here BIG TIME. and as you may or may not – best coffee in the world is right here and cycling is HUGE.

  9. Vivian 21/07/2010 at 9:21 am #

    Its a shame that woolwich, greenwich and everywhere else south east havent caught on to this lovely idea.. The frst step to make cycling socially acceptable in my view..

  10. Antonia 01/09/2011 at 11:08 am #

    Wouldn’t recommend going to Cycle Lab. Went there yesterday for a service and the one particular issue I wanted sorting – not only did they ignore but made it worse!!! I went back within 5 minutes of picking up the bike to discuss but since it was nearing closing time, they kept looking at the clock and very reluctant to give my bike a second look. Seems like their service does not extend one bit beyond money exchanging hands.

  11. cake my ride 17/04/2012 at 2:04 pm #

    You may want to add Pearsons Cycles Cafe on the Upper Richmond Road. This is a new cycle store concept where you can get your bike serviced, shop, watch the Tour and get a great coffee at the same time – http://www.pearsoncycles.co.uk/store/content/66/Pearson-Performance/

    There are some other good London cycling cafes at http://www.cakemyride.co.uk/london.html

    • Andreas 11/05/2012 at 3:08 pm #

      Good call – thanks for adding that one to our list!

  12. Tania 13/08/2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Really? Only east London and the inner north? How about Cadence at Crystal Palace?

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