Bikes and coffee. Two things Londoners love. Is it any wonder that some enterprising souls have managed to combine the two?
Whether it’s a refreshing drink to warm you up after a long ride, or a tasty treat to pass the time while your flat tyre gets fixed, you can’t beat a cycling café. Here are 10 of the best ones in London.
1 – Look Mum No Hands – 49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX
Shoreditch’s Look Mum No Hands is more than a cycling café, it’s a community. As well as making great coffee and expertly fixing your bike, LMNH also offers bicycle maintenance courses, expert talks, even speed dating. It’s open until 10 pm.
2 – Rapha Clubhouse Cafe – 85 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9ZN
As well as making some of the most fashionable cycling gear imaginable, Rapha also runs the Clubhouse, situated in the heart of Soho. Drink some terrific coffee, browse their range of cyclewear and watch live cycling events such as the Tour De France on their big screens.
3 – Machine – 97 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 4TW
Buy a bike, get your bike repaired, and have a delicious Monmouth coffee all in one place. It can only be Machine, Borough’s family-run cyclist’s haven. As well as great coffee, you’ll find artisan pastries and a ‘stew of the day’. Perfect to keep you going through those long miles in the saddle.
4 – Cadence – 2a Anerley Hill SE19
Crystal Palace’s Cadence is for riders who take their cycling seriously. You can buy high-spec bikes, find top-notch accessories and even take a spin in their cycling fitness studio. After all that, you’ll probably need a drink. Where better than the Tandem Ciclo Cafe? They’ve got stunning coffee, delicious cakes and big screens showing cycling events from around the world.
5 – Brompton Junction – 76 Long Acre, London WC2E 9JS
If folding bikes are your thing, you’ll love Brompton Junction in the heart of Covent Garden. You’ll find everything you need for your Brompton. You can also relax in their basement café, where the coffee is delicious, and cycling magazines and books are provided.
6 – Cycle PS – 41 Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR
Cycle PS is a different kind of cycle café. OK sure, they sell bikes, fix bikes and make great coffee. However, this South-East London fixture also doubles as a pizza restaurant, late-night bar and console arcade. Cycle PS also have a branch in Battersea, near Clapham Junction station.
7 – London Velo – 18 Deptford High St, London SE8 4AF
Deep in South-East London, London Velo will make you a refreshing freshly-roasted coffee while your wheels are repaired. They are also famous for their bagels, which they personally pick up themselves from Brick Lane. Mmm mmm mmm!
8 – Cyclelab – 16B-18A Pitfield St, London N1 6EY
Cyclelab is a popular haunt for London’s many cycle couriers, due to its proximity to the City. As well as hand-made juices and smoothies, you’ll also find Square Mile coffee and delicious cakes. Cyclelab always deliver!
9 – Micycle – 47 Barnsbury Street, London N1 1TP
Micycle, based just off Essex Road is a cyclists’ nirvana. As their experts fix your bike, you can relax with a coffee in their leafy garden. If you would rather fix your bike yourself, Micycle will lnd you their tools.
10 – Pearson – 232 Upper Richmond Rd W, London SW14 8AG
Home to the famous Pearson Cycling Team, Pearson in East Sheen is also famous for their lovely little café. Their coffee is from Big Maggy’s, the coffee company owned by Magnus Backstedt, a stage winner on the Tour de France and Giro D’Italia. If his espresso doesn’t fuel you up those hills, nothing will.
Wherever you enjoy your coffee after your cycle, make sure you enjoy it with your EspressGo app. With EspressGo, you can order your coffee in advance, so it will be ready at the end of your ride. Don’t worry about your coins shaking around in your pocket, you pay for it all via the app.
Now, watch out for those potholes!