By Samantha Lymath
Its no secret that cyclists, in particular London’s cyclists are a notoriously crowd, so the chances are a lot of the budding cyclists out there will already be well aware of these cycling hubs. But for those of you who are newly initiated into the world of cycling whether it’s for fun, fitness or functionality you’ll want to be visiting these fantastic cycle café’s.
Tina, we salute you.
This fabulous coffee shop hardly needs an introduction, as I’m sure you’re all aware of the wonderfully quirky nature of it. But in case there are still a few of you out there who are yet to discover Tina, we salute you. I will expand, Tina, we salute you is in a league of its own when it comes to combining art and coffee within 4 walls. With wonderful artists in residence and delicious food it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re a lover of consuming art and caffeine all in one go.
47 King Henry’s Walk, London, N1 4NH
This simple establishment on Regents Canal towpath began as a novelty when it first opened. It started out with three shallow units, now 4 years later it has expanded into four units and continues to lure in passing walkers and cyclists with its warm setting and enticing food and drink. Secure a table in the sunshine on a summer’s day and you’ll most likely end up staying through to the evening, enjoying the relaxed entertainment provided by families of swans and passing bikes whizzing by.
Look Mum No Hands!
For those of you who’ve kept an ear to the ground when it comes to London’s trendiest coffee spots will of course know of this fantastic establishment. Look Mum No Hands! seamlessly brings together city workers, art lovers and coffee enthusiasts in a comfortable briefcase-lycra blend.
As far as coffee hotspots go Look Mum No Hands! exceeds any possible expectations, providing affordable coffee, secure bicycle parking, a health check workshop, bounds of space to enjoy the sunshine and free wi-fi its no wonder some of the most fashionable Londoners have been flocking here from the moment the doors opened.
49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX and 125-127 Mare St, Hackney
Sohobikes has an incredible way of relaxing their visitors with interesting conversation and wonderful coffee. This is all before you’ve even experienced the talented team on hand to assist you with any bike issues in their open-plan workshop! The coffee is well accompanied by a range of healthy and hearty food to keep your legs AND your brain spinning all day!
26 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8RG
CycleLab & JuiceBar
After a hard mornings’ ride the perfect place to re-fuel is CycleLab. Providing a healthy little juice bar, CycleLab allows you to have the option of freshly squeezed juices and smoothies as well as spectacular coffee, tea and pastries. As one of London’s original cycle café’s, the expert staff at CycleLab will fix your bike while you relax with a drink and cake – hence its popularity with London’s exceptionally busy couriers!
16b-18a Pitfield St, London, N1 6EY
Full city cycles
Based in Clerkenwell’s framed Leather Lane, a wonderful spot for delicious street food, Full city cycles has fully embraced the bike/coffee infusion and created a wonderfully organic and chilled out approach to bike maintenance and caffeine. The shop itself has become an inspiring mass of bikes, people, tools and of course coffee.
72 Leather Lane, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 7TR
A Pinnacle in south London’s cycling community for years now, Cadence works to the mission statement of significantly improving its ‘’customers performance on the bike.’’ Its not yet certain which of their fantastic services best does this, whether it is through their second-to-none sales advice, servicing and fittings, training programmes and carefully constructed fitness regimes, or an exceptional morning coffee, they have stayed true to their statement and remain one of London’s go to destinations for passionate cyclists.
Cadence Cycling Performance Centre, 2A Anerley Hill, London, SE19 2AA
Rapha Cycle Club
The Flagship store of the renowned Rapha brand, is a beautiful go-to venue to browse through the incredible cycling clothing and accessories while enjoying a well needed coffee (or a glass of vino). With styling hooks for your bike, and experienced staff just a stones throw away to help you make any adjustments, this central London cycle hub also previews live races along side a mix of relevant documentaries and films.
85 Brewer Street, London W1F 9ZN
Peloton & co
Peloton & Co is a much loved coffee hub of east London, providing all visitors with fantastic customer service and a second to none experience of the latest cycling stash and accessories. Their coffee is wonderfully complimented by their warm and fresh pastries all produced by their ever so friendly chef named Ali. Do yourself a favour and experience the serenity of this wonderful coffee shop, or even better pop down to watch the cycling on their big screen and immerse yourself in coffee and chat.
4 Market Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6DT
Others worth a mention
Roll for the Soul in Bristol - http://www.rollforthesoul.org/