Once upon a time, if you wanted to have your bike fixed and also wanted a cup of coffee and maybe even a pastry, you had to go to two different places to do both. But not anymore. Bike cafes offer people on two wheels a place to buy new gear, tune up, and stock up on coffee and cakes all under one roof, and they’re the best in town. Businesses are still finding their feet after the lockdown, so check for hours of operation and services before going down.
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This Old Street gaff was one of the neighborhood’s first cycling cafes and it’s still going strong today. The LMNH welcomes everything from cycling meetings to Tour de France screenings, conferences and publicity quizzes, with a team of mechanics on hand in the workshop and a whole range of equipment to buy to suit everyone. cycling needs. And if you just want a drink and a bite to eat, they’ve also got you covered with Square Mile coffee, draft beer, and a menu that includes eggs, toast, fresh salads, sarnies, and burgers.
49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
CycleLab and JuiceBar
Doing a lot as it says on the tin, this Shoreditch spot has a range of cycling accessories, helmets and components along with a few ready-to-ride bikes, with the CycleLab half offering the repair as well. Smoothies and fresh juices are the specialty of Half JuiceBar (obvs), but you can also buy coffees and cakes.
16B – 18A Pitfield St, London N1 6EY
Half-coffee, half-bike workshop, London Velo is the place to come if you want a coffee, a tune-up or both. The cafe works with Union Coffee on their blends, so you can be sure you’re getting a very decent brew and serves Brick Lane bagels. On the workshop side there are two full time mechanics on site, so you can be sure your bike is in good hands. There’s even a London Velo Cafe Cycle Club with regular social walks.
18 Deptford High St, London SE8 4AF
Although it serves as a meeting place for the London chapter of the Rapha Cycling Club, which meets here before walks around Regent’s Park or even in Kent and Surrey on weekends, the Clubhouse is a space open to all. . You can refuel in the cafe, take part in an exhibit or roundtable, and watch live racing events – and you might even meet some of the big names in the cycling world while you do.
85 Brewer St, London W1F 9ZN
Machine was the first cycling cafe to open in SE1 and it has been going strong ever since. A range of bike models and brands are on display if you’re in the market for a new bike and if your existing bike needs to be repaired, the fully equipped workshop can take care of it. Machine serves Monmouth coffee, which is roasted just down the road, so it’s a real local deal.
97 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 4TW
While bike checks and cleanings are available at this Putney location, food and drink is much more prominent, though there are plenty of cycling memorabilia scattered around. Come for coffee and brunch in the morning or sourdough pizzas and craft beers later in the day.
200-204 Putney Bridge Rd, London SW15 2NA