I love "Look Mum, No Hands!" and the cafe in the Rapha Store is great for watching the Giro and Tour. I also have a great local Cycling Cafe and bike store in Winchmore Hill called The Bike Boutique (www.bikeboutique.net). Its run by Steve and Cheryl who are lovely and I would highly recommend popping in for a chat over coffee and slice of home made cake.
London's best cycle cafés
From serious roadies to trendy posers and leisurely day riders, here are the best cafes where you can get your bike fixed while enjoying some coffee and cake
Fri Nov 15 2013
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On the ground floor, a store devoted to Brompton folding bikes in the many permutations and accessories. In the basement, a quiet café serving sandwiches, salads, cakes, coffees. You can watch the cycle mechanic at work while you peruse the bicycle books and magazines provided.
- 76 Long Acre, WC2E 9JS
Near enough to the City to draw in cycle couriers, this friendly little shop combines knowledgeable service (for all types of riders), a few bikes and accessories and a very healthy little cafe. Freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies are the speciality, but there's also Square Mile coffee, tea and a few cakes for a little indulgence. Seating is limited to a few stools in the window or a bench outside next to the cycle path.
- 18a Pitfield Street, N1 6EY
Lock 7 has an all-day café along with cycle hire, repairs and second-hand sales. The café serves cooked breakfasts, baked potatoes, sandwiches and Monmouth Coffee, among other things.
- 129 Pritchard's Road, E2 9AP
Having opened in April 2010, this café, repair shop and events space caters for the cool new breed of London cyclist, and is still the cycle café par excellence in London for ambience. The café serves Square Mile coffee, pies, soups, stews, cakes and pastries, and you can get get a beer (Slag or Kernel) or a glass of wine.
- 49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX
On a side road between Essex Road and Liverpool Road, this repair shop and café has the bonus of a leafy little garden in which to sip your coffee while your bike gets serviced. The menu’s very limited, so best stick to the cappuccino.
- 47 Barnsbury Street, N1 1TP
The View Tube building has fine views of the Olympic Stadium at Stratford and Anish Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture is directly opposite. The café within is run by the people behind Counter Café in Hackney Wick. Community cycling centre Bikeworks is just outside if you feel like working off your breakfast.
- The View Tube, Marshgate Lane, (The Greenway), E15 2PJ
- Critics choice
Rapha is now the coffee shop and store of choice for the discerning (read: moneyed) cyclist. Besides stacks of beautiful cycle clothing at eye-popping prices, there's a gorgeous café with chummy service. It's the venue of choice for cycle teams to celebrate – notably Team Sky, who have had plenty to celebrate over the last year or so.
- 85 Brewer Street, W1F 9ZN
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The original LMNH in Old Street is a genuine hub for cyclists; this new Hackney branch doesn’t have a workshop, but it’s definitely cycle friendly. There’s safe parking for bikes, and two-wheeled sporting events are shown on big screens. The menu goes from well-priced breakfast dishes to afternoon specials and local beers.
- 125–127 Mare St, E8 3RH
This new (June 2014) bike shop is aimed more at commuters and mountain bikers than roadies. The coffees are excellent, but the food offer is currently limited to just a few pastries and cakes.
- 26 Berwick St, W1F 8RG