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London's best cycle cafés

From serious roadies to trendy posers and leisurely day riders, here are the best cafés where you can get your bike fixed while enjoying some coffee and cake

If you cycle in London you'll understand how there's a whole community focused around the decision to move around on two wheels. Where better to be a part of that than in one of the capital's niche cycle cafés, a pit stop where cyclists can have their bike fixed while they nurse a top-notch flat white. Explore our favourites below.

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The best cycle cafés in London

London Velo

A high-quality bike café on Deptford High Street, serving simple but good food and drink. 

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Deptford Bridge

Rapha Cycle Club

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.

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Soho

Look Mum No Hands!

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 or a glass of wine.

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Old Street

Pearson

This East Sheen bike shop has a scent café attached, and a tv screen showing cycling events. Good coffee.

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East Sheen

Peloton & Co

The owners of this Brushfield Market cycle café are as passionate about their brews as they are about their bikes, serving a house blend of Butterworth & Son Espresso with farm-sourced milk. They also up the ante in the snack department with pastries, toasties, salads, soups and stews cooked on-site by a Jamie Oliver alumnus.

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Spitalfields

Cyclelab

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.

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Shoreditch

Lock 7

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.

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Bethnal Green

Pedal Back Café

A cycle café in Tooting serving simple cakes (such as Guinness and chocolate) and a small selection of espresso-based coffees. There is also a bike repair area where you can book your bike in for standard repairs. It is inside Tooting's covered market.

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Tooting

Look Mum No Hands!

The original LMNH in Old Street is a genuine hub for cyclists; the 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.

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South Hackney

Micycle

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.

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Barnsbury

Moka East

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.

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Stratford

Machine

Happy-go-lucky cycle café in Borough serving Monmouth coffee, cakes and other calorific snacks to help you shop for bikes and accessories.

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Elephant and Castle

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Martin
Martin

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.