When you approach the front door, the explanation for the name becomes clear: LMNH is also a cycling shop. The big room is decorated on a cycling theme, and is clearly much loved by locals. On Saturday lunchtime there was standing room only, with what looked like half the residents of EC1 (singles, couples, families with young children) packed in to eat and drink.
We can see why they love the place, even with so much competition nearby. There’s a large selection of food, including serious cooked dishes of a kind not attempted by most coffee bars, as well as the more usual salads and baked goods. The baristas know their business and take pride in doing it right. Most beans are from Square Mile, but there are guest coffees too. Espresso is perfectly made, and milky drinks are well presented. No effort is made to rush dawdlers, even when there’s high demand for tables. Look, Mum – total relaxation.
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