Restaurants , Coffeeshops Waterloo
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Scootercaffè (formerly Scooterworks) brews its coffees in a strikingly retro 1957 Faema espresso machine. And though owner Craig O’Dwyer is a Kiwi, the air of Scootercaffè is old-school Italian. The space is open late serving beer, wine and spirits, and some snacks are available.

Venue name: Scootercaffè
Address: 132 Lower Marsh
Opening hours: Open 8.30am-11pm Mon-Thur; 10am-midnight Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Waterloo tube/rail
Price: Espresso £1.50, latte £1.90
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3.9 / 5

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Abigail D
Staff Writer

We wandered here on an early Saturday evening mainly on the recommendation that ‘it’s got an actual cat’. Which, correct, yes, it does. Unfortunately it’s also got a really distracting smell combination of damp and toilet downstairs, a broken stairwell and really, really slow service. Having said that the atmosphere was really relaxed, and it’s got a bric-a-brac with your wine vibe that I can see the appeal of. If you manage to get a table, and it wasn’t massively busy when we were there, you could do a lot worse with a group of friends just a stone’s throw from Waterloo, but I’d want to head back on another (warmer) evening to give it another shot before I recommended it to people.

Richard N

Having stayed in the Waterloo area for the past 6 months it's been a surprise to me that I've completely missed out on this lovely space. The coffee here is tasty and cheaper than the other cafes in the area (they use their own beans too) and the baristas are friendly and easy to talk to. It's not the best space if you're a student trying to get work done due to the dim lighting, but if you're with a group of friends looking for a place to chill in the area, this is definitely the place to go to, complete with an endlessly great playlist of jazz tunes all day long.  

Ioanna La

This place makes me miss my Vespa that I left back in Greece and it is definitely one of my favourite places in town! For a coffee, tea, beer or cocktail - it has been every time a really good choice. For the cold days, try going downstairs and hide from the world, for the warm days the small terrace is nice! Music is always jazzy and pleasant! Bonus: the cat might join you for a drink, or even better, will pose on the front for you to take a picture for your instagram feed ;)

Marcia H

I absolutely loved it, chilled relaxed atmosphere, I had a few drinks downstairs on a Friday evening, the cat was cute like its lived there for ever it was as chilled as the surroundings x


I do think Time Out has done the Scooter Cafe a little disservice, as it is one of my favourite spots in London. Having lived here for nearly 13 years, I yearn for that London rarity, something genuine that isn't another chain, as nice as certain chains are...

Scooter Cafe is genuinely unique, throwing together what they can for furniture (including what looks like an old sewing machine table), and a pleasingly simple but quality selection of drinks and snacks. I'm not really a coffee drinker, but anywhere that serves Pacifico is alright with me. It has the best WiFi code I've seen, and also a cat, the famous cat. The cat does not move for ANYONE, and does not respond to any signs of affection, but everyone loves the cat because its cute. All bars need a cat. Or a dog.

It does get VERY busy, say on a Thursday evening when all the offices kick out, (and this can be an issue as it has only one loo!) but catch it at a quieter moment, and its great; chilled out and atmospheric. 

Staff Writer

Nice little place for a date or a quiet catch up, behind Waterloo station it's surprisingly east to get a seat at one of the few small tables.

Such a great atmosphere, always lovely 60s music and friendly staff.

Drinks are from a slightly limited menu and on the pricier side but they do sell the 40oz Breton ciders which are great sharers. 

There is a very small outside space which you can reserve if you ring ahead- I'd suggest doing this if you're in a group of more than 3-4.

clifford s

Clifford.spent most of my youth working in this place long before it became a café,as this café was my dad Charlies shop for over 20 years, it is fantastic to be able to go back and sit in here,the staff r friendly in this cosy café long may it last


I stumbled across this cafe by chance and I'm glad I did! The beauty of living in London (and big cities around the world) is that while you trip over a Starbucks on every corner, you can usually find a cute, original coffee shop. And this is one of them. Upon entering we were greeted by the resident cat - but instructed not to feed him or he'll get fat. We then ordered two Americanos and took a seat at a quirky table with an antique bong and antique camera. It has a great vibe and the best bit is that two coffees cost me £4!! Right by Waterloo station! The interior has the feel of a flea market with items such an old fashioned pushchair in the window. We will definitely be visiting here again!


Good brick and brack but bad service - prob 20 mins to get a drink and it wasn't too busy.


Wanna earn your 'Hip' & 'Arty' stripes? Then this is the place for you.. Pretentious as all hell with lots of student-types in very expensive looking scruffy clothes - clearly money is required to qualify as an artist. One nice waitress and one very rude young girl with seemingly a lot to prove. Upon entering I think we disturbed the quite, intelligent 'aura' of the place and this was made quite clear by our hostess.


Really cosy little place, two floors, chilled vibe. Had a small selection of bottled beers, only one option when i asked for red wine, a cabernet sauvignon but it was lovely. The staff member serving drinks was really friendly. They don't serve food. Funky decor. Would definatley recommend.