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Look Mum No Hands!

Restaurants, Cafés Old Street
4 out of 5 stars
(19user reviews)
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Time Out says

Whether you’re on to two wheels, on four wheels or on foot, this friendly hangout attached to a bicycle repair shop is ‘wheely’ good – sorry! Solid fuel comes from burgers, lasagne, meze plates, wraps and salads plus light bites including pastrami and emmental toasties – although the hottest ticket is breakfast (try the full English, ‘three eggs your way’ or creamy mushrooms on sourdough toast). To drink, perhaps a glass of Chardonnay, a pint of Smog Rocket from the Beavertown Brewery or a smoothie – if you’re in charge of the wheels. All-comers park up here (especially at the weekend) and the whole place is a joy with its ample food, knowledgeable baristas, full-time mechanics and pretty courtyard.



Address: 49 Old St
Transport: Tube: Barbican or Old St
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Great coffee. The atmosphere is great and it is nice to have somewhere with a theme, but one that isn't overbearing. The cycling shop angle gives the place character. We went at the weekend and it was very busy but there are lots of tables. Thoroughly enjoyed breakfast here.


I am one of those people who walks to work, so anything that supports the use of alternate transport options has my full support. Look mum no hands puts two of my favourite things, really well, under one roof – food and bikes. From the outside it looks like a hip café (which it is), but once you get closer, it is a fully functional, very efficient bike shop. To top it off, they have excellent coffee and delicious food menu to keep you coming back, even after your bike-related needs have been tended to.


The food is varied and the place is buzzy. It's full of nice touches like a tap to wash dirty cyclist hands (and grab some water) on entry. A bit more leg (and shoulder) room wouldn't go amiss, though. 

Wonderful cosy atmosphere. Delicious food. Wooden furniture and bike theme. Great for those who enjoy a homely atmosphere and are enthusiastic about cycling!

Great place, not sure about the name though. What if you really had no hands, like war veteran for eg

Great little cafe in a good location. Coffee and breakfast were bith great and priced pretty well for central London.

Loved that there was a workshop on site as well as the bike shop. Perfect place for cycling fans (although also fantastic if you just wanted a coffee and something to eat!)

Soo friendly ,really good atmosphere when cycling is on due to the big screen ,they have movie night's ,knitting nights, amazing food especially the healthy cakes and the only place I can find that does Chelsea guns,also the mechanics are really helpful and try and fit you in in an.emergency one time my bike broke and I was stranded and they booked me a taxi to bring the bike in.
And also there's always something going on new gadget launches etc so theres always something to watch .
And the coffee is perfect ,just right ,
Amazing place , so helpful


This café bar is predominantly for cyclists, you will find hear gear, cycling related cards for any occasion, the exhibitions often also revolve around the topic too. But despite the fact I’ve never sat on a bike since I’ve been living in London, I always love to come back there. It’s very homely and relaxed, you can come with a dog or even have a nap. They staff play great music and is very eager to recommend their favourites. Apart from typical bar food (burgers, fries, etc) they have a good IPAs and interesting cake selections. The stout blackcurrant cake is worth stopping your for.


What a discovery this was. I came here with mummy and baby sister for one of the best wine tastings in history!! I'll explain why in a minute. The venue itself is cosy and relaxed. They have vegan bakery delicacies which was an unexpected treat! The wine tasting itself was amazing! we sampled 5 different south African wines and wait for it... we had 5 bottles each per table! yes yes yes ... there was more wine than people and we struggled to even make a dent in those bottles but dammit it was fun trying!


Look Mum No Hands! encompasses two great hipster loves: bicycles and coffee. It’s a very trendy place with minimal interior, cycle themed decor and an actual bike workshop, but it’s also a great place to go if you have zero interest in cycling, although the nostalgia-inducing name will remind all of their first solo rides. Really reasonably priced and aromatic coffee is offered, alongside deliciously fresh breakfasts, lunches and dinners and beer on tap. There’s also a lovely outdoor space complete with brightly coloured seats and benches and a string of lights running through the trees overhead. As cycling in London has taken off in recent years and is growing increasingly popular, this is the perfect place to come and immerse in cycling culture.


I went there on a Sunday, the crowd hasn't quite kicked in yet as I arrived at noon. 

The unique bike decorations and the fragrance of their coffee are good enough to lure a passerby into paying this cafe a visit. 

They’ve got a good range of unpretentious food. I had a cup of Flat White and a plate of Portobello Mushrooms on Sourdough Toast, they were great! I actually went to get some work done, and wasn't disappointed - they've got a bar area for workplace seekers! The entire experience costed under £10, with an added advantage of being able to plant yourself in a cosy ambience with just enough sunlight (who doesn’t love the sun!)- without risking being shoo-ed away. 

Great spot for a brunch meeting, working or cafe hopping. :)

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Excellent coffee, and welcomes all not just cyclists. London could do with more of these!


I managed to visit this coffee shop based in Old Street one weekend afternoon on recommendation and was pleasantly surprised. As you probably guessed from the name, it is frequented by many cycling enthusiasts and young professionals usually occupied with their laptops making full use of the free Wi Fi on offer.

It basically is small with a relaxed informal atmosphere, which doubles up as a café/bar and cycling workshop. So where better to go and have your bike repaired whilst you relax with the delightful fresh foods and drinks or browse through the cycling goodies they have on offer in their shop. They have a screen for live sporting events and run interesting events throughout the year ranging from speed dating to inspiring talks and craft workshops.

There is also now pop up branch based on the south bank if old street is too far for you to travel to, although this is much smaller and doesn’t have a workshop. One thing is for sure there will be plenty of space to leave your bike outside.


For someone who wants the metropolitan to be greener, fresher and more efficient, a place that promotes biking culture and make cycling not only practical and cheap, but also COOL way to get around the capital get few stars before we even get to take a look at the menu! But Look Mum No Hands is by no means just for cyclists, as it ticks all the boxes of a great café in central London – delicious food, fast Wi-Fi, comfy sofas and a good sense of humour about the way the place is run!

One note – why, just why are they not doing a latte?!


Horrible milky tasteless coffee!! I gave them the benefit of the doubt and tried multiple times as I live nearby but it is consistently awful coffee!! The nail in the coffin is that I tried the big breakfast here and it was absolutely disgusting - watered down eggs, soggy bread and sloppy uncooked bacon. I saw a few people trying to politely finish their eggs and cannot believe this place doesn't have bad reviews?! Definitely not worth visiting, although people seem to like to hang out here, don't come here for the coffee or food!!!

Such a good cafe. Huge, sofas, wi fi, power points. Full of bikes and poncy hipsters on Macs. Amazing coffee that you will pay an arm and a leg for (soya latte = £3.35). Pies are good too, and salads. Sausage sandwich a godsend when hungover, ditto coconut water. Cakes are also incredible. Have I sold you on it yet? It's also open late and sells beer.

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