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Rapha Cycle Club

Restaurants, Cafés Soho
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Rapha CC is a cycle clothing shop and café. It is the first permanent site for the company which recently won the contract to provide the clothing for the Sky Pro Cycling team – the UK-based highest-ranking team in the world, many of whom at Team GB took so many golds on the Olympics.

This flagship Soho store shows that there is much more to the cycling-coffee pairing than a Lance Armstrong-style method of performance enhancement. After expansion in January 2014, the café area now occupies half the floor space of this very smart cycle clothing shop, and it provides ample seating for those wanting to rest their feet after patrolling on nearby Regent Street or picking up a pair of merino arm warmers from across the room.

The menu's been expanded too, with a new chef who changes the light menu to theme with whatever's happening in the world of cycle racimng that week (big screens show live footage) – so during the Giro d'Italia, for example, the soup will be a minestrone.

And man, do they love coffee. Their main suppliers are Germany and Sweden, but we ordered a guest espresso from a single estate in Uganda; they talked us meticulously through the technical details and later, unasked, brought a freebie of the same beans brewed in a different way. Food is standard coffee-bar fare. A truly lovely haven near Piccadilly Circus.



Address: 85 Brewer Street
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Lunch for two: around £20
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-9pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-7pm Sat; 10am-6pm Sun
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4 out of 5 stars

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Excellent coffee, great service and tasty lunch & breakfast. I don't know how they manage to have both the cafe and shop integrate seamlessly without spoiling the atmosphere of either. Two thumbs up!

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Great coffee and a good place to be tempted by fine cycling gear - I always tend to wait for the Rapha sales which happen a couple of times a year as you can save yourself a small fortune!

If you are one of the beautiful people and are prepared to pay £3.00 for a thimble of tepid coffee this is the place for you. Not being a beautiful person I received service with a snarl (the died eyes no smile look) and a below average coffee. I must say the cycling merchandise looked very interesting and with a bit of staff training on customer service with bigger cups this could be a winner.

Love it, great atmosphere,great staff and probably one of the best cups of espresso in London.

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