Second Shot Coffee

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Bethnal Green
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Second Shot Coffee, 2016
Second Shot Coffee, 2016

A Bethnal Green coffee house, right by the tube. 

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Second Shot Coffee says
Second Shot Coffee is the east London café bringing people together and tackling homelessness one espresso at a time.

At Second Shot you can get incredible coffee, great food and a unique atmosphere, and we just so happen to be changing lives.
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Venue name: Second Shot Coffee
Address: 475 Bethnal Green Rd
E2 9QH
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
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5 / 5

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This place is awesome: great coffee, cosy seats to have a meeting or work from, next to Bethnal Green station and people who run it are amazing. It's a social enterprise and to see people who used to be homeless for whatever reason back on their feet gaining new skills, working and being proud of it is the best idea ever. It's more than a coffee place - it's a friendly positive little space to feel good and enjoy great taste. Go!

Excellent coffee brewed however you like it - always top notch. However Second Shot do more than just coffee, working with those formerly affected by homelessness to change lives and empower people, one espresso at a time.

go check it out yourself TimeOut, the best coffee in London, and all for the most amazing cause, and led by a very inspiration young man.

Not only is the artisanal coffee and locally sourced food THE BEST. This cafe is providing jobs for the homeless and reinstating them back into society

such a genius idea, contributing to the community in an awesome creative way – and great coffee!

Really great coffee - but not just that, really friendly caring staff & a brilliant ethos - job opportunities & training for the homeless & ex-offenders. Brilliant place - and it's on the way to the tube...

Fantastic coffee shop with a brilliant underlying concept to support the homeless.
Always a strong selection of great coffee and really friendly atmosphere.
Chat with Emilio to learn all about coffee 😉


Homelessness is an ongoing issue in London which if often ignored by many.  Second Shot are doing their bit to try and help tackle it head on.  By employing people who have previously been, or are currently, effected by homelessness they are helping to build their confidence and skills, all hopefully resulting in them going out and getting further skilled jobs in the future and making their own battle with homelessness a thing of the past.  As well as being a fantastically worth cause they also sell awesome coffee and delicious cakes (other food available too, I just didn't try any of them so can't comment!).  These guys know their coffee, they are happy to chat about the blends, where it comes from and why they use it.  They also sell it in bags to take home if you fall in love with it so much you need to start every day with a cup.  The place is small, not too many seats but it seemed like most people get take away rather than sit in.  They also offer a 'pay it forward' system where you can buy a coffee (£1), cake (£2) or meal (£4).  You pay at the till and then have the opportunity to scribble on the wall what you have purchased to pay forward.  At a later time, someone is able to come into the shop and ask to redeem one of those purchases. Second shot is a great place, I would recommend even if it didn't have the charity side, the fact it does have it makes it even better....If I could give it 6 stars I would.  Be part of the solution, visit Second Shot.