Cafes for Cycling Enthusiasts

Get on your bike to one of these cafes!

Everyone needs to take a break now and then... including those crazy perma-peddling bike-monkeys - because even their water bottles run dry.

And where better to head when you're in need of cycle-centric refreshment? Well, we've scoured London for places which blur the lines between bike shop/ fitness centre/ café/ cake shop/ cycle service centre/ boozer/ motivation stop/ workshop/ teaching centre and even sports massage service.

Plus, you'll be surrounded by like-minded folk who dig you in lycra.

Look Mum No Hands!
125-127 Mare Street E8 3RH
Region: Hackney
Nearest Station: London Fields (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Say the words “cycle café” to someone who last used a bike in year 6, and they’ll still have heard of Look Mum No Hands!, partly thanks to the eye-catching logo on its Old Street and Mare Street stores. As well as solving all manner of pesky problems, they run courses so you can learn the basics of bicycle repair yourself. And then of course there’s the café, serving all day breakfasts, coffee and craft beer.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
85 Brewer Street Soho W1F 0RD
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Rapha have the honour of kitting out the professional British cycling team – it was their outfits you saw Team GB’s cyclists wearing at the 2012 Games. They have branches all over the world, but this Soho store doubles as a clothing shop and a café serving pastas, risottos and breakfasts. They’ve also upped the ante by opening a membership club at £150 a year, but you’d need to get through a lot of free coffees to make up the cost.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Lock 7 Cycle Cafe
5 Broadway Market Mews Shoreditch E8 4TS
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Cambridge Heath (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Lock 7 was the very first cycle cafe to open in London back in 2008, when the concept was unheard of over on these shores. Here you can fix your bike (from basic gear and brake tunes to full bicycle builds), grab a Monmouth coffee, a healthy smoothie and a bite to eat (all vegetarian). It’s located by the Regent’s Canal, handy for your waterside rides.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Cycle Lab
18A Pitfield Street Shoreditch N1 6EY
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Old Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: A bit like a one-stop shop for the health-conscious, Cycle Lab does bike repairs, yoga lessons and serves nutritious food aimed at those with special dietary requirements (i.e. gluten-free and vegan). They even hire out a bicycle with a built in juicer for your party, although given that it’s £75 a day and doesn’t have wheels it’s a rather expensive centrepiece.

  • USERS 6/10
Cycle PS
179 Battersea High Street Battersea SW11 3JS
Region: Battersea
Nearest Station: Clapham Junction (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Unlike other cycle cafes that stick to healthy food, Cycle PS does tasty stone baked pizzas and beer. Because after a good cycle, you’ve earned yourself a decent portion of carbs. The shop sells bicycles and parts, and you can also get your bike fully serviced in the workshop.

Pearsons Cycles
126 High Street Town Centre SM1 1LU
Region: Town Centre
Nearest Station: Sutton (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: The Pearson family have been running this company for over 150 years, making it the oldest bike shop in the UK - it’s even mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records!There are branches in Sutton and East Sheen; the latter is the larger of the two where you’ll also find a café and sports massage services.

  • USERS 10/10
Soho Bikes
26 Berwick Street Soho W1F 8RG
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The bright and airy café serving coffees, porridge and toasties, the shop sells top bicycle brands and clothing, and at the workshop they do full services and repairs. Keep your eye out for regular workshop ‘masterclasses’ and races around London too.

58 Southgate Road Islington N1 3JW
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Essex Road (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Micycle take their servicing to the next level, with an “ambulance” that will collect your bike from wherever it’s sadly lying in disrepair. Their website also has a stolen section for you to upload pics of your prized possession in case anyone spots it. The Islington branch has a very pretty garden café with wifi, and if you become a member your drinks are free.

2A Anerley Hill Crystal Palace SE19 2AA
Region: Crystal Palace
Nearest Station: Crystal Palace (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Cadence is something of a fitness centre for you and your bike. They offer several types of tests for cycle performance and indoor cycling sessions, plus yoga, pilates and sports massage for worn-out legs. Also bike sales, bike fitting, and a café doing good coffee and cake.

Peloton & Co
Old Spitalfields Market 4 Market Street Shadwell E1 6DT
Region: Shadwell
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This cool Spitalfields store sells top of the range bicycles and clothing, plus the café’s chef used to work at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. They also run bike rides every fortnight to various points around the capital, should you want to socialise with other riders.


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