Lock 7 Cycle Cafe

5 Broadway Market Mews, London
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Review Rating from 2 reviews

5 Broadway Market Mews, Shoreditch, London, E8 4TS

020 7739 3042


Nearest Station
Haggerston (0.31 miles)

Opening Times
monday Closed
tuesday Closed
wednesday Opens 08:00 - Closes 18:00
thursday Opens 08:00 - Closes 18:00
friday Opens 08:00 - Closes 18:00
saturday Opens 08:00 - Closes 18:00
sunday Opens 10:00 - Closes 18:00

All In London Review

Getting your bike fixed has never been so fun...

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When you look around and see the cycling revolution well under way in London it is impressive to think that somewhere along the line Lock 7 was a part of starting it. The self proclaimed ‘first bike café in London’, Lock 7 started as a venture to encourage cycling by opening it up and taking it out of moody shops and from the hands of bike snobs. It succeeded. Located on the approach to Hackney’s Broadway Market, the café and workshop has a picturesque spot overlooking the canal with big windows that let the world in.

It has changed a lot over the years with café space, workshop space and product all vying for bigger quotas but today the space strikes a balance between the whole lot. Great coffee, good pastries and a new menu – think sandwiches, salads, quiche etc – in the works. You don’t have to have a bike in need of fixing to visit. The aim of making an accessible place for novices to bring their bikes has been achieved. Lock 7’s staff are welcoming and happy to engage in bike talk but just remember; labour, tools and expert knowledge are one half of the café’s product and they don’t come for free. Help is always at hand here but there are limits. Labour costs are relatively cheap. The café sells a simple collection of helmets, tyres, chains, tubes, locks and spares. And turnaround times are pretty quick for simple bike jobs.

Bike cafes are a relatively new addition to London but to say that they have contributed to the success and popularity of cycling in the city wouldn’t be too much. And Lock 7 was there at the start.

Reviewed by T.A.O on Feb 22, 2014
Published on Feb 21, 2014

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Give your two-wheeled friend some love

This tiny café and repair shop has recently undergone some refurbishment that’s taken it to the next level. The level of ‘yes, I’d definitely take my bike there!’ Plonked next to the canal at the bottom of Broadway Market, one of its greatest successes has been to remain free; free from an attitude that such a desirable location could inspire. Bravo! And bravo for the quick drop in jobs you do, your reasonable prices and your appreciation of beautiful old bikes.

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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.

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Reviewed by T.A.O
Lock 7 is ace. It must have been one of the first cycle cafes in London and since they took it a little further that way it's got even better.

There's now more space for repairs and an array of seating that's worth making use of as you chow down on almond croissants and coffee. It's almost worth getting a puncture!

Dec 4, 2013
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