After hot air and cold beer the next most popular thing to pass city cyclists' lips is probably coffee. Here are some of our favourite London pit stops for grabbing a caffeine fix, a bite to eat, and generally getting off the grid when you’re out and about in the city this autumn.
Micycle Garden Café, Islington
Located in a beautiful garden setting designed by Joe Swift (the award winning British gardening guru), Garden Café @ N1 is a welcome coffee
break respite for Islington cyclists. An über laidback atmosphere alongside friendly and knowledgeable staff make for a great community vibe.
Highly recommended: Members get free bike services, use of a nifty bike wash and get hot and cold drinks for free. They’ll even pick up your bike if it breaks down.
Look Mum No Hands!, Shoreditch
The LMNH! HQ is one of the original places to hang out and enjoy coffee, food and beer with fellow London cyclists. There is a well staffed workshop within the café, regular exhibitions of bike art and photography and a constant stream of cycling events throughout the year.
If you’re cycling past and feel like popping in, they’ll even lend you a bike lock. And when spring comes around again they attract some serious crowds to watch the big bike races.
Highly recommended: the LMNH! lads and lasses serve a cracking selection of bottled craft ales and have also been known to arrange the occasional craft beer brewery tour of East London.
Rapha Cycle Club, Soho
Healthy granolas, soups, salads and sandwiches. Smoother than smooth Workshop coffee. An opportunity to browse their latest ranges of understated cycle wear. And a constant stream of coverage from Grand Tours and one day classics. All round, a relaxed cycling nirvana in the heart of the city.
Highly recommended: Applications open again in November to join the Rapha Cycling Club for access to club rides, events, and exclusive Rapha club kit.
Velorution, Oxford Circus
Just off the carnage of Oxford Circus is this street-side stop-off which includes a shop and café. Gretta and her team of urban cycling aficionados are on a mission to get more Londoners on their bikes, and in style. It also sells electric bikes and serves robust roasts from Black Sheep coffee. In keeping with the cycling style theme, the portable café is modelled around a Pashley Classic No. 33 tricycle, designed by Sebastian Conran.
Highly recommended: check out their selection of bikes to add to your Christmas wish list from the likes of Schindelhauer, Pashley and Van Nicholas.
Cycle PS, Camberwell and Battersea
With two locations along cycle superhighways in Battersea and Camberwell, Cycle PS is great for a coffee on your commute in to work or a bite to eat on your way home. With stone-baked pizza, beer on tap, own blend coffee and late opening hours (until 7pm weekdays in Battersea and 11pm in Camberwell), this is a seriously all day and well into the evening hang out.
Highly recommended: As well as admiring the cycling gear, in Camberwell you can also play on the pool table or Nintendo 64.
London Velo, Deptford
Brick Lane bagels, Direct Trade coffee and ridiculously tasty chocolate brownies to boot. With a garden space, bikes to hire from £20 per day and an experienced race mechanic on site it’s a true community hang out.
Highly recommended: Keep an eye on their Twitter feed for occasional Saturday block parties and Sunday ride outs.
Shoreditch Grind, Shoreditch
Perched at the intersection of two of East London’s busiest cycling routes and next to a huge bike stand area is Grind’s original location at Old St roundabout. Now with six locations around the city the menu changes up across the day so if it’s a one pan egg with rocket and pistachios for breakfast, a foccacia for lunch or a sharing plate and espresso martini for the evening that tickles your fancy, they have something for all passing commuters of Shoreditch.
Highly recommended: Keep an eye out for famous and soon-to-be-famous musicians – upstairs is the state-of-the-art Grind recording studio.
Serving punchy Chapeau coffee blends and with a comprehensive range of typically top quality Pearson cycling products, this is a nice stop off close to Richmond Park. Pearson's original site lays claim to being the oldest bike shop, so these guys know their stuff when it comes to bikes and kit.
Highly recommended: As well as getting a caffeine fix and a new bike perv, this is also the place to get your aches and pains sorted out by Pearson’s in-house physio and sports therapist.
Do you have a bike-friendly café you think we should check out and add to the list? Drop us a line or a tweet, we’d love to hear from you!