Thursday, 3 March 2011

Look Mum No Hands



I finally got to the bike cafe ‘Look Mum No Hands’. It is is a cafe and bike workshop on Old Street, EC1. Officially it is in Islington but I think it is right on the boundaries of Hackney, City and the Barbican areas.

I stopped by after my appointment for a hot chocolate. The place was busy but not packed. I brought the Brompton in with me but there is a bike park outside. There is an area in the corner which is the bike workshop and a woman was working on a bike. The booking system information is on the website, but my impression is in a fix you could ask for help and tools if you know what you are doing.

The cafe has free wi-fi so a number of people were working on their lap tops and a couple informal work meetings were taking place. As I was leaving at around 5.30pm it started to get busy with the after work crowd.

Not sure about the food. I had to wait a long time for a luke warm hot chocolate and an overheated mini olive ciabatta roll which was chewy. But the staff are very friendly. I will go again when I am hungry and give the menu another try. The idea of a cafe and bike workshop is a good one to raise the profile of cycling and as an alternative to the Starbucks and Costa chains. I would love for one to open up in Greenwich.

7 comments:

Leslie said...

There's a combined bike workshop and cafe in Hackney called Lock 7, right beside the canal on Broadway Market. The coffee is better than Look Mum... but it's even further from Greenwich!

Cycling in Heels said...

I will look out for it on my next trip East.

Aya said...

came across that one during my last visit to London and thought that was a cool name + i have to open one myself in Tel Aviv!
But i definitely need a sponsor..

Leslie said...

Are these photos from your iPhone? I don't have one (gasp!) but my Sony is disappointing for photos. Am thinking of changing.

Cycling in Heels said...

Yes they were taken on my iPhone. My iPhone is nearly 2 years old, the version just before they installed video on it. They have been upgraded twice since and I plan to get another when my contract ends in May.

She Rides a Bike said...

Excellent concept! Coffee and bikes seem like a great combination and a perfect place to chat w/ like minded people.

Athene Greig said...

please come along! http://www.cyclelove.net/london/2012/cyclelove-presents-bill-cunningham-new-york/