Thursday, 3 March 2011
Look Mum No Hands
‘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.