look mum no hands! LONDON

The name of this café is the first thing that grabbed our attention when we were looking for a coffee shop in London. It became obvious why, when we arrived to see that this very popular café is also a cycling shop. We come from an area in Australia, which is on the beach and a cycling mecca and where coffee shops are full of said cyclists. I can just imagine their sheer delight at coming to look mum no hands!

I can’t ride a bike – yes howl me down -but I love a great name, and a place with character and that is precisely what you get here. Another draw card is that is has that laid back feel that comes from the owners knowing exactly what they want to do and are doing it.


They say that they like riding their bikes and drinking coffee, and hence look mum no hands! Much like us, we like traveling, writing and coffee shops and hence Contented Traveller and Best Little Coffee Shops. I hope our passion shows as much as theirs does.


This is a best little coffee shop. Just ask the locals who flock there and blow ins like us who seek the unique out. It is friendly, it is quirky and it has a décor that keeps your attention – yes, bicycles.

look mum no hands! also has a cycle repair workshop, shows cycling movies and I can imagine that it goes off through the Tour de France and any cycling event.


I know that there is a lot of community spirit here and giving back to the community. For us, this defines a good coffee shop from a best little coffee shop – reaching beyond the profit margin and thinking about those that you live with.

The coffee is good, very good and uses Square Mile coffee, a multi award winning coffee roasting company based in East London, and one which requires skill to get it right. look mum no hands! does a great job.

For a character driven local favourite, you can’t go wrong than to come to this best little coffee shop in London.

49 Old  Street 
Venue phone:
  020 7253 1025
Venue website:
Opening hours:
Open/food served 7.30am-10pm Mon-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 9.30am-10pm Sun


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