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The name is every kid’s proud boast when they’ve mastered two wheels – ‘look mum, no hands!’ Bikes double as art in this agreeably laid-back café-bar, and the venue hosts cycling-related workshops
– plus the odd comedy night. Watch as the latest Euro racing is beamed in live, or bypass the action and head for the pretty courtyard. To drink, perhaps a glass of Chardonnay, a bottle of Slag
(the house beer) or a smoothie – for those in charge of their own set of drop handlebars. Solid fuel comes from sandwiches, pies, stews, cakes and pastries – although the hottest ticket is
breakfast (try the Stornoway black-pudding fry-up or thyme-roasted mushrooms on sourdough toast). True to the spirit of Boris Johnson’s London, staff will fix machines while their owners have a
caffeine fix before getting back in the saddle.
With a name as good as ‘Look Mum No Hands’ you hope it is going to be quirkily awesome. And it is. The founders of this bike café loved riding bikes and drinking good coffee. They brought these two passions together to create Look Mum No Hands on Old Street, and a second café/shop in the East End of London close to trendy London Fields. There are plentiful bike parking spots, a workshop of smiling mechanics, screenings of cycle sport and film and comfortable seats to rest wobbly post-ride legs...
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