07 May 2010
New cycle cafe holds balance of power
Well, I'm still clinging on to the hope that a Conservative-Unionist coalition and a Labour-Lib Dem coalition end up with exactly the same number of seats, meaning that the Greens, with their one seat in Brighton, hold the balance of power.
Anyway, here's a place that gets my vote. It's a new cycling cafe in the City called Look Mum No Hands, at 49 Old St, just north of the Barbican. There's a few such bike-bistros in the capital now, and this new one is really good.
We're impressed. It does very good coffee, cakes and bistro-style salady meals (as well as reasonably-priced bottles of wine), and there's a bike workshop, so you can have your bike repaired while you wait.
It's also well cool, decorated with snazzy bikes of various types and cycling-related photos. It's racing-ish, but not exclusively: anyone on a bike, whether time trialler, courier, tourer or city trundler, will feel right at home. I saw a couple of cappuccino-sipping customers busy on laptops (there's free wifi, too) with Bromptons folded up at their feet.
And its parking is exemplary: not just racks outside, but a courtyard with loads more racks, Plantlocks, and quirky wall-mounted Cyclocs: plenty of outside-eating space where you can keep an eye on your tandem, trailer or Christiania.
It's fab; give it a visit. I can see this becoming a regular meeting-place for London cyclists of all types. Even those who didn't vote for the winners yesterday.