You're allowed to take your own food if you don't want cake. Don't think they're allowed to make on the premises because of the cute kitties.
132 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7AE
- Lambeth North Tube Station (0.1 km)
- Waterloo Station (0.3 km)
- Waterloo Railway Station (0.3 km)
- Waterloo East Station (0.4 km)
- Contact us:
020 7620 1421
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- Opening hours:
Mon - Thu: 8:30 - 11:00
Fri: 8:30 - 12:00
Sat: 10:00 - 12:00
31 Jamestown road, London NW1 7DB
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16 reviews of ScooterCaffe in English
I love it here, it's got a very latin American vibe, chilled, pleasant, and happy! They don't serve food, but you can order it in, as long as you take your rubbish with you!
Just don't expect fine wine and even floors!
I shall be coming back here without a doubt!!!!
Tip!!! There is a door in the loo - not just a curtain!!!!
Tis my absolute favourite bar ever. I love the ambiance and the cats. It always seems quite full, but generally, if patient, someone is either willing to share a table, or something will open up. The Monday night films are great, and the staff are pleasant and kind. Once they ran out of red wine, so the bloke sent someone to the shop to get a bottle, just for me. Lovely decor, you are allowed to bring in outside food and very cool downstairs area. No matter what, I always end up here!
Really lovely little venue - small but tasty selection of alcoholic drinks - the vibe is chilled - well it was when we visited on a Sunday. Funky decor, nice tunes. It's kinda got it all actually. We were hungy and the staff said we could buy a takeaway and bring it back to eat if we liked - really nice touch. Have been recommending to friends. The cat has amazing eyes
While mods and scooterists make me grumble and swear under my breath, the ScooterCaffe is mercifully free from idiots with Paul Weller haircuts and unhealthy obsessions with tailoring.
No, the kicker with this great little haunt is that it's a rickety shambles of a place that seemingly has some kind of tractor beam installed in it, meaning that, should you pop in for a hot drink, there's a very good chance you'll never ever leave.
It's a cosy place alright with a friendly mix of people all loafing around and trying to attract the attentions of the most aloof cats I've ever met. Yep. This cafe has cats mooching about the place ignoring absolutely everyone in there and, of course, if you're a cat person like me, this makes them even more irresistible and you split your time evenly between grinning to yourself, admiring the clutter that adorns the walls and wishing the felines would make friends with you for just one second.
If you want something a bit stronger than the hot drinks, they sell beers and spirits as well, which makes this one of the best places I visited in London.
It's a pretty unassuming place, but it is well worth popping in.
Just don't tell too many people. You'll want to keep this all for yourself.
Siany, 3 May 2010:
I'm so pleased you found your way here :-) now stop telling people about it, or it'll be ruined next time you come to London and I'll be a bit mad at you.
mofgimmers, 4 May 2010:
Hehehe! Yeah. Perhaps I should add a barefaced lie about getting the lurgy there or something?
nubby, 11 October 2010:
Some Mods read the Beano also dont be harsh LOL
Totally unique and a delight to go to, the Vespa Caffe cheers me up to no end because personality is allowed here and there is no bland nod to perceived commercial wisdom/tat!!
Came here yesterday morning with 2 friends for a quick catch up. Caffe was already busy with young mums and dads and their buggies. We managed to squeeze ourselves into a corner and it was well worth it. Awesome coffees from the Faema professional barista machine (rare to find in the UK).
Cat lovers will adore their experience here where a moggy roams free amongst the customers!!
Curiously, little to no food on offer apart from biscoti. I was advised by the friendly waitress to nip out to near by shops to get pastries which I did from Greggs and Green(??? can't remember the rest of the name) down the road.
Hey, may be someone (me, even!) should offer to make snacks for them to sell in the caffe!!! Cup cakes come to mind :o)
I cannot wait to go back there for drinks in the evening. Such a terrific place to hang out at and it is independent too!
This cafe is utterly unique and there's so much to love about it. The coffee is great, the staff are friendly and attractive, the cake is (generally) good, the cats are willing to be stroked and happy to relieve you of your lunch and you can bring in lunch bought from elsewhere (as long as you take away your rubbish).
It basically feels like a sanctuary from everything that isn't awesome in the world - especially the basement.
There's a couple of things I'd change - the chairs, the distinctly average brownies they sell and how much they charge for them - but this is really nitpicking.
I'm just dreading the day that this place gets so popular I can't get a seat - feels like it might have already happened on some days.
Love it in here. The shabby-chic armchairs, the cats snoozing on every surface, the retro, cluttered decor an the cosy, comfy, laidback atmosphere. And as Alex says, the hot chocolate is intense. It's served similar to ones I've had in Europe; thick, rich melted chocolate served with a spoon and a smile. Can't wait to go back...
If you pop in here within the next week and find I've moved in, don't be surprised. Buy me a coffee instead.
I came here for an event last week and it's... perfect. I wanted to come back during the day to get a proper idea of it, and I have and I love it here. Really, there's nothing about this cafe/bar/music venue/events thing/ cinema thing of brilliance that I don't like. Here are some things that are awesome:
The latte. Perfect. Not so much coffee I'm a jittery wreck, and lots of foam.
The music. Old school indie. Perfect.
The decor - scooters! Everywhere! How silly! There used to be a scooterworkshop here, now there's not but it's still fun!
Cats! Anywhere can be vastly improved with the addition of a purry kitty. Well this place has four, I think. The tips go to the food fund. Cuteness
The events. Live mic nights, SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS and other things of awesome.
You can take your own lunch in. They ask you to take your rubbish though. Nice.
Free wifi! Yay! See? Moving in.
Cute boys! Very cute boys. Everywhere. Staff, punters, scooter cat loving boys.
See? There's nothing I don't like about this place. The fact that I only live fifteen minutes away makes me very very happy. I've spent my time in London searching for the perfect cafe. I think I've found it.
A wonderful little hideout in the hotchpotch that is Lower Marsh, Scootercaffe (formerly Scooterworks - they don't do repairs any more, just coffee) is a right good place with plenty of atmos and the most awesome Spanish-style hot chocolate you'll find this side of, er, Spain. It's full of transport related objects and generally old artefacts; there are also at least three cats hiding in and around the place.
I love it here. However, there are a couple of bad bits standing in the way of the big five. For all the quirks and old stuff, what also comes with that is a little bit of grime and only two comfy chairs. But, you know, it's the kind of thing you sacrifice when you choose the scruffy, atmospheric, beautiful independent over the harsh lighting and pleather sofas of St*rbucks.
Quirky, vibey place that attracts a super-chilled bunch - for good reason.
This little shop serves good coffee and wonderful chocolate cake in a small area. To get to the toilets you sashay down a tight little circular staircase and a kitty roams about. On a good weather day you could sit out on the tiny terrace out back - but inside is just great.
They have Vespa and scooter goodies all over the place (their original raison d'etre) and great reading material scattered about. When you're finished with the reading material and people watching watch the barista and you'll be amazed at how she/he prepares everything in a tiny ships galley like space! Pure theatre, I think.
In the lovely Lower Marsh area this is certainly one to try.
Finally - they serve beers alongside their other hot drinks - which is a bonus for some.
Absolutely my favourite coffee shop in the world. When it first opened and was more of Scooter repair place than a coffee shop i used to walk past and think, that looks cool but was too chicken to go in. Then chairs started to appear and people were more visibly sitting and talking with drinks inside.
The coffee is absolutely the best in the area. The atmosphere is super chilled, like walking in to 1967 complete with mismatched furniture, games in the corner and cats wandering about.
The new downstairs is a great addition as it was beginning to become difficult to get a seat in there! I remember when the downstairs was still in progress though and i had to go to the loo once in a place with no walls! Absolutely hilarious.
I've been here for meetings in the day and on dates and with friends in the evenings. The wine is nice and well priced, two bottle beers available Corona and Morretti.
Oh and there used to be some insanely beautiful twins who worked there. Tall and willowy and just beautiful. The staff are always dead friendly though, twins or no twins.
**I would like to add that they have just had a refurb of there basement area [which was previously not in use] and are having film nights on mondays... on a HD projector and large screen.... and FREE
Saw Blade Runner there, i hear they had/were [ i was tweeking on caffeine to pay too much attention to the conversation] having a scooter-themed season and to expect fellini and uh... other stuff.**
They have some kind of 1950s Faema coffee machine for those coffee aficionados out there. I believe they started as a scooter outlet which served their customers coffee.... Which explains all the scooters / scooter parts strewn about the place, and spark plugs behind the counter.
They also hold a monthly experimental music night which sounds quite exciting.
hooray, a coffee shop that also sells beer and wine - so obvious yet so hard to find in the UK, why is that? plentiful intellectual reading matter (and I mean seriously intellectual - I’ve never seen the journal Foreign Policy in a cafe before) on hand for posing too - perfect!
There is a shop on Lower Marsh street, which is down the side of Waterloo station in between Waterloo Road and Westminster Bridge Road, called Scooterworks. It, not very surprisingly, sells and repairs old scooters, Vespas and the like, which are all really cool. What is even cooler though is that at the back of the shop, nestled between the scooters is a totally unique coffee shop. You’ll have never seen anything like it. Also there is a great little courtyard out the back which would be a fab on a hot summer’s day.
Oh my god! this place really is amazing!
It's got a really relaxed vibe, with a cat strolling about, chilled tunes on the stereo, and the most amazing hot chocolate I have ever tasted in my life... seriously! this stuff is like chocolate mouse! £1.80 a cup! such a treat!
They dont serve food here but you are welcome to bring in your own lunch and eat it there which is great!
They have lots of scooter helmets on the wall and a vespa inside!
try it you will love it!
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