It seems like bikes and coffee go hand in hand. You can usually find the good coffee spots when there are bikes parked out the front. While Rapha (ironically) won’t allow you to park your bike out front, which seems to be the way of the city, but you are allowed to take them inside. It’s probably safer that way anyway.
Just a block away from Piccadilly Circus, and surprisingly away from the hustle and bustle, is the Rapha bicycle store. The store is filled with bicycles, clothing, and accessories. To the side they have their cafe. The cafe is decorated with vintage cycling caps, jerseys, and newspaper articles. It’s quite novel walking around seeing all the cycling gear, and cycle routs around London.
It was fortunate and appropriate that I was with my fitness enthusiastic friend. We both frequently ride our bikes to work, and we spent the session discussing upcoming cycling adventures, and the different products we wanted to buy from the store we were currently sitting in.
There’s no denying that the cafe has an interesting vibe. There’s no shortage of conversation starters if you’re interested in the bike culture.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the presentation. We weren’t provided a spoon with our coffee’s, so there was no was to add sugar, even if you wanted it (fortunately we don’t have sugar in our coffee).
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