The East End is home to a large number of individual and stylish cafes, but there is one with a particularly notable theme – bicycles. ‘Look Mum No Hands!’, situated just along from the Old Street Roundabout is a great place for a coffee, drink or cake at any point during the day. Existing as a self proclaimed Café-Bar-Workshop, this establishment is a much loved spot for writers and cyclists alike. Open from 7.30am to 10pm on weekdays, the place seems to evolve throughout the day from a quick-stop coffee shop in the morning to a buzzing yet seemingly relaxing bar in the evening.
One intriguing feature about Look Mum No Hands is that it houses its own bicycle workshop. Cyclists are welcome to come and have their bike issues resolved by the friendly staff, for a reasonable price. There is also much to be said for the food, a range of homemade delights including some interesting vegetarian options are on offer here. Along with its numerous hanging bicycles, intriguing artwork and well-chosen soundtrack, this place has a really unique feel. Looking out onto Old Street as I happily write this, I can understand why this place is real favourite of those in the area.
Whilst sounding like quite an odd concept, the place has its very own atmosphere that feels not at all peculiar but extremely charming. Whether you want to pop in for a cake and a coffee or sit down and get some work done, ‘Look Mum No Hands!’ offers the perfect inner-city atmosphere. Come and take a look for yourself if you haven’t already, it’s definitely a place that you have to visit to understand, and if you do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Plus, the bikes really grow on you after a while.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Individuality Rating: 5/5