Suffering on long rides that push you physically and mentally is, naturally, very different to cycling to brunch. It’s a different sport completely. But for me, there is a need for both in my life.
Earlier on this year, I wrote a piece on Townske.com featuring my favourite ‘bike to brunch’ routes. There are so many great London coffee guides already published, so I decided to focus on the ride before hand and the accessibility when you’re on two wheels.
I can speak about this topic for a very long time but below is just a bitesize reference on glorious, glorious coffee culture.
#reblogged from: http://townske.com/guide/6467/bike-to-brunch
ARTISAN, 203 UPPER RICHMOND RD, LONDON SW15 6SG, UK
Ride to Richmond. Suffer up the hills. Enjoy the scenery and wow at the deers.
Cycle to Artisan. Order the flat white and enjoy the benches outside where you can keep your bike propped up on the tree. No lock needed.
(note: now it's the winter, I'd advise bringing a lock so you can sit inside. I currently use hiplock lite)
Grind Coffee Bar
79 LOWER RICHMOND ROAD, LONDON SW15 1ET, UNITED KINGDOM
Do all of the above, but then head for a bigger breakfast.
Strong avo / toast ratio from Grind. Or, opt for the Pancake stack if you have a sweet tooth that your cycling gels don't quite reach.
2 HIGH STREET, ESHER, SURREY, UNITED KINGDOM
Giro is a must for any cyclist. It's won lots of awards.
You can tootle through Richmond and reach Giro for breakfast. Alternatively, you can cycle out to Surrey and return to Giro for a mid day brunch. You'll be surrounded by other cyclists, have multiple places to store your bike (lock free) and the hardest decision you'll have to make all morning is avo on toast or cycling specific granola from chef on a bike. Last time, we chose both.
123 SAINT JOHN'S HILL, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
There's no obvious ride in Clapham, but Richmond is very close before you pedal across to Birdhouse Coffee House.
They simply had me at 'baked egg's.
66 GREAT TITCHFIELD STREET, LONDON W1W 7QJ, UNITED KINGDOM
The perfect 0600-0800 routine before work.
Regents Park laps 0600-0700, straight to Kaffeine for coffee.
One of the best things about living in London is the fact cafes know 0700 exists. All hail the morning members of staff who keep us caffeinated.
Bear + Wolf, Kentish Town
153 FORTESS ROAD, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
The phrase 'Swains Lane' ignites mixed emotions.
Whilst you're in Swains suffertown, throw in Ally Pally and Muswell Hill and you've got yourself a morning London hill session.
You can complete the North Hill route in about 45 mins with 1,500 ft of climbing (I'm sure much quicker for most cyclists). Finish off at Bear+Wolf in Kentish Town and you've absolutely nailed your morning training routine.
Workshop Coffee Co.
27 CLERKENWELL ROAD, LONDON EC1M 5RN, UNITED KINGDOM
You can't talk about cycling and coffee without mentioning Workshop.
Located across various areas in London, we often head here after Regents Park or North London Hills. Dreamy coffee, a dreamy menu that is artisan inspired and a strong display of wooden benches. All the stereotypes in one cafe? Yes please.