Great setting for a coffee!
Squeezed beside the rail bridge crossing lower Kingsland Road is an absolutely delightful local treasure. If you want comfort, charm, and some amazing cakes, this is the place.
The ground floor oozes old style cafe, with a dark wood interior and a gigantic polished cappuccino machine. They have a wide selection of teas and delicious rich coffee (and normally I don't drink coffee!). But wait there's more.....wind your way upstairs and you've landed in a Victorian sitting room! Crowded with kitsch and draped in velvet, this is a fantastic place to while away the hours with friends or even on your own. On my last visit I went there for drinks...the beer prices are a bit steep but I was so happy and comfortable reclining on a plush warm couch during a particularly rainy and chilly night that I didn't care. Excellent venue for girly catch ups, day or night.
The prices are steep, the food is OK and the drinks are mediocre. But if you're thinking about giving this place a miss then think again! The decor, the people and the vibe are all epic.
This is a Cypriot bar that oozes creativity. When you enter you feel like you've gone back in time and you've landed in the age of Marion Antoinette. There are random trinkets placed everywhere. The whole area is welcoming and friendly.
But I implore you to go upstairs. There is nowhere more bohemian in London!
Upstairs is eclectic, pink and stuffed full of gold framed mirrors and pictures, chandeliers and ornate arm chairs.
Downstairs is a sleek, small bar with the coolest coffee machine and till I have ever seen!
The service was friendly, the prices a little steep, the bottled beer was standard (self service from a fridge) so the only reason to go here is that the decor is just so cool! My advice would be to go for one drink and then move on to one of the other brilliant bars in the area.
Was introduced to this place by a local. The front area is a dark, cool, very narrow bar. but upstairs is the place to chill really.
Ordered cappuccinos and sat upstairs in madam's boudoir. Cloth draped ceilings, vintage plush furniture, you just want to sprawl about and gossip all day.
I would love to return on a rainy day to just sit and sip and watch the world go by in their tiny window.
You order downstairs and bring it up with you but the waitress was nice later and took our orders once we were up there. Might have been lucky because it was her first day and she might have been trying to impress. :)
5 stars for the venue, 2.5 stars for the coffee and food.
This Living Room-esque cafe (for all yall San Diegans) just oozes randomness yet doesn't cross that boundary into tackiness - complete with awesome canapés that look softer and plushier than they actually are. The cheesecake was really EH, espressos had no crema, and whatever sandwiches they pass off as paninis really reminded me of savory baklava...
Plus points: WINE WINE WINE, down in my belly...pretty legit closing time (11ish), and friendly staff who always ask how you're doing and if you've enjoyed your time there at the end of the night. For me it's about the venue and the company...everything else is just a side note that could be easily replaced.
Can somebody just KEEP this place as low-key as it is??? I can already see it exploding with hipsters in about 3 weeks.
A fantastic find. This place embodies those pure gems that, if you're really lucky, you can come across by complete accident in Shoreditch. Or even better, some great friend can introduce you to!
I didn't peruse the menu (they didn't have one! How arrogant...perhaps I like them better for it?), but as far as I could see it serves all types of wonderful coffees and cake. The coffee and cake was good, but my real attraction to this place is the interior decorating & the ambience. I found myself playing with things in the bathroom (err...wall fixtures, weird looking hand dryers etc, not what you're thinking...!). The downstairs coffee bar is packed with retro gadgets and you really have to see it to appreciate just how well put together the experience is. Very cosy in a good way.
And we haven't even got onto the main event, the pimping pink palace upstairs. The upstairs lounge accosts your senses at first glance, and doesn't relinquish it's hold very easily, you literally have to tear yourself away to get out of the place. A lavish pink Victorian esq lounge, for lounging in (what else), with delightfully soothing acoustic music. I've honestly not seen anything matching this place in London yet. I felt so immediately relaxed that I actually felt a strong yearning to curl up and drift off to a blissful power nap against the dreamy background music on one of the large pink couches.
Just take my advice, try it out. Nuff said!
I'm so happy, I'm so so so so so happy that it's kind of makes my little pessimistic body shake with excitement.
I walked past this place about a week ago and it had only been open a few days. It's was pouring down with rain and I peered though it's wonderful windows at the warm glow coming off the copper coffee pots. I begged and begged to go in but my partner in crime at the time dragged me on to the bus and I stared back at the orange lights as they faded into the distance. This time however I was alone and missed two buses just standing in the rain peering in. It looked so wonderful that I didn't want to go in and soil it by the place being bad.
I can't tell you the relief I felt when I had my first sip of my fabulous mellow, deep, smooth, rich... coffee. I don't know if I told you but this place isn't a bar, it's a coffee house, a proper old skool hang out where you can chill out, relax and read a book, pen a novel or even just stare out the window and pass the time people watching. I can't even describe the decor, it was a cross between an old pub and someones sitting room. I'll upload some photos so you can see what I mean.
I think their beans are Brazilian, and they are tasty too so you should come her and drink coffee. As I said this is a coffee house and unlike many others I have been too, this one is of a particular style yet it's not trying. It's just great, and it's doesn't need to try hard at all. They do have a selection of cakey cakes and sarnies but... I didn't try those, damn it, I'll have to come back.
We've been going past this place forever on buses to central, have gone on about how cute it looks and how we have to go in, but have only just set foot through the door. More fool me, I love The Bridge. And I love the old school looking robot-like gold and silver twin coffee machines more.
The decor is pretty manly downstairs, all dark wood with old school posters and sporting memorabilia downstairs; but venture upstairs and you find jewel coloured armchairs and drapes.
Coffees were good and the pastries and muffins were pretty, but I really want to come back and make the most of the alcohol licence, get myself tipsy and pretend I'm Alice in Wonderland and make myself at home upstairs.
They could have served me hot water and a dry biscuit and I would have still stayed there until closing time; the place is just so lovingly decorated. Ok, the upstairs could also be called major twee as well, or described as the patterns section of a fabric store barfing over an antiques shop, but it just worked well, with so much seating and so much style. And the idea that at 9PM on a Saturday night you can sit down somewhere near Old Street, and talk without having to strain your voice over loud music, being stared at by proprietors to drink or move on already, or deal with an alcoholic ambience, is just great.
And The Bridge did not serve me hot water and a dry biscuit. They served me delicious hot chocolate with tons of whipped cream and cheesecake with strawberries. You bet me and my friends stayed until closing time. I'd move to Shoreditch for this.
This place is astounding. Such crazy kitsch decor with plenty of tassels and tea cups. Great cakes and Turkish coffee that will knock your socks off. This is a great place to take your friends or colleagues for intimate meetings or catchups and is nice and quiet in the earlier part of the day.
Judging by the reviews, this place seems to be the coffee house equivalent of Marmite: you either love it or you hate it!
I'm in the former school of thought. I loved the quirky, vintage decor of the bar once I walked in, but the upstairs seating area just blew me away. It's so crazy, it's wonderful. The staff were really nice and friendly as well, and checked on me several times even though I chose to sit upstairs, right by the front window (i.e. the furthest from the staircase).
The coffee and cake I had, however, weren't fantastic. I had the server's favaourite - a strawberry tart - and for the price, expected something far better than what I got, but I figure they've got to pay for the antiques somehow. I mean, the decor can't be cheap.
That being said, I do like the place. Like the previous reviewer meneer said, it's very Shoreditch, but I mean that as the highest of compliments. It's quirky, it's got character, it's memorable and it's relaxing. Just don't come in here if you're on your last few pennies!
Well, what can I say - this place certainly has promise when you walk in, but it is ultimately a bit of a let down, because it's just trying a bit (ok: way) too hard. While the Viennese art-deco style is certainly a nice idea, it ultimately doesn't work, because it comes across as cheap and over-the-top (and not in an ironic way). I also wasn't impressed by the coffee.
That said, it certainly is reasonably cosy and friendly, and it attracts a very cool hipster crowd (which could be a plus or a minus depending on your stance...). Also, the cakes look amazing (although I haven't tried any).
This is a great little coffee shop/bar.
The decor is fantastic! Reminds me of Moulin Rouge! There is an upstairs area too.
The staff are so friendly and the cakes and treats are gorgeous!
Great place to spend an afternoon/evening catching up with friends or take a date or whatever really. The outside is quite unassuming, it looks small inside but then you go upstairs and wow! Cool!
This lovely little cafe just popped up the other day so myself and my housemates popped down, you know, to test it out for the locals. Selfless.
It's a tiny little place with seating for about 15. The walls are almost completely covered in kitsch prints and paintings, boxing gloves and old signs to Brick Lane.
In the window and behind the counter are pieces of golden machinery- the espresso cup dispenser (pictured) and an old gramaphone give the place a real retro feel to it.
Hot chocolate I had was delicious and the cream on the top was fresh and devine. My housemates' coffee was lovely and rich, they claimed.
The owners are Italian (I believe) and introduced themselves to us and invited us to come back again (which we shall) which gave it the personal touch sometimes lacking in establishments.
It's the sort of place you can imagine being a cover for a waterhole in a time of prohibition or something, although I think it only does coffee and no booze! Although with the array of syrups they had you could spend a twitchy afternoon trying out them all!
I'd recommend it as a place to catch up with a small group of friends/family or perhaps a date of you can get a seat!
Small but perfectly formed!
A lovely coffee shop with vintage coffee makers lovingly preserved to keep working by the Greek owner. We had a lovely chat with him as we sat at the bar and had coffees and lunch. The food was a nice portion with a large helping of green salad and the most yummy couscous that has hit my plate in a long while.
It is a small venue, so seating can be a challenge if you're looking to pop in a stay a while, but he told us that they will be opening the upstairs soon for seating -- in fact, according to the photos, it looks like it could be open now.
It's conveniently located right at the Waterston Street drop for the 243, 147 and other buses. It's definitely worth the visit if nothing other than to see these beautiful machines in action as you grab your coffee to go.
Oooh and Aaah, I am so in love with this place! The only thing missing is the Orient Express stopping by on the bridge above!
The upstairs is a a little 19th century heaven. I know that £2.50 for cappuccino/hot chocolate is a little bit too much, but with the experience you get it so worth it. I spent a very lazy afternoon there feeling like I was on a date with Willy Wonka :)
This seems to be a very marmite place but I must say that I love it. After wanting to try out this place for ages, I recently made it here and, double espresso in hand, clambered up the stairs to the first floor area. I think it's great! Lots of antique sofas and tables, lots of kitsch, the music was 30s-50s, and I believe that they were playing Fred Astaire.
I thought that my espresso was quite good and I know that I will be back but, after the lack of positive comments on the cakes, I think I will stick to drinking espresso.
Im at the bridge now and I'm in love with this place!
The interior is so nice and makes me feel at home and free wifi is a big plus, The only downside is that they don't have a menu and the seating is a bit cramped. I didn't know what to order but just played it safe with some green tea. But nonetheless, I will be here more often! LOVE LOVE LOVE it here!
As Michael C. said, fantastic.
Soaked by the oh-so-typical rain we stumbled in there, attracted by the sign saying COFFEE and the coffee-related decoration in their window.
We got greeted with a warm smile! We instantly felt welcome, warm and fell in love with the interior decoration. And shortly afterwards with their coffee/espresso, which must be London's best. Their roast is wonderfully rich in taste and the beverages are steaming hot (opposing the luke warm dark watery stuff one tends to get in other places).
Whenever I get back to the city, I will have a coffee, take more time and try the food as well.
A relatively new addition to the Shoreditch end of Kingsland Road. The nearest competitor this place has for coffee is Old Shoreditch Station which is located only a few shops down. I must say that i don't think it can compete.
The coffee is average and is overpriced for what it is. The downstairs is small and sometimes feels busy, even when there are not many customers purely because of the awkward shape of the bar.
Upstairs is much nicer with a relaxed atmosphere and different, it somewhat tacky decor. If your in town then don't be gutted if you give this a miss, head down the road for a coffee instead. Totally average, very hoxton coffee place.
I found this quirky place today just by chance. I already knew the staff fron their second shop in Walthamstow.
The Turkish coffee is great, the cafe itself looks georgeous, the cakes and tartes look at least very good, but I didn't try them.
Sorry...can't fault it! Amazing coffee, pastries, service, decor, ambience, welcome...!
Thought of one thing...have witnessed some rather rude and unecessary behaviour from some customers...those people should stay at home, more room for us!
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this place is fantastically well decorated and the coffee machines are majestic centerpieces.
im rating this highly because its not all looks, the coffee here is quite good. i would have given them five stars but i think their service had undertones of hardselling everything in the place. I asked for tap water and the guy was intent on selling me bottled water it just came off too desperate - unnecessary.
I love this little coffee shop (btw, the yelp! map is wrong, it's much closer to old street than that). It's got great coffee, table service, reasonable prices, and the most wonderful atmosphere you can imagine. Their pastries aren't bad either. They've got this cozy attic done up like an old crazy grandma's sitting room. Lots of antique looking chairs with funny old style paintings in extravagant frames covering the walls. Really cool, too bad it's been getting more and more popular since it opened and it can get hard to find a seat : (
Stumbled upon this cute little bar/cafe after dinner one night. Love the decor and the atmosphere makes it a great place to sit, relax and catch up with friends. The downstairs however is really cramped and difficult to walk through without bumping into other people. Besides drinks, had some cake - the strawberry cake was way too sweet but the vanilla cake was delish.
Popped in on a freezing cold Saturday afternoon to warm up with a coffee and was not disappointed! Loved the downstairs counter area where you order; long polished dark wood bar, walls heaving with old photographs and memorobilia and the cabinet of cakey-goodness.
There's no particular era the owners seem to love, more an eclectic mix of everything they think is cool. Some of the pieces I spied: leather boxing gloves, bagpipes, gilt mirrors and victoriana, old radios behind the bar, glorious coffee machines, leadlight lampshades and classic movie posters.
Yes, it was a bit pricey, but loved the feeling of being in a '30s Manhattan cawfee shop.
Then we went upstairs to the first floor dining area. Basically, they've shoved as many regency chairs and chesterfield sofas in there as will fit, decorated with floaty, sheer fabric and strange lamps. I liked the fact that it was cozy and quirky - sure beats the sterile Starbucks-esque environment of other coffee houses.
Coffee was great but sadly my millefeuille was a little dry and a tad overpriced for what it was. If cakes seemed a little fresher I'd go for 5 stars.
I think I'd love to go back here for a coffee now and again just to enjoy the atmosphere - anywhere that plays Ella Fitzgerald gets my vote.
Can't beat the atmosphere.
This place has some of the best decor I've seen in a long time. it looks like some kind of trippy antique shop/truck stop/bordello. I came in with my laptop one rainy afternoon to get some work done. Ordered a latte and then some red wine, with a spanakopita. The latter was a little dry, but the wine and coffee were really nice. I want to come back and try one of those huge pastries.
By far the best place to have a coffee in East London. The owners have dedicated so much attention to detail that you can't help but be impressed.
Upstairs is my favourite place for meetings in Shoreditch. So relaxing and so comfortable.
It's a must see.
I am going to buck the trend here and say I wasn't that impressed by the Bridge. I have been wanting to come in here for a while having passed it on numerous occasions on the way to or from Vietnamese food on Kingsland Road. From the outside you can see a cool bar with lots of coffee paraphernalia. I went in recently with a old friend visiting London. The downstairs looked nice, but we were given a pretty hard time when we tried to sit at the bar. We were told it was OK, but really they would much prefer us to sit upstairs. The staff then made it impossible to sit at the bar by continually putting dirty dishes from upstairs in front of us (OK so we really can't sit there say so at the start, and perhaps don't put chairs there). We went upstairs, and it was amazingly tripped out in a faux Art Deco/17th C coffee house sort of way. I have to say at first I was pretty impressed, but over time it sort of annoyed me. The paintings that covered every wall were, when you looked at them, pretty ugly and cheap looking, and the lamps while nice-ish, were not real art deco, but just sort of fake imitations. OK you say, what's the problem with all that? But I think it was the fakeness of it all that annoyed me. I felt like I was in some sort of themed coffee shop ; nothing that reflected the owners own feelings, but just something that was there to impress. It just sort of felt a bit like a weird Disneyland coffee experience. And perhaps just as importantly I found the coffee a little burnt, and over priced.
Great decor, especially the room upstairs which is regularly packed with hipsters making loose plans for world domination. Worth the pricey coffee for the quality eaves-dropping if not the decor.
the staff was friendly and the interior was nice but the coffee wasn't good, the cake was stale and it was very overpriced (£9 for two double espresso and one little portuguese custard cake)
it's very shoreditch: phony and expensive
went there yesterday. asked for two glasses of wine. recognised the bottle as exactly the same type that you can buy for two bottles for a fiver in nearly any stoke newington or dalston off licence. sometimes even three bottles for a fiver. and the price for small two glasses here ? nine pounds !
A unique and quirky place, good to take friends to if you feel like going somewhere a little different. However, the staff are rude. An old man that works behind the counter got angry at my girlfriend when she mentioned that he'd made her tea wrong and politely asked if he could replace it. He replaced it but continually told us we were out of order, shaking his head at us and saying that because of us he'd wasted a tea bag. When we left he piped up and started getting angry again, telling us how bad we were (apparently for asking for our tea to be made correctly). Weird.
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