Chipboard signs, chalkboard menus and an open-plan layout; London Velo is a snapshot of Shoreditch transplanted to Deptford High Street.
Step inside and you’re greeted by the smell of roast Union Coffee, more wheels than you can count and a bike workshop. Then there’s adorable French Bulldog Maurice.
But aren’t themed-cafes something that’s been done to death with the likes of cereals, cats and porridge?
Owners Steve McMillan and Sophie Segal say different.
“On the bike side we were never trying to offer to the hardcore cyclist, we wanted to make it more approachable,” said Steve. “We are fixing and selling bikes to rally round town on and, on the cafe side, we offer nice coffee, simple food and a nice atmosphere.
“The bike cafe made for a nice idea – but I didn’t know anything about coffee, apart from the fact I drink it.”
The soon-to-be-married couple recently relocated to St John’s, meaning the High Street is at the heart of their new patch. They were inspired to open the cafe by their own pastimes.
“We were going on what we would usually do with our spare time, so looking for somewhere to have a nice coffee and mooch about and we felt Deptford was ready for something like that,” said Sophie.
“It’s been great – the locals have related to it. People care we are local and they care we are independent.
“The space really excited us too as it was a blank canvas.”
London Velo’s garden has recently opened, offering a space to stash bikes while dining. It will play host to a variety of evening events, with a reggae Jamaican food night kicking off the action last weekend.
So what else is on offer?
On the food and drink side:
The current big sellers are brownies and the Middle East-inspired LV Bagel crammed with an omelette, avocado, tomatoes and hummous, with some regulars coming back daily for salads.
The dish that caught our eye was a special of herbed bulgar wheat and nuts, alongside a flat white.
There are also a number of smoothies on offer including protein, detox, banana and summer berries.
For the alcohol lovers, the latter takes on a new life as the Island Berry cocktail with the addition of vodka – a bargain at £10 for two during Happy Hour.
On the cycling side:
Customisation options include pedals, handlebars, seats and gears, while a whole pink and white London Velo bike will set you back £250.
These are also available to hire for £20 a day, including helmet and lock, and the fee is knocked off the purchase price if you decide to buy. London Velo racing shirts are also available in pink.
Prices for repairs vary but walk-ins are welcome as well as bookings for services and repairs.