Bethnal Green’s Gallery Café is a world in one place: you can grab the perfect coffee and vegan meal, see an exhibit from up and coming artists, join a book club or catch a film screening. One of the oldest projects of St. Margaret’s House, the Café directs its proceeds to the cultural initiatives and charity projects of this quaint East London community.
The menu comes stocked with mouthwatering and affordable vegan options. Breakfast is a particular occasion, with crisp potato pancakes and vegan burgers drawing local crowds on the weekends. Pair your meal with a smooth turmeric latte, homemade hot chocolate or energy-boosting mixed juice. Gluten free options are available for all seasonal specials—and not a single item on the coffee or specialty drink menu exceeds £3.
With an excellent outdoor garden and cosy interior, you can bring friends or take advantage of the speedy wifi and work quietly on your laptop. The atmosphere is warm and unpretentious, surrounded by friendly staff and the bustle of regular visitors.
There is no shortage of evening activities. Throughout September you will find free open mic nights, book and cinema club meetings, and a filmmaker showcase. You can also discover jamming blues nights and film screenings for £5. Check the events calendar here.
The Gallery Café is unique among area coffee shops in its morning-to-night activity and charitable mission. Every element of its operations is carefully thought out. You might even come across its Hackney-brewed cider, Urban Orchard, made entirely from the apples of local gardens. The eco-friendly, quirky community spirit is hard not to love.
Drop by to enjoy this gem any day of the week at 21 Old Ford Road, a stone’s throw from Bethnal Green tube station.
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