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ScooterCaffe is a cosy cafe and bar which is tucked away down a side street in Waterloo. The owner, a specialist in vintage scooters and a collector of antique coffee machines, pulls a unique blend of locally roasted beans from his 1957 Faema, to make one of the smoothest cups in town. As well as home made cakes, cocktails and beverages from across Europe, the bar also features weekly live music in the basement.

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Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 08:30-23:00
Fri-Sat 10:00-12:00

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By S L.

Great, atmospheric venue full of bots of old tat, but the service wasn't great. Loudy, mouthy woman who served me was effing and blinding the whole time to her mate, and when I returned my tea (she'd given me completely the wrong one) she tossed the whole pot contemptuously into a sink and said (quite rudely) "I'm sure it wasn't wrong, although to be fair, I am very drunk..." and did me another one without a word of apology. This was in the middle of the afternoon. Can't say I'll be rushing back...

By K.

I went to Scootercafe after reading a rave review about their hot chocolate (the Italian melted chocolate - not this watery English stuff). Nice intimate venue - would suit like a party of 2 - 4 maximum as it is small. I was disappointed to be told that they'd run out of the brown hot chocolate and only had white chocolate (which tasted suspiciously like custard). Nevertheless, I tried again 2 weeks later, and they still didn't have any of the chocolate I wanted. Either, I am very unlucky, or the hot chocolate is really popular or the managers better start rethinking their purchasing policy and get some more hot chocolate in. Oh, was told by a customer that you can also take your own sandwiches, as long as you buy their drinks they are ok with it

By Tony G.

A very cool but random bar filled with scooters and cats (real ones!). Not a large bar but filled with small tables so makes for a nice place to have a few drinks with some friends. We had no problem getting a table late on a Friday night but it was busy enough not to feel dead.

By B H.

TERRIBLE customer service!!“Waitress” did not even look up to give change while having private conversation with friend.

There was no thank-you and no good bye, despite being the only paying customers in the café !!!

Come on! -Its just the basics in human politeness.

I urge people to spend their money elsewhere, perhaps in a café that appreciates their customer.


It’s quite true that some things get better with age and with its timeless appeal, Scooter Works Café, aka ScooterCaffe, is very much a proof in point.

The Venue
Tucked away in a world of its own, Scooter Works has no peers to speak of around its base on Lower Marsh Street in Waterloo. From the outside it may look like a simple café, albeit one with a rather dashing striped awning, but within there’s not a single quiet corner. Both highly stylized, yet unpretentious, the café does a good job of arranging various odds and sods into one cohesive look – the crooked, mismatched tables, salvaged trinkets and strung-out mass of fairy lights do their best to divert attention from what birthed this café – the Vespa scooter. Originally existing as a workshop for the repair of scooters, the cafe has evolved over the years to outgrow the original business and take over the space. The presence of the hip two-wheeler is still felt throughout though, and this just adds to what is simply one of London’s coolest places.

The Atmosphere
Stay upstairs for the coffee shop crowd and the wandering house cats that lend the café a sweet line in homely integrity. Conversation overlaps with the sounds of blues, polka and Billie Holiday as a mature crowd schmooze to the music. Below you’ll find further seating but, more importantly, an area that hosts live music, art shows, spoken word and cinema that reinforces the art-house coffee shop credentials.

The Drink
There is no food at the ScooterCaffé but you’re welcome to bring your own. The counter doubles as an espresso bar and spirit rack, although it’s the vintage coffee makers that grab your attention. If you’re after a good flat white you won’t find many better south of the river. Alcoholic consumption steps up in the evenings when it feels more like a bar and there’s a small range of wine, bottled beers and premium spirits.

The Last Word
ScooterCaffe is an unassuming pleasure, which makes it difficult not to spew out hyperbole about it, so we’ll end by saying you’ll really like it.

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