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  • Velopresso

    Posted 31.07.2014 in

    Velopresso Velopresso

    We've collaborated with Velopresso to provide Look mum no hands! bike powered coffee throughout the summer.

    The coffee vending trike can serve espresso on the city streets and we're parked up at Covent Garden from 10 - 6pm everyday. Drop down to enjoy a coffee from a unique pedal-driven grinder with a robust gas-fired lever espresso machine. It's compact footprint and near-silent, low carbon operation means fine coffee, no electricity, no motors, and no noise.

    Find out more here:

    Photos: Amos & Mentsen

  • Mare Street Supper Menu

    Posted 10.07.2014 in

    Mare Street Supper Menu Mare Street Supper Menu

    We're launching a new evening menu at LMNH Mare Street.

    From Wednesday - Saturday you can enjoy sticky tamarind chicken wings, our BBLT (Beef, bacon, lettuce and tomato) burger, Kimchi-laka fried rice or a burratina salad with toasted breadcrumbs, caramelised peach & thai basil. Our Italian head chef Andrea will be serving up supper from 4 - 9pm.

    To celebrate we're got a Burger & Beer special - our BBLT burger with a pint Beavertown beer for £12.

    It's launching this week so swing by and have a taste.

    125 - 127 Mare Street, E8 3RH
    Wednesday - Saturday 16.00 – 21.00
    TEL: 07985 200 472

  • The Italian Dinner Pop-up

    Posted 12.06.2014 in

    The Italian Dinner Pop-up The Italian Dinner Pop-up

    The Italian duo are back. Join Head chef Andrea P.Rubbio & his cooking partner in crime HollyF*caccia for another sell out Italian Dinner pop-up.

    Places are snapping up for their Pop-up on Saturday 21st June at Mare Street. These monthly events start at 7pm with dinner served from 8pm.
    The menu consists of a surprise four course meal, with a traditional Italian aperitivo, nibbles and Italian cocktails (spritz, negroni, sbagliato).

    Donations are from £35. Places are limited so book ASAP.
    The chefs are more than happy to cater for vegetarians just let them know the numbers in advance.

    More info and to book email:

  • DIY Panzanella Salad

    Posted 13.05.2014 in

    DIY Panzanella Salad DIY Panzanella Salad

    Everyday throughout the Giro d’Italia from Friday 9th May until Sunday 1st June, our Italian head chef Andrea P. Rubbio will be cooking a themed 'Giro Special' everyday of the race for lunch and dinner at Mare Street.

    Come watch the Giro live at one of the best cycling cafe’s in London at Old Street or enjoy regional, seasonal Italian food at our branch on Mare Street.

    While Andrea has a day off, we wanted to share his DIY Panzanella Salad:

    "The first time I heard about Panzanella salad was when I started to work at the Pumphouse in Angel, sharing with a very good friend/chef/collaborator and creator of the interesting food blog Holyfocaccia (
    He was talking about this bread salad made up with vine tomatoes, red onions, peppers, cucumber and typical italian dressing and I was looking to do a juicy salad to put in my summer menu.
    What I was looking was to twist the dish, my collaboration with Ottolenghi head chef was very helpfull for this and my menu budget more than other things!
    So I decided to go to Borough Market in South London and visit my special veg suppliers, and I found instantly what I was searching…

    These bunches of heritage tomatoes were basically giving to me the inspiration to do something new to a very traditional italian tomato based salad.
    The only thing I knew that the main ingredient was the bread, socked….So I did all my prep, cut the veg, prepared the dressing and put the bread in the oven, perfect.

    I had so many customers in that moment and I stupidly forgot my bread in the oven, I took it out….I was scared that the diced ciabatta was to hard and I instantly put some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to try to sock it or I don t know…the result was a bunch of chunky and delicious squares of bread that was reminding me giant Italian crostini that I use to eat when I was in Reggio Emilia during school time (when i wasn't going at school and getting drunk).
    Anyway, my boss was coming in a minute and he was very anxious to try my new dishes. I put everything in a big bowl and eccolo!

    1kg kg heritage tomatoes (in italy try to ask to someone that work at the mercato ortofrutticolo and ask for mixed tomatoes of different colours or just use red tomatoes, is fine!)
    500g red onions
    1 1/2 cucumber
    Focaccia bread to toast in the oven for 20 min at 150 degrees seasoned with salt, pepper, dried oregano.
    Fresh oregano
    Thai basil
    Mixed peppers x 3
    Salt, pepper, sumac,
    You can add cheese to give more taste, I recommend parmigiano, reggiano, or buffalo mozzarella.


    More photos and recipes on Andreas blog:

  • Daily Giro Special

    Posted 07.05.2014 in

    Daily Giro Special Daily Giro Special

    Everyday throughout the Giro d’Italia starting on the Friday 9th May until Sunday 1st June, our Italian head chef Andrea P. Rubbio will be cooking a themed 'Giro Special' everyday of the race for lunch and dinner at Mare Street. Inspired by various aspects of the tour from the regions the team cycle through, the riders, local towns, good cycle grub or simple seasonal classic Italian dishes to enjoy as you watch the tour.

    “I’m Andrea, the head chef at Look mum no hands! I was born in Siracusa and I’m half British, half Italian. My passion of food began when I was a kid, spending my childhood in my fathers restaurant kitchens. I began cooking for my friends when I was a teenager and that’s how my career started. Working for various Italian restaurants in Italy, I relocated to London to work as the head chef for Hurwundeki, a South Korean restaurant in Hackney. Then, after my training with the head chef from Nopi, a Yotam Ottolenghi Restaurant near Regent Street, I learnt about middle eastern cuisine and discovered my passion for twisting classic Italian with food from all over the world. I am always experimenting and inventing new dishes to surprise my customers.”

    On rest days our Manager and beer aficionado Christian Campbell will be showcasing imported Italian beers to enjoy in the cafe.

    Come watch the Giro live at one of the best cycling cafe’s in London at Old Street or enjoy regional, seasonal Italian food at our branch on Mare Street.

    To celebrate the end of the Giro, Head chef Andrea P.Rubbio & his cooking partner in crime HollyF*caccia will host an Italian Dinner Pop Up on Saturday 31st May from 7pm. The menu is a surprise 4 course meal, with a traditional Italian aperitivo, nibbles and Italian cocktails (spritz, negroni, sbagliato). We’re also screening ‘Totò al giro d'Italia’ (1948), an Italian comedy about the Giro directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Totò, an Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer, singer and songwriter.

    Watch the LMNH twitter, instagram and facebook for daily updates on the specials to enjoy from midday to 8pm at night.

    Visit Andrea's blog for photos and recipes:

    instagram: 1ookmumnohands
    twitter: @1ookmumnohands
    facebook: look mum no hands
    pinterest: 1ookmumnohands

  • Bike maintenance courses at LMNH

    Posted 04.12.2012 in

    Bike maintenance courses at LMNH

    Book your course here:

  • Bike maintenance course at the cafe

    Posted 10.09.2012 in

    Bike maintenance course at the cafe


    INCLUDES FREE TOOL KIT (Pedros multi tool, tyre levers & repair kit) AND COFFEE

    The course is held at Look mum no hands, 49 Old St. 10am - 4pm

    Book here

    Please email digger[at] for more info.

  • La Vuelta - live every afternoon

    Posted 03.09.2012 in

    La Vuelta - live every afternoon

    Enjoy live coverage every afternoon.

  • Eritrean National Cycling Team, Photographs of Emmanuel Benoit.

    Posted 29.02.2012 in

    Eritrean National Cycling Team, Photographs of Emmanuel Benoit. Eritrean National Cycling Team, Photographs of Emmanuel Benoit.

    An exhibition of Emmanuel Benoit's portrait photographs, from the Eritrean national cycling team series, to be held from 1st March to mid-April at "Look Mum No Hands!" 49 Old Street, London.

    I travelled for a long time around the Horn of Africa before I began my adventures in Eritrea in February 2010.

    Eritrea is a country with 4 million inhabitants, situated between Sudan in the West, Ethiopia and Djibouti in the South, and the Red Sea in the East.

    The story that follows, an extract from my travel journal, is a testimony of a beautiful encounter. On this occasion, to be able to share the images there and then with the Eritrean sportsmen, I found it necessary to use Polaroid.

    « Early in the morning in Hotel Luna of Massawa, cyclists are having breakfast. They are accompanied by their coach Salomon Samson, as well as their technical assistant Hadi Barhi. We exchange glances and I ask them if they would allow me to take their portraits before they start the training.

    They are all part of the national Eritrean cycling team, comprising of 25 cyclists in total. These 9 particular cyclists are following an intensive training program for one week, after which 7 of them are going to be chosen to take part in the Tour of Libya from 13th to 17th March - a journey of more than 600 kilometres. Salomon tells me that considering the topography of Eritrea (the capital Asmara is more than 2500m above the sea level where Massawa is), they are very good climbers but might find it a challenge to race in Libya due to the terrain being so flat.

    They are all between 23 and 25 years of age.

    Shooting takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, and everyone takes the photographic session very seriously. When the time comes for me to catch my bus to Asmara, I realise that I haven’t asked for their permission to use the images. Back in the hotel I prepare the documents they need to sign for me, and we all have lunch together. They have just finished an 80 kilometres cycle, so they eat a huge amount of pasta followed by fish. There is no amphetamine available to dope the sportsmen. I grab a cup of tea with Salomon and catch my bus to Asmara ».

  • Urban countryside

    Posted 15.02.2012 in

    Urban countryside Urban countryside

    Rory is doing something mental in the yard............

    The countryside in London is dying out. The sparse remaining pockets left of the original land that existed before the city expanded are becoming fewer each year, and this is not good. It’s not good for the environment and it’s not good for our sanity.
    This installation will aim to simulate this tranquillity in a busy urban environment, and give visitors a moments peace and seclusion from the sonorous grind of the bustling metropolis.
    More to come..

  • Wake up to muff!

    Posted 09.01.2012 in

    Wake up to muff!

    Tibbs made a film about his Sunday morning muffin baking antics. Some of it is filmed in the cafe. If you missed it at the BFF you can now see it here.

  • Graeme Obree book launch

    Posted 05.01.2012 in

    Graeme Obree book launch

    Join us from 6pm. Cycling legend Graeme Obree talks to Jack Thurston about his new book.

  • The look mum no hands! Christmas party

    Posted 18.11.2011 in

    The look mum no hands! Christmas party

    Come and join us on Friday the 16th of December

  • Hackney GT Launch Party

    Posted 09.11.2011 in

    Hackney GT Launch Party

    Launch of a debut collection of cycling attire and bespoke cyclocross frames with live music. This should be wicked. Eri Okan play Brazilian Afrobloco live with support from DJ 1TA Part2style (Japan)

  • Nicky fatback’s sellin his vinyl

    Posted 23.09.2011 in

    Nicky fatback’s sellin his vinyl


    All my life, I’ve had an addiction. I admit it. For almost all my life, I’ve become dependant, quiveringly enslaved, a slack-jawed junkie.

    The black-black. Mama Gumbo. The 12 inch Nefertiti. The dark circle of Sirocco.

    Of course at a molecular level it was just plain old alcohol. Ethyl alcohol. CH2. You might have heard of it as VINYL. Or the circle of Sirecco if you’re from round there.

    My very first hit was back in 1982, Thriller, the cover depicting a young Michael Jackson with a baby Bengal tiger. Little did I know, that once fully grown, what a danger to small boys that little tiger would become. Not to mention Michael Jackson being a peadophile and that.

    Soon my addiction grew and grew. Hip-hop, soul, funk, jungle, garage, R’n’B, until my vinyl even outnumbered my oven-shrunken monster munch packet collection.

    But now I have decided that enough is enough. The fridge is full of 2-step. I can’t use my bath because of James Brown & the JBs. I can hardly sleep for block-rocking beats beneath my bed.

    So the time has come to go cold turkey. I’m saying goodbye to the vinyl. I’d love for you to come and pay your respects and perhaps take one home for your spice cupboard.

    Join me at Look Mum No Hands on Sunday November 6th I’ll be there all day, playing vinyl from my past and crying.

  • Tour of Britain after party. This Sunday 8pm

    Posted 15.09.2011 in

    Tour of Britain after party. This Sunday 8pm

    Sigma sport Specialized host this apres-race bash where the riders will be swapping gels for Slags (our house Belgian lager)

  • Monsters collective exhibition Sat 3rd - 16th September

    Posted 05.09.2011 in

    Monsters collective exhibition Sat 3rd - 16th September Monsters collective exhibition Sat 3rd - 16th September

    Monsters Illustration Collective is peddling artwork and prints at the fabulous bicycle cafe-bar 'Look Mum No Hands!' between the 4th and 16th of September.
    We are having a Private View on Thursday 8th September from 6 -10 pm.
    All work will be for sale and most of it can be bought framed or as limited edition prints.
    With prices from £20....... even illustrators can afford them.
    Come and join us for this Monsters special event.

  • Quarterre - Furniture For Bikes. Part of the London Design Festival

    Posted 30.08.2011 in

    Quarterre - Furniture For Bikes. Part of the London Design Festival

    From September 19 to 25, three sculptural bike storage solutions are to be exhibited; Branchline, Shadow and Hood. Designed to support everyday life on two wheels, these premium pieces unite cycling culture with interior design.

    The four Quarterre designers hail from multi-disciplinary backgrounds including automotive design. Driven by personal passions for cycling, the designers sought to address the challenges of owning a bike in an urban environment. Applying their technical expertise and knowledge of materials to bike storage, Quarterre has crafted this range of sculptural stands with a meticulous and measured eye. Rather than bikes creating assault courses in hallways, being relegated to the shed or the office back room, Quarterre's range of stands are effective and highly aesthetic storage solutions designed to seamlessly and elegantly integrate cycling with work or home environments.

    Made exclusively in the UK using the highest quality materials and hand-finished with leather detailing, craftsmanship lies at the heart of this collection.

    Made of folded steel, Hood is wall-mounted creating an architecturally faceted hook for hanging your bike.

    Branchline is designed to adapt and grow alongside the owner's life and needs. The stand provides vertical storage for up to two bikes on two sets of adjustable arms and can adapt to a variety of frame shapes. The piece can stand independently against or be secured to the wall and is available in a clean laminate finish or sustainably sourced bamboo.

    Freestanding Shadow is sculpted from a single sheet of folded steel. Shadow's cantilevered form can accommodate most wheel sizes and the bike can be easily rolled into position.

    Furniture For Bikes combine stylish forms with function and simplicity with structural elegance. The streamlined shapes, architectural lines and quality of the pieces act as an impressive foil for a much-valued bike within the home or work place.

    Please contact us at for any enquiries.

  • Hackney’s cycling cultures: ‘Bike Portraits’ photographic exhibition

    Posted 29.07.2011 in

    Hackney’s cycling cultures: ‘Bike Portraits’ photographic exhibition

    Bike Portraits is a exhibition by Kat Jungnickel that presents some of the rich and diverse cycling cultures of Hackney.

    The private view takes place on Saturday 30 July with a bike ride between the five venues

    25 portraits of people with their bicycles were taken in and around Hackney over the last year. Inspired by David Hockney's collages and comprised of up to 60 images, each portrait has a unique shape that emerges in the making. Left deliberately messy with jagged edges, exaggerated horizons and absurd architectures, they go someway to point to the nature of the personal, sensory and multi-dimensional experience of cycling. Kat also places herself in the images, thereby pointing to the collaborative and social nature of the work and contributing to the messy dynamic.

    Cycling rates are growing across the UK and Hackney has seen the biggest increase in cycling of any of the London boroughs in recent years. Bike Portraits is part of a University of East London Sociology research project that focuses on Hackney and three other UK cities with relatively high cycling rates to find out why cycling thrives in some places. The research is ongoing with results expected at the end of the year. See

    In addition to LMNH, the exhibition is on display in 4 other bike shops and cafes in and around Hackney: Two Wheels Good (165 Stoke Newington Church Street), Push Cycles (35c Newington Green), London Fields Cycles (281 Mare Street) and Lock 7 (129 Pritchard's Road).

    The private view takes place on Saturday 30 July with a bike ride between the five venues. Contact Kat on to join in.

  • Giro d’Italia 2011

    Posted 29.04.2011 in

    Giro d’Italia 2011

    It's the Giro! and we're going pink. We've got loads of stuff going on for the Giro. We will of course be screening all of the racing live on the screen during the day and replaying the highlights in the evening. We'll have a selection of very nice Italian bikes on show around the cafe, an exhibition of Giro inspired work by Jeff Parr inside the cafe and Rouleur Giro prints on display in the yard. We also have the launch of John Foot's book 'Pedalare' - a history of Italian cycling happening on the 5th. Check out the calendar for full details of all events.

  • FREE BEER! Find yourself in this photo and claim a beer at LMNH.

    Posted 01.03.2011 in

    FREE BEER! Find yourself in this photo and claim a beer at LMNH.

    Click here to see it full size and check out some of the racing we'll be showing on the screen

  • Film screening “The Test Ride”  7pm Wed 23rd February

    Posted 17.02.2011 in

    Film screening “The Test Ride”  7pm Wed 23rd February

    7pm Wed 23rd February
    Two tragically single 24-year-olds cycle across Morocco in a quest to learn about marriage and relationships. This 30-minute film is a pilot episode for George and Tom's documentary adventure to Cape Town (via Southern Russia) in 2011.

  • Rollapaluza London Winter League Finale

    Posted 01.02.2011 in

    Rollapaluza London Winter League Finale

    Tue, 15 February, 18:00 – 23:00

    It's a fiver to race or spectate.. Last event of the popular winter league, newcomers to Rollapaluza always welcome. Prizes from Condor Cycles!

  • The Ride journal issue 5 launch

    Posted 12.01.2011 in

    The Ride journal issue 5 launch

    Thursday 27th January. The Ride is wicked and so was their last party here. BEER, BIKES and not just BLOKES.

  • Knitting SOS Sunday 9th 11am

    Posted 04.01.2011 in

    Knitting SOS Sunday 9th 11am

    We love knitters and we are proud to host Aneeta Patel's drop-in knitting workshops.

    Sunday 9th January 2011, 11am-1pm and every second Sunday of the month.

    Knitting SOS - the REAL Fourth Emergency Service!
    "I created Knitting SOS in 2005 as a free service for knitters in need of emergency advice. I feel strongly that sometimes a knitter will need a bit of advice to keep them going and I was keen to provide this as a free service rather than have knitters get 'stuck' and stop knitting for want of a little boost... so take advantage of over 30 years of knitting experience!"

    Knitting SOS hotline: 07940 850 458
    Knitting SOS email:
    Knitting SOS monthly workshop: details below

  • Christmas opening hours

    Posted 19.12.2010 in

    We will be closing late afternoon on Christmas eve and re-opening on the 2nd of January. We hope you all have a great Christmas and New year.

  • The Vuelta Live Daily on the screen

    Posted 31.08.2010 in

    The Vuelta Live Daily on the screen

    The Vuelta is live on the big screen and repeated at 7pm everyday

  • The Tour is here

    Posted 04.06.2010 in

    We're all wetting ourselves with excitement at the moment. The Tour arrives tomorrow and there's loads going on. Here's some of the stuff that's happening over the next few weeks:

    The Tour on the BIG screen
    It starts this Saturday and we will be showing all The Tour coverage live without exception. We'll also be repeating the highlights later in the day so that you can come and catch them after work with friends and a beer.

    Prologue Sizzle in the yard - this Saturday, 3rd
    Northfield farm make brilliant organic sausages. They're making a special Tour De France sausage just for us. We'll be serving these up on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the start of the tour.

    The Bike Jumble - this Sunday, 4th
    The bike jumble is now on the first Sunday of every month at 11am. It's free to sell and there's no need to book. We will of course be showing Stage 1 of the tour live too.

    Condor & Mavic Raffle draw – Sunday, 11th
    We will be hosting the raffle draw on the 11th July. There are some brilliant prizes. Tickets on sale at Condor early next week.

    Bastille day – Wednesday, 14th
    Free stuff for beret wearing people, home cooked Cassoulet, French beer and Belleville Rendez-Vous on the screen in the evening.

    Film Night – Wednesday, 21st
    We like film nights. It will be something special and tour related with popcorn and 4 Slags for a tenner (our house beer).