The other day, I discovered a gorgeous little cafe which is right up Miss Immy's street. It's the Scooter Caffè in SE1, which is so close to Waterloo station, you can skip there before you can say Chattanooga Choo Choo. Far too quirky and cool to have a website, Scooter Caffè is a real find, frequented by locals and those in the know. It used to be a scooter and moped workshop which had a couple of tables and chairs where you could enjoy a coffee. But the workshop has now relocated to Bermondsey, whilst the coffee aspect has evolved into a fully fledged cafe, whilst retaining lots of its scooter, moped and Vespa-infused charm. The staff are really friendly, the decor is fun, the cakes are awesome and there are 3 resident cats. What's not to like!
Scooter Caffè is located down the far end of Lower Marsh which is like a mini village with everything you could possibly need including a laundrette; chemist; bookies; hardware shop; Chinese takeaway; bookshop and a baker. There's also Greensmith's, a lovely deli & wine shop, as well as Trussons menswear shop which looks like it's been there since the 1970's. There's also a great little Italian and a Cuban restaurant. And not one, but two excellent vintage shops - Radio Days and What The Butler Wore. For a culture fix, The Old Vic theatre is a stone's throw away.
All kinds of people go to Scooter Caffè whether they're creative types discussing work over a beer; friends gossiping over a glass of wine; lovers sharing one cake (two forks), or loners escaping with a good book and a double chocamochalattecino. As well as serving splendid tea and coffee, there's a well stocked bar, but they don't actually serve food - the amazing thing being that you can bring your own, on the basis that you're polite enough to take your rubbish away with you, which is more than fair enough. But if it's cakes you're after, then I defy you not to give in to a slice of magnificent red velvet cheesecake or a homemade custard tart. To add to the nostalgia vibe, they sell proper Coca Cola in glass bottles, as well as good old fashioned Tunnock's teacakes with the gooey marshmallow middle.
I can see that Scooter Caffè is going to become a firm favourite of mine, a great place to take friends for tea or wine. Or perhaps settle in for an afternoon where tea time merges into wine time... It's the kind of place which needs to be kept a secret, so make sure you only share it with people you really like! Oh and they don't fix scooters any more.
132 Lower Marsh
020 7620 1421
Email: email@example.com(2 mins from Waterloo station)
Opens: 8.30am weekdays and 10am Sat/Sun
Closes: 11pm Mon - Thur & Sun and 1am on Fri/Sat