a coffee at scooter caffe | london.

scooter caffe lower marsh
scooter caffe lower marsh
Weirdly, one of the things I miss about living in Holland is that there always seemed to be cats in bars. Two of my regular haunts in Leiden both had resident cats that would ignore you no matter how much you tried to give them some love. This doesn’t seem to happen as much in London. It’s a real shame when you live on a busy road that can’t justify having a cat and have a landlord that won’t allow cats but you still realllllly want one. So when you do find a place in London that has not one, but three resident cats, you know it’s probably going to be a pretty special place.
Scooter Cafe on Waterloo’s Lower Marsh is that place. It’s one of those places that doesn’t have a website, that you only find by randomly walking past one day when you’re already in search of a coffee. A happy coincidence.
scooter caffe lower marsh
scooter caffe lower marsh

Scooter Caffe

The decor of this place means it almost feels a little odd hidden away on a street in Waterloo. Bear with me but it seems like it would make more sense to be somewhere which is too cool for me. Like Shoreditch. But Scooter has a history on Lower Marsh which means it makes more sense than you think. It used to be a scooter workshop where Vespa owners over time have grabbed a coffee whilst they waited for their scooter to be fixed. Now the workshop has moved to Bermondsey and just the coffee remains. Personally, I really loved that small glint of history. It’s something you definitely don’t get when you head to your local chain coffee shop.

It should be mentioned that they do have an antique coffee machine, which means that sometimes you might have to wait for the hot water to heat up. This is not a place if you’re in a hurry. This is a place for a long, drawn out morning coffee when you have time to spare. I would not want to be rushing in here on my way to work in need of my caffeine fix.

scooter caffe lower marsh
scooter caffe lower marsh

 The drinks

I ordered a mocha and was warned that it was served Italian style and that it would be thick. They weren’t joking. This has to have been the thickest and the sweetest mocha I have ever had in my life. Definitely not an every day drink unless I want to end up the size of a house. A massive treat for a slow Saturday afternoon! They also have a small selection of cakes on offer. When I was there it was ginger cake for the day, but my mocha was already sweet enough. I don’t think I could have handled anymore.

Scooter Caffe also doubles up as a bar, you can grab a wide selection of beers and a small selection of cocktails too.

scooter caffe lower marsh

The negative

The only downside of Scooter is that it’s probably not the cleanest place in the world. I’m sure it passes its hygiene tests otherwise it wouldn’t be open. Let’s just say that it takes shabby chic to another level. You can always stick to the outside terrace if it’s something you’re super bothered about. It almost feels mean complaining about it, so forgive me. Even though I think it’s something that put me off a bit, it would take away from the charm of the café were it to look smarter. Then it would just be like many other cafes in London.

Would I be back?

Probably. I really loved the mocha I had. I can’t think of anywhere else in London that does a drink like that. Also, cats. Cats in cafes. I’ll always go back to a place with cats.

Having said that, I’m always on the look out for any other recommendations of odd places to grab a coffee in London. Hit me up!

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