Saturday 8 March 2014

Cadence, Anerley Hill, South London

Carefully positioned on the route Sunday cyclists take back into London at the top of gruelling Anerley Hill, Cadence is a cafe-cum-workshop-cum-bike retailer. Dedicated to all things cycling, this pit stop pulls in bands of lycra-clad two wheel aficionados. The noisy television might be showing highlights from the Tour de France or you can watch a mechanic aligning a wheel while you sip on a pricey, but creamy, coffee. The cafe has a good selection of cakes, including large slabs of moist flapjack. As you'd expect, there is plenty of dedicated bike parking and you can borrow a lock. But the outside tables don't catch the sun in the morning and you might not feel comfortable arriving on a £100 bike from Halfords in your jeans. 7/10