Central Street Cafe

A cracking all-rounder of a cafe, offering good food, decent coffee... and one of the best rooftop terraces around. All profits go towards providing subsidised meals for elderly Islingtonians

Bisecting the beaten path of Old Street and City Road, this social enterprise cafe is great for those looking for something a little less hipster. It’s a bright space with high ceilings, large windows and ample seating, complemented by a little-known roof terrace – a must for the summer months. The large breakfast and lunch menus makes this a good option whatever your budget (insert usual London caveat here) or dietary requirements. There’s melts and vegan soups for under £4, freshly made frittatas, a wide selection of salads and a hearty vegan or meat hotpot for those with large appetites. Worth a visit for a weekend brunch, too. For more food choices, check out the weekday and weekend menus.

Plenty of plug sockets and spacious tables will delight freelancers, although a word of warning: the wifi can be a little temperamental.


The Impact

Central Street Cafe is part of St Luke Trust – a charity and community centre striving to improve the lives of residents who live in and around South Islington by offering a safe and inclusive space. All profits from the cafe go towards covering costs of providing over 11,500 (2015 figure) tasty, healthy and high-quality meals for elderly Islingtonians each year. The cafe also ethically sources its food, using organic and fair trade products wherever possible and pays its staff at least the London Living Wage

Here’s what they said

We are a warm and friendly café just off Old Street, the epicentre of London’s creative tech industry. Serving tasty, healthy food and expertly-roasted coffee, we are open all day for breakfast and lunch, brunch on the weekends, and offer takeaway for everything in between. With free WiFi and plenty of space to recharge your batteries, Central Street Café is a welcome addition to the area. During the warmer months, our sunny roof terrace offers a relaxing escape with friends and family to enjoy drinks and sharing platters as the city bustles below. You can also hire our Cafe or roof terrace for events – please contact us for more information.

With an annual target of over £78k profit, every pound you spend with us goes towards this essential work in the local community. In addition, we aim to serve food that is ethically-sourced, organic and fair-trade whenever possible – and all our staff are paid London Living Wage or more.