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The Bridge

Coffee Shop, Deli / Bodega, and Argentinian Restaurant££££
Hackney, Shoreditch
  • Kim P.
    "Really unique little spot with dope espresso martinis 👌🏽"(5 Tips)
    Lea D.
    "fabulously eclectic upstairs sitting room"(2 Tips)
    "Perfect for a chilled out night cap."(2 Tips)
    Elsie L.
    "£5 hot chocolate, £6 bottle Red Stripe, £7 bottle Bulmer."(2 Tips)
68 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso martini
  • good for dates
  • cozy
  • good for a late night
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  • Sevda
    SevdaAugust 2, 2013
    Kind a place i would t share with anyone to get difficulty finding seats after :) but, wouldnt be fair not to talk also. Delicious Food, friendly staff, music, decoration..loved it
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 10, 2012
    Sit here with a coffee or grab a beer from the Coca Cola Smeg fridge (or a shot of Ouzo). There’s a TV in the corner, old jazz music playing and a lack of light from the outdoor world... Read more
  • Rhys B.
    Rhys BearderNovember 14, 2014
    Campest coffee shop in the world. Coffee isn't great, but the spinach pastry thingies are. Okay selection of beers too. Bring cash!
  • Lea D.
    Lea DesplacesMarch 18, 2013
    Great discovery! The fabulously eclectic upstairs sitting room is enough to come here for. Friendly staff and great coffee is an added bonus!
  • David H.
    David HodgkinsonSeptember 2, 2010
    This place is made of awesome. I was here 9 at night and the place was buzzing, the team really friendly and the coffee fine. Just go for the décor and ambience.
  • Tom B.
    Tom BerryNovember 8, 2012
    When I moved to London I thought there'd be loads of places like this- there really aren't! Great coffee, good booze and open till late.
  • Paul B.
    Paul ButcherJuly 27, 2013
    Awesome place but they don't take cards so pop down the road to the free cash point on the other side of the street.
  • Marie S.
    Marie SteinthalerMay 31, 2015
    Eccentric pub / cafe / hideaway. Comfy seating upstairs if you're looking for somewhere to chill. Modest selection of snacks.
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicMarch 16, 2011
    Dickensian-style coffee house under the bridge on Shoreditch High Street - full of quirky objects and they play great music!
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte SallisMay 24, 2010
    I discovered this place one hot Saturday afternoon. It was empty. Can't wait to come back in the evening. Yeah, upstairs is incredible, and yeah, our coffees and cakes were very expensive.
  • Thibaud S.
    Thibaud SchmittOctober 7, 2013
    Nice place with very welcoming people. Good rock music. I recommend this bar
  • Merit H.
    Merit HansmittJune 9, 2013
    Nice interior. The room upstairs is amazing!
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Tell the bartender which ingredients you like and he will make you a bespoke cocktail. Read more
  • María
    MaríaNovember 24, 2016
    Quirky, kitsch and... expensive! £7.50 for a no frills twinning tea and a hot chocolate. The toilet smelt anything but clean and there's nothing to dry your hands there. Quite disappointing.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RobbinsNovember 4, 2014
    Get the Espresso Martini and change your life.
  • Elsie L.
    Elsie LamMarch 27, 2016
    Extremely overpriced, only with "human" menu. £5 hot chocolate, £6 bottle Red Stripe, £7 bottle Bulmer. Outrageous!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmSeptember 15, 2016
    Really unique little spot with dope espresso martinis 👌🏽
  • Lizzy N.
    Lizzy NakielnyOctober 26, 2011
    Upstairs is the best. Not the best coffee, Internet a bit patchy but nice venue for informal meetings and catching up on some reading
  • Jen S.
    Jen Starr DustMarch 7, 2015
    Quirky and so cool - great date place. Loads of personality interior. Negatives: rude staff, cash only, payment upfront, outrageous prices. Smash hit let down.
  • Denis N.
    Denis NJuly 7, 2016
    Espresso Martinis are the best. Pricey though
  • Noelay L.
    Noelay L.January 21, 2013
    Wonderful place & unexpected rococo decoration. The Cosmo was perfect.
  • Londonist
    LondonistOctober 5, 2010
    To be honest, we have no idea how good the food and drink are. We were too busy imbibing the roccoco details of the upstairs room, and pretending we actually know what roccoco means.
  • Bulent A.
    Bulent AslanJanuary 1, 2015
    Great Place, great food.. Friendly boss...
  • Alex S.
    Alex SaundersJune 3, 2017
    Get your drinks and take it upstairs. You won't be disappointed.
  • Alfama
    AlfamaJanuary 12, 2014
    check first for a free table upstairs before ordering and pay at the bar !
  • Alison R.
    Alison RocheApril 25, 2010
    Very random opening hours, sometimes open at 3am. Has a crazy vintage saloon upstairs which is very brideshead revisited! Love it!
  • Suraj G.
    Suraj G.May 17, 2014
    Don't forget to go upstairs, it's spectacular there.
  • Joanne W.
    Joanne WilliamsNovember 28, 2017
    Truly unique! Went for the espresso martini and it did not disappoint
  • Sebastian R.
    Sebastian RydbergMarch 15, 2017
    Good place for a relaxed drink. They only take cash though which is dodgy. Tax avoidance, I say...
  • Ben N.
    Ben NewtonFebruary 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    These guys love classic boxing, real old school stuff. Get them talking and enjoy.
  • Hanna B.
    Hanna BragerNovember 8, 2014
    Kitsch and fun decor, coffee is not great, better for drinks in the evening
  • Ana L.
    Ana LaraNovember 19, 2014
    The decoration is eclectic and quite cool but the service is horrendously bad. They were really rude and they make us leave the upper floor just because one of the 5 of us was not drinking anything.
  • Scott C.
    Scott ColferOctober 7, 2012
    Head upstairs for a pretty special seating area.
  • P K.
    P KlarowskiApril 20, 2013
    Overpriced, £3.20 a standard coffee, not accepting card payments. The interior is nice but the service not. We were interrupted in the middle of eating with a "that will be £25,50" which was awkward
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    A really nice place for some drinks in the evening! Read more
  • Jodi O.
    Jodi OsborneJune 8, 2013
    Go upstairs! You won't be disappointed.
  • Little Ms Random
    Little Ms RandomMay 30, 2010
    The upstairs room is fantastic... Food and drink is a little on the pricey side. It's worth the decor though!
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny ManOctober 15, 2017
    They do a great espresso martini
  • S D.
    S De NardiApril 15, 2012
    Upstairs you will find the most beautiful Victorian coffee house in London.
  • Peter D.
    Peter DeavesNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the place. Everyone should go and while away the evening.....
  • Jessica
    JessicaMarch 12, 2015
    Perfect for a chilled out night cap.
  • Juan C.
    Juan CastroApril 11, 2013
    They do not accept cards, be sure you bring cash!!!!!
  • Chris N.
    Chris NJanuary 25, 2015
    Just been charged £6 for a Brew Dog Ale! Used to love this place but not at those prices...
  • Derek W.
    Derek WilsonOctober 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Take it to the bridge. Where's that confounded bridge?
  • Eddie S.
    Eddie SharkeyAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a NYC Dive Bar in London! Head upstairs for a surprise!
  • Milena G.
    Milena GodlewskaMay 9, 2014
    Nice decor, expensive drinks, very average and pushy service. Good to check it out just once.
  • DAN
    DANApril 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheaper than expected and awesome bathrooms.
  • mordecai
    mordecaiApril 22, 2010
    In my top ten of favorite places in London. Go upstairs, sit for awhile.
  • Squeals
    SquealsJanuary 2, 2012
    Make sure you check out upstairs.
  • Phil B.
    Phil BrookJuly 17, 2015
    Great date vibe
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