Run by the folks behind the Scootercaffe on Lower Marsh in Waterloo, the Cable Bar & Cafe is a fabulous little establishment located at the Oval end of Brixton Road.
The cafe takes its name from the cable cars that used to run past its door, with tramwaymen being regular customers.
Formerly a greasy spoon (there’s been a food outlet on the premises for over a 100 years), the Cable Cafe now exudes a cool, 1950s retro charm with quirky elements decorating the walls.
Tom Waits was playing when we visited, and that’s always a good sign.
Big shiny coffee machines dominate the counter, with the cafe serving hot drinks and cakes by day. The flat white we had was excellent.
A huge array of spirits can be seen behind the counter, with the venue turning into an intimate bar during the evening, with regular live music acts.
Be warned though: things can get very cramped inside when there’s a band playing.
There’s free wi-fi on tap, so it’s a great place to settle down for some work or just to while away the time reading and writing or just pampering life’s complexities .
The back room, complete with piano.
With Brixton’s cafes becoming increasingly popular, we’re finding it harder to find a decent space where we can settle down to work – but the Cable Bar & Cafe looks to be well worth the trip up Brixton Road.
The coffee and cake was delicious, and the vibe is pleasantly laid back and the wi-fi speedy, so we’ll be back – and we’ll definitely have to check out one of their live swing evenings soon too.
Cable Bar & Cafe
8 Brixton Rd
Venue phone:020 8617 9629