Second Shot Coffee is a social enterprise cafe in East London bringing people together and tackling homelessness – one espresso at a time. The small friendly café near Bethnal Green tube station are clearly passionate about coffee, with 5 different types of coffee available.

They also care about people, demonstrated by the warm welcome every customer receives. The café employs people who have been affected by homelessness, giving them training as top quality baristas, and then helping them gain employment. Plus, Second Shot Coffee operate a pay it forward system where customers can pre-pay for food and drink for someone in need to have free of charge.

Customers can pay £1 for a coffee, £2 for a cake, or £4 for a meal for someone in need. In just eight months of being open, the cafe have given out 1362 coffees, 258 cakes, and 560 meals to people in need.  

Second Shot Coffee - Passionate about Coffee and People

A cappuccino is £2.60, an extra pound means someone in need can have a coffee for free


The café can get busy, with many locals and tourists popping in. A small but interesting selection of books are available, and freelancers will appreciate the many plug sockets and free wifi on offer.


What’s Nearby:

V&A Museum of Childhood – houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day. As well as toys, dolls and games, the museum has a wealth of objects relating to aspects of childhood including home, childcare, play, learning and clothing. Entry is free.


Columbia Road Flower Market – London’s principal flower market devoted to selling plants, flowers, garden fittings and gardening equipment. Open on Sunday’s only.


Find out the opening times and more on the Second Shot Coffee website.

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