At East London’s Paper and Cup Cafe, You Can Grab A Long-Read And A Latte, While Helping London’s Homeless

Coffee, cakes, and piles of books - what's not to love?
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We love a great social enterprise cafe. So here’s one of our favourites: Paper and Cup. There are two outposts, on in Bow and one in Shoreditch and the formula is simple: coffee, cake, a comfy chair, loads of books – and a twist. That twist is the cafe’s laser like focus on helping London’s homeless and otherwise abandoned.


The Cafe’s parent charity is Shoreditch Crypt Trust, which has been helping London’s homeless for more than half a century. As well as securing their impressive piles of books (including some surprisingly rare editions), new and second hand, from Londoners, Paper and Cup run a number of events focussed on homeless people including Homeless Book Club. Check out this write up from last year.

They also host a number of interesting exhibitions by local artists.

But ultimately, a great coffee place lives or dies by the quality of its coffee – and the decadence and deliciousness of its cakes. On the former, we suggest you try them out! On the latter: check out their Facebook page for a suitably seductive selection of scrumminess ….









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Paper and Cup: Shoreditch

18, Calvert Ave, London E2 7JP


83 St Paul’s Way London E3 4AJ


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