This Shoreditch Cafe is giving a hand-up to London’s homeless

A great British charity, an iconic East London setting, toast and peanut butter for £1.20... what more could you want?


Sometimes, a venue we feature on GOtilo is so transparently good (and its grub is so obviously scrumptious – check out that picture!) that their own words are sufficient to tip us over the edge and get us up and over there. So it is with Shoreditch’s Cafe from Crisis. Here’s what they say about themselves.

We’re an award-winning training cafe open to the public since 2004. We’re part of UK homeless charity Crisis and support homeless people and ex-offenders into work.

We serve healthy, freshly made food and drink and at good value for money. Our coffee is from Essex-based roaster Modern Standard.


The Crisis Cafe is indeed a Shoreditch classic. Nestled at the intersection of vibrant Commercial Street, and the ultra avante gardes of Fashion street, it is a coffee house that does real good in a community that at times feels like it is leaving its roots behind.

There’s great coffee, pastries, sandwiches, the obligatory avo on toast, budget options too like toast for a little over a quid (in central London). And some wonderful lunch options. Kedgeree with poached egg, anyone? Yes, please.

#kedgeree #poachedegg at the wonderful @cafefromcrisis

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The positive impact of this place is hard to overstate. Since 2004 the Cafe from Crisis has helped over 130 people to start working, and currently places two people a month in to employment.

And there are some pretty cool late night events happening down their way, starting February. Check out the flyer.

It’s a wonderful place with a real sense of vibrancy and community, a real heart and a fantastic menu. As for the ‘lates’ (as opposed to the lattes, which are fabulous) your neighbourhood GOtilo tastemakers will let you know in February if they are any good; given everything we know about this amazing place, we are more than optimistic.



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