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Cafe from Crisis, London

Cafe from Crisis, London opened as the first Cafe from Crisis in 2004 and is located in the heart of East London.

We are an award winning cafe which provides a route into employment for homeless people and ex-offenders by offering practical training programmes for anyone who wants to work within the hospitality and catering industry.

We sell delicious and healthy food made from scratch on site with quality sourced ingredients. We serve great coffee from roasters Old Spike (Peckham) in a warm and buzzing environment

Table bookings are available for groups of between 6-15 people, from 8am-12.15pm. Please arrive promptly as we can't guarantee availability of food choices. To make a booking - please email cafefromcrisisLDN@crisis.org.uk.


  • WINNER of ‘People’s Choice’ at Urban Food Awards 2014
  • Finalist in the ‘Routes to Employment’ category at Urban Food Awards 2016
  • Runner up in ‘Best Café’ Timeout’s Love London Awards 2017

Address: Cafe from Crisis, 64 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm

Tel: 020 7426 5681

Email: CafefromCrisisLDN@crisis.org.uk

Trains: Aldgate East and Liverpool Street

Our cafe

Our first ever cafe opened in August 2004. Located at Crisis HQ in the heart of east London on the vibrant Commercial Street, just a stone’s throw away from Spitalfields and Brick Lane.

We have another Cafe in London in our Finsbury Park Shop.

Training programme

Trainees come to us through two routes – the Crisis Employment Services Team, and our partner charity Switchback. Crisis Job Coaches and Switchback Mentors support trainees through the Cafe’s training programme by helping them with their CVs, housing, and gaining access to external events and work experience.

We are open to referrals from other agencies providing they meet the criteria and are willing to work with a Job Coach from Crisis’ Employment Services Team. Please complete the referral form to get the ball rolling. The Training Manager will be in touch to arrange an interview.

The training programme covers customer service, barista training and cooking skills. Trainees will also have opportunities to take part in special catering events, work experience and external training through our hospitality industry partners. Cafe staff work closely with job coaches and mentors to support trainees progression into long term employment.

London has lots of opportunities and the cafe makes those opportunities available and viable for our trainees by giving them training in a public facing commercial business.

The training journey lasts up to 16 weeks and can be joined at any time, all year round. It’s intensive training for 2-3 days per week, focusing on customer service and coffee skills or cooking and kitchen prep.

More than 400 trainees have been through our training programme

Sully's story
I never thought I would be working in coffee but I knew the moment that I did the barista training I had a passion for it. Sully