Art in Cafes

dscf1239Café Art began in early 2012 when founder Michael Wong noticed a cafe near King's Cross Station in London had no art.

As a volunteer for the local art group in a hostel run by St Mungo's for several years, he knew they had a lot of art - paintings and drawings - that was not even being hung.

Realising that the budget for framing was limited for the group, he asked a few friends to help and they bought some frames from Ikea. After explaining his idea to the artists in the group he approached the cafe and they said "yes". Cafe Art was born.

Michael contacted artists affected by homelessness in the art groups of many London homelessness-sector charities over the following months, including 240 Project, ARTfitzrovia, Crisis, SHP, Providence Row, The Connection at St Martins-in-the-Fields and The Passage.

Thanks to the cafes Café Art would like to say a very big thank you to the hard-working & independent cafés listed below for exhibiting these beautiful artworks. Without their unselfish support, this initiative would not have got off the ground.

Please pop in to say hello and remember to mention Café Art to them! Please note that some cafes also hang art from other artists. Please check with our website as this year we are planning to do more to list the art and artists and give more information about where it is and how you can support our project.

The following cafes exhibit art from Cafe Art:

42 Beans, 69 Camden High St, London NW1 7JL (closest tube station Mornington Crescent)

Bloomsbury Coffee House, 20 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RE (underneath the St Athan’s Hotel) (closest tube station Russell Square and King's Cross St Pancras)

Café Fazenda, 13 Leyden Street, London E1 7LE  (closest tube stations Aldgate and Liverpool Street)

The Coffee Room, 6A Grove Road, London E3 5AX (closest tube station Mile End)

Daily Grind, 54 Duncan Street, London N1 8BW (closest tube Angel)

Ezo Bistro, Barking Station, London IG11 8ED (closest tube Barking)

Grub on the Green, 53 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA (closest tube Farringdon)

Kahaila, 135 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB (closest overground station Shoreditch High Street)

Maria’s Market Café, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA (closest tube London Bridge)

Oliver's Village Cafe, 92 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BE (closest tube stations Finchley Rd and Belsize Park)

Phoenix Blend, 29 Bell Lane, London E1 7LA (closest stations Aldgate East, Aldgate and Liverpool Street)

Quaker Centre Cafe, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ (closest stations Euston and Euston Square)

The Recovery Cafe, 184 Royal College Street, London NW1 9NN (closest tube and overground stations Camden Town and Camden Road)

Second Shot Coffee, 475 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 9QH (closest tube station Bethnal Green)

Stepney City Farm Café, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG (closest tube station Whitechapel and Stepney Green)

Wings Restaurant (RAF Museum), RAF Museum, Grahame Way, London NW9 5LL (closest tube Colindale)
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