Climpsons & Friends — Haggerston Perk

Located on Goldsmith Row opposite Hackney City Farm, between Broadway Market and Hackney Road, sits Haggerston Perk — a newly opened speciality cafe serving great coffee and delicious lunches Monday to Friday.

Haggerston Perk has everything you might expect from a speciality East London cafe: avocado on toast, a Linea PB, Mythos, knowledgeable staff, great coffee, but Haggerston Perk isn’t just another speciality coffee shop. Haggerston Perk is run by Tower Project and is East London’s first supported internship cafe, provide training and employment to young East Londoners with learning disabilities. Tower Project also run Ocean View, a similar cafe from the same project in Stepney Green and have a vintage coffee trike on the Regents canal in Mile End.

Currently, only seven per cent of people with learning disabilities in the UK are in paid employment. Hospitality is a sector with many paid unfilled jobs, and a booming industry, especially in East London, so this offers the perfect sector to train people to gain employment. Haggerston Perk will support six young people each year, who will then be supported to gain paid employment.

“At Haggerston Perk we have created a café with a conscious, where young people labelled as furthest from the job market will demonstrate this label is furthest from the truth and provide visitors with the best café experience in East London”. — Francesca O’Neil, Haggerston Perk Manager.

We are very proud to supply both Haggerston Perk, Ocean View, and the coffee trike and look forward to continuing to work with them and to help expand the great job they do helping young people transition to employment within the thriving coffee scene of East London. If you have employment opportunities for graduates then please email

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Claudine Field

Brilliant cafe! This is the only cafe for miles around where you are encouraged to bring your dog. Excellent coffee, friendly service, lovely staff.


I love it here! Excellent coffee and really good toasties. The space is really nice and the staff are super friendly

Anton Newcombe

Visited here with the band when we last in London. Better coffee than San Fran and amazing Banana Bread, will be coming back at the end of the year

Linda Skinner

I happened upon Haggerston Perk yesterday when I was looking for somewhere cool in the heat. What a lovely place. I had tea and a great blueberry cake. The staff were friendly and efficient. It wasn’t until I went home and looked online that I realised that it was a positive enterprise for offering employment opportunities to people with learning disabilities. I will be back and wil spread the word.

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