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Nunnery Café

The Nunnery Café runs alongside the Nunnery Gallery at 181 Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ, and is open Monday to Sunday, 9am – 4pm. We are now fully open, with seating available both inside and outside.

We serve Hey Sister coffee – a female-led hand-crafted coffee roastery – and a menu including locally-made cakes and pastries as well as a soup of the day, toasties, fresh breakfasts and more! The Nunnery Café is also open for all evening events, including First Thursdays, serving wine and locally brewed Five Points beer.

Download the menu here.

While you're visiting, why not also browse our Nunnery Gallery Shop which features hand-picked selection of beautiful books, prints, pottery, workshop vouchers, clothing and other unique products made by Bow Arts artists, and get your loved ones something special for any occasion. Follow us on the Bow Arts Instagram or the Nunnery Cafe Instagram for previews of what's on offer. 

Providing our visitors and locals with a place to unwind and enjoy a coffee, all café proceeds go back into supporting Bow Arts' inspiring gallery and event programme. 


On the walls of the Nunnery Café, we showcase a changing exhibition programme of affordable artwork by artists who work in Bow Arts' studios, as well as our artist educators. Come see our current exhibition of artist and illustrator Matilda Ellis - a show dedicated to the poetry of Sappho and the teasing apart of ancient narratives and motifs to nurture connections between the personal and historical. Open from Wednesday 6 April until Thursday 30 June.

Find out about previous exhibition artists here.


Have an idea for a community group? Would you like to run a book club, philosophy club or even a dog owners club? Maybe you’d like to host a brand launch or a live music event? We’re always keen to support our local community, so please get in touch at and we’ll see how we can help.

Private Hire

The Nunnery Café is available for private hire at an affordable rate, including bar staff. Buffet catering is also available. Why not celebrate that special birthday or anniversary and let us do the work! Email for more info.

Access Information

The Nunnery Café has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is animal friendly. We also have a high chair for young visitors.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email or call 020 8980 7774.

Travel information

Nearest station(s): Bow Road, Bow Church DLR
Bus: 8, 25, 108, 205, 276, 425, 288, D8, N205
Parking: No parking
Bike: CS2 route. Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station

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