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Nunnery Café

The Nunnery Café runs alongside the Nunnery Gallery at 181 Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ, and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm. We serve AllPress coffee – roasted down the road in Dalston – and a menu including locally-made cakes and pastries as well as a classic brunch menu including eggs, bacon and mushrooms as well as avocado on toast, bagels and more! Served Tuesday-Sunday 10am-2pm. 

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, currently showing prints by Javi Cazenave.


Join our parent and baby group every Tuesday, 11am-12pm. Come along for delicious coffee and cake, or enjoy a full brunch, whilst meeting and chatting with other local parents. 

Why not sign up to one of our Art and Cocktail classes? Learn how to make themed cocktails based on an art activity led by a Bow Arts studio artist. Alternatively, have an evening off and come along to one of our exciting themed supper clubs! Find out what's on 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 very reasonable rates, 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.

Nunnery Café Design

Steuart Padwick remodelled the Nunnery Café in 2019 using four bespoke colours inspired by the building’s original 19th century tiled floor, created in partnership with Dulux.

Bow Arts would like to extend a special thanks to:

Steuart Padwick furniture and lighting designs
Dulux bespoke paint colours
Galliford Try birch plywood
Astro Lighting light fittings

Thanks also to HDCollins, AR18 and FibreStar.

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: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station

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