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This London café is run entirely by grannies

London’s hippest new hotspot is kicking it old-school... really really old-school. Nana’s Café serves food just like grandma used to make it — actually, it’s just like grandma makes it, since the restaurant almost exclusively employs little old ladies.

Once a pub-side pop-up, Nana's raised more than $25,000 on Kickstarter before settling on permanent digs in an abandoned Victorian public bathroom (because loos are so hot right now).

The "comfort food and craft café" recruits mainly women over 60, and serves homemade pastries, coffee, and tea...

... as well as stick-to-your ribs fare like roast chicken, meatball pie with mash, and sausage casserole. If the restaurant's anything like most grandparents' houses, these grannies will not let you go home hungry.

And of course, Nana's Café believes that sharing is caring, too, as employees work a set shift each week, and receive a small share in the profits after three months.

The team of great dames can choose which chores they want, including cooking, pouring tea or clearing the tables. They also get to plan supper clubs and crafting workshops. Imagine going home with a full belly and a brand new needlepoint!

At night, the café transforms into the Convenience, a bar serving craft beers and wine. There’s a commercial kitchen and café downstairs, a rooftop on the second floor available for events, and for relief, the public toilet has been restored to its former glory.

So whether you're craving a home cooked meal, or just missing your gran and need a hug, check out Nana's Café here.


Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor, and has had frequent flyer status since she was born in a Lufthansa terminal. Follow her @Sohostyle