Old Shoreditch Station coffee bar in London's Silicon Roundabout now accepts bitcoin

The Old Shoreditch Station coffee shop in London is now accepting payment in bitcoins.

AccessTimeIconJul 19, 2013 at 8:38 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 3:02 a.m. UTC

London establishments are slowly but surely turning to bitcoin. First the Pembury Tavern started accepting the digital currency, now The Old Shoreditch Station – a coffee shop near Silicon Roundabout.

On a recent flight between the French city of Perpignan and London, the owner of the coffee shop met a bitcoin evangelisthttp://bitcoineuphoria.com/london-silicon-roundabout-coffee-bar-the-old-shoreditch-station-now-accepting-bitcoin/, who extolled the virtues of the digital currency and convinced him to accept it as a payment method in his shop.

Nick Letchford, managing director at The Old Shoreditch Station, said: "We are a forward-thinking business and have always prided ourselves on supporting all things progressive, be it products, artists or brands. Also, I am a big nerd and I love the idea of living in a Star Trek-like unified future – a borderless currency seemed like a step in the right direction."

He went on to say he's still not entirely clued up on the specifics of bitcoin, but he thinks it will "ultimately help address all manner of the problems" society will face in the near future.

Letchford said the payment system is fully up and running in the coffee shop and that his staff have adjusted to it well.

"It's early days, but so far no worries. To be honest, its as easy as doing a credit card transaction!" he added.


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk’s longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to consensus.coindesk.com to register and buy your pass now.