Following the success of the Shoreditch original last year, Paper & Cup, the stylish coffee-cum-book-shop run by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust has just launched its second venue in east London’s up and coming St Paul’s Way district.

Poplar HARCA, (Housing and Regeneration Community Association) chose the company’s pitch for the site against several other high street businesses due to the community spirit behind the project and commitment to integrate pre-regeneration residents with the new businesses and office workers moving into the area.

Just like the original, the new project is managed by Brent Clark, SCT’s special projects manager, whose aim is to create profitable businesses training former addicts who have successfully graduated from an addiction recovery programme. Mentoring will continue to be provided by Vincent Mckevitt, founder of Tossed salad bars.

Quality books, collectors’ items, artwork from local illustrators and artists and bespoke branded goods are all sold alongside food and drink. And with a kitchen bigger than the original shop, a full menu of hot dishes including Lemon roasted chicken with herbs, roasted vegetables and harissa potato are sold alongside gourmet sandwiches and delicious cupcakes and pastries. Babycinos come free of charge for hipster kids and there’s free water on all tables too – not to mention WiFi.

Paper & Cup continues to source its ingredients and foods from very local, independent suppliers. The venue seats up to 40 people with additional outdoor tables in the summer.

Paper & Cup

St Paul’s Way Centre, 83 St Paul’s Way, Bow Common, E3, 0207 5374427 

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