The self-styled home of new-wave, cafe racer and brat-style, creative custom culture has launched a full-time, permanent space in central London.
The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club house is at 384 Old Street, in the trendy Shoreditch area of London and open from 8am until 11pm every day. We were lucky enough to be able to pay a visit to the bricked arches a few weeks ago – whilst the building was still heavily under construction – and it’s 10,000 feet of old school, industrial mana for motorcycling enthusiasts that boasts a cafe, bar, restaurant, shopping and parking for around 30 bikes in a private road and some amazing artwork and custom machines.
It’s like the annual Bike Shed event but open all year round.
The Bike Shed crew have made great strides towards legitimising the current custom scene here in the UK and have strong relationships with several of the larger manufacturers. This was shown just this week when Triumph chose to launch their new Bonneville range from the new venue in England, instead of perhaps holding off for the more traditional motorcycle launch at the Milan motorcycle show later this month.
At a time when retro styled bikes are becoming more and more mainstream, it’ll be fascinating to see how the aesthetic of the Bike Shed changes over the coming months and years as the scene evolves.