Café Offering 'Pay What You Can Afford' Breakfast In London
The place is called 'Eggs & Bread' and it allows anyone who comes in for something to eat to discretely donate some cash after they've eaten so that others don't feel bad about not being able to pay for their food.
The café began to garner some attention after a Twitter user called Steve Parks shared his experience there. He started his Twitter thread by saying: "£20 for a boiled egg, one piece of toast and a mug of tea?
"The story of a modern London café..."
Obviously, this immediately conjures up images of a modern London in which everything is extortionately overpriced and flashy. He then turned the story to describe the excellent initiative and good work being done by the folks at the café.
He shared a picture of 'Eggs & Bread' and explained: "So this is the café. Just near Wood Street Overground station. It's nothing flashy.
"The menu is basic too. The sign outside boasts that it is 'the smallest menu in Wood Street'.
"It only does boiled eggs (not eggs in any other way), toast, jam, porridge. Mix those in any way you like. It also does tea or coffee.
"It doesn't do takeaway, you have to eat in."
Steve went on to explain how everything in the place - right down to boiling the eggs and stacking the dishes - is self-service. Obviously, at this point you're supposed to wonder why you'd pay through the nose for so little service.
Well, it turns out that there is a really good reason. Helping others.
He added: "The café is a just normal café, bright and welcoming on the main street people walk down to the station. Nothing to make anyone feel they are 'other' if they have breakfast here. In fact, it's cool!
"It's a place to socialise, as well as eat. The founder is incredibly friendly.
"If you want to pay, there's a small donation box next to where you drop off your dirty plates. But nobody sees, and nobody will notice if you can't put anything in.
"The idea is that if you can afford to put something in, maybe contribute for some other breakfasts too."
Now if that's not a good idea, I don't know what is.
The café runs on a simple principle. As they say on their Twitter account: "Everyone Deserves A Good Start To The Day - whether you're a city broker or simply broke, everyone's welcome."
They shouldn't have to do this in a city as wealthy as London, but those who benefit - as well as those who support the good work - must surely be glad that they do.
Featured Image Credit: Steve Parks/Twitter