If you’re a Londoner and a biker, chances are you’ve spent more than a few summer evenings soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a burger at the Bike Shed’s spot in Shoreditch. Nestled under four Victorian railway arches on Old Street, the eatery-shop-event space has offered motorcyclists the perfect place for a pit stop since 2015.
Evolving from a blog founded by Dutch van Someren in 2011 – and subsequently, a custom motorcycle show – the Bike Shed’s concept is all about celebrating two-wheelers and creating “a place of common ground”, where non-riders are just as welcome as those pulling up on a Harley Davidson. It’s this idea that has made the space so successful and well-loved that, in recent years, it has extended to an annual track-focused festival and this month, the launch of a second outpost in Los Angeles. The decision to locate on America’s west coast makes perfect sense given its vast highways, endless sunshine and thriving biker culture.
For this new location, Dutch and his co-founders went big, with a 30,000 square-foot warehouse in the city’s Arts District that houses a restaurant (with an expanded and very “LA” menu), a shop, tattoo studio, barbershop, and members-only bar. It almost goes without saying that the same rugged decor continues through this space (think: exposed brick, brass, concrete and steel), as do the sizeable Chesterfield leather sofas and the abundance of custom bikes on display.
‘We are so proud of the incredible space and team we have built for the moto community and their friends, family (and dogs),’ says co-founder Vikki van Someren. ‘Expect the usual warm Bike Shed London welcome, great service, amazing food, epic tattoo artists, the best barbers, a shop made of dreams and great company as standard. We have found the best team here in LA and I promise you won’t be disappointed.’
‘We genuinely hope Bike Shed Los Angeles will be your new home away from home,’ adds Dutch.