Leo cafe & community... we're more than a cafe

by Leo Cafe in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Leo cafe & community... we're more than a cafe

Total raised £70

£15,000 target 33 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 28th June 2024 at 6:35pm

To get Leo to its full potential, so we can help more people and bring more people together through food, art, music and conversation.

by Leo Cafe in London, Greater London, United Kingdom


My name is Jack and I've run Leo for over 7 years. Starting off with Supper clubs, deliveries every Friday night through lock down, catering weddings and parties.

However, in 2019 Jack's best friend Adam Bolton sadly died. My grief got me thinking…Why don’t we celebrate our friends more whilst they're here? Why don’t we open up to them more often? And why don't we tell our neighbours that we love them!? These thoughts inspired Leo's evolution and after a few tough years of grieving Leo has blossomed in Adam's memory.

Fast forward to 2023 and we opened our own space in Sydenham, South East London at the Dragonfly Yoga Studio. In this short time we've already established a strong and diverse community. To me, our cafe is more than just a cafe. It's a safe space for people to come and be themselves. 

We host regular support groups that bring vulnerable people together who experiencing similar issues that are hard to talk about. 

We're a space for creatives to project there work to the local community. From live music, poetry,  to art exhibitions. Our ethos is to bring as many people together as possible.

At our heart is Leo x Friends.  A poetry and live music event, where on one night a month we harness everything that Leo stands for: the power of vulnerability and connection, and celebrating and appreciating each other. This is a night where truly everyone is welcome: whether you've come to read your poetry aloud for the first time, you're an up and coming artist, or someone simply seeking human connection, you won't find a warmer crowd. There's no snobbery or cliques here. And great vegan food - we mustn't forget the food! 

Nothing should be unspoken.

I’d love to know if Adam can see us what his legacy has created.


Our vision is to make Leo everything it can be. Hosting workshops and talk groups daily, supporting charities and communities that need a space to thrive. 

We've built the foundations and already created the community. I have the commitment, drive and knowledge to make this happen. To achieve our vision, we just we need financial support.


We would use the money to support and hire more staff, improve our cooking facilities, support local up and coming musicians and poets, create more talking groups, and provide work opportunities and apprenticeships for disadvantaged and marginalised groups.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

Free coffee

Donate £20 more and Get a free coffee. Our coffee is Volcano, a local rotisserie...and delicious.

£30 or more

the Leo wrap

donate £30 or more and come in and enjoy one of our favourite dishes

£50 or more

Lunch for two

Donate £50 and we'll look after you and a friend at the cafe!

£100 or more

Lunch for you and the family

All you can eat and drink one afternoon at Leo (for up to 4 people)

£150 or more

Leo and friends tickets

4 Leo and friends tickets and a bottle if wine to enjoy on the night

£2,000 or more

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Private dinner party for you and your friends

Donate £2000 or more and I'll provide a private dinner party for up to 25 of you and your friends at LEO

£5,000 or more

the ultimate party

Private party at Leo. Buffet, live music and £500 behind the bar for up to 80 people

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