Alana Cassidy, Founder

cck team 2012 alana closeupWhy did you start Coffee, Cake & Kink?

I love coffee, cake & kink! Bringing them all together was the most natural thing for me to do. I wanted a space I could be comfortable being myself and knew that other people longed for it, too. There weren't, and still aren't, many places like that in London, except for few night time spaces. People were taking refuge in LGBT friendly pubs or cafes but they didn't have a space that they could call their own. We wanted to create a place where people who had never been to a club, or had never met someone who was into a particular subject could just sit down together, ask questions and just chat. The place where anyone walking in would see just ordinary people getting on with their lives.

I have always been on a mission of breaking down stereotypes, facilitating discussion and a free-flowing exchange of thoughts and ideas. What better way of doing that than making people comfy with a pot of great coffee, some yummy cakes and packing the place full of things that are both enjoyable and challenging, and bound to spark off stimulating conversations?

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    cck team volunteersThroughout its life, Coffee, Cake & Kink has be experienced unprecedented levels of volunteering. Indeed, it is the number of volunteers, typical of the charity, social and voluntary sectors that first clued us up as to our actual status as a social enterprise!

    Volunteers who approach us come from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds; some are low-key while others are top-level professionals. Might you be one?

    A structured volunteer programme is currently being developed. In the meantime, see our sample volunteer profiles, and feel free to drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join us.

  • Staff

    cck team fjfAs a small, flexible organisation we always take care to tailor our staff levels to business needs. The number of our core staff fluctuates widely, ranging from 1 to 25 at any given time.

    Although no of 60+ staff from the Covent Garden store (2003-2008) have  team pages her, we have caught up with some of them to see where they are now. The next big intake was in 2010/11 under the Future Jobs Fund, when over 20 people joined us at once. Alana Cassidy, the CCK founder, is the core figure, being the soul of Coffee, Cake & Kink ever since opening our door in 2003.