How Much Does It Cost to Open a Cafe in the UK?

How Much Does It Cost to Open a Cafe in the UK?

Opening a café requires a significant financial investment, with initial costs ranging from £20,000 to £100,000. Responsible budgeting can ease the financial burden by helping to identify and price essential items, such as rent, furnishings, technology, staffing, stock, and more. This can help to ensure your café is a success.

The lease

  • in London: from £100,000 to £500,000.
  • In the rest of the UK: £50,000 and £150,000.

Furnishings and fittings

£2,000 to £20,000, depend on the size of premise and design for your cafe.

Essential supplies

£2,000 to £5,000

Staffing and payroll

average hourly wage for baristas from £8-£10. For small cafes with two baristas outside of London, approximate annual costs may reach £35,000.


budget for a maximum of £4,000 outlay.


About 200 per month running by owner and may more than 1,000 to hiring professional  advertiser. 

Insurance and licences

Business insurance for a 1,000 sq ft shop generally costs around £1,000, depending on the geographic area and the current state of the market. If a small cafe plays licensed music, estimated expenses may be approximately £700.


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