A London Coffee Shop is Being Forced to Remove its “Offensive,” Kind of Amazing Sign

A south London coffee shop has been instructed to remove its sign because it was deemed too “offensive.”

Both support and backlash for F*ckoffee has swarmed social media after its managers tweeted a letter from lawyers of the owners of the building telling them to remove the sign.

If they don’t remove the sign by 4 p.m. on Oct. 27, the lawyers say their clients will take steps to remove the sign themselves – a showdown we’d love to witness.

Some, including parents, have sided with the landlords, calling the sign unnecessary. On the other hand, supporters of the coffee shop continued to call out the lawyers for their lack of humour, and began tweeting other things that were more offensive than the sign. Naturally, the shop retweeted many of these messages.

Someone with the username AndreaSG even started a petition in support of the coffee shop. “We, the undersigned, confirm we have a sense of humour and find the continued attack on our beloved Fuckoffee an insult to freedom of expression, freedom of speech and humour,” it reads. A poll by ITV shows 77 per cent in favour of keeping the sign.


Though the battle over the sign could see both parties in court, police don’t feel there’s enough evidence to proceed according to Bermondsey ward councillor Damian O’Brien. Indeed, it might actually come down to a street brawl.

The sign has been up for a year, with its cheeky name a departure from the former, more PG ‘Bermondsey Street Coffee’.