Vibast Community Centre, Old Street

London, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarIslington Repair Cafe

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


We are running another Restart Party/Repair Café this time in Old Street.

Our Restarters will help you diagnose the fault, give you tips on repairing and help you to repair your own broken small electrical and electronic devices! This session is all about learning how to repair your item together so be prepared to get stuck in!

We will also have Dr Bike on site who will be repairing and checking bicycles, so please bring your bike as well!

If you can please book a ticket to let us know what you’re bringing in advance. There are no time slots so you may have to wait for a turn with a fixer.

We’d also welcome anyone who just wants to come and learn more about us, especially potential volunteers!

You take responsibility for your own gadget and data, so please back it up to be safe. If you have something to be fixed please come by 2:30pm so there is time to work on it.


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Vibast Community Centre, 167 Old Street, London EC1V 9NH, UK

About the group

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Islington Repair Cafe

This group is managed by waste minimisation team at Islington Council. We organise events in Islington, London and would love to see both fixers that would like to join us as well as residents who would like to learn how to fix their items or get help fixing.

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Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts


  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.


  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.