The actor is a "top bloke," says an employee at the Daytona Motorcycles shop

By Phil Boucher
Updated June 14, 2012 02:30 PM

Brad Pitt recently indulged his love of motorcycles – and made quite an impression on shop workers in a London suburb.

On May 30, Pitt, who has been spending time in the U.K. with fiancée Angelina Jolie, made a few pit stops in Ruislip to buy motorcycle gear.

“One of [Brad’s] security men came in and said, ‘There will be someone famous walking into your shop,’ ” David Connell, manager of HGB Motorcycles, told PEOPLE. “Then the door opened and Brad Pitt walked into the store!”

According to Connell, Pitt bought a crash helmet, a pair of gloves and a back protector.

“We had a nice chat and he came across as very friendly,” said Connell. “He is obviously keen on his bikes and has been riding them since he was young.”

Pitt also paid a visit to the nearby Daytona Motorcycles, where he purchased a few more pieces for his bike, as well as an armored shirt.

“He was a top bloke,” said one Daytona worker. “It was just like talking to an ordinary customer.”

Although Pitt only spent about an hour total in HGB and Daytona, he managed to find time to take pictures with shop workers and fellow customers.

Meanwhile, Jolie was giving a speech at the London Foreign Commonwealth Office, before a screening of her film In the Land of Blood and Honey. The Jolie-Pitts have been staying in London while Angelina films the upcoming Maleficent.

Reporting by PHIL BOUCHER