London has become the Brunch capital! Over 78 percent of Londoners have caved in and said its there favourite meal! I for one joined the band wagon quite some time ago…. Now I think its about time I shared my favourites!
1.Beam , Crouch End – £
I will start with my favourite! This place is like walking into a front room of a house, mis-matched furniture, mirrors, chandeliers and conversations happening from every direction. Residence of Crouch End reading the morning paper, to new customers with a smiling baby colouring over the table. The front glass windows so clear you would think it was all open, to the 4 tables outside. on a sunny day.
Now it doesn’t have to be breakfast, but I have to say their choices, are the best Mediterranean cuisine I have ever tasted! The Shakshuka Is my all time favourite, egg mixed with pepper and tomato sauce, finishes off with a little sour cream! Heaven! But the avocado choices, and the Ana Capri scrambled egg with chorizo is a safe bet for anyone who what’s a little something different for their main brunch
The family run business has now expanded with one in Finsbury Park, but this one is the heart and soul into it, the friendliest of staff, and great service, and a sure sign of it not leaving, always a que to get in! So worth it!
2. Plum and Spilt Milk , Kings Cross – £££
A new find after trying to find somewhere quiet where me and my friends could catchup the minute they got off the train at Kings Cross. This is the one! Some what of a treat with the selection of food and prices, but you pay for amazing service, gorgeous interiors of Tom Dixon pendant lights and the edgey plates and cutlery! You take forever walking up the stairs due ot the beautiful world map installation pinned all the way up the stairs. Detail is key!
You can get a brunch speciality of 75 pounds for a bottle of Champagne and a brunch course of your choosing, which I a good deal, or just pick something from the menu. I had a delicious crab eggs benedict with Avocado , however they change their menus seasonally so let me know what new druelling dishes they have to try.
3. Feya Café, Oxford Street – ££
A small, cute, and beautiful decorated place on James Street just 2 minutes from Selfridges and Oxford Circus… With floral frames and ceilings, fantasy branched cake holders, and velvet seating inside, it has a very sophisticated and relaxed whimsical feel to it. The cakes lined up are the same , with colour and taste thrown in! Their Brunch menu is super cute, not just by the plates, colours and flowers which decorate it but the name of these dishes, My favourite was the signature Pinky Promise with Pink Oats, Caramel Chia Pudding, Mashed Rose Raspberries, Banana Flowers & Rose Petals… accommodating for Vegan and Glutan Free.
4. Elan Café – Knightsbridge -££
Pink, pink , pink, pink!!! That all I have to say, its a girly girls dream brunch place, or like me a designers heaven! The particular one has merry go horses, love heart sweets, flowers, and beautiful velvet panelling on 2 floors, oh and a bicycle! So once your over the beauty of the place, your ready to sit down and enjoy the unique and colourful dishes they have to offer. Not only brunch but something sweet to finish it off properly. They have a small menu, but that suits me with knowing what you want quite quickly. From toasted options, to granola and flowers, you will find something for everyone, if you try one thing a little different – The Lucky Charm Latte is that choice!
5. Soho Balans Society, Soho – ££
My go to place in central London, for a warm, cozy feeling on a rainy day in London. With weird and wonderful artwork, a low light, and even private booths at the back the Balans Society has been a continuous repeated brunch for me and my friends “You have taken me here before Danielle”… okayyy! Any ways I love the details in this place from the interiors to the cutlery having a key and lock on them. Its Querky in the Querkiest part of London.
The brunch is great, eggs benedict, scrambled eggs on toast, the loveable avocado, but my favourite is the High Society Eggs Benedict, which has lobster aswell as the norm! Add a side of the Balans Potatoes and you have a winning dish to make you full for ages! The smoothies to wash it down are tasty too. Its ones of them places you forget where you are for a moment. Or if you want to know exactly where you are ask for a table seat to people watch throughout your time here.
6. Grind, Clerkenwell – ££
There are several grinds around London, but the design of the Clerkenwell once, makes you feel all fancy even after a fancier heavy night. Romantic velvet banquette seating, the brass details. The neon signs to give it the edge with some catchy phrases. You just want to take pictures of it all day! But the menu is another treat! Light, simple and a little quirk to each of the dishes, from toast and strawberry jam, to the eggs Royale. You will not get a fresher and more delicious breakfast in central Clerkenwell.
7. Bourne and Hemiingway Building, Clerkenwell – ££
Not only delicious brunch food, but also one of the best valued Bottomless brunches in London. Its has a kindof village feel around the buiding, with this being the hub of a drink after work, to a downstairs drinking den for socials. But the warmth and simplicity of the interior really makes it a lovely place to come and relax. The conservatory room is just stunning with different fabric patterns bringing the simplistic interior suddenly pop. The menu has something for everyone, vegan, vegetarian or meat choices which are all light and gives you more room for the 2 hours of bubbly. The vintage carpets, chairs, and fans are a designers dream as you eat. It makes you want to stay all day for lunch and dinner!
8. Duck and Waffle – £££
What a treat for anyone looking for the best view of London while eating the best brunch. The fastest lift in London take you to the top floors where you come to a reception room with a central bar, graffitied walls, hanging plants, and a continuous flow of people due to the 24/7 service that Duck and Waffle provide. The small menu puts you in spins on what to choose, but all I can say is you should already know. The Duck and Waffle speciality is the go to, no questions!!If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, then the Duck benedict is also a great choice
9. The Breakfast Club , Soho or Spitalfields
Theme tune in your head as you wait in the 20 – 40 minute que – more if you really want it. But oh it is so worth it, fully fluffy American pancakes, with your favourite breaky bits. Bacon, Eggs, Sausage and maple syrup. Even try the sweeter ones if you could possibly still be hungry. The locations of these are normally small, homely and warm, with photos all over the walls pinned up with money from across the world, random postcards and coins from people who have visited.
10. Blue bird , Chelsea
A little away from the hustle and bustle of the main part of Lodnon, you could have a morning wander to Blue Bird café. Located in the heart of Chelsea, its famous in someways with it making appearance on the Made In Chelsea reality program, and is often seen in the news from parties and celebrities having brunch here. We obviously didn’t see any of that, the walls were full of mis-matched teaplates, which give a much more vintage feel to the area we were in. The dishes are the same with traditional brunch menu of Eggs Florentine, Royale and Benedict, full English and even some scrambled options. A great stop on a day exploring Chelsea!
Now this isn’t saying that there are not better ones I haven’t even found yet, but promise me one thing, pleaseeeee share them with me 🙂 I want to go and get absolutely brunched!!