Without getting too deep on a blog post which is essentially going to be about pancakes and pink tables- I thought I’d start by mentioning the importance of the saying ‘never to judge a book by its cover’. We’re rightly taught this from a young age and although I’m incredibly open minded, and rarely skip to conclusions before I’ve given anything my full time of day- when it comes to brunch (and eating) in London, there’s enough selection that sometimes you can’t help being swayed by a neon light fitting or rose quartz Pantone walls.
Fortunately there’s some gems in London which are both aesthetically a go-go as well as plain delicious too. So I thought I’d put together a little guide of some of the most babin’ brunch spots (forever remembering that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, naturally)…
Okay- let’s talk about Bronte. It’s the newest of the bunch (or should I say brunch, ho ho ho)- but this place is a total knockout- with both interiors and the menu too. Designed by Tom Dixon- it goes without saying that the pink, gold and emerald green interior combined with an Modern European and Asian inspired menu was always going to be a treat. With brunch being my total favourite here, it’s a welcome addition that I can Instagram everything too. Dreamy.
Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5EJ
Down the road from Bronte at Somerset House lies Spring. They may not do brunch but with a lunch, dinner and theatre menu (as well as beautiful bar area that looks fresh from a Van Gough painting)- it’s worth noting down regardless. With a menu consisting of original flavour pairings and seasonal produce, it’s definitely somewhere equally beautiful and memorable for a delicious date night or girlie evening.
I’d heard endless things about Balham’s MILK before I managed to squeeze a date in. Having heard weekend breakfasts would mean endless queuing, I decided to visit on a Friday morning- and it was still full with customers. Waiting aside, this place is clearly a favourite for a reason. With an original breakfast menu with everything from fritters, baked in house crumpets to homemade juices in pint bottles- everything we sampled was wonderful and was absolutely worth the wait.
20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG
Although The Laslett is a hotel, it’s by far one of the loveliest places in Notting Hill to curl up with a cuppa. Whether you fancy perching in the library amongst the books, or sitting street-side with a juice people watching- it’s a little known spot if you’re not staying the night. On top of that their menu is simple, delicious a stone’s throw away from Portobello and Notting Hill Gate too.
Whilst we’re West- I couldn’t not include the trendy ol’ pink tabled hot spot that is Farm Girl. The restaurant equivalent of the latest Chung x M&S collection- this place is known for it’s healthy, slightly quirky superfood offerings and always delicious dishes. With my favourites ironically being the cakes (and avocado on toast, naturally)- the menu also boasts avocado with porridge (which I’ve heard is less offensive than it sounds), berry pancakes and even steak and chips if you want a flash of familiarity. Just be prepared to wait for an outdoor table…
59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
Somewhere that’s always been on my list for some beautiful botanics and breakfast is of course Bourne & Hollingsworth. Curled up in Clerkenwell this club house, bar and restaurant is a bit of a hub for stunning original interiors and delicious dishes. Not only that, this place is renown for it’s infamous bars and cocktails- so make sure to head back in the evening for something special too.
42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU
How could I do a post about pretty breakfast spots and not include London’s trendiest Palm Vaults? It’d be something like blasphemy, wouldn’t it? Anyway- in case you haven’t ever heard of Hackney’s Finest- then let me say if you’re a fan of all things pink (including coffee), palms (or any other succulent for that matter) and a good avocado on toast (with plenty of cake, naturally) than this is one for you. It’s no hidden gem, but it’s well-loved for a ruddy good reason.
411 Mare St, London E8 1HY