London has got to be my favourite city in Europe for many reasons:
- There’s always stuff going on here; let’s be real it’s it is the city to be
- You can meet people from everywhere and anywhere
- There are so many sick fitness studios, from reformer to yoga to boxing
- It’s pretty much foodie heaven
No matter if you’re a true Londoner, if you’re living here temporarily or simply visiting, there are so many amazing foodie spots to be discovered in the city. Whether you’ve just spent last night having a few drinks too many at that new rooftop bar, or you’re just coming back from a crazy sweaty Barry’s workout, you’re probably in need for some brunch. Now brunch doesn’t simply constitute of some eggs at an awkward time of day, no no, a good brunch place must combine a cafe with a comfy but trendy set-up, good coffee, lots of healthy options and just a feel good vibe, cuz man, you can’t eat brunch in a place with a bad vibe. It just don’t work. Now I’ve tried many brunch spots in London, and here below is the ultimate guide of the best of the best. So go ahead, eat up and enjoy.
140 St John’s Hill, Battersea
London SW11 1SL
This place has such a “neighbourhood brunch spot” feel that I almost forgot I don’t actually own a cute residential flat in Clapham with a fuzzy dog and buff boyfriend…nor do I actually live in London. Or even this country for that matter. But that’s just how friendly and familiar Ben’s Canteen makes you feel. We sat at a communal table (cuz ya know, we so damn local we just share tables with strangers like it’s nbd) and enjoyed a gorgeous lil brunch over some tasty almond milk caps. I went for the avo & poached egg on sourdough, which may I note the avo vs. toast ratio was ooooon point. When there’s good music, tasty healthy food, funky but cute decor and lots of good looking young parents in activewear with adorable babies sitting around, you know you found yourself a first-class brunch spot.
202 Westbourne Grove
London, W11 2RH
So Chloe and I had planned to try out Farm Girl, a gorgeous brunch place I had seen many people rave about on Instagram. Turns out you can’t believe everything you see online and the place was pretty shit. I vote for #MoreRealityOnInstagram. We left having hardly touched our food; disappointed and unsatisfied. It being Easter Sunday on top of it, we decided that WE SHAN’T GIVE UP. Soooo we hit up a second brunch place *cheeky monkey emoji*. 202 London is this crazy cool combo of fancy brunch spot with waiters dressed in white aprons, marble tables and silver cutlery, with alternative high-fashion slash kinda “thrift-store vibe”-esk boutique. I opted for the porridge which was sooo creamy and comforting. I recommend this place 110%.
Cardinal Place, 11, Sir Simon Milton Square,
London SW1E 5DJ
If I were to create my perfect brunch cafe, it would look pretty much exactly like Timmy Green. And the food would be just like that of Timmy Green. And I’d probs kidnap their entire service team as well cuz they’re all too sweet. Okay fine, scrap my idea and just go to Timmy Green instead. Not only is their “Aussie Brunch” inspired menu on point, but the dishes are as hearty as they are Insta-worthy, with tons of healthy choices as well. Their homemade chai is second to none, and most brunch meals come with their special charcoal sourdough bread. If you’re in the mood for a treat, try their banana bread sandwich. It’s under “light meals” which might be a little misleading cuz they slab two super generous chunks of moist-as nana bread on the plate… warm and toasted… with fresh berries… k now I’m just drooling thinking about it. I take back what I said, even if you’re not in the mood for a treat, just get it. I give you my word: satisfaction guaranteed.
13 Charlotte Pl, Fitzrovia,
London W1T 1SN
Something about Lantana reminded me of the trendy-as-hell cafes you find in Berlin. Hidden away in a side street of Fitzrovia, and it’s an absolute must-try if you haven’t already. This spot is perfect whether you’re looking to enjoy a good cuppa joe while reading a book, a place to catch up with a friend for afternoon tea, or come by before noon to try out their amazing Aussie-style brunch menu. They offer everything from avo on kale bread, veggie fritters with smoked salmon or fruit and nut muesli. I tried their “veggie bubble n’ squeak” with a poached egg and omgggg it’s unreal. I basically chose it cuz “bubble and squeek” sounds too cute to not be amazing, and it definitely lived up to it’s name. It’s literally a patty made out of leftover veggies, why would you want anything else?! I traded the haloumi for roasted tomatoes as a dairy-free option but apparently the haloumi is amazing as well. It’s generally pretty quiet and fast-working free WiFi makes it the perfect working cafe location. Add amazing coffee to the mix and you got yourself a 10/10.
9 Chestnut Grove,
London SW12 8JA
This modest-looking cafe is right near Balham station. First thing we noticed when strolling around the neighbourhood was the homey family feel as we had never seen so many young parents and kiddies in London…and Brother Marcus was no different. It’s a super cute, family-friendly spot, yet something about this place has such a cool Aussie vibe as well. Maybe it was the dude with shoulder length hair, beard and floral shirt serving us, the dope playlist or the hip yet classy layout, but I definitely felt at ease instantly. I had their “Brother Special” (without toast) and the salmon was absolutely unreal. We spent the entire afternoon hanging out at this gem of a brunch-spot, doing work and sitting in the sun on their outdoor terrace. If you’re in the area (or even if you’re not) go check out this one out.