Brunch. Sweet, sweet brunch. The perfect weekend treat. Whether your thang is perfectly ripe avocados coupled with expertly poached eggs or an almighty pancake stack dripping with maple syrup and streaky bacon (we’ll deal with any pesky heart attacks later) then I’ve found the perfect London Brunch spot for you. Prepare to salivate…
Selfridge’s Aubaine is the epitome of luxury. High-end yet at once relaxed, the restaurant offers a gorgeous setting for a tasty brunch and, if you so desire, (which you quite clearly do, lets be serious) a relaxing glass of Champagne under the wisteria covered ceiling. Dreamy. The brunch menu includes decadent Lobster Benedicts, picture perfect fruit salads and super food porridges. Well worth a visit. Just be sure to bring your camera. And your appetite.
Tucked away in London’s Belgravia hides a wash of candy floss pink and an array of gorgeous blooms. Here, you’ll find Peggy Porschen, possibly the most picturesque little café in all the land. No exaggeration. Once you navigate past the keen Instagrammers (need to get the money shot, obvs) you’ll be met with the sweetest teas and cupcakes (who says we can’t eat cupcakes for brunch?) The café offers a little taste of everything sweet, from a mouth watering range of pastries to cookies and summery drinks all perfect for enjoying a little indulgence. That’s if you can bare to eat such expertly crafted works of art…Cupcake heaven!
If it’s good enough for the Queen it’s good enough for me. Always decorated to absolute perfection (their current floral offering is tennis themed), The Ivy makes for another fabulous brunch spot with gorgeous surroundings. But be warned, to secure a table in the stunning Chelsea garden you’ll need to book ahead. The brunch menu includes their delightful take on a full English, a caramelised ruby grapefruit dish and oak smoked salmon treats, amongst many other delights. Also note that The Ivy serves as a Mecca for London’s fashion elite. So put your glad rags on (probably understated black cashmere to be totally safe) and enjoy soaking up the style. And the breakfast cocktails. All those delicious breakfast cocktails…
Farm Girl Café
Oh, Farm Girl. Where do we begin. Situated on The Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, this cute little caf’ always boasts a ridiculous queue. And it’s not hard to see why. Heralded as ‘a holistic and healthy, yet comfortingly simple approach to Australian cafe culture,’ Farm Girl boasts nutritionally nurturing ingredients in the form of some of the most beautiful brunch dishes. Think berry pancakes with lashings of coconut and Acai bowls brimming with chia seeds. And whatever you do don’t forget to try the rose petal latte. It tastes just as good as it looks. I promise.
Granger and Co.
Another restaurant that embodies a relaxed Australian vibe is Granger & Co. Friendly, bright and airy, I always find the Notting Hill branch a breath of fresh air, away from all the business of central London. When eating here my go-to dish is the toasted rye, avocado, lime and coriander which always hits the spot. One of their other classic brunch dishes is the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter of which £1 of the total price is currently being donated to the Grenfell Tower Appeal. Surely an excuse to try something new. Oh, and I feel it’s important to add that I once saw Hugh Jackman there in all his incredible glory. Worth going for him alone? I think so.
So there we have it, my favourite London brunch spots. Have you any more recommendations you think I should try? Please let me know! Oh, and stay tuned for the Belfast edition. Watch out London- we’re coming for you…