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September 25, 2015

Where the Brunch Things Are

by Julieta Lucca

Brunch is not just merging Breakfast and Lunch. It’s a lifestyle.

Brunch originated in England in the late 1800s, back then it was served as a buffet-style meal. And a lot has changed since then.

Brunch is the meal of choice for the typical middle-class millennial. A section of today’s society that seems to be on the rise during the last few years. And so, restaurants and hipster cafes are adapting to the demand by upping their offer.

There’s a funny thing about Brunch, I personally don’t know how to go about it. If I’m meeting at 11 am, do I have breakfast beforehand at 9 or do I save my appetite until then and order one of each from the menu? I always thought Brunch was an excuse to drink Champagne before midday, now it seems I need to plan my day around it. Note, I need no excuse to drink Champagne before midday.

One thing’s for sure, I have yet to find my favourite Brunch spot in London, one that ticks most of these requirements:

  • no queuing to get in
  • varied yet an unexpected menu
  • doesn’t break the bank
  • a meal big enough that leaves me satisfied
  • beautiful interiors
  • secluded and not too well known
  • killer coffee

I will obviously keep looking but for now, I thought I’d share with you 6 great spots for Brunch around London:

Granger & Co (Notting Hill & Clerkenwell) - ££

Granger & Co have arguably the best cappuccino in town. I’ve drank my fair share of artisan coffees and I can attest to this. (see The Coffee Issue) – My personal favourite are the hotcakes (a.k.a pancakes). The only downside to this place is the horrible 45 minutes plus queue you have to endure to get a table. Could it be done more nicely? Yes. But for some reason restaurants think it’s cool to have a queue of people out the door.

Pistou & Co (Exmouth Market) ££

A recent favourite of mine. Pistou brings the best of French cuisine to Exmouth Market. Its relaxed atmosphere is perfect for any meal of the day. Beautiful marble tables and exquisite delicacies. This is the sort of place hipster Marie Antoinette would have gone to if she lived in the 21st century, or at least that’s how I see it.

Story Coffee (Clapham) ££

I had to include an independent coffee shop, they don’t get enough credit. If you’ve lived in London long enough, you’ll know that if you want a good coffee you better go to an independent shop. Sure, you can get a cheaper and bigger cup at Le Pain Quotidien or Starbucks – but it certainly doesn’t taste the same.

Story is the perfect spot outside the city centre that serves both proper coffee and finger-licking breakfasts. Don’t forget to visit if you are in the area.

Hally’s (Parsons Green) ££

If you are looking for a spot in West London, Hally’s is the place for you. It’s cosy and modern, beautiful interiors and a very thought-through menu. The owners put it together with a very Californian vibe in mind. If you are in a rush and looking for a morning pick-me-up, cross the road and go to Little H, where you can get Monmouth coffee to go and a pastry or two.

The Breakfast Club (various locations) ££

I’ve always loved the vibe in The Breakfast Club, it’s the right amount of 90’s and the food is the right amount of decadent. It’s the type of place where you will never be judged for adding bacon and maple syrup to your pancakes at the same time. The milkshakes are out of this world. Don’t expect to come out feeling hungry.

Duck & Waffle (Bishopsgate) ££££

If you are feeling fancy, you should treat yourself to a beautifully cooked duck on an equally beautiful waffle. I had their signature dish on the 1st January 2015 at 7:30 am. I wasn’t drunk nor I was hangover. It was one of the best meals in my life. I love Duck & Waffle, not just because the beautiful views but because the food is the right amount of pretentious. Everyone likes to feel like they are on top of the world every now and again.

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