By Esin Huseyin
A lot of Londoners are now skipping breakfast and opting straight for brunch; whether you’ve woken up later than usual, going for a working brunch, or just love food – we have five of the best places to grab it.
Riding House Cafe
One of the best places to go for a working lunch, and not just because of it’s central location, most mornings you’ll catch groups of city workers conducting meetings here – however, pan your eyes towards the bar and you’ll see a line of freelancers on their laptops. You’ll be able to grab your hands on everything from bircher-benner muesli, french toast to poached fruit dishes. Don’t worry, there’s buttermilk pancakes too. See for yourselves, here.
The only way that I can describe brunch here; nothing is done by half measures. You do have the option to order something lighter such as porridge or granola, but Hawksmoor are renowned for their meat. Why not try their gargantuan full English or even the short-rib bubble and squeak. Go on, do brunch different. Get your chops around that, here.
If you’re after a brunch that’s the equivalent of a fanfare, you’ll want to head to The Wolseley. This opulent and grand venue is filled with professionals, regulars and tourists; it’s not the cheapest place, but the food is of a high quality. Whether you just want to snack on a pastry or stretch your limits with a plate of haggis with duck eggs – you’re covered. Everyone who has been, practically, screams about the eggs Benedict. Have a butchers, here.
Located in Victoria, this is a great place whether it’s raining or even if it’s cold (they erect a marquee in the winter). When the sun is out however, you’re able to sit at picnic tables by the lake – the full English breakfast has to take the credit here. Be warned, at the weekends this place does get ridiculously busy.
The Goodlife Eatery
If you wanted to opt for something a little “good”, this Sloane Avenue venue is perfect. With the option to take away or sit-in, you’re able to take a slower pace with this relaxed venue. Everybody raves about, So-Fresh and So-Clean: poached eggs, red and white quinoa, kale and sweet potato with spiced cashew cream – this is also gluten-free. If you’re the kind of person who flinches at the word full English in the morning, why not try one of their cold-pressed juices! Be good, here.