Top 10: Brunch Spots London

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Brunch Spots in London aren’t rare. To get a better overview our editor Franzi selected her top 10

Having brunch in London is probably the most popular – correction: the only – way to start your weekend. It doesn’t come as a surprise. After a full week of work and commuting, one simply needs some ritual-like downtime with friends and family (and perhaps a Bloody Mary or three as a side dish).

After living in this amazing city for three years, I have countless favorite brunch places and they’re spread all over the whole city – the fancy and elegant ones in West and Central London, the relaxed ones in the North and, of course, the ones that are too-cool-for-school in South and East London.

To add some sweetness to the days after Fashion Week – or simply your next trip to London – here are my Top 10.

1. Chiltern Firehouse

This place is London’s current King of Nightlife, celebrity hangout number one, and host to the most infamous parties – well, until someone screams “Le roi est mort, vive le roi” and the crowd wanders off to the next hotspot.

If you visit the Firehouse during the day, it almost seems like last night’s party never happened. You can get spoiled with a rich selection of delicious dishes, and all while admiring the beautiful architecture of the former fire station. A safe bet for the perfect brunch: Eggs Royale and the pancakes with blueberries. Enjoy!

 

Chiltern Firehouse
1 Chiltern St
London W1U 7PA

+20 7073 7676

2. Monocle Cafe

One of my best friends used to live right above the Monocle Cafe, which belongs – you guessed it – to Monocle magazine, located just a couple of houses down the road. And so as you can imagine, we stopped by frequently to have a coffee and enjoy one their breakfast sandwiches or cinnamon rolls. Outside, you have a view of the Chiltern Firehouse where you can spot celebrities walk in and out (and see the paparazzi wait for their next million dollar shot).

The staff is likely one of the nicest in town and is always up for a chat while you’re waiting for your food. Just don’t be in a hurry when you go here – they take their sweet time to prepare your coffee, but boy, is it worth the wait!

 

Monocle Cafe
18 Chiltern St
London W1U 7QA

+44 20 7135 2040

3. Riding House Cafe

The Riding House Café is a beautiful brasserie located in Fitzrovia, near Oxford Circus, which was created for the local creative community. If you have a business brunch, take your client here – the food is served quickly, the service is great, the interior design on point, and you can feel a certain New York vibe in the middle of London.

 

Riding House Cafe
43-51 Great Titchfield St
London W1W 7PQ
+44 20 7927 0840
info@ridinghousecafe.co.uk

Instagram @housecafes

4. 202

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202 is located only a couple of minutes away from Portobello Road, which hosts the famous market full of second-hand clothes and antiques every Saturday. If you want to escape the mayhem, you can take a stroll over to Westbourne Grove, which is at its most beautiful when the magnolia trees are in bloom. Have some eggs on toast and freshly pressed orange juice sitting in front of the restaurant before you continue on with your weekend activities.

 

202
202 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2RH
+44 20 7727 2722

Instagram @202cafelondon

5. Hej Coffee

Hej Coffee is a combination brunch/breakfast restaurant and flower store. You are always welcome to bring your laptop if you have work to do while enjoying the sandwiches, cheese and ham croissants, banana bread, fresh juices, and smoothies – the blueberry, banana, and ginger smoothie is my favourite, but it’s not always on the menu. Ask for it!

 

Hej Coffee
1 Bermondsey Square
London SE1 3UN
+44 20 3441 4544
enquiries@hejcoffee.co.uk

Instagram @hej_coffee

6. Trade

From the first moment I stumbled upon this place on Commercial Street, I’ve become a frequent visitor and true Trade-addict. You can spend hours in their little backyard with a bunch of friends as a way to kick-off the day, or stop by later on after a long walk through Shoreditch. Whoever created the interior was a master at his/her craft. Lots of wood, bare bulbs, copper piping, and minimalistic furniture make your visit even more joyful. Three words describe everything I love about Trade: Chorizo. Chilli. Eggs. (Order it!)

 

Trade
47 Commercial Street
London E1 6BD
+44 20 3490 1880

Instagram @tradecommercialst

7. Campania

If you want to spend a typical Sunday in London, then it’s surely an obligation to walk over to Columbia Road and visit the flower market, have a pint at the Royal Oak, and brunch at Campania while listening to the street musicians. Grab a place outside the small restaurant and select something from their Italian menu, a coffee and a fresh juice, and then: stay there for the rest of the day, watch, listen, and keep on eating – I guarantee you’ll have the best time!

 

Campania
23 Ezra St
London E2 7RH

+44 20 7613 0015

8. The Corner Room

This restaurant is located in the Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green’s hippest place to spend the night (cutting edge interior design!). The restaurant is impressive yet understated with a cozy atmosphere and it serves food of a sublime quality at affordable prices. By the way: It may be a hotel, but the actual town hall is still in use and if you’re lucky, you can see newlyweds wandering the halls.

 

The Corner Room
Town Hall Hotel
Patriot Square
London E2 9NF
+44 (0)20 7871 0460 (ext. 1640)
info@cornerroom.co.uk

Instagram @townhallhotel

9. Burnt Toast Cafe

Brixton, where I used to live for 2 years, was a truly magical place for me. I met interesting people there and spent a lot of time getting to know this special area, which is carried by its positive and multicultural vibes. This variety is well-represented at Brixton Village, which restaurants serving food from all over the world call their home. For breakfast, I mostly stuck to Burnt Toast Cafe and its range of American pancakes, Eggs Florentine, and typical full English fare. If you are still hungry afterwards – which I highly doubt – here you’ll also find African, South American, or Asian restaurants as far as the eye can see.

 

Burnt Toast Cafe
88 Brixton Village Market
London SW9 8PS
+44 7717 642812

Instagram @burnttoastcafeldn

10. Sunday Cafe

If you have a family visiting London, Islington is the area where you should take them – it does not get any more residential, green, quiet, or more beautiful (the architecture in Islington is by far my favorite) than here. You have the canal for a walk towards Regent’s Park, Highbury Fields for picnics, The Albion for a Sunday roast, and the Sunday Cafe for the perfect brunch before you go back home to do some gardening.

 

Sunday Cafe
169 Hemingford Rd
London N1 1DA
+44 20 7607 3868

Instagram @sundaybarnsbury