Finding a good brunch spot is one of our favourite Sunday activities. Settling down with a green tea or fruit smoothie, weather dependent, and sampling all the delicious food on offer. From the classic smashed avocado on toast, to the increasingly popular Shakshouka, or pancakes with every topping, it is a brilliant way to set ourselves up for a day of exploring the capital.
However, more recently brunches have been popping up all over London, and it’s becoming harder and harder to know which one to choose. Therefore, we decided to create a list of, what we believe, are the best brunch spots in London. Catering to both those who love savoury, and those who like Camilla, have a massive sweet tooth!
Clapham Junction, 140 St John’s Hill, SW11 1SL
Ben’s Canteen in Clapham Junction is a great place to hangout on a Sunday morning and tuck into a delicious brunch! It has a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious grub. They also have a brilliant range of drinks to have with your brunch, Bloody Bens Bloody Mary is a great Bloody Mary! Whether you’re trying to cure a hangover or catching up with old friends. Of course, you can opt for the non-alcoholic Virgin Mary, but as Ben has christened it, it’s Bloody Pointless – a man after our own hearts!
As we were visiting on a rather sunny Sunday morning we fancied something rather refreshing, therefore we went for the crisp Green Smoothie and Green Juice – both were delicious, despite what the colour might suggest.
Next, it was time to sample the food. Ben’s Canteen offers great plates with a twist on the classic brunch dishes. Camilla opted for the Smashed Avocado with Pink Kraut, Pea Shoots, Poached Egg, Sunflower and Chia Seeds, while I couldn’t resit the Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Bacon, Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce. Both were exactly what we needed… I mean you can’t go wrong with Fried Chicken right!?
48 Grays Inn Road, Chancery Ln, London WC1X 8LT
Catalyst is quickly becoming one of our favourite brunch spots in London! It’s incredibly unique menu has been put together with creativity and love. Catalyst’s understanding of flavours and the combination risks which have been taken to get this menu are amazing! We visited Catalyst on a sunny morning in April and we were charmed by this one off little cafe in Holborn, while we watched the world go by.
We decided to get a collection of plates and share everything because it all looked so intriguing. We ordered the:
- Avo Baba Ganoush, roasted peppers, coffee sriracha, za’atar, sourdough bread,
- Halloumi katsu, fried egg, plum ketcup, politiki pickles, coffee sriracha
- Pancakes with grilled banana, poached blackberries, crème fraiche, coffee maple syrup, and candied almonds
As each dish arrived the chef explained how he composed the dish and how it was assembled. All the plates came out with a huge pop of colour and – although what the chef was saying was fascinating – all we wanted to do was bury our faces in this exotic pile of food.
All the different dishes had their merits. The Avo Baba Ganoush was a spicy twist on the old classic, the Pancakes were fluffy and sweet, but the one which stole the show had to be the Halloumi katsu sandwich. Who would have thought!? But oh my golly gosh! If you’re looking for something a little different, literally no need to look any further!
HERE Crouch End
1 Park Rd, London N8 8TE
HERE Crouch End is an adorable brunch spot, perfect if you’re looking to tuck into some delicious food while spending time in North London. They cook every dish from scratch, from baking the bread to making the jams – you won’t find anything shop brought here! We loved the atmosphere and the staff were so welcoming, helping us with our food choices and boy they were good ones!
When visiting HERE Crouch End we had a real conflict between our savoury cravings and Camilla’s sweet tooth. Therefore, in the end we opted to a savoury dish each and then some dreamy pancakes to share. For the savoury Camilla went for the Chorizo with Two Fried Eggs, Hash and Chilli Jam, while I chose the Shakshuka with Fried Egg and Crispy Halloumi. Both were hearty breakfasts – exactly what we needed on a cold September morning.
Now, let’s talk about those pancakes… Ricotta & Buttermilk Pancakes with Banana, Blueberries, Maple Syrup & Greek Yoghurt! My mouth is watering even thinking about them. They were light and fluffy with just the right amount of sweet and sour from the grilled Banana, Blueberry compote and sharp Greek yoghurt. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth then we’re sure you’ll love them… however, if you don’t, pass them over! We could eat them all day!
23 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1DT
FEYA, located near Bond Street, is probably the prettiest cafe we’ve visited! From the pastel pink walls, marble table tops and blossom hanging from the ceiling, it is an amazingly decorated and relaxed space. Plus, this doesn’t stop at the interior, the food is decorated with edible flowers and pastel colours. However, style over substance is not an issue at FEYA. Not only do the dishes look amazing, but they also taste amazing!
All of FEYA’s dishes are naturally sweetened unprocessed ingredients, focusing around wellness and healthy food. We started off with some colourful and refreshing drinks, Camilla opted for the Good Greens Cold Pressed Juice, while I went for the Mermaid Smoothie; Layered Blue Smoothie with Banana, Dragon Fruit, Zucchini and Blue Spirulina – an Instagrammers’ dream!
Next, we tucked into the main event, the food! Now, the food looked so good we almost didn’t want to eat it, however, of course that didn’t last for long when out stomachs started rumbling. Camilla’s Pastel Rainbow Smoothie Bowl was a two coloured smoothie bowl topped with Nutty Granola, Banana, Mango & Edible Flowers. While my Avocado Rose came with Beetroot Hummus, Toast and Edible Flowers. Both were delicious and still packed a punch of flavour – who said healthy food had to be boring eh?!