There a few things better than heading for a bottomless brunch on a lazy weekend morning, with coconut french toast, warming matcha lattes and perfectly ripe avocado smash, surrounded by of your favourite people. Not too long ago, brunch wasn’t such a big deal in London compared to other major cities. I’m from Melbourne where we take cafe culture pretttty seriously, so it’s only natural that it’s become my favourite meal of the day. It’s more than just the food, though, it is the whole experience that makes it. Call me basic (100% am though), but it also doesn’t hurt if the cafe is totally pleasing on the eyes (… & the gram’). I love to discover and scope out the best brunch spots of every city so today I’m bringing you my most adored from one of my favourite cities, London.
1. Palm Vaults
Rainbow lattes? Check. Blush pink interiors? Check. Marble tables? Check. It’s official, Palm Vaults is an Instagramers DREAM. Everything from the lavender and rose lattes, to the smashed avo sprinkled with flowers and too-pretty-to-eat barbie pink smoothie bowls, this place really does go above and beyond. And if the food isn’t beautiful enough, you guys have to see the interiors of this place! Plants hanging from the ceiling, on top of the tables, on the vintage sourced signs…. can I just move in already?!
2. Peggy Porschen Cakes
I mean I really think the photo speaks for itself here?! Quite possibly the CUTEST place in all of London, Peggy Porschen is technically a place to indulge in something sweeter. Every day from 10am to 6pm guests can indulge in a mouth watering range of ready-to-eat cakes, cookies and drinks, browse a selection of edible treats and gifts, and also peruse Peggy’s own range of professional baking equipment. Too cute!
3. Farm Girl Cafe
Farm Girl represents a holistic and healthy, yet comfortingly simple approach to Australian cafe culture in the heart of Notting Hill. It’s an adorable casual place with bright interiors and vintage pink decor located in a cute alley on Portobello Road. If that doesn’t scream Instagram worthy, the rose lattes and raspberry pancakes just might.
4. AIDA Shoreditch
Take a seat at a long wooden table, sip a signature flat white and watch the colours of Shoreditch High Street roll by through the floor to ceiling windows. Alongside classic coffees, AIDA also offer their ‘specialty’ Wonder Lattes- Sunshine, Fresh Chai, Matcha and Rose. They come feathered, as you can see from the photo above, and the rose latte is even served with a side of dried roses. How pretty!
Chances are many of you aren’t unfamiliar with the pink tea room of Sketch, London. It sure did make it’s way over Instagram and Pinterest as one of the trendiest restaurants of 2016. Can’t blame anyone though, just look at it! Make sure you book in for a long brunch and don’t forget to check out the unique pod shaped bathrooms – possibly one of the most ‘grammed bathrooms ever.
6. Dalloway Terrace
Dalloway Terrace the secret garden hidden away in the heart of the city, just a few steps away from Covent Garden and Oxford Street. It is an elegant, poetic and quintessentially English space if I ever did see one. Served on weekends from 8am, their brunch features all time classics as well as innovative dishes and healthy options, based on the most seasonal, local products and the freshest ingredients. I’ve heard the blueberry pancakes are quite the delight.
Grind is a group of six trendy café-bars and three restaurants across London. They were started by a DJ and a tech entrepreneur (what a cool mix?!) and epitomise London’s current cultural renaissance, combining technology, music, start-up culture and artisan produce. Plus the avocado smash with sprinkled feta and chili pretty much wins everyone over.
If you’re into minimalist design, the backdrop at Milk will add the perfect backdrop to any photo on your insta feed. Also, kinda dying over these buckwheat pancakes with burnt custard apple & plum blossom, and I can’t even decide if they’re the best thing on their menu.
9. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings are one place I think everyone should experience in London. Whatever you do, make sure you book a table in their incredible greenhouse (see photo above; I think photos speak for themselves here?!) and delve into the comfy floral armchairs surrounded by flora. It is rather pretty, to say the least. On weekends they serve cocktails and a hefty food menu made famous for their bottomless brunches. Just make sure you book because this place packs up fast!
10. Daisy Green Collection
The Daisy Green Collection is made up of a handful of great cafes & restaurants inspired by the homeland Australia (Londoners really love Aussie cafe culture, don’t they?) to the quirky central London locations. From their award-winning banana bread sandwiches, and coconut bread french toast to the avocado on charcoal bread, you will be absolutely spoiled for choice here.