I've had this idea to write my definitive london brunch guide for a while now. To write one post and keep updating it with new finds. For those moments where you've been trusted with the location decision and your mind has a blank. This will be the post to save you (me). The only criteria for this list is that all the places must be amazing enough to keep coming back to again and again and again.
L to R : Ottolenghi, The Good Egg, Esters, Friends of Ours, Sunday, Caravan,
Ottolenghi N1 (also East and West)
The shakshuka is the best dish here but I'm always drawn in by the assortment of breads, pastries and spreads (homemade nutella, raspberry & morello cherry jam, apricot & passionfruit).
The Good Egg N16
The menu changes seasonally but I think the aubergine & egg pitta and dak dak salad are mainstays. I heartily recommend both of those but everything else I've had here is always superb. This is hardly a secret so your best bet is to come on a weekday or get here 15 minutes before it opens on a weekend.
Friends of Ours N1
Great little cafe near Old Street. The beetroot and carrot fritters with kasundi, avocado and egg are my top recommendation.
This place is so unassuming, tucked away in a corner of Stoke Newington. Everything I've tried is fantastic, the flavours and textures are well thought out and balanced and the dish is always beautifully presented. They have a small but perfectly formed menu which changes with seasonal availability.
Just behind Cally Rd, this place receives absolutely zero footfall yet I'll often see a queue waiting outside at 10am on a weekday. Arrive early and nab yourself a table before the rush. Cannot recommend the cornbread (with maple chipotle butter!) enough.
Head here for something new. Not just your standard avo & eggs situation but a dishes like a buckwheat bowl with rose harissa, pickles & avocado. They also have some sweet outside tables overlooking Granary Square
Tina, We Salute You N1
A banging avocado on toast and very reasonable prices. A great spot for doing some work for a couple of hours
Pophams Bakery N1
Huge selection of pastries - lots of interesting flavours and superb texture
Le Péché Mignon N5
A neighbourhood favourite - filled with delicious pastries baked on site, Monmouth Coffee and all sorts of interesting deli delights
L to R : Honey & Co, 26 Grains, Fabrique
Honey & Co. W1
I mean you should get yourself here for the breakfast, lunch AND dinner but let's start with brunch. Choose the mezze followed by one of their middle eastern egg dishes. You may need rolling out the door, but it will be worth it.
26 Grains WC2
Situated in the beautiful Neals Yard, head here for a killer turmeric latte and try one of their seasonal savoury porridge bowls
Fabrique WC2 and W1T (also East and West)
I will happily travel across town for these buns. The cardamom ones especially. Nice chilled spot for a pit-stop or take away breakfast.
L to R: Pavilion, The Modern Pantry, E5 Bakehouse, Ottolenghi
Pavilion Bakery E9 (Also takeaway at E2 and E8)
This place is an absolute dream in summer. The tables overlooking Victoria Park's lake fill up fast. The Sri Lankan curry & sambal is the star dish here but they also offer all the classics. The chai masala is one of the more authentic drinks I've tried in London. Don't leave without a loaf of white sourdough.
The Modern Pantry (Finsbury Sq and Clerkenwell) EC1V
Finsbury Square is fairly corporate, I would head to Clerkenwell for a more relaxed vibe. Dreamy outdoor table situation in summer plus the menu features fusion flavours like garam masala banana, grapefruit & pink peppercorn and passionfruit & chilli
Fabrique E2 (see Central London entry)
Ottolenghi E1 (see North London entry)
Fabrique W11 (see East London entry)
Ottolenghi W11 (see North London entry)
Salon Brixton SW9
On my list for SO long and well worth a visit. Seasonal food, beautifully presented and lots of plantbased options. Book ahead
I don’t often venture West or South so I cannot give many recommendations. I’m sure I’m missing out on some great ones so do let me know
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If you think I’ve missed anywhere please do let me know. I’ll be updating this list with new finds.