London: My top brunch spots

London: My top brunch spots

Anyone who knows me knows I love brunch – some may say I’m an expert. I have a long list of recommendations but here are my top five current brunch spots in east London:

1. Dishoom:dishoom naan

dishoom

There’s a few branches of Dishoom popping up now, most recently Carnaby Street but, I like to stay local at a weekend so, Shoreditch is my go to. This is my favourite brunch spot by far, but sometimes getting a reservation or a walk in is tricky. Don’t listen to anyone else – just get the bacon naan! It will change your life.

2. The Residents of Paradise Row:

A relatively recent find of mine, this gem is hidden away near Bethnal Green station under the railway arches. I like the boozy brunch (all you can drink for £25), sitting in a booth and their grilled chorizo, poached egg and beans in a skillet.

residents of paradise row brunch

3. Hatch:

Tucked under the railway arches of Homerton overground station this little gem has a relaxed atmosphere for brunch, lunch and dinner. Menu changes regularly including feature dishes from local chefs and other restaurants. You can hire the space too. Cheese on toast is cheap and delicious.

hatch

hatch

hatch

4. Blue Legume:

blue legume brunch

I’m often at this family owned cafe on Upper Street, Islington. It isn’t technically in east London but its easily accessible on the weekends and a good mid-way point for me and my friends. I get the hash-brown breakfast every time. Great selection of homemade juices and also very reasonably priced.

blue legume brunch

5. Counter Cafe:

Famous in Hackney Wick – Counter Cafe has been a favourite of mine for some years. However, it almost lost its place amongst my regular haunts last year as the service got unbearably slow and painful. The menu change (including removal of the counter breakfast which was top notch with potato cakes and homemade beans) still means its lost top place in my opinion – nothing seems to quite hit the spot any more. However, the coffee is great and they have made good improvements with the service. Weekend brunch times are always heaving but in the milder months there’s nothing better than a seat outside on the pontoon (yes it’s a floating platform) in the sunshine with a view of the Olympic Park. I now order a flat white, orange juice and scrambled egg, cherry tomatoes and basil on toast – which comes in at about a tenner!

counter cafe

counter gallery

view from counter

I know I said 5 but these few are hard not to mention too:

6. Stories, Broadway Market – this was a great little hang out, good for brunch by day and cocktails by night – however its sadly closed down.

7. Market Cafe, Broadway Market. Sad as I may be about Stories (above) it’s ok as I can just go to Market Cafe instead now. Great decor and a yummy full english served until 4. Get it with a glass or prosecco

8. The Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park. Great food, great ingredients, great location. Overlooking the pond in the park – good weather applies.

pavillion brunch

9. Maison D’Etre, Highbury & Islington. A new find for me, with Square Mile Coffee.

Masion D'etre

maison d'etre

10. Bistrotheque, London Fields. Luxury setting with pianist playing Lady Gaga. Nice for a special occasion.



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