Category Archives: Brekky & Brunch

Book & Brunch Sundays
at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen

Book and Brunch Sundays

Books, brunches and Sundays are three of my favourite things. In fact, they might even be my top three things. Add in beautiful Belgravia, supporting an independent book shop and delicious food and I’m literally in heaven.

Book & Brunch Sundays at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen are adding a little literary bliss in Belgravia, by teaming up their gorgeous brunch with local indie book shop Belgravia Books, who include a brand new paperback specially selected by themselves, as part of the brunch, for you to keep.

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Brunching on Baker Street

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I find that things get sorted out over brunch. Problems are solved, difficulties are unpicked and the world is put to rights. It’s my favourite meal hands down. Apart from cake and tea. And yes, that’s a meal.

Brunch is made even better when you can share it with a bestie, and that is exactly what I did last week, at Bill’s on Baker Street.

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Berlin Brünch has arrived
at German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium

I have never taken a trip to Berlin (I REALLY want to go) but even though I’ve never been, the whispers of the legend of their famous brunch has travelled over the seas and is something I’ve always longed to indulge in… (not the main reason I want to go to Berlin, but yes, it’s up there).

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Smørrebrød & liquorice lattes
at Snaps & Rye

Liquorice latte at Snaps & Rye

Liquorice latte at Snaps & Rye

A few days ago I found myself in one of my favourite parts of town and my old stomping ground, Golborne Road. I lived just off this street for around ten years, before moving to North London a little over a year ago…

In those 10 years I saw Golborne Road and the area around it change dramatically, with new places to shop, eat and drink popping up all the way down the street… and one of the new arrivals in 2014 was Snaps + Rye – the only Danish restaurant in London.

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Aussie pals, an evacuation
and brunch at Granger & Co

Grange and Co

They know what they’re doing in the latte department. Ho yes.

Years ago, I worked in North Carolina as a Camp Leader for Camp America. I did it for three years and had around 180 teenagers in my charge at any one time. Let’s not think about that.

I was also responsible for the counsellors, who were looking after these teens. These counsellors were from all over the world, and included Lou from Brisbane Australia and Ami from London.

Anyway, they met on camp, they fell in love over a cook-out campfire and now they both live in Oz. And obviously this happy ending is ENTIRELY down to me.

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See you round Edith’s House

Edith's House

I have been meaning to get to Edith’s House for a while now – ever since I saw a snapshot of the interior on Twitter… I fell instantly in love.

They are one of Crouch End’s newest arrivals and as soon as I entered the café, a bolt of nostalgia hit me between the eyes. The decor is from an era gone by and I was smacked in the face with waves of Dot Cotton, my grandma and memories of boiled sweeties in tins…

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Brunch at Blighty Coffee
Finsbury Park

I love the inbetweeny days between Christmas and the new year… It’s my favourite time for holing up in cafes with my favourites (people AND jumpers) and indulging in long leisurely breakfasts, brunches and mugs of steaming coffee

One of my favourite haunts, which I haven’t yet written about, is my local – Blighty Coffee. Chris, the founder of the cafe, wanted to recreate the style and character of coffee houses of times gone by.

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– My top 10 –
Avocado on toast in London

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Avocado on toast at Wildflower Cafe, Notting Hill

“There’s only so much avocado on toast one person can have!” said the lovely Jemima to me earlier this week, while we skipped about in tartan in the Scottish Borders…. (that’s a whole other story…) But as soon as she said it,  I thought to myself, “I’m not sure there is”.

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Lazy Breakfast at Green Room Café

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I recently met Gem in Stoke Newington for a late and lazy brekky. I’m not sure what time breakfast turns into brunch, but this was around 11:30. So definitely brunch territory, but I felt that by calling it breakfast I could justify a late lunch as well.

Green Room Café is situated on the ever so pretty Church Street in Stoke Newington – it used to be only a florist, but now the back has been transformed into a bright and airy café, with a very large eating space outside as well, where you can sit, nibble and natter in the sunshine amidst the plants and flowers.

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Sunday Brunch on Saturday.
At Sunday. (Confused?)

Sunday brunch

I got back from hopping around the Greek islands on Friday afternoon, tired and weary from all the travelling… So on Saturday morning, I woke up ravenous and in need of glorious yummy sustenance. LM and I headed out into the great sunny outdoors to hunt down a brunch to end all brunches.

And we found the mothership.

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Brunch at Foxcroft & Ginger

Foxcroft & Ginger brunch

Wow, it was cold on Wednesday. I wrapped myself head to toe in my cosiest cosies and headed off to Soho to meet my brother for brunch at Foxcroft & Ginger.

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– Le Chalet –
An Alpine Hideaway
on the roof at Selfridges

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I love Christmas. I know you know this. But, I also love Winter. I love the bite and chill of it.. but mostly, I love the way we can hide away from the cold in cosy haunts, drink hot toddies, read books, see chums, wrap ourselves up in soft blankets and enjoy basking in that lovely warm glow… of either candlelight, or the power of dimmer switches, which are now completely non-negotiable for me when it comes to light fittings…

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– Brunch at Barnyard –
Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia

Barnyard London

Oh, howdy.

Last Saturday morning I was VERY excited as I was heading with LM to Barnyard – the latest venture from Mr Ollie Dabbous – the ingenious chap behind Dabbous, and who seems to be able to do amazing and rather ground breaking things with the simplest of ingredients. Like carrots*.

*No offence to carrots. I love carrots. They were just the first thing that sprung to mind.

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Think You’ve Had Breakfast in Bed?
Oh, Really.

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in bed is always such a treat, no matter how it arrives or is assembled. I usually clamber downstairs in my pyjamas, put knives in butter, teabags in mugs and emerge triumphantly with slightly burnt, marmite smothered toast, strong tea and orange juice. If I’d remembered to buy it. And it’s lovely.

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– Holborn Dining Room –
A Very British Breakfast

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I love discovering wonderful places like this.  Wonderful, beautiful, high-ceilinged places, with sweeping marble floors that serve amazingly delicious breakfasts with perfect eggs at not horribly expensive prices in the heart of London town. Or ‘Midtown’, as it’s apparently known now. (When did that happen? I rather like it.)

So many big ticks in all the little boxes.

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