I didn’t eat breakfast regularly for about twenty years. No kidding. Whilst I loved sugary cereals and once ate an impressive nine bowls of Crunchy Nut at a friend’s house (her mum wasn’t impressed), I developed an unhealthy habit of eating too much in the evening and then ‘fasting’ until lunch the next day to make up for it. This lasted through university and into adulthood, and it’s only in the past six months that breakfast has suddenly become my BEST FRIEND. Really. I look forward to it when I wake up and it’s often my favourite meal of the day. Who’d have thought.
Anyway, around the same time I started getting into breakfast in a big way, I also discovered that brunch is one of the most fun things you can do on a weekend when you’ve cut down on booze. In fact, it’s probably the most fun thing you can do when hungover too. I’m now constantly on the lookout for new brunch options that don’t ruin all my hard work in the gym and get my weekend off to a healthy start, so here’s a few of my favourites along with some I’ve yet to try (but look amaaaazing).
Best healthy brunch spots in London
New Street Grill, Liverpool Street
I first visited this place with my mum a few years ago and we spent a long, leisurely afternoon making our way through the wine list in atmospheric settings. I’ve since been back a few times and I’m always impressed. Friendly staff, tasty food, and a nice outdoor terrace to sit al fresco in the summer. Brunch-wise, I’d go for the Honey & yoghurt pot, berry compote, and granola or if you’re feeling hungry the baked cod, white bean, chorizo, baby spinach, and poached egg sounds good.
New Street Grill, 16A, New Street, London EC2M 4TR. Tube: Liverpool Street. Phone: 020 3503 0785
Located on Shoreditch High Street, this place serves brunch between 10am and 4pm on weekends and has a really cool vibe. I had a great afternoon here with the girls, and we sat chatting away for hours without feeling rushed. They recommend choosing three plates per person but I was happy with the eggs and avacado on sourdough toast – which left room for a cheeky Pisco Sour. I love the opportunity to try something new, so if you fancy Ceviche and Cau Cau alongside your usual granola, this is a great option. Ooo and they do juices, too.
Andina London, 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DJ. Tube: Shoreditch High Street. Phone: 020 7920 6499
Dean Street Townhouse, Soho
The all day breakfast selection includes some of my favourites – fruit salad, ham hock hash with fried duck egg, eggs benedict, and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. Oh, and they have four types of bloody marys’ – technically more vegetable than alcohol so totally allowed – and a bakery in case you fancy a treat.
Dean Street Townhouse, 69 – 71 Dean Street, London, W1D 3SE. Tube: Tottenham Court Road. Phone: 020 7434 1775
Granger + Co, Clerkenwell
I haven’t yet made it to Granger + Co (particularly bad since I work round the corner) but the menu looks, quite frankly, incredible. Juices and smoothies, fruits and grains, eggs and sides, a bakery, classics and big plates. I have my eye on the almond milk chia seed pot, mango and coconut yoghurt, as well as the ginger cured prawn and spring onion egg white omelette with spiced salsa rossa. Looking through the list is making me hungry.
Granger + Co, Clerkenwell Green, 50 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0HA. Tube: Farringdon. Phone: 020 7251 9032
Lima Floral, Covent Garden
Try a weekend brunch with a Peruvian twist at Lima. Served on Saturdays from 10:30am to 2:30pm and Sundays from 10:30am to 3:00pm, give the ‘Andean breakfast’ set menu a go if you fancy trying a few different things! Options include quinoa porridge and bee pollen to start, potato pancakes and spring onions for mains, and dulche de leche or Amazonian chocolate mousse for dessert.
Lima Floral, 14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BJ. Tube: Covent Garden. Phone: 020 7240 5778
Fika, Roman Road, Bow
This is a really cute Swedish cafe on Roman Road, serving everyday brunch until 3pm. My favourite post-yoga coffee stop, you can just sit in the window and watch the world go by. Try the eggs on sourdough toast (with sourdough from the E5 bakery!) or the smashed avocado on sourdough toast with chili flakes and tomatoes. The latte is also really nice.
Where’s your favourite brunch spot in London? I have far too many to fit into one post so I’ll keep adding to this list!