5 Of My Favourite By-Yourself Brunch Spots
Where, When & Why
London // Every weekend // Ain't nothing better than a brunch
Ah brunch! I have a latte love for thee. There really is nothing better than getting together with your favourite people for great food, conversation and all the prosecco in a highly Instagrammable setting. Yes, whether with pals or flying solo for the day, brunch is my favourite meal of the weekend and these are some of the London spots I've loved imbibing in the most.
Canova Hall, Brixton
FFO: Industrial chic, generous helpings of food and booze, great service
Bottomless frizante, mimosas and rum punch: £20 pp
Chill hash browns: £12
To celebrate my birthday, 12 of us hit up Canova Hall in Brixton. It's industrial, delightfully Instagrammable and very veggie friendly! Filling food is the fuel to keep the brunch fires burning as carafes of your favourite poison keep on coming, almost relentlessly. I mean that in the best possible way.
Victory Mansion, Stoke Newington
FFO: Laid back fusion brunch, great coffee, classics with a twist
Brunch cocktails: £5 a pop
2 for 1 on brunch special eats, tacos are gluten free and about £4/£5 each
Located in between Stoke Newington and Dalston Kingsland stations is the cosy Victory Mansion. Currently in the midst of a TAKO take-over where the classic Taqueria gets full on Asian treatment.
Tacos this good are a rarity in London and TAKO slaps a smile across the face of all who partake in their wares. Add to this a Victory Mansion Bloody Defoe or Barbara Winsor and you'll never look back.
Dirty Bones, Shoreditch
FFO: life-giving waffles, beards, being stumbling distance to the nearest tube
Bottomless brunch cocktails: £22 pp
Avocado Crumpets: £8.50
There are a few Dirty Bones dotted around the city, the spot in Shoreditch being the best in my humble opinion. If the Grade-II listed heritage doesn't do it for you, Dirty Bones Shoreditch has a real speakeasy vibe to it and I can honestly attest to the life-giving qualities of their sweet waffles - I was in the pit of hangover before I stepped through the velvet curtains and walked out a new woman!
Come here for cure-all cocktails surrounded by opulent velvet, bright neons and many bearded babes.
Elan Cafe, Knightsbridge
FFO: Healthy & wholesome brunch kick, flower power
Jade matcha latte: £6.00
Avocado on sour-dough or rye with poached egg: £9.50 (+ £4.50 for a very tasty raspberry tart)
This isn't the first time Elan has come up on SS&S, probably won't be the last either. It's initial selling point is how gosh darn pretty the cafe is; hues of millennial pink and grey complete with art deco inspired fixtures and a full on flower wall make it highly popular on the 'gram. Given it's booze-free Elan isn't the most pocket-friendly option in comparison to the others, but this is a cafe that has as much substance as it does style, and service levels to match.
FFO: Mediterranean inspired brunch classics that don't cost the earth
No bottomless brunch, cava by the glass: £5.00
Poached eggs, with spinach, chilli butter, seasoned yoghurt & crispy sage: £7.50
Morito's atmosphere is consistently laid back - unsurprising given the Mediterranean influence tasted throughout the menu and it's light and airy decor. Serving up plates inspired by Southern Spain, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean while bubbly chatters merges with the clatter of cutlery as patrons happily slurp cava before heading out to walk it all off down nearby Colombia Road. Ten out of ten would go again, and again, and again.