Catch up in style with our selection of favourite places to brunch in City & Angel. With something to suit everyone, it’s the best of the brunch
Words Charlotte Johnstone
Madison, The City of London
A lively restaurant and bar in the heart of the city. Madison has several rooftop terraces with superb views over the skyline including a close up of the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. On Sundays, enjoy your Manhattan-style brunch and Bloody Mary of the week to the some live music. Food for the soul.
Duck & Waffle, Bishopsgate
How do you like your eggs in the morning? To a breathtaking view of London? On the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate, Duck & Waffle offers traditional British cuisine with European influences, 24 hours a day. But for breakfast it’s got to be the duck and waffle with crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.
The Haberdashery, Crouch End
With 20 years of experience in the coffee industry, The Haberdashery knows what its doing. Their string of awards including ‘best caffeine fix’ in London proves it. It’s the go-to for those who love good, local food in an eclectic, mismatched setting with a community vibe. Items include ‘hearty breakfast’ offerings from full English to veggie – or if you’re famished, the Hedonist which is both. Don’t forget to pop over to their sister restaurant in Stoke Newington.
Andina’s menu is bursting with superfood ingredients native to the Peruvian Andes. Recipes from founder Martin Morales’ grandmother, Mamita Naty, have been passed down. Menu offerings include anything from eggs and avocado on sourdough, to gluten free secreto iberico, chancaca rocoto glaze and cauliflower cream. Yum!
Its name derives from the original iconic structure built for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Located on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall, the design of the restaurant nods to the building’s history. Contemporary touches complement décor drawn from the same period. You can enjoy your brunch to a view over the River Thames and live music on Saturdays. Upgrade to bottomless Prosecco, Bloody Mary or Mimosa for £17.
Caravan, King’s Cross
Inside a grade II-listed building that once served as a grain store, the room echoes its history. Think industrial-style décor with an open-plan kitchen and coffee roastery. The menu boasts baked goods, fruits and cereals as well as unique offerings. We think the coconut bread with lemon curd cream cheese and poached rhubarb sounds delicious.
Grain Store, King’s Cross
Welcome to the ‘exploded kitchen’, an interior feast of kitchen-clash-dining-room etiquette. Celebrated chef Bruno Loubet serves an equally eclectic menu. And a good range; from American pancakes to beetroot burgers. The large terrace at the front is a real winner in fair weather.
The Book Club, Shoreditch
This old factory in Shoreditch maintains the raw, pared-down character of the original building. Bespoke furniture, mosaics and graphic lighting features throughout. Furthermore, exhibitions frequently line the walls and it’s a popular hangout for local creatives. At the weekend, brunch offers something for everyone. From burgers and salads to porridge and pancakes.
Berber & Q, Haggerston
Berber & Q’s menu combines flavour from the Middle East, North Africa and Ottoman with Western cooking techniques. So their brunch menu is seriously special. Offerings include sharers of The Full Israeli – with pumpkin chirchi, honeyed feta and Israeli salad. Or the meaty Mangal breakfast with Lamb bacon chops, pork merguez, lamb kidneys and roasted bone marrow, amongst many other things.
Ginger & White, Hampstead
There aren’t many places you can find a fish finger sandwich on the brunch menu. Perhaps it’s to do with the seriously family-friendly vibe of the caffs in both Hampstead and Belsize Park. Both combine the best bits of greasy spoon classics with Antipodean charm. Come here for great coffee and simple, honest food with a Ginger & White makeover.