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Best healthy brunch spots in London

May 28, 2016

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
http://www.newstreetgrill.co.uk/menus/restaurant/brunch/

Andina, Shoreditch
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
http://www.andinalondon.com/menus

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
http://www.deanstreettownhouse.com/food-and-drink

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
https://grangerandco.com/clerkenwell

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
http://www.limalondongroup.com/floral/menus

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!

Emma x

London

The House of Peroni | Vita all’Interno

October 10, 2015

The House of Peroni returns to Brick Lane this month with the brand’s latest residency, this autumn entitled ‘Vita all’Interno’ and open to explore throughout November. As something of a super-fan (I’ve made it to every residency so far, it’s becoming tradition) I’m looking forward to experiencing the ‘most immersive and multi-sensory residency to date’ and, of course, the cocktails.

The month-long event aims to bring the heart of the Italian home to London, welcoming guests to explore Michelin-starred food and Peroni Nastro Azzurro infused cocktails in surroundings inspired by the Italian home.

From ‘passionate nonna’s’ running the home to a never ending dining table, a laundry room inspired by Italian couture, and keys which open the doors to experiences hidden with the event, I’m intrigued to see what’s in store!

Look out for a few sneak peaks from tomorrow’s launch on instagram @acidbrights – close ups of cocktails likely.

The House of Peroni takes up residence at 
152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU 
from 29th October, closing 25th November. Free entry, 18+ only. For more information about The House of Peroni visit: www.thehouseofperoni.com You can read my reviews of the previous residencies here, and see what happened at the launch of the original House of Peroni in July 2013 here.

London Style

LCCA Four Seasons Fashion Show

September 8, 2015

Other than scanning through the usual flurry of excitement on twitter, I have to admit that LFW passed by almost unregistered for me this season.  A busy work schedule has meant little time for swotting up on SS16 trends (I will regret this come March), but I did get in on a little piece of the action this Monday evening at the LCCA Four Seasons Fashion Show. Held by the London College of Contemporary Arts, this year’s graduates showcased an impressive collection on the catwalk, centering around the theme of constant change and up-cycling within the fashion industry today.

I particularly loved the collection from Vilma Indrisiunaite for it’s simple lines and crisp white palette, the raw edges of Sally Spencer’s dresses, and special mention to Bryony Sansome for naming her luxury streetwear collection ‘Heavy Metal Peacock’. Perfectly fitting and very, very cool.

We had a brilliant, prosecco-filled evening, met some lovely designers – including one who asked for a selfie – and left genuinely impressed with what the graduates had to offer. Looking forward to seeing their names pop up over the next few years.

Emma x

London

Why London is incredible in the summer

August 20, 2015

1. Everyone is really, really happy when the sun comes out
By the time summer comes around we’re all so desperate for a bit of sunshine we get over-excited and may even stretch to eye contact with strangers on the tube. We don’t mind when someone stands on the wrong side of the escalator, or puts their armpit in our face on the northern line, because HEY GUYS – it’s sunny.

2. In fact, we’re so happy we don’t even mind spending those long summer days at work
Imagine going to work every day during the summer in Barcelona? Not only would you resent being stuck in the office whilst tourists bask in the thirty degree heat, you’d also turn up covered in sweat, and possibly wearing flip flops. Let’s position our ‘mild’ summers as a benefit, shall we?

3. We know what it’s like to truly love a square metre of outdoor space
Londoners know exactly what it is to love a patio when the sun comes out. Or a roof terrace. Or a really, minutely small balcony. Unlike people living in normal conditions who may take their gardens for granted, we understand what it is to appreciate that tiny bit of beautiful outdoors with all our heart, and are able to position a BBQ on any flat surface.

4. Same story with beer gardens and roof terraces
Never has a community of people enjoyed a small outside space more. Come Friday night (or midweek if it’s really sunny) we flock to the numerous beer gardens and roof terraces dotted across the capital and fight our way through the crowds for a seat. Add to this excitement some of the most beautiful city skylines on offer, great beer on tap, proper cocktails, decent food and all your mates, and it’s hard to imagine anywhere you’d rather be. Except Fiji.

5. We have air con on tubes and bikes for hire
Look away now if you’re confined to the central line during the summer months, but the Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines now have air con, and quite frankly it’s wonderful. Even better, you can hire a bike incredibly cheaply courtesy of our fine mayor Boris, and explore the city on a sunny day al fresco. If, like me, the chances of you being knocked off said bike on London’s roads are high, I’d recommend a trip along Regents Canal.

6. Every summer brings even more pop up street food markets
If the best street food in the world, brilliant cocktails and an outdoor DJ sounds like your thing, head to one of the many street food markets on offer over the summer. Dinerama is my personal favourite, but you can find all sorts dotted around East London from May/June onward. If you’re not a fan of pop ups, try one of the traditional outdoor food markets like Borough or Broadway market for some of the best food in the city.

7. There are seven million trees in London…
So there’s always somewhere to take shelter from the sun when it makes an appearance. Although you’d question this living in Whitechapel.

8. We have pools, lidos, ponds and ‘urban beaches’
On the two or three days a year that it’s actually warm enough to swim outdoors, Londoners like to take advantage of the pools, lidos and urban beaches available in the city. Yes, we have ‘urban beaches’… Sadly I’ve never managed to time being in London with a day hot enough to swim, but I’m assured the lido at Victoria Park is a great spot. Who needs Spain.

9. We’ve got you covered when it rains
Whilst you might struggle to fill your days in a beach resort when the weather turns sour, we here in London specialise in rainy day activities. From world class museums and galleries like Tate Modern, the National History Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, to pubs, restaurants, shopping arcades, coffee houses, cinemas, indoor markets and more pubs, this is basically our thing.

And finally… where else in the world can you bask in the sun on a roof terrace, visit the beach, go for a swim in the pool, hit the bars, have a picnic in the park, go to a gig, take a stroll along the world’s best high street and cycle home for less than a fiver with a basketful of street food?

We have it good.

Emma

London

Grounded | Aldgate East

June 20, 2015

Living on Commercial Road over the past year or so, we’ve watched the overspill from Shoreditch and Brick Lane creep slowly but steadily closer. Luckily for us, this means new bars, pubs and coffee shops popping up every few weeks. My latest favourite is Grounded on Whitechapel Road, from the guys behind Exmouth coffee. Best chai latte in London, hands down.

If you’re looking for somewhere to plug in, drink good coffee and people watch, look no further. They’re open until 8pm most days, have good wifi, lovely staff, and most importantly – amazing gluten-free chocolate cake.

Grounded Coffee
9 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1DU