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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

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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

 

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Exmouth Coffee Co | Aldgate East

June 19, 2015
Exmouth Coffee Co

Exmouth Coffee Co

I find it really hard to pass through Aldgate in the morning without paying a trip to Exmouth – and I’m not the only one. Oliver was visiting the East London coffee shop so often he bought an espresso machine to try to kerb the habit – only to find himself sneaking in ‘for a treat’ a few times a week.

Knowing full well my own willpower is no match for the inevitable brownie and chai latte combo, I try to avoid this particular part of Whitechapel Road most days on my commute. When the craving for a chewy, chocolatey brownie gets too much though, this is my first port of call.

Sat immediately to the right of Aldgate East tube (if you take the Whitechapel Gallery exit) this is the slightly smaller, older brother of Grounded, a coffee shop that popped up further along the road earlier in the year. Here you’ll find one of the best selections of cakes and flatbreads anywhere in East London – need I mention the chocolate brownie again? It’s chewy, people – along with really good coffee and a cosy interior.

The staff are so popular there’s even an entire wall dedicated to fan mail – complete with poetry, illustrations and love letters for the baristas. I can’t say I’m surprised.

Exmouth Coffee Co
83 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX
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Monday to Sunday: 7am to 8pm