The weekend is nearly here which means one thing: long, lazy brunches with friends that stretch out well into the afternoon. Nicola King, aka East London Girl, gives us the lowdown on the what, the why and the where of her favourite East London brunch spots.
What: Awesome boozy brunch with an amazing choice of dishes including classic brunch options, pizza and pasta.
Why: This place ticks all the boxes – great venue, fab atmosphere, awesome music and delicious food. They have a new roof terrace too. Try their Vegan Viking pizza or Smokey Bandit.
Where: 137 Mare Street, E8 3RH
Dishes £8-14 + £25 pp for 2 hour bottomless including Mimosa’s, Martello Rum Punch and Frizzante.
We are The Bach
What: Relaxed brunch spot in the heart of bustling Broadway Market.
Why: Lovely spot for brunch and brilliant that they cater well for gluten free diets as well as veggie and vegan. The vegan breakfast with spicy sweet potatoes, falafel, hummus and avocado with toast, chilli jam, peppers and courgette was delicious.
Where: 12 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
Prices from £8-10 per dish.
The Breakfast Club
What: Family cafe with branches all over London. This Brekky Club baby was born on the banks of the River Lee in May 2016 in the Here East Development.
Why: The Brekky Club has become a staple venue for brunch in London and I love the Hackney branch right by the canal. My go-to is the All American with pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon and fried potatoes.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 29 E Bay Lane, Hackney Wick, E15 2GW
Prices from around £8-12 per dish.
What: The Feast Menu available from 12-5 on Sunday’s. They say to expect pasta, risotto, pizza, meatballs, roast meats and “much more” and they are not lying.
Why: The choice of food here is absolutely amazing. The antipasti/starter selection includes salmon, prawns, tuna and a selection of charcuterie and salads. The mains range from pasta dishes to fish and roast meats – and yes, you can also have an entire roast dinner here if you so wish.
Where: 58-60 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DP
Prices from £25pp.
What: A very cool, very buzzy American BBQ restaurant offering tender, low and slow-cooke meat using a one tonne Rotisserie Smoker.
Why: We love the quality of food at Hotbox – the meat is so tender and the dishes have so much flavour. There’s an amazing choice of dishes for brunch plus tacos and snacks to warm up your stomach. The Bandit Burger (Dry aged beef patty, smoked short rib, jalapeno, cheese, chimichurri) was epic. We recommend sharing a few dishes so you don’t get food jealousy.
Where: 46-48 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LT
Dishes £8-20 + £25pp for 2 hours including unlimited Prosecco, Mimosas and a selection of cocktails.
What: This plant-filled gem of a local café in Hackney serves brunch with a large outside area for the sunnier days. A lovely, laid-back space inside-out.
Why: I totally recommend the waffle with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon and maple syrup – it is mouth-wateringly good and comes with the perfect amount of maple syrup.
Where: Atkins Square, 2, Dalston Lane, London E8 1FN
£8-10 +£17pp for bottomless options (Mimosa cocktail or Prosecco)
What: The décor of this relaxed café mirrors the beautiful Art Deco ‘Miami’ style of The Strand Building in Clapton, which looks pretty cool.
Why: This spot offers the best brunch dish ever (in my humble opinion): the cinnamon roll pancakes with cream cheese frosting.
Where: 24 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD
Prices from £7-9 per dish.
What: Modern brasserie in the heart of Shoreditch offering brunch dishes and a roast option.
Why: The whole place has a stylish, but unpretentious feel and a string quartet playing a wide variety of songs – making it feel that extra bit special. The Buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup are amazing.
Where: Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, Hackney, E1 6JQ
Prices from £8-12 per dish.
What: A gorgeous little café overlooking the lake in Victoria Park offering a changing menu of veggie dishes.
Why: One of my favourite locals but make sure you arrive early as it can get busy quickly on a weekend. A fab place to people-watch and enjoy a plate of their fluffy buttermilk pancakes, which are absolutely delicious.
Where: Victoria Park, Old Ford Road, E9 7DE
Prices from £7-9.
What: An ode to the Irani-style cafes that were once so popular in Bombay, serving a whole host of vibrant, palate-pleasing dishes.
Why: This place is consistently fantastic and offers innovative breakfast and brunch dishes. Try and get a seat on the lovely Verandah if you can (but be prepared to queue). And if you get there in time for their breakfast menu (8am to 11.45am on weekdays and from 9am to 11.45am on weekends), the bacon naan roll is a must. Or even better still: the breakfast naan breads with bacon, sausage, egg served with a little cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herb.
Where: 7 Boundary Street, Hackney, E2 7JE
Prices range from £2.90 for snacks to £10.90 for a bigger dish.