I met my friend for a late brunch one Sunday a few weeks ago and I have to confess - I was extremely hungover. This level of nausea and headache combination happens very little nowadays (thank god for that!) so I didn't quite know what to do with myself. Food, combined with the company of a good friend and some fresh air seemed like the right thing to do, so I dragged myself out of bed and headed for brunch.
We ended up in the New London Cafe in Highbury which was a new discovery for both of us, but the menu sounded so promising we wanted to give it a try. It wasn't mindblowingly good or innovative, but it was just what I needed at that specific moment. I had the Mediterranean breakfast with lots of fresh veggies, fried peppers and halloumi, and I think it definitely cured me a little bit. My breakfast also had fried eggs and sausages (I switched mine to veggie) but for me it was all about the fresh stuff - sausages just felt a bit too heavy for my fragile state!
I'd give the place 3/5 stars - it wasn't anything special but it did the trick and had something for everyone. Their berry smoothie was also very good and refreshing so make sure to try that out too if you do go!
I used to visit Brick Lane pretty religiously - it was the best place to spend a Sunday afternoon (it's basically surrounded by food - what else do you need on a lazy Sunday?). I don't really know why I stopped going, but I'm very happy I've recently rediscovered it!
We went with my friend a few weeks ago, and even though the weather was absolutely miserable, it was so much fun. I think it might have actually been a good thing that it was a bit grey and rainy as there were definitely less people than on my previous visits! I just love the colourful street art, the vintage shops, and most of all, ALL of the street food stalls that are dotted around the street and the surrounding area. The Rough Trade shop is also always a must visit - don't forget to take your pictures in the photo automat before you go!
I've already written a post about my love for Charlotte Street and Fitzrovia, but I wanted to give a quick special mention for Goodge Street too because it's full of so many amazing little restaurants, pubs and cafes, all ranging from chain places to lovely independents.
I spent a lot of time here, and have recently fallen in love with the new Fabrique, the outside seating area of Dickie Fitz (best for people watching!) and eaten my weight in tapas in Barrica. If you're ever in need of a place to eat or drink in central London I'd strongly recommend to head here, as even though the pubs are very full on Fridays, the atmosphere totally makes up for it - at least when the weather gets a bit better and standing outside won't be so bad!
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