I love brunch.
Seeing as I’ve done my fair share of them, too, I thought it would be only fair to put a few of the best vegetarian brunches in London all in one place in case anyone is looking for somewhere new to try. I’ve got quite a few corners of London covered here, after all!
(Please don’t judge me for my over-eager avocado on toast ordering, by the way… I’m only human! I promise I’ll start ordering something else soon.)
Where? Brixton Village Market, one of the many amazing foodie markets of the buzzy Brixton
What’s the menu like? Seasonal Italian food made from fresh, local ingredients (a lot of them sourced from the restaurant’s neighbours in Brixton Village Market!).
I had… the breakfast bruschetta with avocado, sundried tomato, chilli jam and rocket, all drizzled with balsamico – super yummy and fun twist on a classic!
Overall score: 7/10 – service was a bit slow but the food was lovely and the buzz of Brixton Village Market is a lovely backdrop for a weekend brunch. And the mimosas are great too!
Where? 5-minute walk from Brixton station on the busy Coldharbour Lane
What’s the menu like? The brunch menu is quite short and full of classics like avocado on toast, French toast and pancakes, with all of them being super affordable too – the most expensive item on the menu is only £7!
I had… Avocado on sourdough with chilli oil and sunflower seeds, with an added fried egg. The egg was a bit over-fried but otherwise, everything was super yummy.
Overall score: 8/10 – The service is pretty slow (though very friendly), but the food is good and very reasonably priced – plus they do a bottomless brunch including ALL the prosecco and one brunch dish for only £25!
Where? Dalloway Terrace is a restaurant at the Bloomsbury Hotel, just a stone’s throw away from Tottenham Court Road station and all the shopping opportunities of Oxford Street
What’s the menu like? A bit posh, but I’d say there’s still something for everyone and the prices are not too steep for being such a nice place! Expect things like an acai bowl and an egg white omelette with chia seeds, as well well as classics like Eggs Benedict and blueberry pancakes.
I had… The avocado on toast. I was doing Veganuary when visiting and it was one of the few vegan dishes on the menu. I also had a fresh juice made with carrots, apple, ginger and mango, which was really lovely but quite small and cost me £6 which I thought was a bit too much!
Overall score: 7/10 – I’d love to give them 10 points just for the decor alone (they change their beautiful decorations seasonally) but the highly priced sides and drinks brought the overall score down a bit. That said, the mains themselves (at least the vegetarian ones) were really good and quite reasonably priced.
Where? Granger & Co have four branches: Kings Cross, Clerkenwell, Notting Hill and Chelsea. We visited the one in Clerkenwell, which is about 5-10 minutes away from Farringdon station.
What’s the menu like? Australian themed, with the menu divided into classics, big plates (kind of like meze type collections of different things), egg dishes and sides.
I had… one of the “big plates” consisting of courgette fritters, a quinoa, barley and shredded kale salad, halloumi and a good serving of zhoug paste (coriander, green chillies and cloves). The fresh salad went really well together with the salty halloumi, and I really enjoyed the zhoug paste too – I’d never had anything like it before!
Overall score: 7/10 – The surroundings were very pretty and the menu was more innovative than in most places. It was also a bit on the pricier side when comparing the cost to the size of the dishes, but the food was very good which makes it pretty much worth it in my book!
Where? On the high street in West Hampstead, just a short walk away from the tube station
What’s the menu like? The menu is made out of fusion dishes inspired by Korean and modern European cooking, so there’s a lot of classics with a slight twist, such as kimchi and mozzarella arancini and Eggs Benedict with a miso Hollandaise sauce.
I had… The avocado on toast with poached eggs, yuza dressing and chilli. I’ve never had so much avocado with my toast ever – you truly get your money’s worth here. The yuza dressing (a fruity and tangy sauce) was especially amazing!
Overall score: 9/10 – the food was fantastic and I loved that they pretty much did all the brunch classics, but just added their own little twist on them. The staff were lovely too, and there was just this lovely neighbourhood feel to the whole place.
Where? In the heart of Hackney on Lower Clapton Road, just a 10-minute walk from Hackney Central overground station.
What’s the menu like? Fun and a bit different! The decor is super playful and a bit kitsch, and you can see this on the food menu, too – among other things the menu has dishes such as Nutella filled pancakes and sweet potato & refried bean tacos.
I had… Surprise, surprise – the avocado on toast with halloumi and chilli jam. If making this guide has taught me anything, it’s to diversify my brunch ordering… That said, I still can’t resist anything with halloumi and chilli jam and on this occasion, I have to say I don’t have any regrets – the seeded bread it all came on was so good, as was the chilli jam and the halloumi!
Overall score: Overall my experience with Cafe Miami was really good. Was it a bit overhyped? Maybe. But the decor was super cute and the food was yummy – and, even though it probably shouldn’t count – so beautifully presented, too.