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I’m a travel-loving London girl who loves nothing better than getting lost in a good book (or a new place).

I’ve just relocated to Perth, Western Australia with my fiancé and an ever-growing collection of stripy t-shirts.

I write about travel, food, books and anything else that captures my imagination.

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The best brunch spots in London

The best brunch spots in London

Londoners love brunch (even better is bottomless brunch) and there are some amazing places to eat in the city.

Team some delicious food with good friends, a bloody mary to take the edge off the hangover and a stroll around the park to walk off the bacon.

I’ve compiled a short & sweet guide to the best brunch spots in London - read on for my favourite places around the capital to satisfy your smashed avo on toast craving. Bon appetit!  

Brickwood, Clapham

This aussie run café, just opposite clapham common station serves some insanely yummy food and even better coffee. Try the toasted brioche with a side of maple bacon, or the hash nuggets topped with sriracha and sour cream, all washed down with a seriously good flat white. Yum! 

Megan's, Fulham

For all-day brunch with a Mediterranean twist and a beautiful setting. There’s a covered terrace out the back with gingham table cloths and fairy lights which is a lovely place to sit with friends. And the food is really delicious. My absolute favourite is the shakshouka eggs served with crusty bread for dipping.  Afterwards take a walk down King’s Road for window shopping and people watching.  

Gail’s bakery, Hampstead

There are a few Gails dotted around London but my favourite is on Hampstead High Street. It’s just moments from the tube station and only a short walk to the heath through Hampstead village. Stop for amazing coffee and eat goat’s curd, toasted pine nuts and honey on toasted rye or overnight oats topped with apple and almond butter. Then enjoy a breath of fresh air on Hampstead Heath – the perfect Sunday!  

Flotsam & Jetsam, Wandsworth

Serving really high quality coffee and with a loads of choice on the menu, Flotsam and Jetsam is one of my favourite places for brunch. Try a chia-acai bowl topped with fresh fruit if you’re feeling healthy or smoky huevos rancheros with smashed avo and a side of bacon (if you’re feeling a bit more devilish). It’s just off Wandsworth common and there is outdoor seating out the front - a perfect choice if it’s a beautiful day. 

Aubaine, High Street Kensington

A cute french café and bakery serving patisseries and all-day breakfast. Munch on french toast brioche with caremalised banana or eggs benedict with serrano ham and then check out the design museum. It’s only a five minute walk away and is one of the most amazing buildings in London to visit.  

And for a caffeine fix...

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Soho

Achingly hipster, Department of Coffee takes their job very seriously and it shows in the taste - I had a flat white and it was one of the best I’ve had outside of Australia. They really know their stuff and use high quality beans - if you are coffee snob then this is the place for you! Pop in for a coffee and a croissant and take a stroll down Carnaby Street.   

Grind, Holborn

For instagram worthy interiors and delicious coffee/cocktails (depending on the hour) check out Grind near Holborn station. For a short while I took a course in Japanese at International House, and Grind was just around the corner for my pre-class caffeine fix. The staff are super friendly and the coffee is delicious – definitely worth a visit!  

Monmouth Coffee Company, Borough Market

Last but most definitely not least, for one of the best coffee in the capital check out Monmouth coffee. They buy small batches of seasonal crop, are expert roasters and the staff are also extremely knowledgeable – if you appreciate artisanal coffee then this is the place for you! Borough market is also one of the best places in London to eat – grab a cup of something and then explore the food stalls.  

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