I love brunch and I don’t even remotely care how basic that makes me sound. I could quite happily eat breakfast food for every meal! I get to eat out a lot for my job, it’s one of the big perks, and it seems that the most popular type of meeting is a good old breakfast meeting. Over the past few years, I’ve accumulated a good little directory of the best places to have brunch so here are my top 5 recommendations.
Hubbard & Bell // *Makes heart shape with hands* My goodness I love this place. They do an excellent avocado and poached eggs on toast that comes with pistachios – a very welcome addition. I love the feel and vibe of Hubbard & Bell. It’s set in the uber trendy Hoxton Holborn Hotel. It’s incredibly instagrammable and all the staff that have ever served me in there have been very accommodating. It’s also very reasonably priced making it a total winner and top of my list.
- Tip: If you’re planning a girl’s day out, start the day with brunch in Hubbard & Bell, then pop to the Cheeky nail bar which is also located inside the hotel.
- Nearest tube: Holborn
- Address: 199 – 206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BW
- Website: http://www.hubbardandbell.com/
NOPI // Very closely following Hubbard & Bell has got to be Ottolenghi’s restaurant, NOPI. Promise me that if you go here you’ll order either the shakshuka or the black rice. Everything I’ve ever tried at NOPI has been delicious, but these two dishes really stand out for me. It’s also a great place for meetings as it never gets too loud or overcrowded.
- Tip: I know this sounds very odd, but please go to the toilet when you’re here. Trust me on this one.
- Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
- Address: 21-22 Warwick St, London W1B 5NE
- Website: http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/locations
Berner’s Tavern // If you’re looking to impress someone, take them here. It’s such a beautiful dining room with impressively tall ceilings and walls brimming with paintings. Having a quick look at their website it looks like they’ve won quite a few awards for the interior design and it’s easy to see why. The food is good, with no fault at all from me, and the service is top notch too.
- Tip: Look at the other guests around you, you might just spot a celeb here.
- Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road
- Address: 10 Berners St, London W1T 3LF
- Website: http://www.bernerstavern.com/menus/
Dean Street Townhouse // Set in an 18th-century Georgian townhouse, it’s one of the most historic places for brunch. I love the avocado on toast here, and they also do a mighty fine eggs benedict too. I’ve found service to a little slow here on occasion, but it’s nothing that would put me off booking in again.
- Tip: In the winter, ask for a table away from the main dining room and near the cosy fire with snuggly sofas.
- Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square
- Address: 69 – 71 Dean St, London W1D 3SE
- Website: http://www.deanstreettownhouse.com/restaurant
The Ivy Market Grill // I love The Ivy thanks to its super central location. It’s slap bang in the middle of Covent Garden and as well as smashing breakfasts, lunch and dinner is also great here too. Like the basic that I am, I always order the avocado and eggs on toast and love that it comes with roasted vine tomatoes too.
- Tip: If you go during the week, this is another spot for the odd celeb spot.
- Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square
- Address: 1 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PS
- Website: http://www.theivymarketgrill.com/