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On the back of the 2012 Olympics, London’s Stratford area, home to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, has become a must-visit postcode. If you should you find yourself there, mid-morning, and in need of some scrambled eggs then make a beeline for one of these fantastic brunch choices.
With its wood-panelled walls and Scandinavian-style furniture, Timber Lodge Café feels more like a hub for creatives than a café. Designed to blend into the landscape, the café produces its own green energy from solar panels. The menu is equally healthy and sustainable, with fruit and vegetables sourced locally and chopped into fresh salads or blended into smoothies. Try one of the delicious homemade pastries or giant cookies, and then work off some calories on the adventure playground outside.
Timber Lodge Café, 1A Honour Lea Avenue, London, UK, +44 20 7241 9076
Chef Alberto cooks with love and it shows. Relax in his recently opened Stratford café and enjoy the signature artisan sourdough bread, topped with salmon and cream cheese or scrambled eggs on toast with zesty avocado. The eggs are free range, and most of the produce comes from nearby markets. Enjoy a hot chocolate, nibble a plate of handmade petit fours, and flick through a copy of one of the chic interior design books placed artfully on shelves.
Signorelli, 7 Victory Parade, East Village, London, UK, +44 20 8534 4972
Lance Forman was previously Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry before taking over his family’s salmon smoking business. His battle with Ken Livingstone (the former Mayor of London) over the compulsory purchase of the Forman’s factory led to the development of this new venture, an incredible restaurant boasting the best views of the Olympic Stadium. Brunch is available on Saturdays, and unsurprisingly, the menu is heavy on their trademark London-cured Scottish salmon, served with poached eggs as ‘Eggs Forman.’ Pair this dish with a glass of award-winning Chapel Down Brut English sparkling wine.
Forman’s Fish Island, Stour Road, London, UK, +44 20 8525 2365
Part of the hedonistic Balans Soho Society (whose philosophy is ‘too much of a good thing is a good thing’), this chain of restaurants is famous for its all-day breakfasts, including super indulgent kedgeree or pancakes. Whether you want to dine inside or sit amid privet hedges in the garden area, you can accompany your brunch with one of the bespoke cocktails (try Captain Redleg’s Afternoon Tea); or if you are a bit more adventurous, try one of the puddings such as pineapple and chilli tart tartin with sweet tobacco.
Balans, 123 The Street, Westfield, London, UK, +44 20 8555 5478
Newly opened Gerry’s Kitchen is named after Gerry Raffles, late manager of the adjacent Theatre Royal Stratford East. It serves great coffee, a huge selection of wraps, homemade soups and cakes, plus the tables are large enough to spread out the Sunday papers; or there are some comfy sofas to curl up in. Gerry’s boasts a studio space at the back of the restaurant where you’ll regularly see actors rehearsing their lines, plus the venue often hosts expert talks or local group meetups.