Charlotte Moulder, aka NOTSOBASICLONDON, is a blogger with a passion for food. She’s eaten her way across London to uncover the best delicacies in the capital, from street food to fine dining and everything in between. Although she covers all kind of fare on her blog, Charlotte has a particular love for brunch, something that’s very easy to indulge in throughout the city.
Over the last couple of years, brunch culture has exploded onto the London scene. ‘Restaurants and cafés are seriously upping their game every week with new and unique creations,’ says Moulder. ‘It’s uncommon now to walk past a restaurant that doesn’t do some sort of brunch menu regardless of the type of cuisine, which is great as it gives you a chance to try something you probably haven’t tried before.’ Here are her three favourite London brunch spots.
Burnt Toast Café
This Aussie-influenced café in Brixton Village has a host of devoted fans thanks to its fantastic food, excellent coffee and friendly service. The food style here is very much classics-with-a-twist; eggs Benedict gets a Mexican spin with the addition of chorizo, guacamole and original chilli jam, French toast comes covered in butterscotch, summer berries and honeycomb. And both variations are served on Burnt Toast’s homemade Walnut & Fig Sourdough bread rather than regular toast to go under your eggs and bacon for a sweet and salty hit.
If you want a bit of sunshine with your brunch, head to Café Miami. The art deco inspired spot in Clapton is pastel heaven and infinitely Instagrammable, right down to the heart-shaped sugar cubes. As you’d expect from the name, the food is American-inspired, with big stacks of pancakes, sweetcorn waffles and fish finger and guac tacos all on the menu. Owner Sophie has also made her own version of Oreos and Pop Tarts if you’re after a real sugar rush.
Duck & Waffle Local
Sister to the original Duck & Waffle restaurant in the city, famous for amazing views and for being open around the clock, Duck & Waffle Local offers a similar style of food in a more relaxed atmosphere – you can even get food to go. Naturally, duck is at the heart of the menu, with dishes including duck jam doughnut, duck burger and their namesake duck and waffle with crispy duck leg, duck egg and maple syrup. If that’s not indulgent enough, they do a “full Elvis” sweet waffle cone, packed with peanut butter, jam, ice cream, peanut brittle and berries.