The London Particular
A New Cross cafe scrubbed up good and proper: The London Particular dishes up ‘classic English food with a modern twist’. It is always crowded at weekends. The seasonal menu is also rather tongue in cheek. You can order a ‘bad’ veggie sandwich with bacon, or baked eggs served in a skillet. Expect homemade jam, artisan sourdough and all-round hearty, locally sourced fare. It’s the perfect Instagram-worthy hangover cure.
The London Particular, 399 New Cross Rd, London, UK, +44 020 8692 6149
Canvas and Cream
This Forest Hill cafe also houses artist studios, a gallery, and the creative community of the southeast. Canvas and Cream was founded by a mother and daughter team, and built with the help of local volunteers. The decor is an eclectic mix of antique mismatched furniture and vintage crockery. Meanwhile, the weekend brunch offerings have a creative twist. Eggs portobello, or gluten-free banana bread with crème fraiche, anyone?
Canvas and Cream, 18 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, +44 20 8699 9589
Browns of Brockley
A local coffee shop serving the much-coveted Square Mile blend, and the best flat white south of the river. Brunch options change every fortnight, but you can always rely on unexpected delights, such as Stilton and radish salad or fig cheesecake. Once the early morning commuter rush has died down, Browns is a great spot for people-watching, or spending a lazy morning flicking through the New York Times. If you’re lucky, you might spot Barney, the resident pug, too.
Browns of Brockley, 5 Coulgate St, London, UK, +44 020 8692 0722
The Waiting Room
This tiny coffee bar opposite Deptford rail station serves up vegetarian and vegan junk food at its finest. It is always bustling with Goldsmiths students and young creatives. The staff is friendly and laid back, and the community bookshelf means you’ll never leave empty handed. Go for an outrageously cheap brunch: spicy ‘chicken wings’ from City of Seitan, freshly baked vegan sausage rolls and Brick Lane-inspired bagels. A firm favourite is the ‘Spicy Maiden’ – veggie sausage, pickles and the infamous Deptford Death Sauce.
The Waiting Room, 142 Deptford High St, London, UK, +44 7968 036562
Hailed as Lewisham’s ‘ultimate greasy spoon’, Maggie’s serves a traditional dirty fry up with no strings or frills attached. You won’t find any crushed avo on sourdough here, but portions are hearty and you can build your own full English. Factor in bottomless tea or coffee and more 20 breakfast items to choose from. You know you’ll never leave hungry.
Maggie’s, 320-322 Lewisham Rd, London, UK, +44 020 8244 0339