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A good brunch makes your day a little better

Brunch can sometimes be better than dinner, in my opinion. Dive into the perfect combination of salt and sweet, green, spicy and juicy and let’s make it a day! Here are 11 of my favorites in a city with more restaurants than citizens.

FARM GIRL

Lavender latte, Rosé latte, Charcoal latte, Matcha latte, did I mention Turmeric latte? At Farm Girl you get your latte in all the colors of the rainbow. Almost everything is vegan and colorful, and yet taste so good. The place fills up pretty quickly with trendy foodies and local girls after their yoga class. Always cool beats from the speaker and you get your food fast. The Buckwheat Berry Pancakes are the best I’ve ever had (if you don’t include my grandma’s)…

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BOURNE & HOLLINGSWORTH 

Clerkenwell is the up and coming London. Bourne & Hollingsworth is a prove of that. Chairs covered in tropical prints and potted plants spill from the ceiling is a hallmark for this big restaurant. Enjoy weekend brunch with a classic Eggs Benedict and explore the areas around Exmouth Market. This is also a place I would book for a dinner party with friends or afterwork with co-workers.

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BREAD AHEAD

Imagine this: running around Soho looking for the perfect pair of vintage sunglasses, and suddenly you feel an urgent need for some sweet, sweet sugar. Hello Bread Ahead. This little piece of gluten heaven makes you want to drop all sorts of diets and meal restrictions. Because these pastries are as good as the hype, and if you want to manage a couple of hours more in busy Soho, treat yourself the doughnut filled with caramel. Yum-my.

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JACOB THE ANGEL

It all begun at the Angel Inn, where a man from the Middle East called Jacob opened the very first coffee shop in England in the year 1651. Jacob the Angel is a small coffee shop in Neal’s Yard – the iconic little courtyard in the heart of Covent Garden. Serving perfectly brewed coffee and small breakfast and lunch options. The atmosphere and vibe at this little hidden gem is the best thing, and of course their famous coconut cream pie…

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Crave a glass of wine? Try the french wine bar across from Jacob in this little courtyard. For a chilly afternoon, it is perfect to cozy up on the second floor.

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DAYLESFORD ORGANIC FARMSHOP & CAFÉ

Join in on an organic day in the heart of Notting Hill. This is where trendy Londoners come to chitchat and enjoy their fresh-from-the-farm-organic-lunch in a quite street a few blocks from busy Portobello Road. On sunny days you can cool down with their virgin cocktails before you continue your day. Try seasonal Bellini or Green Mojito. Super refreshing!

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EGG BREAK

Eggs are boring you say? No no, you haven’t been to Egg Break. Tucked a way in a quiet side street from Notting Hill Gate. Two floors, but always busy at lunchtime no matter the day. Try the Halloumi Eggs with heritage tomatoes and avocado. The perfect meal for girls on the run.

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26’GRAINS

If you want a beautiful little bowl of heaven, you head to this cute place in Covent Garden. Neal’s Yard – the same little courtyard as Jacob the Angel. Colorful oatmeal bowls with yummy fruit or peanut butter bowls for the nutty lovers. Sit outside and enjoy the small and cozy courtyard.

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THE GOOD EGG

Soho offers a whole lot of restaurants and cafes. Almost too much when you wanna have a tasty lunch, but don’t have too much time. Because without checking you often end up with just mediocre, and who wants that? So, my point is – head to Kingly Court. Here you find many options, but at The Good Egg you get a spicy, delicious shakshuka, fast and without fuzz. Perfect meal for a busy shopping day.

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KETTNER’S TOWNHOUSE

It’s one of those places you can pass by and never know what you missed out on. Located in Chinatown, this is a place you would think is a members-only-place, but really – it’s not. Dress up for a fine lunch with the ladies, because every day the dining room at Kettner’s Townhouse is ready to make your lunch experience just a little extra. The sound of sparkling silverware clunking against pretty plates, old classics from the piano man at the bar and waiters who knows how to serve royals. Do I need to say more?

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GRANGER & CO

In the beautiful streets of Notting Hill you can find this popular lunch spot. I love places like this that combine great coffee, healthy, tasteful lunch and dinner servings and pastries you don’t get anywhere else. All of this in spacious surroundings filled with families, businessmen and ladies who lunch. On weekends the queue can be heavy, but it’s a juicery next door so fill up with vitamins while you wait. Your stomach deserves this experience.

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DUCK & WAFFLE

Been partying at The Box all night, heading home around dawn? Your body needs two things; sleep and food. Sipping passionfruit mojitos all night and dancing in heels makes your body tired, but also pretty damn hungry. If your lucky enough to have the day off, I would recommend heading to Duck & Waffle for a little feast before your head hits the pillow. Two minutes from Victoria Station, 38 floors up the Heron Tower (yes, spectacular view) – you can get 24-hour service. Just because it’s 24-hour service you can enjoy a proper, delicious meal. Try the signature Duck & Waffle dish: crispy duck-leg confit and fried egg served on a waffle with mustard maple syrup. While you wear makeup from last night (you’re not alone), businessmen will arrive for their morning meetings. Classic London.

If you decide to skip the whole party-all-night-breakfast-38-floors-up-London-experience, I would recommend booking a table for both lunch and dinner.

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