We’ve missed brunch. There, we said. You can laugh if you like. You can put a burning bag of avocados through our letter box if you really want to. But you know what? We have no shame. Brunch is great. Hungover brunch is even better. And hungover brunch outside in the sun after not having brunch for what felt like a million years? It will be, maybe, the best brunch of all.
THE BRUNCH SPOTS
If, like us, you’ve been positively clucking at the idea of combining the now traditional weekend park walk with something a little more stationary and brunch-filled, then Hand is where you want to head. This Greek-ish brunch spot on the edge of the Olympic Park is easily one of the best we’ve eaten in in recent memory. Spiced chickpeas with yoghurt and sausage. Spanakopita. Killer toasties. The obligatory baked eggs. It’s a ten minute walk from Westfield Stratford. So if you’re unlucky enough to be wandering around there, find solace here.
Does a fancy McMuffin-inspired breakfast muffin sound like exactly the kind of brunch you want to get back in the groove with? It should do and history suggests - if Staff Writer Heidi Lauth Beasley’s July 2020 Reopening Report is anything to go by - that it will absolutely have you grooving towards a slice of pistachio cake as well. Excellent brunch and ingeniously named ‘hungover sauce’ aside, this Tooting café is also opening a bigger outdoor terrace just in time.
Take a moment with us to pause and imagine. It’s Sunday morning. The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting, and your head is pounding harder than an impromptu Stomp performance at Berghain. You need sustenance. Filling, delicious sustenance - orange yolk eggs, thick cuts of sesame sourdough, chunky bacon, feta here, feta there. You also need air. Lovely, lovely fresh air. Eat, breathe. Breathe, eat. Maybe a sip of something tomato juice and vodka-spiked when you’re feeling a little perkier too. Now stop imagining, and go to Brunswick East. It’s got everything you need, for every brunch.
Grand Designs-y style space? Check. Sun-trap roof terrace? Check. Jalapeño cornbread, baked eggs, and a serious drinks list? Check, check, and check. Vardo has got it all. This striking and spacious spot in Chelsea is from the same people as Caravan - so you know that they know their brunch - and the combination of an all-day menu and a roof terrace looking out over Sloane Square and beyond is pretty irresistible.
The Good Egg is an all-day cafe that you can quite easily spend all day in. The food is Middle Eastern inspired, and is best when sharing. Really you want to come here when you’re not in any great rush. When a griddle pan of feta hash topped with a crispy Aleppo pepper fried egg can be followed by some babka French toast, and you can peruse the cocktail menu in the name of ‘research’. There’s a decent outdoor/indoor space in Kingly Court for you to get comfortable in.