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Sunday 26 February 2012

Brunch Business...

My favourite weekend activity has to be Brunch....perfect for a gossip and a catch up, cures a hangover, condones drinking before midday and I always find calories don't count?! 

Here's my favourite London spots to brighten up your weekend...

1. The Riding House Cafe

My number one brunch venue has to be this gorgeous cafe just off Great Titchfield street - perfectly located for 3BM as we can indulge in weekend retail therapy on Oxford Street and refuel here just around the corner. As you walk in you will fall in love with the shabby chic interior, exposed pipe work on the ceiling, heavy wooden tables, mismatched oversized lampshades and the general hustle and bustle but informal atmosphere that engulfs you. The menu is to die for - my favourite is Chorizo hash brown with poched eggs, field mushroom and spinach, all washed down with a tricycle juice (apple, mint and cucumber). I always try to go for other options but I just can't bear missing out on the hash browns! Not only does it score very highly on the brunch front but it also does amazo small plates, mains and cocktails in the evening - Middle Mouse came home the other night raving about the Espresso Martini's. I promise this place will not disapoint!

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43 - 51 Great Titchfield Street
020 7927 0840

2. The Breakfast Club, Hoxton

There are a few Breakfast Clubs across london - Islington, Hoxton Square, Soho but none like this one! As you walk in you'll immediately fall in love with the quirky interior - My Little Pony wallpaper, a 'Sex, drugs and bacon rolls' neon sign and the worlds smallest disco in the toilet complete with a revolving disco ball. And this branch has one added extra….If you're in the know and mention to your waitress 'I'm here to see the major of scaredy cat town' you will be taken to the smeg fridge at the back of the cafe and led through to a secret bar. I can't divulge any further information as it's a secret….but go check it out you will LOVE! Back to the food….delicious brekkie's ad bunches here, on my last visit I had a breakfast buritto filled with scrambled egg, chorizo, peppers and avocado - which came with lashings of sour cream, guacamole and salsa on the side. You can get your average full monty breakfast or you can mix things up a bit and go for the likes of pesto scrambled eggs - delish! Be warned, you can't book and there is always a queue but I think that's a true sign of how good it is.

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12-16 Artillery Lane
E1 7LS
020 7078 9633

3. The Luxe

John Torode and his team own The luxe which is situated in the Old Flower Market building in Spitafields market. There are 4 floors to entice you in - a bar with live music in the basement, the cafe and bar on the ground floor, a dining room for fine food on the 1st floor and the top floor holds a private mezzanine room for parties and private dinners to impress. The ground floor is where the brunch action is at, with big comfy brown leather sofas nestled next to stainless steel chairs and dark wood tables just waiting for the breakfast crowd to queue. If you're lucky (as I was on one of my visits) John Torode will even serve behind the bar and mix a few cocktails for you. All sorts are served up on the ground floor from BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, mac & cheese, roast pork belly to true breakfast options like french toast and eggs florentine with the best hollandaise in london (melissa mouse's fav!). My top pick would have to be the Lumber Jack Stack - Pancake, waffle and french toast all topped off with sausage or bacon! I am famished just writing this...

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109 Commercial Street
E1 6BG
020 7101 1751

4. Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird is situated on the King's road and is the perfect place to go with the girls for a gossipy post Saturday night out brunch. You can pretend to be rich and do a spot of shopping (window or otherwise) and then enjoy a classy breakfast with champagne cocktails. Be warned do not arrive in your PJ's or tracksuit bottoms, you are in Chelsea darling. There are many different sections to Bluebird - Restarant and bar, cafe, courtyard, food store, bakery and wine cellar. I would recommend the Cafe for an informal brunch (or the courtyard if it's sunny) with a huge side of people watching! My favourite is Eggs Royale and a Rossini (strawberry and champagne) YUMMY! 

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350 King's Road 
020 7559 1000

There's my London low grab the paracetamol, your Ray-Bans, and your camera from last night's the girls and be prepared for some DELISH food, good gossip and LOTS of laughing (or cringing)!!!!

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