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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Barber & Parlour - 3BM Brunch Heaven...

My favourite time of the week has to be brunch o'clock. Anything that follows a sleep in and my eyes opening naturally has my attention, but a lazy couple of hours, gossipping about the night before with a perfect dippy egg, has my whole heart! You just can't beat it, and even better when it's accompanied by great friends and a Bellini or two!

Over the years of living in London we've managed to sample a fair few but there are still a number still on my list that I'm dying to try...Kopapa, Honey & Co and Hubbard & Bell to name a couple. We're not too hard to please, as long there's good coffee, avocado and a relaxed atmosphere we're happy!

This weekend I decided to try a newbie with one of my besties for a good post Christmas catch up. However this isn't your standard brunch place...oh no, it's MUCH more!

A few months ago middle mouse and I were dying to see the new Hunger Games film however, as I officially hate the big complex cinemas that charge a fortune for a scratchy seat and the world's most expensive water, I went on the hunt for an independent near to London Towers. I didn't have to look too far as the new Shoreditch Electric came up top of my search - BOOM I'd made a weekend altering discovery!




Located on Redchurch street (just opposite Loungelover) it doesn't look much from the outside...however a whole host of gems await for inside! Just look look out for the monochrome Barber & Parlour sign and you're there...we're talking a coffee bar, an all day restaurant, comfy sofas, a home and lifestyle store, a barbers, a beauty parlour, Josh Wood hair salon oh and finally a luxe cinema! Pretty much everything we need to keep us amused for ever more...talk about a one stop shop!


On this particular occasion I was stopping by for a much needed brunch for an extremely hungover Mini Mouse! The decor is everything we love...comfy, chilled and quirky in a shabby chic way. The building has a great feel to it with super high ceilings and huge windows letting the natural light stream in, I could while away many hours here! 



The atmosphere is buzzing with the bar, barista, juice stop, shop and barbers all in one room. A great spot for people watching and if you're heading out for a solo brunch this is definitely a place you'll feel comfortable by yourself. Every space is filled with something fun and interesting...floor to ceiling shelves crammed full of books, cushions, candles, hats - you name it they have it! 







First thing first, I ordered one of their House Press juices in an attempt to suppress my pounding head and churning stomach. I opted for the Ginger - ginger, green apple and lemon - delicious! 


Whilst my brunching companion went for the Green Man smoothie...yum cakes...


With some goodness now restored, we hit up the brunch menu and ordered some eggs of course!






What I love is how they haven't tried to overcomplicate anything and in doing so they've hit the nail on the head - super tasty food and juices, great value and the perfect weekend atmosphere. Definitely a top hangout for 2015 for 3BM.

The Electric cinema itself is a dream. In my eyes you can't beat sinking into a sofa, snuggling under a blanket, feet atop a cushioned foot stool with a glass of Prosecco and peanut butter chocolate in hand! Bliss!!!



I'm yet to explore the full extent of Barber & Parlour, however I think a brunch plus beauty appointments outing is in order super soon, topped off by a cosy comfy film! Watch this space my friends...!

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