South Ken is a great place to meet up with people – for many reasons:
– It has convenient Underground connections (Piccadilly, District & Circle)
– Its proximity to some of London’s best museums: the V&A, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum
– It has some great restaurants and bars
It’s probably for the latter reason that I often get asked where it’s best to have brunch there.
These are my top picks:
The Good Life Eatery – for a healthy Brunch
One of my favourite go-to places if I need a healthy pick me up. This is the ultimate place for the healthiest of breakfasts. Their known for their cold pressed juices, but their brunch menu is fantastic. For more, read my post on it.
Muriel’s Kitchen – for a touristy Brunch
In the heart of South Kensington you’ll find Muriel’s Kitchen. It’s hard to pass it with the window arrangement it has: plate upon plate of the most mouth-watering cakes and tarts. Yes, it’s always super busy, and usually quite touristy, but the food won’t let you down. It’s perfect for a big salad or a quiche, or just a coffee and a cake. For more, read my post on it.
Fernandez & Wells – for a Spanish Brunch
8 Exhibition Road
Fernandez & Wells is possibly more of a lunch (and also dinner) rather than a brunch place, but it’s well worth a visit regardless. They call themselves a Spanish ‘cafe’, and it has a very casual, relaxed feel to it. They offer everything from excellent coffees, to delicious Bocadillos (sandwiches – in this case made with sourdough), heavenly cured meats and cheeses (the Buffalo Mozarella is amazing) and a very good wine selection. This is a place you come to and don’t leave for 4 hours, because every time you go inside to pay the bill you’re lured to stay by a Banana Sour Dough Loaf, or a Greek & Orange Cake.
Bumpkin – for a classic Brunch
Old Brompton Road, South Kensington (also one in Chelsea and Notting Hill)
Well known for serving excellent seasonal British food, I am a big fan of this restaurant/pub chain. The Bumpkin in South Kensington has outside seating – albeit on the busy Old Brompton Road – and I’ve always found the staff very friendly. While they serve phenomenal roast lunches, their Breakfast menu (served Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 12am) has really improved. I’ve always enjoyed their Eggs Benedict, but they have recently added some healthy choices due to a collaboration with Julie Montagu (a health coach). So now gluten free porridge & granola are an option, as well as a healthy version of Eegs Florentine. Yum.
La Patisserie des Reves – for a sweet Brunch
13 Exhibition Road (also one in Marylebone High Street)
For those who have a sweet tooth, look no further than La Patisserie des Reves, the critically acclaimed French patisserie, which has spread globally. Tuck into their Tart Tatins, one of their sumptuous cakes or their chocolate Eclairs. For those looking for something more savoury they also offer paninis and sandwiches, though it’s their sweet creations that are the reason you’re here. They have lots of outside seating on Exhibition Road, so ideal for a cupcake in the sun.