I love it when you come across places which you never knew existed, but have walked past a million times. South Ken is tricky for brunch. It’s either super touristy (Muriel’s Kitchen) or a bit chainy (Comptoir Libanais, Aubaine, Pain Quotidien). And then you get this cute, unassuming Deli/Cafe with a secret garden which is perfect for a summer lunch or an autumn brunch. We were actually en route to Aubaine, but then passed the Brompton Food Market with it’s inviting ‘secret garden’ sign and thought we ought to have a look. Let’s just say Aubaine never happened after that.
The Brompton Food Market is actually also a butcher, fishmonger and greengrocer as well. I.e really the place do all your shopping. And the experience is ten times nicer than shopping at Tesco’s, I can promise you that. It’s a beautiful shop with excellent produce. You could spend hours looking at all the different jams and oils and cheese.
Shopping aside, they have a great selection of wonderful salads and juices for those healthy-inclined, or a mouthwatering brunch menu with dishes like American pancakes with berries, eggs whichever way you want, the list is endless. My cappuccino was the size of my head. We sat outside, kept warm with sheepskin rugs and overhead heaters.
This is the perfect place for a cosy, laid back and affordable coffee or brunch, in the heart of touristy London. It’s ideal if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and local, and away from the tourist hordes.
33 Thurloe Place