What better way of starting the day than with a proper brunch? whether with friends on a lazy weekend morning, over an informal weekday business meeting or perhaps even by yourself, the ultimate solitary indulgence?
One of the most exciting new additions to the neighbourhood is the Venezuelan-inspired Arepa & Co. This homely spot, the second venture from husband and wife team Gus and Kathe Salguero following the original Arepa & Co. in De Beauvoir Town, launched just behind the hotel on Paradise Row in the spring. The arepas themselves – grilled cornbread stuffed with either fried avocado or cheese – are incredibly moreish, and the abundant desayuno criollo, a typical Venezuelan breakfast, comes with one to try, along with eggs, black beans, shredded beef and plantains.
Early risers will love the more traditional brunch offering at The Larder, a bright and airy vegetarian and vegan café a five-minute walk from the hotel. The waffle and glazed banana feels positively sinful, even though it’s actually full of healthy ingredients like yoghurt and fresh fruit, while the chestnut mushroom toasty is a savoury brunch fan’s dream. At weekends they serve Moroccan and Mexican breakfasts along with the usual menu.
There’s a new brunch menu every week at Pavilion Bakery, the café overlooking the West Boating Lake in Victoria Park. Tuck into homemade granola, eggs with a Sri Lankan twist, and all sorts of delicious things on Pavilion’s very own sourdough toast before working it off with a stroll around the sprawling greenery of London’s oldest public park. Be prepared to queue as Pavilion gets busy, particularly in nice weather.