Brunch is so omnipresent in London that it’s almost impossible to spend a weekend without a feast of mimosas, eggs and avocado. As an ode to this leisurely weekend ritual, the city will host a two-day festival that celebrates the best of the city’s brunch scene.
London Brunch Fest will take place in The Old Truman Brewery in the Spitafields area on 1 and 2 September. Ten hand-picked restaurants will take up residency over the weekend, each offering a special festival menu and one signature dish so visitors can munch their way through some of London’s best-loved brunch spots without leaving the E10.
Featured restaurants include The Barge House (the Shoreditch cafe famous for its ‘breakfast in breads’), Notting Hill and Holborn’s The Dayroom Cafe with its Aussie-inspired menu of sourdough bread and fruity pancakes and Chiswick’s Urban Pantry (the 2018 runner-up in Time Out’s Best Brunch in London award).
And what’s brunch without a boozy treat or caffeine hit to blow away the cobwebs of the night before? Hackney-based The Pickle House will be on hand to serve their renowned, pickle-powered Bloody Marys and Origin Coffee will fuel festival-goers with some of their best beans. Real Kombucha, which was nominated for Best New British Product at the Great British Food Awards, will dish out “fermentation at its finest”, brewed from hand-picked loose leaf teas.
There’s also a festival marketplace with over 50 vendors sampling their brunch products and selling everything from juices, artisan spreads, teas from around the world and sweet treats such as maple beer croissants from Pophams Bakery and raw cookie dough from Naked Dough (stars of the BBC’s Million Pound Menu). And if you’ve ever wondered what it takes to create a peanut butter empire or how brunch evolved into such a global obsession, you’ll find out at one of the many live panels and discussions taking place over the weekend.
Live music, DJ sets and workshops are par for the course and with every ticket sold, a 22p donation will be made to the Magic Breakfast charity which funds healthy breakfasts for a child at school.
Founded from an addiction to brunch, festival founder, Ian Carpenter said: “London is one of the best cities in the world for brunch, it’s about time we had a brunch festival.”
“London Brunch Fest will be the ultimate celebration of London’s brunch culture. There are so many great restaurants and chefs doing really interesting things in the space, I wanted to bring that all together for a weekend, along with great coffee and drink in one of the city’s coolest event spaces.”
Tickets are £15 for one session (10am to 1.30pm or 2pm to 5.30pm) or £28 for an all-day ticket. For more information see here.