Hatton Garden may be most famed historically for its diamonds, but nowadays you’d be missing out if you zipped in merely to browse or buy a piece of jewellery. The cafés of Leather Lane and beyond will win you over with their innovative plates and comforting classics. If you need some fuel before investing in a piece of serious jewellery then read on for our roundup of the area’s top brunch spots for every appetite.
It’s hard to talk brunch without thinking coffee, and if there’s one place that has put specialty coffee on the London map, it’s Prufrock on Leather Lane. With impeccable flat whites, long blacks and V60s to boggle and beguile even the keenest coffee connoisseurs, it’s actually the food menu that keeps us coming back.
Brunch options run with the seasons and range from sweet to savoury. You’ll find classic dishes elevated by unexpected and delicious flavours - mushrooms on toast at Prufrock does not mean a slice of once crunchy granary that’s waterlogged by tasteless funghi. Here your portobellos come with aioli and cheese on artisan sourdough. Vegans are well catered for too, with orange and pistachio muffins, banana bread, and plenty of flexibility to adapt on the hot menu too.
Open on weekdays from 7:30am and from 10am at the weekend.
Starting life in a Fitzrovia former public toilet, Attendant has come a long way. Also located on foodie Leather Lane, the pastries alone are enough to grab our attention.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a bit of time on your hands, then don’t even think about turning up their French toast. It comes with maple and vanilla bean mascarpone, blackberry & elderflower compote, salted caramel, maple pumpkin seeds and fresh blackberries, and tastes as awesome as it sounds.
If you’re more of an avocado-or-bust kind of person (hello, friend), then their avocado smash is equally regal in its accompaniments. The combination of sweet potato hummus, smashed avocado, pea shoots, toasted seed mix and their house orange and tahini sauce is nothing short of spectacular, and if that list isn’t enough to sate your 2020 appetite, then you can even add a poached egg, salmon, bacon or halloumi.
Open on weekdays from 8am and from 9am at the weekend.
Catalyst Café & Coffee Roasters
Walk down busy Gray’s Inn Road and you’ll find Catalyst perched on an unassuming corner. The café is an airy and design-led space serving up innovative plates on their brunch menu. This is where to head if you want more from your brunch than ‘two eggs, any style’.
Brioche French toast is reinvented as warm brioche soldiers with semolina custard and a plum and juniper compote, while avocado on sourdough toast is dressed up with baba ganoush, roasted peppers, coffee sriracha and za’atar.
They even roast their beans onsite in the basement, which you can watch through their glass floor as entertainment while you wait. You won’t be disappointed.
Bleeding Heart Tavern
One for the purists. If ‘brunch’ is about as alien to you as TikTok, but you’re looking for somewhere to get a decent plate of eggs without a micro herb in site, then there is one place to be: the Bleeding Heart Tavern.
The Restaurant is from the same people is a Farringdon institution, opening in 1989, but its less formal Tavern on Greville Street is the ideal place for a traditional Full English or basket of classic pastries, baked fresh on site. Generosity is the modus operandi,
and it’s even licensed from 7am... Cheers.
Open Monday - Friday from 7am. Closed weekends.