For Londoners, the original Caravan in Exmouth Market was a schooling in how to do brunch properly, and the all-day menu of modern dishes (with the odd Asian twist thrown in) are excellent. The coffee’s roasted on-site, and there’s a vibe that’s perfect for a casual lunch with friends or a drink and a snack. Brunch at the weekends is legendary, though do be prepared to get there early or face a wait.
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Linden Stores is a wine bar and small plates spot near Highbury Corner, and it’s really quite nice.
Smokehouse in Islington serves some of the best meats in London. Make sure to go for the lamb shoulder. And wash it down with a beer.
Indian Veg is a no-frills, all-you-can-eat buffet spot in Islington. It’s pretty good, and very cheap.
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The Last Crumb
The Last Crumb is a spacious coffee shop in Stoke Newington, perfect for spending a couple of hours with a pastry, a sandwich, and a coffee.
E. Pellicci is an old-school classic in Bethnal Green. It’s warm and welcoming, and if you don’t get a Full English breakfast, you did it wrong.
The Ottolenghi in Islington is a reliable place for salads and delicious pastries.
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