Ask anyone in Islington where they go for brunch, and you’re almost sure to hear about Sunday. This is one of the hottest places in Barnsbury, a breakfast/brunch/lunch place that’s always packed out at weekends – and sometimes even during the week. It’s worth queuing, even in the rain, for consistently well-executed standard dishes and a few more out-of-the-ordinary ones. The pancakes are some of Islington’s fluffiest. Eggs benedict is awesome. Just be patient.
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Llerena is a straightforward but excellent tapas spot in Islington, serving products direct from the family farm in Extremadura, southwest of Madrid.
Black Axe Mangal
Black Axe Mangal on Highbury Corner isn’t a typical restaurant. It’s loud, it’s fun, and it’s a little bit weird. And the delicious food is the same.
Little Georgia in Islington has fun vibes, friendly waiters, and an excellent Georgian menu. Come for a group dinner or date night.
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An Exmouth Market original, New Zealand cafe and restaurant Caravan does great coffee and an excellent brunch.
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.
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El Inca Plebeyo
El Inca Plebeyo serves Ecuadorian food in a simple space that’s covered in colourful paintings, tiles, and tablecloths. Be sure to get the hornado.
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