Taryn Courland’s top 10 brunch spots in London
LVBT (short for ‘Love by Taryn’) is an online boutique offering jewellery and accessories sourced from around the world. It aims to inspire real women to embrace their own natural beauty and to define their own unique style. LVBT wants to inspire you to be you – and not to be pressured by the social trends that constantly try to define who we are.
Owned by Taryn Courland, LVBT represents fourteen brands from eight countries. Taryn is extremely hands-on in her business – always making sure she is involved in every aspect of the buying process.
She lives in London and loves everything the city has to offer. One of her all-time favourite things to do in the city is to go for brunch with friends! And so we asked Taryn to give us her top 10 brunch spots in London!
1. Granger & Co (Notting Hill)
Granger & Co is located amongst quaint boutiques and owned by the one and only Bill Granger. Why I love it? You get to sit alongside London’s finest socialites, fashionistas and yummy mummies. It is also great as you don’t have to book – you just queue to get in. Don’t be put off by the the fluffy eggs – Aussie coffee vibes and delicious treats are well worth the wait.
2. Farm Girl (Notting Hill)
Situated in one of London’s most famous areas, ‘Portobello’, this hidden gem oozes beauty and perfection. Inspired by healthy living, all ingredients are fresh and each dish made with natural goodness. The rose latte is one of my favourites. Have a dog? Bring it along.
3. Caravan (King’s Cross)
If you’re a big coffee drinker, then this is the place for you. With its industrial chic décor and upbeat vibe, brunch never felt so trendy. Enjoy the atmosphere with long shared tables, old school music and a great selection of delicious dishes.
4. Riding House (Oxford circus)
Just a few minutes walk away from the hustle of Oxford Circus is a the hangout for all media and advertising types – the Riding House. Bookings are available but I prefer to sit by the bar and take in the atmosphere. They do a mean cappuccino and healthy smoothies that are to die for.
5. The Ivy (Chelsea)
My all time favourite brunch spot in London – The Ivy. It’s pure perfection from the moment you walk through those doors. Tip: Make sure to sit outside in the garden where you will be surrounded by beautiful flowers, water fountain and stunningly dressed socialites – it feels like you are in the South of France. Book in advance as tables book up fast. The zucchini fries are the best.
6. No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station (Chiswick)
Formally a fire station that has now been revamped, No 197 Chiswick Fire Station is one of my favourite hangouts. Lose yourself with its contemporary and chic interior and enjoy the delicious selection of freshly made dishes. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy hours with the girls.
7. Duck and waffle (The City, Liverpool St)
Brunch at the Duck and Waffle for the breath-taking views of the city and a playful twist on traditional British cuisine. The vibrant and trendy atmosphere is open 24/7 with bookings available. A must-have is the duck and waffle dish – it might sound slightly random but it’s truly a delicious hit.
8. Chiltern firehouse (Marylebone)
With its buzzy atmosphere, the Chiltern Firehouse is a sleek and glamorous celebrity hot spot. The brunch menu is limited but worth making a booking for. Try and book for a sunny day and sit outside in the gorgeous patio and be treated like royalty.
9. Dickie Fitz (Fitzrovia)
An ultra-chic, light an airy dining room with banana yellow seating and an art décor staircase, the Dickie Fitz is a great place to brunch with the ladies and enjoy glasses of mimosas with ample choice of yummy dishes to choose from. My favourites are the fritters – truly sensational.
10. The Exhibit (Balham)
The Exhibit is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a full day bottomless brunch of bubbles and Bloody Marys. A creative space, very cool hangout with an outdoor garden and indoor cinema.
Thank you so much, Taryn, for all the brunching tips! Be sure to check out LVBT – it’s truly a brand that inspires us to tell our own story and to be our own, unique kind of beautiful.