Camden has always been a hit destination for music lovers – Amy Whinehouse and The Libertines all used to party here – and it has a huge punk rock community. In recent years, Camden Market has helped attract huge tourist crowds and Londoners looking for bargains, so here's where to brunch it up…
Why: Architect John Nash built many the fancy structure around North London, and this is one of them. Handsome is a word to describe the interiors. Bottomless is a word to convince anyone to brunch here. The weekend brunch offers the full range of classics as well as pastries, fruits and oats alongside fresh smoothies. Go bottomless with prosecco or Bloody Mary’s for an additional £25pp.
Where: 127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS
Why: Often immediately associated with late-night drinking and dancing to New Orleans’ soul music, The Blues Kitchen actually puts on a wicked brunch – even bottomless ones. The food is themed around America’s deep south, so you can expect huevos rancheros and cornflakes French toast with bananas, berries and caramel maple syrup. Classic brunch dishes are also up for grabs and so are other Blues Kitchen specialities such as buffalo wings with blue cheese dip, a range of burgers and zingy cocktails. Go bottomless with Bloody Marys or mimosas for £17 extra or unlimited prosecco for £20.
Where: 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
Why: The exposed brickwork, graffiti-scrawled walls, and clubby soundtrack make this a popular spot for an edgy, brunch-loving crowd. Tuck into chorizo hash with plancha eggs or go for a classic, like smashed avocado topped with either salmon, haloumi or chorizo. Vegetarian options include the Garden Breakfast, pancakes and yoghurt with granola.
Where: 40 Parkway, NW1 7AH
Why: This rotisserie chicken restaurant is part of the bustling food scene at Camden Market (which has plenty of street-food joints for alternative brunching). Exposed brick, pendant lighting and communal wooden benches for large groups suit the Market's shabby-chic surrounds, while the kitchen is centred on a Josper charcoal oven. It doesn’t have a specific brunch offering, but plenty of the dishes are suitable for mid-morning indulgence. Perhaps the buttermilk-marinated chicken wings glazed with sriracha, honey and soy? Winner winner, chicken….brunch?
Where: North Yard, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH
Why: Inspired by their road trips across America, Joy and Simon Brigg decided to bring the ‘sweet tastes of southern soul food’ to Camden with this funky joint dedicated to smoky porcine pleasures and rocking Tennessee tunes. The breakfast menu is available until midday and features all the brunch essentials, but if you’re feeling a little adventurous, we’d go for the Porky Muffin with pulled pork, Cumberland sausage, fried egg and cheese in an English muffin with tater puffs.
Where: 18 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AG
Why: Name a better breakfast than a cheese toastie, we’ll wait... You can get four variations of this classic snack at The Cheese Bar in Camden – the slick, stylish and fun graduation of the street-food-serving Cheese Truck. Delivering max on both stringy, gooey cheese and on Instagrammability, we can understand why it’s a popular spot. Not brunch-specific, the menu also features more cheese-celebrating dishes such as a four-cheese rotelle (essentially posh mac ‘n’ cheese) and supreme mozzarella sticks.
Where: Unit 93/94 Camden Stables, NW1 8AH
Why: As its up-front moniker suggests, this chain re-imagines the classic American diner of a million movie scenes through a London lens, with red vinyl booths, vintage car pictures and booming 60s’ music offset by dim lighting. Ideal for brunch if you ask us. It serves an all-day breakfast with some brunch classics, but what really caught our attention was the large three-stack pancake menu as well as the Diner Breakfast Burger. We would also try to fit in the Lumberjack Breakfast with its eggs, buttermilk pancakes, bacon, tater tots served with maple syrup and whipped honey butter – phew!
Where: 2 Jamestown Road, NW1 7BY
Why: Fun fact, this area of London was once nicknamed Greenberry Hill rather than Primrose Hill – which makes sense of the name given to this eclectic, all-purpose eatery. The brunch menu offers everything you’d expect with stand-outs dishes of fluffy pancakes with ricotta, mixed berries and maple syrup, and roast squash, cherry tomatoes, feta and pomegranate on spinach with poached egg and sumac. Also, don’t leave without trying the colourful wellness lattes!
Where: 101 Regent’s Park Road, Camden, NW1 8UR
Why: This Kentish Town caff started out like any other café in the area when it opened in 2012, but then in 2017 announced its full transformation to vegan. It has also branched out to Camden Town, which operated with the same ethos: ‘make coffee, make food, make it tasty’. It claims to be serving up some of London’s finest croissants and it offers a wide range of vegan wraps and lovely cakes. Brunch treats change regularly but a firm favourite of ours has to be the croissant banh mi, combining French pastry with Vietnamese fillings for the ultimate mash up.
Where: 52a Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3LN and 29a Pratt St, Camden Town, NW1 0BG