Whether you’re in search of a bargain in the market stalls of Portobello Road, spending rather more in the boutiques of Westbourne Grove, or you’ve just come for a wander around the garden squares and to gawp at the huge stucco houses, Notting Hill makes for a brilliant London day out. It’s also the centre of west London brunch culture so, from clean-eating smoothies to dirty full-English fry-ups, here are the best places to spend a lazy afternoon eating and drinking your way through brunch in Notting Hill.
What: Cross the threshold of organic farm shop/café Daylesford, and you enter a parallel universe where fresh produce is tastefully presented in twee wicker baskets and the walls are lined with a kaleidoscope of Kilner jars. The brunch menu is split into mornings and afternoons: Bircher muesli and poached eggs for early birds, burgers, salads and bone broths for late comers. When you’re done, stock up on organic ingredients and posh ready-meals to take away.
Where: 208-212 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
What: It may strictly speaking be over the postcode boundary in Kensington, but boho-chic Egg Break is one of the best places for brunch near Notting Hill Gate tube. The kitchen can rustle up elegant riffs on greasy spoon fry-ups, along with classics such as eggs Benedict, but there’s plenty else besides – ‘broken eggs’ is a tangy, creamy muddle of chorizo, scamorza cheese and spring onions. If eggs aren’t your thing, try cornflake French toast with caramelised banana.
Where: 30 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TA
What: Adding a grungy vibe to the Soho House Group’s much-loved Electric Cinema, the long, vaulted room that houses Electric Diner pays homage to the New York diner, complete with leather booths and a kitchen-facing counter. Eggs and full English breakfasts are joined by excellent hotdogs and double cheeseburgers. In true American style there’s bottomless filter coffee and, because this is Notting Hill, a health-conscious beet and charcoal smoothie, while brunch cocktails include spritzes and Bloody Marys.
Where: 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED
What: The Farm Girl empire now extends to Chelsea and Soho but this Portobello original still has a homespun charm. The farm girl herself is owner Rose Mann, whose rural Aussie childhood informs her ideas about healthy eating. The cute little café serves fruit bowls, granola and acai bowls, as well as coconut ‘bacon’ (tamari, maple syrup and coconut flakes) slipped into gluten-free and vegan BLTs, eggs any which way and avo toast. Drinks include cold-brew coffee and high-powered smoothies.
Where: 59a Portobello Road, W11 3DB
What: The prescription at Camilla Fayed’s Farmacy is one that’s easy to swallow: plant-based dishes free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. Brunch dishes are served all week from breakfast; try avocado on gluten-free toast with an organic poached egg, a Caesar salad with mushroom anchovies, or the famous burger made from millet, black bean and mushrooms served in a sourdough vegan bun. Thirsty? Try a glass of biodynamic wine or a superfood smoothie.
Where: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
Granger & Co
What: Affable Aussie restaurateur and writer Bill Granger is beloved of brunching hipsters from Sydney to Hawaii. And no wonder: his Granger & Co's serve ultra-healthy, modern and colourful food that avoids worthiness. Ricotta hotcakes come with banana and honeycomb butter; sweetcorn fritters with tomato, spinach and bacon. Sip on-trend juices such as cold-pressed green apple, cucumber, ginger, silver beet and chia seeds, or proper cocktails.
Where: 175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB
What: The Notting Hill incarnation of Pizza East’s Shoreditch warehouse is a much more intimate affair than the original, with two roaring wood-fired ovens taking pride of place. Arrive before 11.45 and you can take advantage of the breakfast menu – sourdough toast, muffins, granola, eggs any style – while from noon till five a brunch menu takes over with avo toast, a full English, mac ‘n’ cheese, lasagne – or, of course, a firm, chewy pizza.
Where: 310 Portobello Road, W10 5TA
What: If you don’t manage to roll out of bed until lunchtime, then Pomona’s brunch, served until teatime, is for you. The restaurant is inspired by clean-living California, so this is not the place to come for a fry-up; instead, porridge is topped by acai berries, gluten-free options include butternut squash with cavolo nero, and to drink, there’s a chard and apple presse. If you’d like something more indulgent, pig out on French toast with bacon, or ibérico pork pluma.
Where: 47 Hereford Road, W2 5AH
Snaps + Rye
What: Funky daytime café and shop Snaps + Rye celebrates all things Danish, from arty home accessories to foodie provisions and native specialities. Homemade rye bread is the brunch mainstay, whether soaked in rye beer for a baked rarebit or with scrambled eggs and smoked Var salmon (from the Faroes); you can also come here for kedgeree and freshly baked Danish pastries. Drinks include healthy Sealand Birk birch juice.
Where: 93 Golborne Road, W10 5NL
What: Tiny Golborne Deli is a very popular breakfast and brunch spot with Notting Hill residents, so make sure to get here early. If you do manage to nab a table, you’ll be able to perk yourself up with a cup of Golborne’s excellent coffee, before tucking into a selection of pastries baked in-house – think pain au chocolate and cinnamon rolls. If pastries aren’t enough to cut it though, you can opt for the more substantial likes of pancakes crowned with toppings of mixed fruits and honey or crispy pancetta and maple syrup.
Where: 100 Golborne Road, W10 5PS
Lowry & Baker
What: Homely Lowry & Baker can be found on bustling Portobello Road, and is primarily a coffee house, but it serves up breakfast and brunch too. Swing by here in the morning to tuck into the likes of poached eggs and avocado on sourdough toast, or a creamy acai bowl. We’re also often tempted by Lowry & Baker's range of cakes and pastries, all of which are made in house and are a treat for the eyes as much as the taste buds. It’s a great spot for families too, with little ones able to enjoy a babyccino alongside their pick of the pastries.
Where: 339 Portobello Road, W10 5SA
What: Retail therapy is often followed by a spot of food, so it’s no surprise that this concept store, which blends a high-fashion boutique with a relaxed restaurant, works so well. 202 is open all day, and one of the most popular brunch dishes here is the French toast that’s topped with maple syrup and crispy bacon. There are other delights too though, such as eggs benedict and freshly-baked muffins. To help wash it all down, choose from the selection of speciality English teas.
Where: 202-204 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
What: Family-friendly Bluebell’s Café finds its home on Portobello Road, overlooking the world famous Portobello Market. The brunch menu here is concise and keeps things simple – that means you can expect to find porridge topped with fresh berries, eggs delivered in any style you’d like, and grilled Portobello mushrooms on toast. Those with a sweet tooth can opt for the ‘chocky road’ French toast, which arrives topped with chocolate ganache and marshmallows. Make sure to check out the specials board too, which is updated daily.
Where: 320 Portobello Road W10 5RU
The Dayrooms Café
What: This Aussie-inspired café is a real looker, and the food is pretty as a picture too. Fear not though, as this isn’t a case of style over substance. In fact, Dayrooms’ innovation is evident via the likes of an open croissant filled with smoked salmon, poached egg and a slick of truffle mayonnaise, while those of a sweeter disposition can tuck into a strawberries and a cream hotcake dotted with shards of matcha meringue. Instagram-friendly drinks are a draw too, with options including a beetroot latte and a banana smoothie.
Where: 212 Kensington Park Road, W11 1NR
Looking for brunch somewhere else in the capital? Feast your eyes on our list of the best weekend brunches in London.