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.
What: Cross the threshold of this organic farm shop/café, 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.
When: Mon-Sun 8am-4pm (Sun -10am)
Where: 208-212 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
What: It may strictly speaking be over the postcode boundary in Kensington, but this boho-chic café 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.
When: Mon-Sun 8am-7pm
Where: 30 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TA
What: Adding a grungy vibe to the Soho House Group’s much-loved Electric Cinema, this long, vaulted room 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.
When: Sat-Sun 12N-5pm
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.
When: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
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 superfood smoothie.
When: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm (Sat-Sun -4pm)
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: this is 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.
When: Mon-Sun 7am-5pm (Sun 8am- )
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.
When: Breakfast Mon-Sun 8am-11.45am; brunch Sat-Sun 12N-5pm
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 press. If you’d like something more indulgent, pig out on French toast with bacon, or ibérico pork pluma.
When: Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
Where: 47 Hereford Road, W2 5AH
Snaps + Rye
What: This funky daytime café and shop 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.
When: Tue-Sun 9am-3pm (Sun 9.30am- )
Where: 93 Golborne Road, W10 5NL
Looking for brunch somewhere else in the capital? Feast your eyes on our list of the best weekend brunches in London.