Cafe Diaries: August Brunch Roundup

Oh my it only felt like last week when I was drafting the July brunch roundup, summertime flies! 

In August we saw restaurants transitioning and adapting to the new ways of dining out – QR codes in place of paper menus, ceramic coffee cups back on the table and Eat Out to Help Out which was the MAJOR BORIS GODSEND that I’m sure many of you have taken advantage of.

Admittedly I had toned down on the number of brunch visits this past month – blame the heat wave that left me sleepless for a week. Here are the brunches that I did enjoy during the cooler days!

District Coffee

On the other side of the river from Chelsea is a relatively new area called Nine Elms, where the US Embassy stands. And underneath the almighty steel-and-marble construction sits District Coffee.

This gem brings its airy space, relaxed vibe and Aussie attitude to their delicious coffee and food menu. Everything feels so simple and neat yet effortlessly so. Expect simple brunch dishes but done perfectly – my favourites are the truffled scrambled eggs croissant sandwich and also the banana bread, dense and moist served warm with berries.

They also have a location in Parsons Green and also a new one in Mayfair, serving coffee and a smaller food menu.

District Coffee (Nine Elms)
7 New Union Square SW11 7DN London

Juliet’s Quality Foods

The last time I was at Juliet’s they were still known as Milk Teeth – the sister cafe of the well-known Balham brunch king: Milk Cafe.

Now renamed as Juliet’s Quality Food, the cafe sits almost disguised as Juliet’s Hair and Beauty, alongside some high street shops and restaurants. 

Their coffee and food offering is no where high-street – it’s incredible and so worth the 1-hour journey down to the Southern tip of the Northern Line. (DO NOT attempt this during a heatwave.)

You will find some standard brunch dishes but with their own twist (which is exactly what makes them so good). Popular dishes include the Sweet Maria (grilled sweetcorn fritters, stacked with crispy halloumi, smashed avo, kasundi & lime and Young Betty (poached cackleberry farm eggs on wood-fired sourdough, grilled dry cure bacon & our secret recipe espresso & fermented chilli hollandaise).

I went for the Vadouvan Eggs which would be perfect for a cold day: poached Cackleberry Farm Eggs atop whipped house-made labne, roast carrot puree, smothered in vibrantly spiced Vadouvan Butter & salty coastal herbs. 

Also their pastries and cakes are delicious!

Juliet’s Quality Foods
110 Mitcham Rd, Tooting, London SW17 9NG


The PILGRM is a boutique hotel in Paddington which prides in their stylish interiors, minimalist bedrooms, a Workshop Coffee counter in the lobby and also amazing food served in the first floor lounge. 

The Lounge is an interior-lover’s dream (and also freelancers): comfortable velvet armchairs in a cosy room and specialty coffee on tap (ok not really).

The brunch menu is carefully created and perfectly executed by the chef: a small selection from the usual cooked breakfast to avocado toast and the very indulgent French toast (if you want ice cream at 8am, which I did enjoy). All was simple but delicious.

25 London St, Tyburnia, London W2 1HH

Allpress Espresso Roastery & Cafe Dalston

Now this is my little secret – breakfast at the Allpress Roastery in Dalston. The gates open up to a place that is almost like a countryside cottage, except it’s in fact the roastery that supplies coffee beans to many cafes in the UK.

Like their space, the food menu is a simple affair. Eggs and soldiers, breakfast platter with avocado, boiled eggs and cheese, pastries. The focus is on the coffee but they have made it an enjoyable place for locals and the average coffee-consumer.

Allpress Espresso Roastery & Cafe
55 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 2NG


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