Kensington hotels in London tend to be filled with people that spend all day on their feet, whether they’re trawling Notting Hill for bargains for doing some window shopping on the high street. Like my mother always said, a good breakfast will set you up for the day – and our guests need the energy! That’s why I’ve picked my favourite breakfast and brunch spots from around Kensington to share with you: whether you’re looking for a full English, an American shortstack, or a light continental.
Are you sweet or savoury? At the Kensington Creperie, why not try both?
I love sampling the Kensington Creperie’s latest indulgent treats. It’s an amazing fix, whether I’m in the mood for a sweet taste (my personal favourite is thick globs of Nutella!) or the more savoury Tartiflette Galette: that’s bacon, cheese, onion and white wine on a buckwheat crepe! The Kensington Creperie is a fantastic pit stop if you’re looking for a grab-and-go breakfast, or even if you’re looking for a sit down affair.
If you haven’t got your fill from a crepe, why not inject an extra sugar rush with a little gelato? The Kensington Creperie is now equipped with an ice-cream parlour fully stocked with authentic flavours. My favourite? Pistachio, everytime.
Does your mouth water at the thought of an authentically made pain au chocolat, dripping with warm chocolate? Then you’re going to need to stop by the Bench’o Cafe, where the footpath becomes crowded daily with passersby gawping at their windows of delicious pastries. If you’re more of an adventurist, then Bench’os most celebrated hidden gem is the shaskhuka: an amazing Middle Eastern breakfast dish consisting of poached eggs, tomato sauce and a hefty dose of spices. Not for the faint of heart!
If anyone in London has truly mastered the Belgian waffle, it’s the Wafflemeisters. The batter in these deliciously light and fluffy waffles comes from a family recipe that originates in 1950.
Where would we Brits be without the full English, eh? I always recommend the Mor-ish to guests looking for an authentic English brekkie: that means beans, bacon and blood pudding. One American reviewer remarked “once you eat this bacon, you will never want the American stuff again”. Even if you’re not a tourist, make sure you drop in and sink into their comfy chairs and charming company. Soon, those Kensington hotels in London won’t seem so comfortable!