Not all that long ago no self respecting Londoner would be caught in Covent Garden.
Overrun by tourists, heaving with sticky crowds and not much to see once you’ve been once or twice.
But all that seems to be changing, lovely little independent shops and restaurants are popping up everywhere you look. It’s becoming something of a foodie hub in central London, and I’ve found a corker of a breakfast spot!
Hidden away in the side streets of Seven Dials, you’ll find Neal’s Yard.
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A colourful little haven away from the traffic and crowds of busy London.
Packed with painted windows, fairy lights, street art and students hanging around sketching passers by.
And in one corner you’ll find one of your favourite new brunch spots.
Bag a table if you can, if not take a seat in the square, it’s worth the wait!
Order a couple of coffees and a whole load of brunch.
Porridge is their speciality.
Posh porridge of course, topped with good stuff.
But they do other bits ‘n’ bobs too.
Berry Smoothie with Cardamom Granola, Goji Berries, Coconut Flakes.
As delicious as it is Instagrammable.
Blueberry Ricotta Porridge – Almond Milk Oats, Blueberry Maple Compote, Whipped Ricotta, Nut Butter, Lemon & Thyme.
Strawberry & Coconut Bircher Muesli – Almond Milk soaked Oats and Chia Seeds, Strawberries, Coconut, Pistachio, Fennel, Date Syrup.
And of course…
Not just any avo toast, though.
Hands down the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried a few).
I’m not entirely sure why, but the combination of exceptional bread, drizzled in good olive oil, sprinkled with salt, topped with ripe, rich avocado and finished with an oozing egg, just makes for perfection.
Worth a trip in itself. The view’s not bad either.
Pay 26 Grains a visit in Neil’s Yard:
MON – FRI 8 – 17
SAT 9 – 17 , SUN 10 – 16
No reservations, don’t go with a big group or you’ll never get a table.
And be sure to leave some time to take a stroll around Covent Garden while you’re there.
It’s really rather blooming marvellous!
We were particularly taken with the new Petersham Nurseries store.
A far cry from their original set up in Richmond, this is a very sophisticated, grown up affair.
But with all of the original’s charm.
All the interiors inspo you could ever hope for.
And the perfect spot to pick a bunch.
To brighten up the kitchen at home.
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Just a bloomin’ lovely way to start the day!
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