Le Pain Quotidien - London weekend brunch

Saturday, February 22, 2014

It may just be me - but over the last few years I've found it really difficult to find decent brunch spots in London. Coming from Wellington, New Zealand, where brunch is pretty much a weekend sport and people probably drink more coffee in average than alcohol it's been hard to 'adjust' and accept the full English breakfast as my only option.

Yes, there are some dedicated brunch places in this city - but brunch is meant to be relaxing, and standing in a queue for 90 minutes while my stomach rumbles is not what I consider weekend fun.

That's why I love Le Pain Quotidien so much. Always bustling, but never too busy to get a table - Le Pain Quotidien is a great place to eat and relax over coffee in the weekend.

The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank branch is my first choice as I love the décor -  built into old railway arches with exposed bricks and long wooden communal tables. It's super cosy in winter when it's blowing gale outdoors.

Inside Le Pain Quotidien - Royal Festival Hall, London

Le Pain Quotidien, as the name suggests does amazing bread. I'm not normally a bread person to be honest - but I challenge anyone to get the Baker's Basket and not be delighted with the variety, freshness, and taste.

So, following a Sunday morning date a few weekend ago with hubby to see to see Jerusalem 3D at the ODEON IMAX nearby we dashed through the rain to find comfort in this warm, delicious-smelling bread haven....

Breakfast menu - Le Pain Quotidien, London
breakfast menu

Another thing I love about Le Pain Quotidien is their personalised tableware, such a nice touch.

Tablewear - Le Pain Quotidien, London
Photo courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien

I had my usual... orange juice, coffee served in a deliciously large bowel mug, and a soft boiled egg with freshly baked bread soldiers. Hubby followed suit. 

Breakfast egg - Le Pain Quotidien, London
Photo courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien

And then my sweet tooth got the better of me and I ordered a Spelt and Quinoa Scone (with blackcurrants and almonds), served with Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and Ricotta. Divine!!

Spelt and Quinoa Scone served with Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and Ricotta - Le Pain Quotidien, London
Photo courtesy of Laura Nutrition London

It's probably worth noting that Le Pain Quotidien actually has a full day menu - you can eat lunch, afternoon tea and dinner here too. I just really fancy the brunch.

Do you have brunch plans this weekend?

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  1. I love going to brunch on the weekends, such a great way to start off the weekend. But I agree, waiting in line for an hour while I am starving is not fun! Not to many places serve breakfast here but we will have to start exploring some brunch options.

  2. I love brunch and I am also a sucker for anything built in or around railway arches (I have no idea why!) I was in Bristol this weekend and found a great little brunch spot!