London's best breakfasts for vintage lovers
If you want to know where to eat out in London the vintage way, who better to advise you than the concierge of some of the city’s finest hotels?
The concierge of 5-star London hotels the Connaught, the Berkeley and Claridge’s have revealed their tips on some of the lesser known places to eat in the capital, and this first article focuses on the best breakfasts for vintage lovers.
We begin in Brick Lane at The Vintage Emporium. Though this may have to be more of a brunch as the cafe doesn’t open its doors until 11am on a week day, the huge tea rooms are certainly worth a visit. Serving Victorian delicacies and a generous selection of teas, the vintage lover is sure not to be disappointed here. Not only is the food Victorian, but the setting does not disappoint either.
Decked out in a Victorian style, there are wonderful pieces of furniture throughout the tea rooms to transport you out of the 21st century. There are also some great evening events to attend such as life drawing and live bands should your brunch go on that long. Downstairs in the boutique you can meander through the scores of vintage pieces sourced from the Victorian era up to 1950. A venue with such a plethora of activities to partake in it is surely best left until you have a full day to spare to make the most of what’s on offer.
Our next breakfast location ‘Time for Tea’ (pictured) on Shoreditch High Street is at first unassuming in appearance, but once you step inside you are truly stepping into a dimension of the past. It’s not always open to the public as the authentically Forties style tea room unsurprisingly attracts a plethora of private bookings and even film crews, but if you can go, do.
The owner, Johnny Vercoutre is a vintage connoisseur and has immaculately created this spellbinding environment. Should you visit, you’ll share a large table with other visitors enjoying tea and crumpets.
Moving onto North London, the now well established Cafe Vintage is a staple for vintage coffee goers. Set up in 2010 by sisters Aysha and Nadia Allman, the menu boasts a range of baked goods. Widely acclaimed by all who visit, settle in for a cosy morning surrounded by an array of decor sourced from antique shops to skips.
The cafe represents a whole range of eras, channelling not only the pre-war era but the Eighties and Nineties too. Like many vintage eateries there are also some items for sale you can pour through after your coffee and cakes. Though there is not a great haul on offer, everything they sell is well selected so you shouldn’t have to look for long until you find something that catches your eye.
Our final suggestion is also in North London as we move to The Haberdashery in Crouch End. This is a distinctly family friendly venue. You can choose from light breakfasts like porridge and fruit or go all out with Eggs Benedict or a hearty full English.
The Haberdashery has won numerous awards for its atmosphere and is a really popular local retreat. The Kids menu makes family visits easy with simple dishes such as boiled egg and soldiers. If you’re wondering when to head down try the first Friday of the month, as if you stay until the evening the cafe hosts Barboot- an evening of vintage clothing, arts, crafts, cocktails and music.