It’s official: Pancakes are out, and waffles are very much in.
Fluffy, sweet, with a slight crunch on the outer edges: a good waffle is worth talking about.
Pancakes may have been the hero of the brunch menu in years gone by, but according to Pinterest’s food and drink forecast, waffles are now being pinned and searched on the platform more than their circular counterparts.
You might have noticed that we’re pretty huge fans of brunch (especially the bottomless variety), so after doing some serious investigative journalism (someone’s got to do it) we’ve handpicked a list of the most stylish places in London for waffles. Looking at every corner of the capital, from North, East, South and West London, every brunch spot we’ve picked gets the Stylist seal of approval for both delicious waffles and beautiful decor.
Get ‘em while they’re hot.
Berner’s Tavern, Fitzrovia
The London EDITION hotel’s decadent dining room comes complete with oil painting strewn walls, impeccable service and vanilla waffles, decorated with a raspberry and strawberry salad, hung yogurt and toasted pistachios. Perfect if you want to be wowed.
Feya Cafe, Marylebone
Decorated in pink, pink and more pink, this is the ultimate ‘Instagrammable’ cafe. Think edible flowers on every dish, blush velvet seating and pearly white blossoms hanging from the ceiling. The menu is full of healthy and vegan options, taking on a coral-hued theme with pink porridge and rose avo toast. Apart from the waffle option, though, which delightfully takes inspiration from wisteria, covered in blueberries, white chocolate drizzle, lemon zest, whipped cream and flowers.
Duck and Waffle, Liverpool Street
This list couldn’t exist without a nod to the mother of all waffles, the infamous 24-hour, sky-high restaurant, Duck and Waffle, which gleaned its distinctive name from its stand-out dish. Sophisticated and stylish, with killer views, this is one of the fanciest settings you’ll ever have waffles in. Dine on crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup layered on a waffle for a delicious mix of sweet and savoury.
Milk Teeth, Tooting
Milk Tooth is the definition of pared-back cool. The staff look like they’ve just stumbled out of the most fashionable charity shop in existence, while the creamy decor and pale yellow touches create a colour palette so pleasing to the eye, you could snap it all day. This sourdough bread end waffle with slowly roasted greengage, fresh walnut cream, greengage kernel syrup and pie crumb looks like an absolute corker.
Bubblewrap Waffle, China Town
If you’ve got an interest in waffles, we’re pretty sure you’ll have heard of Bubblewrap. A world away from some of the dainty, sugar sprinkled versions in this list, these deliciously sickly monsters are to be eaten on-the-go, wrapped up in paper. Starting off crispy, as you bite into the bubbles you’ll feel the gooey-ness dissolve satisfyingly into your mouth for a waffle experience that’s unlike anything else.
With its seasonal ingredients, cool-as-a-cucumber interior vibes and very witty signage, Foxlow is our definition of an all-rounder. Get your chops around the fried chicken, egg and croissant waffle with sausage gravy for a tasty take on the classically sweet brunch dish.
The Breakfast Club, Angel
The Breakfast Club is something of an institution in London, having been born on the streets of Soho in 2005 and now being known all over the city with a string of venues, most of which get queues out of the door every single weekend. The clue’s in the name with this one, and being breakfast specialists means they know how to rustle up a good waffle. Try out the blueberry and granola waffle for size, with warm blueberry and lemon compote, Greek yoghurt and granola. Yum.
Balthazar, Covent Garden
Balthazar’s gold gilded dining room and Parisian feel screams high-class brunching. The almond waffles, served with warm berries, crème fraîche and maple syrup, will start your Saturday off right.
Holborn Dining Room, Holborn
One of the many restaurants in the beautiful Rosewood London hotel, the Holborn Dining Room is a gorgeous grand brasserie serving up seasonal, British cuisine in a bustling atmosphere. Head there for a sumptuous strawberry and blueberry covered waffle, with a generous portion of creamy mascarpone.
Sea Containers, South Bank
Look out over the Thames from this impossibly chic restaurant and enjoy a bloody good brunch while you’re at it. Treat yourself to a glass of champagne, and tuck into the delicious waffle option to soak up all those bubbles. The baked waffle comes with fresh berries, berry sauce and icing sugar. Simply spot on.
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