Shoreditch Grind, Flowers and The Breakfast Club

Last week we were given a teeny glimpse of that big orange ball in the sky when it when it peaked out from behind the clouds for the weekend.  So I spent the day with my partner in crime, Nicola, drinking coffee, wandering around Colombia Road Flower Market and eating at The Breakfast Club.

Delish coffee at The Shoreditch Grind

Delish coffee at The Shoreditch Grind

I had never been to Colombia Road and it was right up there on my 2015 London bucket list.  So we headed up to Old Street and stopped of at The Shoreditch Grind for our first coffee of the day.  This coffee shop is so cool and was the first of the Grind family of coffee shops to open up around the city.  Its right by Old Street station and serves great coffee. If you are into your coffee haunts then definitely put it on your list of places to check out as they serve espressos and cocktails all through the night.

Caffeine fuelled we whacked on the sunnies and walked the 10 minutes over to Colombia Road.  The market itself is pretty small but it really is incredible and a lot of fun.  The men selling flowers get you involved in their banter, they shout across the stalls at each other and give off the most hilarious East End vibe.

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We bought more flowers than we could carry (my arms felt it the next day) for a few pounds each.  The market closes at around 3pm ish so when we arrived at 1:30-2 it was, in my opinion, perfect timing because they just wanted to get rid of all of the flowers so slashed the prices.  Where else in London can you buy 20 roses for £5?

Nicola bought 20 white roses for £5! Check our her instagram page @nicolakeane1

Nicola bought 20 white roses for £5! Check our her Instagram page @nicolakeane1

We had built up an appetite so massively needed feeding.  Luckily The Breakfast Club is just around the corner and was just what we needed.  Now anyone who reads this blog or views my Instagram will know that I am on a little quest to find the best brunch in London so it only makes sense to do a little write up of The Breakfast Club.  This place is very popular so we had to queue for a little while.  We really didn’t mind because the sun was shining and we sat down in less than half an hour.

The Menu:

The menu has lots to offer – from a full English, to pancakes to something lighter like yogurt and fruit.

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The Vibe:

This place is just so much fun – it has an 80s vibe, battered wooden tables and memorabilia across the walls.  Head there in the evening for some live music.

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The Good and the Bad:

The food was great and the staff were friendly.  The price was also reasonable.  The only negative was they didn’t have any orange juice.  How can a ‘breakfast club’ run out of orange juice?

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Overall thoughts:

GO HERE – do the whole day trip.  Head to Shoreditch, relish in coffee, buy lots of flowers and then relax in the chilled back setting of The Breakfast Club and eat yourself silly with copious amounts of pancakes.  The Breakfast Club in itself is a little overrated, there are definitely better places for brunch.  However, the whole day out is the perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday – and your house will smell divine after.

http://www.shoreditchgrind.com/

http://www.columbiaroad.info/

http://www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com/

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