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5 Halal Brunch Places in London for a Full English Breakfast

by in Culture & Lifestyle on 21st December, 2018

I don’t know about you but I love a full English aka The Fry Up. The Full English, dates back as far as the 1300s, making it one of the longest standing traditional dishes in English history. The dish begun as a luxury meal and then slowly found its way to becoming a staple for manual workers who wanted to get a hearty meal to the start of their day.

Today’s (halal) version is typically sausages, turkey bacon (which made Selina’s overrated list), eggs (sunny side up please), tomato (that I pass off to my dining buddy), baked beans, toast and if we’re going all out hash browns. Here are some of the 5 best brunch places I’ve been to for a Full English. Where is your favourite halal brunch place?

1. Grounded Coffee

Where:  9 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DU

Okay, this place is probably gentrification personified. It has beautiful decor, you can find it in the heart of Whitechapel close to Brick Lane, serving up hipster coffee and a yummy full English, of course, complete with sourdough bread (standard white toast available). If you get past the gentrifying aspects, you can expect to enjoy a wholesome full English with amazing halal beef sausages.

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Everyone’s favourite breakfast/brunch spot! 🍳🥓 #groundedcoffecompany #food #foodie #restaurant #dining #halal #breakfast #brunch #lunch #dinner #tasty #twopeasfoodies . . . Food: N and I always order the Full English Breakfast (with some tweaks) cos who doesn’t love a Full English? We always get the Sausages, Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Sourdough and Beans, and sometimes a cheeky side of Crushed Avocado or Halloumi. Everything is delicious. The Sausages taste so fatty that we can FEEL ourselves putting on the pounds 😂 but booooyy 👅 are they scrumptious! The only thing we hate are tomatoes, but we always order them because they look good in the pictures. 😬😂 Service: You have to order at the till and the food doesn’t take long. Settings: 5/10 Food: 8/10 Service: 5/10 Overall: 6/10

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2. Drunch 

Where: 1 Woodstock St, Mayfair, London W1C 2AA

For a more upmarket selection, Drunch provides a combination of setting, atmosphere, and style. If you are celebrating a new job, or want to host a special brunch for your friends and family, try the gorgeous dessert, menu. With Oxford Circus down the road, you can follow it up with a shopping spree. They’ve also got that flowery wall thing going on at the entrance for ya instagram pic.

3. Heart of Balham

Where: 113 Balham High Rd, London SW12 9AP

This offers a combination of cuisines from Egyptian street food Koshery, couscous, Kofta, chicken tagine, chicken taouk. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy maybe a falafel wrap, jacket potatoes, halloumi, and sweet chili, egg dishes, salmon, or a nice pancake selection. While the full English is fab, the service is a stark contrast, both times I have had long waiting times and when I took it up with the waitress she smugly (and proudly) replied, “we have customers who wait for up to an hour and a half”. So be warned about waiting times.

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Great Lebanese breakfast #foodie #breakfast #halal

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4. Nest Cafe

Nest Cafe in Willesden Green next to the station provides a combination of Full English Beans, mushrooms, hashbrown, earl grey tea, turkey sausages with a pretty view of the high road. The cafe has a homely and cosy vibe, perfect for people watching and reading a book.

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5. Makan Cafe

In the heart of Portobello, this delicious little cafe comprises of the ultimate halal English Breakfast and Malaysian specialities like Roti Canai. You’ll be spoilt for choice with all sorts of sweet and savory meals at incredibly affordable prices. Spend just a few mins and you will see a constant flurry of regular customers ready for their Makan fix!

*Please call the restaurant to verify the halal status*

Maya Areem

Maya Areem

Maya is a teacher by day and student by night. She hopes to pass on what she learns.