With tot in tow, what better way to celebrate Australia Day 2019 on Saturday 26th January than with a slice of Aussie brunch culture in the heart of London. We’ve nipped from north to east to to sample the finest Antipodean coffee and native nibbles across the capital in out latest top 10…
Open from 7.00am, Ozone Coffee is the perfect saving grace for families seeking an early-bird pitstop and cracking cup of coffee. If after all that Christmas indulgence you’re seeking out a healthy breakfast, Ozone’s seeded granola with whey poached fruit scattered with macadamia and lemon thyme is a moorish treat. Sweet toothed kids will adore the spiced banana bread laden with nut butter. Highchairs available and prams are neatly tucked away for those heading in with teeny ones.
11 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4AQ
Run by Aussie chef Jason Wells, Brew Cafe’s breakfast menu is teaming with a cracking dishes including Folded Eggs with lemon and parsley on sourdough, parents can pimp up with a kicking chorizo version. Kids can slather marmite on their soldiers or order a smaller size of the Folded Eggs on the house kids menu. With high chairs for tots and friendly service, you can find additional branches of Brew Cafe in Wandsworth, Clapham and Chiswick.
21 High Street, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5DX
Milk Beach Cafe
Calling all brunch loving mamas, Milk Beach Cafe in Queen’s Park is a-calling. This Aussie inspired child-friendly cafe prides itself on specialty coffees from around the world that are traceable to the farm and carefully roasted by the Milk Beach team. Alongside a mean cup o’joe, their eggs are a snap-worthy start to the day. Be it an Antipodean smashed avocado with goats curd or coddled eggs in a jar with cream and sweet potato purée, sea salt and chives, served with sourdough soldiers.
19 Lonsdale Road, London, NW6 6RA
The brainchild of Shelagh Ryan, Michael Homan and Caitlin Ryan, this Aussie trio opened the very first Lantana to much acclaim back in 2008. Several cups of coffee and jammy lamingtons later, Lantana blossomed and spread its roots North. With a dinky coffee and brunch spot nestled in Camden Lock market and the elegant Old Street cafe, their espresso is robust and toasted banana bread with cinnamon ricotta and fresh berries scrumptious!
Old Street: Unit 2, 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Rd, EC1Y 1HQ
If you’re in the mood to smash back a couple of flatties this Australia Day then why not hop over to one of the first wave Antipodean artisan coffee bars – Flat White. A firm favourite with Soho residents and neighbouring workers, Flat White and their sister cafe, Milkbar, will not only welcome you with open arms but promrise to serve up one of the best smashed avo on toast this side of the equator – with a promise like that what’s not to love!
Flat Whit: 17 Berwick Street, W1F 0PT / Milk Bar: 3 Bateman Street, W1D 4AG
Proof that good things do come in small packages, the adorable Aussie inspired Kaffeine keeps the heart of Fitzrovia pulsating with their perfect blend of coffee and loose leaf teas. Perch by the window of their Eastcastle Street store and watch the world ebb by as you nibble away on Anzac biccies and sip on endless espressos. Those looking to master the Victoria Arduino Black Eagle Gravimetric espresso machine in store can become barista for the night with their celebrated coffee courses.
15 Eastcastle Street, W1T 3AY / 66 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7QJ
Granger & Co
If you’re looking for a taste of Oz in North London then King’s Cross is just the ticket. Bathed in notes of gold, Bill Granger’s Granger & Co is the perfect spot to breakfast in style this Australia Day. With a menu brimming with sunshine flavours why not go all out with a ‘Fresh Aussie’ – tea smoked salmon, poached eggs, greens, avocado & cherry tomatoes and an almighty cup of allpress coffee.
Various locations – Chelsea, Notting Hill, Kings Cross and Clerkenwell
Farm Girl founder has come a long way since milking cows on an Australian dairy farm as a young girl. Now firmly rooted in London, Farm Girl boast a menu as bright as their interior. Kids will love the Blue Jack Tacos which pile high jackfruit, homemade BBQ sauce, guacamole egg free mayo & pineapple on soft blue corn tortillas. A holistic and healthy Australian cafe, coffee is bold and strong by The Roasting Party. We also love their line up of super lattes, our particular favourite – the Liquid Gold, a heady sunshine immune-boosting mix of turmeric, astragalus, ginger root, ground nutmeg and honey.
Various locations – Chelsea, Notting Hill and Soho
The Lamnut! Those mouth-watering folk over at Crosstown Doughnuts are bringing back the insanely good golden ring inspired by the traditional Australia cake – the Lamington. Smothered in sticky-sweet raspberry jam, dressed in a chocolate coat and then smattered with coconut. If one Aussie inspire doughnut isn’t epic enough, this year the Lamnut will be joined by a Tim Tam special! Available on 25th to 27th January only – don’t miss this sweet Straya duo.
Stores across London – Hammersmith, City, Fiztrovia, Greenwich, Marylebone, Picadilly, Shoreditch, Soho and Victoria
Daisy Green Collection
The iconic collection of Daisy Green cafes across the capital bring relaxed and buzzing Australian food and coffee culture to London. Through individually designed cafes and restaurants, Daisy Green serve up memorable brunch spots which quickly become local destinations and meeting points for families. If you’re on the hunt for an Australia Day date night – Daisy Green’s Wine and Food Odyssey is back on 26th January. Taking place at both Scarlett Green in Soho & Timmy Green in Victoria, the night will consist of an extensive Aussie tasting menu, matched with more than 10 of the homeland’s top wines. Take a peek at this corker of a tasting menu…
Spicy tuna tostadas
Bhel puri – Sydney style
Beef tataki w ponzu caviar
Chicken parmigiana w burrata & San Daniele prosciutto
60-day dry-aged, slow reared rib eye steak from The Butchery Ltd
Coffee by fellow Aussie’s The Roasting Party or Espresso martini (+£5)