London Brunch: Granger & Co, Notting Hill

Today I miraculously managed to wake before noon all in the name of schlepping to West London for brunch. My new school friend Riley and I have bonded over our mutual love of the meal and have made a habit of trying a new place every weekend. What better excuse to explore London’s many neighborhoods than in the name of eggs, hotcakes, coffee, and sometimes (if we’re feeling frisky) a mimosa?

This morning we set our sights on Notting Hill, as we were both eager to find a reprieve from our many student nights out in hip, yet grimy East London.

Walking up from the bowels of the Underground, you’re immediately greeted by Notting Hill’s quirky and very chic charm. It isn’t quite Mayfair loud money vibes, but more of a granola, aging hippies with wealth atmosphere. You don’t get streets this pristine in Shoreditch, yet they still try to maintain the neighborhood’s bohemian character.

Notting Hill Street Facades Quirky Notting Hill Storefronts

I’d love to return soon for a drink at the iconic Beach Blanket Babylon or peruse the famous Portobello Market on a less tourist-heavy weekday.

Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill

It’s already freezing here, so I snuggled into this over-sized sweater from Asos. Warm enough so I don’t need to wear a coat yet, it’s my attempt at inserting more color into my almost all-black wardrobe. I attempted one of those blogger-favorite “stylishly stepping off the stairs of a townhome in London” shots, but I’m awkward and stuck to the selfies.

Notting Hill Street Style in Oversized Pink Sweater
Sweater (similar) // Jeans Рsuper inexpensive  // Black booties Рvery comfortable // Bag

After spending way too much time taking photos of the temptingly photogenic shops and houses, I finally made my way to Westbourne Grove and Granger & Co, our chosen brunch haven for the morning. The queue builds up as early as 10AM, so make sure to go early or be prepared to wait!

Granger & Co, Notting Hill

Since I was running late, I luckily didn’t have to wait too long (sorry, Riley!), and we were quickly seated for feasting. Service was quick but not rushed, but also not overly warm. The menu is quite healthy (it’s founded by health-conscious Aussies), and they’re known for their whipped scrambled eggs and decidedly unhealthy ricotta hotcakes. Riley and I settled in and studiously browsed the menu.

Menu at Granger & Co, Notting Hill

We decided to order the iconic dishes (we’re timeless like that) and had eggs and toast for him and ricotta hotcakes for moi. I’m normally not huge on sweets for breakfast, but oh Lord this was worth it.

Brunch at Granger & Co Notting Hill

Have to shoot from above for that perfect #onthetable shot! Riley loved the toast and artfully whipped eggs. They were almost too pretty eat.

Breakfast at Granger & Co Notting Hill

The hotcakes were fluffy and came with banana, a touch of honeycomb and perfectly portioned syrup. I was a bit nervous they’d be too much like dessert, but the sweetness was spot-on, and oh did I savour every bite. If you make the pilgrimage to Granger, you cannot go wrong with the hotcakes. Feeling guilty, I also had a green juice on the side; it was refreshing and not too liquid salad tasting.

Ricotta Hotcakes at Granger & Co, Notting Hill

While Granger is becoming a tourist-favorite London brunch spot, I still recommend making a trip if you’re in town. Go early to avoid the queue, or visit one of their other locations, as you cannot book ahead. I’d still try the original Notting Hill outpost, as you can easily spend the whole day exploring the surrounding area. You know it’s worth the 40 minute tube ride if I’m satisfied enough to take a smug photo outside afterwards. Hours later, I’m still in a content hotcakes coma.

London Brunch at Granger & Co Notting Hill

Gift Guide: The Anglophile

Do you have a friend who, like me, is obsessed with all things British? Did they host a Royal Wedding party or have they watched Bridget Jones 100 times? Do they have a Union Jack tattoo, swear they’re destined to end up with Prince Hary and tear up at God Save the Queen? This gift guide is perfect for that Anglophile in your life – who, like me, is an American yearning to be a little bit more of a Londoner.

1. This coffee table book “London: Portrait of a City” is a classic with beautiful photography chronicling London from the Victorian age to the present.
2. A cute London city scene pillow from Pottery Barn.
3. Tea straight from the storied Fortnum and Mason. This British department store has a legendary tea room, and luckily for us Yanks (god I’m embarrassing), it’s available online. I don’t even really like tea, yet I still want some of the pretty packaging.
5. Notting Hill. I meannnn, come on, it’s Hugh Grant at his most self deprecating and charming. There go my ovaries.
6. Some tube station artwork. I may be romanticizing London (guilty), but I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed public transportation until I rode the underground.
7. “Born at Buckingham Palace” tee from Wildfox. I wish.
8. Some classic Hunter Wellies. I even bought Wellies when I lived in LA during an EXTREME drought. I eventually came to my senses and returned them, but they’re that chic.
9. A Temperley London candle set from Caroline Stanbury’s (the best lady on Ladies of London) Gift Library of course.

Not included: a first class ticket and London and visa to stay as long as I’d like – a girl can dream.