Situated on London Bridge marked by a rather grand entrance, London Grind is one of Grind’s ten sites and is one of the three listed as a restaurant. Having visited with work when it first opened, I must admit I hadn’t rushed back, but it was in the perfect location to meet one of my friends for brunch so I thought I’d give it another go, and I am so glad that I did.
Booking is recommended (it was packed when we arrived at 1pm on Saturday) and it’s definitely not a quiet spot for serious conversation as it’s pretty loud but it is a great spot for a fun brunch with a buzzy atmosphere. They offer two hours of bottomless prosecco for £12, which is such good value, even with slightly slow refills and service.
The food was surprisingly tasty. My (veggie) friend asked if they could do a veggie version of their burrito – which they did with no problem at all. I couldn’t decide between the chorizo and spinach baked eggs and the sweet potato harissa cakes with poached eggs, so I opted for the baked eggs but added a side order of one sweet potato cake. When it came they’d accidentally bought me two main courses (of course I was devastated…), but I told them and they quickly said that I’d just be charged the side order price for the sweet potato main. The mains were all around the £10 mark. The chorizo baked eggs were as rich as they looked and the harissa sweet potato cakes were perfectly spiced – I’ll definitely be trying to recreate them at home.
I have no shame in admitting that even after all of that food we were still pretty excited for dessert (and a bit drunk by then). With us chatting so much and their slow service, we’d passed our 2 hour table limit and our table was rebooked so we relocated to more casual seats by the door for dessert and our final glass of fizz. We were both stuck between two choices so we ordered three desserts to share between the two of us (naturally). I went for the chocolate parfait with streusel and hazelnut which although it came in the same glass as the tap waters, was rich, smooth and chocolatey, whilst my friend went for the affogato which apparently was good but didn’t have the advertised amaretto in it. We also shared the hot apple crumble sundae which was amazing with the sauce on top (not sure what is was, burnt toffee I think). Desserts were all priced from £4-£6.
All in all, I was really pleasantly surprised, the bottomless brunch was great value and I’d definitely return. It’s the perfect place for a group of friends to have a casual catch up and in my opinion definitely more of a cafe vibe than a restaurant – though the food is definitely restaurant quality.
Price: ££ (around £30 each including service for 2 courses and bottomless option – maybe more if you have a big appetite as the portions aren’t massive).
Nearest tube: London Bridge or Monument for this one, but they have several sites around London.