Morning! Spring has arrived (finally!) and London’s cafe scene is busier than ever. With wisteria covered entryways and rooftop terraces, it’s obvious that fireplaces and warm cider have been long forgotten. The cafe culture is big on this side of the world, more than I’m used to in Australia that’s for sure, and I’m absolutely loving it! I love finding cafe hidden gems, and right now I’m seriously obsessed with one in particular. Megan’s in Fulham.
Megan’s was the first cafe I dined at after moving to London and I immediately fell in love. Its become my go to brunch spot when friends and family visit, and so far, it’s always been a hit.
The Setting… rustic charm meets modern elegance
The first time I visited, I stepped inside with my friend Erica and was hit with a mixture of rustic charm and modern elegance. In my opinion, very few cafes are able to pull this off and I think that’s why Megan’s is so popular. Not to mention the decor is perfect for the gram.
Across two floors, you have a choice of sitting amongst Parisian inspired furniture with views of the street, or my personal favourite, the downstairs area surrounded by fairly lights and a beautiful feature wall covered in flowers. On a nice sunny day, a lot of people go straight for the outside area, opting for that al fresco dining feel.
The Vibe… catch ups with friends and the perfect causal date
I love going here with friends to catch up and swap stories about what’s been happening in our lives, but I’ve also been here with Luca on a brunch date before and although the setting is the same, the vibe is totally different and it just seems to work perfectly in both scenarios.
The Service… friendly staff and delicious food
The staff here are always friendly (even offering to take photo’s of me and my friends on a few visits) and they’re more than happy to make recommendations if you’re tossing up between a few menu options. Which to be honest, is likely to happen because it’s all so good! At times you may need to wait a little for a waitress due to the business of the cafe, but the food comes out fast and you never feel rushed.
Now when it comes to the food, from your classic avocado on toast to more exotic dishes influenced by Mediterranean cuisine, Megan’s has it all. There’s an abundance of healthy options, catering for vegetarians and vegans, as well as sweet options for those who are like me and basically live for cake and desserts.
My favourite dish and usually what I always order, is their vegan earth bowl. Now I’m not vegan or vegetarian but it’s full of healthy goodness that I just can’t resist. Smashed avocado, kale, chilli, spinach, hummus and quinoa. I usually add a poached egg and remove the chilli (I’m not a fan of spicy foods) and it’s the perfect meal to start my day.
On my most recent visit I tried their half baked cookie dough, because why not, and all I can say is yuuuuuum.
The Drinks… coffee, hot chocolate, Pimms, they have it all
As I’m not much of a coffee drinker my go to is usually a matcha latte or my ultimate weakness… hot chocolate. And my favourite hot chocolate in London? Hands down, the one served at Megan’s. Forget the food for a minute, I’d come back for this delicious cup of goodness alone. And to make it even better…it’s organic! I was tempted to ask for their recipe so I could make it at home, but I’m sure it’s a well kept secret.
When I’m not drinking their delicious hot chocolate, I’m usually enjoying a tall glass of Pimms. I just love me some Pimms. Especially this time of year when the sunshine is starting to come out.
The Hype… there’s plenty more of Megan’s to go around
With the rise of social media and the instagramability of the cafe, more and more Londoner’s are making their way to Megan’s. As a result, I’d advise visiting the cafe early morning to avoid long queues, or if you can, make a booking in advance.
Recently the cafe has opened up for dinner and I’m already planning my next visit to try their Mediterranean inspired menu (I have my eyes on their peri peri cauliflower wings and chicken kebab with peanut dukkah).
With two successful cafe’s already established, one in Fulham (which is my go to) and one in Parson’s Green, Megan’s has just announced that they’re adding a third in Balham, set to open in June this year. So people of Balham look out, you’re in for a treat!
Special thanks to Megan’s for making me feel so welcome during my visit.