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226 Westbourne Grove (Notting Hill)
(44) 020-7221-8818 | www.tomsdelilondon.co.uk
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 8:00am-7:30pm; Sat.: 8:00am-6:30pm; Sun.: 9:00am-6:30pm
BEST FORBreakfast; weekend brunch; lunch
PRICEAppetizer: GBP 3-7; Entree: GBP 8-12
FAMOUS PLATESAntipasti platter; eggs royale; eggs Benedict
DRINKS AND WINEDecent wine selection; BYO allowed
# OF SEATS0-50
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
TUBENotting Hill Gate
One step through the door at Tom’s and you’ll find yourself in a veritable cave of confectionary. The gleaming glass counters and shelves are crammed with fluffy frosted cakes, old-fashioned sweets in heavy glass jars, squat bottles of soda pop, cordial European chocolates gleaming in bright foil, and plum puddings wrapped with brown paper and string. If you can manage to tear yourself away, downstairs is an equally enticing cold deli counter (with salads, sandwiches, sliced meats, and cheeses), while upstairs is a cozy retro cafe/diner. It’s the lofted cafe that draws in hordes of neighborhood hipsters on weekends for hearty brunches and a chance to sit in Tom’s legendary vintage booths (salvaged from old Paris Metro trains). Sunny days bring extra tables in a rear courtyard and balcony, but if you really want to beat the crowds, skip brunch in favor of weekday breakfast or afternoon tea and cake.
Trendy Notting Hill types of all ages
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s casual–go with jeans, a retro t-shirt, and cool sneakers.
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WHY WE LIKE IT
The brunches are great: the atmosphere pleasantly bustling, and the funky vintage cafe vibe fun. We also like quieter weekdays here–especially if we can browse the confectionary counter beforehand to pick our treats.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Would be nice if we could make reservations, especially for weekend brunch.
GOOD TO KNOW
Take out is available from the confectionary counter and the basement deli. Tom’s Deli is (yet another) Tom Conran (son of Sir Terence Conran) venture–his others include Crazy Homies, Lucky Seven, and The Cow.
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