I missed the first blogger Brunch that Laila (Tapeparade) hosted, so I was absolutely adamant that I would be at the next, dissertation be damned. Thankfully, she was kind enough to make it (or dates coincided) after term had ended, so FAB NEWS THERE. Exploration: London (part whatever this is now) is go!
Quite a number of us had RSVP'd, so the location of brunch was changed and we ended up at The Hive Wellbeing to accommodate for all our vegan/vegetarian brunch needs.
The place itself is really light and airy, not the largest of spaces but big enough to fit us all in comfortably. I'm a massive fan of places where I can see food being prepped or served/finished, because I love watching food that is not mine being brought out. That pain.
The variation of food on our table was pretty fab - a couple of burgers, a ridiculous amount of avocado, some sandwiches, ginger beer, lattes with alternative milk choices and temperatures. There were a couple of issues with incorrect food items and missing drinks, which were rectified, but the cafe wasn't packed-super-busy-packed where I'd expect that to happen; we were the largest party there and they were forewarned that a group was turning up. Fewer people than initially booked for turned up, so if you're going for a group lunch I'd definitely make sure that all orders are written down correctly.
I decided to order the toasted brie sandwich and a matcha latte. The sandwich was good, considering I'd been up since about 5am for super early morning trains, I was very much looking forwards to food and it really hit the spot. For the price (around £6), the portion was pretty hefty and I did almost struggle to finish it, so filling and flavoursome, yes yes.
The matcha latte, thought, that wasn't fab. Korea has thoroughly spoiled me for match drinks and I haven't had anything that rivals those yet in the UK. It was 'nice'. Pretty nondescript and a bit matcha-y, and although I'm not sure what they're missing that makes them lacking, but it just wasn't what I'm used to.
Disappointing matcha lattes aside, everyone else seemed to be having a fab food-filled time, and brunch was followed by an assortment of vegan desserts. Our plans for the afternoon were ruined by the weather, but chats in pubs with a fab groups o' gals was a substitute I was happy with. I always find it quite odd that more bloggers aren't ambiverted/extroverted, but then meeting new people is one of my favourite things to do.
Food wise, if you're looking for vegan places in London then definitely give The Hive Wellbeing a look, even if it's just for the instagrammable aesthetics (though the food is really quite decent, and thoroughly affordable for a London place).
Massive props to Laila for organising a fabulous time and introducing me to a bunch of brilliant girls who I can't wait to meet again.