(Blogger) Brunch at The Hive Wellbeing London

the hive wellbeing london review matcha latte

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 hive wellbeing london review

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 hive wellbeing london review

the hive wellbeing london review

the hive wellbeing london review

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. 

the hive wellbeing london review toasted brie sandwich

the hive wellbeing london review matcha latte

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. 

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  1. Pinguu
    May 27, 2016 / 10:10 am

    That's a shame about the matcha latte….. there's a little Japanese cafe in Ealing Broadway called WA that has, personally, a lovely matcha latte! If ever you want to check it out, of course!And I'll have to add this to my (ever expanding) list of cafes/restaurants now!!xoxo

  2. Meg Siobhan
    May 27, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Sounds like you had a fab time – hope you find somewhere that sells matcha lattes that float your boat soon!Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  3. Girl from North London
    May 27, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    This place looks good (despite the matcha fail) I'm always on the lookout for affordable veggie places in London! xo Aya

  4. Lizzie ♥
    May 30, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Ah I would love to go to a blogger brunch one day but I have no idea if there are any events going on in my area… I'm really shy so I probably wouldn't be able to muster up the courage to go either which sucks because I would love to meet other bloggers!It's a shame that the matcha latte was disappointing – but everything else looks yummy!Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

  5. Vicki Skitt
    June 5, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Oh gosh everything looks sooo good <3Love Vicki | victoriajanex.co.uk

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