Two weekends ago while walking towards London Bridge I stumbled into House of Fraser and ended up in Whistles. (Complete accident- a strong wind pushed me through the door and it was all out of my control) I quickly found myself trying on their entire collection and fell in-love with two autumn pieces that I just had to have. A high waisted skater skirt and ‘C’est Chic’ jumper. I already bought a pair of knee high boots from Zara last season so in my head the outfit was ready to go from H2T (head to toe)- I just needed an excuse to dress up.
So when Mr. C suggested he go get coffee and croissants for Saturday breakfast I balked at the generous offer like any sane woman ought to do.
“No. We must leave and go to Hoi Palloi for brunch. It’s time to start the day and get fresh air.” Fresh air was code for go out in my new outfit and take photographs.
I think it was sometime between me showering and prepping the camera that he abandoned the idea of sitting in his sweats and accepted his inevitable fate of being a bloggers partner.
Hoi Palloi is an East London brunching institution. A small orchestra plays modern music like ‘Happy’ while you tuck into eggs bennie, a definite must order. Their low lighting, attentive service and music is also the perfect anecdote for hungover mornings and ‘I’m sorry I dragged you out of bed’ apologies.
Stupidly, we decided not to order the eggs and opted for mushrooms on toast with ricotta. To be honest, it was more like ricotta on toast with mushrooms, which was particularly disappointing for a Hoi Palloi regular like myself. The whole reason I love their brunch is because no matter what I order it’s always delicious, so if you do go here just avoid that one dish.
In my attempts to get this shot I flashed my pants to a man on his break from the Albion Cafe and I cannot tell you how hard we both laughed when we realised that it had all been caught on camera! Whoops. Don’t ever underestimate what I wouldn’t do for the sake of this blog .
I hope to stumble into you at Hoi Palloi and please don’t hesitate to say hello.