Lantana is a species of invasive shrub that spreads very rapidly.
Of course, we don’t mind this Lantana spreading at all.
Part of the city’s wave of Antipodean cafés bringing that famed Australian knack for coffee to our shores, Lantana has been going strong in Fitzrovia since 2008, and has now branched out (eh) to Old Street and London Bridge. Specialising in Australian brunch, the original is tucked down a pedestrianised alleyway off Goodge Street, with al fresco tables tucked under an awning, and cosy seating indoors that’s candlelit come evening.
The breakfast here is the stuff of legend, especially when it stretches out to a leisurely brunch between 9am and 4pm on weekends. Options run the gamut from modest to blow-out, running from courgette and kale bread with chorizo and poached egg to bubble ‘n’ squeak with caramelised onion and pork sausage; duck hash; Buddha bowls; and tiramisù French toast.
Cocktails come first on the drinks list, proving that Lantana’s got its priorities right – there’s Espresso Martinis, Bloody Maries and Lantana Mules (with house-made gingerade). You can also score bottomless mimosas or prosecco with a dish for £30 all in. And for the more traditional, there’s naturally some very strong coffee options, including cold brew and matcha lattes.
Throughout the rest of the day, Lantana borrows from various different cuisines, often in the same dish – confit duck tacos; pork belly banh mi baps; chicken schnitzel katsu and the like. Cocktails, craft beers and a modest but well-picked selection of wines round it out.
You can’t book on weekends, so make sure you get down there early…
…and ready to invade.
NOTE: Lantana Fitzrovia is open daily (weekdays 8am-6pm and weekends 9am-4pm). You can make a weekday booking, and find out more, HERE.
Lantana Fitzrovia | 13 Charlotte Place, W1T 1SN
Last Updated: 2nd July 2019
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