2002 was a big year.
The UK had its first record-breaking year in car sales since 1989.
Ford Motors unveiled their new Fiesta Supermini.
And Megan’s opened their seminal first branch in what is now a smattering of flower-laden, eclectic brunch-focussed eateries across South and West London.
Leaving aside for one moment our suspicions that a Ford employee wrote most of the Wikipedia entry for ‘2002’, we’d like to take the opportunity to tell you about the latter establishment. Starting with a humble eatery and al fresco dining terrace in Fulham all those years ago, Megan’s has since become a stalwart of the weekend thanks to their all-day breakfast, fairylit interiors and friendly, neighbourhood atmosphere. Here’s the low-down…
MEGAN’S KING’S ROAD
Where it all started: Megan’s Fulham is a bustling spot known for its fairy-lit garden, crammed with Megan’s signature gingham tablecloths, reclaimed furnishings, lanterns, cushions and throws, with a particular brand of bohemian eclecticism that would sit well in a Friends’ apartment. | 571 Kings Road, SW6 2EB
MEGAN’S PARSONS GREEN
So, Megan’s Parsons Green doesn’t have a garden… but that doesn’t really matter when they’ve covered the whole ceiling in a twinkling canopy of roses and jasmine. A little smaller than the original, this branch is a perfect spot for private hire – they’ll pull the tables into long banquet seating beneath the blossom for you. | 57-69 Parsons Green Lane, SW6 4JA
A larger, airier space than the first two, Megan’s Balham sports huge concertina windows at the front, which can be pulled back in summer to make the whole front of the restaurant feel a little like a covered terrace. The floral canopy makes a comeback here, with an English garden party theme – you’ll be able to sip coffee surrounded by butterfly adorned trellises, shrubbery and watering cans. | 41-43 Bedford Hill, SW12 9EY
Sporting a warmer, more contemporary vibe than its siblings, Megan’s Clapham is a luminous spot with more flowers overhead, and floor to ceiling windows that retract in the warmer months. It’s a lovely spot to work from, too, with a coffee and half-baked cookie dough beneath the shade of their real, indoor olive tree. | 55-57 The Pavement, SW4 0JQ
MEGAN’S AT THE POWER STATION
As the fifth in the family, the Megan’s by Battersea Power Station is aptly a little more plush – there are pillowy upholstered seats, beach hut-style dining booths, macrame pendant lighting, Moroccan-inspired tiles and marble tables. And the views over the river (best enjoyed on their terrace out front) make it their most elegant setting yet. | 27 Circus West Village, SW11 8NN
The menu is consistent across every restaurant, so you needn’t worry about missing that half-baked cookie dough anywhere. That comes, naturally, as part of the all-day breakfast menu, accompanied by fondue to share, Full Englishes, shakshouka, eggs benedict, and courgette and feta rosti.
As lunch rolls into dinner, the dishes take on a Turkish-Mediterranean feel, with mezze platters, grilled halloumi with imam bayildi (an aubergine dish so delicious, it has its own legend), open kebabs and ‘Turkish steak and chips’, made with ten-hour braised beef short rib.
You’ll want to wash it all down with frozen margaritas or a salted caramel and coconut milk martini…
…and party like it’s 2002.
NOTE: Megan’s restaurants are open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can find out more, and book a table or room for private hire right HERE.
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