Half Cup is an easy going and down to earth brunch spot. You’ll find the original branch nestled in between Euston and Kings Cross, which makes it highly accessible and has the added advantage of being just a short walk away from central London. The newest addition to the chain is in Barts’ Square near Barbican.
Food - 8.5/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Value for Money - 7.5/10
One of the best and most popular brunch spots in London
Price range: ££
Telephone: 020 8617 7835
Address: 100-102 Judd St, Saint Pancras, London WC1H 9NT
Nearest Station: Kings Cross St Pancras
Half Cup is a vegan and vegetarian friendly chain, operating a simple but effective menu. They are famed for their highly Instagrammable brunch plates – and that’s exactly what I went with on my visit, the Half Cup vegetarian full english! Even though its veg friendly it’s not really a “full english” in the traditional sense (as it doesn’t feature meat-less sausages, and so on). Instead what you get is grilled halloumi, smashed avocado, a giant portobello mushroom, and some usual home comforts like hash browns and baked beans, on top of sourdough bread.
Aside from my brunch plate, I went with a Passionfruit smoothie and I have to say it was the highlight of the meal. It is colourful, well put together, and very tasty. The edible flowers and seeds on top add a great touch. I could have probably downed three or four, but for the sugar… Passionfruit is definitely underrated! In terms of the food, my favourite part of the meal was the soft scrambled egg in combination with the zesty and citrus infused smash avocado. It was velvety smooth (so many other places over-do the eggs).
The original branch near Kings Cross does get incredibly busy – and while that adds to the vibe, it does get incredibly loud, to the point where you have to shout to be heard. These days I prefer the chiller vibes at their Barts Sq branch, which does have a nicer aesthetic and is situated in an underrated part of London, near Barbican. After your meal there are a whole host of things you can do (such as taking a walk through Postman’s Park Garden), or hanging around St Paul’s. If you do choose to go to the Half Cup at Barts’ Square, be sure to check out St Bartholomew the Great around the corner as well. It’s London’s oldest parish church with interesting ornate interiors, and open to the public between 10am-4pm on most days.
The most interesting item on the Half Cup menu is Shakshuka. While the menu is pretty simple in terms of “brunch – food”, the addition of Shakshuka is interesting, and Mediterreanean inspired. I didn’t go for it this time but I recommend it to anyone who wants an eggy brunch dish but is tired of avocados on toast! I feel that there is a slight premium attached to Half Cup; while the food is admittedly nice the food and drinks are a little expensive, but this place does have the reputation to support the prices they charge. Half Cup is very popular and it’s great to see them expanding.