And now the London life begins. My first European brunch was at a local favourite, the Highness Cafe in Highbury. It was a short, snowy stroll from the flat that made for a poetic introduction to things this side of the hemisphere. I was feeling peckish so went for the carbs-caffeine-sugar combo of cake, sandwich and coffee. Of the three the carrot cake with orange and berry cream left the best impression. The cake was moist and the thick cream was light and airy with a delightful sweetness.
The Highness cafe has a quaint neighbourhood charm and there’s plenty of seating over the two levels. The bacon, cranberry and brie sandwich (£4.50) was a cool mix (there’s so many menu options) but did leave too much of a salty aftertaste (there’s a lot of bacon). Can’t say the macchiato hit the spot yet, I’m still missing my Melbourne brews. There’s lots of home baking and friendly staff here to boot. A good start to things!