The Boundary, Shoreditch

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A cracking brunch? A rooftop with fires and fairy lights? I didn’t need persuading either. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, dinner or a cheeky cocktail as a bit of a treat, The Boundary in Shoreditch is the answer. Based in a converted Victorian warehouse, beautiful interiors run throughout and industrial original features remain largely untouched.

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The rooftop terrace is open all year and we decided to visit for an early morning catch-up. The glass terrace not only offers shelter from the cold, but a simple breakfast with a view. There’s a choice of baked goodies and freshly squeezed juices too, which we took full advantage of. If you’re feeling like something a little more naughty there are Bloody Marys and Bucks Fizz galore.

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On a slightly less rainy day we might have spent more time wandering around the garden, settling under the fairy lights and cosy outdoor fires, but feeling the need for something a little more substantial and tempted by the promise of a hearty brunch downstairs we headed off in search of Albion. Not that it was hard to find – it’s located within the Boundary building.

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At the weekend, the cafe is continuously bustling with a waiting queue of customers, which is always a good sign. There are walls of white tiles, exposed bricks, hanging industrial spotlights and cosy tables. We were seated at a window table, started our brunch with a coffee and did some serious people, interior and food spying. The open kitchen enables you to watch (and smell) the bread and cakes leaving the oven and arriving at the cake counter – best.thing.ever. The cosy table situation did become a slight problem when our food arrived and we had to do a balancing act with all of our plates.

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Albion offers wholesome, home-cooked simple dishes that taste SO good. I opted for the full english and it was huge – huge and amazing. The scrambled eggs were extra fluffy, proving that sometimes the simplest of dishes can be the best.

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Unfortunately, when leaving you have no choice but to browse the cafe’s ‘corner shop’. It’s a foodie’s heaven and focuses on selling high quality, locally made British produce. It’s a place for groceries, luxury nibbles and as a result of the in-house bakery there is an impressive cake counter. You just can’t walk by.

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Before leaving we mooched around and admired the dreamy christmas hampers and wreaths – we wanted it all. Pop in for a browse or up to the rooftop for at least a drink – you won’t regret it.

Kx

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