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A Lazy Sunday in Herne Hill

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I’ve been wanting to try out The Lido Cafe in forever. For those of you who don’t know, this place has cafe goals written all over. If I owed a cafe, I’d want it to look like this.

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Nestled on the edge of Brockwell Lido, one of London’s well known pools and swimming spots, you can spend a lazy Sunday casual eating brunch while looking out across a sunny (weather depending) scene, and pretend you’re anywhere else but London. The poolside in Spain maybe.

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Inside huge pom poms hang from the ceiling in pastel colours, and swimming themed sketches and patterns fill the walls. A short wait for a table (you can book ahead, but equally turn up on the day), we grabbed a coffee and sat outside in the sunshine. 

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What partly attracted me here, other than it’s gorgeous interior,  is that the menu is fully labelled and features lots of gluten free to be had. I was stuck between sweet and savoury, eyeing up pancakes, as well as craving a full English. It’s not often you spot gluten free pancakes on a menu, these ones made with almond flour, but I went for the full English, having spotting one shortly after opening the menu.

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With just a slight moderation (no sausage) and changing standard toast to gluten free toast, my breakfast was perfect. We decided to share a side of avocado for some added greens, and a cold Moju juice to start (to help balance out all that grease!). 

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Taking in the hustle and bustle around us, we sat chatting long after our meal had finished, before taking a wander to around Brockwell Park and Herne Hill market. The park is huge, and after a short walk we discovered lots more hidden spots, including a community garden, an edible garden inside a greenhouse, and a rose garden which resembled something out of the Secret Garden!

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On the way back to the station, we spotted off at Herne Hill’s Sunday market, which runs from 10am-4pm, by which I had just enough space to squeeze in some gluten free cake. I was surprised to see range of food stalls, many of which had gluten free bakery options, so there was lots of cake I had my eye on.

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We finished the afternoon eating cake at the edge of the park in the sun. A perfect lazy Sunday.

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