Lunch just takes up to much time – no one needs to be out of the office from noon to three pm (at the earliest), and I like how you can be back at your desk by eleven with a large chunk of the day still ahead.

I have a list of regular haunts where I take breakfast meetings with clients and PRs, the usual suspects packed with swishy haired editors and cropped trouser wearing men – The Wolseley, Cecconi’s, Dean Street Townhouse, The Riding House Cafe,  and the ones that are just a bit more discreet, dog-friendly, and geographically convenient – The York & Albany in Camden, Greenberry Cafe in Primrose Hill and the coffee stand in Regent’s Park for when I can persuade people to join me for a walk and talk instead of eggs and avocado.
This is brunch at Aquavit London on St James Market.
After last week’s breakfast of joy I am adding Aquavit London to the list.  Situated in the recently re-developed St James’s Market in central London, it styles itself as Nordic – there’s a Swedish midsummer flower pole in the window, Danish cutlery on the tables thanks to Georg Jensen, and a quite astonishing amount of fish on the menu – pan-Scandinavian all round…I’m also looking forward to sitting at this bar for a drink

This is the interior of Aquavit London on St James Market.
This is the interior of Aquavit London on St James Market.

But non-fishy people will still rejoice…as I ate my way through the Nordic deliciousness, I could not decide if the cardamom buns, the sheeps’ milk yogurt with cloudberry compote, or the rye bread and avocado was my favourite thing. Oh! Or the Swedish potato pancakes which were exceptionally good.

This is brunch at Aquavit London on St James Market.
This is the yogurt and granola at Aquavit London on St James Market.
This is brunch at Aquavit London on St James Market.
And there is my favourite herbal tea on the menu too – Lemon verbena. I’ve just bought a plant at Hampton Court Flower Show so I’m going to try to dry my own this summer.

This is brunch at Aquavit London on St James Market.
This is the menu at Aquavit London on St James Market.
 

I was comped the meal – I’ve been doing a little work with the Crown Estate and St James’s Market but it’s hard to hide incompetence in the kitchen and in service at breakfast and I feel fully confident that the deliciousness will prevail whether or not one is signing the bill. Although on that note I must warn you that this is definitely a joint where it is best if someone else is picking up the tab. It turns out that Nordic deliciousness does not come cheap.

This is the interior of Aquavit London on St James Market.

Until the 9 July there will be celebrations to mark the official opening of StJames’s Market, including live performances from musicians curated for Classic FM by Classical Pop Ups, exclusive activities and promotions from Jigsaw, Aspinal of London, and cycling brand Assos, as well as a bar pop-up throughout the week from St James’s Market’s restaurants and cafés including Veneta, Aquavit, Ikoyi and Anzu. 
These are the pasties and tea at Aquavit London on St James Market.

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