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  • “The Pavilion Cafe, set by the lake in Victoria Park, is one of my favourite Summertime spots.” in 9 reviews

  • “It overlooks the pond in the small part of Victoria Park.” in 4 reviews

  • “They have a great choice of everything - Sausages from the Ginger Pig, coffee from Monmouth, and homemade baked beans!” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    28/6/2014

    We come to the Pavilion most Saturday mornings in a right state, and it instantly makes you feel better. Superb, clean (not greasy) breakfasts, lovely juices, perfect coffees. Love the staff too- they make you laugh while you wait. They are also quite hairy.

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/3/2014

    Met some friends for coffee here the other morning, nice coffee, good banana bread/cake - not too expensive. The food coming out of the kitchen looked nice, big toasted sandwiches and brunches looking very appealing. Friendly staff.

    Gets v busy, especially on weekends - given a 3 rather than a higher rating as although several tables inside and out it is often tricky to get a seat and is quite a noisy and busy atmosphere.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/8/2014

    Amazing place to have brunch in the heart of Victoria Park! Went there on a beautiful Saturday morning and got to sit by the water. The Veggie Breakfast platter is definitely a must with toast, a fried egg, mashed avocado, mushroom, beans etc... and the lemon ice tea is also absolutely delicious!

    Even if it's pretty packed, the food comes quickly and the tables turn quite fast so we didn't have to wait to find a perfect spot. Only downside is that all their eggs Benedict don't come with any side so it's not the best pick on the menu.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/6/2013
    1 check-in

    A lovely addition to the South-side of Victoria Park.

    With lovely lake side seating it's the perfect place to grab some lunch time calm in the sun. As with any park cafe, it's always packed as soon as the sun shines.

    It offers a nice selection of lunch time meals and snacks. There's also a surprisingly great selection of bottled beer. They also serve juices/tea/coffees.

    However, on my visit, I really fancied a cool fizzy drink and they don't offer such things sadly.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/1/2013

    My hubby and I and our little baby absolutely love Pavilion! We go there almost every Saturday or sometimes 3-5 times a week! I cannot reisist the organic food and excellent customer service. And the lovely dogs walking around.

    But! I am a little upset to leave the pram outside when I am walking with my baby alone, so therefore I do not visit Pavilion on my own anymore :(

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/12/2013
    1 check-in

    Ow.... It is pricey, true, but nothing beats a nice brunch by the water, with a Chai, and some well done Eggs Benedict. Hail to the Pavilion !

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/6/2009
    ROTD 5/9/2009

    I don't mean to sound like an ageing supermodel but it takes more than a strong cup of coffee to get me out of bed most days. My eventual rousing seemingly only guaranteed by the promise of an excellent breakfast in a beautiful location. The answer: The Pavilion Cafe.

    Having long resisted the charms of Victoria Park owing to its trendier than thou - read: Shoreditch - clientele and frankly kind of out of the way location, I have to say I've fallen for this cafe in quite an extraordinary way.

    Good coffee? Tick. Overpriced eggs Benedict? Tick. Requisite SS09 double denim uniform accessorised with pedigree pooch/appendage? Tick. Tick. I'm sold! And for the price of a meagre breakfast to boot...

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/1/2010

    A great little spot for brunch, though be warned that grabbing a table on a sunny weekend can require perseverance, luck and sharp elbows.

    It's worth it though. The veggie breakfast was deemed "the best for quite some time", the poached eggs were perfectly cooked and my chorizo sandwich was, well, awesome. Prices are reasonable and - once you've queued to place your order - service is fairly quick.

    Plus a constitutional stroll around Victoria Park provides the perfect excuse for a post-brunch brownie.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/3/2011

    This is a beautiful little spot all I know is that it does a great breakfast.
    They have done Victoria Park proud!

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    This little cafe called the pavilion located on the pond in Victoria park and is such a nice place to go on any given weather day. Eating outside or in, it is just on the edge of the pond with green all around and great views of the ducks and local fisherman??

    Open early in the morning - the moms with toddlers are there with groups of joggers rewarding themselves with fair-trade coffee and juice. During  the weekend though it really gets busy.

    The cafe used to be very fry up/ cheap and cheerful - but these days is much more about being "green" and "organic". With a new post it board full of advertisements for  yoga and pilates -it  is all  better tasting and of course more expensive. Breakfast of granola with stewed apple banana and yoghurt is £5.50 - lunch prices can be £7.00 -

    The view is lovely and the park big and well kept - the little dock out into the pond allows you to really see the many birds including passing Canadian geese and swans.

    I am not sure what the fishermen are catching it is all very mysterious - and if they catch anything whatever do they do with it ??

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/9/2012 Updated review
    2 check-ins

    They've undergone a bit of a fancy pants makeover in the last few years along with this whole section of Victoria Park.

    You now get to eat your organically sourced, delicious brunch sitting at tables overlooking the newly redesigned lake with boats for an after brunch activity.

    When they're busy (which is like always) the wait can be very long so take a paper and chill out... it's the weekend so chill.

    4.0 star rating
    4/8/2010 Previous review
    I've been here for breakfast a few times and it's great. When the weather is sunny they move all the… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    I come to the Pavillian cafe whenever I want a more upmarket breakfast.
    It's location in the middle of Victoria Park beside a lake makes it a pretty relaxing place to hang out with some friends while eating some delicious home made Victoria sponge and sipping coffee watching the ducks and many dogs pass by.

    There is outside seating for those lovely summer days, inside it can get really noisey on a Saturday as it's a favourite for the mothers and their babies.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/7/2013

    Great location, excellent coffee, much younger and cooler than expected, a bit more pricey also.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/7/2008

    Tacked onto the end of the changing rooms by the Tennis Courts, this newly opened kiosk offers great value and friendly service. They do a range of coffees, smoothies, juices, sandwiches, healthy cereal bars, etc, with most items being £2 or less. I ordered a Mocha Espresso, to the consternation of the serving lady. Apparently she'd never made one before We had a bit of discussion of how it should be made (the menu said chocolate, espresso and hot milk, so that's what she mixed!). The result wasn't posh looking (no foaming head or sprinkle of cocoa dust), but tasted great. And at £1.20 for a big disposable cup full these days it's certainly a bargain.

    There are picnic tables to sit at with view out over the park (perhaps you'll see a cricket game). The server joined us to sit in the sun between customers.

    • Qype User cleois…
    • London
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    • 176 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/2/2009

    This is the best place for breakfast in East London! They have a great choice of everything - Sausages from the Ginger Pig, coffee from Monmouth, and homemade baked beans!

    I'm not normally a lover of them, but they are beautiful, well flavoured and pretty good value.

    The thing I love most about this place is that you get to look at the pond as you eat your breakfast and the vibe is relaxed and it's a great way to spend a week day or a weekend breakfast.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/1/2010

    Probably the best breakfast you can get in and around Victoria Park. They do all my favourites: eggs benedict and royale, french toast, pancakes or two types of full english. Also, being run by Kiwis, they do a pretty good line in coffee.

    Perfect sunny day breakfast and will put a smile on your face for the rest of the day.

    Two minor words of caution: watch out for all the buggies, and make you sure you've got cash.

    • Qype User thelon…
    • London
    • 49 friends
    • 73 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    24/6/2010

    Pavilion Café - Victoria Park, E9 - Pics @ The London Foodie

    (thelondonfoodie.co.uk/20… )

    Dr G and I recently had a Saturday morning outing from Islington to Victoria Park, jogging along Regent's Canal. Tired but exhilarated on one of the few beautiful summer days this year, we staggered to the refurbished lakeside Pavilion Cafe for a reviving breakfast.

    The lovely glass rotunda is encircled by a mishmash of tables made from old wooden benches and chairs overlooking a splendid lake and fountain. Apart from the charming location, the real draw is the food which is a real cut above what you might expect in a public park.

    Delicious dishes are written up on blackboard walls, with the likes of Eggs Benedict (with ham) £6.50 or Royale (with smoked salmon) £7, and variations on English breakfast. The ingredients are all well sourced (Ginger Pig meats, Monmouth coffees) and, where possible, organic.

    The only downside is the place's popularity - on a sunny day it's invariably over-run. Fortunately, there are more seats next to the lake, so it's worth taking a numbered marker and waiting at one of the tables for your food to arrive.

    Normally we go for the Eggs Benedict or Eggs Royale but on this occasion, we opted to try the cafe's cooked breakfasts. I ordered a Pavilion Breakfast @£8 (fried egg, bacon, sausage, mushroom, roast tomatoes, home baked beans and toast).

    Dr G had the Farmhouse Breakfast @£8.50 (2 eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, homemade beans and toast), with two steaming mugs of orange-brown coloured 'builder's tea'.

    The breakfast options we chose were of course fairly standard however the quality of the ingredients made all the difference - the black pudding was richly flavoured, with a gamey, spicy quality while the bacon was thick, irregularly cut and with a pleasing texture.

    The baked beans were homemade, with the skin of the yielding beans still in place, a delicious, richly concentrated and herby tomato sauce, thankfully lacking the artificial taste of the tinned equivalent. The tea was good and strong as befits this kind of breakfast.

    Cost: £8 to £8.50 for the cooked breakfast + £1 per mug of builder's tea.

    Likes: great lakeside location, delicious homemade, organic produce and excellent brunch menu.

    Dislikes: On a summer weekend, the place is packed, the kitchen and serving staff struggle to cope and service may vary from charming to plain rude.

    Verdict: A wonderful venue for a lazy breakfast or brunch after a night on the tiles. The quality of ingredients is good with prices to match. Recommended.

    • Qype User mrblue…
    • London
    • 33 friends
    • 25 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/7/2011

    The Pavillion is a wonderful place to stop for a hearty breakfast or just a coffee or lunch. The food quality is excellent..They make the best Brownies that I have ever tasted! Lovely ambience with the lake beyond...

    The staff are friendly and welcoming...Some of the eateries in Hackney Wick could learn a thing or two about service from here!

    • Qype User david-…
    • London
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    • 31 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/9/2009

    The Pavillion is reliably full as soon as the sun comes out and a friendly, buzzing atmosphere spills out onto the surrounding grass. It overlooks the pond in the small part of Victoria Park.
    During weekdays it is a favorite with local "yummy mummies", it is true that this can make it somewhat loud with children.
    The food and drinks are outstanding, especially the wide selection of breakfasts makes it a must on the weekend. As the owner used to own a tea stall at Borough Market he still has good connections to other sellers; The quality of the food (and the tea, of course) is therefore way above average. There is also good selection of home-made cakes. Whether prices are too high in this light is debatable. (Tea: 1 pound, americano: 1,50)

    • Qype User Roadpo…
    • London
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    • 81 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    13/8/2010

    This is my favourite place for breakfast in London, but I haven't tried them all!

    Firstly it is very crowded, especially on sunny mornings so be warned! The atmosphere is good, hectic but relaxed and friendly.

    The menu is good but I always go for the farmhouse breakfast - traditional but with really good quality ingredients which make it delicious and so much better than a breakfast with cheap ingredients. The feedback from others that I eat with has been similarly good - the eggs benedict/royale and the pancakes are both recommended.

    Having said that it is not perfect - the black pudding spicing is not to everyone's taste and on my last visit yesterday my partner's eggs royale were cold and overcooked and my bacon seemed to be a smaller portion than usual.

    Overall it is well worth a visit, good quality and tasty, I recommend you try it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/8/2013

    Amazing fresh food, next to a beautiful lake. Outdoor seating almost year round, for the hardy! Get the mushroom sandwich, or some of their made-that-day cake.

    4 stars because it ain't cheap, especially the filter coffee, which is so so.... But we used to live next door and I came here when my daughter was tiny... it's one of the places in London that I miss the most.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    The Pavilion Cafe, set by the lake in Victoria Park, is one of my favourite Summertime spots. I grab some friends, a blanket, the latest copy of Vanity Fair and head down to get a spot in the sunshine. Serving great sandwiches and amazing coffee (some of the best in the city) by beautiful AND friendly staff (don't you hate that?), and a tasty range of cakes and snacks, The Pavilion boasts an amazing cooked breakfast too. There's a small amount of outside, but with all the surrounding grass, why would you want to sit at a table?

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/12/2008

    Oh what adorable cafe. I would not have discovered this without Yelp so thank you for the recommendations! Even though I go this park often for running but I never even considered that this cafe would be a place worth going. You know, I was being slightly skeptical, it is hard to find quality coffee even from the central.

    But the coffee was great, the place is cute and  the and the park around are just perfect. I can't wait until summer and my favorite spot will be on that terrace!

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/11/2008
    Listed in For good coffee

    This has got to be one of my favourite places to go on a sunny day.   The cafe overlooks the lake in Victoria park, so you might end up surrounded by hungry ducks looking for breadcrumbs but it makes a nice change to urban life.  

    I'm a particular fan of the coffee, made by people who obviously know what they're doing.  Its a world away from Starbucks, using Monmouth Coffee and Ivy House Farm organic milk or Bonsoi, and only really compares to the excellent Climpsons on Broadway Market.
    If you're more of a Tea lover there's a decent range to keep you happy.  Organic Earl Grey, Peppermint, hibiscus and even Orange Pekoe imported from Sri Lanka.

    If it's a fry up you're after you won't be disappointed, black pudding and sausages from the Ginger Pig make it a perfect hangover medicine.

    The prices are reasonable and the place has a cosy, friendly atmosphere, making it understandably busy, particularly on a sunny Sunday afternoon, so get there early if you want a good table.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/4/2009

    What a great little spot on the pond at Victoria Park!  Just had coffee, but the breakfast and lunch menu looked divine.  It is a gem....

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/5/2012
    1 check-in

    A location from heaven on a nice day. I decided to take the long way to work on my bike and grab a coffee here on the way.. and I think this will become a common occurrence. I wanted to grab breakfast as well but I already had eaten but will do that another day.

    • Qype User Fli…
    • London
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    • 83 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/7/2009

    Amazing breakfast. Sit out in summer or hide inside and watch the die-hard fisherman in winter. Opening hours vary during the year depending on when the park shuts - usually at dusk.

    • Qype User alys…
    • London
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    • 15 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    13/7/2009

    The Pavillion cafe is situated in the smaller section of victoria park next to the lake and its a very nice place to sit and eat. You can sit inside or outside. Outside provides lovely views of the lake and fountain and inside is lovely too.

    The food and drinks are very good and there is a wide choice to suit all tastes.

    However it is quite expensive, so its not something to do too often. Also, due to its location there are often many babies and toddlers so it can be quite loud and hectic at times.

  • 2.0 star rating
    27/2/2013

    The food is massively overpriced and inconsistent in quality, the coffee is dreadful and the service is rude - particularly if you have a baby and want to be indoors. As wonderful as the setting is, you are far better heading up into the Village for your eats and enjoying the view from a picnic blanket. I speak as a local. Trust me.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/5/2008
    First to Review

    On a perfect summer day The Pavilion at Victoria Park feels like a perfect place to be, at least if you are around Bethnal Green and the East End that day. It's rare to find cafes in the many parks of London that really care about Food and the Pavilion is incredibly focused on proposing great food (and coffee) to its local clientele. With lots of tables around the pavilion facing the lake and trees of this beautiful park, this is a perfect place for a brunch or tasty lunch outdoor. One can even do a pique-nique seating on the grass around the pavilion, it's very relaxed atmosphere. This success (again on a sunny day) comes with a price, ie a long wait for food The food is classic brunch with eggs, bacon and all kinds of ways, and mediterranean with plates and sanwiches with hummous, mozzarella, ... It's fresh, healthy and home-made kind of food (oh and organic too, but who isn't these days :-). Not sure what this looks like in teh winter though as the indoor area is so small

    • Qype User natali…
    • London
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    • 528 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    2/7/2012

    This is a lovely place for a cuppa and a slice of cake on sunny afternoon  it's right net to the lake which makes it a great place to just sit and take in your surroundings and it in't overpriced either which is always welcome.

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