In a city like London, you can get almost anything to eat at any time of the day. But what if you don’t feel like a fancy five-star meal or the thought of pizza leaves you cold. What if, all you really feel like is a bowl of cereal? And not some wholesome, gluten-, sugar-, fat- and taste-free granola but some old fashioned sugar-laden cereal goodness?
Cereal Killer Cafe
This is exactly what happened to Belfast-born twins Alan and Gary Keery. The day after a big night out in 2014, all the twins wanted to eat was a bowl of cereal. But, try as they might, they couldn’t find anywhere that served their favourite breakfast food at lunchtime. And so, with a snap, crackle and pop, their idea for a cafe dedicated entirely to breakfast cereal was born. Today, the brothers have opened a second cafe in London (in Camden), a branch in Birmingham, U.K. and locations in Dubai and Kuwait. As a starting point, however, it’s well worth visiting the original address in London’s Brick Lane.
The Brick Lane Cereal Killer Cafe is housed in what was once a two-storey video shop and is about as retro as your VCR. The interiors boast Formica furniture, old TV sets playing cartoons from your childhood and cereal memorabilia everywhere. Music from the 1980s and 90s play in the background and, behind the main counter, cereal boxes from around the world stand proudly on display.
The cafe serves 120 different kinds of cereals ranging from the more traditional Rice Crispies and Cap’n Crunch to lesser-known breakfast favourites such as the Oreo O’s, available only in South Korea. To create the perfect bowl of cereal, you can choose from 30 varieties of milk and 20 different toppings. A British bowl of cereal starts at £2.50 for a small bowl and £3.50 for a large bowl, and a global bowl of cereal starts at £3.00 for a small bowl and £4.40 for a large bowl. There’s a charge for ‘special’ kinds of milk such as soya or almond and toppings are charged at £.60 each.
Although the cereal remains the star of the show, the cafe also serves toast with a variety of toppings (including the rather strange-sounding strawberry fluff) as well as a variety of Pop-Tart flavours. Recently, the brothers have introduced some cereal-inspired main dishes, including Cornflake Chicken, AranCheerio Balls and Bran Fries, to go alongside their already-popular Coco Pop brownies. They’ve also added some cocktails to their menu such as the Applejack with Jack Daniels and the Drunk Leprechaun, made from marshmallow flavoured vodka topped with Lucky Charms – which really does look as revolting as it sounds!
All in all, it’ll probably be the most expensive bowl of cereal you’ll ever eat but it’ll also be the most fun. And, while the nostalgia might be lost on your kids as you order a bowl of Lucky Charms for lunch they will still, in the words of Tony the Tiger, think it’s grrrreat!
The Cereal Killer Cafe can be found at the following two locations in London, U.K. or visit their website for more information.
192a Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA
Opening Hours: 8am-10pm
Mezz 2, Camden Stable Market,
Chalk farm road, London, NW1 8AH
Opening Hours: 9:30am-7pm
Katja Gaskell is a travel writer recently returned to London, U.K. after 12 years of living abroad in Australia, India and Mexico. She’s the co-founder of globetotting.com and is a firm believer that you can – and should! – take your kids everywhere. Katja has written across a range of titles for Lonely Planet guidebooks, tested luxury hotels for Mr & Mrs Smith and has contributed to publications including BBC Food, Hotelier International and The Australian.
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