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We’re always on the lookout for the best brunches London has to offer. It seems like a new hotspot pops up every other weekend, and there aren’t enough Saturdays in the year to try them all out to find your favourites.
Where do you even start? Bottomless and boozy or virgin and super healthy? Do you go east or is west really best? Classic avo on toast or a something with twist?
Whether you need a hangover hideaway or somewhere to impress, we’ve rounded up all the best brunches London can provide – all you need to do is pick one.
Best Brunches London
Best Brunch East London
Carte Blanche, Hackney
Located a stone’s throw away from London Fields in the heart of Hackney, Carte Blanche is officially the brunch spot to hit if you feel like you’re weekend is lacking that certain bit of decadence. The brainchild of Andy Taylor, co-founder of French-American burger bar Le Bun, Carte Blanche has seamlessly blended those two same cuisines to create the ultimate weekend brunch, designed with last night’s partiers in mind. Starters are meant for sharing, and with truffle mac’n’cheese (£4.50), fish tacos (£8), cauliflower buffalo wings (£5) on the menu, there is something for everyone. Big shout-out to the Nashville Fried Oyster (£4): trust us, you won’t even want to think about eating a raw one after this.
The (delicious) main dishes are inspired by American diner classics, but on top of this, Carte Blanche has created a future legend: behold, the fried chicken & caviar benedict (£12), Andy’s signature fried chicken, served on a buttery English muffin, topped with a caviar hollandaise. With the option of a bottomless Bloody Mary, French Spritz, Fizz or Mimosa for just £20, we couldn’t think of a better way to totally indulge this weekend.
With a permanent queue snaking outside of its door, Berber&Q has become the hot brunch spot in town. A newly launched menu will further cement its reputation for being one of the best places to start the day. We suggest getting there early.
Best Brunch London City
Devonshire Club, City of London
Hidden in a peaceful corner of Devonshire Square, just a two-minute walk from Liverpool Street, you’ll find Devonshire Club, a five star boutique hotel and private members club with an amazing new weekend brunch menu. Serving eggs in every way imaginable – the baked eggs with chorizo and ricotta are a must if you want to change up your usual Eggs Benedict order – as well as several American classics such as smoked salmon bagels and bacon and maple syrup pancakes – another indulgent dish – and even a full English breakfast.
For those who can’t decide, Devonshire Club offers its weekend brunch as a two-course (£25) and three-course (£30) menu. You can also add free-flowing Prosecco, Bellini, Bloody Mary or G&T for an extra charge. If you want to skip the alcohol, we’d suggest opting for one of their antioxidant juices – the matcha green tea, avocado and pineapple smoothie is simply delicious and the orange and carrot juice with turmeric and mint is packed with vitamin C. What better way to start the day?
Ask for Janice, Farringdon
Take an early morning stroll (or jog, dare we suggest?!) around the Barbican before heading to the quirky Ask for Janice for brunch, where you can order a breakfast burger in between taking pictures of the kooky but cool interiors.
All-you-can eat offerings are sometimes a disappointment. Food quality can suffer at the hands of quantity, and there’s often a limit to what you’re actually allowed to eat (we all remember that Simpsons episode). However, the pan-Asian Sunday brunch on offer at Kaia at The Ned (£45 per person, including a welcome drink) ticks every box that such a feast is meant to offer.
Greeted with a welcome drink – we chose the delicious Grey Goose umami Bloody Mary – we spent the next two hours exploring the huge array of foods on offer at Kaia. From freshly prepared sushi to perfectly cooked and seasoned tangy lamb chops, there was something here for everyone. Big shout out to the crispy Japanese-style fried chicken, which we paired with the freshly-made matcha waffles and maple syrup for a wonderful meeting of sweet and savoury.
Desserts were equally as wide-ranging, but we especially loved the coconut and mango squares, with some fresh pineapple on the side for an added tropical taste. A couple of lipsmackingly strong black Americanos later, we left Kaia very full, and very happy.
M Restaurant, Bank
Want to go out for brunch but love your dog too much to leave him / her at home? M Restaurants has launched a weekend ‘Dine With Your Dog’ brunch menu at their branch in Victoria, where you and your furry pal can kick off the day together with a two-course brunch and some bottomless bellinis (for you). If you want total immersion in the dog-dining experience you can even partake in the ‘six legs brunch’ menu, which features a specially tailored menu of two courses each – two for you, two for your dog (no Pedigree Chum, we promise), but if that sounds a little close to the bone (sorry) you can leave your dog to the four legs menu and tuck into some quinoa porridge, followed by waffles with maple butter. We took Piper (below) to try it out and she licked the bowl so much she pushed it across the room with her nose. The dog equivalent of a five-star review.
The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
Another name on the tip of every foodie Londoner’s tongue, The Modern Pantry is a place for those who like their breakfast healthy. We’d go for the Honey roast oats, seeds and nuts with grated apple, pomegranate and greek yoghurt if we were that way inclined… you know, you could just eat their less healthy sugar-cured omelette.
Best Brunch North London
Plaquemine Lock, Angel
When you ask your server for their recommendations, and their answer is that ‘you come back, so you can try it all’, that’s a lot for your meal to live up to. Fortunately, Plaquemine-Lock, the brainchild of Bocca di Lupo chef patron Jacob Kenedy, more than lives up to that hype.
Bringing you the very best of Cajun and Creole cuisine in the heart of North London, you can expect everything from fried chicken and cornbread french toast (served with pineapple and maple syrup) and cherry-pecan brownie, to deliciously dangerous cocktails (we can particularly recommend the ‘Hurricane’ (£10) with its tropical fruitiness followed by a hearty kick of rum).
For main courses, we opted for the asparageggs (an exciting combo of asparagus, creole hollandaise and poached eggs, garnished with almonds flakes) and poached egg gumbo, but with vegetarian options and the iconic Louisiana ‘Po Boy’ sandwich (unfortunately only on weekdays) on offer too, you cannot go wrong.
Weekend brunch at Plaquemine-Lock, available from 11am until 3pm, is priced at £14/£21/£25 for 1, 2 or 3 courses.
Granary Square Brasserie, Kings Cross
If you haven’t done brunch at the Granary Square Brasserie – the new restaurant from the team behind The Ivy Collection -then get in now. Slap bang in the heart of Kings Cross, by the famous fountains next to Regent’s Canal, it’s the perfect pit stop to refuel in one of the City’s most vibrant locations.
It’s a place that celebrates, no, revels in its all-day dining concept seven days a week. The delicious all day brunch menu at weekends ranges from classic breakfast favourites such as home-made granola and Eggs Benedict, to an exquisite range of lighter offerings (think Crispy duck salad to Tuna Carpaccio) and more substantial meals (classic Fish Pie with salmon, cod and smoked haddock, a Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with roast vegetables and delicious steaks including an incredible Cote de Boeuf ). High on our recommendation list is The Hake – the best fish dish we’ve had in ages and the Shrimp and Scallop burger is to die for.
Go for the weekend brunch menu (until 4pm) and experience the resident DJ by the central cocktail bar in the heart of the restaurant as you settle into the sumptuous velvet banquette seats with a Bloody Mary. If dining ‘al fresco’ is your thing, check out the terrace for views across Regent’s Canal. With its coloured parasols you can almost believe you’re in the Riviera.
Best Brunch West London and Central
Fancy Crab, Marylebone
Tucked away behind the bustling west end of Oxford Street is Fancy Crab, a hidden gem that’s as luxurious as it is laid back. Diners can expect delicious plates, a cosy atmosphere and excellent service all enjoyed from a comfy booth with the option to add 90 minutes of bottomless Prosecco, naturally.
An indulgent and unique take on the usual favourites, the brunch menu makes the most of the restaurant’s key ingredient, the Red King Crab. That’s right – go for fresh fish first thing and you won’t regret it. Try the mouth-watering King Crab Benedict – a delightful twist on the breakfast classic – or opt for the Crab Omelette. The Morecambe Bay oysters from the à la carte menu are also non-negotiable, and make sure you leave room for dessert, too. The chocolate fondant filled with an oozing molten centre is rich and delicious, while the fancy lemon tart is a tangy treat.
Brunch is served from 10am – 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the menu’s delicate flavours – and, of course, the bubbles.
Ella Canta, Mayfair
Located in the five-star InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane, Ella Canta brings the taste of the Tulum to Mayfair with a Mexican inspired brunch. Every third Saturday of the month, you can kick off your weekend with a morning (or afternoon, brunch is served from 11.30am until 4pm) of free flowing cocktails or margaritas, as well as decadent dishes.
The exotic 3-course menu includes a tropical ceviche (garnished with lime, coriander and pineapple), shrimp quesadillas with cheese and molcajete sauce and, one of our favourites, pork tacos with avocado sauce and pico de gallo (made from chopped tomato, onion and coriander). Dessert-wise, we’re talking rice pudding with rum and raisins ice cream (yum!), churros with caramel and chocolate or almond cake with passion fruit merengue.
Brunch at Ella Canta is priced at £49 per person with unlimited margaritas for 90 minutes, or £39 per head with unlimited agua frescas.
Christopher’s, Covent Garden
Nestled in the heart of Theatreland, Covent Garden staple Christopher’s has one of the most expansive brunch menus that this seasoned brunch fan has ever encountered – and quality is just as great as the quantity.
In the sun-filled dining room, we were treated to superlative riffs on brunch staples from all over the culinary map. The Superfood Brunch menu means that even those who don’t see weekends as a chance to indulge will be in heaven: we loved the Born To Be Green super smoothie (£7) and the Avocado and Tomato Toast, with its perfectly poached egg on top (£10).
If you fancy something more decadent, Christopher’s has also got your back here, too. The Lobster Benedict (£24) is generously laden with the most tender lobster, while the Milk Chocolate Brioche French Toast (£12) was out of this world… a heady combination of copious amounts of melted chocolate, brioche, ice cream. Combine this with the fact that a separate Build Your Own Pancake menu exists, and it’s clear that Christopher’s also caters for those with a sweet tooth.
Make sure you combine your meal with a cocktail – it would be frankly rude not to, thanks to Christopher’s famous Martini Bar. We tried an incredible signature dirty martini, as well as a Vesper (named after the character from Casino Royale), which managed to combine vodka and gin without either becoming overpowering. Thanks to its delicious food and brilliant service, Christopher’s, a dinner-must for over 25 years, is now definitely one of our go-tos for brunch.
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar, Covent Garden
Just a stone’s throw from Leicester Square, J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is a classic West End pre-theatre brunch destination. The iconic seafood and fish restaurant, favoured by many Londoners, is well liked for its selection of sustainably sourced oysters, shellfish, crab and caviar. Yum!
Grab a table from midday onwards and pick and mix from the à la carte options (there are vegan and vegetarian dishes available too so don’t worry). And if you’re going on a Sunday, there’s J Sheekey’s recently launched brunch menu, accompanied by live music performances.
The salmon and tuna tataki (comes with a tasty green onion yuzu dressing) and the sautéed cod cheeks (served with jersey royals and asparagus) are great picks as a starter. For the main course, the mac and cheese with shrimp, Cornish crab and bacon or the surf and turf burger will satisfy all your cravings. And don’t forget to order a Bloody Mary (classic or with a bourbon twist) – they are simply delicious.
In the heart of Mayfair, 34 has something for everyone. Located just off Park Lane, this has become a favourite among celebrities and royals, with famous faces spotted dining there all the time. The Art Deco interior sets the scene for the fine dining and soft lighting gives it all the elegance you’d expect from one of Richard Caring’s restaurants.
The menu is equally well versed in the sweet and savoury. Many of the dishes are available in both smaller and larger sizes, so you can choose whether to have them as a starter or a main. The restaurant’s lunch menu runs alongside the special brunch offering, with its famous steaks and grills available to mix and match.
Chucs, Notting Hill
Located just off Portobello Road, on the ever-popular Westbourne Grove, Chucs is an Italian restaurant with a tantalising brunch menu and an amazing interior. The tall vases of flowers in the display window trick you into thinking you’re looking at the front of a high-end florist, but once you peek through the glass door, the 50s-inspired décor will lure you in (we’re talking retro-tiled floors, brass table lamps, crisp white table linen and vintage picture frame walls).
The brunch options at Chucs are just as inviting. If you’re going for a late breakfast, there are classics such as fried eggs with tomato and basil (£8) and avocado and feta on sourdough (£11) to choose from. But it’s fair to say that the selection gets even more appetising as the day progresses, offering an incredible tuna tartare (£16), langoustine risotto (£26) and pizza bianca with black truffle (£33).
In addition to its notable dessert menu (which includes a very creamy tiramisu), the restaurant also has outside seating areas worth mentioning. The smaller terrace upstairs is supplied with heaters and a wall-size painting of the Italian coast, while the patio downstairs is decorated with large mirrors and greenery. So definitely try and get a table outside, if the weather allows it.
100 Wardour Street, Wardour Street
The party never really stops at this 8am – 3am breakfast/lunch/dinner/late night newcomer in the heart of Soho, and rightly so given the building’s history as the site of the old Marquee Club, where The Rolling Stones did their first ever live gig. Saturday brunch is a fun, buzzy affair where bottomless Prosecco is encouraged and the three-course menu mixes classic 11am favourites – smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – with dishes like harissa and agave roasted aubergine. Worth booking in for a long sitting.
Following an extensive refurbishment, Savile Row’s Sartoria re-opened its doors in late 2015 with a brand new breakfast menu to sink your teeth into. With classic Italian cooking – courtesy of renowned Italian chef Francesco Mazzai – our highlight has to be the Eggs Purgatorio, a rich egg baked in a spicy tomato sauce with freshly baked Italian breads on the side.
The best breakfasts London has to offer don’t always feature avocado and eggs. The Han Setto weekend brunch at ROKA is perfect if you’ve had enough of that to last you a lifetime. For £59 (which includes a bellini when you arrive and wine) or £43 if you’re off the booze, the brunch features some of the Japanese restaurant’s star dishes, like the raw salmon, avocado and wasabi tobiko maki and the beef, ginger and sesame dumplings. The first course is followed with a Japanese robata grill of fresh fish and meat and a dessert platter. Delish.
The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, Kensington
If the setting for you is just as important as the food, then the beautifully plush Ivy Kensington Brasserie is definitely the place to go if it’s a special occasion. The weekday breakfast and weekend brunch menus are full of classic dishes with some luxurious additions. Truffled eggs, anyone?
BungaTINI, Covent Garden
Italian-themed bar and restaurant Bunga Bunga has been running legendary party brunches in its Battersea branch for several years now. These generally feature loud music, a never-ending supply of prosecco and more breakfast-themed Italian food than you can finish, including the ‘Bunga Benedict’ and ‘Englishman’s Breakfast’ pizzas. If you’re not quite up for the noisy Battersea fiesta, Bunga Bunga’s Covent Garden sister restaurant BungaTINI has just launched a new ‘Wood-Fired Brunch’, which includes unlimited bellinis, wood-fired pizzas and a fun party atmosphere without the raucous crowd. Burrata for breakfast? Why not.
Casa Brindisa, South Kensington
One of the best tapas restaurants around, Casa Brindisa also serves up a mean breakfast and brunch. Try their mushrooms, scrambled eggs, tomato and Manchego or just order like there’s no tomorrow and scoff a whole plate of Iberico ham yourself. We won’t judge you.
OPSO, Paddington Street
With a full range of breakfast dishes going on, OPSO is one of the most loved brunch and breakfast places in the Marylebone area (and, for that matter, the city). You can either choose to start your day off right with their Earl grey infused rice porridge or one of the granola dishes or indulge your naughty side with the pancakes. We like them covered in praline spread and hazelnuts.
Providores, Marylebone High Street
As one of the first restaurants to bring brunch to the capital, Providores pulls a big crowd and regularly has a queue of hungry punters outside. They’ll all be ordering Peter Gordon’s signature breakfast dish, the Turkish Eggs.
Tredwells, Upper St Martin’s Lane
Marcus Wareing’s informal restaurant in Covent Garden has a great brunch/breakfast offering with cheat day treats such as caramelized banana eggy bread with bacon, maple syrup or chorizo jam and slow cooked egg, avocado and toasted sourdough. If you’re sticking to the diet plan then you can order granola or a seasonal veggie frittata.
Isn’t London amazing you can now enjoy the best of Latin American cuisine as a bottomless champagne brunch. London’s first Peruvian restaurant that opened to critical acclaim in 2012 has launched a brand new menu including their new signature brunch cocktail the ‘Pisco Mary’. Dine on Peruvian dishes such as Corvina Trufa (Corvina ceviche with truffle) and Arroz Nikkei (Chilean sea bass casuela) created by Executive Chef, Sanjay Dwivedi and served in the South American inspired dining room. As the DJ plays chilled house you can relax while the in-house nanny keeps the kids entertained (Sundays only FYI). Situated opposite Green Park and 5 minute walk from Bond Street it’s the perfect location to take a break from some serious window shopping.
No 1a Duke Street, Richmond
Perfect for taking a break from the hustle and bustle of central London, No 1a Duke Street is a trendy bar in Richmond with a cosy courtyard area and tantalising breakfast menu. Serving cocktails such as rhubarb Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s (available per glass or in a jug, so great for a boozy brunch) as well as cold press juices (we tried the Clean Carrot and were pleasantly surprised), there’s something for everyone.
If you’re in a savoury mood, order the breakfast tacos (£8.5) or breakfast rice bowl (£9.95). You can add a side of salmon or keep it veggie – it’s your choice. If you’re craving something sweet, the ricotta pancakes with orange crème fraîche (£8.5) and the coconut chia pudding with coconut yoghurt (£5.5) are both served with poached rhubarb, and very tasty.
Still feeling a little bit hungry? We’d suggest opting for dessert too. The fresh raspberry and almond tart (£6.95) is lovely, but the white chocolate mousse with berry compote, coffee and cocoa crumb (£6.95) is even better. Trust us – it’s heavenly and definitely worth skipping starters for.
Best Brunch South London
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
It’s hard to beat the 360 views of London from level 31 of The Shard, home to its cavernous restaurant Aqua. And now there’s a brand new brunch menu to try as you drink in those uninterrupted views across St Paul’s and watch toy-sized trains far below sliding in and out of London Bridge.
The new brunch offering is a push-the-boat out affair featuring truffle, lobster and Wagyu beef. At £48 for 3 courses, it’s also one to be lingered over well into lunchtime, as smaller breakfast-friendly starters of buttermilk pancakes and a dinky eggs benedict lead into main courses of beef sirloin, Scottish lobster thermidor and a decadent truffle-laced bubble and squeak. If you’ve still got room to spare there’s a pudding menu of white chocolate and lime cheesecake, brownies and treacle tart.
Just as well there’s a lift to take you back down those 31 floors…
Village East, Bermondsey
While it may not be your usual breakfast dish, confit turkey hash with poached eggs and spinach has become a firm favourite at Village East. If you’d rather save turkey for Christmas, then you can order up their Campfire breakfast or the protein-filled Steak & Eggs breakfast right up until 4pm on the weekends.
The Jam Tree, Clapham
The Jam Tree does classics with a twist (where doesn’t these days?). We suggest ordering the black pudding, apple and chutney on toast as well as one of their nine variants on a Bloody Mary.
Art Yard Bar, Southbank
Situated inside the effortlessly chic Bankside Hotel, the Art Yard Bar & Kitchen offers up a brunch experience like no other. With a selection of small plates such as melt-in-your-mouth burrata and mushroom arancini, as well as four different types of wood-fired pizzettes to choose from, this wide-ranging menu provides the perfect reminder as to why brunch is definitely our favourite meal. If you fancy a classic brunch experience, opt for a large plate such as the french toast with apple brandy ice cream, or the delectable smoked haddock hash with sea beets and cucumber yogurt. Running its dreamy breakfast every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am-4pm, the Art Yard is certainly one to be added right to the top of your brunch spot hit-list.
Source: Marie Claire UK