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The Best Brunches in London

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The Best Brunches in London

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Brunch: it’s an institution. It may not be the most important meal of the day, but it’s definitely the best – if you know where to go! We’ve rounded up the best places for brunch in London, from the classic Wolseley to the hottest brunch party of the moment. Your weekend starts here…

     

The Best Brunches in London

The Little Yellow Door

The Little Yellow Door

Restless brunchers will love the new interactive offering at Notting Hill hangout The Little Yellow Door, a quirky, colourful space designed to feel like your friend’s living room. Order the French Toast Jenga – Jenga shaped pieces of toast covered in tiers of toppings – and your dish will come with a real life version of the game on the side. If jenga’s not your thing, there are plenty more board games to choose from, and even films being shown in the downstairs den. Other brunch offerings are equally playful: Take a Lead out of My Bagel, for instance, is a vegan dish of beetroot hummus, rocket salad, tomatoes, olives and capers. Nursing a hangover? Go for the Full Mexican Breakfast: a spicy number made up of eggs, pulled pork, streaky bacon, refried beans and avocado. Your call on the free-flowing prosecco…6-8 All Saints Rd, Notting Hill, London W11. thelittleyellowdoor.com

Rail House Café

Riding House Cafe

Round the corner from Victoria station you’ll find Rail House Café, nestled within the buzzing Sir Simon Milton Square. The offspring of Fitzrovia’s Riding House Café, this trendy spot is a large and airy space with industrial chic interiors, partly inspired by the concept of a bustling metropolitan station. Brunch options accommodate both health-conscious diners and those after something more indulgent: there’s quinoa porridge and chia seed pots, but there’s also buttermilk pancakes with triple-smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup. The shakshuka, served with feta, avocado and sourdough, is particularly good, as is the full veggie breakfast: grilled halloumi, smoked piquillo peppers, fried potato, eggs, mushrooms and slow-roasted tomatoes. With a range of seating options available – including an al fresco bar, ground-floor restaurant, upstairs bar and private dining room – Rail House Café is a perfect for group dining. 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, London SW1E 5DJ. railhouse.cafe

The Gun, Spitalfields

The Gun, Spitalfields

Perched directly opposite Spitalfields’ bustling indoor market is The Gun, a stylish and comfortable pub/bar/restaurant. Its interiors are both contemporary and cosy, featuring h mustard pillows and high ceilings with warm light features. Their brunch offering is rich for meateaters, with dishes feauring spiced chorizo and a generous full english, and if you’re looking for a veggie option, go for the pancakes with glacied peaches and cress (minus the bacon). Pair with a bloody mary or aperol spritz and make it a sumptous start to a Saturday. 54 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AG. thegunlondon.com

Fancy Crab, Marylebone

Fancy Crab, Marylebone

Situated right behind Selfridges and with a strong commitment to everything crab-like – from the interior design to the menu – book a comfortable booth for brunch at Fancy Crab and prepare for super-fresh food, friendly service and an all-together fun, laid back brunch experience. Having been harvesting crab since 1993, the Fancy Crab team are experts in all things seafood: from the preparation to the serving. Their brunch menu is a concise crab-themed spin-off of a typical brunch menu, featuring dishes such as King Crab Benedict and Crab Omelette. If nothing on the Brunch menu takes your fancy, venture out into the main menu, which is large and full of recommendations the thoughtful server was happy to explain. For the full Fancy Crab experience, order the Premium Platter, perfect for two people. With this, enjoy bottomless prosecco for 90 minutes. Order the Crab Tempura on the side, and end on a sweet note with the Buttermilk Blueberry Waffles. 92 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 3RD. fancycrab.co.uk

Yosma, Marylebone

Yosma Turkish Eggs

If you’re heading into Marylebone for a spot of weekend shopping, be sure to stop at Yosma on Baker Street for some much-needed fuel. Weekends are for indulging, so forsake your usual green smoothie to tuck into a steaming hot plate of Çiblir – poached eggs drenched in yoghurt, Aleppo chilli butter, garlic and burnt leek. Add a portion of homemade Baklava and bottomless Turkish tea and you’re ready to go. There’s a reason Anatolian cuisine has come back into fashion, and Yosma’s just the place to try it. 50 Baker Street, London W1U 7BT. yosma.london

Farm Girl, Soho

Farm Girl Soho

While everyone else is busy queuing outside the original Farm Girl in Notting Hill, head to one of their other venues. The uber-popular cafe now has a second location in Chelsea, as well as an outpost in the Sweaty Betty flagship on Carnaby Street. You will have seen the Super Lattes all over your Instagram feed, and we can confirm they are just as delicious as they look – the Rose Latte is a classic, while the Butterfly Matcha and Liquid Gold (made with turmeric, cinnamon, astragalus, honey and coconut milk) are definitely worth a try if you like your drinks to be of the ultra-nourishing kind. Their avocado toast is undoubtedly one of the best in town, and their salad and Acai bowls are a great hangover cure that’ll leave you feeling fresh. The ‘build your own bowl’ option will ensure everyone’s kept happy. 1 Carnaby Street, London W1F 9QF. 9 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ. 59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB. thefarmgirl.co.uk

The Providores & Tapa Room, Marylebone

Providores Brunch

Providores is a classic brunch spot for Marylebone locals, thanks to its buzzing atmosphere and food with a difference. This is the place to go if eggs ‘n bacon don’t quite cut it for you. The innovative and exciting fusion food on offer includes brunch dishes such as Turkish Eggs (poached eggs with whipped yoghurt and chilli butter) and an excellent grilled chorizo, sweet potato miso hash, boiled egg, labne and cashew praline – great for those who want a bit of everything. Book ahead to get a table upstairs by the window for some excellent people watching. 109 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RX. theprovidores.co.uk

Abuelo Cafe, Covent Garden

Abuelo Cafe Huevos Divorciados

Antipodean brunch dishes have taken London by storm – but how about trying something a little different at Abuelo Cafe which combines the best of Australia and South America? Launched by a mother and daughter team, there’s a distinct family feel to this compact Covent Garden coffee house and kitchen. Brunch is a highlight, blending flavours from both cuisines to bring guests vibrant dishes including labneh poached eggs with salsa roja, chimichurri and avocado, fresh salads packed with flavour (think mint, wild garlic leaves and baby spinach topped with goats cheese and slow-cooked lamb tostada) and a smoked paprika arepa which packs a punch with slow-cooked pulled beef, mustard mayo, pickled cabbage and raw slaw. Your caffeine hit comes in the form of South American coffee beans brewed using Aussie techniques for the ultimate best of both worlds. Make sure you leave space for a sweet treat, too – the cruffin (croissant/muffin) is to die for. 26 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7RS. abuelocafe.co.uk

Avenue, St James’s

Avenue St James

Avenue in the heart of St James’s is always buzzing with the chatter of London’s trendy set, and never more so than at weekends during the brunch service. Choose from two or three courses, sit back and enjoy a catch-up with friends as your Prosecco and Bloody Mary’s are constantly topped up by waiters on stand-by – and trust us, the drinks are top-notch. Don’t leave without trying one of the ‘Hard Shakes’ – milkshakes decadently blended with alcohol that are pure genius. Standout dishes include truffle mac’n’cheese, the buttermilk kimchi burger and the dark chocolate brownie if you still have space for dessert. A great venue for a special occasion with the spectacular Decanting Bar at the centre of the room and sparkling chandelier of wine glasses for added glamour (and decently priced for the location, too). 7-9 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1EE. avenue-restaurant.co.uk

34 Mayfair

34 Mayfair

Situated just a few metres from the old American embassy, this brunch spot exudes Upper East Side style and you’d be forgiven for mistaking another patron for Jay Gatsby himself. The Art Deco burnt-ochre booths and lighting are dispersed with pops of colour from bright, flowery Liberty London print cushions and matching menus (the pattern was developed exclusively for the restaurant). And then the food. You won’t find smashed avo on toast here, but instead enjoy Japanese wagyu croquettes, stone bass ceviche tacos and melt-in-mouth short rib mac and cheese. For those after more traditional brunch offerings, there’s lobster omelette thermidor, waffles with foie gras or buttermilk fried chicken (a nod to the traditionally Southern delicacy). Wash it all down with a delicious green juice, or for something slightly more indulgent, a bloody Mary. What’s are you waiting for, old sport? 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HD. 34-restaurant.co.uk

The Orange, Pimlico

The Orange Brunch

Pub and mini-hotel The Orange is a lovely spot for a Sunday brunch. Pop in after a slow saunter through the elegant streets of Belgravia, having picked up some flowers from Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart just across the street and some fresh fruit and veg from the market which appears in the small square opposite. The menu includes only a few dishes, but so curated that you won’t find yourself wanting for anything more. The Full English is old-school perfection, while the chilli cornbread with smashed avocado, poached eggs and herbs is a London-best brunch dish. Opt for a fresh juice to keep it healthy, and get comfortable in your chair with a copy of The Times in this light-flooded haven of calm. For a real treat, book yourself in for a weekend staycation – in true Cubitt House style, there are only four bedrooms, each designed in exceptional taste to create a cosy, retro retreat in the city that you’ll struggle to leave. 37 Pimlico Road, SW1 theorange.co.uk

Nobu Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Brunch

Nobu last year launched it first ever Sunday Brunch – and it’s truly amazing. Every Sunday from 11 to 3pm, guests can enjoy a selection of Nobu’s “greatest hits” as well as brand new dishes that have been specially created. The bespoke Brunch Bar alone is worth making the trip for – signature Nobu sushi, sashimi, tiradito, tataki, oysters, hot foods and lots more all laid out enticingly before you, and, amazingly, it’s unlimited. Don’t get too carried away, though. As part of the brunch you’ll also be served round after round of sharing dishes, including a heavenly parmesan truffle rice toban, tangy grouper tempura with amazu ponzu and roasted short ribs. And, as if that weren’t enough, there’s a dessert bar too packed with sweet treats and exotic fruits. Arrive hungry and emerge quasi-delirious – the perfect way to while away a Sunday. Food only: £45 per person; from £55 including drinks. 10-50 Willow Street, London EC2A 4BH. nobuhotelshoreditch.com

The Wolseley, Piccadilly

The Wolseley Brunch Food

Classic and timeless. You can’t help but feel that you’re a ‘someone’ from the moment you step inside. The menu is extensive and caters to all tastes; the devilled lambs kidneys, haggis and grilled kippers are big-hitters, but for those who aren’t big morning eaters there’s granola, fruit and bread to graze on. If AA Gill wrote a whole book about it, then it’s got to be good. 160 Piccadilly, London W1, 020 7499 6996, thewolseley.com

Balthazar, Covent Garden

Balthazar Brunch

Eat like a New Yorker. The eggs here are unrivalled: scramblers with Cornish crab, herb omelette, Benedict, Royale or Florentine, or ‘as you wish’. Hungry? Get the whole grilled lobster. 4–6 Russell Street, London WC2, balthazarlondon.com

     

Señor Ceviche Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia

Senor Ceviche Brunch

The ultimate Peruvian-inspired brunch in the heart of London. With some of the best food and drinks this side of Lima, the new Señor Ceviche site in Fitzrovia offers an exclusive brunch menu to start your weekend in style. In a colourful space inspired by the grand colonial architecture of the Peruvian capital, enjoy signature ceviches and tiraditos for a fresh start to the day, or opt for the innovative and delicious cornbread french toast with tomato salsa, avocado, poached eggs and yuzu truffle hollandaise. Make it a boozy brunch with free flowing Piscos or Cusqueñas for just £18 a person. We’ll drink to that! 18 Charlotte Street, London W1, senor-ceviche.com

The Ivy, Tower Bridge

The Ivy Tower Bridge Avocado Toast

Within touching distance of London’s impressive Tower Bridge is the newest offering from the Ivy Collection, complete with its own special Weekend Brunch menu that is one of London’s top contenders. Begin by looking out over the river while sipping a classic peach Bellini on the outdoor terrace, complete with gloriously soft signature green blankets for when there’s a chill. Start with the tuna carpaccio and truffle arancini to nibble on, before diving into a classic Eggs Benedict or steak sandwich – or both! The build-your-own waffles will keep the kids happy, too. Meanwhile, Soho is a brunch haven all of its own. One Tower Bridge, London SE1, 26-28 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8JB. theivytowerbridge.com theivysohobrasserie.com

Aquavit London, St James’ Market

Aquavit London Brunch

A Nordic brunch may not be an obvious choice, but it definitely should be! If you’ve had your fill of the usual eggs ‘n bacon, head to stunning contemporary Nordic restaurant Aquavit for one of the coolest brunches in the city. With live music every weekend, feast on Gravlax and Herring for something typical, go for the Eel Benedict for a modern brunch twist, or enjoy the Aquavit breakfast if a full English is still your favourite. Add unlimited wine for £15, too… St James’ Market, 1 Carlton Street, London SW1. aquavitrestaurants.com/london

Colbert, Chelsea

Colbert Breakfast

You can enjoy the classic ‘petit déjeuner’ at Colbert until midday all week, making it the perfect early brunch spot. Inspired by French pavement cafés, it’s perfect for people watching as one of the hottest spots to see and be seen in the capital. Try the unbeatable eggs Florentine and sip on a café crème for the closest thing to Parisian chic in London. 50-52 Sloane Sq, London SW1. colbertchelsea.com

MUD

Hidden in the depths of Tooting you’ll find MUD, a laid-back, Antipoedian-style café serving up a top-tip brunch right through to the afternoon on weekends. There’s often a bit of a queue, but it’s worth the wait. The menu changes often, but you can expect big portions of tasty Aussie-style dishes – their corn fritter stack, served with smashed avocado and optional bacon, is the most popular dish on the menu. For the sweet-toothed among you, go for the buckwheat pancakes, served with pecans and caramelised pear puree, and be warned: there are lots of pancakes to get through! Decor is rustic and relaxed, with exposed brick walls, wooden boards and colourful flowers dotted around, and during the summer their terrace makes a lovely spot for breakfast in the sunshine. Being an Aussie cafe they serve proper coffee too, a selection of fresh juices. 141 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9PE.

Aqua Kyoto

aqua kyoto

The Ukiyo Brunch at Aqua Kyoto is a friend to hangovers and resolutions alike. The menu is divided up into two sections: Indulgence and Purity, both equally delicious. Leave it to the swish and streamlined cosmopolitan interiors of the restaurant to lend class to the sloppy food and excess to the healthy dishes. Go for the Japanese pancake with honey cured bacon, ton katsu sauce and katsuoboshi from the indulgent side and the perfectly crisp and fluffy vegetable ika gyoza with wasabi sauce from the purity side. But we’ve gotten ahead of ourselves. Before you even need to make decisions, the starters are brought out: delicate and delicious miso soup with rice crisps and edamame, followed by a gorgeous sushi try that features a prawn tempura that is itself reason enough to do it all again next week. The child in you will squeal with delight at a Japanese waffle filled with your choice of warm custard, served with a miniature miso ice cream cone on the side. £36 per person, Saturday, 12noon – 3:30pm & Sunday, 12noon – 6:15pm. With bottomless bubbles or Bellinis: £49.00. With bottomless Veuve Clicquot Champagne: £65.00. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR. aquakyoto.co.uk 

The Daisy Green Collection

Daisy Green

For a healthy Aussie-inspired brunch that will look great on your Instagram, head to one of the Daisy Green spots. Dishes are delicious and beautifully presented; highlights include the broccoli & corn fritters with avocado, poached eggs and chilli pesto and The Bondi, a healthier version of the classic fry up – bacon, sausage, mushrooms, avocado, poached eggs and charcoal toast. If you’re feeling something sweet, go for the banana bread sandwich, which comes with berries, almonds, honey, mascarpone and honey. Celebrating something? Make it boozy with their bottomless deal, which includes unlimited prosecco and mimosas for two hours. daisygreenfood.com

Pachamama

Pachamama

Despite its location in the basement of one of the buildings on Thayer Street, Peruvian restaurant Pachamama is bright and airy, with an art deco air about it. Their brunch waffles, which come with either a quinoa or sweet potato base, taste just as good as they look. Choose between a mixture of sweet and savoury toppings, from Peruvian fried chicken to peanut butter with grilled plantain and cacao nibs. Or if it’s not too early in the morning, try one of their ceviche dishes like the sea bass with tiger’s milk and sweet potato crisps. Can’t decide? Go for the brunch tasting menu, which includes a number of dishes designed to be shared by two people. 18 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JY. pachamamalondon.com

     

No. 32 The Old Town

Located a stones throw away from Clapham Common, No. 32 The Old Town is a popular evening spot for Clapham locals – but it also does a really good brunch. If you fancy something sweet, go for their banana and ricotta pancakes, served with coconut yoghurt and warm berry compote. More in the mood for savoury? Their creamy mushrooms and butter beans on toast, with a truffle, tarragon and parmesan dressing, is a good option; while their sourdough bruschetta with roasted tomatoes, avocado and bacon, is a classic. Pair with one (or a few) of their brunch cocktails, and allow breakfast to merge into afternoon drinks. During the summer, get there early to nab a place on the sun-trap roof terrace. 32 The Pavement, SW4. no32theoldtown.co.uk

Milk

Milk

Balham has become something of a brunch mecca in recent years, with hip Hildreth Street spot Milk taking centre stage. Set up by Aussie duo Julian Porter and Lauren Johns, Milk first opened back in 2012 as M1LK, but in 2015 it underwent a refurbishment, re-opening without the numeral as Milk. First thing’s first: you will have to queue on weekends, as the Balham brunchers are out in force – but hold out, because the food really is top-notch. Hungover? Go for their sweetcorn fritters, served with smashed avo, halloumi and smoked bacon; or the Kurdish baked eggs with chorizo, spinach and labneh. If you’re after something quirky, the fillet’o’fish sandwich is a popular choice, made with red snapper, baked eggs and nut milk. Decor is light, bright and simple, with outdoor tables set on cobbled Hildreth Street, ideal for the summer months. Great coffee, delicious food, friendly staff – what more could you want? 18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG milk.london

B&H Garden Room

B&H Garden Room

Like your brunch with a view? Head to Bourne & Hollingsworth’s newest rooftop venture Garden Room, who now offer a stylish brunch. If you fancy something a bit different, try the sweet potato frittafle (frittata meets waffle) with fried duck egg; or the eggs in red wine – a spin on the classic Eggs Royale. Vegan? No problem! Refresh with a fruity smoothie bowl, or fill up with some tasty vegan waffles topped with blueberries, coconut yoghurt and caramelised banana. Wash it down with one of B&H’s signature cocktails, such as B&H Garden Mary, a twist on the classic Bloody Mary, which you can customise by picking your own spirit, juice and salt combination. Enjoy all this amid the restaurant’s impressive interiors, with a jungle of plants dotted around, fully-grown trees, white-washed floors and wicker furnishings, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows displaying the spectacular city skyline. 10th floor, above Assembly Hotel, 31 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0LS. bandhgardenroom.com

Brother Marcus

Brother Marcus

Brother Marcus is the brainchild of three school friends, who decided to quit their day jobs and set up their own cafe from scratch in Balham. When we say from scratch we really mean it – the trio did everything themselves, from painting the walls to building the seats for the back garden. The result? A friendly, trendy cafe, which serves up a particularly delicious all-day brunch. The Step Sister is a popular option: sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters topped with a poached egg, as well as the Bob’s Your Uncle: pork belly, fried egg, cucumber, spring onion, sriracha & tomato relish in a Cretan pitta. Following the success of their Balham spot, a second opened in Angel last year, so those residing further north can enjoy its delights too. Balham: 9 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 8JA. Angel: 37-39, Camden Passage, London N1 8EA. brothermarcus.co.uk

A.O.K. Bakery

A.O.K. Bakery

With its opulent interiors and trendy sugar-free menu, the newly opened A.O.K. Bakery fits right in amid ever-chic Marylebone. The setting is built for Instagram: think mother of pearl floors, h velvet seating, flower ceiling and silk wallpaper – but it’s not all about appearance, and luckily the food is really good too. Open all day, the space comprises of a restaurant, bakery and bar, with a menu inspired by the sun-soaked shores of California. Everything is free from refined sugar, but this certainly doesn’t mean all boring salads – they describe their food as ‘comfort food with a healthy approach.’ Brunch offerings include pancakes with maple syrup and berries, sweet potato and feta frittatas and breakfast tacos, alongside baked treats like savoury muffins and gluten-free pastries. 52-55 Dorset St, Marylebone, London W1U 7NH. aokkitchen.co.uk

Provisioners

Provisioners

Housed inside stylish new riverside hotel The Dixon, Provisioners is the latest venture from restaurateur Clive Watson. Like his other dining spots – which include Blixen and Riding House Cafe – Provisioners has cool design quirks throughout, taking inspiration from the Bauhaus and mid-century era. The dining space is made up of two offerings: an Italian-inspired cafe and a Courtroom Bar, housed inside a former magistrates’ courtroom. Their brunch menu is particularly good – we recommend The Provisioner’s Flatbread, served with bacon, avocado, tomato jam and egg, and the black pudding and pork belly roti offers something a little different from your usual breakfast dish. It’s served until 4pm, so it’s definitely acceptable to pop a cocktail or two on the side. 4 Queen Elizabeth St, London SE1 2LL. provisioners.co.uk

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