Zita Whalley on 12th May 2022
We’re so spoilt for choice in London when it comes to brunch, the hardest part is working out where to go. Whichever part of the city you’re in, we’ve rounded up the best brunches across London…
Photo: Farzi Cafe
Inject a little glamour into your morning meal with Quaglino’s recently launched Champagne brunch. Every Saturday and Sunday, get glammed up for live music, food and free-flowing Taittinger Brut Reserve. While you quaff your fizz, dine on Quaglino favourites such as lobster thermidor and oak-smoked salmon rillette
Address: 16 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AJ
The Barbary Next Door has launched a brunch and breakfast menu that takes its cues from Moorish Spain and North African cooking, as well as European pavement cafes and continental breakfasts. There’s an assortment of pastries, baked in-house – Sfenj, Ras-el-hanout pumpkin bread served with a pumpkin and sunflower seed clotted cream. Date molasses granola, as well as maaqooda – a Moroccan tortilla and aioli with pickled peppers – and ‘roadside’ eggs are also on the menu.
Address: 16a Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
For a brunch with a difference, Farzi Cafe is the place to go. With a menu inspired by the balmy days of late Indian summers, there’s something for the daring with the kache kele ka radga pattice, (that’s raw banana cutlet with tempered green pea foam), and for those looking for something a little more familiar, opt for the Farzi egg royale with tandoori salmon. For drinks, there’s coffee, teas and fresh juices available, as well as an extensive and exotic cocktail menu – we recommend the simha spritz.
Address: 8 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4BP
Continuing the Indian brunch theme is Cinnamon Bazaar, offering a brunch with a twist in the heart of Covent Garden. From 12pm to 5pm on Monday through until Sunday, guests can enjoy a brunch menu featuring four of Chef Vivek Singh’s signature biryanis; including the lucknow style chicken biryani and the khari baoli root vegetable biryani. Pair with a range of traditional sides and chaats for a brunch experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.
Address: 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS
STK London Strand’s weekend bottomless brunch is made of unlimited mimosas or bloody Marys, contemporary American cuisine and ‘vibe’ dining. Dishes include smoked pork belly Benedict with maple glazed bacon; Cinnamon French toast with brioche, berries and cream cheese icing; lobster and eggs benedict with caviar hollandaise; and chicken and waffles. Available at the weekends from 11.30am-3pm, and at STK Westminster too.
Address: 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA
The London Cabaret Club has launched a monthly Pop Brunch with BBQ-style dishes whipped up by Michelin-starred chef Richard Galli. Fizz and mimosas are unlimited for an hour, so quaff away as you watch a live show filled with noughties bangers and floor fillers such as Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You and Bruno Mars’ smash hit, Uptown Funk.
Address: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square WC1B 4DA
Caravan has perfectly nailed the all day eatery vibe with a laid back dining area, cocktail bar and coffee bar, making it the perfect location for a casual brunch in Central London. The classic menu caters to all tastes – think various avocado and egg based dishes, as well as more adventurous offerings such as the bacon chop with bubble and squeak fritters, or the broken lamb meatballs with grilled aubergine. Finish with a breakfast martini, or, if you’re in need of a pick me up, a craft coffee – Caravan have their own bean roastery in North London, and are committed to crafting sustainable, socially supportive and environmentally friendly blends.
Address: 152 Great Portland Street, W1W 6AJ
Housed in the beautiful Grade-II listed Old Westminster Library, the Cinnamon Club has a new, jazzy Saturday brunch on offer. with live jazz playing in the background, dine on a three-course brunch that makes the most of traditional Indian flavours with dishes such as jackfruit and lotus root kebab with poppy seed and tomato chutney and smoked haddock kedgeree with a poached egg. There’s also a range of signature cocktails to go with your meal, such as the Club Bellini with Belvedere ginger, apricot puree, spiced rose and prosecco spumante. Saturdays, 12pm-3.30pm. £45e pp.
Address: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
Wellbeing Cafe Volonté is part of a fitness studio, that plates up dishes designed to nourish. Ingredients are sustainable, seasonal and ethically sourced, and are available to eat whether you’ve just finished a work out or just catching up with a friend. Wholesome dished include the snickers protein smoothie, a chipotle bowl, poached eggs and breakfast fritters.
Address: 299-301 Brompton Road SW3 2DY
New entry to Richmond’s dining scene, The Fat Badger combines a rural farm to fork philosophy with urban chic. The menu champions British produce and promises the spoils of the English countryside and coast with classic brunch dishes and morning plates with a twist, such as the mushroom marmite éclair, AAA Maldon oysters shucked at the counter, honey-glazed gammon benedict, mushroom ragu and the hearty Badger English breakfast.
Address: 15-17 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UQ
With a terrace overlooking Clapham Common, Minnow is a great spot to while away a morning at, over a couple of breakfast cocktails and a hefty cooked breakfast. The all day eating haunt serves up all your eggy, breakfast classics, such as eggs Florentine, Benedict and Royal, as well as lighter morning grain bowls too. There’s plenty of room inside to dine, however if you’re wanting to nab a seat on the terrace – which comes with heaters and parasol – you’ll have to rock up early or hedge or bets, as for weekend brunching, this prized position is on a first come first served basis.
Address: 21 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0HY
A stylish yet laidback all-day dining destination, The Farmer’s Mistress has a weekday and a weekend brunch menu feast on, and which includes brunchy cocktails on both. Go for a vegan, vegetarian or meaty full breakfast or something lighter and on the sweet side such as peanut butter and jelly waffles. You’ve also got brunch classics such as steak and eggs or chicken waffles too. Coffee is supplied by The Gentlemen Barista Milk and small, independent suppliers are used where possible. Whatever you chose, know that it will be a little bit wholesome and a little bit indulgent, just like one could imagine a farmer’s mistress could be.
Address: 300 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BU
This modern Jamaican restaurant in the heart of Brixton has a weekend brunch which you can make bottomless if you choose. The brunch menu offers a great range of morning treats, some of which are island riffs on familiar dishes. Go for the banana pancakes which come with crispy bacon, caramelised bananas and run sauce, or slow cooked goat croquettes with plantain ketchup. You can also try a Jamaican breakfast of ackee and saltfish with bammy flatbread and plantain. Make it bottomless with unlimited rum punch, prosecco or mimosas, and there’s a non-alcoholic options too.
Address: 412 Coldharbour Lane SW9 8LF
A popular little neighbourhood cafe here that is heavy on the laidback vibes and sweet treats, and comes with freshly baked pastries on the counter. Brunch dishes are modern and varied. You’ve got plates laden with eggs with dehydrated miso and cumin; sweetcorn fritters with halloumi avocado and kasundi mustard; as well as a dish called the convict that one for the morning after, with old spot pork patty muffin, streaky bacon, scrambled egg and hangover sauce. No bookings here, just rock up.
Address: 18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9RG
An idyllic option for warm, Spring mornings, The Buttery, situated within the Limetree Hotel, boasts its very own hidden garden, where they will be serving up a classic brunch menu from Monday through until Sunday until 3.30pm. Mouth watering and instagrammable sweet options include the nutella french toast and vegan smoothie bowl, whilst those in the mood for something savoury will enjoy the stracciatella on toast or the smoked salmon and eggs. The Buttery is the perfect option for enjoying a late breakfast before heading for a stroll in nearby Green Park.
Address: 135-137 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9QU
Inside Belgravia five star hotel, guests will find Il Pampero, a stylish Italian restaurant boasting an authentic Italian brunch experience. Available every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am, the menu features traditional Italian dishes such as pizzas and pastas as well as lighter, brunch suitable options including french toast with fried egg and truffle, as well as pancakes with banana, tonka beans and dulce de leche. Tea and coffee is available, as well as a selection of apéritifs – think negronis, aperol spritz and espresso martinis.
Address: 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia SW1X 8HQ
For a slightly alternative brunch experience, punters should head to Darcie & May Green – but don’t be surprised when you stumble across two vibrantly painted canal boats. Exclusively designed by legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake, the canal boats have been transformed into bustling, Aussie inspired all day dining locations. With strong influences from Melbourne and Sydney cafe culture, menu highlights include sweet options such as buttermilk blueberry pancakes and house maple granola, as well as savoury picks like sweetcorn fritters and smashed avocado on charcoal sourdough. Brunch is served from 10am until 3.30pm Monday until Saturday, and 12pm until 3.30pm on Sundays.
Address: Grand Union Canal, Paddington W2 6DS
Granger & Co has perfectly captured all the components of an Aussie brunch right here in London. The venue boasts easy going vibes, whilst the Notting Hill location further adds to the laid back, neighbourhood feel. The avocado heavy menu is focused on feel good ingredients and the types of dishes you’d find at a typical Bondi brunch spot. A trip here isn’t complete without ordering the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, paired with an iced matcha latte – the perfect Spring brunch meal to enjoy whilst sitting outside in the alfresco area. The brunch menu is available daily until 12pm.
Address: 175 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W11 2SB
Sette’s weekend brunch is your chance to luxuriate in the impossibly stylish restaurant steeped in timeless Italian glamour. Available on Sundays only, The Good Life Brunch can either be three or four extravagant courses, and can either be more lunchy, or more breakfasty, depending on what you’re craving. Dishes include creamy, cheese-laden polenta with truffled mushrooms, and a selection of handmade pastas covered in elegantly simple sauces such as tomato and basil spaghetti or short rib and bone marrow agnolotti. You can make it bottomless if you feel like free flowing champagne, or you can try one of the several bloody Marys from the bloody Mary bar.
Address: Ground Floor, 4 Knightsbridge Green, SW1X 7QA
Japanese Italian fusion restaurant Sumosan Twiga’s Saturday bottomless brunch sees you quaffing your choice of champagne, cocktails, beer, wine and spirits as while you feast on dishes such as maki rolls; chargrilled beef rib eye; tortelloni with ricotta, lemon and bottarga; and goats cheese, spinach and hazelnut salad. Live music – from dj sets to saxophonists, drummers and freestyle dancers will entertain you and bring the party vibes.
Address: 165 Sloane Street SW1X 9QB
A picturesque venue overlooking the River Thames and Albert Bridge, No. Fifty Cheyne has as Saturday brunch (11am-3pm) that is an indulgent treat worth cutting short a sleep in for. For brunch, the kitchen plates up the likes of French toast with brioche and whipped apricot ripple cream with crispy bacon; crushed avocado with fresh chilli and poached eggs; and Iberico eggs benedict on toasted muffins with hollandaise. There’s also more lunchy dishes such as steak tartare with truffle vinaigrette. Add a cocktail to your meal or go bottomless.
Address: 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3 5LR
Start your weekend brunch at Bistrotheque with one of the many breakfast cocktails while you decide what you want to eat from the fairly long brunch men, which serves up both lunchy-brunch dishes and breakfasty-brunch too. Go for something a little big different like the soft shell crab Benedict, or the mushroom ragu with fried bread, or if you need to soak up the remnants of the night before, the Bristrotheque Breakfast is a big English fry up, that works well with several bloody Marys.
Address: 23-27 Wadeson Street E2 9DR
Filipino fusion restaurant Rapsa serves up punchy flavour-laden dishes, which, on the weekend, you can pair with bottomless Aperol spritz, fizz or boozy slushies (£34s pp). Go for one of the big breakfasts, or try something a bit different, such as the halloumi finger sandwich with fried egg, banana ketchup, tomato, avocado salsa and spring onion hash; cured salmon bibingka loaf with scrambled eggs and herb creme fraiche; or Longcilog longanisa sausage, garlic rice, atchara and fried egg. Delicious. Available Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm.
Address: 100-102 Hoxton Street, N1 6SG
American-style restaurant and cocktail bar Dirty Bones, serves up an indulgent brunch, which you can make bottomless (for £25pp) should you want a bit more hedonism in your morning. Dine on steak and eggs, chicken and waffles, short rib crumpets and butternut pancakes while you quaff pink grapefruit mimosas, dirty Marys or a cocktail, call hip monkey made with Bacardi, martini Rosso, fresh lime, bitters and grapefruit soda. Also has locations in Soho, Carnaby and Kensington
Address: 1 Club Row E1 6JX
Always popular with the morning joggers and dog walkers, grab breakfast or brunch to go, or eat in at one of the lake-side tables. A range of pastries and pre-prepared but freshly made sandwiches are available to eat in or takeaway, and there’s a range of hot breakfasts and light lunches available too. The hash brown and egg breakfast sarnie is must-eat.
Address: Victoria Park, Old Ford Road E9 7DE
One of the best east-side antipodean cafes in London, Ozone serves up a stellar brunch alongside good, strong, coffee and bloody Marys with kick. Friendly and always busy, the cafe’s long menu covers all bases, whether you’re hankering for a meaty fry up, or going meat-free. Faves include smoked fish kedgeree with soft poached egg, chimmi and labneh; and the kimchi fritters with wild garlic, soft greens and Ozone pickles.
Address: Emma Street E2 9Ap
A European-inspired menu that uses local ingredients from independent growers and small scales farms, the weekend brunch at Crispin is as good as it sounds. Opt for a smattering of smaller sharing plats, such as burrata, plum hazelnuts and clove; a charcuterie board; or Tunworth and sage croquettes with pickle walnut ketchup. Alternatively, go for a brunch plate of the likes of poached eggs with hollandaise and smoked salmon on sourdough or borlotti beans on toast with Berkswell cheese.
Address: Pavilion on The Corner, White’s Row, E1 7NF
With smokey-grilled Middle Eastern dishes the ticket here, Berber & Q serves up a moorish weekend brunch. Chose regular shaksuka, or choose to ‘pimp’ it by adding avocado, chickpeas and a chili salsa. There’s also Turkish eggs with baba ghanoush and a yoghurt sauces and the full Israeli to share between two, which is a platter laden with lots of goodness including smokey baba ghanoush, hummus, marinated feta, eggs and roasted beets. For more of a sweet breakfast, chose the cholla French toast with creme fraiche and raspberry compote.
Address: 338 Acton Mews E8 4EA
Berber & Q, Haggerston. Photo: Berber & Q
Perfect for an early morning meal before whizzing off to Paris on the EuroStar, the breakfast offering by Searcys is finally back after being unavailable for two years. The menu has been created in celebration of the ‘humble egg’, with highlights including soft boiled eggs with marmite soldiers, three egg omelette with a choice of five fillings, and buttermilk and blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. Home to Europe’s longest Champagne, it’s the perfect option for those looking to enjoy their breakfast with a side of fizz.
Address: Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station N1C 4QL
I don’t want to name drop, but this is Idris Elba’s wine bar. Housed in the always charming Coal Drops Yard, it’s a place to quaff great drops of plonk and inject a little bit of style into your night – it’s a good date night option too. The kitchen plates up light bites all day long, and there is a more substantial menu for lunch and dinner. The venue hasa brunch menu too. Available on the weekend from 12pm to 3pm it features brunch favourites such as egg royale, as well as more lunchy dishes such as steak tartare.
Address: Gasholder 10 , Unit A, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4BY
Perched on Regents Canal, Plaquemine Lock’s Jazz Brunch is an ode to Southern American cuisine and culture. Transporting people to New Orleans, the Louisiana-inspired pub offers up a brunch menu with a cajun spin, and live jazz to boot. Enjoy southern brunch favourites, including buttermilk fried chicken pancakes, bacon beignets and eggs sardou, as well as creole cocktails and craft beer.
Address: 139 Graham Street N1 8LB
Cafe CAO in King’s Cross has a weekend breakfast menu serving up contemporary takes on Taiwanese breakfast classics. Along side a line-up of baked goods, there’s a breakfast BAO made with a sausage and cheese patty and layered with a hash brown and friend egg. There’s also the Taiwanese Savoury Soy Milk, which is a version of the traditional dou jiang breakfast dish found across Taiwan and China. Savoury soy milk is flavoured with Taiwanese sun-dried daikon, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil, and served with crispy fried dough, or youtiao, to dip into the milk.
Address: 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG
The brunch where you get to play with your food and eat it, Crazy Pizza’s Crazy Bubbles party brunches are filled with spinning pizza, On Saturdays only (12pm-3pm), brunch here won’t be the egg-based kind. Rather, brunch goes down with Italian flair, with starters of the likes of caponata with mozzarella, focaccia, truffle arancini, pizzas ( of course) and tiramisu for dessert. There’s also a new Crazy Pizza, in Knightsbridge. Brunch from £100pp
Address: 7 Paddington Street, W1U 5QH
Another Saturday party brunch, and this one’s at Michelin-starred Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ Mexican fusion restaurant at The Standard Hotel. Quaff Sevilla mimosas and margaritas as you feast on sharing dishes and small plates that are a mix of popular taps faves and breakfast plates such as pork belly tacos, chorizo, croquets de jamon and tortilla. Make sure you dress sharp for this one.
Address: The Standard, 10 Argyle Street, WC1H 8EG
Bringing Sydney’s causal beachy vibes to north London, Milk Beach is an Australian-style cafe serving up warm weather cocktails, pancakes, banana bread, eggy-breakfast mains, including the comfort eating soft boiled egg in a jar with sweet potato puree, cream and toast soldiers. A Soho-sister venue is coming soon.
Address: 19-21 Lonsdale Road, NW66RA
South East London
Wake up to a slap-up morning meal, Goan-style. Gourmand Bib-awarded Indian restaurant has launched a breakfast menu inspired by the flavours of southern Indian coast. Dishes include a selection of omelettes packed with flavoursome combos; crab with grilled tomatoes, chilli and tomato, chilli coriander and ginger omelette or an omelet served in a aromatic coconut-based curry sauce. There’s also more substantial dishes that is a kind of Indian take on a fry-up, or lighter meals too, such as cardamom pancakes topped with caramelised banana and creme fraiche.
Address: 4 Duchess Walk SE1 2SD
A brunch for a special occasion, Oblix West at The Shard’s sky high brunch of seasonal lunchy dishes where quality ingredients sing. Feast on the likes of truffle flat bread, panchetta and ricotta, as well as seabass; whole lobster with lemon verbena and garlic butter; and wild mushroom orzo. You can go bottomless, or pair your meal with a selections of rose and champagne. Available Friday to Sunday.
Address: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Popular Australian-style café Lantana has various locations, including London Bridge, near Borough Market. There’s a weekday breakfast menu as well as a weekend brunch menu, both are long and varied and contain dishes inspired from various parts of the world; beef keema, peanut butter overnight oats, duck hash and big hefty full breakfast plates as well. For weekend dining, you have the option of making your meal bottomless.
Address: 44-46 Southwark St, London SE1 1UN
Also near Borough Market, Grind has stylish all-day dining vibes, and an unfussy atmosphere. This gaf also does weekday breakfasts and weekend brunches, and dishes include potato has with poached eggs and wild mushrooms, smoked salmon crumpets, full breakfasts both veggie and meaty and healthier lighter options too such as house-made granola and porridge. Naturally, at Grind, you’ve got plenty of good coffee to wash your meal down with. Booking is recommended.
Address: 2 London Bridge, SE1 9RA
Coffee shop WatchHouse is unfussy but chic, and its short but considered menu offers up a selection of contemporary breakfast dishes to satiate small or big hungers. For a light brunch, opt for the apple and blackberry bircher or the granola with yoghurt and blueberry. If your”[e looking for something more filling, go the breakfast burrito (vegan option available), or the salmon and cream cheese cholla roll. Also at Tower Bridge and Maltby Street.
Address: 199 Bermondsey Street
A charming little bar and kitchen that is all small plates and cocktails and pot plants and wood, Two Hundred Rye Lane also has a suntrap courtyard out the back. The menu’s heroes are the cocktails which are zhuzhed up classics, but compact food menu is also pretty great. Have your boushie bloody Mary with huevos notos – fried potato and tofu with smashed avocado and fried tomatoes, or a breakfast butty or mushrooms loaded with sides. For £27.50, grab a Bellini to start, a brunch dish and a two glasses of prosecco and an espresso martini to finish.
Address: 200 Rye Lane, SE15 4NF
Neighbourhood restaurant, Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen, plates up contemporary dishes that nod to British culinary history and traditions. The venue’s varied weekend brunch (10.30am-1pm) includes dishes such as French toast with your choice of berry compote; bacon, caramelised bananas and maple syrup as well as several big breakfast plates that have delicious additions such as ackee, or stilton crumbs, grilled chorizo and hot smoked herring.
Address: 49, 51 Norwood Road, E24 9AA