London's best Sunday lunches

Traditional pub roast? Dim sum? Here's our guide to the capital's best Sunday lunch spreads

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Let the Time Out experts guide you through the best Sunday lunches in London - from traditional pub roasts to Chinese dim sum and modern French cooking. Time Out reviews anonymously and pays for all meals.

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Sunday lunch reviews by: Guy Dimond, Tania Ballantine, Anne Faber, Roopa Gulati, Veronica Simpson, Euan Ferguson, Ruth Jarvis, Charmaine Mok, Jenni Muir, Sally Peck

The best Sunday lunches in south London

The Bobbin

Tucked away in a quiet residential street north of Clapham Common, this cosy, neighbourhood gastropub lures in the locals for a decent Sunday lunch that isn’t fancy, isn’t overpriced, and doesn’t require dressing up. The emphasis is on Sunday roasts: meaty delights such as Suffolk chicken, rib of Ayrshire beef or Blythburgh pork shoulder come served with the standard sides of roast potatoes, cabbage and root veg. Those with less carnal cravings needn’t despair – fish and vegetarian options include hake and chips or pumpkin lasagna. The dessert menu offers robust temptations such as chocolate pot with peanut biscuits, or bread and butter pudding. 

Sunday lunch served noon-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £40.

  1. The Bobbin 1-3 Lillieshall Road, SW4 0LN
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Camberwell Arms

The Camberwell Arms serves up a heightened reality of a Sunday roast, such as starters of venison kofte, served with beetroot slaw, or barbecued mussels fragrant with garlic, chilli and lime. For mains, there’s roast cod or rabbit, barbecued squid and curried crab. We sampled more traditional fare: whole spit-roast chicken (for two) served on an huge white platter, piled with roast potatoes and vinaigrette-drenched lettuce leaves (delicious), or beef, stacked in thick, pink slices and served with spinach barbecued squid and curried crab. A pared-back, 1940s brasserie aesthetic – aubergine walls, salvaged furniture and stripped floorboards – suits the no-nonsense service.

Sunday lunch served noon-3.45pm. Sunday lunch for two including drinks and service: around £75.

  1. 65 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR
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Canton Arms

Sitting incongruously on a particularly bleak stretch of South Lambeth Road, Canton Arms is an excellent place to while away a Sunday afternoon. The kitchen serves up rustic, meaty dishes which are the essence of contemporary British food, though occasionally with an Italian or French flourish. Fish or meat terrines or warm seasonal salads are the perfect way to whet the palate. Go with a big appetite and share a slow-cooked joint, or opt for a lighter risotto or fish (the menu changes daily) and finish with a decadent chocolate pot with cream, or a satisfyingly tart crumble. The pub serves a less-usual selection of real ales such as Skinner’s Betty Stogs or Timothy Taylor Golden Best, plus two daily-changing guest ales. Child, baby, and dog-friendly, Canton Arms is popular on weekends and is not the place for a speedy meal. Bookings not taken. 

Sunday lunch served noon-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and tip: around £60.

  1. 177 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XP
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Dog & Fox

As popular with well-heeled locals as a flash sale on Range Rovers, the Dog & Fox’s Sunday lunch is everything you’d want from a home-cooked meal, but without the faff. Juicy, pink-middled beef (£14.95) or succulent marinated half-chicken (£13.95) comes with all the trimmings: crispy roasties, thyme-specked root veg, lashings of gravy, and a proper Yorkshire pud as big as a melon. Service is terrific, and being a short stroll from the green spaces of Wimbledon Common (past the stables, with their tell-tale horse manure ‘tang’), you can get a taste of country life, but without having to leave a London postcode.

Sunday lunch served noon-4.30pm (last orders). Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £55.

  1. 24 High Street, SW19 5EA
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The Rookery

The Rookery is a snug bar-restaurant facing Clapham Common that opened in 2011. The location is perfect for Sunday strollers, many of whom drop in while passing, though it’s best to book. Young families and convivial small groups of thirty-somethings make up much of the Sunday clientele, some at high bar stools, some beside the cosy real-effect gas fire, some in more alcove-like seating towards the kitchen, and a few stragglers seated on the smaller first floor. The menu is British-focused but modern, with dishes such as English rabbit lasagne to share – these bunnies were hopping off the menu. More conventional choices include slow-cooked Hampshire pork belly. The drinks list is also excellent – the fabulous beers on draught include a Meantime IPA. 

Sunday lunch served noon-4.30pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £45.

  1. Peters Lane, Cowcross Street, EC1M 6DS
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Trinity

Trinity may be one of Clapham’s smartest neighbourhood restaurants specialising in Modern French cuisine, but did you know they also do a smashing Sunday lunch? A classy three courses for £32 centres around beautiful but gutsy mains: the highlight being, naturally, the 40 day aged Dexter beef with proper Yorkshire puddings, roast veg and fresh English horseradish (grated with a flourish tableside). Other options for mains might include roast Middle White pork belly, or balsamic braised lamb shanks, bookended by potted sea bass or pigeon kiev for starters, and sticky date and toffee pudding for dessert. Service is top notch, and unexpectedly unfussy for all the pressed linen and sparkling glassware about. Pricey, but very special – recommended for when a grimy gastropub offering just won’t do. Trinity’s chef-owner, Adam Byatt, also owns a simpler bistro nearby at 40 Abbeville Road called Bistro Union which is also open for Sunday lunch. 

Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £85.

  1. 4 The Polygon, SW4 0JG
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Also good for Sunday lunch in south London

Joanna's

Crystal Palace institution with a big local following.

  1. 56 Westow Hill Crystal Palace, SE19 1RX
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Old Brewery

Greenwich restaurant with nice outdoor seating, lovely beer and a great Sunday lunch.

  1. Pepys Building, Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW
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19 comments
Tony R
Tony R

DEFINITELY missed out one of the best-kept secrets in SW London - Penny Black on Fulham Road.  Hands down the best sunday roast we have ever had.  Yorkshire puddings the size of a plate, with everything inside - roasts, veg, cauli cheese, and sirloin or rib that can be cut with a spoon.  Amazing

Mary Z
Mary Z

Yes, you've missed the best place for Sunday Lunch in South London; newly opened Cornish Tiger at 1, battersea Rise is doing an amazing one; it only opened this year and are already getting booked out on Sundays.

Pippin M
Pippin M

I went to The Kings Arms in Waterloo which is a great little back street boozer and their Sunday Lunch was really impressive! Loads of meat, perfectly cooked, Yorkshire puds, fresh veg cooked perfectly in a delicious gravy! The potatoes were really crispy too! Going back this weekend! SO good! 

Andrew Brownlie
Andrew Brownlie

My Reccomendation would be the New Cross House, funnily enough in New Cross, South East London. Now timing is everything with this little baby. Get there for about midday to 14:00 and you are in for a Roast dinner onlty really rivalled by the Hawksmoor. Get there a little late and you this review will be a lie and quite frankly wrong (No offence New X House, after 14:00 things get a little sloppy) Choice of half a Chicken, Beef, Pork and some kind of vegetarain dish (why vegetarians get a choice I do not know but that is for after dinner talk) Great crispy potatoes a yorkshire the size of a large hamster, not wait,a small guinea pig and veg that even Mrs Charlie Dimmock and the other old fella from the gardening programme would be proud of. All in all a reasonable price and a great choice. The setting is great, either in the indoors bit or the little outdoor shed/barn/wooden area, basically go and have a look and also have a game of Fuseball.

Caroline
Caroline

The Londesborough in Stoke Newington does a fantastic Sunday lunch. Roughly £12-14 for a variety of roasts and everything on your plate, so no messing around having to order sides as well. Huge tables in the back room - great for gatherings or toddlers sprinting around.

Ian
Ian

Really like the Warrington hotel in Madia vale (north London) amazing decor, food an service.

Pesto
Pesto

Just try harvey Nichols oxo tower restaurant!

Paul
Paul

Yes, I know that it must be boring to constantly have to praise it, but how can prepare a list of Sunday lunch venues without mentioning the Anchor and Hope near Waterloo - best Sunday lunch in town and decent beer!

Martyn Jaggard
Martyn Jaggard

Sarastros restaurant in Drury Lane. Great food, great atmosphere, great service, and live music at 2.30pm every Sunday. When we were there in January, there was a fabulous string quartet, who played and entertained us for 30 minutes, followed by 2 opera singers whose credits from the West End were amazing. They were an absolute joy to listen to and we were invited to participate in some of the story lines of their opera selections (but not to sing!). Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who loves music and good food.

Kathryn
Kathryn

My partner and I love The Masons Arms pub in Battersea. Consistently good food and fantastic staff. We had another superb Sunday lunch there yesterday - a wonderful roast beef with all the trimmings and pumpkin rissotto which was rich and flavourful. I really think it deserves a timeout visit to taste for yourselves!

jon
jon

Had the most epic lunch at the Royal Oak on Columbia road, whole lamb shoulder with all the trimmings for 4 to share... eat upstairs for the best service!!

 bernard grant
bernard grant

very poor selection! Misses out the whole of Chiswick and Hammersmith apart from many other areas. Hopeless

Olly
Olly

Bistrot Bruno Loubet does the best roast sirloin with all the trimmings for just £17.50 so is my Central favourite. The Crooked Well and The Bear in Camberwell get my vote for roasts South - life is too short to spend it in Clapham

Justin
Justin

Bacchus in Hoxton Street. Superb quality and great, personal service. A real Sunday treat.

Isobel Phillips
Isobel Phillips

Best Roast I've EVER had was at The Depot in Barnes. THE most exquisite rib of beef and gravy to die for. Veg cooked to perfection, all against a delightful river setting with a lovely, calm, family ambience. Doesn't get much better than that.

Debbieanne
Debbieanne

'The Rose' on the Albert Embankment in Vauxhall does a really great Sunday lunch with a nice atmosphere...

Lewis
Lewis

The Paradise in Kensal Green, surely?

christiane felber
christiane felber

calm and clean layout, i miss the overview - general problem of websites

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