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Ten reasons to love brunch

Isabelle Aron

Whoever said breakfast was the most important meal of the day clearly had no idea what they were talking about. Everyone knows that brunch is far superior to breakfast – and lunch and dinner, for that matter. Not convinced? Here are ten reasons why brunch is the best of the bunch.

1. You can eat twice the food
Brunch = breakfast + lunch, which means you've got two meals' worth of eating to do. Can't decide between a fry-up or a huge stack of pancakes? Get 'em both – otherwise you’re not doing it right.

2. Or possibly even ALL the food
Yes, all-you-can-eat brunches are an a thing in London now, and some even include unlimited prosecco. And speaking of booze...

3. It’s always acceptable to drink alcohol at brunch
If you made a habit of pouring vodka on your branflakes, people might start to talk. But at brunch, drinking is actively encouraged. Bloody marys, mimosas and prosecco (or champagne if you’re feeling flush) are all classic drinks of choice, but pretty much anything goes. Although some people might draw the line if you suggested re-living the night before with a round of sambuca shots.

4. Brunch starts whenever you want
The only people willing to set an alarm at the weekend are likely to be found chugging on green smoothies in preparation for a 6am yoga class. Brunch is not for these people. Brunch is for the lazy. It takes up much more time than breakfast, lunch, or dinner, which means that brunch-time is whenever you decide to roll out of bed – no ear-piercing alarms necessary. Phew.

5. Brunch = the weekend
Who do you know that eats brunch on a Monday? No one, that’s who. Mondays are for hurried bowls of cereal or slightly burnt toast eaten on the go. Part of the joy of brunch is that you actually have time to eat all the good breakfast options (read: anything but porridge), because what else are you doing with your day?

Brunch at Andina

6. There are loads of different food options
You know those days where you wake up and you’re not sure exactly what you feel like eating? Brunch was made for those days. You don’t want to get it wrong, because there’s nothing worse than food regret. But brunch encompasses so many different dishes. You can convince yourself you’re being virtuous with poached eggs and avocado on toast or you can go the whole hog with a full English served on a plate that’s double the size of your head (extra hash browns: non-negotiable). Plus, if you’re with a group of people who all want different things, you should all be able to find something to eat without anyone getting hangry.

7. It makes your hangover seem worthwhile
Hangovers are the worst. You end up wishing your weekend away so that you can fast-forward to the next day when you might feel vaguely normal again. Sure, time and sleep are good hangover healers, but food cures all. Especially brunch. Just take it easy on the scrambled eggs if you’re still feeling a bit queasy.

8. Nobody rushes brunch
You don't just grab brunch, like you would a coffee or breakfast. Brunch is one of the few meals where you're expected to spend a good few hours eating, drinking and actually having real life conversations with your friends (rather communicating through emojis on your group Whatsapp chat).

9. It’s the best of all the meal hybrids
Sure, breakfast for dinner isn’t the worst thing in the world – but then what the heck are you supposed to eat for breakfast? And don’t even get us started on ‘linner’.

10. It's economical
Okay, so a plate of eggs royale and a three glasses of prosecco might not sound like the most frugal of meals, but hear us out. You’re essentially getting two meals for the price of one, which means brunch basically counts as ‘budgeting’ – your mum would be proud.

Now pick somewhere to go from our list of top ten brunches in London

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