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Five London restaurants that are great for a boozy brunch

Get out of bed and round up your pals – it’s time for the greatest meal of the week

By Time Out in association with Quandoo
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The slaying of hangovers with runny eggs, strong cocktails and similarly afflicted friends has become a weekly ritual for Londoners. And of course, in this situation, waiting in line isn’t an option and it pays to have a table booked. Here are five of the best brunch spots in London, as picked by Quandoo.

Spot something that takes your fancy? All the restaurants listed below are bookable through Quandoo – simply click the booking button and get that res in your dinner diary.

Gaucho Piccadilly

Being an Argentine steakhouse, it makes sense that the talking point of Gaucho’s ‘Electro Brunch’ menu is its salt-beef-topped benedict. Drinks-wise, there are two tiers of bottomless tipples to pick from, the more premium of which includes espresso martinis and sparkling Argentine rosé. Chin chin!
Don’t miss: The secret to making the most of brunch is pacing yourself. In this case, that means not overdoing the main dishes, else you risk not having enough room for cinnamon churros with dunky dulce de leche.

Ping Pong

As anyone who’s been backpacking around China will tell you, dim sum is traditionally eaten during the daytime, rather than the evening, making them perfect brunch fodder. At Ping Pong’s Lazy Sumday, you can eat as much as you like from a selection of soup-filled xiaolongbao, tangy char siu buns, rice dishes and more.
Don’t miss: There’s the option to add a bottle of prosecco into the proceedings for £35. If you turn it down, you’re doing brunch wrong.

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Tom's Kitchen

Brunch gets a luxe upgrade at this boujis Chelsea restaurant. The full English comes with a lamb cutlet, and the eggs benedict comes with an optional truffle topping – even the avocado on toast gets a sprinkling of cashew nuts. Best wear your least dirty trainers.
Don’t miss: Whatever you plump for, a plate of French toast with caramelised apples to share among you just makes sense.

Melange

During the week, this smart neighbourhood restaurant turns out top-quality renditions of classic French and Italian fare. Come the weekend though, it’s all about brunch. As you’d expect, it comes with a heavy European influence – try the cannellini bean stew with chorizo and a fried egg. Now that’s what we call a continental breakfast.
Don’t miss: Melange’s French influence makes itself known in fresh-baked croissants. Grab one to go for the mid-afternoon slump.

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Smith & Wollensky

At this posh West End steakhouse, you could potentially have the biggest meal of your life. £26 gets you three courses, one potential combination being eggs benedict, a double cheeseburger and waffles with bacon. Just don’t make any plans for the rest of the day.
Don’t miss: Ever wondered how much champagne you’re capable of drinking? For £50, you can find out.

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