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The best bottomless brunches in London

Looking for a boozy brunch? Go one better with the best bottomless brunches in London

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Time Out London Food & Drink
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Sarah Cohen
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Joe Mackertich
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Drinking before noon is generally seen as ‘a bad thing’. But what if said boozing is done inside a fashionable London restaurant and accompanied by eggs, sourdough loaves and artisan coffee? In that case we call it a bottomless brunch and it’s entirely acceptable. 

In London, you’ll find bottomless bubbles and Bloody Marys, obviously, but you can also go beyond the tried-and-tested and experiment with infinite beer or endless streams of rosé. The food doesn’t have to be straight forward breakfast stuff either. Brunch can be anything from bao to barbecue, Turkish to Japanese. What’s more, the majority of these bottomless brunches go on well into the p.m., so you don't need to get up early to get involved. Time to go hard then go home!

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Bottomless brunches in London

Aster Restaurant
  • Restaurants
  • Scandinavian
  • Victoria
  • price 3 of 4

Price: £50 per person for unlimited starters, desserts and Bloody Marys, plus a main. Sundays, 12-4pm; two-hour time limit.

Sundays on the outer reaches of Victoria’s Nova development mean bottomless brunch at Aster, a modern British brasserie. Keep yourself topped up with unlimited Bloody Marys while you graze through the set menu: mains include the Moroccan vegetable pastilla, as well as lamb with rosemary and garlic. There's also unlimited starters – like tabbouleh chicken salad and oysters – and desserts, from cheesecake to chocolate mousse. If you want to go booze-free, it's £35 per person. 

Bad Egg
  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • Moorgate

Price: £35 per person (unlimited Bloody Marys, prosecco or Mimosas), two dishes; whole table only; two-hour time limit. Saturday 10am to 7.30pm and Sunday, 12pm to 5.30pm.

You followed your hangover here. So thankfully this part of the City-to-Shoreditch pass is a ghost town at the weekend – and all the gentler for it. Meanwhile American-style diner Bad Egg is hopping – but don’t recoil, everyone’s in the same morning-after boat. Sit back and enjoy unlimited hair of the dog, including a spicy gochujang bloody mary that’ll slap you straight. You can choose from two plates from a crazy-ass fusion menu (plus your choice of soul-reviving pancakes or French toast), so go with a group and order strategically.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Clerkenwell
  • price 1 of 4

Price: £37.

Bourne & Hollingsworth does bottomless brunch in its purest form. The venue? A light-drenched conservatory filled with ferns and palms. The menu? Two courses of simple breakfast food – smoothie bowls, pancakes, avo on toast, hash browns – alongside as many Bellinis and Bloody Marys as you can handle, plus hot drinks. It’s a formula that’s been copied across the city, but these lads do it properly.

Daddy Bao
  • Restaurants
  • Taiwanese
  • Tooting
  • price 1 of 4

Price: £18 per person for one hour of speciality cocktails. All food items priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

A welcome spin-off of Mr Bao in Peckham, Daddy Bao is Tooting’s answer to reliably good Taiwanese cuisine. Go for the much-lauded fluffy steamed milk bao of course, but don’t miss the small plates and rolled spring onion pancakes (with slow cooked beef or mushrooms) while you’re there. The atmosphere oozes contemporary Asian: trad red lanterns hover above and hand-drawn Mandarin characters adorn the walls. It’s distinctly moody and buzzy (but fun) – pull up a pew and watch your food being made in the kitchen while you wait.

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Darcie and May Green
  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • Paddington
  • price 2 of 4

Price: £39.50 per person for two dishes plus unlimited prosecco and Mimosas). Whole table only. Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3.30pm; Sunday, noon to 3.30pm. Ninety-minute time limit.

Darcie and May Green aren’t two old toffs, but a pair of floating barges moored up on the Grand Union Canal outside Paddington station – complete with artwork from Brit Art godfather Sir Peter Blake. Head to Darcie for its Aussie-style bottomless brunch, which brings you unlimited prosecco and Mimosas plus two dishes – one savoury, one sweet. Try the ‘Fancy bacon roll’ (poached eggs, crispy onions, bacon, holy f*ck hollandaise, paratha roti) or the award-winning banana bread sandwich slathered with mascarpone. Craving a hearty full English? Order The Bondi. The same menu is offered at Darcie and May Green’s sister restaurants, including Ziggy Green off Regent Street and Timmy Green in Victoria.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

Price: £20 for unlimited Blood Marys and prosecco. Food priced separately. Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

When the original, ultra-sleek Standard hotel opened in LA, it was a place for hyped bands to stay and for the city’s scenesters to party at super-exclusive disco nights. It’s no wonder, then, that its King’s Cross outpost feels very, very hip. Its restaurant Double Standard – with its sleazy ’70s aesthetic and dive-bar menu – is a big ol’ part of that. On Sundays, it hosts bottomless brunch, with unlimited Bloody Marys and a brunch burger with, er, Bloody Mary ketchup (plus American classics like banana pancakes). It’s also got a very nice, sunny terrace if eating breakfast in a space that screams ‘4am afterparty’ feels wrong.

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  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Mayfair

Price: £37. Saturday 12pm to 3pm.

Few London restaurants channel big holiday energy like El Pirata. The luxury Mayfair spot has the vibe of a fancy joint on a Spanish city break. Bottomless brunch comes with free-flowing Sangria and beer and is more about snacking on very good small plates – padron peppers, tortilla, prawns with chilli, garlic and olive oil – than eating and drinking yourself into a stupor.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Seven Dials
  • price 3 of 4

Price: £39 or £59 per person (depending on the menu you choose), including unlimited red or white wine, prosecco or lager. Sunday and bank holiday Monday, noon to 4pm (last seating). Two-hour time limit, groups of six maximum.

After a heavy Saturday night, what do hardcore caners do? They carry on the party somewhere where the sun don’t shine and where the rock music doesn’t spare their tender eardrums. The Flesh & Buns brunch is a no-brainer for postponing and minimising your oncoming hangover, with a selection of chips, dips and edamame plus a choice of three small dishes per person (and a signature bao bun to boot) – plus as much hair of the dog as you can stomach (lager, prosecco, red or white wine) to ease the pain (for now). It’s not a traditional brunch menu by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s all tasty ballast.

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Gaucho Piccadilly
  • Restaurants
  • Argentinian
  • Mayfair
  • price 4 of 4

Price: £52.50 (‘Electro Brunch’)/£62.50 (‘Premium Electro Brunch’), Saturday, 11am-4pm (last seating 2pm). 90-minute time limit.

Broaden your brunching horizons at the flagship branch of the Argentinian steakhouse tucked away near Regent Street. Its big on aesthetics: all modernist-style furniture and glitzy-glam decor. Looks aside, go for the ‘Electro Brunch’, where your tastebuds will be similarly dazzled with the likes of a moreish burrata using heirloom tomato, pistachio and maple syrup vinaigrette with sourdough bread (yum). Also included is a ‘choripan’ sandwich: chorizo, chimichurri mayo and flakes of crispy onion. Plus, as much cider, beer and snazzy cocktails as you can shake your tail feather at.

HotBox
  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Spitalfields

Price: £25 per person for bottomless prosecco, Mimosas and a selection of other cocktails. All food items priced individually. Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30am to 2.15pm, Sunday, 1130am to 2.20pm). Two-hour time limit.

They call it a ‘liquid brunch’ here, which probably sets the tone nicely for a bit of a Texas hoedown. Big, meaty flavours mean this is as bombastic as bottomless brunch can get, with the likes of beef-rib taco and a pork-belly eggs benedict with spiced hollandaise on the line-up – choose from a selection of cocktails, unlimited prosecco and Mimosas. Traditionalists don’t have to go in heavy on the meat and can complement their unlimited booze with huevos rancheros or the classic hipster combo of crushed avocado with feta and a poached egg on sourdough. There’s even a twist on a classic cheese toastie made with truffle, fontina cheese and asparagus. Fancy!

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  • Restaurants
  • Australian
  • Shoreditch

Price: £30 per person with bottomless prosecco, Mimosas and coffee with any brunch item. £25 with unlimited juices and coffee. Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm. Ninety-minute time limit.

Rise and shine in Shoreditch with a menu of Aussie-leaning brunch treats – from shredded confit duck with roasted sweet potato, edamame and a peanut sesame seed chilli crunch to corn fritters and smashed avocado every which way. Speaking of smashed, guests can choose from bottomless Mimosas for classic brunch vibes or go classy with prosecco a-flowing. Lantana is sympathetic to the teetotallers too, offering coffee and juices on tap. And with its Aussie roots, you know the coffee will be bonzer.

Le Bab
  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Price: £20 per person for unlimited prosecco. Sunday, 12-2pm, two-hour time limit. Maison Bab (their Covent Garden branch) also offers BB but includes unlimited beer in addition to prosecco, too.

Le Bab’s founders trained in Michelin-starred restaurants and their interpretation of the humble kebab is as classy as it gets. They come served open sandwich-style, the seasonal ingredients artfully arranged over a thin, house-made flatbread cooked on a wood and charcoal-fired robata. Go for the small plates, convivial staff and Soho-cool atmos.

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Mr Bao
  • Restaurants
  • Taiwanese
  • Peckham
  • price 2 of 4

Price:  £18 for bottomless cocktails. All dishes priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. One-hour time limit.

Toast devotees, shield your eyes – the menu at this Peckham restaurant offers Taiwanese takes on brunch classics with the traditional bready carbs replaced by Mr Bao’s soft ’n’ springy milk-white steamed buns. The bao benedict is the pick of the bunch, topped with the same slow-braised pork that stars in the restaurant’s signature bao. The veggie version with teriyaki shiitake mushrooms is a stunning option, too. Whatever you choose, at least one punchier-than-average bloody mary is non-negotiable. With sparkling saké, wasabi and sriracha getting in on the party, it’s a slap in the face of trad brunching, in a very, very good way.

Pachamama
  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Marylebone

Price: £25 per person for food, £20 extra for unlimited prosecco. Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Two-hour time limit.

Inject some colour into your mid-morning feasting, with the prettiest Peruvian plates paired with bottomless prosecco. That booze also goes well with sharing plates of sea bream tiradito, fried aubergine with smoked yoghurt or Pachamama’s signature brunch waffles – the sweet version topped with peanut butter, grilled plantain, coconut and Peruvian chocolate is a must-try. If you’re missing the famous full English, order up the bacon, egg and yacon syrup waffle while you jam to bachata beats.

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Quaglino's
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • St James’s
  • price 3 of 4

Price: Q brunch (£25 extra per person for unlimited prosecco for the duration of your meal when eating two or more courses), Saturday, 11.30am to 2.30pm. Q lunch (£23 per person for bottomless bubbles or £20 per person for bottomless white or rosé wine for the duration of your meal when eating two or more courses), Sunday 11.30am to 2.30pm. Parties of 13 or more must have three courses.

Fashion fades, but class lasts, and swanky Quag’s just keeps on rolling along – always ready for the latest celebrity bash or dressed-up party. It’s also worth putting on your glad rags for the ‘Q brunch’ – a fancy socialising affair fuelled by bottomless bubbles (of course) and live music. You can eat handsomely from a roster that runs from native lobster thermidor to roast loch duarte salmon, a flashy croque monsieur or wild mushroom linguine with herby truffle and aged parmesan. Ready for pud? Try the mandarin and pistachio baked Alaska. There are buttermilk pancakes plus eggs every which way too – if that’s more to your liking.

Radici
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Islington

Price: £20 per person for bottomless prosecco or £35 for bottomless Ferrari Trentino with at least two courses from the brunch menu or set menu (£15 two courses, £20 three courses). Saturday, 11am to 2.30pm, Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Two-hour time limit.

Islington’s Almeida Theatre is across the road, so bag a seat among the olive trees on Radici’s terrace for a spot of alfresco people-watching while you stock up on brunch at this reborn trattoria (now fronted by star chef Francesco Mazzei). Bottomless prosecco or Ferrari Trentino (Italian sparkling wine) flows, as punters munch their way through top-drawer Neapolitan-style pizzas and dishes such as ‘eggs purgatorio’ with ’nduja and roasted peppers or pancakes with pancetta and red berries. We’re also fans of the Tuscany meets Puglia combo (eggs, pappa al pomodoro, burrata, anchovy) and it’s fun to share the brunch ‘pinsa’ – a twist on several classic combinations, featuring smoked salmon, avocado and yoghurt, baked eggs and pancetta, prosciutto and mushroom etc.

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Red Farm
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Covent Garden
  • price 3 of 4

Price: £60 per person (bottomless dim sum, house wine, champagne, cocktails and beer)/£40 for alcohol-free. Sunday, noon-6pm. 90-minute time limit.

The NYC original of this dim sum restaurant rose to Insta fame for its cutesy spin on trad Chinese cuisine The London branch is more about novelty than know-how, but order carefully and you’ll find the occasional gem. Like the cheeseburger spring rolls: a curious but superb creation filled with soft diced beef and pickles, or those precariously delicate xiao long bao soup dumplings. There’s a stellar booze offering too – from champagne to chianti, cocktails to Kirin: you’ll leave happily woozy and brimming with foodie snaps for the ’gram.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • South Bank

Price: £19 per person for bottomless prosecco, Rossinis, Mimosas or Grey Goose Bloody Marys, or bottomless Laurent-Perrier Brut for £59. All brunch items priced individually. Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, noon to 4pm (last seating). Ninety-minute time limit.

The perfect brunch-time distraction for culture vultures who have bookmarked a weekend meet-up with friends and a visit to Tate Modern or the South Bank, Sea Containers’ waterside dining room offers a sharing deal in maritime-themed, trompe l’oeil surrounds. The menu goes on a transatlantic cruise, stopping off for buttermilk fried chicken with waffles and blue cheese or a poshed-up mac ’n’ cheese with braised beef and garlic crumbs – with the odd detour for heritage tomato and ricotta flatbread and a crowd-pleasing aged cheddar cheeseburger. Check in at the Grey Goose Bloody Mary station to juice your own tomatoes and add garnishes from the market cart.

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Roka Aldwych
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Holborn
  • price 1 of 4

Price: £59 per person for ten sharing plates, a main course, dessert and unlimited red, white and rose wine throughout your meal plus a bellini on arrival. Saturday, 11.30am to 3.30pm, Sunday and bank holidays, 11.30am to 8pm.

The weekend brunch menu at Roka Aldwych goes under the title of ‘han setto’, which is Japanese for ‘gently wasted’. Just kidding (it means ‘set menu’) although the procession of ten sharing plates, plus a main and a sumptuous dessert platter, does come with the option of unlimited prosecco, red or white wine throughout the meal – and you’ll be pleased to hear that staff don’t hold back with top-ups. Move from dumplings, sashimi, tempura and the like to hearty grilled meats and veg from the robata. The dessert platter’s sugar rush will lift you from any post-wine slump.

Smiths of Smithfield Farringdon
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Farringdon
  • price 4 of 4

Price: £60 per person for bottomless prosecco, Mimosas or Bloody Marys, a Little Bird Gin welcome cocktail and a three-plate meal, or £85 for the above plus champagne instead of prosecco plus caviar and cream cheese blinis. Saturday, noon to 8pm. Two-hour time limit.

Sure, breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is obviously the most fun. If you’re in the game for top-notch cuts of quality meat and sausages, Smiths is right down your alley. Go all out for its all-day breakfast, baked eggs with suffolk chorizo and wood-fired peppers, or try the Severn & Wye smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and crème fraiche on toast. There’s also a pretty decent vegan option, too.

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Temper Covent Garden
  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Covent Garden
  • price 3 of 4

Price: £39.50 for bottomless wine, beer or cocktails and a barbecue brucnh platter. Saturday noon to 3.30pm.

Temper’s held a solid top-ten spot on our Best Restaurants list since it opened in 2016. One of a wave of chic barbecue joints that have set up in London over the past few years, it’s a sort-of industrial, sort-of retro space where tough-nut chefs chuck huge hunks of meat on to charcoal fires in a central open kitchen. At the weekend you can sit back and watch the show with unlimited cocktails and a platter of Asian- and Latin-spiced flesh. Think: impossibly juicy pork and full-flavoured, smoked and ‘blow-torched’ mackerel, tucked into tacos and flatbreads.

Yashin Ocean House
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • South Kensington
  • price 4 of 4

Price: £60 per person (bottomless champagne with unlimited sushi plus one additional main course and complimentary extras). Sunday, noon to 5pm (last seating 2.30pm).

If the weekend end has taken its toll, what better than some sparkling-fresh sushi and frisky bubbles to cleanse the system and see you right? That’s the bottomless Sunday deal at Yashin Ocean House – a classy purveyor of cheek-to-fin Japanese cuisine. It’s pricy, but in return you get a choice of tasty morsels ranging from various carpaccios and tempura or vegetable croquettes to a whole fleet of sashimi and sushi rolls. You can also pick a main dish such as chicken or salmon teriyaki to go with your endless bubbles (or juice). Even with a scoop of matcha green-tea ice cream for afters, bottomless brunching never seemed so healthy.

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