Bottomless brunches in London
Price: £38 per person for two courses with unlimited bubbles; £43 per person for three courses with unlimited bubbles. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm. Limited to 8 people maximum.
Best for: Channelling your inner hygge.
Weekends on the outer reaches of Victoria’s Nova development mean bottomless brunch at the Nordic/French culinary mash-up that is Aster. Keep yourself topped up with unlimited bubbles while you graze through the set menu: Scandi adopters might go for rye pancakes with berry compote followed by fishcakes with dill sauce; Europhiles might prefer eggs Victoria (rösti, kale, poached egg, truffle mayo) ahead of sea bream fillet with Casteluccio lentils and citrus juniper dressing. Otherwise, shell out an extra fiver for a 42-day aged ribeye with peppercorn sauce. DJs also crank up the daytime party vibe in the café.
Price: £15 per person for one hour of bloody marys, margaritas and mimosas. All food items priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am-3pm.
Best for: Anyone who missed last night’s kebab.
You’ll need to go the full distance if you want to beat the brunch blues at this classy kebab joint. ‘Round 1’ is the wake-up call – Caravan coffee and various pots of tea; ‘Round 2’ is the booze – a ‘power hour’ of bottomless margaritas, marys or mimosas; ‘Round 3’ is the solid fuel: barbary and tahini granola for the softies, a ‘good morning’ kebab (meat or veggie) pimped up with anything from date-glazed bacon to chermoula aubergine for the contenders. If you have a sweet tooth, order Baba’s special cinnamon-dipped eggy bread with Nutella and caramelised banana, clotted cream and honeycomb. It’s a knockout.
Price: £35 per person (unlimited bloody marys, prosecco and mimosas; three dishes; whole table only; two-hour limit. Saturdays, 10am-5pm; Sundays, noon-5pm).
Best for: Trying everything on the menu.
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 three plates from a crazy-ass fusion menu so go with a group and order strategically.
Price: £17 for bottomless bloody marys; £18 for seasonal bellinis. All food items priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
Best for: Big boozy groups.
More on the breakfast side of brunch, B&H Buildings serves up some American-inflected dishes like huevos benedictos (chorizo, avocado, béarnaise sauce) and crispy potato hash with a fried duck egg or poached hen’s egg (don’t you dare ask for that hen’s egg fried). There are drop scones (with crispy bacon and maple syrup) and courgette pancakes too – and even a cheeseburger with chips for that serious blowout. The bar is covered with pitchers brimming with bloody marys and seasonal bellinis galore – for speedy replenishment.
Price: £46 per person (unlimited prosecco and bellinis with a choice of antipasti and ‘metro pizze’, plus brioche, jams and Nutella). Saturday, 11.30am-2pm. Two-hour time limit.
Best for: Wannabe matinee idols in party mood.
An outrageous party-time homage to Silvio Berlusconi, Bunga Bunga’s ‘matinee brunch’ is big, brash, brassy and enormous fun. There are little jugs of peach purée on each table so you can adjust the strength of your bellini, and don’t be surprised to see impromptu appearances from members of staff dressed as all-singing, all-dancing mobsters or Roman emperors. It’s that sort of place. To eat, there’s a line-up of warm brioche with jams, various antipasti and a choice of seriously good pizzas – served by the metre for big groups, in true Bunga Bunga style. They might even lay on some karaoke at the end.
Venue says Accessed through the meat locker… a secret world full of quirky cocktails, metre-long pizzas and live entertainment!
Price: £44 per person (unlimited bellinis with three-course menu of warm brioche, cured meats and pizze). Saturday, from 11.15am. Live music and karaoke. Two-hour time limit.
Best for: Warming up for Saturday night.
Let’s get this party started – Berlusconi-style! Think of BB’s ‘party brunch’ as a (not so) dry run for Saturday night – complete with DIY bellini ‘kits’ and a three-course Italian menu involving warm brioche, cured meats, antipasti and seriously good pizzas (try Frank’s Capra with goat’s cheese, caramelised red onion, fresh thyme and toasted pine nuts). With karaoke and surprise entertainment on tap (opera singers, no less), plus free-flowing booze and homemade gelato to finish, this is one way to get your Saturday night started nice and early.
Price: £35 per hour for unlimited prosecco with a brunch plate, plus a few added surprises. Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm.
Best for: Forgetting you’re in London.
Imagine you’re holed up in some semi-private island retreat – that’s the vibe at Dokke, a fantasy trip place squirrelled away in a corner of St Katharine’s Dock Marina. And if you’re up for some ‘progressive Asian-fusion cuisine with New World flourishes’ (their words, not ours), Dokke’s bottomless brunch delivers unlimited prosecco with a choice of pretty plates garlanded with tiny edible flowers. How about a ‘supergreen’ frittata or charcoal coconut waffles with kimchi egg and watermelon or even a plate of assorted exotic ’shrooms? Noodles in bone broth and various okonomiyaki riffs up the Japanese ante, while their full breakfast brings it all back home.
Price: £39/£46 (depending on the menu you choose), including unlimited red or white wine or prosecco. Sunday, noon-4pm (last seating). Whole table only.
Best for: When Sunday has come too soon.
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 limitless hot and cold dishes to soak up the booze you’ve already consumed, and a welcome cocktail – plus as much hair of the dog as you can stomach (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.
Price: £14.50 supplement per person for bottomless bloody marys, £18 for prosecco. All brunch items priced individually. Daily, 10am-3pm. Two-hour time limit, whole table only.
Best for: The purists.
For many, the only way to brunch is with a bloody mary in hand. Do it with, like, ten of them at Foxlow. If you’re going bottomless, you’ll probably want to steer clear of light options like house granola and dive straight in with the fried chicken, egg and croissant waffle or, the ultimate indulgence, a brunch-time steak. The Balham branch looks all ’70s, which will help you feel a bit classier in your slightly sozzled morning state.
Price: £25 per person (bottomless mimosas or bloody marys, plus one dish from the brunch menu, as well as unlimited toast, jam, tea and coffee). Saturday, 11am-1pm.
Best for: Another excuse to go down the pub.
Early doors on Saturday at this lively Victorian gastropub means bottomless brunch in a setting that nods to the great exhibitionists and references that right royal bash of 1851. What’s the deal here? First of all, you pick one dish from a line-up that ranges from smashed avo on toast and eggs florentine to Belgian waffles, the full English (veggies included) and breakfast pancakes with candied bacon and maple syrup. Then choose your bottomless brunch cocktail (mimosa or bloody mary), and finally help yourself to the essentials – even the toast, jams, teas and coffees are unlimited here.
Price: £25 supplement for bottomless prosecco, mimosas and bloody marys. All food items priced individually. Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30am-2.15pm; Sunday, 11.30am-3.45pm. Two-hour time limit.
Best for: Deep South party vibes.
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 an egg-topped pork-belly burger on the line-up – great with a bloody mary. And there are five versions of the hangover-curing cocktail to choose from, including a green BM with jalapeño and cucumber. 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.
Price: £45 per person (up to five glasses of champagne; unlimited dishes from the starters table, plus intermediate plates and mains). Sunday, noon-5pm.
Best for: If you’re in it for the food, not the booze.
We know what you’re thinking: South Croydon gets all the hot new restaurants! The locals here certainly are lucky brunchers with easy access to a place that pulls out all the stops. There’s a ‘live cooking station’ where the Keralan head chef flips out dosas, oothapams (dosa meets crumpet) and Indian omelettes, or you can pick items such as broccoli do pyaza form the starter table. ‘Intermediate dishes’ and mains include bite-sized salmon pakora and Maharaja roasted leg of lamb. Okay, so technically the booze isn’t bottomless – you’re allowed up to five glasses of champagne (‘for your safety as well as ours’, say the owners). Still, this is brunch at a respectable Indian restaurant in South Croydon, not eternity supper in Valhalla.
Price: £30 per person with bottomless prosecco, mimosa and coffee with any brunch item. £25 with unlimited juices and coffee. Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm. Ninety-minute time limit.
Best for: Groups with teetotallers in toe.
Rise and shine in Shoreditch with a menu of Aussie-leaning brunch treats – from a poshed-up ‘egg McMuffin’ 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.
Price: £30 per person (a sharing platter of sweet and savoury nibbles, plus bottomless teapots of buck’s fizz, bloody marys, prosecco and bespoke cocktails). Friday to Sunday, book in at noon for a two-hour slot.
Best for: Mad hatters with their dancing shoes on.
Kitsch with the dial turned up to 11, Little Nan’s Deptford bar is full-throttle ’90s front room eclecticism gone crazy – perfect for a bottomless boozy brunch that breaks all the rules. The food revolves around sharing platters displayed on vintage ‘30s cake stands (think fish finger sarnies, teacups of disco fries, pineapple and cheese sticks, prosecco-infused grapefruit and much more besides), while the drinks arrive in teapots – buck’s fizz, bloody marys, kooky cocktails etc. Once the booze kicks in, get up and shake your booty to the soundtrack of ‘90s anthems and disco hits. Huge fun, and as mad as a hatter.
Price: £22 per person over 2 hours. Pick from unlimited mimosas, Martello rum punch, frizzante and fresh juices. All pizzas and house dishes are priced individually. Saturday, 10am onwards.
Best for: Pizza heads with booze on their minds.
Gussied-up for new Hackney, this all-day bar and pizza joint sells itself with brilliant drinks and a bottomless brunch that pleases all comers. House dishes cover everything from bacon sarnies with trip’e-cooked chips and ‘nduja ketchup to chilli hash browns, beetroot gnocchi and buttermilk chicken with watermelon and jalapeños, although the ‘red’ and ‘white’ pizzas reign supreme with their kooky names and trendy toppings: the ‘Vegan Viking’ has cashew cheese, pistachio pesto, red chilli, rocket and mint. To finish, a bag of baby ‘bombolini’ doughnuts with Nutella and local jams; to drink, Martello rum punch.
Price: £16 for bottomless house cocktails; £17 for bottomless bloody marys. All dishes priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm. One-hour time limit.
Best for: A wasabi wake-up call.
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. For veggies, the mushroom version piled with wasabi crème fraîche 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.
Venue says Vegan baos are now on the menu! Our new milk-free buns are available with a variety of vegan-friendly fillings. Come get 'em!
Price: £15 per person for unlimited prosecco with the set menu (£20 two courses; £25 three courses). Saturday and Sunday, 11am,4pm.
Best for: Trad brunchers and fans of all things roast.
In prehistoric times, brunch was synonymous with lighter fare and the menu at this revamped eighteenth-century warehouse upholds the tradition. There are plenty of lighter dishes for sticklers: gin-cured gravlax with sweet mustard dressing; gnocchi with blue cheese, walnuts and radicchio. However, if you disavow delicately-poached-this and lightly-smoked-that, you can travel down the roast route and still get the booze. Either way, be sure to doff your cap to the waiters brandishing bottles around the low-lit dining room and the rollicking Old Bengal Bar: they’re your ticket to prosecco paradise.
Price: £39 or £46 for a ‘brunch feast’, plus £20 for unlimited seasonal bellinis or prosecco per person. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm.
Best for: Morning people – it’s a colourful, full-on flavour experience.
Inject some colour into your mid-morning feasting, with the prettiest Peruvian plates paired with bottomless prosecco and bellinis (which you can mix yourself at the table). That booze also pairs well well with sharing plates of sea bream ceviche, 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.
Price: £20 per person for unlimited bubbles with set menu (£25 two courses; £29 three courses). Saturday, 11.30am-2.30pm (also available Good Friday). Parties of 13 or more must have three courses.
Best for: Snazzy glammed-up razzmatazz.
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 shellfish bisque or smoked duck and ham hock terrine to rare bavette with sauerkraut and chips, a flashy croque monsieur or rigatoni with wild mushrooms. Ready for pud? Try the mandarin and pistachio baked Alaska. There are eggs and muffins every which way too – if that’s more to your liking.
Venue says Enjoy seasonal dishes from our new lunch menu. Two courses with wine for £23 or three courses with bubbles for £33.
Price: £15 per person for bottomless prosecco with at least two courses from the brunch menu or set menu (£15 two courses; £20 three courses). Saturday, 11am-2.30pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm.
Best for: Pizza aficionados and people watchers.
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 flows, as punters munch their way through top-drawer Neapolitan-style pizzas and dishes such as cannellini bean stew with egg and sausage or pancakes with pancetta and pineapple. We’re also fans of the ‘Tuscany meets Puglia’ combo (eggs, pappa pomodoro, burrata, anchovy) and it’s fun to share the brunch ‘pinsa’ – a twist on several classic combinations, featuring smoked salmon and yoghurt, poached eggs and avocado, prosciutto and mushroom, etc.
Price: £59 per person (10 sharing plates, a main course, dessert and unlimited red or white wine). Saturday, 11.30am-3.30pm; Sunday, 11.30am-8.00pm.
Best for: Wine buffs.
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 10 sharing plates, plus a main and a sumptuous dessert platter, does come with the option of unlimited 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.
Price: £45 per person (bottomless champagne, house wine and Japanese bloody marys, plus a choice of nibbles, mains and two scoops of dessert). Saturday and Sunday, noon-2pm (last seating). Ninety-minute time limit. Whole table only.
Best for: Civilised Japanese brunch with a touch of class.
If you like your boozy brunch with a side order of impeccably polite service, sleek surrounds, hot towels and double-ended chopsticks, this smart Mayfair Japanese should fit the bill. The menu offers a three-part spread, kicking off with nibbles (edamame, chicken karaage etc), before a choice of mains ranging from salmon teriyaki to nasu dengaku (miso-glazed aubergine). For afters, guests are offered two scoops from a selection of lush ice creams and sorbets – saké kasu vanilla or dark chocolate wasabi, for example. Wine, champagne and Japanese-style bloody marys will keep you afloat in this traditional washoku world. Tip: try to bag one of the discreet, partially screened booths.
Price: £18 per person for bottomless bellinis, mimosas, prosecco or Grey Goose bloody marys. All brunch items priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm (last seating). Ninety-minute time limit.
Best for: Sharing and chilling on the waterfront.
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, tromp l’oeil surrounds. The menu goes on a transatlantic cruise, stopping off for chicken burgers, potato waffles with pulled pork, breakfast hash with salami, Stichelton salad and lamb pie – with the odd detour for cod brandade or braised peppers with chorizo. Check in at the Grey Goose bloody mary station to juice your own tomatoes and add garnishes from the ‘market cart’. You can also go bottomless with a good old Sunday roast too.
Price: £39 per person (unlimited small plates, one main dish per person, dessert for the table, plus bottomless prosecco and a yuzu kosho bloody mary on arrival). Sunday, noon-7pm (last reservations); Monday, noon-4pm (last reservations). Two-hour time limit, groups of six maximum.
Best for: Adventurous brunchers.
Sunday brunch we can cope with, but doing the bottomless thing on Mondays is strictly for dedicated sybarites. Now a staple of Soho’s east-west fusion scene, this outfit from the Bone Daddies team is a sexy, grungy rock ’n’ roll den that welcomes its hardcore brunch devotees with Asian-style yuzu koshu bloody marys. The food is equally twisted, with unlimited small plates of edgy Japanese-themed intensity plus one main course (including wickedly sticky bo saam beef short rib), all rounded off with dessert – perhaps an Instagram star dish of matcha soft-serve ice cream on French toast.
Price: £60 per person (bottomless champagne with unlimited sushi, plus one additional main course and complimentary extras). Sunday, noon-3.30pm (last seating). Two-hour time limit. Whole table only.
Best for: Clean eating and sexed-up sushi.
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 pricey, but in return you get a choice of tasty morsels ranging from various carpaccios with karaage fritters or sweet-potato croquette buns layered with tofu and wasabi to a whole fleet of nigiri and hand rolls. You can also pick a main dish such as chicken teriyaki to go with your endless bubbles (or juice). Even with a scoop of raspberry or green-tea ice cream for afters, bottomless brunching never seemed so healthy.
Price: £39.50 per person (a dish from each section of the menu, plus bottomless prosecco and mimosas). Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Two-hour time limit, whole table only, one drink at a time.
Best for: Messing about in a boat.
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 from each section of the menu. To start, pick ‘something light’ – quinoa porridge with coconut milk and roasted plums or their award-winning banana bread sandwich slathered with mascarpone. After that, hit the section labelled ‘set for the day’ – smashed avo on charcoal bread, broccoli and corn fritters, shakshuka or smoked salmon royale. For ‘full English’, read ‘The Bondi’.
Price: £25 per person for one dish from the brunch menu plus unlimited booze (Fuller’s Frontier lager, prosecco, bucks fizz, ‘pickle house’ bloody mary, botanical garden cocktail). Saturday and Sunday, 9.30m-1pm. Ninety-minute time limit. Over 18s only (ID required).
Best for: Budget burgers and booze.
For ‘honest’ read ‘distinctive’ – that’s the bottom line at this hugely successful chain of indie burger joints. Grown-up boozy brunch is one of HB’s specialities, and it’s not just about those plump, junk-free patties – although they’re a star attraction, loaded up with smoked bacon, red leicester, garlic mushrooms, bubble ’n’ squeak and ketchup, plus the famous rosemary-salted chips. Ring the changes with a full-on fry-up, mushrooms or avocado on toast, a bacon sarnie or a bowl of granola – all washed down with your bottomless booze of choice. Also available at HB in Dalston, Liverpool Street, Old Street and Peckham.