SEPTEMBER 2019: We've added five new boozy morning hotspots, including Bao & Bing in Marylebone for its fluffy steamed buns; Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho Piccadilly, where you can gorge on burrata while sipping limitless cocktails; and Smiths of Smithfield in Farringdon for top notch cuts of meat. Those on the hunt for shedloads of pizza should head to Made in Italy’s Clapham branch, while others on the lookout for endless dim sum can find solace at Red Farm in Covent Garden.
Bottomless brunch is about more than drunk people in Shoreditch. And you can forget plain old avo-on-toast too; from fried chicken, to sushi, to milk-white steamed buns, London's restaurants are simply the most inventive when it comes to this booziest of in-between meals. Pick your poison: whether you're after limitless margaritas, or bubbles, or you just fancy a mimosa with your mum – it's all here. There is no better excuse to have a cocktail before 11am.
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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.
Price: £15 per person for one hour of frozen margaritas. All food items priced individually. Saturday, 10.30am-11.30pm and Sunday, 10.30am-10pm.
You’ll need to go the full distance if you want to beat the brunch blues at this classy kebab joint. Start with a wake-up call of freshly brewed Caravan coffee and various pots of tea, lace up with a ‘power hour’ of bottomless margaritas or mimosas (margaritas only after 3pm), then fill your belly with some 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 fried halloumi cheese 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: Frunch: £35 per person (unlimited frozen slushies, prosecco, mimosas and Corona), three dishes; whole table only; two-hour time limit. Friday, 2.30-10pm. Weekend Brunch: £35 per person (unlimited bloody marys, prosecco, mimosas), two dishes; whole table only; two-hour time limit. Saturday, various times from 10am-7.30pm, and Sunday, 10am-5pm.
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.
Price: £25 per person (bottomless prosecco or beer, two bao buns and sides), Saturdays 11am-5pm, 90-minute time limit.
As the name suggests, you’ll get your fix of fluffy bao buns filled with everything from char siu pork to teriyaki salmon at this Taiwanese-themed joint on Marylebone’s Paddington Street. Stars of the show aside, check out the specials, too: ‘Dan Bing’ (their novel take on rolled egg crêpes with a varied selection of fillings), or ‘wheelcake’, a traditional Taiwanese street food formed of two sweet pancake layers sandwiched around a range of sweet or savoury fillings.
Price: £20 per person for unlimited lager, sparkling wine or bucks fizz. All food items priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, noon-2pm; two-hour time limit.
A modern Indian grill from the team behind Hoppers, Brigadiers is super-slick – the service is as refined as you’d get at venues with more hefty price tags, but friendlier. Likewise, the interior is intimate, sexy and sophisticated (the eclectic music selection doesn’t disappoint either). Try an Asian twist on the traditional fry-up: the full Indian nashta includes the likes of black pepper curry leaf bacon chop, bhutwa masala black pudding and chilli cheese naan. Go hungry (or hungover).
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Price: £35 per person for three courses with unlimited bubbles, bellinis and bloody marys. Saturday and Sunday, noon-3pm; two-hour time limit.
Located in Covent Garden, Bungatini is a traditional Italian bar and pizzeria (and the more sensible, composed sibling of Berlusconi-themed cabaret bar Bunga Bunga downstairs). The menu includes the likes of wood-fired pizzas, antipasti and classically simple regional dishes that are strictly old-school. But make no mistake: this is seriously indulgent eating. Crowd-pleasing plates for reasonable prices and in a chic setting? Si, grazie!
Price: £18 per person for one hour of speciality cocktails, £50 for bottomless day (11am-4pm) All food items priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-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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Price: £39.50 per person (a dish from each section of the menu plus unlimited prosecco and mimosas). Monday to Saturday, from 10am; Sunday, from noon. Two-hour 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 their award-winning banana bread sandwich slathered with mascarpone. Craving a hearty ‘full English’? Order ‘The Bondi’.
Price: £35 per person per hour for unlimited prosecco and bloody marys with a brunch plate or main; Tuesday to Friday 9am-12pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. Advance booking highly recommended.
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 waffles with kimchi egg and watermelon or some Danish-style pancake balls with mocha-iced granita, banana and Nutella? Noodles in bone broth and various okonomiyaki riffs up the Japanese ante, while their full breakfast brings it all back home.
Price: £39/£46 per person (depending on the menu you choose), including unlimited red or white wine or prosecco. Sunday and bank holiday Monday, noon-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 (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: £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.
Price: £30 per person for one dish from the brunch menu plus unlimited booze (Fuller’s Frontier lager, prosecco, buck’s fizz, pickle house bloody mary, botanical garden cocktail). Saturday 11.30am-3.30pm. 90-minute time limit. Over 18s only (ID required). Only available at the Bank Branch.
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.
Price: £25 per person for bottomless prosecco, mimosas and a selection of cocktails. All food items priced individually. Tuesday-Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm (last seating 2.15pm on Saturday, 2.45pm on Sunday). 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!
Price: £45 per person (up to five glasses of champagne; unlimited dishes from the starters table, plus intermediate plates and mains). Sunday, noon-3pm.
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. 90-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.
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.
Price: £15 per person for unlimited pizza plus a beer or soft drink. 90-minute time limit. Minimum group of 2. (Only available at the Clapham branch on Mondays, 12 noon until 11pm)
As if you ever really needed a good reason to ditch the diet, this Italian mini chain is literally serving it up to you on a platter. With humble décor and cosy corners dotted around the place, Made in Italy’s 48-hour slow fermented sourdough make for a truly primo slice in a homely setting. You can even custom-build your pie, right down to the type of flour (stone ground, multigrain or gluten-free) to the cheese (classic homemade or vegan mozzarella). Whether it’s a classic margherita or the ‘P.R.P’ (mozzarella, parma ham, rocket, cherry tomatoes and parmesan), however way you slice it, at £15 a pop for unlimited pizza plus a drink? Sì grazie!
Price: £19 per person for unlimited Pimm’s, prosecco or bloody marys when ordering a main. All food items priced individually. Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays, 2-6pm (last seating at 4.30pm); 90-minute time limit.
Half a mile down the road from the Fulham branch of Megan’s, the equally dog-friendly Parsons Green spin-off is a hit with the locals as a regular go-to café for coffee or brunch. It’s versatile too: great for an intimate tête-à-tête but also offering a reliably good children’s menu too. The vibe is cosy and slightly dreamy – think paper flowers and fairy lights on the ceiling.
Price: £16 for bottomless house cocktails; £17 for bottomless bloody marys. All dishes priced individually. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-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.
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Price: £25 per person for unlimited prosecco. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-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 pairs 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.
Price: Q brunch (£25 per person for unlimited prosecco for the duration of your meal when eating two courses or more), Saturday, 11.30am-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 courses or more), Sunday 11.30am-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.
Venue says Our Evening Standard menus are back! Enjoy two courses with a glass of wine for £20 or three courses for £30 with a glass of wine.
Price: £20 per person for bottomless prosecco/£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-2.30pm; Sunday, 11am-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.
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.
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. Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, noon-4pm (last seating). 90-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, tromp 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’.
Venue says Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner with views across the Thames as your backdrop.
Price: £59 per person (ten sharing plates, a main course, dessert and unlimited prosecco, red and white wine). Saturday, 11.30am-3.30pm; Sunday and bank holidays, 11.30am-8.00pm.
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 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.
Price: £45 per person (bottomless prosecco, house wine and Japanese bloody marys, plus a choice of nibbles, a main and two scoops of dessert). Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm (last seating). 90-minute time limit. Groups of six maximum.
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, prosecco 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.
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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 and bank holiday Monday, noon-9pm (last reservation 7pm). Two-hour time limit. Groups of six maximum. Advance booking required.
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: £30 per person (bottomless prosecco, mimosas or Absolut bloody marys). Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm. 90-minute 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 their 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, for those wanting a meat-free meal.
Price: £60 per person (bottomless champagne with unlimited sushi plus one additional main course and complimentary extras). Sunday, noon-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 pricey, 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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