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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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If you’re going to start on the sauce before noon, you may as well let the booze flow, all the while mopping it up with tasty brunch dishes. In London, you’ll find bottomless bubbles and Bloody Marys, for sure, but there are plenty of alternatives, from lashings of beer to endless streams of rosé. The food doesn’t have to be traditionally breakfasty either. Yes, there are loads of places where you can tuck into eggs and smashed avo, but London’s restaurants also offer everything from bao to barbecue, Turkish to Japanese on their brunch menus. Luckily, most of these bottomless brunches go on well into the afternoon, 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

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.

  • 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

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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.

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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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Lantana Shoreditch
  • 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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  • 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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