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London’s best brunches

Start your weekend right with this epic list of the best brunches in London, from waffles and pancakes to fry-ups and eggs every which way

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By Time Out London Food & Drink |
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OCTOBER 2019: We’ve added some new favourites in the brunch stakes including Bababoom (modish kebabs in Islington) and the Goods Office in Crouch Hill (a stonking all-day brunch offer), plus Söderberg in Soho (Scandi smørrebrød etc) and Crispins in Spitalfields (a diamond for all the family). We’ve also given the thumbs up to booze-free and meat-free Redemption in Shoreditch, Esters in Stokey (great for fans of eclectic flavours) and Bumpkin (South Ken’s long-serving British bulldog).

Brunch in London is bigger than ever. You can barely set foot out your front door at the weekend without stumbling across a steaming pan of shakshuka or finding the waft of waffles in the air. So let us guide you to the best spots in town for a kick-ass weekend brunch in London, from boozy bottomless brunches to traditional Full English fry-ups and even New York-style feasts, you can start off your weekend in style. Heck, it might even be better than breakfast.

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The best brunches in London

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Restaurants, Peruvian

Andina Shoreditch

Shoreditch

Despite its focus on superfoods, Andina also works wonders on the indulgent brunch front. Alongside nut-laced chia seed puddings and seasonal quinoa-filled granolas you might find avocado pancakes (with sweet and savoury toppings) or soft ‘chicharron sandwiches’ filled with confit pork belly – a South American take on the bacon roll. If you accidentally pig out, balance the books with a colourful superfood smoothie.

Don’t miss: Edith’s corn cake, which has a poached egg, sliced avocado, salsa criolla and huancaina sauce. 

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

 

Restaurants, Australian

Antipodea

Kew

Brunch at Antipodea is an Aussie affair. Sipping your flat white in the conservatory-style dining room, you could almost be in Melbourne. Apart from, you know, the British weather. The line-up includes a huge selection of eclectic treats: all manner of eggs (poached, Turkish, folded with chorizo, soft-boiled with Marmite soldiers), plus treacle-cured bacon sarnies, acai smoothie bowls, sweetcorn fritters, coconut and chia pudding and more besides. There’s an offshoot in Richmond.

Don't miss: The brew melt (ham, gruyère, vine tomato, poached eggs and pesto served in a toasted pide).

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

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Restaurants, Cafés

Apres Food Co

Clerkenwell

The owners of this gorgeous-looking Clerkenwell joint want us all to ‘make friends with food’ – and we’re certainly sold on the place with its low-key backstreet vibe, pretty plants and cleverly contrived gluten-free cooking. Breakfast and brunch mean cereals and grains, ‘no-bread’ savoury pots, bruschetta and fry-ups (including a veggie version) – plus on-message cold-pressed juices and organic wheatgrass.

Don’t miss: The ingenious ‘frittata muffin’ (stuffed with eggs, olives, tomatoes and fragrant herbs).

Brunch for two plus service: Around £20.

Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Bababoom Islington

Islington

The younger sibling of Bababoom in Battersea, this is a kebab joint for the twenty-first century. Modish skewers are the backbone of the repertoire and they also figure on the short weekend brunch menu – try the ‘good morning’ meat version with merguez sausage, date-glazed bacon, za’atar tomato, fried eggs and harissa-whipped feta. Otherwise, opt for a bowl of tahini granola with yoghurt and candied apricots or sweet potato hummus with chargrilled flatbread. Wash it all down with a smoothie or a frozen margarita.    

Don’t miss: The cinnamon-dipped eggy bread with Nutella, caramelised banana, clotted cream and honeycomb.

Brunch for two plus service: Around £30 (without drinks).

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Babette

Nunhead

Once a pub, this brick-walled space is now Madame Babette’s pride and joy – a neighbourhood restaurant with a Gallic vibe, chandeliers in the front room, blackboard menus and Bermondsey beers on tap. Weekend brunch (till 4pm) tells a different story, with everything from baked eggs and buckwheat crêpes to full English steak fry-ups and loaded veggie boards (soft-boiled egg, avocado dip, baked portobello mushrooms, arancini, salad etc).

Don't miss: The stilton, kale and egg toastie.

Brunch for two with service: Around £20.

Restaurants, Global

Bad Egg

Moorgate

It’s dude food with attitude at this deliberately scruffy City hangout, where Friday means ‘Frunch’ and weekends see all-day bottomless brunch (with or without booze). Neon signage flashes and a punk soundtrack plays as brunchers sit at diner-style booths and hoover up dishes from a globetrotting line-up: poké bowls, burger hash, guacamole and black bean tacos; pork belly with slaw, and pancakes with fried chicken, banana and maple syrup. There’s a shorter offering during the week.

Don't miss: Unlimited Bloody Marys, Mimosas and prosecco.

Brunch for two with service: Around £50 (£70 with unlimited cocktails).

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Restaurants, French

Balthazar

Covent Garden

The weekend brunch menu at this snazzy French-brasserie-by-way-of-Manhattan covers the usual gamut of eggs (boiled with soldiers, florentine, egg-white omelettes and so on), plus American-style pancakes – but you can go in even heavier with lunch-style dishes such as steak frites, lobster spaghetti or confit duck with toulouse sausage and haricot beans. Wash it down with one of the best classic Bloody Marys in town.

Don’t miss: Of all the egg-based dishes, opt for the scrambled egg with cornish crab. Sounds odd, but it’s a delicacy brought together with a light dollop of crème fraîche on top.

Brunch for two with service: Around £45.

Restaurants, Cafés

Beany Green

Broadgate

Aussie brunch runs every day at Beany Green in Broadgate Circle, where the killer menu spans everything from shakshuka with charcoal toast to coconut tapioca pudding. Their ‘fancy’ bacon roll includes Holy Fuck hot sauce in hollandaise form, and of course they slice and dice avocado every which way. If this brunch spot doesn’t have you feeling sunny, we don’t know what will. Also try the other branches in Little Venice and Regent’s Place.

Don’t miss: The banana bread sandwich, piled with mascarpone, berries, honey and almonds.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30 (‘bottomless parties’ £39.50 pp).

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Restaurants, Grills

Berber & Q

Haggerston

Berber’s sexy low lighting eases you gently into the day ahead and the smoky, meaty smells snap you right back to your senses, so cosy up on a banquette and enjoy. There’s plenty for carnivores to love here (the mangal breakfast sharer is a meat-fest), but veggies can feel just as satisfied with a plate of ‘campfire’ Moroccan pancakes loaded with quince, sweet labneh and pecans or a ‘full Israeli’ mezze-style breakfast for two.

Don’t miss: The sweet and spicy harissa bloody mary.

Brunch for two with service: Around £40.

Restaurants, Coffeeshops

The Black Penny

Covent Garden

Diners will struggle to choose just one of the enticing cooked brunches on offer at this cheery café – there’s brioche French toast, toasted granola, crispy confit duck hash and even bubble and squeak. High-quality, fresh ingredients and ample portions justify its pricing, and attention to detail is a strong point – look out for the cucumber-infused tap water. Piles of arty magazines and a super-soulful soundtrack make it far too easy to spend all day here. There’s a branch in Sloane Square, too.

Don’t miss: The signature hashes – perhaps wild mushroom and crispy polenta or salt beef with spinach and green tomato chutney.

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

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Restaurants, Bistros

Blanchette Shoreditch

Brick Lane

A naughty-but-nice East End sibling of Blanchette in Soho, this trendy-luxe bistro is not only a solid-gold date night option but a shoo-in for weekend brunch (served from 11am). Boulangerie, croques, fluffy buttermilk pancakes and granola bowls are the standards, but don’t ignore the cooked dishes – from eggs Florentine to full English. Booze? Bloody mary, orange mimosa or kir royale.

Don’t miss: The baked Moroccan eggs or the merguez sausage rolls.

Brunch for two with service: £20 (£40 with cocktails).

Restaurants, Coffeeshops

Blend

Green Lanes

Brunch is served from 8.30am every day of the week at Green Lanes’ Blend, which explains why it’s usually filled with local mums and their nippers. Keep your brekkie simple with a ham and cheese croissant or superfood-filled porridge, or live it large with Amaretto-laced French toast or a full-on fry-up. The convivial daytime vibe is aided by pretty pendant lighting and lovely works of art on the walls. Service can slow a bit at busier times, but Aussie coffee will make the wait pleasurable.

Don’t miss: Treat your kids to the ‘toddler-approved’ mini menu – the lovely early-day options are cheap as chips.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Blixen

Spitalfields

Blixen’s brunch menu is short and sweet, but you’ll still struggle to decide between the blueberry pancakes with whipped mascarpone, the pulled pork crumpet, the ‘bao bun bhaji burger’ (a real mouthful), and the cumberland sausage fry-up with smoked potatoes, fried egg, tomato jam and black pudding crumb. Weekend brunch hours (from 10am) will allow you plenty of time to sleep off that hangover before getting togged up. Alternatively, opt for the all-day menu, which includes the excellent rösti topped with salt beef and poached eggs, all slathered in mustard hollandaise.

Don’t miss: That salt beef rösti. So good, it’s worth mentioning twice.

Brunch for two with service: Around £20 (£40 with cocktails).

Bars and pubs

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Clerkenwell

From the outside this black-painted building looks rather severe, but step inside and suddenly you’re in a bright and airy space that feels more like colonial-era Delhi than modern-day Clerkenwell. This is the place for an elegant yet laid-back Saturday brunch. The food is very good too: their huevos benedictos are a perfect balance of spicy chorizo and creamy béarnaise sauce, while the gluten-free pancakes with toasted hazelnuts and caramelised banana are an indulgent treat that veers close to pudding territory.

Don’t miss: The house bellini and other treats from the stunning cocktail list – the guys at B&H were among the first to bring the New York trend of bottomless brunching to our fair shores.

Brunch for two with service: Around £35 (without cocktails).

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Restaurants, Cafés

Brickwood Balham

Balham

Combining a beautifully crafted shack-like interior and an extensive menu with cheerful Aussie service that’s even chummier than the norm, Brickwood’s Balham branch is a cracker. Brunch is served until 3pm, with imaginative dishes such as Brickwood burritos, four-cheese sourdough toasties or sweet potato and feta with poached egg and kale pesto on toast. Best of all? You probably won’t have to queue. Branches in Clapham, Tooting and Streatham. 

Don’t miss: Wild mushrooms on brioche with a poached egg, spinach, pine nuts and torn ricotta – plus some morsels of ham hock (two quid extra, but worth it).

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

Restaurants, Indian

Brigadiers

Bank

This Indian barbecue restaurant has all the calling cards of its high-stepping owners, the Sethi family (Gymkhana, Bao etc), and their salute to brunch is a bottomless weekend offer the pulls together top-shelf Indian tiffin in a ‘full Indian nashta’ feast (sapper’s egg, tandoori tomato, curry-leaf bacon chops, chaat masala aloo etc). Alternatively, plump for a masala omelette pao or a tandoori steak and egg naanwich with chaat chips, karahi mushrooms and tandoori tomatoes.

Don’t miss: The scrambled egg dosa with coconut chutney.

Brunch for two with service: £50 (£70 with bottomless booze).

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Restaurants, Cafés

Brother Marcus

Balham

This buzzing Brooklyn-style café and cocktail bar in Balham comes courtesy of three school besties, who serve hip weekend brunches alongside gallons of silky-smooth coffee. The brunch menu has something for everyone, from sticky pastries and fruit-topped cereals to eggs most ways, but also check out ‘Bob’s Your Uncle’ (pork belly, fried egg, cucumber, spring onion, sriracha and tomato relish). There’s another branch in Angel.

Don’t miss: ‘Step Sister’ (sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters with kale and turmeric yoghurt).

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

Restaurants, British

Bumpkin South Kensington

South Kensington

Tailor-made for South Ken’s ‘Barbour and brogues’ brigade, Bumpkin serves up patriotic British fare in designer-approved country-chic surroundings complete with wooden crates and sheaves of wheat. At the weekend, park your Chelsea tractor and roll in for brunch – a mixed bag of classic bites (granola, buttermilk pancakes, avo on toast, eggs benedict) plus patriotic pies, fish and chips, hanger steaks and veggie options such as curried cauliflower. After that, pig out on sticky toffee pud or a plate of English cheese.

Don’t miss: The Dingley Dell bacon chop with fried duck egg, fat chips and smoked tomato ketchup.  

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

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Restaurants, French

Café Sou

Bank

Like a grand railway café within the Ned’s gargantuan indoor boulevards, this plush Parisian-style venue is a très jolie hideaway and speedy refuelling point for City workers on the go. Breakfast and lunch menus overlap, so this is an ‘unofficial’ brunch spot – but just fine if baguettes, croques, omelettes, salads and French patisserie float your boat. There are wines too, if you need a swift sharpener. Open weekdays only.    

Don’t miss: The massive slabs of quiche Lorraine (the cheesy, meaty Sun King of quiches).

Brunch for two with service: £20.

Restaurants, Global

Caravan Bankside

Southwark

Just like the Clerkenwell original and other outposts (see below), Caravan Bankside’s menu takes influences from many parts of the world. One of the myriad attractions of the brunch menu is its happy accommodation of vegetarians: it's easy to avoid meat here if you are so inclined, and even carnivores might be tempted by jalapeño cornbread with fried eggs, black beans, avocado and chipotle. Similar fare at Caravan King’s Cross, Fitzrovia, Clerkenwell and Mansion House.

Don't miss: Post-brunch desserts including vanilla ice cream doused in salted-caramel espresso.

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

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Restaurants, Pan-South American

Casita Andina

Soho

The weekend-only brunch at this cute Soho spin-off of Andina is a laid-back Latin affair. Pisco sours are basically mandatory (ask for the strawberry and raspberry version, it’s a dream), and the menu adds ‘any style eggs’ with avocado and sourdough toast to the restaurant’s regular offer of inventive ceviches, superfoods and grills – although the star turn is ‘Edith’s corn cake’. Take yours out to Casita’s ‘secret’ outdoor terrace – with bright blue walls, pot plants and three tiny tables in the sunshine, it’s a slice of Lima in London.

Don’t miss: ‘Edith’s corn cake’ with a poached egg, sliced avocado, salsa criolla and huancaina sauce. Brunch has never felt this exotic.

Brunch for two with service: Around £45.

Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Ceru

South Kensington

Colourful Ceru’s good-value all-day menu roams the Eastern Med, running through the greatest hits of the Levant from fragrant dips and spicy salads to Syrian-style meatballs and battered squid with harissa yoghurt. At weekends the small hangover-busting brunch menu also features falafel fritters, shakshuka (with baked eggs in a punchy tomato sauce seasoned with cayenne pepper and fennel seeds) and a spicy lamb shawarma hash topped with a fried egg. There’s also a branch in Soho.

Don’t miss: Shakshuka with grilled halloumi.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

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Restaurants, Peruvian

Chicama

King’s Road

The grown-up Chelsea sibling of Marylebone’s Pachamama, Chicama is all about seafood served with oodles of local pizzazz. Weekend brunch (11am-4pm) mixes contemporary Peruvian small plates such as sea bream ceviche with specials ranging from sweetcorn pancakes with crab and ají amarillo hollandaise to fish brioche buns with spiced red cabbage. Chicama’s flirty young staff, bubbly vibes and deep Latin beats are guaranteed to set your pulse racing.

Don't miss: The tapioca marshmallows (listed as a snack).

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

Restaurants, Chicken

Chick 'n' Sours

Dalston

If you fancy chicken and cocktails first thing, this colourful coop is for you – but it offers so much more than poultry and a piss-up. Roll in from noon on weekends, choose either the brunch bun (consisting of fried thigh, avocado, hot sauce, homemade kewpie as well as the staples: bacon and fried egg), or an entire dressed fried chook to share. Pair with some perfectly poised sours and Asian-inspired sides, then tuck into the most tender, crunchy and downright delicious chicken in Dalston. Branches in Islington and Seven Dials.

Don't miss: The dips. The tangy kewpie mayo is sure to ruffle a few feathers.

Brunch for two with service: Around £40.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Chiltern Firehouse

Marylebone

Dinner reservations at this über-fashionable Marylebone restaurant are still like gold dust (unless you’re an A-list celeb), but brunch (from 11am-3pm at weekends) is a slightly more realistic prospect. Be warned: prices are very high. A crab omelette with XO bisque is £24, avocado tartine with bean shoots is £14 and a grilled chicken caesar bagel rolls in at £18 – but the dishes are all excellent. No bookings are taken, so arrive early – and smile like you’re a regular on the red carpet.

Don’t miss: Chef Nuno Mendes’s famous crab-stuffed doughnuts (with ‘coral dusting’!).

Brunch for two with service: Around £50 (without cocktails).

Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Coal Office

King’s Cross

You know about The Palomar and The Barbary – well, this King’s Cross beauty comes from the same crew, and it doesn’t disappoint. Weekend brunch (10am-3.30pm) follows the house style, so expect revved-up riffs highlighting the flavours of modern Jerusalem: machneyuda’s polenta with asparagus, mushroom ragout and parmesan (a must-order); josperised aubergine with green tahini; ‘shikshukit 2.0’ (two dense lamb kebabs on soft pitta). Thrilling food served in a killer space designed by co-owner Tom Dixon.

Don’t miss: The nibbles – perhaps a lion’s gate pretzel with green harissa or a ‘pizza from the past’.

Brunch for two with service: Around £40.

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Restaurants, Contemporary Global

Coal Rooms

Peckham

Where to go for Saturday brunch in Peckham? How about the old ticket office next door to the station? Now an ever-so-cool small-plates eatery, the Coal Rooms has the lot – counter seating, a robata grill, and a kitchen that likes ramping up the transatlantic flavours. The brunch offer runs from Moju cold-pressed juices and Bloody Caesar cocktails to coffee-cured bacon sarnies and coal-roasted cauliflower with miso bagna cauda – plus Peckham Fatboy potatoes on the side, and buttermilk panna cotta to finish.

Don’t miss: Sharing a mighty full English – a right royal plateful involving pork and caramelised onion sausages, smoked pig’s head blood pudding, fried eggs, two sorts of bacon and more.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25 (£40 with cocktails).

 

Restaurants, Contemporary European

The Coal Shed

Tower Bridge

Sizzling steaks and fish cooked over coals are the headliners at this handsome London offshoot of Brighton’s Coal Shed – but what about brunch, we hear you cry! Well, on Saturdays, you can go with a burger or woodland mushrooms on toast – or go for broke by ordering the surf ‘n’ turf blowout (Himalayan salt-aged sirloin, maple-cured Tamworth bacon chop, smoked black pudding, scallop and pork belly skewer, tiger prawns, ‘nduja mussels and fried eggs – £32.50pp including two sides and one sauce).

Don’t miss: The smoked pork belly with kimchi, fried eggs and Korean BBQ.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Coppa Club Tower Bridge

Tower Hill

If its vivid, green-and-gold interior doesn’t wake you up, Coppa Club’s front-row view of Tower Bridge and City Hall should do the trick. This glam-but-chilled riverside restaurant also boasts a massive terrace and a varied brunch menu peppered with on-trend ingredients. From hangover-slaying smashed avocado and poached eggs with chilli and lime to a skillet breakfast fry-up loaded with meaty goodies, Coppa covers all bases. There’s also a branch near Oxford Circus.

Don't miss: The ‘big healthy brunch bowl’, which has all your favourite vegan ingredients. 

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

Restaurants, Mexican

Corazon

Oxford Street

Generous tacos served with lashings of old-school hospitality is the deal at Corazón – a cosy and sincere taqueria custom-built for Soho’s hungry hordes. Nibble at the bar or sit in the main space for a full-on weekend brunch – think buttermilk cornmeal pancakes with caramelised banana, huevos rancheros, baja fish or carne asada (marinated hanger steak with pickled onions, avocado and blue corn tortilla), plus some intriguing sides including ‘drunken’ black beans. Also check out the brunch margarita flights.  

Don’t miss: The eye-watering rajas con crema (fiery roast Padrón peppers, jalapeños and serrano chillies in a garlicky, cheesy cream sauce).

Brunch for two with service: Around £30 (plus £20pp for a flight of four margaritas).

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Restaurants, British

Crispin

Spitalfields

From the people behind the Lundenwic coffee house, this head-turning minimalist café/restaurant in Spitalfields is a daytime diamond for all the family with an eclectic brunch menu to match. There are heaps of croissants, apple turnovers, banana flapjacks and brownies for sweet-toothed carb-hungry punters, while savouries range from flatbread with halloumi and harissa yoghurt to coconut dhal with chapatis or a three-cheese and onion toastie with fried egg and berkswell cheese. There’s booze if you want it too.

Don’t miss: The banana bread with strawberries, mascarpone ice cream and mint.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

Restaurants, Taiwanese

Daddy Bao

Tooting

A spin-off from Peckham’s popular Mr Bao, this hip Asian hangout is a dark, buzzy, atmospheric spot dedicated to fluffy Taiwanese buns and more. Weekend brunch (11am-4pm) is served alongside the regular menu, and there’s some classic stuff on show – including two bao Benedict dishes and a Full Taiwanese – a spring onion pancake, Taiwanese sausage, smoked bacon, Asian beans, spiced eggs and a bao bun. This big Daddy is also cheap, great fun and really friendly.

Don’t miss: The braised tofu and kimchi bao from the regular menu.

Brunch for two with service: £20 (plus £18 for a bottomless hour).

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Restaurants, British

Dean Street Townhouse

Soho

Even at an early hour, the dark-panelled dining rooms of this ever-popular all-day Soho restaurant buzz with the animated chatter of media types. Smooth service eases things along nicely, too. The all-day breakfast/brunch menu is mostly classic stuff (fruit salad, smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, kedgeree, a full English), although Scottish patriots will be delighted to see square ‘lorne’ sausage and tattie scones on offer.

Don't miss: The kedgeree sloshed down with an heirloom mary (vodka, pineapple, tomato, umeshu plum brandy, tabasco and wasabi).

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

Restaurants, Spanish

Dehesa

Soho

Sipping a gloriously red blood-orange bellini just out of reach of Carnaby Street’s weekend crowds is enough to make you feel like Dehesa is your own little secret. This calm and classy dining room serves a Spanish-style brunch that’s a far cry from your trad Brit offerings. Sweet options include waffles topped with caramelised apples and whipped yoghurt, while savoury pulls such as grilled Mahón cheese with roasted tomatoes, potato cake and chargrilled courgettes are the sorts of dishes that are just made for brunch.

Don’t miss: Whatever they’ve made with chorizo. Always choose the chorizo.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

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Restaurants, Bakeries

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Victoria

Dominique Ansel Bakery should really rename itself MTJC: More Than Just Cronuts. The London outpost of the NYC joint behind the cult croissant-doughnut-combo also does a mean line in brunch – not just patisserie and proper puds but savoury stuff too (think double-dipped buttermilk chicken sandwiches, basque shakshuka, lobster rolls and ham hock muffins). Be sure to go on a warm day, so you can sit on the slim pergola-shaded back terrace (easily the nicest spot) and feast on the sensational, béchamel-slathered croque monsieur.

Don’t miss: That legendary croque. Sooo good.

Brunch for two with service: Around £35

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Duck & Waffle

Liverpool Street

If you think the main menu at this City high-flier is rich, wait until you encounter its weekend brunch. The line-up covers English-style fry-ups, Belgian waffles and the signature duck ’n’ waffle (crispy duck leg confit topped with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup). Plus spiced ox-cheek doughnuts, foie gras crème brûlée and baked duck eggs with wild mushrooms, melted gruyère and soldiers. Prices are also sky-high – but here, it’s a clear case of go big or go home.

Don’t miss: Those views. Say good morning to the whole of the city. 

Brunch for two with service: Around £50.

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Restaurants, Coffeeshops

Esters

Stoke Newington

Eclectic breakfasts are served until noon during the week at this easy-going Stokey coffee house, but the kitchen tweaks its offer for brunch at the weekend. Staples such as bircher muesli, french toast and poached eggs with carrot escabèche, carrot-top pesto and pumpkin-seed salsa are joined by the likes of asparagus with grelot onions, pecans, preserved lemon or roast chicken salad with cucumber, alphonso mango and sesame – both with a soft-boiled egg in the mix. To drink? Juices, Postcard teas and house-made softies (beet and rhubarb drinking vinegar, anyone?). Note: cards only, no cash.

Don’t miss: Whipped cod’s roe with baby gem, broad beans, buckwheat and a soft-boiled egg.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

Restaurants, Global

Farmacy

Notting Hill

Airy, elegant and laid-back, Farmacy has ‘meet me for brunch’ stamped all over its chic interior. The free-from menu suits vegans, vegetarians and anyone avoiding gluten or dairy. But, happily, ‘no additives’ doesn’t mean ‘no taste’. In fact, dishes such as sweet potato cakes and calzone are packed with flavour and interesting textures. Stylish salads and hearty ‘earth bowls’ sit beside brunch classics including the (meat-free) English breakfast.

Don't miss: The Farmacy burger – trust us, you won’t miss the meat.

Brunch for two with service: Around £60.

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Fink's Salt & Sweet

Highbury

Despite its off-the-beaten-track spot on a residential road in Highbury, Fink’s is almost always full – and it’s worth hanging around for a brunch table at weekends. The trendy menu is great value and offers dishes that you won’t find elsewhere – sobrasada (spreadable chorizo) with a drizzle of honey on toast, say, or bacon sarnies in challah with cinnamon butter and maple syrup. Service can get a little flustered, but it’s friendly and the food doesn’t suffer. Traditionalists might baulk at the lack of egg staples, but we love the originality of this irresistible menu.

Don’t miss: Inventive brunch cocktails that are sure to wake you up. 

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Florentine Restaurant & Bar

Lambeth

You wouldn’t guess it, but this all-day diner is actually the main restaurant for the Park Plaza Waterloo next door – and it’s a real treat. Take the brunch route by plundering their line-up of all-day egg dishes or hit the flatbreads – anything from smoked burrata, aubergine and tomato to lamb, chilli, parsley and tzatziki. Otherwise, cherry-pick from the salads, pasta and burgers, with British bubbles and BrewDog beers on hand for refreshment.

Don’t miss: The full English with a huge fried ostrich egg – the whole plateful serves six and weighs in at a whopping £75. Strictly seasonal – these birds don’t lay in winter.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

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Restaurants, Cafés

Franks Canteen

Highbury

With its serene but welcoming atmosphere and short but tempting food menu – think breaded halloumi with romesco sauce and Israeli couscous or treacle-cured bacon sarnie with smoked garlic and tomato chutney – Franks will fix your day before it’s even had a chance to go wrong. Good coffee, efficient staff, generous portions and a playlist full of memorable tracks will gently transform you from a duvet zombie to a chipper day-seizer with minimum fuss.

Don't miss: The roast ‘crown prince’ squash with poached eggs, Aleppo chilli brown butter, caraway sour cream, toasted pumpkin seeds, radicchio and flatbread. You read that right.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

Restaurants, Middle Eastern

The Good Egg

Stoke Newington

Stokey gives good brunch, but The Good Egg is where you’ll find queues out the door come the weekend. This stylish café with an open kitchen is a breezy daytime hangout and its brunch menu holds heaps of Middle-Eastern delights: think shakshuka topped with baked eggs, or bacon-and-egg pita with date jam, plus lots of exotic nibbles to share and a cardamom-infused coffee cocktail to sample. There’s also an outlet in Soho’s Kingly Court.

Don’t miss: Oded’s babka loaf – a sweet finale for the whole table.

Brunch for two with service: Around £40 (without cocktails).

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Restaurants, British

Goods Office

Crouch End and Hornsey

Despite its low-key location – a residential stretch between Stroud Green and Crouch End – this neighbourhood eatery is always abuzz with local punters, many of whom come for the all-day brunch offer (9am-5pm). There’s steak and eggs for the carnivores, a ‘full vegan’ for the flesh avoiders and comfort food for everyone else – think homemade granola with hung yoghurt, pancakes with maple syrup, a chuck burger with fries or chicken and avocado salad. Sandwiches, jackets, cakes and pastries provide the back-up.

Don’t miss: The mushroom and potato rösti with poached egg, labneh and chilli.  

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

The top 10 brunches in London, Granger & Co
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Restaurants, Australian

Granger & Co

Notting Hill

Bill Granger has built a TV cooking career out of selling the Aussie dream: lots of sunlight, casual vibes and easy-going photogenic dishes. As one of his London outlets, this Notting Hill eatery ticks all the boxes: it's spacious and bright with big windows and verdant views. Less obvious brunch choices range from grilled cheese and kimchi open sandwiches to prawn, XO and ‘nduja-fried rice with a poached egg. The restaurant operates a walk-in policy, although the place fills up quickly with affluent-looking folk. Also try Granger & Co in King’s Cross, Clerkenwell and Chelsea.

Don't miss: The signature dish of ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter.

Brunch for two with service: Around £45.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Henrietta Bistro

Covent Garden

Wunderkind Ollie Dabbous was here for a while, but this boutique hotel dining room is now a Basque-influenced small plates eatery overseen by chef Sylvain Roucayrol. During the week they serve Spanish-inflected breakfasts, but on Sundays an extended version (till noon) moves into brunch territory. The ‘full Basque’ is a fail-safe, or you can pick from the likes of coconut porridge, scrambled eggs with brocciu cheese and mint or churros and chocolate (for that calorific sugar fix).  

Don’t miss: The Ibérico ham toastie with quail’s eggs.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

Venue says The menu, by Sylvain Roucayrol, is ingredient-led with simple, seasonal dishes and a subtle accent of the Basque region.

Restaurants

Hash E8

Dalston

This friendly all-day Dalston café bills itself as a modern greasy spoon and has perfected the art of curing hangovers – thanks to its devotion to hash browns and all things porky. Its quirky brunch dishes (available Tuesday to Sunday) strike the perfect balance between wholesomeness and the restorative powers of fried bacon – although they also sneak in a surprising amount of veg, from kale to homemade beans. The ‘Posh Pig’ muffin is particularly good, and the vegetarian options are genuinely decent, too. Expect to queue at weekends.

Don’t miss: Sides, which include a ‘bucket of bacon’ with maple syrup.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

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Restaurants, Sri Lankan

Hoppers

Marylebone

A second hurrah for Hoppers, this Marylebone offshoot is the civilised grown-up cousin of the sexy Soho original – and you can book. On Sundays they do a fixed-price whole-table ‘taste of Hoppers’ brunch menu – think green peppercorn squid, devilled chicken wings, butterbean and cheese kothu, and a choice of ‘kari’ riffs in addition to their eponymous Sri Lankan ‘hoppers’ (bowl-shaped savoury crêpes).

Don’t miss: The smoked gorakha Bloody Mary (or its virgin sister).

Brunch for two with service: Around £55 (without drinks).

Restaurants, Barbecue

Hotbox

Spitalfields

If your idea of brunch is a virtuous bowl of granola or some sort of chia seed concoction, you’re in the wrong place. Meat is the order of the day at Hotbox, with deliciously indulgent dishes including smoked hash, St Louis pork ribs and smoked chicken with arbol chilli and mezcal ‘mop’. That said, the veggie options don’t feel like an afterthought – don’t miss the truffled egg toast with asparagus. Oh, and portions are huge – a bonus if you’re planning to make the most of the bottomless prosecco, mimosas and cocktails (note the two-hour time limit).

Don’t miss: The Bloody Marys – they’re served in huge tankards and there are five to choose from (including one made with smoked dripping). 

Brunch for two with service: Around £30 (plus £25 per person for ‘bottomless booze’).

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Restaurants, Global

The Ivy Soho Brasserie

Soho

Weekend brunch might look like an afterthought on The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s all-day menu, but you’re guaranteed to get impeccable food for a lazy but classy afternoon. A plate of hot buttermilk pancakes with strawberry sauce will see you right or you can take the savoury route with eggs royale or a juicy roast beef sandwich loaded with caramelised onions, chestnut mushrooms, horseradish cream and truffle sauce. Otherwise, play havoc with your calorie intake by ordering a pistachio and raspberry-ice cream sundae. Also try the Ivy Kensington Brasserie.

Don’t miss: The avocado benedict with chips.

Brunch for two with service: Around £40.

Restaurants, Japanese

Jidori

Covent Garden

Like the Dalston original, Covent Garden’s Jidori is funky, functional and really great with yakitori (skewered chicken). It also shines in the brunch stakes, with a novel izakaya offer now available at the weekends (11am-4pm). Come here if you’re crazy about katsu curry Scotch eggs and katsu curry burgers, not to mention okonomiyaki – savoury Japanese pancakes (including a veggie version with kimchee and spinach). To drink? Shiso lemonade, iced matcha latte and togarashi-spiced Bloody Marys.

Don’t miss: Their take on kedgeree – smoked mackerel, curried rice, onsen egg, coriander and fried leeks.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30 (not including drinks).

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Jim's Café

Clapton

‘Easy Rider’ meets east London hipster at Jim’s Café, a greasy spoon reborn with a little help from Hackney-based motorcycle collective Black Skulls. As a drop-in it’s very cool and custom-built for the neighbourhood. The short breakfast menu doubles for brunch – so rev up with crab kedgeree, a buttermilk chicken sandwich or salt beef hash with sautéed kale, crispy potatoes and a fried egg, plus a non-alcoholic brew. Hair of the dog? Shots, cocktails, indie beers and ciders await.

Don’t miss: A visit to the adjoining Black Skulls shop for some gear.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

Restaurants, South African

Kudu

Peckham

Destination neighbourhood dining in Peckham – that’s the schtick at Kudu, a good-looking restaurant specialising in South African-inspired small plates. Done out like a sleek, vintage lounge bar, its weekend brunch deal (11am-2.30pm) involves some thrillingly clever takes on the classics – from shakshuka with burnt kale or boerewors (sausage rolls) with egg, German mustard and crispy shallots to sourdough waffles with home-cured trout, crème fraîche and poached eggs. There are cocktails by the glass or jug, too.  

Don’t miss: The chocolate babka bun with candied kumquats and miso caramel.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25 (£40 with cocktails).

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Restaurants, Australian

Lantana Shoreditch

Shoreditch

Lantana’s weekend brunch menu rings the changes when compared to the standard menus on offer throughout the week. A few classics (think smashed avocado and honey granola with Greek yoghurt) sit alongside more unusual assemblies including duck and sweet potato hash, a salmon poké bowl and a pork belly bánh mì burger with gochujang mayo. The corn fritters are surprisingly hearty, stacked with streaky bacon, roast tomatoes, poached egg and chilli jam.

Don't miss: The ‘big bubble’ – a real monster with bubble ‘n’ squeak, Cumberland sausage, black pudding, muhammara (Levantine hot pepper dip) and spinach.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25 – unless you opt for the whole-table blowout.

 

 

Restaurants, British

The Lido Café

Herne Hill

This Herne Hill hotspot is perfect for getting your weekend off to a good start – take a dip in the open-air pool (if you dare), then get some revitalising sustenance via the all-day brunch menu. Expect a lively veggie line-up taking in everything from coconut porridge and ‘green goddess’ superfood bowls to polenta scramble, celeriac and cavolo nero rösti, and a fake full English with seitan and tofu. If you must have something fleshy, you can order some Gloucester Old Spot bacon, chorizo or smoked salmon on the side.

Don't miss: The smashed avo on sourdough toast with hemp seeds and homemade chilli sauce.

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

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Restaurants, Cafés

Lowry & Baker

Portobello Road

If you want to do more than a caffeine cut and run, sneak into a space at one of the tables and the staff will bring you granola or pancakes, eggs on sourdough toast and other goodies, piled onto cutesy mismatched vintage crockery. A couple of simple hot plates behind the cake-laden counter do the job of a kitchen, making the beautifully poached eggs on avocado-spread toast with a mound of smoked salmon an even more impressive achievement.

Don't miss: The delicious riffs on reliable dishes – beans and eggs on toast among them.

Brunch for two with service: Around £20.

Restaurants, British

Mac and Wild

Fitzrovia

If you’re feeling foggy-headed as you step through the door at this machismo-heavy Scottish restaurant, go for the Dirty Scottish breakfast bap – a monstrous sandwich that’s apparently been precision engineered to wipe out hangovers, packing in three versions of pig (bacon, black pudding and a square of ‘lorne’ sausage), plus a fried egg, caramelised onions and a ‘tattie scone’ (like a hash brown). It’s a dense, heavy beast, but there are lighter options too, including smoked salmon with creamy scrambled eggs and the obligatory avo on toast.

Don’t miss: Three types of Bloody Mary – including one with whisky.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30 with coffees, or £40 with cocktails.

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Restaurants, American

Malibu Kitchen at The Ned

Bank

A slice of California in the City, Malibu Kitchen promotes guilt-free ‘clean eating‘ within the swanky surrounds of The Ned hotel/club complex. Their Saturday brunch offer (11am-4pm) takes the best of the rise-and-shine breakfast menu and adds some zesty world-cuisine tempters ranging from sea bass ceviche, ahi tuna poké and sea bream tacos to ‘brick’ chicken with grapes and spicy yoghurt or cod in dashi broth. There’s even a cheeseburger in a potato bun. To drink, think wellness shots rather than lethal Bloody Marys.

Don’t miss: The ‘forbidden rice bowl’ with kale, fermented vegetables, almond and basil.

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

Restaurants, Australian

Milk

Balham

If your idea of a gentle awakening in the morning is a nice cup of tea while listening to Radio 2, you’d best go elsewhere – you can hear the sound of deep house coming through Milk's open French windows before you reach the Bedford Hill site. The coffee provides a good caffeine kick – Workshop always seems to feature among its suppliers – and the menu lists some interesting hot dishes, such as confit duck rillettes on toast with burnt grape agridulce, elderberry and strawberry umeboshi.

Don't miss: Buckwheat pancakes with greengages, chewy walnut meringue, green fennel seed crémeux, walnut praline syrup and fennel pollen.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

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Restaurants, Global

Modern Pantry

Clerkenwell

It’s hardly groundbreaking these days, but the fusion food on offer at this Clerkenwell gaff is still a delight. Everyday brunch dishes (weekends only) are given a lift thanks to unusual ingredients: the salmon is tea-smoked, the sausages are chorizo, the onglet steak is marinated in miso – even the out-of-this-world cereal is laced with garam masala. Miso, spring onion and chilli waffles; marinated feta with chickpea spring rolls and pickled mushrooms; sides of yuzu hollandaise…this is the kind of brunch you’d never dream of making yourself.

Don't miss: The signature omelette of sugar-cured prawns, with its runny middle and tangy chilli sambal.

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

Restaurants, Spanish

Morito

Hackney Road

A completely different kettle of salt cod to its sibling in EC1, this branch of Spanish/North African hybrid Morito is an expansive, high-ceilinged concrete-chic space – civilised, minimalist and very cosmopolitan. The weekend breakfast/brunch (9.30am - noon) is a refreshing change from the usual avo on sourdough clichés, so arrive early for Moroccan pancakes topped with goat’s curd and thyme honey, Turkish menemem eggs with sujuk sausage or the ‘full Catalan’. Excellent breads and pastries too.

Don’t miss: Poached eggs with spinach and chilli butter.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

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Restaurants, Taiwanese

Mr Bao

Peckham

Bao buns for brunch? Now there’s an idea! Following the hip trend for pillowy Taiwanese morsels, this pocket-sized eatery from the people behind nearby Miss Tapas offers weekenders witty brunch riffs turned on their heads – try the bao benedict with slow-braised pork, wilted spinach, free-range egg and hollandaise in a bun, the mushrooms on toasted bao or the full Taiwanese – a plate loaded with sausage, a spring onion pancake, smoked bacon, a bao bun, Asian beans and spiced eggs.

Don’t miss: The rolled Taiwanese spring onion pancake with slow-cooked beef or mushrooms.

Brunch for two with service: Around £20. Cocktails from £16 for a bottomless hour.

 

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Restaurants, Cafés

Mud

Tooting

If you fancy your brekkie sunny side up, this café staffed by proper Aussies makes for a bright start in Tooting. Breakfast or brunch is served until 3pm and dishes from the short menu tend to be variations on a few key ingredients, such as avocado, bacon, pancakes and good sourdough bread from the Blackbird Bakery. Smashed avocado is served the Australian way with feta crumbled on top.

Don't miss: The corn fritter stack with avocado, chilli jam, a Burford brown egg and streaky bacon.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

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Restaurants, British

Nutbourne

Battersea

Nutbourne gets its name from the bit of West Sussex where the Gladwin brothers – the guys behind both Rabbit in Chelsea and The Shed in Notting Hill – farm and forage pretty much everything that’s served here. For brunch, the classics are all present and correct – from croissants and eggs benedict on an English muffin to a full ‘farmers breakfast’ (organic eggs, butcher’s sausages and all). To drink, there are four riffs on Bloody Mary, plus clean-living juices (kale with apple and ginger, for example).

Don't miss: The orange blossom pancakes with golden syrup and bee pollen.

Brunch for two with service: Around £40.

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Restaurants, Peruvian

Pachamama

Marylebone

Bacon and eggs get a revamp at this palace to Peruvian food: at the centre of the brunch menu you’ll find quinoa or sweet-potato waffles topped with crispy rashers and fried eggs sunny-side up. There are light ceviches too, but Pachamama’s brunch is really about hardcore chomping – think Peruvian-style jerk chicken with a fiery aji amarillo mayo. Alternatively, share the brunch tasting menu with unlimited prosecco. Similar deals are on offer at Pachamama East in Shoreditch. 

Don’t miss: The Peruvian chocolate waffles with toasted quinoa ice cream and cacao crumb.

Brunch for two with service: Around £50.

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Restaurants, British

Parlour Kensal

Kensal Green

Here’s the brunch drill at Parlour: show up and place your order, then hit the bread station where you can have free rein on yesterday’s loaves and slices: simply help yourself, choose toasted or plain and take your pick from the various jams and spreads on offer. Don’t carb-load too crazily or you’ll struggle to finish the ensuing brunch dishes, such as hash browns with eggs any style, ‘the banjo’ (fried egg and bacon bap with Oxford sauce) or the massive (No Subs) Full Parlour Breakfast. Lovely juices and drinks are another plus.

Don’t miss: The double Bloody Marys (£8 a shot).

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

Restaurants, British

Pavilion Café

Victoria Park

Lucky, lucky ducks. Not only do the web-footed locals of Victoria Park have a gorgeous lake (complete with nesting islands and a pagoda), they also get to snack on some of the best artisan bread of any park café in London. Yards of outdoor tables and smoothly pulled coffees make this a lovely watering hole for humans, too. Calorie-loaded American and British classics are cooked in a straightforward style using flavourful ingredients, many of them brought in from Borough Market. Brunch is served all day, every day, from 8am.

Don't miss: Specials such as the Sri Lankan brekkie complete with dhal and hoppers.

Brunch for two with service: Around £20.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Pedler

Peckham

The full English is taken to new heights at this quirky SE15 hangout: the homemade beans are tender and tangy, the sausage has gin in it and the addition of maple-salted butter to go on that toast is frankly outrageous. Some of the alternatives (such as the ‘Frenchie’ toast, with caramelised banana, peanut butter, streaky bacon, ricotta and blossom honey) are similarly outlandish, but modern classics like shakshuka, eggs Benedict and avo on toast are also excellent.

Don’t miss: ‘The weekender’ (frizzle chicken, cheesy grits, back bacon, fried eggs, slow-roast tomato, Little Bird gin and onion gravy, pickles and St John’s toast). 

Brunch for two with service: Around £35 without cocktails.

Restaurants, French

Pique-Nique

Bermondsey

For breakfast/brunch, read ‘petit dejeuner’ at this deliciously traditional French eatery within a mock-Tudor outhouse on the fringes of Tanner Street Park. Pique-Nique is from the people behind Casse-Croûte, which means it’s ‘parlez français’ all the way when it comes to the food and service – so brush up on your lingo before ordering chausson aux pommes, croque monsieur or an omelette nature. To drink, it has to be café au lait, espresso or jus d’orange presse – s’il vous plait.

Don’t miss: The bread – or, more precisely, the brioche with confiture (preserve) and beurre maison.  

Brunch for two with service: Around £15.

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Restaurants, British

Plum + Spilt Milk

King’s Cross

Located on the first floor of the Great Northern Hotel at King’s Cross station, this sedate railway-themed dining room is not a sanctuary from the bustle below but a civilised spot for weekend brunch – with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne thrown in. All the classics are here; from eggs benedict and things on toast to fry-ups (meat or veggie), kedgeree and brioche eggy bread with bananas and pecans, along with some restaurant-style dishes (pan-fried gnocchi with goat’s cheese, peppers, courgettes and pesto, for example).

Don’t miss: The daily cut of grass-fed dry-aged native beef served with béarnaise and hand-cut beef dripping chips – if you want to turn brunch into lunch.

Brunch for two with service: Champagne brunch for two £75 (around £40 without fizz).

Restaurants, Vegetarian

Redemption (Seven Dials)

Seven Dials

Despite the lack of booze, meat, dairy produce and refined sugar, brunch at this oh-so-healthy restaurant/bar is no hair-shirted penance. Revel in brunch-time delights of tropical smoothie bowls, sweetcorn and red pepper pancakes, black bean chimichurri on seed toast or adaptogenic creamy mushrooms (a fungal cornucopia in almond cream with mustard, garlic and parsley). Get a sweet fix from the antioxidant bliss balls, sip an alco-free Virtuous Mary or try one of their indulgent lattes. Also find Redemption in Notting Hill and Shoreditch.

Don’t miss: The daily Buddha bowl (seven super-nourishing ingredients in one hit).

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

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Restaurants, British

Riding House Café

Fitzrovia

Expect a banging all-day brunch menu at this attractive Fitzrovia brasserie when the weekend comes around. Buttermilk pancakes and various hollandaise riffs loom large (try the avocado and chard florentine), but also dive into classics such as shakshuka, kedgeree, smashed avo with dill salsa or chorizo hash with curly kale. From noon onwards, the kitchen also gets to grips with more ambitious plates such as wild mushroom falafel with grilled leeks, roast squash and goat’s curd.  

Don't miss: ‘The Burgerdict’ (poached egg, a dry-aged patty, special hollandaise and tomato in a muffin).

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

Restaurants, Japanese

Roka Aldwych

Holborn

Just like everything else it does, Roka offers a slick and perfectly presented brunch offering, with a scarily tempting option to add unlimited wine. The Han Setto menu kicks off with ten sharing dishes (think chicken and sesame gyoza, prawn and vegetable tempura etc.) ahead of your chosen main (perhaps salmon teriyaki or glazed baby back ribs with cashews), while the finale is a stunning dessert platter. Arrive hungry and prepare to be wowed – this is fine dining with the air of a party.

Don’t miss: The wine upgrade is a must for those wanting a long-haul brunch. The waiters don’t hold back.

Brunch for two with service: Around £130 with wine.

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Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Rovi

Fitzrovia

Anything connected to Yotam Ottolenghi gets our vote, and this Fitzrovia small-plates goodie is no exception. True to form, warm, buzzy Rovi has a breakfast menu, although the line-up screams brunch to us: okonomiyaki with prawns, kimchi and fried egg; grilled manouri cheese with peach, bacon and za’atar honey; green shakshuka with duck egg; jalapeño cornbread with scrambled egg and avocado – plus, of course, pancakes, bircher muesli and toasted banana bread. To drink, you can go hot or cold, alcoholic or soft.

Don’t miss: The crumpet with Swiss chard, poached egg and hollandaise.

Brunch for two with service: Around £35.

Restaurants, Mexican

Santo Remedio

Borough and London Bridge

Having wobbled in Shoreditch, the current incarnation of Santo Remedio near London Bridge is simply brilliant. Low-lit, inviting and spread over two floors, it seduces punters with easy-listening Latin grooves, flickering tea lights, and some inspired food. Craving brunch? Kick off with some homemade salsa dips or a pot of guacamole (with or without grasshoppers!) before hitting the bigger plates – perhaps chicken mole enchiladas or motuleños (corn tostadas with black beans and fried eggs, plus salsa roja, cotija cheese, grilled bacon and plantains).  

Don’t miss: The messy ‘torta ahogada’ – a ‘drowned’ pork belly baguette topped with pink pickled onions.

Brunch for two with service: Around £40.

Venue says A vibrant Mexican restaurant with an upstairs tequila and mezcal bar, serving authentic regional Mexican cuisine and cocktails.

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Restaurants, French

Sardine

Hoxton

A small, clean-lined restaurant within a Hoxton gallery space, Sardine marks the debut of Stevie Parle alumnus Alex Jackson – and what a debut! High ceilings, an open kitchen and an intimate, arty vibe sets the scene for brunch with French overtones: here you’ll find rabbit and pork rillettes with pickled courgettes on toast, salt cod brandade with marinated pepper and soft-boiled egg, and even a full ‘breakfast cassoulet’ (Toulouse sausage, pork belly, confit duck, black pudding and an egg). You can chomp on toast with salted butter and marmalade too.

Don’t miss: The fried Cantal cheese sandwich.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30 (£40 with a Bloody Mary).

 

Restaurants, Japanese

Shackfuyu

Soho

As part of the funky, riotous Bone Daddies group, Shackfuyu likes to do things differently – and that includes serving a belt-bustingly generous Sunday brunch. In practice, that means a yuzu kosho Bloody Mary or a strawberry bellini on arrival, followed by a choice of Anglo-Asian small plate dishes (burnt cauliflower with jalapeño salsa, crispy duck bun etc) and a single big dish (perhaps grilled salmon with chilli teriyaki) plus a dessert for the table. Wash it all down with bottomless prosecco.

Don’t miss: The buttery kinako ‘French toast’, served with green-tea-flavoured Mr Whippy-style ice cream.

Brunch for two with service: Around £80 with unlimited Prosecco.

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Restaurants, Danish

Snaps & Rye

Ladbroke Grove

This lovely Danish restaurant features a short brunch menu that ranges from familiar staples (granola, smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, and, of course, Danish pastries) to some fairly unusual options (think rarebit on rye bread with Danish cheese or veggie kedgeree with nori and cumin salt). Coffees from Nude sometimes include a liquorice latte – a nod in the direction of Denmark's favourite sweet. Brunch is served until 3pm Tuesday - Sunday.

Don't miss: The Nordic kedgeree with home-cured salmon.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

Restaurants, Bakeries

Söderberg

Soho

Decorated in mid-century Scandi style, this Swedish bakery and coffee shop splurges out with an all-day Soho brunch fest right through the week (11am-6pm). Staples include poached and scrambled eggs with add-ons, along with baguettes, homemade soup, classic köttbullar (meatballs), salads and crisp Swedish-style waffles topped with everything from smoked salmon and caviar to maple syrup, lemon curd or chilli chocolate. At weekends, however, the star turn is a raft of traditional smørrebrød – Danish open sandwiches on rye bread.

Don't miss: The Swedish meatballs with cream gravy, roasted new potatoes and lingonberry compote. 

Brunch for two with service: Around £25.

Venue says From 15th November, we'll be offering a 3 course Christmas Lunch or Dinner as well as a Swedish Christmas Buffet for private hire events.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Sparrow

Lewisham

Arguably Lewisham’s best, this little birdie of a restaurant knocks out seriously good British-Asian small plates during the week, but its weekend brunch menu is more intriguing still. Sure, it does Euro standards like the bacon butty, but we’re otherwise in global explorer territory: poori channa masala with red onion and coriander; coconut pancakes with peanut caramel and pineapple salsa; Sri Lankan appams (pancakes made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk).

Don’t miss: The appam with egg and chilli aubergine.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30 (including drinks).

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Restaurants, Cafés

Sunday

Barnsbury

Brunch lasts all weekend at this Islington hangout: the dishes on offer will induce stomach-rumbling indecision, the prices are low, the service is great and the food is magnificent. Sugar-dusted, fruit-filled French toast drizzled with salted-caramel sauce; perfectly ripe avocados with labneh, tabbouleh, poached eggs and harissa; waffles topped with pulled pork and yuzu hollandaise… basically anything your brunch belly could want is on there. And it’s all nearly too big to finish. Nearly.

Don’t miss: The toasted coconut bread with honey, ricotta, poached plums and almond brittle.

Brunch for two with service: Around £30.

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The Table Café

Southwark

Jammed onto the side of an architectural practice in Southwark, this serene Aussie-style café-restaurant is something of a quiet classic in this part of town. Come the weekend, the standard breakfast menu (lots of eggs and avocado, as you’d expect) expands into brunch territory with a host of sizeable salads and burgers, waffles, pancakes and favourites such as sweetcorn fritters. A perfect respite from the hordes at Tate Modern.

Don’t miss: ‘The stack’, a gargantuan, near-infamous pile of poached eggs, ham hock, chorizo baked beans and hollandaise, teetering off a bagel base.

Brunch for two with service: Around £40 (including cocktails).

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Restaurants, British

Towpath

Haggerston

The canal-view setting at Towpath is appealing, though the constant stream of passing cyclists jingling their bells reminds you that you’re still in the capital. Everything on the brief menu is done well using excellent ingredients including free-range eggs, fine sourdough, porridge, yoghurt and fruit in season. Towpath is simple, but that doesn't mean it‘s anything less than great. There’s nothing better than watching the world go by with one of their unctuous grilled cheese sarnies.

Don't miss: The superfood bowls.

Brunch for two with service: Around £20.

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The Vincent

Hackney

Weekend brunch (from 10am) is of the all-day variety (and often ‘bottomless’) at this sheeny all-day eatery from the guys behind the now-glorious Sebright Arms. Order at the counter from a menu that spans everything from Greek yoghurt with granola or avocado on toasted sourdough with pumpkin seeds and pea shoots to shakshuka, mushroom vegan balls, sweet and savoury waffles, as well as the daunting 12-hour pork hash – a free-wheeling combo involving long-cooked meat with two poached eggs, fried potatoes, peppers, chorizo and brown sauce onions.      

Don’t miss: The delicious hangover-curing kedgeree – or its fish-free cousin ‘vegeree’.

Brunch for two with service: Around £25 (without drinks).