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The best brunches in London

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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Brunch in London is bigger than ever. You can bearly 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.

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The best brunches in central London

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Bad Egg

It’s dude food with attitude at this deliberately scruffy City hangout, where at weekends you can go all out on a bottomless brunch (with or without booze) at any time of day – including Friday night ‘Frunch’. Neon signage flashes and a punk soundtrack plays as brunchers sit at diner-style red leather booths and hoover up dishes from a deliciously meaty, North American-influenced menu featuring pulled pork, eggs, fries, mini tacos and pancakes topped with fried chicken. At weekdays, there’s a shorter, slightly more restrained all-day brunch offering.

Don't miss: Unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas and prosecco on the boozy brunch menu (£35pp).

Brunch for two with service: around £50, or around £70 with unlimited brunch cocktails.

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Moorgate
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Balthazar

The 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 or shellfish linguine. 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.

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Covent Garden
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Beany Green

It’s brunch time all of the time for Beany Green at the weekend. The Australian café in Broadgate Circus lays on a killer all-day menu which moves from broccoli and corn fritters with egg and bacon to banana bread sarnies filled with mascarpone, berries and almonds. Their ‘fancy’ bacon roll includes The Rib Man’s Holy Fuck Hot Sauce in hollandaise form, and of course they slice and dice the avocado every which way. If this brekkie spot doesn’t have you feeling sunny, we don’t know what will.

Don’t miss: Fancy somethin’ sweet? The banana bread sandwich – piled with mascarpone, berries, honey and almonds – is worth the approving whispers.

Brunch for two with service: around £30.

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Moorgate
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The Black Penny

Venue says: “All day breakfast and lunch, plus coffee from The Roastery Department. Now open 'til 8pm. Talk to us about private bookings.”

In the lowlands between Holborn and Covent Garden lies The Black Penny, a cheery café where diners will struggle to choose just one of the enticing cooked brunches on offer – there’s brioche French toast, 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 cucumber-infused tap water. A selection of arty magazines and a super-soulful soundtrack make it far too easy to spend all day here.

Don’t miss: Make an absolute hash of it. Here, they do them with wild mushroom and crispy polenta, salt beef with green tomato chutney, or crispy confit duck with sweet potato, chilli, coriander and a poached egg – take your pick.

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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Covent Garden
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Bourne & Hollingsworth

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 a place for elegant yet laid back brunching. The food is very good: their huevos benedictos are a perfect balance of spicy chorizo and creamy béarnaise sauce, while the drop scones with clotted cream, berries and honey are an indulgent treat that veer close to pudding territory.

Don't miss: These guys were among the first to bring the New York trend of bottomless brunching to our fair shores. Grab a prosecco – or the stunning cocktail list.

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

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Clerkenwell
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Casita Andina

The all-day 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 brunch is a colourful, inventive mix of ceviche and superfoods. Take yours out to Casita's 'secret' outdoor terrace – all bright blue walls, pot plants and three tiny tables in the sunshine, it's a slice of Lima in London. Plus there's a retractable awning to keep you dry in winter.

Don't miss: Casita’s take on eggs benedict, made of bacon and egg on a sweetcorn soufflé with coriander hollandaise. Brunch has never felt this exotic.

Brunch for two with service: around £45.

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Soho
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Chiltern Firehouse

The fashionable London restaurant is virtually impossible to get a dinner reservation at, unless you're an A-list celeb. However, it does brunch from 11am-3pm at weekends, when it’s slightly easier to get a table. Be warned: prices are very high. Lobster and crab omelette costs £26, eggs benedict £15, pancakes £12 – 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: Nuno Mendes' famous crab-stuffed donuts (with ‘coral dusting’!) feature on the brunch menu. It would be a shame not to try them.

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

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Marylebone
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Coppa Club Tower Bridge

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. Along the same stretch of the north bank as the Tower of London, this glam-but-chilled riverside restaurant has a massive terrace and a varied brunch, peppered with healthy ingredients. From hangover-slaying baked eggs with chorizo and tangy tomato ragu, to a virtuous and hefty ‘super bowl’ of quinoa, almonds, and citrus wedges, Coppa covers all brunch bases.

Don't miss: The kale toast. It’s layered with avocado and two oozing fried eggs, then garlanded with trails of sriracha – a joyful tumble of crunch, cream and fire.

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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Aldgate
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Dean Street Townhouse

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. The smooth service eases things along nicely, too. It’s largely classics on the brunch menu: eggs all ways, porridge, kedgeree, full English. There are fruit smoothies and Scots will be heartened to see tattie scones and lorne (flat) sausage.

Don't miss: Go trad with the kedgeree, but slosh it down with an Heirloom Mary of voddy, pineapple, tomato, Umeshu plum brandy, tabasco and wasabi.

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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Soho
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Dehesa

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 brunch-y secret. The calm and classy dining room serves a Spanish-ish brunch menu that’s a far cry from your trad beans-on-toast offerings. Sweet options include churros with chocolate, or 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 don’t pop up on brunch menus very often but really should.

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

Brunch for two with service: around £30.

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Soho
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Bellanger

Venue says: “A relaxed, all-day, traditional French restaurant on Islington Green. Join us for a simple cup of coffee with cake or enjoy a 'grand repas'.”

Occupying a quiet sweet spot on Islington Green in Angel, this Alsatian-themed high-end Paris-style brasserie from the folk behind The Wolseley does weekend brunch in unhurried style. The menu takes a no-holds-barred approach to combining the first two meals of the day. Want to kick off with oysters? Why not? Feel like ordering tarte flambée or waffles loaded with Alsatian cheeses instead of your standard eggs and smoked salmon? Be their guest. Finish it all off with ice cream? No one will judge.

Don’t miss: The sweet tarte flambée options – try the one with strawberries, crème fraiche and marshmallows.

Brunch for two with service: around £40 (on average).

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Islington
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Blend

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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Harringay
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Caravan King's Cross

As at the Clerkenwell original (and its newest outpost near Tate Modern on Southbank), the menu here 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, chipotle and lime.

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

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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King's Cross
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Fink's Salt & Sweet

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 and very tempting menu is great value and offers dishes that you won’t find elsewhere – crumpets topped with Marmite butter and cheddar, say, or bacon sarnies in challah bread spread with cinnamon butter and drizzled with maple syrup. Service can get a little flustered thanks to the place’s popularity but it’s friendly and food doesn’t suffer for it. Brunch 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.

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Brownswood Park
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Franks Canteen

On the days when you wake up with only a headache and some freeze-dried coffee for company, what you need is a sanctuary. With its serene but welcoming atmosphere and short but tempting food menu – think ratte potatoes with smoked pancetta and charred artichoke, or bacon and sausage sarnies with mango chutney and a fried egg – Franks will fix your day before it’s even had a chance to go wrong. Good coffee, efficient staff, a playlist full of songs you remember fondly and generous portions gently transform you from duvet zombie to chipper day-seizer with minimum fuss.

Don't miss: How about turmeric poached eggs, root veg bhaji, fried curry leaves, chilli chutney, cucumber and mint raita, and parathas. You read that right.

Brunch for two with service: around £30.

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Highbury
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The Good Egg

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 morsels of mutton merguez sausage, or bacon-and-egg pita with date jam, plus lots of exotic nibbles to share – plus cardamom-infused coffee cocktails.

Don’t miss: Finish on a sweet note with sweet babka loaf for the table.

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

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Stoke Newington
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Grain Store

Venue says: “Looking for a quick, tasty lunch? Our menu of 'lunchtime steals' changes weekly. Choose from three dishes for just £12.50!”

Weekend brunch at the Grain Store has many winning traits – not least a lovely location on Granary Square, plus some of the best American pancakes we’ve ever eaten: fluffy and vanilla scented, with maple syrup and a big slab of butter on top. Those pancakes are at the conventional end of the menu, which has a number of dishes that are both innovative and distinctly un-brunch-like: miso broth with black garlic and roasted hake, for instance, or green-vegetable tagine with mackerel. There's hardly a poached egg in sight.

Don't miss: The kimchi omelette (topped with smoked salmon and crème fraiche) will kick-start any day.

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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King's Cross
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Sunday

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: Pulled pork and yuzu hollandaise, people! On waffles!

Brunch for two with service: around £30.

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Barnsbury
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Towpath

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.

Don't miss: Segue from superfood bowls to unctuous grilled cheese sarnies while watching the world go by.

Brunch for two with service: around £20.

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De Beauvoir Town
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Andina

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 sit the likes of sweet-potato pancakes topped with spiced honey, fruit and whipped coconut cream, or soft baps 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: The corn soufflé with smoked bacon, poached eggs and coriander-flecked hollandaise. It's the second-best way to start the weekend off with a rosy glow.

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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Shoreditch
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Beagle

Nestled under the increasingly gentrified railway arches north of Hoxton, Beagle couldn’t be more east London if it tried. The brunch classics come with a twist – perhaps soft-boiled eggs with roasted, chilli-hot veggies, or hash browns, bacon and eggs served with peppy salsa verde – and the menu features lots of more inventive dishes, too. The sharp drinks menu is a real draw: there are three slick in-house variations on the bloody mary alone, one an option on the bottomless brunch menu (£40pp), along with mimosas or prosecco. Service is super-friendly and food is swift and spot on: yolks just runny, pancakes fluffy, roast pork hash tasting very indulgent indeed. It’s not cheap, but it’s definitely Sunday morning served over-easy.

Don't miss: Ricotta pancakes come with seasonal fruit for a sweet little start to your day.

Brunch for two with service: around £50.

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Hoxton
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Berber & Q

Cosy up on the banquettes of this Haggerston railway arch, where the sexy low lighting eases you gently into the day ahead and the smoky, meaty smells coming off the grill snap you right back to your senses. There is, of course, plenty for meat-eaters to love here (the mangal breakfast sharer alone contains chops, sausages, kidneys and bone marrow), but veggies can feel just as satisfied with a plate of comforting Turkish eggs, poached and smothered in paprika butter, or the Israeli breakfast for two, an exotic mezze complete with roasted beets and honeyed feta.

Don’t miss: The harissa bloody mary is one of the best twists on a classic mary you’ll find in London, sweet and spicy all in one.

Brunch for two with service: around £40.

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Haggerston
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Blixen

The brunch menu here is short and sweet, but you’ll still struggle to decide between the blueberry pancakes with whipped mascarpone, a posh bacon and egg sarnie, and the ‘everything’ breakfast with, well, everything. Brunch is technically served 10am–2pm, but if it’s been a particularly heavy one, you can sleep it off and opt for the all-day menu, which includes the excellent potato rosti topped with salt beef and poached eggs, all slathered in mustard hollandaise. Your arteries might not thank you, but your hangover definitely will.

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

Brunch for two with service: around £20, or £40 with cocktails.

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Spitalfields
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Chick 'n' Sours

If you fancy chicken and cocktails first thing, this is the place 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 (a towering Korean-spiced burger with added bacon and egg, overflowing with gochujang mayo), or an entire dressed fried chook to share. Pair with some perfectly-poised sours and some Asian-inspired sides, then tuck into the most tender, crunchy and downright delicious chicken in Dalston. A visit to this colourful little coop will definitely make your weekend fly.

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

Brunch for two with service: around £40.

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Kingsland
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Duck & Waffle

If you think the à la carte menu at this City high-flier is rich, wait until you encounter its brunch. The menu covers English fry-ups, Belgian waffles, and the signature duck ’n’ waffle (crispy duck leg confit topped with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup) as well as the likes of ox-cheek benedict (served on a waffle with hollandaise AND sriracha), foie gras brûlée, and truffled baked duck eggs served 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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St James'
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Hash E8

This friendly all-day Dalston café bills itself as a modern greasy spoon – thanks to its devotion to hash browns and all things porky, it’s perfected the art of curing hangovers. Its quirky brunch dishes (available Tuesday to Sunday) strike the perfect balance between wholesomeness and the restorative powers of fried bacon – dishes 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, for a place so in thrall to the trotter. Expect to queue at weekends.

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

Brunch for two with service: around £30.

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Dalston
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HotBox

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, eight-hour smoked pork ribs and a truffled-chicken waffle with maple syrup. That said, the veggie options don’t feel like an afterthought – there are buttermilk pancakes with caramelised bananas and berries, smoky baked eggs, and crushed avocado on sourdough (obviously). Oh, and the portions are huge – which is definitely a good thing if you’re planning to make the most of their bottomless cocktails.

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, or £80 with unlimited cocktails.

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Spitalfields
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Lantana Shoreditch

Lantana's brunch menu has a few added extras on top of the all-day menu on offer throughout the week. Expect standard dishes alongside more unusual assemblies such as smoky baked beans with potato bread and a pickled onion salad. The corn fritters are surprisingly hearty, stacked with streaky bacon, roast tomatoes, poached egg and chilli jam. Coffee is expertly made from the café's own blend.

Don't miss: The 'Lantuffin' is Lantana's epic reworking of a McMuffin. Try not making a mess of this egg on sausage on bacon on cheese monster.

Brunch for two with service: around £25.

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Shoreditch
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Leila's Shop

When it comes to brunch, the order of the day at this tiny café-cum-grocery-store is quality, not quantity. The highlight here is the fried eggs – usually served with sage or crisp-fried serrano ham. They arrive in a cast-iron frying pan accompanied by a wooden spatula for you to scoop them out onto your sourdough toast. If you’re not in the mood for an oeuf, then there’s also toast, or muesli and yoghurt. A great way to start the day, even if it’s not the weekend.

Don't miss: The gorgeous preserves and marmalades, sourced from small-scale producers.

Brunch for two with service: around £20.

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Shoreditch
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Antipodea

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. There's brilliant variety here for brunch: all manner of eggs (poached, folded, soft boiled with Marmite soldiers), treacle-cured bacon sarnies, Turkish pides loaded with toppings, sweetcorn fritters, fish cakes, burgers or flat-iron steak with fries. See? Spoilt for choice.

Don't miss: The lobster brioche roll topped with poached egg and caviar.

Brunch for two with service: around £55.

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Kew
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Brother Marcus

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; signature serves include smoked salmon with asparagus and scrambled eggs, and cinnamon French toast with maple syrup and mascarpone.

Don’t miss: A slice of the house banana bread to end your feast on a sweet note.

Brunch for two with service: around £25.

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Balham
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Foxlow Balham

Foxlow more than holds its own among Balham’s bevy of brunch spots – decor-wise, it’s big on the 70s vibe, and its olive-green leather banquettes are the ideal place in which to ensconce yourself with the (provided) papers after a heavy night on the Clapham strip. This being an all-day restaurant from the Hawksmoor team, it’s unsurprising that brunch offers comforting meaty grub – the order du jour being the fried chicken, egg and croissant waffle (with sausage gravy). Veggies need not panic, though – similarly hearty meat-free offerings include the chilli- and herb-laden sweet potato and kale hash, topped with a fried egg.

Don’t miss: Notably good soft drinks, including Vietnamese iced coffee and fresh grapefruit soda (there are brunch cocktails, too).

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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Balham
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Iddu

This bustling Sicilian café ups the ante on Sundays, when well-heeled locals descend for its all-day Italian-inflected brunches: think baskets of oven-warm breads to slather in Sicilian jam, silky caponata with a side of poached eggs, and Continental-style charcuterie and cheeses, all washed down with hand-pressed juices and superior coffee. It’s a slice of la bella vita in London.

Don’t miss: Dolci that include fresh cannoli, served with nuts for dipping.

Brunch for for two with service: around £35.

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South Kensington
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Lido Café

This Herne Hill hotspot is the perfect place to get your weekend off to a good start – take a dip in the open-air pool (if you dare), then load up on calories via the all-day brunch menu. Expect the likes of eggs Benedict with sweet, juicy Gloucester Old Spot ham and tangy hollandaise sauce, or stacks of thick buttermilk and blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. If you don’t want to undo all the good work from your morning plunge, plump for one of the slimmer options such as organic porridge, granola with Greek yoghurt and honey, or avo on toast.

Don't miss: Prosecco brunches and bloody marys will make your poolside brunch feel even more like a spontaneous mini-break.

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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London
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London Particular

This small but perfectly formed café gets its name from the unhealthy smog that choked the capital back in the 1950s, but its vibe is, thankfully, more wholesome. Satisfying brunches focus on dishes that use seasonal produce, such as garlicky mushrooms piled onto toast with spinach and goats’ cheese, or a brunch bowl that takes the full English far away from greasy spoon fare. Even the bacon sandwich comes with salad.

Don’t miss: A seat outside, if it’s sunny and you’re early enough (there’s not much space inside anyway).

Brunch for two with service: around £25.

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New Cross
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Milk Café

If your idea of a gentle awakening in the morning is a nice cup of tea 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 baked eggs with new-season asparagus.

Don't miss: How about buckwheat pancakes, burnt apricot, apricot kernel, lavender and bitter almond? Eh? EH?

Brunch for two with service: around £25.

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Balham
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Mud

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: Decent coffee is roasted by Ozone, making for an Antipodean wake-up call louder than a didgeridoo.

Brunch for two with service: around £30.

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Tooting
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No 67

Brunch at No 67 is a Peckham institution: the Full Spanglish (a hearty fry-up loaded with tasty chorizo and morcilla sausages) is the most famous dish on the ample menu, but other options are also well worth a shout-out, from waffles topped with bacon and bourbon syrup, and eggs Royale made with beetroot-cured trout, to lighter dishes such as the gluten-free house granola with soy yoghurt and berry compôte. Five-a-day juices and speciality teas are also available, along with excellent coffee. There’s a relaxed vibe and a conservatory out back that’s lovely in summer.

Don't miss: The rum-laced hot chocolate, or the Tunnock's caramel wafer milkshake.

Brunch for two with service: around £35.

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Camberwell
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Pedler

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 French toast, with peanut butter, streaky bacon and bananas) are similarly outlandish, but modern classics like shakshuka, eggs Benedict and avo on toast are also excellent.

Don’t miss: Hit the road with a homemade ‘dumpkin’ doughnut, or – if you can face alcohol again by this time – a bottle of local Little Bird gin.

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

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Ceru

Venue says: “Contemporary Middle Eastern dishes inspired by flavours of the Levant. Open from 12noon with an all-day menu, afternoon tea and brunch.”

Colourful Ceru's good-value menu roams the Eastern Med, running through the greatest hits of the Levant. Think merguez chicken, Persian kofta, fragrant dips and spicy salads. At weekends the small hangover-busting brunch menu also features 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.

Don't miss: Shakshuka with grilled halloumi.

Brunch for two with service: around £25.

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South Kensington
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Farmacy

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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Royal Oak
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Granger & Co

Bill Granger has built a TV cooking career out of selling the Aussie dream: lots of sunlight, casual vibe, easy-going photogenic dishes. This is one of his two London restaurants, and it ticks all the boxes: it's spacious and bright with big windows and verdant views. Less obvious brunch choices include a ginger prawn egg white omelette. Booking is essential – the place fills up quickly with affluent-looking folk.

Don't miss: A signature dish of ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter; cloud-like lightness.

Brunch for two with service: around £45

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Westbourne
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The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

Brunch might look like a humble after-thought on The Ivy Kensington Brasserie’s all-day dining menu, but despite the limited options, you’re guaranteed to get impeccable food for a lazy but classy afternoon out west. The grilled buttermilk pancakes with bacon is a pretty number, but it’s the dishes with luscious poached eggs that really play to the crowd, whether it’s Benedict or a veggie version of eggs Royale, served with perfect, chunky chips on the side.

Don’t miss: The French dip – a steak sandwich with a mouth-watering combo of caramelised onions, horseradish mayonnaise with burgundy sauce and chips that ought to put any hangover to rights.

Brunch for two with service: around £40

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Kensington
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Lowry & Baker

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 own-made granola or pancakes, eggs on sourdough toast and other goodies, piled onto cutesy mismatched vintage crockery. A couple of simple hotplates behind the cake-laden counter do the job of a kitchen, making the beautifully poached eggs on avocado-spread bread 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.

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North Kensington
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Parlour Kensal

Three words: infinite bread bar (in fact, this concept makes us so excited that we say it as one word – as in, omginfinitebreadbar). Basically, you show up at Parlour, place your order, then hit the bread station while you wait, taking your pick of spreads to go with your house toast. 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 bacon bap with Oxford sauce, or the massive Full English. Lovely juices and drinks are another plus.

Don’t miss: It’s infinite and it’s a bar – do we really need to spell it out? Also, it costs just £1 per person.

Brunch for two with service: around £30.

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Kensal Rise
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Snaps & Rye

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. It’s all served until 3pm every day.

Don't miss: Plump for one of the killer rarebits. Smoked bacon with liquorice syrup and pickled mushrooms, anyone?

Brunch for two with service: around £30.

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North Kensington

What about for early starts?

London's best breakfasts

Our team of experts have sought out the best breakfasts and brunches across London. Whether you're looking for coffee and pastries in a café, a posh Sunday brunch, or a mouthwateringly meaty fry-up, we've got plenty of options to make sure the most important meal of the day is also the tastiest. 

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