Brunch in London has become a weekend tradition for many over the years, both as a way to socialise and catch up with friends, but also to make the most of late morning rising, and grabbing a hearty breakfast. And in Brunch in London is now an institution, with thousands upon thousands of London dwellers heading to their favourite spots all across the city, for a avocado on toast, or a bloody mary. Whether you’re after traditional brunch, something a little different, or a bottomless kind, here are my favourite 10 places to brunch in London.
Sat & Sun 9am-11.45am
There are now four branches of Bombay Café Dishoom around London, due their incredible success around the city. But you should still be prepared to queue. I would recommend heading here earlier than later to get a table, and make sure you order the bacon naan roll, a cult modern classic and also make sure one of your friends tries the kejriwal – two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast. The food here isn’t traditional brunch, but it’s bloody good. And leaves you feeling feel and happy!
Christopher’s Covent Garden
Sat & Sun 11.30am – 3.30pm
Set in a Grade II-listed building with a rustic spiral staircase leading to the stylish dining room, Christopher’s is a great place to head on a Saturday morning with the girls. It’s super relaxed at the weekends, and serves an array of American and European dishes, including Texas grill Cumberland sausage with maple-cured bacon to corn beef hash with Béarnaise sauce, to American classics like buttermilk pancakes and macaroni cheese. And if you prefer the healthier options, it also delivers with a “superfood” brunch. Their USP is the buckwheat pancakes served with camu powder, made from the camu berry which is said to have 60 times more vitamin C than an orange.
Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone
Sat & Sun 11am-3pm
Five years ago Chiltern Firehouse was the celebrity haunt of many, and was literally impossible to ever get a table. It seems to have become more grounded over the coming years and you can now grab a table here, as likely as any other restaurant. I would recommend Nuno’s now legendary crab-stuffed doughnuts, a mix-your-own steak tartare and black truffle scrambled eggs. And if you’ve had a heavy night, the Mary Celeste is a twist on a Bloody Mary based on orange, which comes with an oyster.
Bourne and Hollingsworth, Clerkenwell
Sat & Sun 10am-4pm
Bourne and Hollingsworth in Clerkenwell. B&H has earned a strong presence and reputation from establishing innovative and successful experiential event brands, such as The Chap Olympiad, The Tweed Run, Cocktails in the City and The Prohibition Party, all of which are widely considered landmark events. With two cocktail bars in the West End and a larger multi-faceted club house, bar and restaurant which we visited, B&H is recognised for conceiving and creating beautiful and original interiors with a keen attention to detail and a unique and singular aesthetic. I went here the other month with the girls, and we loved the atmosphere here; relaxed yet stylish! It’s a firm favourite with the Instagram celebs too, for it’s stunning interior and plant covered walls.
READ MY REVIEW HERE: Bourne & Hollingsworth with the girls
Berber & Q, Haggerston
Sat & Sun 11am-3pm
If you want a brunch which doesn’t serve another eggs benedict, make sure you head to Berber & Q, as they offer a middle eastern experience you’ll love. Located beneath the railway arches of Haggerston, Berber & Q is a divine place to hang out with your best friends. The food and service is incredible, serving up pitta bread and avocado, alongside meats and pomegranate seeds.
Bar & Block Steakhouse, Kings Cross
Sat & Sun 7am – 12pm
Ladies and gents, I really didn’t know where to begin with this one… the food at Bar + Block Steakhouse was just INSANE. The other week me and a few of my favourite blogging ladies including Kara from Heels in my Backpack, Liv from Liv on a Shoestring, Sam from Yoko Meshi and Ellie from The Wandering Quinn headed for our quarterly brunch somewhere in the UK and this time we opted for the trendy Bar + Block at Kings Cross. I love brunch, a meal where putting prosecco, bread, steak and pancakes together all at the same time is completely acceptable. Bar + Block have just launched their new bottomless brunch and my god was it good. And it is only £15 for a meal with unlimited prosecco for 90 minutes……
READ MY REVIEW HERE: Bar & Block Bottomless Brunch
Duck & Waffle, City
Sat & Sun, 9am-4pm
It doesn’t get more unique than this, take brunch in the sky at Duck & Waffle. It’s a decadent start to any weekend at London’s highest restaurant. The menu includes the eponymous duck and waffle – crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup – along with ox cheek doughnuts, shakshuka, duck egg cocotte and freshly baked pastries. It’s not your traditional brunch, but it certainly one you’ll remember forever.
Bottomless Saturday, 11am-4pm
If you’re after something a little more eclectic, Gaucho’ Electric Brunch is the place for you. You can order as many dishes as you like from a menu of both Argentinian and brunch classics with food including steak, eggs Benedict, avo on toast and oven-baked chorizo. Drinks are also just as free-flowing, with Bloody Marys, Argentine sparkling wine and a weekly-changing ‘morning’ cocktail all bottomless.
Riding House Café, Fitzrovia
Sat & Sun, midday-4pm
I’ve been to Riding House Café twice and loved it both times! Located close to Oxford Circus it’s the perfect place to grab some food before heading out for a day shopping. You can expect eggs and avocado on toast, reuben sandwiches and an incredible chorizo and roasted red pepper hash.
Sat & Sun 11am-3pm
And lastly but not least, the wonderful Caravan. London’s quintessentially British brunch venue offering an array of dishes including scrambled eggs on sourdough, jalapeño cornbread with black bean and aubergine puree with lemon gremolata, sumac, yoghurt and grilled flatbread.