Celebrate that birthday you missed out on, catch up with your favourite five or simply tuck into eggs and endless Prosecco now the pubs are on curfew, with our pick of London’s best and booziest brunches.
As Boris has decided Covid comes out post 10pm, turn your evening soirées into daytime brunch sessions and be home before the sun goes down. London is spoilt for choice when it comes to boozy brunches, from rooftop parties while the sun’s still out to hip hop fuelled experiences in secret locations and Instagammable affairs guaranteed to get a double tap.
Here are some of our favourites…
Waffle & Bellini Hour at Bob Bob Ricard
Bob Bob Ricard’s dangerously fun ‘press for champagne’ buttons on each table have been doing the rounds on Instagram for years now, but the Wes Anderson-vibe restaurant has added something new to their offering. The Waffle & Bellini Hour does exactly what it says, giving guests a small but utterly delicious menu of fluffy waffles to tuck in to between 11am and 12noon every day.
Choose from the slightly more virtuous waffle topped with seasonal berries, crème fraîche and a pot of drizzling maple syrup, or go full on Bob Bob decadence with the truffle waffle, crispy bacon and fresh truffle maple syrup. We’ve tried both and can confirm they are the fluffiest waffles outside of Belgium.
Wash it all down with a glass of Moët & Chandon or a strawberry and peach Bellini royal – it would be rude not to.
If you’re in the market for a brunch that is as Instagrammable as it is tasty and boozy, head to The Perception at W London. The Central London hotspot is back with the return of their Frosé Royale Brunch and it’s bigger, bolder and pinker than ever.
Sit beneath the capital’s largest disco ball with live DJ sets setting the mood and tuck into an hour and a half of frosé drinks (that’s frozen rosé for the uninitiated) topped-up with Veuve Clicquot Champagne, your choice of brunch main and a playful pink dessert.
The brunch menu includes: crab benedict, made with fresh Scottish crab, zesty hollandaise and soft poached eggs on top of a toasted muffin; sticky beef short rib with Nim Jim and Asian slaw; or W huevos rancheros, a mix of fried eggs, chorizo, ham hock and chili beans served with grilled sourdough.
Frosé Royale Brunch is £45pp, available Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-5.30pm.
THE PERCEPTION AT W LONDON – 10 WARDOUR STREET, LONDON W1D 6QF
Party like it’s post-10pm in the middle of the day at Blame Gloria’s Disco Brunch. Guests will be greeted with a Glitter Bomb Cocktail reception, followed by an hour’s worth of bottomless Prosecco, brunch, disco singers, DJs, drag queens and dancing.
The menu isn’t blow-your-mind fine dining but let’s be honest, no one’s going for the food. Choose from the chrome-griddled burger served with the usual toppings in a toasted brioche bun and fries; or the plant-based vegan burger made from pea protein.
The interiors are anything but understated, so expect statement wallpaper, dark glitter-filled corners and velvet booths to act as the perfect backdrop to your weekend Stories upload.
Peruvian restaurant, Pisco lounge and part-members’ club, COYA, always guarantees a good night, or in this case, day out. They have two unique brunch offerings, one at the Angel Court, City branch and the other at their original Mayfair outpost.
In Mayfair, book into the Inca Trail Brunch (launching Saturday, 26th September) for an immersive journey along Peru’s famous Inca Trail. Expect bottomless canapés, free flowing champagne, premium brunch dishes and live entertainment. Or head to The City for COYA’s Warrior Brunch where “your true Inca warrior will be awakened.” Blimey! Expect tribal beats from the resident DJ, bottomless canapés and cocktails and a three-course menu, all brought to life with live performers.
COYA brunches take place on Saturdays, 12.30pm – 4.30pm. From £120.
COYA Unit 1C, 31-33 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2AT and COYA 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NW
Ned’s Sunday Feast at The Ned
Few things are bougier than a Sunday spent at The Ned. The members’ clubs that lets mere mortals into most of its bars and restaurants put on a Sunday spread like no other – think piles of lobsters and oysters, hearty roasts, brunch classics and salads all in one sitting.
The feast is spread across Millie’s Lounge and Cecconi’s and is a surefire way to impress a date or simply pig out with decadent Sunday plans.
For all American fair and decent grub to soak up the bottomless bubbles, bellinis or mimosas, head to South Place Chop House.
Their weekend brunch offering is back after a long summer stint without it and offers delights such as a prawn brioche roll with Marie Rose sauce, avo, lemon and hand cut chippies; a posh fish finger sarnie made with Cornish whiting, mushy peas and tartare sauce; or classic and hearty steak and eggs.
South Place Chop House Bottomless Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon – 3.30pm. Two courses priced at £22.5o and three at £27.50.
South Place Chop House, 3 South Place, Finsbury, London EC2M 2AF
Fancy a side of cabaret with your brunch? Circus, tucked in the heart of Covent Garden, offer a selection of Asian-inspired dishes not only paired with endless Prosecco for just £10, but a side of aerialists, contortionists, hand balancers, fire-breather and hula-hoopers too.
Tuck into a series of small plates – seared beef fillet maki; tofu pockets bursting with wild mushroom, pickled ginger, chive and edamame beans; salt and pepper squid; and pork shar siu bun. Finish off with a lemongrass sorbet and ginger candy.
The big top-cum-brunch experience is definitely not your usual way to while away a weekend.
Circus’s Bottomless Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday, 12pm or 2.30pm.
27-29 ENDELL STREET, COVENT GARDEN, WC2H 9BA
If quirky interiors, classic brunch dishes, flowing bubbles, music and the chance you might spot a Made In Chelsea cast member are your vibe, book Saturday Brunch at Avenue in St. James’s.
The menu has all the classics covered from burrata to steak and eggs, lobster rolls to loaded cheeseburgers and eggs every way imaginable.
Add free flowing bubbles for just £19 on top.
Avenue’s Saturday Brunch takes place between 12noon and 5.30pm. Two courses for £26 and three for £30.
Avenue, 7-9 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1EE
Harajuku Brunch at Chotto Matte Soho
If there’s one thing that’s going to cheer us up with the new hospitality rules, it’s Peruvian/Japanese restaurant Chotto Matte’s fun and rainbow-hued Harajuku Brunch.
Guests are invited to tuck into colourful dishes and listen to beats by the restaurant’s resident DJ Emily Weller and Lucid Stannard.
Start with a selection of small plates to share, including; spicy tuna crispy rice; warm beef fillet tataki; and the signature yellowtail “Nikkei Sashimi” with fiery jalapeño and yuzu truffle soy. But the star dishes have to be the sushi doughnut aburi and the indulgent black cod aji miso.
Wash it all down with a selection of creative cocktails, from the Kawaii Kisses – a refreshing tall drink of Hendrick’s Orbion gin, apple, elderflower, sake, passion fruit and sparkling rose Prosecco, to the Tokyo Dreams – a delicate mix of Cointreau, yuzu sake and lemon.
Get your dose of live music with flowing bubbles and a live band at Soho’s 100 Wardour Street. Taking place down in the basement, it’s the kind of place that always feels like 10pm even if it’s brunch time, so it’s ideal if you want to get dressed up and celebrate the weekend.
Start with brunch classics like avo on toast or eggs Benedict, before moving on to ribeye steak and chips or roasted cod with cucumber, radishes and tomato butter sauce.
Add bottomless fizz for £20 or order one of their in-house cocktails – we rate their take on a Bloody Mary, the Tomato Soup.
The Juke Box Brunch takes place on Saturdays 2pm-4pm. Two courses for £30 and three for £35.
100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 0TN
You may have 99 problems but a brunch won’t be one at this secret Hip Hop Brunch. Other than the location, it’s not very secret at all and has become hugely popular with London’s twenty-somethings keen to tuck into boozy brunches to a soundtrack that defined a generation.
Expect 60 minutes of bottomless cocktails, a three-course meal, Hip Hop LDN Karaoke, entertainment, street magic from the Magic Circle and mind-blowing skills from the hottest beatboxers in the UK. And that’s all before you’ve even thought about heading to the pub.
Hip Hop brunch takes place every Saturday from 12noon at a secret London location. Tickets start from £40.
Nothing cures a few Friday night drinks (strictly up until 10pm that is) like a filthy Scottish breakfast the next morning. Mac & Wild’s brunch offering is just that, coupled with some optional hair of the dog depending on how savage the hangover is.
Tuck into their moreish haggis pops – deep-fried, crispy nuggets of haggis made with wild venison, lamb and beef suet, coated in breadcrumbs and served with Red Jon sauce; before moving onto their famous venison burger – a combo of beef patty, venison patty, cheese, pickles, béarnaise and caramelised onions.
Or the Scottish fry-up – basically like a Full English but better thanks to the addition of tattie scones, haggis, black pudding and square sausage.
Not for the faint of heart or the vegan inclined.
Mac & Wild Bottomless Brunch is priced at £23 with unlined Prosecco & brunch cocktails every Saturday.
9A DEVONSHIRE SQUARE, SPITALFIELDS, EC2M 4YN
There’s really nowhere like Quaglino’s and their live music-fuelled Saturday brunch feels even more special now that we’re yet to be able to get to a gig.
Available from 11:30am-4pm every Saturday, guests can enjoy decadent dishes such as oak smoked salmon rillette; half or whole native lobster Thermidor; or the famous brunch burger followed by the restaurant’s tonka bean panna cotta. All set to the sounds of the resident house DJ spinning tunes from the famous Q stage.
Quaglino’s Q Brunch takes place every Saturday. Two courses for £33 and three for £38. Add Free Flowing Prosecco for £25.
Quaglino’s 16 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AJ
Despite the place looking like your nan’s living room mixed with the local garden centre – we jest, the decor is actually pretty cool – brunches at Bourne & Hollingsworth tend to end up pretty boozy.
Food-wise it’s all about go-to brunch plates. Think full English, eggs royale, huevos benedictos, avo on sourdough or beef and potato hash, but there are plenty of healthier options if you’re feeling more virtuous.
Wash it all down with delicious cocktails – they know their stuff behind the bar – whether you’re a Bloody Mary bruncher or a Bellini lover.
The B&H Weekend Brunch takes place every Saturday. Choose the classic menu for £27 or the bottomless one for £37.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell EC1R 0HU
Much like the Berlusconi parties this restaurant is named after, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, Bunga Bunga are always up for the sesh.
That being said, it’s definitely not a quiet place to catch up over eggs, so be warned, this is bottomless brunch on steroids. The Buff Brunch will be back by popular demand on 10th October and this autumn they are going bottomless, sorry, BOTTOMs-less.
That means the brunch will not only feature pancakes and Benedicts but, in their own words, “the hunkiest men in boylesque, circus and cabaret.” Yep, ‘Bunga’s Buff Boys’ will be turning up the heat each Saturday with one and a half hours of free-flowing pink Prosecco and bottomless pizza. There will be games, prizes and Instagram Story ops you might regret come Sunday.
Brunch is always a good idea, especially when it looks this good.
Sea Containers Restaurant has two tempting options for you brunch lovers. Play it simple with their brunch a la carte menu and bottomless options, or dine like a king with their feasting menu.
Top tip: order the Shakshuka and top up with bottomless Prosecco, Grey Goose Bloody Marys or Laurent-Perrier Cuvée.
Bottoms up, indeed.
Bottomless bubbles, killer views and delicious dishes: Bar Elba, Waterloo’s Instagrammable rooftop bar, are making up for a lost summer with their epic Elba Fest brunch.
Taking place every Saturday and Sunday, the brunch is fuelled by bottomless Prosecco and beer, and guests will receive free sunnies, fans and bandana accessories for optimum Insta pics. Plus, the team will be serving up BBQ dishes on the roof to make the most of this Indian summer we’re having.
Bottomless bubbles, killer views and delicious dishes.