London’s never ending story of gin, afternoon teas and brunches seems to have no end, and now there’s a whole host of new brunches coming our way. From brunches where you can win real diamonds, to unlimited espresso martinis and Venetian twists, here’s where you need to be feasting this winter.
Searcys at The Gherkin has just said ‘hold my glass’ (or in this case, Champagne flute) to every other brunch as it raises the bar by… giving out diamonds! That’s right, not only will you be on the 40th level of the actual Gherkin, looking out over the city and eating the likes of bavette steak and eggs royal, but in every glass of Dom Pérignon Vintage Blanc 2009 will lie a sparkling stone. And once you have finished your Champagne, diamond inspectors from The Embee Diamond Reception will be on hand to inspect the stones, one by one, and reveal the real diamond. There will be four brunches taking place throughout December and four chances to win a diamond. As we say, this brunch is next level… 40th level if we’re being exact.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Saint Mary Axe, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0.2 miles)
As a new Market Hall opens in Victoria, the original one in Fulham has just launched a new brunch. The guys taking on the task are Press Coffee, and the menu includes: pancakes with berries, mascarpone and maple syrup; Bircher muesli and special sourdough topped with creamy burrata, bresaola, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes and Sicilian olives dust (we highly recommend this one). Decorated with edible flowers, it’s one of the prettiest brunches we’ve come across and, with prices at around £7.50, it’s also one of the best value. Wash it down with one of their coffees and a green juice and pick up a pastry to take with you.
Where: Fulham Market Hall, 472 Fulham Road, SW6 1BY
Following in the footsteps of its sister restaurant, Flesh & Buns Fitzrovia has just launched its bottomless brunch with unlimited wine and Prosecco. Of course, it’ll all be about the bao buns that they’re famous for, stuffed with piglet belly, rabbit katsu or beef short ribs. Don’t like choosing? Then go for the mixed smoked meat plate to share, which includes chilli miso brisket, pork cheek and beef tongue with plenty of buns. To finish, there are two puddings, a Nutella croissant Tai Yaki and a sticky ginger pudding.
Where: 32 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3LR
CLAW is stepping up its seafood game with the arrival of their new bottomless brunch, where even the drinks have a seafood twist. Yep, their Bloody Bloody Marys (so good they named it twice?) include anchovies for a salty kick. And if anchovies in the morning isn’t your thing, you can opt for bottomless Prosecco instead. On the menu you’ll find Claw Benedict, crab and raclette toastie or, if you’re going to a seafood restaurant but don’t like seafood (maybe re think that one), you’ll also find Mexican egg tacos, avocado toast and buckwheat pancakes.
Where: 21 Kingly Street, Soho, London W1B 5QA
Sure, brunch is technically meant to be between breakfast and lunch, but Avenue is doing away with time restrictions and is hosting brunch all day long, right up to 9pm. So even if you’re really hungover you have time to sleep it off before dragging yourself out of bed. The menu includes classics like toasted sourdough with feta and avocado, but also autumnal comfort dishes like Mr Frank’s spiced short rib hash with crispy potato, and fried egg and pecan pie with vanilla ice cream.
Where: 7-9 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1EE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
It’s been four years since POLPO Notting Hill first opened and now they are securing their spot on the weekend brunch scene with a brand-new menu. Served across the weekend, the brunch, which has a Venetian twist, includes brunch pizzetta with prosciutto, mushrooms, parmesan and soft egg; scafata (fava beans) with soft poached eggs and ricotta doughnuts with cinnamon sugar. Wash it all down with hangover-curing Bloody Mary or get things going again with a bellini.
Where: 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QG
Here’s a reason to not go out on a Friday: The Perception at W London’s new RETOX brunch. They’ve teamed up with At Your Beat, London’s number one dance and fitness company, to offer high-energy dance classes such as FitBEAT, BarreBEAT and VideoBEAT, followed by an indulgent brunch. Dishes include decadent pancakes with maple syrup and Oreo cheesecake, and for those who are feeling more like detoxing, there’s a superfood bowl with pomegranate and broccoli and a Mediterranean vegetable tagine with falafel. And if you’re in the mood, then add on unlimited espresso martinis or stay on for post-brunch cocktail hour and start dancing again as London’s hottest DJs take to the decks.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)