Buttermilk pancakes, smokey bacon sarnies, eggs benny, and nothing quite beats a full English breakfast when you’re hanging on a Sunday morning. But finding the will power to jump out of bed and into the city at the crack of dawn doesn’t sound the most appealing. Thankfully for the lazies among us (me included) the brunch was invented, making it socially acceptable to dive into breakfast dishes anytime of the day. So as a thank you to the brunch gods (wherever they may be) we’ve rounded up ten of our favourite brunch spots in and around the city…
Picture this: maple syrup trickling down your fork as you bite into a cloud-like American style pancake and a rasher of crispy bacon. Ugh, gimme! Well, you lucky lot can dive headfirst into the mouthwateringly good buttermilk pancakes over at Aqua Shard every weekend! Tucked high up on Level 31 of London’s iconic skyscraper, The Shard, this resto serves up a tasty three course brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday, so whether you’re after a classic eggs Benny, bubble’n’squeak, or just a classic full English brekkie, these guys have you sorted.
Runs every Saturday-Sunday (and Bank Holidays!) from 10:30am-3:30pm
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
The city is awash with brunch offerings over the weekend but where are the weekday brunches at? I can vouch as an ex-weekend worker that grabbing brunch during the week is near impossible, but there’s one restaurant I can’t get off my mind. Meet Old Compton Brasserie. The brunch menu over here is endless and is available seven days a week! One dish I’m dying to get my hands on again is their ‘crushed green’, basically a jazzed up avocado toast mixed with crushed peas and topped with avocado tahini, mixed seeds, and cherry tomatoes. It’s blooming delish! Oh, and on Saturday and Sunday’s there’s the option to go boozy with their bottomless brunch cocktails or Prosecco.
Check out our full review of the Old Compton Brasserie’s brunch offerings here
The brunch menu runs everyday until 4pm
If you fancy snapping a cute #brunch pic for the Gram then make your way down to Dalloway Terrace where all of your floral-walled dreams will come alive. Here you’ll be able to enjoy everything from buttermilk pancakes to rainbow açai bowls. Interiors and foodie presentation alike, you’ll be wowed away as soon as you step into the building to the moment you bid farewell.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
Spice up your weekend brunch with a touch of Argentinean affair as you enter the brunch of all brunches at Gaucho. There’s two options to choose from the electro brunch feast or the premium electro brunch feast depending how fancy you want your drinkies to be (their espresso martini is to die for!) As for food, choose from British classics like the bacon sarnie or switch it up with their ‘choripan sandwich’ made up of chorizo sausage, chimichurri, mayo and crispy onion, yum!
Tucked in one of London’s finest mews over in Mayfair, you’ll find Mews of Mayfair and boy, do they have some delicious brunch offerings to try! They’ve got brunch classics like cinnamon French toast and smoked salmon bagels, or try something a little different like their Turkish eggs with greek yogurt, Aleppo chilli, garlic and flatbread.
The Perception is throwing a pink party and you’re invited… But quick, because it’s only lasting until the 12th of October. You’ll have seen us rave about the frosé brunch at The Perception at W London for a while now, and from the photo above, you can probably see why. You’ll find an assortment of delicious dishes to choose from. Plus there’s a limitless pancake and waffle station waiting for you…
If you’re wondering why it’s only sticking around until October then it’s because The Perception is bringing a new brunch concept to the table and it involves a whole lotta candy. I mean, seriously, there’s a limitless candy, cookie and live smore-station to dive headfirst into!
Runs every Saturday, 1-4pm
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea serves up one hell of a weekend menu and, I’m calling up now to nab myself a table before they get all booked up! A highlight on the menu has to be their French toast with caramelised apples and cinnamon cream, boy, it’s dreamy! But if you’re looking for something a little more savoury, their Tom’s breakfast grill raises the full English brekkie to the next level! There’s also a cheeky vegetarian option too!
Go big or go home. That certainly feels like the motto of COYA Mayfair and their extravagant immersive brunch experience. Nuzzled in the heart of Mayfair, the brunch brings with it bottomless pisco sours, exclusive Peruvian inspired dishes designed by their head chef, and wild entertainment from their special performers and live musicians. The brunch extravaganza will be arriving to their Angel Court resto to later this year so watch this space, and get ready to dance the afternoon away…
Check out our full review of COYA Mayfair’s tasty treats, here
Oh Zuaya, you had us at chocolatey churros! Every Saturday and Sunday you’ll find Zuaya cooking up a Latin American brunch feast that’s only missing one thing. You! A little favourite of ours has to be their pumpkin toast with feta cheese, a quail egg and pumpkin seed plopped on top of their homemade pumpkin tortilla. Of course, we’re always chomping on their olive oil fried churros and dunking them in hot Ecuadorian chocolate (our mouth’s drooling just thinking about it…)
Runs Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm
As you’d expect by the name of this brunch spot, these guys serve up some bangin’ eggs. If you fancy heading over to Soho, stop by The Good Egg and try their take on the Middle Eastern staple: the shakshuka (it’s won awards!) This hearty dish is made up of baked eggs with tomatoes, sweet peppers and spices, and is served with a preserved lemon yoghurt and slice of sourdough. So, who wants a bite?!