The best part of any weekend is brunch. Be it munching on Eggs Florentine, or sipping on Bloody Mary’s whilst nursing your hangover and discussing the night before, the weekend is not complete without one of these stupendous affairs. But with so many brunch menus to choose from, how do you distinguish the eggs from the bacon? Never fear, as usual The Handbook is here to help with a list of top favourite brunch hang outs.
Why: Brunch over at Aqua Shard is a lavish affair, with the dizzying heights this isn’t one for those suffering from the night before, it’s for those that know brunch is an event in itself, especially since this has three courses. Start with Lobster Benedict, you won’t regret it and the smoked salmon and caviar omelette has to be one of the best we tried. With an extraordinary view and exceptional service, Aqua Shard brunch is the making of a wonderful weekend.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
Why: When hunger strikes and you just need to eat then head to Buddha Bar, for their all you can eat brunch. Forget any preconceptions of all you can eat establishments; Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge is seriously suave, on the menu you’ll find chilli and salt crispy baby squid, spicy tuna Maki rolls, and Green chicken curry. Elasticated waistbands at the ready!
Where: 145 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PA
Why: No brunch time list would be complete without a special mention to The Wolseley, who have been doing brunch right for as long as we can remember. Adding a touch of glamour to the proceedings, there is an on-site Viennoiserie creating moorish homemade pastries and enough caviar to last a century. This is one for those who love luxury.
Where: 160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
Why: The first Sunday of every month sees the first floor of the iconic restaurant and bar transform into an all day party come brunch! With a menu including SW3 Eggs with asparagus, The Bluebird’s Big Dog with smoked beef, bacon, cheese, white onion and mustard and The BALT – bit like a BLT but infinitely better, it will be hard to resist this brunch time bash. This is one for the trendsetters.
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
Why: Kick-start your weekend with a bottomless brunch every Saturday at Bunga Bunga in Battersea. Enjoy an endless supply of Prosecco against a backdrop of entertainment whilst munching on delights such as the metro brunch pizza and a meat antipasti. After a few belinis, you will not be able to resist the karaoke, this is one for the partiers!
Where: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3BA
Why: Based in St. James, Avenue is the best place to continue the party from Friday night. Their Saturday ‘drunch menu’ allows you to rise and dine with a contemporary American breakfast. There is also the option of unlimited Bloody Mary’s, which is always a win in our book. One for the weekend boozers.
Where: 7-9 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1EE
Why: Not for those afraid of heights, Duck & Waffle promises lunch with a view from the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. Combining traditional flavours with a contemporary twist, the brunch embraces the restaurant’s name serving up the best that canards have to offer. Try the ox cheek benedict as well as the signature ‘duck & waffle’ with crispy leg confit. This is one for the adventurers.
Where: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Why: Taking its inspiration from the big brunches in New York, CUT lays on a scantily clad brunch every Sunday between 11am-15:15pm, meaning even those of you who enjoy a lie in can get involved. Featuring handcrafted Champagne cocktails and a menu filled to the brim with all of your brunch time favourites, this is one for the traditionalists.
Where: 45 Park Lane, 45 Park Ln, London W1K 1PN
Why: If one brunch is not enough, head to Balthazar in Covent Garden where brunch is on the menu all weekend. For those of you with a sweet tooth, try the apple cinnamon pancakes with Canadian maple syrup, or if it something a little heavier you are after, indulge in lobster spaghetti. This is one for the go- getters.
Where: 4-6 Russel Street, London, WC2B 5HZ
Why: For something a little bit different, head to The House of Ho, where every Sunday they host a Baby Rock ‘n’ Roll brunch. This will soon become your favourite all- you- can eat haunt, with the Vietnamese offering a menu of sharing platters and signature dishes alongside live music. Do brunch like they do in the Far East bringing in it with a refreshing lychee Bellini. This is one for the explorers.
Where: 1 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1DB
Why: If it is a more relaxed affair you are looking for, head to the breakfast club in Islington. Serving brunch all day, this is the perfect place to cure any unwanted hangovers. One for those not completely ready to let go of their student days.
Why: Recently launched, the Blues Brunch at Bayou in Camden is all about soul food and live music, to take the edge of the week and stop those going back to school Sunday fears. Think smoked beef hash with fried eggs and biscuits and American pancakes with syrup and bacon aptly named the Louisianna fill me up.
Where: 20 Inverness St, London NW1 7HJ
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