South London’s Best Brunches: From Sourdough Waffles To Free-Flowing Fizz

Food & Drink
16th June 2022

Ask any Londoner how they spend their Saturday mornings and 99% of us will say “brunch”. It’s our favourite weekend ritual. And South London is well-stocked with cute cafes and restaurants dishing up mouth-watering morning feasts.

From piled-high pancake stacks and French toast babkas, to perfectly poached eggs and sweetcorn fritters, we’ve rounded up the top brunch spots that lie south of the Thames to satisfy all your breakfast-food-in-the-afternoon cravings.

The Little Orange Door, Clapham

Whether it’s to detox or retox, kickstarting your weekend with brunch at The Little Orange Door is always a good idea. Join the flatmates for a big afternoon of bottomless prosecco, indulgent feasting and ultimate house party vibes as you tuck into some seriously good brunch dishes.

From stacks of pancakes and poached eggs with avocado, to boozy Bloody Marys and even entertainment like retro video games and a dress-up box – everything’s on hand to take you from breakfast to bedtime.

Where: 16A Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AB

Website: www.littleorangedoor.co.uk

Antipodea, Kew

The brunch menu at Antipodea is a long one – and you’ll want everything on it. Humble toast (a choice of sourdough, Turkish pide or gluten free) is loaded with a variety of toppings. Think slow roasted vine ripened tomatoes with feta; a treacle cured bacon sandwich with tomato jam, aioli, baby gem and vine tomatoes; or chorizo folded eggs.

For the sweet tooth, you can also opt for vegemite, honey, marmite or nutella. Simple, but oh so tasty alongside a flat white. And for the crowd favourites, the sweetcorn fritters with avocado, tomato jam and lime aioli; and the blueberry pancakes with caramelised banana, creme fraiche and maple syrup come highly recommended.

The brunch menu at Antipodea is a long one - and you’ll want everything on it.

Where: 9 Station Approach, Richmond TW9 3QB

Website: www.antipodea.co.uk/kew

 

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Cinnamon Kitchen, Battersea

We already know it’s a great spot for dinner, but for brunch, Cinnamon Kitchen have recently introduced an epic new Saturday session you can rise and dine to, blending boogie-worthy Bhangra beats with a nine-dish sharing feast.

The Indian-inspired brunch menu includes dishes like Kashmiri style roganjosh of lamb with aromatic spices; masala scrambled eggs with a layered paratha; and ginger toffee pudding with cinnamon ice cream for dessert, all for £29pp. And if you want to go bottomless (which is always in our book) you can add free-flowing prosecco for £29pp or champagne for £59pp to the soundtrack of upbeat Bhangra music from resident DJs.

Where: 4 Arches Ln, Nine Elms, London SW11 8AB

Website: www.cinnamon-kitchen.com

Juliet’s Quality Foods, Tooting

With a dedicated following, it’s no surprise that this Tooting cafe is always packed on the weekends. Fill your belly with gorgeous egg dishes like Smoked Eel Benedict, Smoked Caviar Eggs, and Eggs on Wood-fired Sourdough with Toasted Pumpkin Seed & Hazelnut Dukkah.

And don’t forget to stock up on sweet treats as you leave – choose from the likes of marshmallow, chocolate & sea salt cookies; Banana & Cascara Bread with Salted Espresso Butter; and Sourdough Doughnuts stuffed with Blood Orange Marmalade and Cardamom Chantilly.

Fill your belly with gorgeous egg dishes like Smoked Eel Benedict.

Where: 110 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9NG

Website: www.juliets.london

Megan’s at the Power Station, Battersea

This neighbourhood institution – famous for its dog-friendly all-day dining and laid back atmosphere – landed in Battersea a few years ago, and the brunch (especially bottomless) doesn’t disappoint.

The Mediterranean-inspired menu features highlights of buttermilk fried chicken, harissa hummus with flatbread, ‘shakshorizo’ baked eggs, and smashed avo on sourdough. Nourish bowls are also served, taking their inspiration from the brunch bowls of Bondi Beach. The waterside location is roomy and you can book a table on the terrace for summertime brunch with a view.

Book a table on the terrace for summertime brunch with a view.

Where: 27 Circus West Village, London SW11 8NN

Website: www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

Kudu, Peckham

With Kudu pinned as one of the most exciting additions to Peckham’s buzzing restaurant scene, their brunch is unlikely to disappoint. The brunch menu is diverse, which makes it difficult to choose just one dish, but all the more reason to order a few to share (or keep coming back to Kudu for more).

Highlights include a sourdough waffle with duck eggs, home cured bacon and crème fraiche; and French toast babka with kumquats, hazelnuts and miso caramel. However the must-order dish if you’re looking for a twist on the classic Benedict, is the honey roasted ham crumpet with black pudding, eggs and hollandaise. To wash it all down, choose from cocktails like a Bucks Fizz, Kir Royale or a Jug o’ Mary to share.

Where: 119 Queen’s Rd, London SE15 2EZ

Website: www.kuducollective.com

Milk, Balham

A Balham institution, Milk is the no-reservations South London brunch spot that always has a queue of hungry brunch-goers on its doorstep. And deservedly so. When you do grab your table, start with Sweet Maria – sweetcorn fritters, halloumi, avo and kasundi – and add a poached egg and bacon. Or, go for the classic sweet staple of banana bread with halva butter and pumpkin seed tahini.

In sunny weather, try to nab a seat outside where you can soak up some rays in a perfect people-watching location. But they usually open their huge windows in sunny weather anyway, so if you fancy some cover whilst tucking into some incredible food, it’s the perfect spot.

 

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Where: 18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG

Website: www.milklondonshop.uk

 

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Brother Marcus, Borough

No brunch list would be complete without a special mention to Brother Marcus, who have been doing brunch right for as long as we can remember. Their Borough site is the newest addition to the family, adding yet more choice of delicious food to the area.

Brunch dishes include sweet potato, courgette & feta fritters with avocado, crispy kale, turmeric yoghurt and a poached egg; the Marcus Breakfast (their Meditteranean twist on a full English); and smokey shakshuka. This is one to add to your brunch bucket list, pronto.

Doing brunch right for as long as we can remember.

Where: 1 Dirty Lane, London SE1 9PA

Website: www.brothermarcus.co.uk

Canova Hall, Brixton

Weekend mornings see this Brixton restaurant and bar transform into a boozy bottomless affair come brunch time. And with a menu including Sicilian tagliatelle, truffle scrambled eggs, and a selection of their famed pizzas, it’s hard to resist.

For the ultimate brunchtime bash, add two hours of bottomless booze for £30pp and choose from prosecco, Canova rum punch, and a Make-Your-Own Bubbly cocktail tray including everything you need to make Strawberry Royales, Bellinis, Mimosas and Kir Royales. This is one for the cocktail-lovers.

 

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Where: 250 Ferndale Rd, London SW9 8BQ

Website: www.canovahall.com


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