Come rain or shine, there’s nothing more satisfying than diving into a deep bowl of bacon rashers, fried tatties, saucy beans and a splattering of ketchup. Yep, we’re talking about the beloved brunch, the hip trend that’s been knocking about for years and you can’t help but absolutely adore.
Well, because we know you love the stuff so much we’ve rounded up the ultimate guide to London’s brunch scene. Here’s here to get your brunch on.
On your marks, get set, goooooo and run over to The Perception at W London for an extra-indulgent, sugar-stuffed candy brunch. Dive into 1.5 hours of sipping on bottomless cookie cream cocktails (fully vegan!) and Prosecco, whilst you tuck into their crabs benedict lathered with zesty Hollandaise. Or, for the veggies among the group, stuff yourselves silly with their spiced chickpea and butternut squash topped with coconut honey yoghurt, yum!
Of course, it’s no Perception brunch without a station full of limitless sweet treats so expect to find an unlimited candy, cookie and live smore-station awaiting to be devoured… Oh, go on. It’s the weekend!
Bringing the New Yorkian way of dining to the centre of London is Laurent Tourondel and his lux restaurant nuzzled inside Hotel Café Royal. Rolling around every Sunday, indulge in an afternoon of brunch, brunch, brunching to the sound of live Jazz. A must-try is the truffle popovers Benedict, a mix of spinach roasted Yorkshire ham, poached eggs and truffle Hollandaise.
12 air street, soho, w1b 4dy
One brunch spot that’ll cure any hangover with its gluttonous offerings is Mac & Wild. From haggis pops to venison scotch eggs, crushed avocado on toast to their legendary breakfast burger, their menu is absolutely filthy, but boy, is it good.
Their menu is absolutely filthy
9A Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, EC2M 4YN
For a gluttonous feast, look no further than Mew of Mayfair. We’re talking unlimited Prosecco, mimosas or bellinis with any two classic courses. Make sure you get a shot of the yolk action before you dive into your avo on toast.
10-11 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, W1S 1EY
Brunch is always a good idea, and when it looks this good, we cannot contain ourselves. Sea Containers Restaurant has two tempting options for you brunch fiends. Play it simple with their brunch a la carte menu and bottomless options (their Grey Goose Bloody Mary is simply divine), or feast like a king with their feasting menu. BRB, we’re off to eye up their shakshuka.
Their Grey Goose Bloody Mary is simply divine
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
Weekend’s are all about indulgence so where better to head for brunch than Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. To say these guys have stepped brunch up a knot would be an understatement. Nuzzled inside the Amaranto Restaurant you’ll find the weekend brunch of dreams. Expect to be chomping your way through octopus carpaccio with bell pepper medley, black olives, basil and lemon dressing; eggs ‘cocotte’ served with foie gras flan and truffle soldiers, or go all out with meatballs in a rich roasted tomato sauce della Nonna Rossi. It’s a brunch menu you won’t regret.
Hamilton Place Park Lane, Mayfair, W1J 7DR
Fancy a side of cabaret with your brunch? That’s what you can expect and more at quirky cabaret spot, Circus, tucked in the heart of Covent Garden. You’ll spend your afternoon munching through small plates of 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. Finished with a refreshing lemongrass sorbet and ginger candy. Perfect.
27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA
Selecting only the very best locally sourced produce, Searcys at the Gherkin offer a mega four course brunch with a glass of fizz. From pastries to cured meats, Hereford bavette steaks to the classic Eggs Benedict, there’s something for all to indulge in.
30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
It’s stylish, it’s cool and it’s bursting with art inspo for days.
Artyard Bar & Kitchen sure delivers on all accounts including their brunch menu. All you need to do is choose a small plate, a large plate and arm yourself with your choice of Prosecco, mimosa or bellini, and you’re good to go. The mushroom arancini is seriously delish with the harissa mayo.
2 Blackfriars Road, Upper Ground, SE1 9JU
Come rain or shine, Mercante’s Italian offerings will always put a sneaky smile on your face. Expect to be munching your way through three courses of pure deliciousness – think Italian classics with a splash of spark and charisma thrown in to elevate their flavours even further.
Sheraton Grand, Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX
This one’s for the pooch lovers!
Savage Garden hosts one hell of a bottomless brunch and even your four legged friend can get involved. Running every first and third Sunday of the month, your pooch will be sipping on free-flowing Pawsecco, while you enjoy the real deal. If you aren’t a dog fan, they also offer their usual bottomless brunch every weekend too.
Floor 12, 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF
Saturday’s were made for brunchin’. This weekend indulge in the pleasure courtesy of head chef Joo Won at Galvin at Windows. We love playing it simple with their egg royale. The egg is always poached to perfection and the Hollandaise fresh.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE
It’s not like the Chop House to do things by halves and their bottomless weekend brunch is no exception. Guzzle your way through bubbles, bellinis and mimosas while enjoying tempting meaty courses. Our fave off the menu has to be the prawn brioche roll with Marie Rose sauce, avo, lemon and hand cut chippies.
3 South Place, Finsbury, EC2M 2AF
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 or full English brekkie, these guys have you sorted.
Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
One dish I’m dying to get my hands on again is their ‘crushed green’
36-38 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TT
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.
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!
Various Venues Across The City
A whole new level of brunch worthiness has been well and truly executed at Madison. Expect to be gazing out over St Pauls iconic cathedral while munching your way through Bloody Mary-fried chicken waffles topped with a fried egg, sriracha and maple syrup. Truly sensational.
One New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AF
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?!
Soho / Stoke Newington