Better than breakfast, more leisurely than lunch, by both name and nature brunch gives us the best of both culinary worlds. What’s more, London’s restaurants are offering more innovative and intriguing menus than ever. So whether you’re an avo-toast addict or weak at the knees for a fry up, there’s something for all palettes.
We’ve rounded up some of the best brunch spots in London for every type of citizen. Brunching for business? Head to Yauatcha City’s Supreme Saturdays. Need to impress the other half? Breakfast in the clouds at Duck & Waffle. Foodies head to Rawduck while those wanting the best of British flock to St John Bread and Wine. After instagrammable interiors? Palm Vaults is pastel perfect whilst Jikoni is sure to make you swoon. And that’s just the start – read on for our ultimate list of best brunch spots in London.
This picanteria and pisco bar is the younger, trendier sister of Soho’s Ceviche restaurant and one of several across London focusing on Peruvian cuisine. Yet Andina has a more Andean bent – and it’s largely healthy to boot. Expect superfood-packed Latin American twists on brunch classics such as Chicharrón sandwich of confit pork belly and camote ketchup in a soft bun or the oat and quinoa granola with lucuma puree – all washed down with some pisco-infused bloody marys.
How does the saying go? The early bird catches the naan? It’s certainly true of Dishoom where the legendary bacon naan draws hungry crowds. Here, break your fast with wholesome dishes such as kejriwal – fried eggs on chilli cheese toast – or a lighter glass of chai with a buttery bun maska for dipping.
This Shoreditch restaurant is one of Dishoom’s four London outposts, its old industrial space evoking the atmosphere of Irani cafes in late twentieth century Bombay. Its cool clientele spill out onto the verandah filled with well-thumbed books, curious and creaking armchairs. Linger here with a newspaper and a lassi or make use of the free, aptly named, ChaiFi.
Caravan puts modern flair in regular brunch fare with dishes as diverse as granola with salted coconut yoghurt, pistachio and pickled sultanas and grain pancakes with maple mascarpone with pomegranate and walnut salsa. If your waistband is feeling particularly loose, we’d recommend the slow roast pork belly with kimchi pancake or the brown shrimp and grits with bourbon butter. The coffee, daily roasted in small batches on site, is among London’s finest. Caravan has branches in Kings Cross, Exmouth Market and Bankside, just a two minute walk from our hotel.
4.Duck & Waffle
London’s loftiest brunch spot, Duck & Waffle teeters some 40 floors above ground level. The ox cheek benedict and congee are some off-piste favourites as is the foie gras crème brûlée with pork crackling brioche. But the star of the show is the restaurant’s eponymous dish of crispy confit duck leg with a fried duck egg atop belgian waffles, smothered in mustard-maple syrup – and best enjoyed with a side of panoramic city views. The restaurant’s open 24/7 so head there straight from bed (or the bar, if you’ve been slaying it into the small hours) and watch sunrise over mimosas.
Perched on the Thames, a short walk from our Bankside hotel, Sea Containers is London’s chicest (and tastiest) place for people watching. Grab a seat on the roof terrace as joggers dogtrot along the Southbank and brunch is rustled up at an open kitchen inside. Designed by Tom Dixon as part of Mondrian London, the restaurant takes its cue from the golden age of transatlantic travel. A yellow submarine hangs over the bar in ode to the building’s maritime history.
Foxlow is the younger sibling of legendary Hawksmoor and on the weekend they whip up a mean breakfast. Bold choices include the fried chicken and egg on a croissant waffle and the hanger steak with rose harissa yoghurt and ras el hanout tomatoes. Wash it down with the restaurant’s signature mimosa made with gin, prosecco and grapefruit sherbet and you’ll be ready to take on the week ahead.
7.St John Bread and Wine
“Perhaps you wake up having dreamt of a bacon sandwich? Well, here you’ll find the bacon sandwich of your nocturnal fantasies.” So says Fergus Henderson, the culinary brains behind the iconic nose-to-tail restaurant St. John. Its utilitarian Spitalfields offshoot, St. John Bread and Wine, takes the same salt-of-the-earth approach to breakfast, served daily from 8 until lunch. No-nonsense dishes of grilled kipper, devilled kidneys on sourdough and bircher muesli make up the menu. Yet it’s the bacon sarnie which steals the show. Using home-cured rare breed bacon and lightly charred, skillfully buttered bread fresh from the on-site bakery, it will make you make you happy as a pig in muck.
At £49 a head, it comes as no surprise that Saturday brunch at Yauatcha City is so good that they’ve named the event Supreme Saturdays. Between 12 and 5pm, visitors are welcomed with an eye-opening lychee martini or negroni before appetising platters of dim sum give way to hedonistic mains such as truffle pork belly rib, foie gras diced beef and lobster vermicelli. Picture-perfect desserts and farewell espresso martinis and amaretto sours serve as the finale to this showstopper breakfast.
Like this? Check out sister restaurant Hakkasan’s Dim Sum Sundays and keep the party going all weekend.
Once dubbed ‘the new Fanny Craddock’ (we’ll take that as a compliment) by Gordon Ramsay, chef Ravinder Bhogal now brings globally inspired dishes to our brunch table at her eclectic restaurant, Jikoni. Meaning ‘kitchen’ in Swahili, this eatery is a glorious mish-mash of ditsy fabrics, scatter cushions and quaint chinoiserie. Reflecting Bhogal’s African-Indian-British heritage, the menu spans cultures. Try the fenugreek waffles with tamarind and maple glazed bacon or the mutton keema sloppy joe – all washed down with a cucumber and gin lassi. Sweet tooth’s will love the banana cake with ovaltine kulfi, miso butterscotch and peanut brittle. PHWOAR.
10. Palm Vaults
Widely touted as London’s most Instagrammable cafe, Palm Vaults offers a dreamy slice of Miami at the top of, erm, Mare Street. There’s verdant succulents, marble-topped tables, exposed brick walls, gold accents, vintage furniture and pastel-hued, well, everything – there’s even pink paper in the till. Even the toilets are prime selfie-material. But the cafe is more than just a pretty face. Expect hashtag-friendly (and largely healthy) fare such as turmeric lattes and avocado coffee, vegan bacon and courgette cake. You’ll be instafamous before you’ve even paid the bill.
This all-day London Fields eatery is no ugly duckling. Much like it’s Soho-based sister restaurant Ducksoup, its menu draws inspiration from Mediterranean cookery, emphasising quality ingredients, respectfully prepared but with the added flare of flavours from further afield. In-house fermented kombucha, nut milks, drinking vinegars and kefir keep Rawduck at the top of the food-trend game. Kimchi Mary? Yes. Please. It’s menu lives up to the culinary hype too with dishes such as pumpkin pancakes with goats curd and sunny fried eggs with coconut rice, chilli sambal, pickled cucumbers and roasted peanuts.
With unlimited smorgasbords and bottomless herbal aquavit cocktails or Czech pilsner, KuPP is right up our street when it come for a weekend re-fuel. Try the Smokin’ Roast Bord – a Nordic twist on the British roast dinner – the self-explanatory Fiske (fish) Bord or the signature KuPP Bord with house-smoked meatballs, potted rabbit and chorizo sausage roll. New for 2017, there’s a veggie board which features Danish blue, a wild mushroom and tarragon tart and pickled veggies among many plant-based treats. So stock up on rye bread and pull up a seat in the restaurant’s pared-back industrial glass house overlooking on the Paddington Basin – it’s the perfect place to enjoy a ‘Scandi Collins’ (or three). Skål!
Saving the best ‘til last (nothing quite like blowing your own trumpet, right?), the newly launched Sunday Brunch Club at our Shoreditch hotel is perfect both for hotel guests who don’t want to venture too far or visitors looking for somewhere to kick back and enjoy some decent grub. Running from 10am until 2pm every Sunday, this buffet-style feast offers something for everyone, whether you’re an eggs, avo and salmon-style morning person or one that’s running to our DIY bloody mary station. We pride ourself on championing locally made produce such as Newton & Pott jams and chutneys as well as Qnola quinoa-based cereal. With a live DJ, colourful artwork, the latest papers and fantastic views, our living room vibe is playful yet relaxed, a home from home. All citizens welcome. Dig in.