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The Best Brunches in London


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The Best Brunches in London

Wondering where to recover the morning after? We've got the best brunch spots in the city all in one place...

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Brunch: it’s an institution.  It may not be the most important meal of the day, but it’s definitely the best – if you know where to go! We’ve rounded up the top brunch spots in London, from the classic Wolseley to the hottest brunch party of the moment. Your weekend starts here…

The Best Brunches in London

Farm Girl Soho

Farm Girl Soho

While everyone else is busy queuing outside the original Farm Girl in Notting Hill, head to the Sweaty Betty flagship on Carnaby Street where the uber-popular cafe has just opened an outpost – and it’s still a relative secret! You will have seen the Super Lattes all over your Instagram feed, and we can confirm they are just as delicious as they look – the Rose Latte is a classic, while the Butterfly Matcha and Liquid Gold (made with turmeric, cinnamon, astragalus, honey and coconut milk) are definitely worth a try if you like your drinks to be of the ultra-nourishing kind. Their avocado toast is undoubtedly one of the best in town, and their salad and Acai bowls are a great hangover cure that’ll leave you feeling fresh. The ‘build your own bowl’ option will ensure everyone’s kept happy. 1 Carnaby Street, London W1F 9QF. www.thefarmgirl.co.uk

The Orange, Pimlico

The Orange Brunch

Pub and mini-hotel The Orange is a lovely spot for a Sunday brunch. Pop in after a slow saunter through the elegant streets of Belgravia, having picked up some flowers from Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart just across the street and some fresh fruit and veg from the market which appears in the small square opposite. The menu includes only a few dishes, but so curated that you won’t find yourself wanting for anything more. The Full English is old-school perfection, while the chilli cornbread with smashed avocado, poached eggs and herbs is a London-best brunch dish. Opt for a fresh juice to keep it healthy, and get comfortable in your chair with a copy of The Times in this light-flooded haven of calm. For a real treat, book yourself in for a weekend staycation – in true Cubitt House style, there are only four bedrooms, each designed in exceptional taste to create a cosy, retro retreat in the city that you’ll struggle to leave. 37 Pimlico Road, SW1 theorange.co.uk

The Providores & Tapa Room, Marylebone

Providores Brunch

Providores is a classic brunch spot for Marylebone locals, thanks to its buzzing atmosphere and food with a difference. This is the place to go if eggs ‘n bacon don’t quite cut it for you… The innovative and exciting fusion food on offer includes brunch dishes such as Turkish Eggs (poached eggs with whipped yoghurt and chilli butter) and an excellent grilled chorizo, sweet potato miso hash, boiled egg, labne and cashew praline – great for those who want a bit of everything. Book ahead to get a table upstairs by the window for some excellent people watching. 109 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RX. www.theprovidores.co.uk

Nobu Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Brunch

Recently opened and already making waves on the Shoreditch scene, Nobu has just launched its first ever Sunday Brunch – and it’s truly amazing. Every Sunday from 11 to 3pm, guests can enjoy a selection of Nobu’s “greatest hits” as well as brand new dishes that have been specially created. The bespoke Brunch Bar alone is worth making the trip for – signature Nobu sushi, sashimi, tiradito, tataki, oysters, hot foods and lots more all laid out enticingly before you, and, amazingly, it’s unlimited. Don’t get too carried away, though. As part of the brunch you’ll also be served round after round of sharing dishes, including a heavenly parmesan truffle rice toban, tangy grouper tempura with amazu ponzu and roasted short ribs. And, as if that weren’t enough, there’s a dessert bar too packed with sweet treats and exotic fruits. Arrive hungry and emerge quasi-delirious… The perfect way to while away a Sunday. Food only: £45 per person; from £55 including drinks.

10-50 Willow Street, London EC2A 4BH, www.nobuhotelshoreditch.com

Sexy Fish, Mayfair

Sexy Fish Sexy Brunch

Since opening in 2015, Sexy Fish has been widely regarded as one of the most fashionable and luxurious places to eat in town, and constantly has hoardes of paparazzi waiting outside. Now offering a Sexy Brunch, it’s undoubtedly the coolest place to be on a weekend. Sexy Brunch is essentially a daytime party featuring Japanese-inspired brunch items, fun cocktails and the likes of Nick Grimshaw on the DJ decks.

The food is nothing short of exceptional: having tried and tested it ourselves, we can tell you that you should go with an empty stomach and be prepared to indulge. The wagyu beef, foie gras and truffle gyoza are heaven on a plate, while the signature Sexy Benedict of poached eggs served on black charcoal muffin with lobster and truffle is unique. We really cannot recommend this place more, but be prepared to spend, spend, spend… Berkeley Square, London W1 www.sexyfish.com

The Wolseley, Piccadilly

The Wolseley Brunch Food

Classic and timeless. You can’t help but feel that you’re a ‘someone’ from the moment you step inside. The menu is extensive and caters to all tastes; the devilled lambs kidneys, haggis and grilled kippers are big-hitters, but for those who aren’t big morning eaters there’s granola, fruit and bread to graze on. If AA Gill wrote a whole book about it, then it’s got to be good. 160 Piccadilly, London W1, 020 7499 6996, www.thewolseley.com

Balthazar, Covent GardenBalthazar Brunch

Eat like a New Yorker. The eggs here are unrivalled: scramblers with Cornish crab, herb omelette, Benedict, Royale or Florentine, or ‘as you wish’. Hungry? Get the whole grilled lobster. 4–6 Russell Street, London WC2, www.balthazarlondon.com

Margot, Covent GardenMargot Covent Garden Brunch

Only a few months old but already a staple, Margot in the heart of Covent Garden offers an Italian twist on the classic brunch menu with wonderful concoctions such as fried eggs with burrata and Tuscan salami. Try the yellow Bloody Mary for a much-needed mid-morning kick. 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2, www.margotrestaurant.com

Señor Ceviche Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia

Senor Ceviche Brunch

The ultimate Peruvian-inspired brunch in the heart of London. With some of the best food and drinks this side of Lima, the new Señor Ceviche site in Fitzrovia offers an exclusive brunch menu to start your weekend in style. In a colourful space inspired by the grand colonial architecture of the Peruvian capital, enjoy signature ceviches and tiraditos for a fresh start to the day, or opt for the innovative and delicious cornbread french toast with tomato salsa, avocado, poached eggs and yuzu truffle hollandaise. Make it a boozy brunch with free flowing Piscos or Cusqueñas for just £18 a person. We’ll drink to that! 18 Charlotte Street, London W1, www.senor-ceviche.com

The Ivy Tower Bridge

The Ivy Tower Bridge Avocado Toast

Within touching distance of London’s impressive Tower Bridge is the newest offering from the Ivy Collection, complete with its own special Weekend Brunch menu that is one of London’s top contenders. Begin by looking out over the river while sipping a classic peach Bellini on the outdoor terrace, complete with gloriously soft signature green blankets for when there’s a chill. Start with the tuna carpaccio and truffle arancini to nibble on, before diving into a classic Eggs Benedict or steak sandwich – or both! The build-your-own waffles will keep the kids happy, too. One Tower Bridge, London SE1, www.theivytowerbridge.com

Aquavit London, St James’ Market

Aquavit London Brunch

A Nordic brunch may not be an obvious choice, but it definitely should be! If you’ve had your fill of the usual eggs ‘n bacon, head to stunning contemporary Nordic restaurant Aquavit for one of the coolest brunches in the city. With live music every weekend, feast on Gravlax and Herring for something typical, go for the Eel Benedict for a modern brunch twist, or enjoy the Aquavit breakfast if a full English is still your favourite. Add unlimited wine for £15, too… St James’ Market, 1 Carlton Street, London SW1, www.aquavitrestaurants.com/london

Ben’s Canteen

Ben's Canteen

Laidback neighbourhood hangout Ben’s Canteen is packed full of London grads every weekend, drawn by the famous Bloody Mary’s and hangover-curing Australian-style brunch. Change it up with the devilishly decadent Fried Chicken Benedict or Recovery Burger, with black pudding and sausage patty, cheese, bacon, hash brown, fried egg and signature sauce – not for the faint-hearted. If you’re in need of a lighter option, the sweetcorn and courgette fritters are great with a side of smashed avo and feta. Don’t make plans for afterwards and hop back into bed instead. Sites in Clapham Junction and Earlsfield, and Battersea Power Station coming soon. www.benscanteen.com

Colbert, Chelsea

Colbert Breakfast

You can enjoy the classic ‘petit déjeuner’ at Colbert until midday all week, making it the perfect early brunch spot. Inspired by French pavement cafés, it’s perfect for people watching as one of the hottest spots to see and be seen in the capital. Try the unbeatable eggs Florentine and sip on a café crème for the closest thing to Parisian chic in London. 50-52 Sloane Sq, London SW1, www.colbertchelsea.com

Roast, Borough Market

Roast Brunch Lobster Benedict

Deliciously British in style, Roast sits high above the crowds of Borough Market shoppers. Long a favourite among those in the know who wish to avoid the hustle and bustle, the restaurant has recently launched a brunch menu that’s well worth sampling. Opt for the Lobster Benedict which is especially generous, or try the classic grilled bacon chop with sausage, fried egg and chips which is great for curing hangovers. Top it off with one of their delightful cocktails – our favourite is the cucumber slushie – and to finish, pick up a punnet of strawberries from the stalls downstairs. Stoney Street, Borough Market, SE1, www.roast-restaurant.com

Gaucho, Piccadilly

Gaucho Chandon Brunch

Fresh from a refurb, the original Gaucho in Piccadilly retains its old-school look but with a fresher, less ‘macho’ feel. If you’re looking for a proper brunch party, the Electro Brunch Premium is the one for you – verging on OTT with its bottomless drink and food offering. Gaucho classics such as steak and eggs with chimichurri come in mini versions so that you can also enjoy the fried Provoleta cheese with caramelised onion chutney, baked chorizo, salt beef benedict and delightful mini croissants dipped in peanut butter dulche de leche. The ‘premium’ offering gives you unlimited pornstar and espresso martinis too, as well as the delightful sparkling Chandon Rosé which will have you on your feet dancing the afternoon away in no time. £59.95 per person, every Saturday from 11-4, gauchorestaurants.com

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