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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

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

Bōkan, Canary WharfScallops at Bokan

One of London’s best open air roof terraces is bringing summertime vibes to the river, and taking weekend brunch to new heights with its brand new bottomless brunch and Sunday Jazz sessions. 39 floors above the streets of the city, you can enjoy the likes of crispy egg royale with light wasabi hollandaise with unlimited prosecco and renowned jazz quartets, all while admiring the 360 views. Novotel Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14, www.bokanlondon.co.uk

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

Bernardi’s Summer Sundays, Marylebone

Bernardis Summer Sundays Brunch

Bernardi’s in Marylebone hosts a fabulous brunch party every Sunday this summer. Perfect for a day out in the city with friends, you can enjoy special Italian cocktails and cicchetti alongside the new brunch menu with Italian-inspired dishes such as Gnocchi alla Romana, poached eggs and smoked salmon. It starts with brunch and goes on into the night – with drinks and food flowing and DJs on the decks you won’t want to leave, so get comfortable… 62 Seymour Street, London W1, www.bernardis.co.uk

Granger & Co, ChelseaGranger Co Chelsea

Find a ray of Australian sunshine in Chelsea, at Bill Granger’s newest Granger & Co outpost. Hone your bikini bod with greens, beets and grains, or let it all hang out with the ‘Fresh Aussie’ brunch of jasmine tea hot smoked salmon, poached eggs, greens, avocado and cherry tomatoes. Plenty of sunny, vibrant and feel-good dishes will get you prepped for the week ahead. 237 Pavilion Road, London SW1, www.grangerandco.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

Frunch at Bad Egg, MoorgateBad Egg Frunch

Every Friday this summer, Bad Egg will host a Frunch pop-up in their restaurant to bring a much-needed upgrade to the usual long lunches in the City. From 2:30 to 10pm, guests can enjoy free-flowing Prosecco and frozen margaritas to accompany updated American diner classics with old skool hip-hop playing in the background. Classics such as the Bad Egg Burger with Nduja fondue are on the menu, as well as new creations including a Pulled Pork and Kimchi Hash. The perfect end to a long week of work, but not for the faint hearted… City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2, www.badegg.london

Koya Bar, SohoKoya-Bar-Brunch-

How do you like your eggs in the morning? How about floating in an udon noodle soup? Cheap, cheerful but absolutely not lacking on the food front, Koya Bar’s breakfast menu is that of champions. The English Breakfast bowl comes with the full works – fried egg, bacon, (shitake) mushrooms – with noodles and a hearty broth. For the healthier option try the rice porridge. No reservations so get down early… 50 Frith Street, London W1, www.koyabar.co.uk

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