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 best places for brunch in London, from the classic Wolseley to the hottest brunch party of the moment. Your weekend starts here…
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Lina Stores, King’s Cross
What do you get when you take an old-school London stalwart, and mix it with the new kid on the block? Your new go-to brunch destination, that’s what. Lina Stores first opened its doors on Soho’s Brewer Street in 1944, and ever since has been providing Londoners with drool-worthy pasta, authentic Italian cheese and charcuterie, and freshly made desserts. Now, exactly 75 years later, it’s set up camp in King’s Cross’s vibrant new Granary Square development and has added brunch to its mouth-watering menu. La Colazione features the first-class Italian ingredients Lina Stores is known for, reimagined as breakfast dishes. There’s rosemary focaccia with Tuscan fennel sausages and scamorza, scrambled egg adorned with fresh truffle, and polenta with roasted mushrooms and parmigiano. Those with a sweet tooth can finish off with the Bamboloni, Nutella-filled breakfast doughnuts, or a fig pastry with vanilla cream. Want it all? Plates are small and made for sharing, so order a few for the table is my recommendation. And if you still can’t get enough, then you can stock up on fresh pasta, pastries and chocolates in the deli next door.
Malibu Kitchen at The Ned
For an eat-until-you’re-beat veggie indulgence fused with bubbles and decadent settings, Malibu Kitchen at The Ned is your Saturday brunch go-to. The California-style feast launched this September, serving up an all-you-can-eat-inspired experience, but with a vegan/vegetarian twist. Indulge in delectable deep fried halloumi – perfectly paired with a dollop of tofu mayonnaise – alongside delicious pulled jackfruit and delightfully wholesome chia seed flat bread with creamy cashew spread, all whilst enjoying the pervading sounds of soulful jazz. But be sure to save room for the real pièce de résistance – the desserts table. From petit four-style lemon polenta and raw chocolate cakes to turmeric pavlova and charming chocolate cookies, there’s a treat to satisfy any bruncher’s sweet tooth.
By Daniella Saunders. All-you-can-eat Saturday Brunch starts from £30 pp or £35 pp with an inclusive glass of prosecco. 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ. thened.com
Balham has become something of a brunch mecca in recent years, with hip Hildreth Street spot Milk taking centre stage. Set up by Aussie duo Julian Porter and Lauren Johns, Milk first opened back in 2012 as M1LK, but in 2015 it underwent a refurbishment, re-opening without the numeral as Milk. First thing’s first: you will have to queue on weekends, as the Balham brunchers are out in force – but hold out, because the food really is top-notch. Hungover? Go for their sweetcorn fritters, served with smashed avo, halloumi and smoked bacon; or the Kurdish baked eggs with chorizo, spinach and labneh. If you’re after something quirky, the fillet’o’fish sandwich is a popular choice, made with red snapper, baked eggs and nut milk. Decor is light, bright and simple, with outdoor tables set on cobbled Hildreth Street, ideal for the summer months. Great coffee, delicious food, friendly staff – what more could you want?
18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG. milk.london
Kym’s Lobster Brunch
The ultimate luncheon for Lobster lovers, Kym’s brand-new lobster brunch is the ideal way to spend a blissful Saturday afternoon. Nestled within the Hong Kong-inspired restaurant’s stylish interior, which features a beautiful life-size blossom tree, a sophisticated bar area and ambient low lighting, you’ll delight in an array of delicious and decadent Chinese-style dishes, from smacked pickled cucumber and a Bloody Mary shot to start, to ‘sunny-side up’ sourdough prawn toast with smoked salmon or candied bacon – the choice is yours. The main event is of course a mighty half lobster; have yours sweet and tender ‘poached Kym’s soy’ style or in a crispy breadcrumb coating, ‘roasted typhoon shelter’ (both as delicious as the other), enjoyed with a generous side of jasmine rice and steamed greens. If you’re vegetarian, have no fear; the restaurant also offers a ‘sunny-side up’ wild mushroom or truffle toast option and a typhoon shelter aubergine dish if you’re looking to ditch the claws. Whatever you order, be sure to pair it with a delicious Chinese-style cocktail such as the Yuzu Negroni, a sumptuous fusion of sake, rose vermouth and Campari, or go bottomless for an extra £15 and celebrate the weekend in style.
From £45 per person (plus £15 for bottomless). 12pm every Saturday. 19 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR. kymsrestaurant.com
Robin and Sarah Gill transport diners to 60s downtown Manhattan with their new Swinging Brunch offering, just launched at Battersea restaurant Darby’s. Get into the spirit with a soundtrack of swing jazz from a roster of live bands while tucking into twists on brunch classics – smoked chalk stream trout with poached Cacklebean egg and brown butter hollandaise, for instance – alongside freshly baked pastries. Their oyster bar will also be up and running, with a range of varieties available to try including Blackwater Wild and Achill. Pair with cocktails and Bloody Mary’s before rounding things off on a sweet note with the dreamy burnt honey cake.
Darby’s Swinging Brunch is available from 9am-12.45pm every Saturday and Sunday with live music 11am-1pm. 3 Viaduct Gardens Road, Embassy Gardens, London, SW11 7AY. darbys-london.com
The Little Yellow Door
Restless brunchers will love the new interactive offering at Notting Hill hangout The Little Yellow Door, a quirky, colourful space designed to feel like your friend’s living room. Order the French Toast Jenga – Jenga shaped pieces of toast covered in tiers of toppings – and your dish will come with a real life version of the game on the side. If jenga’s not your thing, there are plenty more board games to choose from, and even films being shown in the downstairs den. Other brunch offerings are equally playful: Take a Lead out of My Bagel, for instance, is a vegan dish of beetroot hummus, rocket salad, tomatoes, olives and capers. Nursing a hangover? Go for the Full Mexican Breakfast: a spicy number made up of eggs, pulled pork, streaky bacon, refried beans and avocado. Your call on the free-flowing prosecco…
6-8 All Saints Rd, Notting Hill, London W11. thelittleyellowdoor.com
Rail House Café
Round the corner from Victoria station you’ll find Rail House Café, nestled within the buzzing Sir Simon Milton Square. The offspring of Fitzrovia’s Riding House Café, this trendy spot is a large and airy space with industrial chic interiors, partly inspired by the concept of a bustling metropolitan station. Brunch options accommodate both health-conscious diners and those after something more indulgent: there’s quinoa porridge and chia seed pots, but there’s also buttermilk pancakes with triple-smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup. The shakshuka, served with feta, avocado and sourdough, is particularly good, as is the full veggie breakfast: grilled halloumi, smoked piquillo peppers, fried potato, eggs, mushrooms and slow-roasted tomatoes. With a range of seating options available – including an al fresco bar, ground-floor restaurant, upstairs bar and private dining room – Rail House Café is a perfect for
group dining. 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, London SW1E 5DJ. railhouse.cafe
If you’re heading into Marylebone for a spot of weekend shopping, be sure to stop at Yosma on Baker Street for some much-needed fuel. Weekends are for indulging, so forsake your usual green smoothie to tuck into a steaming hot plate of Çiblir – poached eggs drenched in yoghurt, Aleppo chilli butter, garlic and burnt leek. Add a portion of homemade Baklava and bottomless Turkish tea and you’re ready to go. There’s a reason Anatolian cuisine has come back into fashion, and Yosma’s just the place to try it.
50 Baker Street, London W1U 7BT. yosma.london
While everyone else is busy queuing outside the original Farm Girl in Notting Hill, head to one of their other venues. The uber-popular cafe now has a second location in Chelsea, as well as an outpost in the
Sweaty Betty flagship on Carnaby Street. 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. 9 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ. 59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB. thefarmgirl.co.uk
The Providores & Tapa Room
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. theprovidores.co.uk
Avenue in the heart of St James’s is always buzzing with the chatter of London’s trendy set, and never more so than at weekends during the brunch service. Choose from two or three courses, sit back and enjoy a catch-up with friends as your Prosecco and Bloody Mary’s are constantly topped up by waiters on stand-by – and trust us, the drinks are top-notch. Don’t leave without trying one of the ‘Hard Shakes’ – milkshakes decadently blended with alcohol that are pure genius. Standout dishes include truffle mac’n’cheese, the buttermilk kimchi burger and the dark chocolate brownie if you still have space for dessert. A great venue for a
special occasion with the spectacular Decanting Bar at the centre of the room and sparkling chandelier of wine glasses for added glamour (and decently priced for the location, too). 7-9 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1EE. avenue-restaurant.co.uk
Situated just a few metres from the old American embassy, this brunch spot exudes Upper East Side style and you’d be forgiven for mistaking another patron for Jay Gatsby himself. The Art Deco burnt-ochre booths and lighting are dispersed with pops of colour from bright, flowery Liberty London print cushions and matching menus (the pattern was developed exclusively for the restaurant). And then the food. You won’t find smashed avo on toast here, but instead enjoy Japanese wagyu croquettes, stone bass ceviche tacos and melt-in-mouth short rib mac and cheese. For those after more traditional brunch offerings, there’s lobster omelette thermidor, waffles with foie gras or buttermilk fried chicken (a nod to the traditionally Southern delicacy). Wash it all down with a delicious green juice, or for something slightly more indulgent, a bloody Mary. What’s are you waiting for, old sport?
34 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HD. 34-restaurant.co.uk
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
Nobu last year launched it 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. nobuhotelshoreditch.com
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. thewolseley.com
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. balthazarlondon.com
The Daisy Green Collection
For a healthy Aussie-inspired brunch head to one of the Daisy Green spots – there are branches all over London in areas including Victoria, Marylebone and Soho. Dishes are delicious and beautifully presented; highlights include the broccoli & corn fritters with avocado, poached eggs and chilli pesto and The Bondi, a healthier version of the classic fry up – bacon, sausage, mushrooms, avocado, poached eggs and charcoal toast. If you’re feeling something sweet, go for the banana bread sandwich, which comes with berries, almonds, honey, mascarpone and honey. Celebrating something? Make it boozy with their bottomless deal, which includes unlimited prosecco and mimosas for two hours.
Various locations. daisygreenfood.com
Brother Marcus is the brainchild of three school friends, who decided to quit their day jobs and set up their own cafe from scratch in Balham. When we say from scratch we really mean it – the trio did everything themselves, from painting the walls to building the seats for the back garden. The result? A friendly, trendy cafe, which serves up a particularly delicious all-day brunch. The Step Sister is a popular option: sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters topped with a poached egg, as well as the Bob’s Your Uncle: pork belly, fried egg, cucumber, spring onion, sriracha & tomato relish in a Cretan pitta. Following the success of their Balham spot, they’ve since added two more branches to the collection: one in Angel, and another just opened in Spitalfields.
Balham: 9 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 8JA. Angel: 37-39, Camden Passage, London N1 8EA. Spitalfields: 2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, E1 6DW. brothermarcus.co.uk
With its opulent interiors and trendy sugar-free menu, A.O.K. Bakery fits right in amid ever-chic Marylebone. The setting is built for Instagram: think mother of pearl floors, plush velvet seating, flower ceiling and silk wallpaper – but it’s not all about appearance, and thankfully the food is really good too. Open all day, the space comprises of a restaurant, bakery and bar, with a menu inspired by the sun-soaked shores of California. Everything is free from refined sugar, but this certainly doesn’t mean all boring salads – they describe their food as ‘comfort food with a healthy approach.’ Brunch offerings include pancakes with maple syrup and berries, sweet potato and feta frittatas and breakfast tacos, alongside baked treats like savoury muffins and gluten-free pastries.
52-55 Dorset St, Marylebone, London W1U 7NH. aokkitchen.co.uk
Despite its location in the basement of one of the buildings on Thayer Street, Peruvian restaurant Pachamama is bright and airy, with an art deco air about it. Their brunch waffles, which come with either a quinoa or sweet potato base, taste just as good as they look. Choose between a mixture of sweet and savoury toppings, from Peruvian fried chicken to peanut butter with grilled plantain and cacao nibs. Or if it’s not too early in the morning, try one of their ceviche dishes like the sea bass with tiger’s milk and sweet potato crisps. Can’t decide? Go for the brunch tasting menu, which includes a number of dishes designed to be shared by two people.
18 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JY. pachamamalondon.com
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. aquavitrestaurants.com/london start the slideshow