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Hattie Lloyd 11/07/22

The Best Brunch in East London

East London is brunch’s spiritual home.

It started out with the Aussie coffee houses, and now you can score a good breakfast at dozens of different cafés and restaurants, from Middle Eastern mezze to Singaporean toast, Sri Lankan spreads, and the good ol’ Full English.

Behold, The Nudge’s pick of the best brunches in East London:

Morito Hackney Road | Haggerston

morito hackney road brunch

Seamlessly weaving influences from Crete, Spain and Northern Africa, Morito is where to head next time you get a hankering for chickpea pancakes drizzled with Cretan honey; Menemen eggs with sujuk sausage; and flatbread toasties filled with piping hot graviera and feta cheese.

Details: Bottomless booze? No Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Weekends 10am-12pm
Address: 195 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL | Visit their website

Pavilion Café | Victoria Park

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The Pav has been feeding Victoria Park‘s strollers for over a decade, and its Sri Lankan breakfast (with string hoppers, dahl and coconut sambol) has earned its place as an East London brunch mainstay.

Details: Bottomless booze? No Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings: Open weekdays from 7am, weekends from 8am
Address: Victoria Park, Old Ford Road, London E9 7DE | Visit their website

Llama Inn | Shoreditch

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The phrase ‘Peruvian rooftop brunch’ ought to be enough to pique anyone’s curiosity about Llama Inn’s new Sunday offering… and that curiosity will be richly rewarded, thanks to refreshingly citrusy mixto ceviche with grilled octopus & avocado; some gorgeously fluffy pancakes draped in sweet chancaca, muña brown butter & cream; and half a grilled chicken with a wonderfully seasoned skin, some moreish aji crema, and crisp cups of baby gem lettuce to scoop it all up in.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Sunday, 11am-4pm
Address: The Hoxton Shoreditch, 1 Willow St, EC2A 4BH | Visit their website

Bistrotheque | Bethnal Green

bistrotheque east london brunch

Bistrotheque’s brunch (accompanied by Xavior on piano) has a menu of almost a dozen brunch-only cocktails, and a slightly more condensed menu of dishes (Full English, French Toast, etc.). So at least they have their priorities straight.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? Yes | Bookable? Yes
Weekends 11am-4pm (live piano 12-3pm)
23-27 Wadeson Street, E2 9DR | Visit their website

The Breakfast Club | Spitalfields, Hoxton & Across London

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The Breakfast Club started out as an ode to 80s pop culture, and inadvertently kick-started London’s brunch obsession. Nowadays their upbeat, retro caffs are all over the city, lavishing punters with giant stacks of pancakes; eggs every which way; and their famous hangover-busting smoothies.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes, but weekends mostly walk-in
All day, every day
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Ozone | Old Street, Bethnal Green

ozone brunch

An all day Antipodean brunch joint that takes its coffee seriously (they roast the stuff in-house, and supply literally hundreds of other coffee shops and restaurants around the world). And to go with it? How does eggs benny on bubble & squeak cakes; kimchi fritters with wild garlic; or banana bread with cultured butter sound…

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Weekdays only
Weekdays 7.30am-3pm, weekends 8.30am-4pm
11 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4AQ | Visit their website

Brunswick East | Dalston & Hackney Downs

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An East London stalwart that keeps going from strength to strength. They’ve just opened a second branch that serves all the hits – chilli poached eggs with garlic yoghurt; Japanese savoury pancakes; fermented cherries on sourdough – you name it.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Weekdays (reduced brunch menu) 8.30am-5pm, weekends 9am-5pm
Unit 3D Stamford Works, Gillett Street, N16 8JH | 47-317 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney Downs, E8 2BT | Visit their website

Snackbar | Dalston

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Snackbar’s globetrotting morning menu brings together hash brown & chorizo breakfast burritos; kimcheese croissants and the SnackMuffin – a gourmand’s take on that breakfast muffin – in pared-back, relaxed surroundings.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes All you can eat? No Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Wed-Fri from 8am, weekends from 10am
Address: 20 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ
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Brother MarcusSpitalfields, Borough & Angel

BM will ply you with dishes like fried chicken & potato rosti; brioche French toast with bacon floss; and stacks of courgette and feta fritters with a poached egg. Just like a good brother should.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Weekdays from 8.30am, weekends from 10am
2 Crispin Place, E1 6DW
 | Visit their website

Lantana | Old Street, Fitzrovia, London Bridge

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Modelled after the Australian cafes that the owners used to frequent in Sydney, Lantana does delicious cocktails (everything from espresso martinis to a Chai Old Fashioned), solid brunch dishes (rhubarb & custard French toast, corn fritters, bubble & squeak with black pudding, etc.), and stellar coffee.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes All you can eat? No Set menu? No Bookable? Yes
Weekdays 8am-12pm, weekends 9am-4pm
2 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1HQ 
Visit their website

Dishoom | Shoreditch, Carnaby, Covent Garden, King’s Cross, Kensington

Dishoom brunch london

A selection of traditional Parsi appetisers and modern South Bombay street-grills in tantalising sharing plates. And that bacon naan. Wow.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
8-11.45am weekdays, 9-11.45am weekends
Address: 7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE
 | Visit their website

E5 Bakehouse | Hackney

Made entirely with exclusively organic, UK-grown wheat ground by the on-site stone mill each day at sunrise, this railway arch’s baking sustains the planet… and their breakfast will sustain you.

Details: Bottomless booze? No All you can eat? No Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings: Daily, from 7.30am weekdays/8am weekends
Address: Arch 396, Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH 
Visit their website

The Marksman | Hackney

marksman brunch hackney

Anton Rodriguez

London’s home of the roast just became home of the brunch, too. Dine on sophisticated brunch classics like treacle sourdough or Dorset crab kedgeree, or just cave and go for the wing rib with onion rings and fried eggs for two.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Saturdays, 11am-3pm
Address: 254 Hackney Road, London, E2 7SJ
 | Visit their website

Duck and Waffle | Liverpool Street

Duck & Waffle london brunch

Saving you any painful decision-making by naming the restaurant after their best brunch dish, D&W seal the deal by serving it to you on the 40th floor, with one of the best views in the city.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Breakfast weekdays 6-11am, brunch on weekends & bank holidays 6am-4.30pm
110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
| Visit their website

Crispin | Spitalfields

Start the weekend right with Crispin’s brunch deal, landing you a glass of wine or fizz alongside a small plate (pork & sage croquettes, burrata with plum & hazelnuts, etc); a main (eggs royale with coppa ham; pork schnitzel Holstein); and a dessert for £30.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? Available | Bookable? Yes
Weekends 10am-3pm
Pavilion on The Corner, White’s Row, E1 7NF 
| Visit their website

Towpath Café | Haggerston

Open only for the warmer months, Towpath’s canalside tables are one of the true blessings of the British summer. Just be prepared to battle the dozens of other Londoners who feel the same way.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Wed-Sat from 9am
42 De Beauvoir Crescent, London N1 5SB
| Visit their website

Jones & Sons | Dalston

A legendary London brunch. Not only are the drinks bottomless, but the food is too. Enjoy infinite smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, waffles, pancakes, French toast, Benedicts, Full Englishes, and more.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes | All you can eat? Yes | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm
Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH
| Visit their website

Mildreds Dalston | Dalston, Soho, Camden & King’s Cross

Once you’ve made your way though a hearty plate of pancakes with blueberry compote; a harissa & scrambled tofu bap and smashed avo on sourdough, you probably won’t even notice that your entire meal was vegan.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings (Dalston):
Daily from 9am
1 Dalston Square, E8 3GU
| Visit their website

Berber & Q | Haggerston

Berber & Q brunch London

As one of the pre-eminent grilling spots in London, Berber & Q have made the wise decision to grill brunch, too – so you’ll find campfire roasted beets served with burnt baba ghanoush, honeyed feta and 8 minute eggs.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Saturday 12-3pm
Arch 338 Acton Mews, E8 4EA
| Visit their website


Looking for more inspiration? Check out all our recommendations for London brunches here

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