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Hattie Lloyd 11/07/22

The Best Brunch in North London

Brunch in North London: not just north of the river, but north of expectations too.

Here you can visit a new, nostalgia-laced greasy spoon from former Lyle’s chefs; cosy neighbourhood cafés; swanky restaurants on the 10th floor; outdoor terraces and more…

Common Ground | Finsbury Park

common ground brunch

This little neighbourhood café, with its beautiful, spacious back garden, really will give you common ground. Because if there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that this is one of the best vegetarian brunch spots in the city. And their dishes all go rather nicely with a Garibaldi cocktail and a slice of freshly baked chocolate babka…

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Weekdays 8.30am-4pm, Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm, Sunday 9.30am-4pm
49 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EF
| Visit their website

Sunday | Barnsbury, Belsize Park

Barnsbury might seem like a long way to go for brunch (unless you already live there, of course). But trust us, when you’re knee-deep in chilli beef with soft corn grits and fried eggs, that suddenly won’t seem to matter.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Tues-Fri 8.30am-5pm, weekends 9am-5pm
169 Hemingford Road, N1 1DA | Rowland Hill St, NW3 2AD 
| Visit their website

Ginger & White | Hampstead

A cosy neighbourhood spot tucked down a picturesque Hampstead side street, which specialises in good old-fashioned breakfast dishes like buttered sourdough soldiers and runny eggs, beans on toast and homemade peanut butter.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Weekdays 7.30am-5.30pm, weekends 8am-6pm
4a – 5a Perrins Court, NW3 1QS | Visit their website

Norman’s | Tufnell Park

A newly-opened, old-school greasy spoon, where you can score no-frills ham, eggs & chips; cheese on toast and bacon rolls with change from a fiver.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Wed-Sun, 10am-3pm
167 Junction Road, London, N19 5PZ | Visit their website

Ottolenghi | Islington

Yotam Ottolenghi: political activist, gay rights campaigner, pilates instructor, philosophy and comparative literature major and multi award-winning cook-book writer. He also owns and runs Ottolenghi…and the brunch there is as great as he is.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Mon-Sat 8am-12pm, Sun 9am-1pm
287 Upper Street London N1 2TZ 
|Visit their website

Granger and Co.Kings Cross, Clerkenwell, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Marylebone

Bill Granger made his name as a chef thanks to his scrambled eggs. Head to the sleekly designed Granger and Co. for brunch, and you’ll find out why.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings (King’s Cross):
Weekdays from 7am-12pm, weekends 8am-12pm
Address: Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG 
Visit their website

Kipferl | Angel

It’s been too long since you had a traditional Bauernfrühstuck. Get along to Kipferl on Camden Passage, and feast on traditional Austrian farmers’ breakfast stir fries; French toast with milk bread; and the legendary Viennese Sachertorte.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Daily from 10am
Address: 20 Camden Passage, London N1 8ED 
Visit their website

Brother Marcus | Angel, Borough & Spitalfields

Brother Marcus 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? Yes | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Daily from 9.30am
37-39 Camden Passage, N1 8EA
 | Visit their website

Caravan | King’s Cross (and Exmouth Market, Canary Wharf, Fitzrovia, Bankside & City)

Caravan brunch london

A London brunch classic, Caravan roasts coffee in-house, and dishes out numbers like vanilla pancakes with date molasses; chorizo and potato hash; and fried jalapeño cornbread with avocado and a fried egg. And the King’s Cross branch has a sizeable outdoor terrace overlooking the fountains of Granary Square.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Weekdays only
Timings (King’s Cross):
Weekday breakfast 8-11.30am, weekend brunch 9am-4pm
1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA
|Visit their website

Coal Office | King’s Cross

Coal Office: the best (and only) answer to the question “where can I find buttered scallop and Yemeni pancake with grilled octopus prepared by The Palomar’s Assaf Granit in a sleek, Tom Dixon-designed space?”

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Weekends, 12-4pm
Address: 2 Bagley Walk, London N1C 4PQ
 Visit their website

Beam | Crouch End, Highbury, Notting Hill

Beam brunch North London

Run by a mother and son team, Beam is home to London’s most generous brunch dish: the colossal Mediterranean breakfast with grilled halloumi; egg; feta filo pastry parcels; avo; sausage; more feta; olives; feta; and harissa yoghurt cascading off the plate.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Daily from 8am, be prepared to queue at weekends
Address: 40-41 Topsfield Parade, N8 8PT
 | 184 Blackstock Road, N5 1EF Visit their website

No Such Place | Highbury

If you’re looking for buttermilk pancakes with caramelised banana and peanut brittle; an amazing full vegan breakfast or crayfish tail with poached eggs and bottomless beer, bellinis and Bloody Maries… then there’s No Such Place.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Weekends 11am-3pm
190 New North Road, N1 7BJ 
| Visit their website

Granary Square Brasserie | King’s Cross

From the same group behind The Ivy, GSB is just as delicious, only with more exposed piping and some very reasonable prices… oh, and eggs benedict. With chips.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Weekends & bank holidays, 11am-3.45pm, breakfast menu available daily from 8.30am
1 Granary Square, N1C 4AB
| Visit their website

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

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: 5 Stable Street, N1C 4AB
 | Visit their website

Decimo | King’s Cross

Decimo not only looks incredible, but it tastes incredible, too. The food, from multi-Michelin Star winner Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, includes meltingly good Iberico pork skewers, fragrant tortillas dotted with plump gambas rojas, and entire jugs of margarita made with Mexican key limes. And that’s just for starters.

Details: Bottomless booze? No, but margaritas are available by the jug | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Saturdays 12-2.30pm
Address: The Standard London, 10 Argyle Street, WC1H 8EG | Visit their website


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