Hattie Lloyd 11/07/22

The Best Brunch in West London

Given the high ratio of fancy-pants neighbourhoods in West London, it’s a pretty safe bet for finding a decent brunch.

And this corner of London doesn’t disappoint: amongst its charms you’ll find build-your-own bao brunches; unlimited toast; pancakes so good they’re literally trademarked; and one of London’s fullest full Englishes.

So without further ado, allow us to present the best brunch in West London:

Flesh & Buns | Kensington

Flesh & Buns is an izakaya-style bar/restaurant located just off Kensington High Street with vibrant-yet-moody Japanese-style decor, and a rather unique brunch offering. Sure, you’ll find all the classic sushi, sashimi, chicken yakitori, and Korean wings all accompanied by their best buddies, free-flowing Prosecco or red/white wine. But the main course is a plate of soft & fluffy rice flour Hirata buns, which you can personally fill up with perky, courageous meats (crispy pig belly, beef rib, salmon teriyaki, duck leg with sour plus sauce, etc.) plus pickles and salads. And just when you think you don’t have a single squaremillimeter of rom left, along comes the dessert menu and informs you that, no, there’s still a little space for Japanese-style s’mores served with a terracotta pot of red hot coals…

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes | All you can eat? No | Set menu? Yes | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Sundays 12pm-4pm, max 6 people. 
1a Phillimore Gardens, London W8 7QB 
| Visit their website

Urban Pantry | Chiswick

Tucked down a quaint little side street in Chiswick, this long-standing independent café is quietly serving some of the best brunch in West London. Aside from menu stalwarts like the corn fritters (they’re literally award-winning) and the sprawling Full Veggie Brekkie, they also lay on seasonal specials, including a French Toast topped by whatever bounties Mother Nature sees fit to bestow that month…

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings: Daily 9am-5pm (4pm Sundays)
15 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, London, W4 2EU 
| Visit their website

Roof Garden at Pantechnicon | Knightsbridge

An essential addition to your brunch bucket list: the rooftop restaurant at Pantechnicon, the five-storey hub of all things Japanese and Nordic. With a beautiful conservatory-style dining room inside, and a suntrap terrace running its length on the outside, brunch settings don’t come any more joy-boosting than this. Pick from meticulously-prepared Nordic dishes like Atlantic prawns with melt-in-the-mouth cured trout; baked eggs with Västerbotten cheese and rye flatbread; and beautifully light whipped berry porridge, then cap it off with cocktails – from Cloudberry mimosas to the fermented tomato Bloody Mary – and a miso salted caramel brioche

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Breakfast on weekdays 9-11.30am, weekend brunch from 11am
19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB 
| Visit their website

Carmel | Queen’s Park

Berber & Q is good. But it’s all the way over in East London. Co-founder Josh Katz felt the same way, so he built his perfect neighbourhood restaurant in his own neighbourhood – so now you can get shakshuka, turmeric fried eggs and rose & peanut French toast locally, too.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Weekends 9am-12pm
23-25 Lonsdale Road,
London, NW6 6RA | Visit their website

VARDO | Chelsea

vardo brunch

Coming to you from the team behind Caravan, VARDO is set inside a futuristic, ivory-coloured pavilion right next to the Saatchi Gallery. Which means that you can take in a little free art after you’ve feasted on toasted brioche with lemon curd cream cheese; Cacklebean eggs on toast and breakfast martinis.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Weekends 10am-4pm
9 Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4LY | Visit their website

Los Mochis

Mornings at Los Mochis start with breakfast quesadillas (packed with eggs, bacon and chorizo) and huevos al pastor (chipotle hollandaise-covered poached eggs on hash browns with pork al pastor) and end with bloody mezcalitas and micheladas. Or you could do that in the reverse (possibly not advised on weekdays), which would put a different spin on the stroll through nearby Portobello Market afterwards…

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Daily, 8-11.30am
Address: 2-4 Farmer St, W8 7SN | Visit their website

Sunday in Brooklyn | Notting Hill

sunday in brooklyn brunch

One cannot talk about the brunch at Sunday In Brooklyn without talking about their malted pancakes. They’re thick, fluffy, incredibly big (seriously, don’t be brave and think you can handle three of them yourself) and covered in their signature hazelnut maple praline sauce. You won’t find their equal anywhere else. And to back them up, you can score some smoked salmon on brioche, a classic shakshuka, a zingy beetroot salad, and much more besides…

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes, but Saturday & Sunday are mostly reserved for walk-ins.
Timings: Daily, 9am – 4.30pm
98 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RU
| Visit their website

Milk Beach | Queen’s Park & Soho

Milk beach brunch

Named after a stretch of Sydney coastline, Milk Beach does brunch the Aussie way – which means coffee roasted in-house, banana bread with espresso cream cheese, and coddled eggs with sweet potato purée.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings: Tues-Sun, 9am-3pm
19 Lonsdale Road, NW6 6RA
| Visit their website

Golborne Deli | Notting Hill

A covered terrace outside a shop serving bountiful Italian produce and provisions, where you can build your own eggy breakfast and dine on 6 types of filo pastry dish.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings: All day from 7.30am (8.30am on Sundays)
100-102 Golborne Road, W10 5PS 
| Visit their website

Buvette | Notting Hill

buvette brunch london

A little corner of Paris in Notting Hill, serving croque monsieurs, bacon waffle sandwiches, and freshly baked canelés.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes, but mostly reserved for walk-ins on weekends
Timings: Daily until 4pm
9 Blenheim Crescent, W11 2EE 
| Visit their website

Peggy Jean | Richmond

As if brunch on the top deck of a floating barge covered with frilly pink parasols wasn’t enough of a draw, Peggy Jean – the latest addition to the Daisy Green family – has played a trump card with award-winning banana bread; pillowy-soft pancakes; and cocktails served out of a whole watermelon.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Daily 8am-3.30pm
The Boat, Bridge Boathouses, Riverside, Richmond TW9 1TH | Visit their website

The Residency | Notting Hill

A cosy, wood-cocooned restaurant with the feel of a members’ club, and the taste of Caribbean-inspired breakfast with sautéed salted cod & ackee served with breadfruit, plantain & avocado.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Weekends 10am-5pm
50 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH 
| Visit their website

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

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 (Chelsea):
Daily from 7am (8am Sunday) – 12pm
Address: 237 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP 
| Visit their website

Beam | Notting Hill, Crouch End, Highbury

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: 103 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UW | 40-41 Topsfield Parade, N8 8PT
 | 184 Blackstock Road, N5 1EF Visit their website

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station | Chiswick

They have Caravan coffee (another great brunch place!), ricotta pancakes, a vegan cooked breakfast, and a really easy-to-remember address.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Daily 9am-4pm (5pm Sunday)
197-199 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2DR | Visit their website

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

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
4 Derry Street, W8 5SE | Visit their website

Parlour Kensal | Kensal Green

Parlour Kensal brunch

Parlour’s unlimited help-yourself toast station may have been forced into retirement during these times of droplet danger. But they’ll still gladly furnish you with unlimited toast for £1 to accompany your Full English, bacon bap or house smoked salmon & eggs.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Daily from 10am
5 Regent Street, NW10 5LG | Visit their website


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