Mariell Lind Hansen


Hattie Lloyd 11/04/24

The Best Brunch in South London

Brunch has really been going south recently.

And we mean that in a good way – because South London’s loaded with excellent places to get brunch, from low-key cafés to Antipodean-styled cult classics and Michelin Bib Gourmand winners.

Here they be:

Kudu | Peckham

Kudu brunch

Treat your friends to honey roasted ham crumpet with black pudding; French toast babka with kumquats and miso caramel; and Boerewors sausage rolls with egg and crispy shallots at South African joint Kudu… and you’re guaranteed to get kudos.

Details: Bottomless booze? No but you can get a jug of BM | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
 Weekends, 11am-2.30pm
119 Queens Road, ​SE15 2EZ | Visit their website

Mr. Bao & Daddy Bao | Peckham, Tooting

mr bao brunch

Teo Della Torre

Sourdough leaving a sour taste? Time to get down to Mr. Bao and its, er, younger sibling, Daddy Bao, where breakfast classics are given an inventive spin with flavours from across Asia. Baked beans? Pff. Try their richly spice mapo beans. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs? Try that atop a toasted bao. Pancakes? Swap them for the kimchi pancakes here, lavished with sweetcorn salsa. It’s one of the more unusual brunch menus you can find in London, and the great-value bottomless offering could see this brunch turning into a brinner…

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Mr Bao: 11am-4.30pm. Daddy Bao: 11.30am-3.45pm
293-295 Rye Lane, SE15 4UA | 113 Mitcham Road, SW17 9PE | Visit their website

The Laundry | Brixton

the laundry brunch

This place really hangs other brunch spots out to dry. Take a seat on their parasol-shaded terrace outside the beautiful terracotta building (once an Edwardian steam laundry), sip a bellini or two, and feel thoroughly refreshed by their Antipodean-styled menu of toasted banana bread with honeycomb butter; comforting courgette & cheddar cornbread with a perky tomato salsa; and some magnificent Turkish eggs with hot chilli butter & whipped yoghurt.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Weekdays 8.30am-12pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 10am-12pm
374 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PL | Visit their website

Nandine | Camberwell

nandine brunch

Time to get acquainted with Kurdish brunch: head to either of Camberwell’s cosy branches of Nandine for specialities like mexlama (a.k.a. shakshuka with beef mince) and samoun ba chai (flatbread with yoghurt, cheese, honeycomb, walnuts & chai) in a warm, welcoming nook seating just a dozen punters at a time.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Church St: weekends from 11am. Vestry Rd: Fri-Sat from 10am 
45 Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8TR | 82 Vestry Rd, London SE5 8PQ | Visit their website

Where the Pancakes Are | Southwark, Battersea, Fitzrovia

Where The Pancakes Are

Pancakes are what brunches are made of, and this brunch is made of pancakes. Available all day, they come as classic American numbers with streaky bacon; savoury pancakes topped with the likes of pulled beef pastrami; sweet stacks loaded with banana, marshmallow and salted caramel; and Dutch babies (a kind of baked, loaded Yorkshire Pudding) that will feel weird to order, but great to eat.

Details: Bottomless booze? No, but you can get a half-litre carafe of mimosa | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Daily, 8am-5pm (9pm some days)
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ | Ground Floor, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8BZ | 7 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RG |
Visit their website

Milk | Balham

milk brunch balham

Trust us, the queue outside only serves to sharpen your appetite for what is truly the best brunch of all time. Expect the likes of buckwheat pancakes with chinotto caramel and coffee parfait; parmesan-dusted breakfast burgers; and baked eggs with merguez sausage and home-made labneh.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Weekdays 8am-3.30pm, Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm
18-20 Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG
| Visit their website

Brickwood | Clapham, Battersea, Balham, Streatham, Tooting, Elephant & Castle

brickwood brunch south london

Brunch at this South London-exclusive empire of Aussie cafes isn’t one to take lightly; instead go heavy on the likes of a breakfast burrito (stuffed with scrambled egg, sausage, melted cheese, mushrooms and potatoes), four-cheese sourdough toasties (stuffed with aged cheddar, red Leicester, mozzarella, cream cheese and a healthy dose of Franks hot sauce) and a stack of blueberry buttermilk pancakes, that yes, you should order extra bacon with…

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings: Daily 7.30am-4pm (8am weekends)
Address: 16 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AB | Visit their website

The Watergate | Deptford

brunch at watergate deptford

There’s nothing scandalous about The Watergate’s gratifying brunch of seven-hour slow-cooked salt beef with garlic bubble & squeak; coconut bread with lemon curd cream cheese; and burrata with chilli beans on toast.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Weekends from 10am
7 Watergate Street, Deptford SE8 3HR | Visit their website

Murger Han | Elephant & Castle

murger han breakfast

Sometimes, it’s good to think inside the box. Like at Murger Han, the fantastic Xi’an restaurant known for its authentically prepared murger (often described as the world’s first hamburger… invented a mere 2000 years before the hamburger). Their South London restaurant has just started serving brunch on weekends, and represents one of the few places to enjoy a traditional Chinese breakfast in London. Their tasting tray features dishes like black tea spiced egg, scallion pancakes and a deep fried bun with condensed milk. You’ll never go off-grid again…

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? Available | Bookable? Yes
Weekends 8am-3pm
4 Castle Square, London SE17 1EN | Visit their website

Aqua Shard | London Bridge

aqua shard brunch

Nothing beats watching a panorama of London waking up hundreds of feet below you. Except, maybe, doing that with a three course brunch feast including a full English (meaty or veggie); eggs Benedict; waffles with treacle-cured streaky bacon… and wine.

Details: Bottomless booze? No, but wine pairings available | Set menu? Yes | Bookable? Yes
Weekends and bank holidays, 10.30am-2.30pm
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY | Visit their website

Caravan London Bridge & across London

caravan pancakes

A London brunch classic, Caravan roasts coffee in-house, and dishes up numbers like vanilla pancakes with date molasses; chorizo and potato hash; and fried jalapeño cornbread with avocado and fried egg.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings (LB):
Weekday breakfast 8-11.30am, weekend brunch 9am-4pm
30 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0HS | Visit their website

Lina Stores | Clapham

lina stores brunch

Sure, a typical Italian breakfast equates to a single shot of espresso, necked in a matter of minutes while standing at a counter. But brunch at Lina Stores Clapham is a far more leisurely affair with Tuscan sausage & fried egg focaccia sandwiches, truffled eggs & rosemary fried potatoes… and espresso.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Weekends 9-11.30am
22 The Pavement, London, SW4 0HY | Visit their website

Lantana | London Bridge, Fitzrovia, Old Street

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 | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Weekdays 7.30am-12pm, weekends 9am-4pm
44-46 Southwark Street, London SE1 1UN | Visit their website

Brother Marcus | Borough, Angel, South Ken & Spitalfields

brother marcus brunch south london

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, but 2 cocktails for £20 | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Weekdays 8.30am-12pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9.30am-4pm
 1 Dirty Lane, London SE1 9PA | Visit their website

Juliet’s Quality Foods | Tooting

juliets quality foods brunch

Mad, bad and dangerous to know: Juliet’s will fill your belly with breakfast bagels; whipped ricotta & kumquat doughnut bread; and sourdough waffles with lime curd & meringue – then empty your wallet with a tempting array of luxury provisions to take home.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Daily 9am-3pm (4pm weekends)
110 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NG | Visit their website

Frank’s | Reopens 17th May

franks brunch

Frank’s made its name doling out Campari spritzes to the denizens of South East London from its car park rooftop. But now it’s just as famed for its brunch, comprising grilled cheese sandwiches; pastrami brisket hash with a fried egg; and creamed leeks with house smoked salmon on toast… on a car park rooftop.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Weekends 11am-4pm, from 17th May-14th September
10th Floor, Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
 | Visit their website


Willing to travel on a Sunday morning? Then check out our full list of recommendations for amazing brunch in London