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Jason Allen 15/08/22


The Ultimate London Brunch Guide

Ever since our planet’s greatest scientists first discovered a meal between breakfast and lunch, no weekend morning has been complete without brunch.

And so now – in order to prevent you from ever having to suffer an incomplete weekend, ever again – we’ve updated our comprehensive list of only the very best brunch London has to offer. Here, we bring you our top five options in each category, plus links to longer lists if you want to take a deep dive.

So whether you’re looking for a boozy brunch, all-you-can-eat, or vegan brunches in London…

…it’s riiight here.

 

Last updated: 15th August 2022


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Central London Brunch

Honey & Co | Bloomsbury

Honey & Co

Honey & Co serves everything that’s delicious and breakfasty from across the Middle East, from merguez sausage rolls, to shakshouka; puff pastry treats; and ‘dinosaur eggs’ on pitta. Fitting for a London institution that’s just been brought back from the edge of extinction itself.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? Yes | Bookable? Yes
Timings:
Tuesday – Saturday, 9-11.30am
Address:
54 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3LW 
| Visit their website

Hide | Mayfair 

Ironically, there is absolutely no hiding Hide’s excellence, particularly where brunch is concerned. Sure, the photo above just looks like a plain pain au chocolat. And sure, at these prices it’s more of an investment than a meal out… but banana bread baked that morning, followed by oysters and a Michelin-starred full English inside what essentially feels like the middle of an intricately carved oak tree, means it’s definitely one worth making.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings:
Weekdays 7.30-10.15am, weekends, 9-11am
Address:
85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NB
| Visit their website

Balans Soho | Soho

The best thing about having caramelised banana French toast with maple butter, lobster eggs benedict, and an absinthe fountain at 4am is that you can come back at noon, and have it all over again.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Daily from 10am-5am (12.30am Sundays)
Address:
 60 – 62 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UG Visit their website

Christopher’s | Covent Garden

Christopher's - best brunch London

Their melted chocolate and ice cream-smothered crunchy French toast will ruin all other forms of bread for you, forever. But it’s the most delicious sacrifice you’ll ever make.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings:
Saturdays 11am-3pm, Sundays 11am-3.30pm
Address: 
18 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DD
| Visit their website

The Wolseley | Mayfair

The Wolseley best brunch London

The Wolseley’s brunch menu has fried haggis with whisky sauce.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings:
Weekdays 7-11.30am, weekends 8-11.30am
Address: 
160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB
| Visit their website


See all our recommendations for brunch in Central London


 

East London Brunch

Morito Hackney Road | Haggerston

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 Rd, London E2 8JL Visit their website

The Pavilion Café | Victoria Park

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

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

The Good Egg | Stoke Newington & Soho

good egg brunch east london

Wisely, The Good Egg’s brunch menu contains sections titled ‘Breads’ and ‘Dipping.’ And if you need anything beyond that, you’ll find it in the form of smoked haddock hash with crispy capers, amba mayo & fried egg; Challah French toast; or a pitch-perfect pastrami lox bagel.

Details: Bottomless booze? No Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Daily, 9am-3.30pm
Address: 93 Stoke Newington Church St, London, N16 0AS 
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? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings:
Weekends 11am-3.45pm (live piano 12-3pm)
Address:
23-27 Wadeson Street, E2 9DR
| Visit their website

Ozone | Old Street, Bethnal Green

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
Timings:
Weekdays 7.30-11.30am, weekends 8.30am-4pm
Address:
11 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4AQ
| Visit their website


See all our recommendations for brunch in East London


 

North London Brunch

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
Timings:
Weekdays 8.30am-4pm, Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm, Sunday 9.30am-4pm
Address:
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 | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings:
Tues-Fri 8.30am-5pm, weekends 9am-5pm
Address:
169 Hemingford Road, N1 1DA | Rowland Hill St, NW3 2AD 
| 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 | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings:
Wed-Sun, 10am-3pm
Address:
 
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 | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings:
Mon-Sat 8am-12pm, Sun 9am-1pm
Address: 
287 Upper Street London N1 2TZ 
| 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 | Set menu? No | Bookable? Weekdays only
Timings (King’s Cross):
Weekday breakfast 8-11.30am, weekend brunch 9am-4pm
Address: 
1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA
| Visit their website


See all our recommendations for brunch in North London


 

West London Brunch

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

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 | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings: Breakfast on weekdays 9-11.30am, weekend brunch from 11am
Address: 
19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB 
| 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
Address:
The Boat, Bridge Boathouses, Riverside, Richmond TW9 1TH | 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 | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings: 
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

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 | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings:
8-11.45am weekdays, 9-11.45am weekends
Address: 
4 Derry Street, W8 5SE | Visit their website


See all our recommendations for brunch in West London


South London Brunch

Brother MarcusBorough, AngelSpitalfields

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
Timings:
Weekdays 8.30am-12pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9.30am-4pm
Address:
1 Dirt
y Lane, London SE1 9PA | Visit their website

Milk | Balham

Milk brunch

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 veal merguez sausage and home-made labneh.

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

Juliet’s Quality Foods | Tooting & Clapham

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 their tempting array of luxury provisions.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings:
Daily 9am-3pm (4pm weekends)
| Clapham: Wed-Sun 9am-5pm
Address: 
110 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NG
| Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelsons Row, London SW4 7JRVisit their website

Where the Pancakes Are | Southwark, 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; and sweet stacks loaded with banana, marshmallow and salted caramel – and oh so much more.

Details: Bottomless booze? No, but you can get a litre carafe of Mimosa | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes
Timings:
Both branches open daily from 9am
Address: 
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ | 7 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RG 
| Visit their website

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
Timings: 
Weekends, 11am-2.30pm
Address: 
119 Queens Road, ​SE15 2EZ
| Visit their website


See all our recommendations for brunch in South London


Vegan Brunch

No Such Place | Highbury

Looking for an amazing full vegan breakfast served alongside bottomless beer, bellinis and Bloody Maries? Well, there’s No Such Place…

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

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

mildreds vegan brunch

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
Address: 
1 Dalston Square, E8 3GU 
| Visit their website

Louie Louie | Elephant & Castle

Louie Louie takes your scratchy morning toast and raises you superlative smashed avo; Brick Lane beigels with vegan ‘lox’ (a.k.a carrot); and roast mushroom toasties with gochujang sauce…

Details: Bottomless booze? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Only for groups of 4-8
Timings:
 Saturdays 10am-2pm
Address:
 347 Walworth Road, London SE17 2AL
 | 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
Timings: 
Daily 9am-4pm (5pm Sunday)
Address: 
197-199 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2DR | Visit their website

Brunswick East | Dalston & Hackney Downs

This East London stalwart does veggie and vegan options for most of its big hitters on the menu, including Indonesian gado gado salad; Japanese okonomiyaki (stuffed savoury pancake) and a regularly-changing special on toast. Plus a few vegan-only options to tempt the carnivores away from their green eggs and ham, like vegan millionaire shortbread.

Details: Bottomless booze? No | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? No
Timings: Weekdays (reduced brunch menu) 8.30am-4pm, weekends 9am-5pm
Address: 
Unit 3D Stamford Works, Gillett Street, N16 8JH 
47-317 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney Downs, E8 2BT | Visit their website


The Best Bottomless Brunch

Dirty Bones | Soho & Shoreditch

Dirty Bones brunch

The pancakes are gigantic. The cocktails are potent. And you can get crumpets topped with 12-hour slow-cooked short rib, poached eggs and hollandaise… This brunch might end up turning into a brinner.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes | All you can eat? No | Set menu? No | Bookable? Yes | Cost? £25pp (exc. food) | Time limit? 1.5 hours
Timings: 
Weekends 11am-3.30pm
Address: 
14 Denman Street, 
W1D 7HJ | 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 | Cost? £35-47pp | Time limit? 2 hours
Timings: 
Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm
Address: 
Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH 
| Visit their website

Snackbar | Dalston

Sam Harris

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? Yes | Bookable? Yes | Cost? £35pp (exc. food)
Timings: Wed-Fri from 8am, weekends from 10am
Address: 20 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ
 Visit their website

Mr. Bao | Peckham, Tooting

mr bao brunch

Sourdough leaving a sour taste? Time to get down to Mr. Bao and its, er, younger sibling, Daddy Bao, where breakfast classics are served on pillowy soft bao (alongside bottomless cocktails).

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes All you can eat? No Set menu? No Bookable? Yes | Cost? £18pp (exc. food) | Time limit?
1 hour
Timings:
Weekends from 11am
Address: 
293-295 Rye Lane, London SE15 4UA 
113 Mitcham Road, London SW17 9PE Visit their website

Aqua Kyoto | Soho

Aqua Kyoto - bottomless brunch London

A sprawling feast of critically lauded Japanese food accompanied by endless glasses of Kyoto Secret cocktails, wine or Champagne might not sound overly appealing, but there is a dessert platter, so that’s something.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes All you can eat? No Set menu? Yes Bookable? Yes | Cost? £45pp+ | Time limit? 1.5 hours
Timings:
Weekends 12-2.45pm
Address:
240 Argyll Street, London W1B 3BR
 Visit their website

 


Activity Brunches

Bounce | Farringdon & Old Street

Providing the ultimate balanced breakfast, Bounce have created the perfect formula for a zero net-calorie intake, in the form of bottomless prosecco, bottomless pizza, and bottomless ping pong.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes All you can eat? Yes Set menu? No Bookable? Yes | Cost? £35pp all-in | Time limit?
1.5 hours
Timings:
Weekends 12-4pm
Address:
121 Farringdon, London, EC1N 2TD 
| 241 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY Visit their website

Flight Club | Bloomsbury, Islington, Shoreditch & Victoria

Flight Club - Shoreditch Guide

Flight Club wants to shower you with prosecco, eight types of brunch pizza, and darts. Not literally, we should add.

Details: Bottomless booze? 1 bottle per person All you can eat? Yes Set menu? No Bookable? Yes | Cost? £30pp+ | Time limit? 2 hours
Timings:
Thursday – Sunday
 Visit their website

London Shuffle Club | Shoreditch

Shuffleboard was such a popular Tudor pastime that people stopped going to work, and they had to ban it. Luckily you’ve got weekends off, and can devote them to bottomless brunch here, which includes constant top-ups of prosecco or beer, a steady stream of freshly baked pizza, and a solid hour’s shuffleboarding.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes All you can eat? Yes Set menu? No Bookable? Yes | Cost? £30-35 all-in | Time limit?
2 hours
Timings:
Saturdays 12-2pm and 2.30-4.30pm, Sundays 12-2pm
Address:
4 Ebor Street, E1 6AW
 Visit their website

Electric Shuffle | Canary Wharf & London Bridge

electric shuffle london bridge

Want to bring that shuffleboarding into the 21st century? The fine minds behind Flight Club have applied their trademark flair to the game by infusing it with a load of tech – and bottomless brunches.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes All you can eat? Yes Set menu? No Bookable? Yes | Cost? £30-40 all-in | Time limit?
2 hours
Timings:
Thursday – Sunday
Address:
10 Cabot Square, N Colonnade, London E14 4EY
 | 10 Bermondsey St, London SE1 2ERVisit their website

The Aeronaut | Acton

Aeronaut not only brings you classic brunch dishes and 2 hours of limitless mimosas, beers and frozen margs, they also throw in a full-on entertainment bonanza, including bingo, live sing-a-longs, and fire breathers.

Details: Bottomless booze? Yes All you can eat? No Set menu? No Bookable? Yes | Cost? £35 all-in | Time limit?
2 hours
Timings:
Saturdays 12-3pm
Address:
264 Acton High Street, London W3 9BH
 Visit their website

 


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