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The Best Brunches in London

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Brunch: it’s an institution. It may not be the most important meal of the day, but it’s definitely the best – if you know where to go. And what better way to catch up with friends than over some eggs and avo? We’ve rounded up the best places for brunch in London, from the classic Wolseley to the hottest brunch party of the moment. Your weekend starts here.

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The Best Brunches in London 2022

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Jurema Terrace at the Mandrake

The Mandrake’s Botanical Sunday Brunch

Hidden behind a discreet door on Newman Street lies a surrealist wonderland: The Mandrake. The first hotel from Beirut-born Rami Fustok, The Mandrake is named after a mystical medicinal plant, a theme which stretches throughout this jungle-style retreat – epitomised in the leafy, jasmine-bedecked Jurema Terrace. Head there on a Sunday to try the hotel’s new Sunday brunch, an al fresco dining experience featuring eclectic South American fare, ethnobotanical cocktails and live music. Begin with padron peppers flavoured with smoked chilli salt, plus crab and fennel tostadas with sea herbs and lime. For the main event, choose between mushroom and kale tacos, a chorizo and poached egg muffin with chimichurri hollandaise, or – our top pick – a buttermilk fried chicken bun, all served with sides of fries and salad. For dessert, think classics with a fun twist: there’s a strawberry, vanilla and red pepper parfait infused with red chilli, and a Guatemalan chocolate mousse with coconut, buckwheat and almond. Cocktails, meanwhile, celebrate the power of plants: The Blue Lotus is a mix of Grey Goose vodka, raspberry, champagne, blue lotus and passionflower, while The Yohimbe is a refreshing combination of gin, basil, watermelon, yohimbe and goji. Alternatively, a bottle of crisp rosé wouldn’t go amiss – particularly if the sun is shining. From £65pp, themandrake.com

Brunch at The Buttery, Belgravia

The Buttery

Here’s a secret: hidden at the back of Belgravia’s Lime Tree Hotel you’ll find one of the city’s best al fresco brunch spots. The idyllic hidden garden is part of The Buttery, the hotel’s café opened post-pandemic, where in-the-know diners and hotel guests alike head for a laid-back, leisurely brunch. The menu features a mixture of classic and edgier dishes: you’ve got your Eggs Benedict, avocado on toast and pancake stacks, but also homemade crab cakes, and spiced acorn squash with couscous. For sweet-toothed brunchers, the Nutella French toast is a highlight: soft brioche dipped in sweet batter and toasted with Nutella sauce. Feeling savoury? The Allotment Breakfast is a vegetarian twist on the classic full English featuring grilled halloumi, grilled Portobello mushrooms, St. Ewe eggs and some particularly tasty roasted potatoes. If the weather’s not on side, the indoor area is equally charming, with rustic interiors bringing a countryside feel. limetreehotel.co.uk

Brunch at Ottolenghi Spitalfields

Ottolenghi, Spitalfields

Hidden away on a quiet Georgian passageway is the institution that is Ottolenghi. Inside, you’ll be met with low-lit spotlights, touches of soft red velvet, with a low-key atmosphere of clientele. Now onto the food: obviously Ottolenghi is thrown about so much these days, but trust me: the brunch lives up to the hype. Go for either the shakshuka or salmon and eggs on focaccia, and accessorise with a flat white and their zinger drink (it’s a lime, gingery hand-cut ice corker). You’d be hard-pressed to find a better brunch spot in the city.

Cooked breakfasts are served until 12pm, Sundays until 1pm at Ottolenghi Spitalfields ottolenghi.co.uk

Aqua Kyoto

Aqua Kyoto, Oxford Circus

If you’re one of the rare people who doesn’t actually like traditional brunch food – pancakes and eggs aren’t for everyone! – then Aqua Kyoto’s new free-flow brunch might be the one for you. This contemporary, high-end Japanese restaurant in the heart of the West End always has delicious food and drink offerings, and their new brunch menu is no different. The three-course extravaganza is served in the moodily-lit dining room, where a glitzy marble sushi counter sees the chefs hard at work. They do the hard part: a selection of starters and deserts are pre-curated. You just choose your preferred main: Ginger Miso Sea Bass, Tofu Kara Age, or Robata Grilled Beef Sirloin. The Aqua Kyoto waitstaff are attentive, almost redefining ‘free flow’ with drinks consistently and generously topped up. But the starters are the real star of the show: seemingly never-ending, they arrive one by one, ranging from classic Rock Shrimp Tempura to supremely tasty Chicken Kara Age to the stunning Signature Sushi Platter. Top it off with a cocktail on the lovely Fuyu rooftop terrace. Available on Saturdays and Sundays, 12–2:45 pm. From £45 per person. aquakyoto.co.uk

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Dipna Anand at Somerset House brunch

Dipna Anand at Somerset House

Thought brunch was just eggs, eggs and more eggs? Not at Somerset House. Yes, you’ll find eggs on the menu at Dipna Anand’s new brunch menu, but forget poached or fried, it’s masala scrambled and served inside a crushed paratha as part of this traditional Punjabi and South Indian selection. Other favourites include the vada pav (a Bombay street food favourite of potato vada inside a soft bun) or the smashed avocado and paneer salad served on a naan (the paneer scramble is the only way we’d like to start a Sunday from now on). Aside from the delectable food selection, the restaurant’s appeal lies in the location – the South Wing of Somerset House with cosy booths and tables overlooking the river. Finish with a warming masala chai or hot chocolate for the ultimate comfort meal. dipnasomersethouse.co.uk

Quaglino Champagne Brunch

Quaglino Champagne Brunch

Available from 11:30am–4pm every week, this is set to be the most glamorous brunch in town. Guests will dress to impress and tuck into Quaglino favourites of Lobster Thermidor and Oak-Smoked Salmon Rillette. Like any good brunch, a glass of Champagne is the best way to toast to the weekend, and you can even opt for free-flowing Tattinger Brut Reserve if you prefer. While you eat, check out live music celebrating the best of jazz and soul. quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

Ella's Place

Ella’s Place, Parson’s Green

Seemingly a just florist shop from the outside, Ella’s Place is a bit of a best-kept secret for Parson’s Green locals. Walk through past all the bouquets and you’ll find the most beautifully biophilic space for brunch. Be warned though: you’ll eventually spend every weekend here sipping on their green smoothies and their signature Ella’s Brunch (that includes a delightful mango twist). ellasfulham.co.uk

West 4th

West 4th, Parsons Green

Recovering from the night before? Head to new Canadian restaurant and bar West 4th, which features its own DIY Bloody Mary Bar – a drink renowned for its hangover-curing qualities. Launched in Parsons Green last September, the Vancouver-inspired eatery serves brunch in the mornings before evolving into a chic charcuterie and wine bar. The kitchen is headed up by chef Joseph Berney, who, aged just 22, has already worked at a number of top restaurants including Scott’s and Clipstone. Breakfast dishes include unique takes on the traditional Canadian dish of Poutine, stacks of pancakes and waffles, plus healthier options like acai bowls and Eggs Benedict. west4thlondon.co.uk

Crazy Pizza Knightsbridge Brunch

Crazy Pizza, Knightsbridge

For those wanting an early energy boost before they hit the shops, brunch at Crazy Pizza might just be the best option. Located next door to Harrods, the restaurant is offering early shoppers a chance to unwind and energise with its new brunch menu. Tuck into an array of new breakfast options, from mascarpone-laden French Toast with cinnamon, blueberries and maple syrup, to smoked salmon draped Eggs Royale. Or if you’re craving something a little more indulgent, try a stack of American pancakes with berries, caramelised banana, sour cream and maple syrup. And because Crazy Pizza is determined to live up to its name, the restaurant has also added a selection of its signature pizza dishes to the menu, such as the Continental and the Salmone pizza. Feeling thirsty? Wash it all down with one of Crazy Pizza’s breakfast cocktails, which include Mimosas, Bramble Spirtzes and Crazy Maries. Served every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1pm. crazypizza.com

Soul Grandioso Brunch at COYA Mayfair

Soul Grandioso Brunch at COYA Mayfair

If you’re after a classy party brunch, head to the glitzy COYA Mayfair for its Soul Grandioso event: a champagne-fuelled affair complete with music, dancing and three courses of Peruvian-inspired food. Held in the restaurant’s vibrant Latin American bar, the brunch kicks off with a selection of nibbles such as corn tortillas and guacamole and salmon tacos, alongside Dom Pérignon champagne – enjoyed to the soundtrack of live singing from host Susan. Next up: a decadent ice platter filled with dishes from the counter – think sea bass ceviche, yellowfin tuna, miso cucumber and crispy corn – followed by your choice of mains, with options including corn-fed baby chicken, sirloin steak and Peruvian potatoes with truffle. It’s all rather civilised at first – but before you know it, the curtains are closed, the music’s kicked up a notch and guests join Susan on the dancefloor. From 3pm, brunch-goers are invited to head downstairs for cocktails and dancing in the Pisco Bar. Available every Saturday from 12pm, £150pp. coyarestaurant.com

Sumosan Twiga Uptown Brunch

Sumosan Twiga, Knightsbridge

Overflowing, Jay Gatsby-style with champagne, sushi and sumptuous Italian dishes: Sumosan Twiga‘s Uptown Christmas brunch is an excellent excuse to ditch the home office for the streets of Knightsbridge. Like its sister restaurant in Monte Carlo, this energetic Sloane Street outpost offers a menu of exceptional Japanese food and traditional Italian cuisine with decadent, perfectly-balanced dishes like miso-marinate black cod and grilled chicken with teriyaki and togarashi spices served at (Covid guideline-friendly) spaced tables. Don’t forget to finish off in true festive style with a Flor de Jamaica cocktail of Bombay Sapphire, Jamaican Flower, Allspice berry, ginger and orange oils. sumosantwigalondon.com

TRADE Brunch

Trade, Spitalfields and Islington

While Trade may boast some of the best sandwiches in London, we can’t stop thinking about its impressive brunch menu. Fondly called the ‘brunch beacon’, Trade’s all-day breakfast and brunch menu is served everyday until 4pm and features classics like smashed avocado, egg on toast, and pancakes. Not adventurous enough? Try the Char Siu Pork Belly, Cornbread and Pickles or the Miso Aubergine, Avocado and Dukkah for a taste sensation that blends East and West. After you’ve had your fill, wash it all down with a cup of coffee or dive into the tea selection Trade has on offer (White pear and ginger? Yum!). Brunch here is a taste sensation you won’t want to miss. trade-made.co.uk

Rondo brunch

Rondo at The Hoxton, Holborn

Rondo, The Hoxton’s lively restaurant serving up seasonal British fare, has just upped its game by taking its bold ethos to brunch enthusiasts. Set in a cosy spot at the back of this West End hotel, the restaurant is a relaxed, yet luxurious nook with industrial accents. Once seated, treat yourself to a pear bellini or smoky Bloody Mary (if a little hair of the dog is needed) to accompany a new brunch menu so indulgent you won’t be able to touch a morsel for the rest of the day. Choose between dishes like Rockefeller oysters with ‘Nduja, smoked eel kedgeree and crispy polenta with mushroom ragu. The ultimate decadence is croissant French toast oozing caramelised bananas and rum and raisin. Still got room for something sweet? There’s even a dessert menu to finish off, with gooey chocolate cake and raspberry sorbet and cherry and almond tart. The perfect start to a lazy Sunday wandering around Covent Garden. thehoxton.com

100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St

If brunch means party time for you, check out the Rhythm and Brunch party, available every Saturday at 100 Wardour Street, with the choice of 2 courses for £34 or 3 courses for £39.50, plus free-flowing prosecco for an extra £25. DJ sets run from 1pm–5pm. 100wardourst.com

Madera at Treehouse London

Madera at Treehouse London, Marylebone

A sky-high Mexican restaurant found within the Treehouse London hotel, Madera is always buzzing – but the stylish eatery is ramping up its party vibes for a new brunch series. Running in collaboration with Casamigos Tequila, the monthly fiestas feature tribal house DJ sets, Aztec styled dance acts and flowing margaritas paired with vibrant Californian-Mexican dishes. Think fajita bowls with guacamole and charro beans, chicken tacos and chimichurri-marinated steak, alongside more classic brunch dishes like avocado on toast and eggs royale. Finish on a sweet note with churros and chocolate sauce, dulce de leche or Oaxacan chocolate cake – all to be enjoyed alongside sweeping views of the capital. treehousehotels.com

Folie, Golden Square

It’s difficult to know whether to commend Folie most for its interiors or its brunch menu: both are equally edifying. A jewel-box gilded bar, plush velvet Art Deco stools and cognac leather bank seating of the Golden Square restaurant creates the perfect setting to enrich the senses before being thoroughly blown away by the culinary experience. For brunch, this constitutes well-executed classics like scrambled eggs and salmon and poached eggs and avocado on sourdough, updated with gourmet twists like watercress pesto. If you’re feeling truly decadent, head chef Christophe Marleix’s french toast drizzled in salted caramel is the piece-de-resistance. The ultimate accompaniment is one of the brunch cocktails which range from a classic mimosa to a ‘Bloody Maria’ (a twist on the original with Don Julio Blanco tequila). Simply sit back, enjoy, and pretend you’re actually on the French Riviera. folie.london

sartoria brunch

Sartoria, Mayfair

Start your Saturday morning sipping on a glass (or bottle) of the Delevingne sisters’ Della Vite prosecco paired with delicious and authentic Italian food at the iconic Sartoria restaurant, just off the corner of Saville Row, Mayfair. Indulge in the best dishes that Italy has to offer with the Portofino Brunch menu, whether you are celebrating with loved ones or simply looking for a lavish weekend treat. Tuck into the many innovative Italian twists on brunch classics with the exquisite eggs purgatorio, served with tomato sauce, nduja and roast peppers, or the comforting Italian Job, an Italian take on the classic full English breakfast. Washed down with a refreshing and light glass of fizz, it is the ultimate luxury Italian brunch experience. sartoriarestaurant.co.uk

No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne, Chelsea

On a rainy autumn day, there are few places more inviting than No. Fifty Cheyne. Everything about this neighbourhood gem is idyllic, from its riverside, Old Chelsea location to its bright blue flower-festooned exterior to its cocktail bar snug. It’s an undoubtedly smart spot – think marble tables and drop-down chandeliers – yet endlessly cosy at the same time, with chandelier-lit lighting casting a golden glow across the dining room. The restaurant’s new all-day brunch menu makes the situation even dreamier, which comes courtesy of Head Chef Ian Smith and his team. Whether you’re after dishes that lean more towards breakfast or lunch, all brunch needs are met here. Think classic dishes with a luxurious twist: buttermilk pancakes come with whipped strawberry cream and homemade syrup, while the organic scrambled eggs are spruced up with Australian black truffle. For those feeling extra indulgent, the crispy chicken and buttermilk waffle dish is the stuff of dreams. Alternatively, veer into lunch territory with the seafood linguini or order from the extensive grill menu, cooked on an open grill sitting in the middle of the room. Defy the rule that says brunch should only be one course by finishing with a dark chocolate fondant, served with honeycomb and malt ice cream. fiftycheyne.com

Beam Notting Hill

Beam, Notting Hill

With three locations, one in Crouch End, one in Highbury and the newest location in Notting Hill (across the road from the popular Farmacy), expect queues down the street at weekends for the popular brunch offering, which perfectly balances the requisite green smoothie and beetroot smoothie options with the, let’s be honest, necessary Saturday and Sunday indulgences, from French toast and Turkish eggs to Kahvalti, a Middle Eastern breakfast sharing spread. Halloumi portions are generous (the halloumi, aubergine and sticky walnut salad is delicious), the doughnuts are irresistible and the people watching is enormously fun. cafebeam.co.uk

Milk

Milk

Balham has become something of a brunch mecca in recent years, with hip Hildreth Street spot Milk taking centre stage. Set up by Aussie duo Julian Porter and Lauren Johns, Milk first opened back in 2012 as M1LK, but in 2015 it underwent a refurbishment, re-opening without the numeral as Milk. First thing’s first: you will have to queue on weekends, as the Balham brunchers are out in force – but hold out, because the food really is top-notch. Hungover? Go for their sweetcorn fritters, served with smashed avo, halloumi and smoked bacon; or the Kurdish baked eggs with chorizo, spinach and labneh. If you’re after something quirky, the fillet’o’fish sandwich is a popular choice, made with red snapper, baked eggs and nut milk. Decor is light, bright and simple, with outdoor tables set on cobbled Hildreth Street, ideal for the summer months. Great coffee, delicious food, friendly staff – what more could you want? milklondonshop.uk

Riding House Cafe

Rail House Café

Round the corner from Victoria station you’ll find Rail House Café, nestled within the buzzing Sir Simon Milton Square. The offspring of Fitzrovia’s Riding House Café, this trendy spot is a large and airy space with industrial chic interiors, partly inspired by the concept of a bustling metropolitan station. Brunch options accommodate both health-conscious diners and those after something more indulgent: there’s house muesli and granola, but there’s also buttermilk pancakes with triple-smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup. The full veggie breakfast is particularly good: grilled halloumi, smoked piquillo peppers, fried potato, eggs, mushrooms and slow-roasted tomatoes. With a range of seating options available – including an al fresco bar, ground-floor restaurant, upstairs bar and private dining room – Rail House Café is a perfect for group diningrailhouse.cafe

Farm Girl

Farm Girl

While everyone else is busy queuing outside the original Farm Girl in Notting Hill, head to one of their other venues. The uber-popular cafe now has a second location in Chelsea, as well as an outpost in the Sweaty Betty flagship on Carnaby Street. You will have seen the Super Lattes all over your Instagram feed, and we can confirm they are just as delicious as they look – the Rose Latte is a classic, while the Butterfly Matcha and Liquid Gold (made with turmeric, cinnamon, astragalus, honey and coconut milk) are definitely worth a try if you like your drinks to be of the ultra-nourishing kind. Their avocado toast is undoubtedly one of the best in town, and their salad and Acai bowls are a great hangover cure that’ll leave you feeling fresh. The ‘build your own bowl’ option will ensure everyone’s kept happy. thefarmgirl.co.uk

Avenue St James

Avenue

Avenue in the heart of St James’s is always buzzing with the chatter of London’s trendy set, and never more so than at weekends during the brunch service. Choose from two or three courses, sit back and enjoy a catch-up with friends as your Prosecco is constantly topped up by waiters on stand-by – and trust us, the drinks are top-notch. Standout dishes include the Avenue Cheeseburger, Steamed Cornish Seabass, and the Caramelised ‘Eggy Bread’ if you still have space for dessert. A great venue for a special occasion with the spectacular Decanting Bar at the centre of the room and sparkling chandelier of wine glasses for added glamour (and decently priced for the location, too). avenue-restaurant.co.uk

34 Mayfair

34 Mayfair

Situated just a few metres from the old American embassy, this brunch spot exudes Upper East Side style and you’d be forgiven for mistaking another patron for Jay Gatsby himself. The Art Deco burnt-ochre booths and lighting are dispersed with pops of colour from bright, flowery Liberty London print cushions and matching menus (the pattern was developed exclusively for the restaurant). And then the food. You won’t find smashed avo on toast here, but instead enjoy buttermilk fried chicken waffles, shrimps and lobster rolls, and huevos rancheros with spiced black beans. For those after more traditional brunch offerings, there’s pancakes, baked egg shakshuka, and Argyll smoked salmon served with scrambled eggs. Wash it all down with a delicious green juice, or for something slightly more indulgent, a bloody Mary. What’s are you waiting for, old sport? 34-restaurant.co.uk

The Wolseley Brunch Food

The Wolseley

Classic and timeless. You can’t help but feel that you’re a ‘someone’ from the moment you step inside. The menu is extensive and caters to all tastes; the devilled lambs kidneys, haggis and grilled kippers are big-hitters, but for those who aren’t big morning eaters there’s granola, fruit and bread to graze on. If AA Gill wrote a whole book about it, then it’s got to be good. thewolseley.com

Balthazar Brunch

Balthazar

Eat like a New Yorker. The eggs here are unrivalled: scramblers with Cornish crab, herb omelette, Benedict, Royale or Florentine, or ‘as you wish’. Hungry? Get the whole grilled lobster. althazarlondon.com

Daisy Green Collection

The Daisy Green Collection

For a healthy Aussie-inspired brunch head to one of the Daisy Green spots – there are branches all over London in areas including Victoria, Marylebone and Soho. Dishes are delicious and beautifully presented; highlights include the sweetcorn fritters with avocado, poached eggs and feta and The Bondi, a healthier version of the classic fry up – bacon, sausage, mushrooms, avocado, poached eggs and charcoal toast. If you’re feeling something sweet, go for the banana bread sandwich, which comes with berries, almonds, honey, mascarpone and honey. Celebrating something? Make it boozy with their bottomless deal, which includes unlimited prosecco and mimosas for two hours. daisygreenfood.com

Brother Marcus

Brother Marcus

Brother Marcus is the brainchild of three school friends, who decided to quit their day jobs and set up their own cafe from scratch in Balham. When we say from scratch we really mean it – the trio did everything themselves, from painting the walls to building the seats for the back garden. The result? A friendly, trendy cafe, which serves up a particularly delicious all-day brunch. The sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters topped with a poached egg are a popular option, as well as the Pork Pita: pork belly, fried egg, cucumber, spring onion, sriracha & tomato relish in a Cretan pitta. Following the success of their Balham spot, they’ve since added two more branches to the collection: one in Angel, and another in Spitalfields. brothermarcus.co.uk

Pachamama

Pachamama

Despite its location in the basement of one of the buildings on Thayer Street, Peruvian restaurant Pachamama is bright and airy, with an art deco air about it. Their brunch waffles, which come with either a quinoa or sweet potato base, taste just as good as they look. Choose between a mixture of sweet and savoury toppings, from Peruvian fried chicken to peanut butter with grilled plantain and cacao nibs. Or if it’s not too early in the morning, try one of their ceviche dishes like the sea bass with tiger’s milk and sweet potato crisps. Can’t decide? Go for the brunch tasting menu, which includes a number of dishes designed to be shared by two people. pachamamalondon.com

Galvin at Windows Balcony View over Buckingham Palace

Galvin at Windows, Mayfair

Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows boasts some of the city’s best views – but it’s less flashy than many of London’s sky-high restaurants. There’s a feel of old-school, understated elegance, with 30s-inspired décor and impeccable service. Ex-Ritz chef Marc Hardiman heads up the kitchen these days, and the food is excellent. Brunch is a lavish affair, with the option to have a full on three-course meal. If you’re in the mood to indulge American-style, go for the brioche French toast with cured rib eye bacon, Cacklebean eggs and maple syrup, or the perfectly crispy buttermilk chicken, which comes with a particularly tasty tarragon aioli. Alternatively, keep it light and healthy with the Arnold Bennett omelette, or the creamy burrata with heirloom tomatoes. Whatever you do save some space for the hazelnut praline choux bun, whipped with a chocolate ganache. Who says you can’t have a brunch pudding? galvinatwindows.com

AOK Kitchen

A.O.K. Kitchen

With its opulent interiors and trendy sugar-free menu, A.O.K. Kitchen fits right in amid ever-chic Marylebone. The setting is built for Instagram: think mother of pearl floors, plush velvet seating, flower ceiling and silk wallpaper – but it’s not all about appearance, and thankfully the food is really good too. Open all day, the space comprises of a restaurant, bakery and bar, with a menu inspired by the sun-soaked shores of California. Everything is free from refined sugar, but this certainly doesn’t mean all boring salads – they describe their food as ‘comfort food with a healthy approach.’ Brunch offerings include pancakes with maple syrup and berries, sweet potato and feta frittatas and breakfast tacos, alongside baked treats like savoury muffins and gluten-free pastries. aokkitchen.co.uk

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