Top 20 Brunch Spots in London
Brunch has quickly become everyone's favourite meal of the day, bypassing breakfast and jumping straight over the 5 o'clock packet of biscuits. From pancakes covered in syrup and fruit to delicious, condiment filled burgers, these dishes are now considered by many to offer the ultimate hangover cure. And with such demand, some of London's experienced restauranteurs have tested the water, letting their imaginations run wild and creating a number of unique, frivolous brunch events. So with no more gilding the lily, here's our list of the top 20 best brunch spots in London.
Last updated on 9th September 2016
Blues Kitchen on Camden High Street have quickly become one of the area's most popular restaurants, and easily slides into our top 20 best brunch spots in London. Beautifully decorated with a distinctive rustic theme, their menu of classic Southern dishes and delectable cocktails offer an amazing culinary experience. Of course, their talented team of chefs makes it one of the best places to eat brunch in London. With thick pancakes, waffles, fresh fruit and all your favourite egg-based dishes, a food-induced coma is almost unavoidable.
With a well-earned reputation for delivering perfect chicken and waffle dishes, Ma'Plucker hosts a daytime event in London well worth its weight in fries. Alongside as much champagne as they can consume, the enticing brunch will include perfectly seasoned whole chickens, 2 bases, 2 sauces and an unlimited amount of fries. Rounding off the experience and balancing the palate before you head home, the venue's doughnuts will leave a big, icing-sugar stained smile across your face.
Undoubtedly the quirkiest brunch that London has to offer, the Mad Hatters Brunch Party held at Christabel's BYOB challenges its guests to let their imaginations run wild. Of course, a range of simple, yet beautifully produced dishes are available, such as a refreshing fruit salad and freshly produced scones with homemade jam. But it's hard to concentrate on food when surrounded by some of the most wonderfully unusual props ever created. Be careful not to get lost at this dream-like brunch in East London.
With a pop-up vibe running down its spine, the Bermondsey Yard Cafe is a quaint haven that offers guests an escape from the bustling, never-resting streets of London. Decorated with a rustic theme in mind, the venue boasts an ample amount exposed wood and is decorated in a wonderfully simple manner. But the real attraction here is the laid-back, sophisticated weekend brunch menu. Carefully crafted, using only the finest British ingredients available, their flavoursome dishes go perfectly with their long line-up of cocktails, spirits, beers and freshly made juices.
Leave all you troubles at the door and take a calming stroll through the gardens at The Folly. Based in the City, the venue's horticultural theme places a refreshing blanket of serenity over the entire restaurant and creates the perfect spot for a laid back, carefree and cosy weekend brunch in London. Serving all your favourite cocktails and exquisite breakfast food - think mimosas, scones and fruit covered pancakes - the entire venue is beautifully decorated with garden furniture and idyllic, floral wallpaper.
Think Gameboys, Super Mario and all the Destiny's Child you can handle; yep, we're talking about a 90s themed brunch in London. With an abundant amount of chicken drumsticks, Jerk chicken burgers and beef chilli, the team behind this event invite guests to a secret location for an afternoon they won't forget. Washing down all the great grub, guests will be blessed with a bottomless cocktail for one hour, before taking part in lip sync battles and 90s themed dance offs. Arguably the best themed brunch the city has to offer, this spot effortlessly walks into our recommended top 20 brunch spots in London.
For a brunch date in London like no other, One Canada Square offers its visitors a suave, elegant afternoon framed by delicious food and exquisute drinks. The restaurant, based in bustling Canary Wharf, is surrounded by stunning high-rise buildings and some of Britain's biggest financial firms. Perfectly complementing the overall aura, the venue's brunch menu can compete with the best, featuring the likes of artichoke tortellini, devon crab and chilli linguine. You'll struggle to find a more sleek, chic bottomless brunch in London.
Adding a dash of serenity to your post-night out state, the team at Mommi in Clapham offer a laid back Sunday brunch in London that's sure to leave you wanting more. Guests will have 90 minutes to eat as much sushi as they can, washing it all down with glass after glass of ice-cold champagne. Dishes on offer include tempura, chirashi and various kinds of flavoursome teriyaki. How better to clear the head than at this quaint, Japanese themed brunch?
With an air of sophistication and class, the Botanist Broadgate offers its visitors a brunch experience in beautiful surroundings. The restaurant itself has bags of attitude; think funky, shapeless tables, velvet armchairs and contemporary art hung on exposed brick walls. But of course, the main attraction is the venues brunch menu, composed of classic British and European dishes. Think eggs benedict, condiment filled burgers and bottomless glasses of delectable cocktails and craft beer.
We aren't sure why, but burgers and beer seem to be the perfect culinary team. For amazing, condiment-filled burgers and an array of ice cold beers, be sure to Fitzrovia's Draft House. Hosting their renowned Beer Brunch every Saturday, the team of chefs use only the finest 28-day dry-aged Scottish beef to create a range of exquisite dishes, topped with streaky bacon and fried eggs. To help wash it down, guests can sample/ gulp down one of the 6 different craft beers that are available on tap.
Each Saturday, the liveliest London brunch kicks into life, combining delicious, flavoursome food with everything we love about the world of Hip Hop. Guests are invivted to a secret location, where the team at Hip Hop Brunch will serve a stunning 3-course meal composed of perfectly cooked Southern cuisine and delectable cocktails. Once you feel ready to burst, the dancing and karaoke starts. We love all things Tupac and NWA, so this unique London brunch easily makes it onto our top 20 list.
Buried deep in Dulwich, the team at The Great Exhibition change the mood of things slightly on the weekends, offering its guests a delectable brunch in South London. Alongside a brunch menu composed of burgers, egg-based dishes and fresh fruit cuisine, the bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas will leave guests swaying on their way home with a slightly skewed smile on their face.
Prosecco and pizza; probably the most enticing use of alliteration we've heard in a while. Signposted by delicious food and drink, and framed by frivolous darts competitions, the Fight Club's weekly brunch draws in the crowds with their lively, care-free atmosphere. This cosy venue is always abuzz come the weekend and is perfect for groups of friends and families hoping to fill their weekend with belly-aching laughter and light-hearted fun.
Far from your conventional brunch in London, the team at The Candlemaker combine copious amounts of alcohol with delicious brunch dishes; and let's not forget the all-important sprinkling of Bingo. Hosted by the Tina Turner Tea Lady, expect to find on their menu Eggs Benedict, tangy Bloody Marys and all the fruity Mimosas a person can handle. Full of laughter and framed by exquisite dishes, this is one of London's quirkier brunch specials.
Styled as a simple countryside pub, the Nag Head in Islington has something wonderfully endearing about it. The simple stools, plain wooden benches and minimalist furnishings contrasts brilliantly with the delicious food bursting full of an array of different flavours. For a stress free weekend brunch in London, head to this cosy spot, where their wood fired pizzas, succulent sandwiches and slow-cooked meat pies will leave a fantastic impression on you.
Sat nicely just off of Old Street roundabout, the Jones Family Project serves the area's passing crowds with three delicious meals a day. The brunch menu is full of wonderful culinary treats, including grilled beef open sandwiches, Indian spiced chicken burgers and Jones' truffled macaroni cheese dishes. To wash it all down, their freshly-made juices always bring a smile to even the most cynical face, but if you'd like some stronger, their cocktail list composed of Negronis, Bloody Marys and Mimosas is always available.
Serving a range of exquisite french dishes and all the champagne a person can handle, the Suburb SW11 Clapham Junction has the perfect hangover cure for South London's revellers. The venue itself gives off a very rustic feel; think exposed bricks, metallic pipes and simple furniture. Plating up an array of dishes, including everyone's favourite full English fry-up, this has to be one of the best brunches available in the capital. Careful though, it's easy to get lost amongst all the mountains of food.
A friendly local pub right around the corner from Highbury & Islington station, The Duchess takes pride in the fact that it’s one of Angel’s best kept secrets. Track it down come Sunday and you’ll find them hosting a delicious brunch spread, where you can recoup after a heavy night or set yourself up for a productive Sunday with a Full English, smashed avocado with free-range eggs or just a classic bacon sarnie.