Brunch, a portmanteau of the words breakfast and lunch is a late morning or early afternoon meal usually occurring between 11am and 3pm. Here’s our pick of the best places to brunch in the capital.
The Wolseley is on many a London visitor’s checklist and it is easy to see why. This café-restaurant in the grand European tradition combines London heritage and Viennese grandeur. The Wolseley offer everything for brunch, from the usual eggs benedict, to the not so usual oysters. We recommend the potato rosti with avocado, tomato and poached egg.
Balthazar, in the heart of Covent Garden, serves great French brasserie and bistro food and their friendly service is the order of the day. Their weekend brunch menu includes everything from croissants and smoked salmon to duck shepherd’s pie and lobster. Spice up your day by treating yourself to one of their fabulous drinks on their brunch cocktail menu including Buckshot Bullshot, the Umami Red Snapper or their signature Balthazar Bloody Mary.
The Good Life Eatery
For vegetarians, vegans and healthy food lovers, The Good Life Eatery concentrates on healthy cuisine serving up juices, super smoothies, soups, salads, and more in the heart of Chelsea. The Good Life Eatery aims to make you happy and healthy in equal measure in its cosy 25-seater café.
Jackson & Rye
Sitting in Jackson & Rye is like being transported across the Atlantic to the East Coast of the USA. The menu reflects this with its creamed grits, brunch-style egg dishes and Southern-style buttermilk-fried open chicken sandwiches. The low-lighting and centrally placed L-shaped bar all add to the convivial atmosphere. A separate brunch menu is served at weekends until 4.30 pm.
KOYA has become extremely popular for serving delicious Japanese Udon noodle dishes, salads and soups. The dishes are simple, yet healthy and served with a tasty Dashi broth with a variety of accompanying ingredients. All produce is sourced from reputable farmers including Welsh seaweed, seafood from the fish markets of London and Asian mushrooms produced by local farmers.
Gail’s is an artisan bakery serving all kinds of delicious baked goods including innovative breads, pancakes and tasty brioche. For the most important meal of the day, Gail’s offers a fabulous Continental Breakfast to get you raring to go featuring croissants, cinnamon buns, blueberry pancakes, mushroom ragu and a Tunisian inspired shakshuka.
The Duck & Waffle
With its fabulous views over the city, The Duck & Waffle hit new heights with 24-hour dining when it opened on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in London’s square mile. The menu is best-of-British comfort food with an unusual and innovative twist including a spicy ox cheek doughnut, foie gras crème brûlée and of course the duck and waffle. The brunch menu is served every weekend.
The Breakfast Club Café
Hoxton, the skinny jean capital of the world is home to the eccentric establishment of The Breakfast Club Café. A broad brunch menu awaits hungry diners including American style pancakes, Mexican burritos and Full English Breakfast.There’s even a projector in their cosy back room where films are shown weekly.
For those with an exotic taste, The Dishoom is a cult modern Indian restaurant with an eastern twist. The full English is replaced with the Full Bombay – spicy scrambled eggs on toast, bacon, sausages and vine tomatoes, fruit smoothies and delicious yogurt drinks.
Party lovers should head to Bunga Bunga, an Italian-themed restaurant that has turned brunch into a matinee with live cabaret. Their two hour Bellini Brunch includes antipasti, pizza and gelato. There are Bellini kits on each table and carafes of unlimited Prosecco. This is a dynamic and exiting brunch that has to be experienced to be believed, consisting of a huge variety of live entertainment, a stage ready for karaoke and of course, delicious food.