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Best Brunch in London

Looking for the best brunch in London? Whether you’re looking for a hangover-busting fry-up or somewhere to celebrate, you’re in the right place. Part-breakfast, part-lunch, brunch truly is the meal where anything goes, especially as most restaurants in town now do it.

You can go down the traditional route, with pancakes, bacon and, of course, the obligatory avocado on toast. If it’s eggs you want, Eggbreak in Notting Hill must be your first port of call, and if you can face the wait, the bacon and egg naan at Dishoom is still hard to beat even after all these years. If you’re over eggs and avo though, brunch can still be on the menu – you can go for an Indian feast at Bombay Bustle, tuck into Indonesian toasties at Ngopi, order up Mexican plates at Cavita and go Middle Eastern at Bala Baya.

Going out for brunch is an inherently bougie thing to do and if you wanna really lean into it, you won’t struggle for places to do so. There’s caviar, frozen margs and crab omelettes on offer at Dovetale; Bloody Marys and French toast at the Colony Grill Room; and lobster eggs benny at Oblix at The Shard.

EGGBREAK

30 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TA,

Eggbreak is a laid back little joint located just around the corner from Notting Hill tube station on a quiet residential street, that draws huge queues every day. Inside it’s pretty simple and light, but it’s the menu that makes it worthy of a trip. Themed around eggs (yep the clue really is in the name) there’s a good selection that ranges from pure filthy to healthy and light – hey this is Notting Hill people, they don’t all want deep fried and dirty! The EBC is the one though especially if you’ve got a hangover you need to shake. Get down for some eggs-tremely tasty dishes… and you thought we’d gone pun free.

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HASH E8

170 Dalston Ln, E8 1NG

Hash E8 is one of our fave brunch spots in town, hidden away on Dalston Lane. The Pig Muffin, that’s sausage patty, bacon, pork belly, egg cake, bacon jam, cheese slice & hash browns in a muffin with chorizo and bacon jam is just YUM. But we also dig the French Toast stuffed with banana, chocolate and peanut butter served with maple syrup and there’s some banging sides too – PLUS it’s all pretty affordable.

MILK BEACH

19-21 Lonsdale Road, London

If you like some BIG Aussie vibes whilst you’re brunching, then Milk Beach is the place to go. Opened by coffee expert Elliot Milne, two-time coffee roasting champ Matthew Robley-Siemonsma and Queensland chef Darren Leadbeater, you’re in very safe hands at this Queens Park spot. Menu-wise, don’t miss Granny Elly’s banana bread served with an espresso cream cheese, or the eggs benedict with pulled ham hock and pickled daikon washed down with a Milk Beach Garibaldi cocktail of course. When it comes to coffee, these guys roast their own so expect some very good stuff that you’ll defo be purchasing to take home and brew yourself. 

SUNDAY BARNSBURY

169 Hemingford Road, London, N1 1DA

Sunday Barnsbury does one of the best French toasts in town. It comes with creme fraiche and salted caramel and we recommend a side of bacon too, and the cornbread is also pretty on point with avo, halloumi and a poached egg. Portions are decent and this is proper neighbourhood cafe that you’ll wish you lived next to.

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DISHOOM

5 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB

Dishoom sure knows how to do it. All their sites have regular huge queues out the door and it’s not hard to see why, especially in the mornings. The naans are legendary – always bacon and egg or the wrestler’s naan (that’s bacon sausage and egg) if you’re particularly hungry/hungover – but the Dishoom spin on the fry up is pretty bangin’ too with spiced scrambled eggs, masala baked beans and buttered buns alongside your bacon, sausages, mushrooms and tomato. And you can get a vegan version if that’s how you roll.

FALLOW

52 Haymarket, St. James's, London SW1Y 4RP

A great breakfast sandwich is hard to beat and Fallow knows it, which is exactly why they’re at the heart of the restaurant’s brunch menu. But these are no regular brekkie baps or muffins because the Fallow team has created a bespoke croissant dough bun to hold the fillings, like the Royale with cheese (with sausage, bacon, kombu ketchup, egg, cheese & sriracha) and the Mushroom royale (with Fallow’s epic mushroom parfait, grilled mushroom, egg & cheese). With buttery pastry dough, top quality ingredients, they’re like McMuffins on steroids – add on some of the supremely crispy hash browns with sour cream & walnut ketchup and a spicy Bloody Mary and you’ve got the most decadent way to start a Saturday. They haven’t forgotten about all you sweet-toothed peeps either because there’s a whey caramel royale for afters, which you absolutely won’t want to miss.

BROTHER MARCUS

2 Crispin Pl, London E1 6DW

If you’re looking for one of the best brunches in the city, then Brother Marcus is your guy. This plant-filled restaurant serves up an Eastern Mediterranean inspired menu including the likes of the Step Sister, a stack of sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters with a perfect runny poached egg and served with crispy kale and turmeric yoghurt, and The Yummy Mummy, featuring quinoa tabbouleh, falafel burnt aubergine and beetroot tahini. But if you prefer the sweet stuff for brunch, you’ll wanna make the most of their in-house bakery offerings which includes sticky pistachio and honey baklava, sweet babka filled with layers of cinnamon and fudgey AF tahini blondies. All three of their locations are a guaranteed brunch hit.

DOVETALE

1 Dover Yard, London

The main menu at Dovetale, Tom Anglesea’s restaurant inside the 1 Mayfair Hotel, is killer and happily the weekend brunch offering is just as good. Classics like a Full English and eggs benedict are present and correct but you won’t wanna miss the beef cheek potato hash with fried duck egg and mojo verde, the fried crab omelette with shredded slaw and nam jim, or the excellent buttermilk fried chicken with waffles, which comes with sour cream and chives, maple syrup and hot sauce butter for drizzling. A side of impossibly crispy Marmite onion rings is a must – balance it out with one of the expertly dressed green salads – but if you’re feeling really bougie you can add an order of caviar. The restaurant’s famous Knickerbocker Glory trolley has been transformed into a build-your-own frozen margarita station, so you can create your perfect Casamigos cocktail (our order: blanco tequila, fresh apricot, lime salt & mint). Dovetale already boasts one of the best dining rooms in the city but it gets even better with the addition of live music from 1pm.

BALA BAYA

229 Union St, London SE1 0LR

Bala Baya, from Israeli born chef Eran Tibi, is all about bringing a taste of Tel Aviv to Southwark and there’s no better way to dive in than with the Brunch Feast. Kick off with a sharing selection of mezze, including pink tarama, labneh & za’atar, and some of the best tahini in town alongside plenty of fluffy pitas for dipping. Then it’s onto mains – we particularly rate the Fish Clouds, herb-packed smoked haddock fish cakes with tarama, fennel & apple salad and a poached egg, and the Breakfast Brisket Doughnut, rich beef brisket with bonfire tomato & chilli and spiced jus, served on a Tunisian doughnut with amba tahini and a fried egg. It’s a bit like a Middle Eastern-meets-BBQ take on an eggs benny and it’s real good. You finish off with a taster trio of puds – quince pudding with a meringue top and creme anglaise, burnt pistachio babka with blackberry compote, and coconut malabi with black tahini – saving you the trouble of trying to choose between them. Add on a jug of gazoz soda (which you can spike with booze if you’re so inclined) and you’ve got yourself a real good time.

VIET GRILL

Viet Grill, Kingsland Road, London

Vietnamese isn’t the first cuisine you think of when someone suggests Sunday brunch, but Viet Grill on Kingsland road is now offering its own spin on lazy weekend brunching. The menu, only available on Sundays, features Saigon Broken Rice topped with a grilled honey pork chop and fried egg. There’s also two of our favourite Vietnamese dishes: Bánh Cuốn, steamed rice rolls served with an anchovy pork dipping broth, and Bún Chả, a traditional grilled pork vermicelli salad with mixed herbs and fish sauce broth. To drink, there’s Vietnamese iced coffee, cà phê sữa đá, made with sweetened condensed milk, Saigon Lime Soda or sugarcane juice. The Sunday Fry Up Brunch menu is available every Sunday from 11am until 7pm, priced at £18 per person (for a brunch dish and a drink).

34

34 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD

Brunch is big business at 34, the menu is pretty extensive and features everything from your usual egg dishes to pimped up lobster mac’n’cheese and roasts on a Sunday. We’d recommend the salt beef hash with double fried egg and the cornbread with avocado. Then there’s the dessert menu (HELLO Jaffa mouse, banoffee sundae and every ice-cream flavour under the sun) and champers served from glasses shaped like Kate Moss’s boobies.

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SUNDAY IN BROOKLYN

98 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RU

Sunday in Brooklyn, a cult fixture in New York’s dining scene and one of our favourite spots in the city has hopped across the pond and opened a big spot in Notting Hill. The Williamsburg fave, opened by founders Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, and chef Jaime Young in 2016, is known for its inventive spin on American staples, playful cocktails, and great atmosphere. The brunch menu gets a lot of attention over in NYC and it’s a hit here in London too, thanks in no small part to those super ‘grammable hazelnut maple praline and brown butter pancakes. Aside from stacks on stacks, you can dig into biscuits & gravy, steak & eggs, shakshuka, crispy chicken sandwiches and cauliflower patty melts, and not forgetting some of Sunday in Brooklyn’s signature cocktails – hello Honeybear on Holiday.

MILK

18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RJ

You hear on the grapevine that South London has some banging brunch offerings, and Milk is no exception. You’ll find customers frequently queuing out the door and we can tell you why. The menu boasts variations on eggs including poached eggs on sourdough with burnt butter hollandaise and salmon, classics such as the panko fried red snapper sandwich (aka the fish sando) and the real star of the show, The Convict, their hangover-curing sausage, bacon and egg muffin. Trust us, you better start lining up now. 

MOUNT ST. RESTAURANT

First Floor, Mount St. Restaurant, Mount Street, London W1K 2RX

The art-filled Mount St. Restaurant has proven itself to be a dreamy setting for any and all meals of the day – particularly after it launched a killer breakfast offering, which is served between 7.30-10.30am on weekdays and 8-10.30am on weekends. It’s Mayfair, so you might head in imagining something quite traditional, but prepare to be very pleasantly surprised. The creamy porridge is spiked with a dram of whiskey, the omelettes are topped with Oscietra caviar and the bacon chop (combined with bubble & squeak and a fried duck egg) is unlike any other you’ve had. Expect to be surrounded by Warhols and Picassos, designer furnishings and maybe even a celebrity or two (Alexa Chung and Logan Roy have popped in in the past).

AKUB

27 Uxbridge St, London W8 7TQ

A Middle Eastern breakfast is one of the great joys in life and at modern Palestinian restaurant akub in Notting Hill, the brunch certainly delivers on that front – and there aren’t many prettier rooms to have it in than akub’s light-filled and olive tree-adorned main space. In fact, it’s filled with such delish sounding dishes it’s quite the task narrowing it down, but one not to miss is the Arabic coffee French toast, with crisped-up fluffy brioche, whipped laban, crushed pistachios and a sweet, spiced Arabic coffee syrup. Well done Fadi Kattan. That’s locked in for dessert but before you get there, tuck into the likes of zahra cauliflower fritters with coriander tahinia, slow-cooked tomatoes with eggs & green chilli, grilled nabulsi cheese with nigella seed oil, and aubergine fatteh. And go heavy on the dips and the bread – labeneh and zaatar bread is a winning combo. If you’re looking for an extra kick, there are spice-infused brunch cocktails on offer or you can opt for traditional Arabic coffee to get your weekend going.

JULIETS QUALITY FOODS

110 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9NG

Juliets is the only reason we’ll schlep to Tooting, yes this place is REALLY worth it. It’s got the high-ceiling, exposed brick wall and retro interior vibe going on but this place is all about the food. As well as pimping the usual brunch faves (think espresso and fermented chilli hollandaise), these guys are also slinging some very epic specials featuring the likes of grilled doughnut bread slathered in whipped ricotta, bergamot creme patisserie and chamomile marmalade; crispy smoked pork neck pastrami bagel with broad bean piccalilli and egg custard; and sourdough bread end waffles with poached apricot and toasted quinoa. BUT you can’t come here without ordering their diner-style hash browns covered in Lincolnshire poacher cheese. Thank us later.

THE COLONY GRILL ROOM

8 Balderton Street, London

Need to book a brunch fit for a special occasion? You’ve got to go for The Colony Grill Room, full stop. This gloriously 1920s-esque restaurant sits at the heart of Mayfair’s Art Deco Beaumont Hotel, and has a brunch menu that’s every bit as thought out as their lunch and dinner offerings. Here, you’ll find all your favourites, but with a glamorous, old New York City twist that The Colony Grill Room does so well. Kick things off with a classic cocktail – i.e. make the tough choice between a mimosa or bloody mary – paired with a snack (the chickpea fries with jalapeno ketchup are a particular highlight). Then, for the main event, go for eggs (done all ways, Benedict, Royale, Florentine, etc.), pancakes or French toast for something sweet, or a full English if you’re feeling hungry. And, for that extra bit of luxury, add on some caviar and oysters too – when in Mayfair, right?

BOMBAY BUSTLE

29 Maddox St, London W1S 2PA

Bombay Bustle is taking its brunch to a new level by running it all weekend long. Weekend Chillies really does have something for everyone, with the menu featuring everything from pork sorpotel (pickled pulled pork, poached egg, white cheddar hollandaise & warm curry leaf brioche) and uttapam mutta roast (eggs, rice pancakes & tomato chutney) to Chettinad double fried chicken and chilli paneer to Bombay Bustle classics like dum lamb biryani and chicken tikka makhani – and that’s before you get onto the likes of gulab jamun tiramisu and saffron milk cake at the dessert station. If you have trouble narrowing it down (and you will because all the food here is fantastic), there’s also a set Bundle Brunch menu on offer. You’ll also be able to check out the capsule collection of table linen from Dandelion, the lifestyle label from Bombay Bustle’s founder Samyukta Nair, which is all about making memories around the table.  

CLUB MEXICANA

46-48 Commercial St, London E1 6LT

Brightly coloured vegan restaurant Club Mexicana is known for taking over your insta feed with some of the best plant-based Mexican food in London. It’s recently launched a new brunch menu, that’s available every weekend at its Spitalfields site. Living up to the name, the menu is banging and includes a selection of its vegan takes on the classics like the mex-shuka and a Mexicana fry-up (featuring probably the longest vegan chorizo in London). It wouldn’t be brunch without a cocktail, and all can be washed down with some of the special brunch tipples, our personal favourite being the marmalade margarita. Available Sat and Sun, head there for plenty of fun energy and a knock-out vegan brunch.

COYA MAYFAIR

118 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NW

Coya is already well known for bringing the spirit of Peru to London and now you can dive into that Incan heritage with the Inca Trail brunch at Coya Mayfair. Look forward to a three course brunch with delights such as crocantes con guacamole, taco de salmón and four (!) different varieties of ceviche. Not to mention the mains of Chilean sea bass with rice and sirloin steak with crispy shallots all finished with a selection of desserts and fruit. And it’s not just about the food because Coya put on some lively entertainment whilst you brunch – make sure you don’t miss out on the party in the Pisco Bar once the food experience comes to an end too. If it’s a boujee Saturday affair you’re after, Coya is just the place for you. 

NGOPI

78 Dalston Ln, London E8 3AH

One of our favourite things about travelling around Asia is eating a shit ton of noodles, rice and dim sum for breakfast. This is one of the reasons we’re a big fan of Indonesian cafe Ngopi located on Dalston Lane. The small spot has a condensed menu featuring some very sweet dishes and a range of quirky takes on traditional Indonesian favourites as well as Indonesian coffee, drinks, cakes and snacks. Don’t miss the Fried Indomie Toasty, a toasty crammed with instant noodles, egg, cheese, corned beef and kimchi. Not only is it tasty, it’s a guaranteed hangover buster, similar to something you’d pull together in a fridge or cupboard raid. Finish off with the lapis legit, baked by Auntie it’s a layered cake with a burnt butter flavour. Delish.

COCOTTE

95 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW

Cocotte is known for cluckin’ great, French-influenced rotisserie chicken and now it’s bringing you those birds at brunch time too. Running on the weekends at the Notting Hill, Queen’s Park, Shoreditch and Parsons Green restaurants, it’s indulgence all the way with dishes like croissant waffles with sweet chilli chicken thigh & fried egg, ouefs parfait & truffled mushrooms with rosemary Parmesan cream, and croque monsieur with truffled mac ‘n’ cheese sauce. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss the cinnamon French toast with caramelised rum banana, red berry coulis & chantilly cream. Ooh la la.

MAE + HARVEY

414 Roman Rd, Bow, London E3 5LU

Cool kid on the block Mae + Harvey is serving up some of the best brunch and coffee over East. With a weekly changing menu, you can expect the likes of pancakes with roast plum, almonds, ricotta and maple syrup; Turkish eggs with garlic yoghurt, chilli butter and toast; and house-cured smoked salmon on everything bagel with beetroot cream cheese. Not to mention next-level sarnies. Get there early and nab a seat before the crowds come flocking. 

ISABEL MAYFAIR

26 Albemarle St, London W1S 4HY

Mayfair’s glamourous Mediterranean spot Isabel has an imaginative brunch menu to match its main offering. Their midday classics all come with a signature twist, such as the English muffins with smoked salmon, a poached egg and passion fruit hollandaise or the chia seed bowl with ‘exotic salad’ and granola. And if you’re not really feeling anything too brunch-y, you can choose from their all-day selection that includes the likes of tuna tartare with ponzu, avocado, wasabi and lime; lobster brioche with hollandaise; and rigatoni all’arrabbiata with capers, olives and aged parmesan.

LA GAMBA

Unit 3, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

What better way to spend a Saturday in London than brunching with friends, followed by a stroll along the Thames? Well, you can do just that at the new Spanish restaurant La Gamba. Located directly under the Southbank Centre along the riverside, La Gamba has created a tapas-style brunch offering designed to share. For £39 per person, you can get six tapas dishes, booze, and dessert, which is pretty good value if you ask us. Highlights include their pan con sobrasada, huevos rotos con chorizo and the torijja dessert, which is a must-order. Booze-wise, you can keep it traditional with a jug of sangria or opt for a bottle of their house wine. If your usual tipple go-to is a mimosa, we recommend getting their cava sangria, which will go down a treat on their sunny terrace in Costa del Southbank. 

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