THE BEST PLACES TO BRUNCH

Looking for the best brunch in London? Whether you’re looking for a hangover busting fry up or somewhere to celebrate, here’s our pick of the best brunches in London.

Best brunch in London Highlights

Bombay cafe Dishoom serves up one of our fave dishes in town – THAT bacon and egg naan. Brekkie is served until 11:45am, seven days a week and is a collection of English/Indian breakfast fusion dishes. Special shout out goes to those naans, but the bottomless porridge and house chai is also pretty on point.

Eggbreak is a laid back restaurant in Notting Hill and it’s all about the eggs (clue’s in the name people!). The menu features some pretty filthy looking buns including THAT McMuffin with a sausage patty, American cheese, fried egg and hot sauce. Other faves include the crab cakes with poached eggs, sriracha hollindase and spinach, and the cornflake french toast with caramelised banana, blueberries and maple syrup.

From the new (and now only) Smoking Goat Shoreditch site you can practically see people tucking in to bacon and egg naan rolls in Dishoom opposite but Smoking Goat have some tricks of their own, namely the delicious Cured Tamworth Jowl & Fried Eggs Roti, which gives their Indian neighbours a run for their money. There’s lots more to love too, including fried chicken and curry sauce and smoked haddock with noodles.

Hash E8 is one of our fave brunches in London, hidden away on Dalston Lane do brunch all day long. 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.

JULIETS QUALITY FOODS

££
110 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9NG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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.

SKYLIGHT PECKHAM

120 Peckham Hill Street Theatre Walk (in between Peckham Library and Mountview College, London SE15 5JT, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Clearly we just can’t get enough of rooftop bars in London as the Skylight team has recently opened a second venue in Peckham. Like the first Skylight, the entire space is big enough for 250 people, this time with a stronger focus on food too. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, its highlight is the huge outdoor terrace, perfect for soaking up London’s skyline. The brunch menu features the likes of a quinoa breakfast bowl, a classic avocado on toast (you’ll want to top this with a soft boiled duck egg), burrata with tropea onions, smoked aubergine & n’duja and cinnamon spiced banana french toast. We love the hot smoked trout served with charred asparagus, poached egg and pink pepper hollandaise, and we recommend you pimp your brunch with some extra bacon and Blackbird sourdough smothered in salty butter on the side. Skylight is the perfect place for an all-day affair; coffees for breakfast, eggs for brunch and cocktails for the afternoon, watching the sun go down over South London.

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.

DAFFODIL MULLIGAN

70-74 City Rd, London EC1Y 2BJ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 5:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Richard Corrigan’s Daffodil Mulligan has got into the brunch game, serving up a simple yet hearty menu to kick off Saturdays in style. We reckon there’s only way to kick things off here and that’s with a round of oysters – the Loch Ryan Rossmore ones are particularly good – and Bloody Marys. There are classic egg dishes on the menu to keep the brunch purists satisfied alongside the likes of prawn curry and maple glazed pork & chips. These take things very much into lunch territory but when they’re that good (especially the chips, in fact, order a side of them just so you don’t have to share) who cares whether it’s breakfast, brunch or lunch? There are puds too, if you’re not too stuffed, although the lemon tart is surprisingly dainty that you’ll definitely have room to squeeze it in. Don’t forget the Irish coffees either.

BROTHER MARCUS

2 Crispin Pl, London E1 6DW, UK

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.

HOTBOX

££
46-48 Commercial St, London E1 6LT, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Brunch meets booze meets BBQ at HotBox. They do have the obligatory eggs and avo but this place is a meat lover’s paradise so you’ll wanna do it properly and feast on the likes of the Brekkie Burger, with 28-day aged beef, smoked belly bacon, fried egg & salsa rojo in a brioche bun, and the Brisket Hash, with smoked brisket, beef fat toasties, fried egg & chipotle horseradish. If you’re a fan of the sweet and savoury combo, the fried chicken & waffle with bacon and maple butter sauce is a winner. You could do bubbles with this brunch but the spice of a Bloody Mary stands up perfectly to all the smoked meats, and you can go bottomless with the bevs too. Best of all, HotBox does brunch EVERY DAY (expect Mondays) so you don’t even need to wait for the weekend to get in on the action.

HIDE

85 Piccadilly London, W1J 7NB

Arguably one of the best restaurants in London, Ollie Dabbous’ Hide was awarded a Michelin star just 6 months after opening. We’ve been for dins and loved it but it’s true that it can get pricey in the evenings, so another way in is to head over for weekend brunch where the menu is just £48. Brunch begins with a bunch of snacks, including Porthilly oysters with Amalfi lemon; tempura aubergine served with Thai basil and green peppercorns; and flatbread cooked over charcoal with beetroot hummus and Graceburn creamy cheese.

There are four starters to choose from and we dug into the HIDE Croque Monsieur, a dense cheesy masterpiece, as well as cured organic salmon with chervil mayonnaise and pickled yellow courgette. From the mains, the Cornish crab linguine stole the show – served from pan to plate table side, we enjoyed the subtle spiciness and richness of this dish. The barbecued 50 day-aged beef short rib served with crispy potato cake and onion rings, virgin rapeseed béarnaise, with super sweet smoked tomato is out of this world, too. For £48 in one of the best restaurants in town, you just can’t go wrong.

WILD BY TART

3-4 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London SW1W 9AZ

The weekend brunch menu at Wild By Tart is a continuation of their farm to fork ethos, with a focus on seasonal British produce and sharing-style dishes. Don’t get us wrong, we love brunch. But we also like it when brunch dishes aren’t just all poached eggs and yoghurt, which is something they’re doing really well here. Ranging from brunch bowls to larger plates, savoury dishes like kedgeree croquettes with curry leaf aioli or breakfast tacos with slow braised pork shoulder, pico de gallo & coriander crema will make those without a sweet tooth happy, though the brown butter pancakes with bay ice cream & marsala blackberry compote is a real winner. If you want to make it an ever better start to the day, wash it down with a couple of the champagne & pisco cocktails.

BARBOUN

61-67 Great Eastern St, Hackney, London EC2A 3HU

A Middle Eastern brunch is one of our fave ways to have the meal and Barboun rocks those Turkish delights in good fashion. The restaurant itself is super modern, stylish and very spacious and the food set-up is on point too. The brunch menu is tight and split across eggs, flatbreads and salads. We rate sucuk (Turkish sausage) and poached eggs, which comes with a beautiful spicy tomato sauce, yoghurt and a slice of sourdough. The flatbread options are pretty varied and the chicken, sweetcorn and mozzarella one hits the spot. The Turkish coffee is strong and comes with a Turkish delight on the side, we’ll take that with our brunch any day.

SEABIRD

40 Blackfriars Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8NY, UK

Seabird, located on the top floor of The Hoxton, Southwark – yes that means there are epic views from the roof terrace – is one of London’s best seafood restaurants. There’s only one way to start brunch in a seafood restaurant and that’s with a spicy Bloody Mary and oysters; luckily Seabird has the biggest oyster list in town so you’re spoilt for choice on this front. There’s a few ways you could follow those up – a towering shellfish platter, a plate of charcuterie – but we reckon going for a mix of small and large plates is the best bet. The octopus roll with sobrasada aioli and a soft brioche bun is an absolute must as are the creamy jamon croquetas, and if you want fish but can’t decide which, go for the frittura mixta as you get fried squid, scallops, white fish, langoustines and some padron peppers thrown on for good measure. The papas arragudas – boiled salted potatoes with spicy mojo rojo – are great if you want a carb fix but don’t want anything else fried. The already famous manchego cheesecake, finished with a grating of cheese at the table, is on offer for dessert and trust us, you’ll want to save space for this baby.

PROVISIONERS

Provisioners, Queen Elizabeth Street, London, UK

The rather dapper interiors of Provisioners, inside the Dixon hotel, isn’t the only draw here. Having recently launched their brunch menu, there are quite a few things to make this the first stop on your weekend food hunt. Temptation leaps out from the page: the black pudding and pork belly roti is a gem, the pork belly smothered in sweet coffee bbq sauce, red onion jam and a fried egg that is wrapped inside an Indian roti bread. The flatbread is a good shout too and comes loaded with avocado (could have been a little more ripe), creme fraiche, tomato jam and bacon. What’s not to like.

Read our review of the dinner menu here.

ASK FOR JANICE

££
50-52 Long Ln, Farringdon, London EC1A 9EJ, UK

If you want a brunch rec in Farringdon, Ask For Janice – as in the restaurant Ask For Janice, not just any old Janice you find on the street. The all-day spot, opposite Smithfield Market, is a pretty laid back kinda place, with industrial-chic interiors, plants hanging from the rafters, light streaming in from the huge windows and a bangin’ brunch menu. They’re not big on big plates so choosing a few small ones is the way to go here. There’s a lot of variety, from classics like bubble and squeak to the more unusual brown & white crab miso toast, though our fave is the baked eggs with merguez sausage, roasted peppers and yoghurt, served alongside toasted sourdough.

BOB'S LOBSTER

Unit 71 St Thomas St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QX

In 2018 BOB’s Lobster made the jump from street food trader to permanent site, opening in the revamped part of London Bridge station, though they haven’t forgotten their roots, parking the famous VW campervan inside the restaurant. And now they’re making sure we all get our seafood fix in the morning thanks to a brand new brunch menu. There are plenty of egg dishes on offer if you wanna stick to the breakfast vibes but the lobster mac ‘n’ cheese with lobster bisque bechamel, lobster tail meat and a sprinkling of fried shallots for texture, is a winner. In our books mac ‘n’ cheese is acceptable any time of the day or night. You can’t come to BOB’s Lobster and not have one of the signature rolls – the lobster and crayfish one is packed with meat and comes in the most buttery brioche. And if you can break away from the shellfish, the tuna tacos with wasabi guac and extra crunchy wonton shells are definitely also worth an order, although be prepared to fight over who gets the last one.

HOPPERS

££-£££
77 Wigmore Street, London, UK

Spice up your brunch by swapping the classic brekkie dishes for Sri Lankan small plates at Hoppers. You’ve got a few decisions to make as you have various meaty and veggie short eats and karis to pick from as well as a choice of hoppers, dosa and chutneys. The table doesn’t have to all order the same so you can mix and match, perfect if you’re feeling indecisive/greedy. From the short eats, we rate the green peppercorn squid with crispy chickpeas; the fiery devilled chicken wings; and the bacon and mushroom kothu, which has a bubble & squeak feel about it. You’ve then got to choose whether you want a namesake hopper (go for the egg one if you want to up the brunch vibe) or a dosa – the chilli cheese one is particularly great and it’s massive – then your chutneys or sambol and finally the kari you want to mop it up with. The aubergine one gets our vote every time. You can add in free-flowing Lion beer to make it bottomless but it’s worth checking out the other drinks; the watermelon and guava slushie is SO GOOD.

LINA STORES

££
20 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DR, UK

It’s all about waking up the Italian way for breakfast at Lina Stores. The 100-seater, retro-styled mint green Italian restaurant and deli certainly looks the part and Head Chef Masha Rener’s Umbrian heritage is splashed across the menu. Tuck into the Tuscan fennel sausage with cannelloni, tomato and pane Pugliese, and watch that bright burnt orange egg yolk pop. The truffle scrambled eggs is decent but probs one to skip if your hank marnvin as the portion is a little on the mean side. The Amalfi Macedonia fruit salad with Amalfi lemon, ricotta and pistachio is excellent as are the Nutella-filled doughnuts if you want something sweet. Just be wary if you’re rushing for a train as service is on the slow side, so maybe save for a lazy morning.

FOLIE

££-£££
37 Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9LB

It’s interior goals at Folie on Golden Square – with electric blue stools, a golden bar, low retro lamps, a floor so patterned you’ll get lost in it, soft leather booths and high gloss tables, it’s 60s and 70s glam all the way, and they’ve even gone for retro music to match. Chef Christophe Marleix has a designed a French-Italian inspired menu with brunch dishes like scrambled eggs with sea urchins served in their shells and chicken & basil croque monsieurs. Folie is also great if you just want to pop in for a morning coffee at the bar or even just to sneak in one of their excellent desserts. We won’t tell.

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.

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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ALLEGRA

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, London E20 1FD

Found on the 7th floor of The Stratford, Allegra is a bar and restaurant complete with an outdoor terrace that makes for perfect al fresco dining. The chef behind Allegra is Patrick Powell, who was previously in charge at Chiltern Firehouse, so as you might expect he’s smashed it with the menus, which run from breakfast through to dinner and make use of produce grown on his own farm just outside London. Think truffle croque madame, oak smoked trout, and roast chicken with aioli and caramelised lemon. Cocktails are on point too, designed by Charlotte Charret and Alessandro Viscardi, formerly of the Bloomsbury and The Ned respectively, and feature unusual ingredients such as coriander cordial and pomegranate granita. For anyone that lives in Stratford, Allegra is an incredible restaurant to have on your doorstep and if we lived or worked around here we’d be regulars. For anyone else though it’s definitely worth making the journey to eat here, so we’d recommend adding it to your hit list asap.

PACHAMAMA EAST

73 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HR, UK

For the eastern outpost of Pachamama (sister to the original one in Marylebone as well as the offshoot Chicama in Chelsea), the menu is still largely Peruvian in style but sets itself apart by featuring Asian flavours across too. You have plenty of choice when it comes to brunch with both sweet and savoury waffles and specials that range from a Sichuan chicken burger to smoked eel crepes to sofrito baked eggs with kale. And there are a handful of snacks and small plates from the main menu too, so you can really mix and match. Pachamama East also knocks up one of the best Sunday roasts in London.

LITTLE BAT

54 Islington Park St, London N1, UK

Little Bat, sister to Callooh Callay, is best known as a cocktail bar but now they’ve got into the brunch game. They’ve got a varied menu, with a mix of small plates – the roast cauliflower and cheddar croquettes with chilli relish are a must – and main dishes. You can go lighter with the hazelnut crusted baked ricotta with asparagus and pickled radish salad or more indulgent with the chickpea, potato, parmesan and truffle rosti topped with bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise. They haven’t forgotten about the booze either – not only do they have brekkie-inspired cocktails and a bottomless option, they’ve got a DIY Bloody Mary Trolley so you can shake one up just the way you like it. With their open front windows, palm print furniture and bangin’ soundtrack, this is one brunch you’ll wanna linger over.

GALVIN AT WINDOWS

22 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE, UK

Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows on the 28th floor of the Hilton Park Lane – yes the views are pretty epic – has just got into the brunch game with a brand new Saturday menu from chef Joo Won. For the restaurant’s first ever brunch offering, Joo has gone all out with a real mix of dishes, from French pastries and sourdough toasts to classic eggs and lunch plates with an Asian twist. Joo’s Super Breakfast, with soft polenta, Burford Brown eggs, maple cured rib eye bacon, stir-fried chili oyster mushrooms and Anne Rose boudin noir is the way to go if you fancy an elegant take on a traditional brekkie. If you’re in more of a lunch mood, the teriyaki fillet of salmon is packed full of flavour but still light enough for you to have room for one of the puds, and with classics like chocolate fondant and Paris-Brest on the menu, you definitely want to save room.

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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DISHOOM

££-£££
5 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB, UK

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.

JIM'S CAFE

59 Chatsworth Road, E5 0LH

Once an Italian coffee shop and ice cream factory and more recently a much-loved local caff, Jim’s is the oldest cafe on Chatsworth Road. After first opening its doors in the 60’s, the cafe has reopened and now serves up bangin’ breakfasts, lunch and dinner. Staying true to its heritage, the owners have restored the 196os decor and expanded into the old ice cream factory at the back. Taking every detail into consideration, Jim’s bake their own sourdough, muffins and pastries, serve up a range of homemade juices and even cure their own bacon.

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EGGBREAK

30 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TA,

Eggbreak, a collab between Ennismore, the peeps behind The Hoxton, and Soho House, is a laid back little joint located just around the corner from Notting Hill tube station on a quiet residential street. 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 McMuffin 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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BARGE EAST

££
River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Ln, London E9 5EN, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Three friends teamed up to sail De Hoop (a 114 year old Dutch Barge) from Holland to East London’s Hackney Wick, and after mooring up along the canal they’ve converted it into a floating restaurant and canal side garden which seats a whopping 300 people. Their menu focusses on street food classics, like buttermilk fried chicken burgers; bacon and sage scotch eggs; deep fried apple tart; and roast beef buns, with locals East London Liquor Co, Beavertown and Three Choirs supplying the brews and cocktails. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or sometime in the evening, get yourself aboard.

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