Leisure Eating - Best Places to Have Brunch in London

What is brunch but a breakfast without an alarm clock? The perfect way to indulge yourself in a leisurely Sunday tradition, brunch is the fashionably late cousin of breakfast. What’s more, you ‘need help’ if you drink at breakfast but drinking at brunch is the ‘hip’ thing to do! So, why bother with breakfast on a weekend when brunch is ready to completely spoil you?

Londoners love their brunches and the restaurants go all out to please with their fantastic brunch menus and bottomless drinks. From double yolk hash browns to creamy avocado salads, brunches have never been this exciting!

Here are some of our favorite picks for brunch in London:

1. Bistrotheque

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When you finally find this restaurant in its unassuming location you will thank your stars you did. The brunch menu is daringly different and is a brilliant tease to your Sunday appetite. The ambiance is bright and cheerful (but not too overbearing for those nursing a nasty hangover too). The service is attentive and polite.
Where: 23-27 Wadeson Street London E2 9DR
What’s special: The desserts are lip smacking
Tip: Reservation recommended.

2. Duck and Waffle

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What’s better than brunch on a Sunday? Brunch on a Sunday with a view! If you can get over the vertigo-inducing lift ride up to the 40th floor, you’d definitely feel a little dizzy after experiencing the stunning view that greets you at this swish restaurant. Even though you might feel the pinch when the bill arrives, the food and location definitely merits a visit.

Where: 40th Floor 110 Bishopsgate London EC2N 4AY
What’s Special: The spectacular panoramas and edgy menu
Tip: Try the namesake dish, Duck and Waffle.
 
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3. The Breakfast Club

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If you don’t mind the weekend queues and the noisy ambiance (some would say chirpier the better), The Breakfast Club like its namesake movie is a classic. You’d find a hearty American brekky here pancakes, bacon, eggs benedict et al. Sometimes, that and a cheery ambiance is all it takes to make your Sunday a happy one.

Where: 12-16 Artillery Lane London  E1 7LS
What’s special: bright ambiance, best hangover cure coffee and consistently good food
Tip: Try the pancakes and eggs!
 
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4. Bourne & Hollingsworth

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Unpretentiously posh, Bourne & Hollingsworth is gaining quite a fan following for its delectable food and bottomless bellinis. There’s not much that can go wrong when you have great food and too much booze paired with friendly service. The décor is Victorian and French inspired and paired with the bright interiors make this a perfect place for long brunches.

Where: 42 Northampton Rd London  EC1R 0HU
What’s special: Happy brunches are made of two words ‘bottomless booze’
Tip: Go with an empty stomach and an empty bladder! Everything from the sausages to the crumpets is a winner here.
 

5. Hip Hop Brunch

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A wonderful way to spend a weekend afternoon, the Hip Hop Brunch is a concept that has caught the fancy of fun-loving Londoners very fast. Hosted at a new place each time, the brunch is actually a day party with a great vibe. Good food, great drinks and awesome music makes this event an instant hit. What’s more, there’s karaoke, tattoo artists and magicians too!

Where: Revealed only a few days before the event
What’s Special: dancing, hip hop karaoke and bottomless drinks!
Tip: Expect it to be quite crowded so sign up for karaoke early.

6. Hixter Bankside 

Hixter Bankside is a no-brainer when it comes to brunch- unlimited drinks and a clever menu that is executed in true ‘Hix’ fashion. Be it the salted caramel fondue or the usual eggs, there’s no ‘ordinary’ at this restaurant. They love to give their own twist to the mundane and the result is often delicious. The bloody mary and prosecco are brilliant too.

Where: 16 Great Guildford Street London  SE1 0HS
What’s special: Hash with double yolk eggs and smoked salmon
Tip: Great for a quick lunch on weekdays too!
 
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7. Cookbook Café

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It’s easy to see why this place is such a crowd pleaser for its weekend brunches. Besides the bottomless Bellinis and Proseccos, this establishment is proudly committed towards sustainable produce and this means you will be treated with the best flavors of the season. So indulge in this elaborate buffet without a shred of guilt, Mother Nature is with you.

Where: 1 Hamilton Place London W1J 7QY
What’s special: The pot roasted Gressingham duck is just delish!
Tip: Don’t forget to try their ‘to-die-for’ desserts.

8. Daylesford Organic

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Whether you want to detox with gluten free indulgences or retox with the infamous bloody marys, Daylesford Organic is a place that is straight out of a foodie’s fantasy. Organic eating cannot get better from plump, juicy Portobello mushrooms to smoked salmon, the menu here is executed with lots of panache. There on your communal table amidst enticing aromas, you will find food nirvana. Be warned though, healthy living does not come cheap.
Where: 208-212 Westbourne Grove  London  W11 2RH
What’s special: Rustic food in a pleasing, welcoming atmosphere.
Tip: The deli and grocery store stocks some high quality organic produce.

9. Dishoom

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If you live in London and haven’t yet heard of the legendary food coma of Dishoom, you’re definitely missing out on some delicious opportunities. Inspired by the Irani cafes of Mumbai, Dishoom dishes up Indian food and chai with great vigor and passion. Honestly, any meal you eat here is lip smacking, it doesn’t just have to be brunch. Combine a relaxed Sunday with mouth watering lassi and cheese naan, you are in foodie heaven.

Where: 12 Upper St Martin's Lane London WC2H 9FB
What’s special: Chic café vibe and endless helpings of chai.
Tip: Be prepared to wait in a queue to get in.
 
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10. Beany Green

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Where else can you get a hearty Aussie meal in a pleasant setting and easy to love prices? Beany Green is stepping on all the right stones when it comes to delighting its customers with wholesome Aussie goodness. From protein rich snacks to hearty salads, who knew healthy could be this tasty?!

Where: Kiosk 1, 1-2 Broadgate  London  EC2M 2QS
What’s special: Reasonably priced, tasty food.
Tip: Try the charcoal sourdough.

11. Bunnychow

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The very reason this place makes it in a list of great brunch places is because nothing can nurse a Saturday hangover like meaty curry in dug out bread. Of course, Bunnychow is not limited to its namesake South African dish. They also make amazing juices and cocktails. Their veggie curry options are equally yummy.

Where: Boxpark Shoreditch Unit 55, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road London  E1 6GY
What’s Special: Minimalistic décor and Spicy Curry in Bread!
Tip: The Chicken Wings and Spicy Mutton are a classic!

London’s brunch scene is eclectic and cheerful. You can always expect something new here and pleasant surprises come in the form of bottomless booze and lip smacking fare! You’re sure to be spoilt for choice.
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