Brunch! That delightful meal that’s just too late to be called breakfast, but is eaten significantly earlier than lunch. And if you’re looking for a place where brunch has become somewhat of an institution, then it has to be London.
It can be either a lavish, luxurious affair, or sometimes brunch is a value for money, hearty meal that you squeeze in just before heading off to something else. But whatever your reason for brunching, you’d do far worse than trying out one of the following eateries.
1. The Wolseley, Piccadilly
So let’s jump straight in with one of the most luxury venues – The Wolseley in Piccadilly. Served until 11:30hrs, breakfast/brunch here is something of an art, with every type of egg you could think of being on the menu.
Of course, you could go for a Full English, or choose the healthy option of fruits, cereals and yoghurts. If you fancy something a little different, then how about Haggis with duck eggs, or the famous Wolseley fishcake? You can even enjoy oysters, lobster or Cornish crab – there really is something on the menu for every taste.
Be sure to make a reservation, especially at the weekend. As although it’s a little pricey, this is one brunch joint that people return to again and again…
2. The Duck and Waffle, City of London
Officially, the restaurant’s brunch menu is only served at the weekend. But they offer a pretty good breakfast and all day menus during the week, including such delicacies as Columbian Eggs, Ox Cheek Benedict and Smoked Finnan Haddock.
It’s a pretty awesome location, and whilst eating brunch here isn’t the cheapest you’ll find in London, the view certainly makes up for it.
3. The Breakfast Club, Angel
Open seven days a week from 08:00hrs, this 80s themed café knows a thing or two about providing some of the most scrumptious eggs, bacon and pancakes you’ll come across outside of the USA.
It’s popular, so be prepared to wait for a table. But in all honesty, the quality and atmosphere make that little hardship well worth it.
4. Koya Bar, Soho
So you might not consider a Japanese noodle bar to be an ideal place for brunch. But Koya Bar in Soho have won many loyal customers thanks to an eclectic mix of Asian food mixed with the good old British fry up.
Think such delights as Udon topped with fried egg and bacon. It might sound weird, but it works! The restaurant is open from 08:30 hours, seven days a week.
5. Dishoom, Covent Garden
While we’re on the subject of unconventional brunch menus, then Bombay restaurant, Dishoom, certainly fits the bill. With a great location in Covent Garden, the restaurant serves a wonderful breakfast/brunch from 08:00 on weekdays and 09:00 at the weekend.
The cooked breakfast includes two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast, or why not try the spicy scrambled eggs for a kick-start to your day. Whatever your tastes, the menu offers a delicious take on the classic English brunch, as well as offering surprisingly great value for money.
6. The Landmark London, Marylebone
If you want to push the boat out, then head to The Landmark London on a Sunday morning.
Here you can enjoy a champagne brunch from 12:30hrs-15:00hrs with delicacies such as Thai chicken salad, coriander and beetroot marinated salmon and black eye bean teriyaki sitting alongside such staples as scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, French toast with maple syrup and a traditional hot English breakfast.
7. Plum and Spilt Milk, Kings Cross
Located in the newly refurbished Great Northern Hotel at Kings Cross St Pancras Station, the Plum and Spilt Milk is a wonderfully calm location in which to enjoy dishes such as smoked salmon, bacon or scrambled eggs.
Open from 07:00hrs on a weekday and 08:00hrs at the weekend, the menu also provides lighter options such as crepes, avocado, porridge and fresh fruit salad.
8. Riding House Café, West End
Located on Great Titchfield Street in London’s West End, you can enjoy a wide breakfast/brunch menu from 07:30hrs in the week and from 09:00 at the weekend. In addition to all the classics, vegetarians are well catered for as well, with a great veggie breakfast that includes grilled halloumi, field mushrooms and slow roasted tomatoes.
You can make a reservation here, but breakfast/brunch tables are only allocated to you for an hour and a half – just enough time for a business meeting, or to enjoy a morning catch up with good friends…
9. Albion Caff, Shoreditch
The delightful Albion Café in Shoreditch serves an excellent breakfast/brunch menu with all the staples you’d expect to find. From a fry up to kippers, porridge to croissants, everyone is well catered for here.
You can rock up any time from 08:00hrs, seven days a week to enjoy typically British fare. In addition to enjoying brunch, you can also take away a selection from their in house bakery and cake counter – perfect for that much needed sugar fix later on in the afternoon.