Dreamer. Traveller. Food Lover.
London’s brunch scene has become a saturated market over the years. We Londoners are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to brunches and it becomes a double edged sword with so many great places to pick it’s difficult in where we choose to spend our hard earned cash. With endless options from bottomless brunches to a greasy pub breakfast or sophisticated dining experience London has it all. By all means I am no expert at brunching but I have been to a fair few and these are what made the shortlist.
Splash the cash (£££)
Duck and Waffle – City of London, Saturdays & Sundays 9am-4pm
Standing 40 floors above London’s skyline is a stunning view of the city and the perfect place to experience sky high dining. The menu offers a twist on traditional British cuisine with European influence which includes BBQ-spiced crispy pig ears, ox cheek benedict, duck congee and Belgian waffles. If you’re willing to splurge be prepared to dig deep, but the quality of food and views are worth it.
Bourne & Hollingsworth – Clerkenwell, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
A stylish spot which boasts a large bar serving famous cocktails and impressive interior design. You will feel like you’re seated in a greenhouse with large gaping windows, floral seating and plant pots dangling from the ceiling. This place gives off a cool and relaxing atmosphere. With a bottomless option of Belini or Bloody Mary you can’t go wrong.
The Providores and Tapa Room – Marylebone, Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm
Situated on Marylebone High Street this chic and contemporary restaurant definitely draws in the crowds so reservations are highly recommended. For those who miss the absence of Kopapa, Peter Gordon has delivered success again with fusion food at The Providores. You can go for a lighter brunch option of fruit salad and granola or opt for a heavier choice in a fry up. What’s not to miss are the Turkish Eggs poached to perfection served with whipped yogurt and chilli butter. Egg porn doesn’t get better than this!
Respectfully reasonable (££)
Granger & Co – Multiple locations, times vary on location
It all started down under in Australia and has boomed since arriving in London opening up three branches. I’ve only been to the King’s Cross branch where it’s spacious, airy and a great place to catch the sun. The menu has a large variety of hot drinks and juices to kick start your taste buds and you’ll find dishes with raw cacao, coconut bread, ricotta hotcakes and buckwheat bowl for brunch.
Bluebelles of Portobello – Ladbroke Grove, brunch menu served all day
I found this cafe after a morning exploring Portobello Market. The cafe feels like you’re walking into someone’s home with fairy lights stretched across the room, exposed brick wall and cakes spread on the counter. The good thing I liked is brunch is served all day, you can choose from the classic dishes like granola, eggs Benedict or smoked salmon to pancakes and sandwiches, there will be something for everyone on this menu. I really liked the friendly service here and the food not only looks good but tastes great.
Balans Soho Society – Multiple locations, times vary on location
This Soho establishment is in the heart of one of London’s hot spots and is incredibly popular. The high stools at the window stare straight out onto the pavement, a great place to sip your coffee and people watch. The menu has a “Light Bites” option for those who want to graze and more hearty choice for those with a larger appetite. I had The Soho Full English with the choice in how I wanted my eggs cooked, this meal did not disappoint and hit all the right spots.
Caravan – Multiple locations, times vary on location
Another establishment conjured up from down under but this time from New Zealand. Caravan is known for its unique blend of coffee and with its great success in London have opened a roastery where you can pick up a home brewing kit and even attend workshops for a coffee education. I would emphasize on booking a table as the queues during the weekend are nuts. The brunch menu has a good selection of savories, cereals and full plates.
I need a dollar (£)
Ponti’s Italian Kitchen – Oxford Circus, times vary on location
Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus is Ponti’s Kitchen which serves authentic Italian food at an affordable price. The decor has a rustic and warm feeling to it with an open kitchen, dried chilies hanging over the kitchen tops, fresh herb pots dotted around and an unmissable wood fired oven. It has a well rounded menu offering light breakfast choices, full breakfast, paninis and various egg dishes. This is a fabulous place to get your engines started before tackling a shopping day on Oxford Street.
Muriel’s Kitchen – multiple locations, served until 3pm
Serving up British recipes that you would eat at home is what Muriel’s Kitchen aims to do and it delivers. It caters for all taste buds and whether you’re heath conscious or super hungry you are bound to find something on this menu. Their signature dishes include Muriel’s Popeyes – a cracked Clarence Court egg placed in the center of a piece of bread and fried and Muriel’s Veggie Breakfast Bowl.