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The Best Brunch in London

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day then brunch is undoubtedly the most fun. What’s not to love about a boozy, relaxed, mid-afternoon interlude? It’s the kind of gastronomic event that allows you to drown the previous night’s antics in bottomless mimosas whilst sitting in a beautiful setting and whiling the day away.

A sophisticated affair, brunch never starts before 11am, and has been designed with the hedonistic soul in mind – think bloody marys, lashings of hollandaise sauce, perfect poached eggs, the list goes on and on.

Almost everywhere now offers brunch, which can make deciding where to go difficult. 

The world has become obsessed with brunch in a way not even the characters of Sex & the City could have anticipated. This institution captures the hearts of avocado-loving millennials and symbolises an entire generation.

Almost everywhere now offers a brunch of some description, which can make deciding where to go difficult. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you here. Behold our favourite, fancy, extra-special brunch spots that promise to bring a smile to your face – and eggs to your plate.

  1. Roka Canary Wharf, 4 Park Pavilion, Canada Square, London E14 

The vibe:

Swanky Japanese restaurant with an open kitchen showcasing the culinary theatrics. 

Must-try dish:

The sea bream fillet with miso and red onion is a light, flavoursome alternative to ubiquitous egg dishes.

 

  1. Aqua Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Street, London SE1

The vibe:

This is where business trippers and the society set come to play. The interiors are paint-by-numbers luxurious but it’s the view that’s the main draw. You can see all of London laid out before you from this 31st-floor vantage point.

Must-try dish:

The set weekend brunch menu takes you from amuse bouche right through to dessert.

Going a la carte? Don’t miss the bubble and squeak with duck eggs.

 

  1. 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1

The vibe:

Two words: bottomless brunch. This slick, media-type bolthole knows how to get the party started.

Must-try dish:

Vegetarians avert your gaze. The dry aged rib eye steak is the only way to go here.

 

  1. Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1

The vibe:

Get your glad rags on for this super-luxe celeb magnet. You will see and be seen.

Must-try dish:

There are more than nine ways to have your eggs here so give the brunch classic a fresh spin.

 

  1. Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson Street, London E2 

The vibe:

Converted warehouse? Check. Bare bulbs? Check. This place all but screams: “I’m a DJ/freelance Netflix documentary maker/model – and full-time hipster”

Must-try dish:

The pancakes are hard to beat.

 

  1. Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, London WC2

The vibe:

First opened in New York in the 90s, this place has retained that old-school look and feel.

Must-try dish:

The ever-classic beef bourguignon – one of France’s finest exports.

 

  1. Dean Street Townhouse, 69 - 71 Dean Street, Soho, London W1

The vibe: 

Reassuringly sophisticated with wood panelling and heavy curtains, it attracts an elite crowd.

Must-try dish:

Ham hock hash and fried duck egg.

 

  1. Dishoom, 7 Boundary Street, London E2

The vibe:

Bombay café meets meets Shoreditch hotspot; think tiled floors, colourful crockery and a lovely garden full of lush greenery and rustic wooden tables.   

Must-try dish:

The bacon naan is a Dishoom favourite and deservedly so.

 

  1. The Good Egg, 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16

The vibe:

Bringing the spirit of Tel Aviv to the streets of Stoke Newington, this is a neighbourhood joint combining Jewish deli with café culture.

Must-try dish:

Go for the babka, a traditional, brioche-like confection flavoured with pistachios, sumac and rose.

 

Think your establishment should be on this list? Why not talk to Restaurant Property about a new venture or a change of location?

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