Updated: Oct 12, 2020
According to Wikipedia..."A combination of breakfast and lunch, and regularly has some form of alcoholic drink (most usually champagne or a cocktail) served with it. Usually served anytime before 3 o'clock in the afternoon."
Brunch originated in England in the late 19th century so it would only seem fitting that we continue this great social occasion with the respective enthusiasm, and as Brits we most certainly do. Over the past 4 years, "brunching" has become widely popular with amazing venues, restaurants and hotels now offering “brunchers” a range of options from high-end sophisticated luxury to the bottomless boozy affairs with live DJ’s and entertainment. One thing they all have in common this year is that they remain entirely unaffected by the current 10 pm curfew in place for bars and restaurants! So lets brunch… but no more than 6 at a table of course.
With this all this in mind, we can imagine you are literally google-ing “best brunch in London” right now, we thought we’d list (in no particular order) our current favourites for you right here because we’re good like that!
54-56 Great Eastern St , London, EC2A 3QR (Map)
"Meet Gloria, a 70’s Capri-style & all-day long Trattoria in the middle of Shoreditch run by a crazy bunch of 85 young and passionate people from the Bel Paese and the sunny coast of Naples.
An explosive menu mixing old Italian classics, with amazing products direct from 180 small producers in Italy – plus a few fun twists from Chef Andrea. From the oozing pesto heart burrata, to the Girella (ravioli filled with soft rabbit ragout and Italian polenta), to the Neapolitan Pizza heated in the gigantic Marana oven or even the Italian gelato made with love, Bronte pistacchio or Nocciola del Piemonte. Everything we do is 100% fresh and homemade.
When it comes to drinks, the bar team has created a killer cocktail menu, with the likes of Colada Me Later, a kick-ass flaming version of the classic colada, or the ultimate Italian classic Negroni topped with truffle foam. In the warm and cosy wine room, you’ll find 50 Barolo’s from the best winemakers of Piemonte like Marco Parusso or GD Vajra.
Gloria is a little corner of Italy over two floors. Open for lunch & dinner – and "brunch" at the weekend. Joyful and lush by day, the place gets funky at night, with house-made playlists and a cosy vibe downstairs. Bouyyaaa"
19-21 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DH (Map)
"Our food at the restaurant is inspired by immigrant cuisine and the rich shared flavours and cultures across parts of South Asia & the Far East, the Middle East, East Africa and Britain.
This “mixed-heritage” cooking or “cooking across borders” celebrates both the beautiful similarities and intricate differences between cultures, and always creates even more delicious food. Through many of the dishes we cook, we are naturally drawn to a maternal, instinctive style of cooking that has been at the centre of many of these family-oriented cultures - food that is made to nurture and nourish. Many of these methods do not make it into professional kitchens and are handed down from one generation to the next."
"Our vegan-friendly restaurant is an extension of our home and our home kitchen so we hope you feel very much at home with us or enjoy Jikoni from the comfort of your own home. We look forward to welcoming you!"
Open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday and for "brunch" on Saturday & Sunday.
Floor 12, 7 Pepys St, London, EC3N 4AF (Map)
LONDON'S WILDEST ROOFTOP BAR
A study in experimentation and temptation, enter a decadent and twisted world, 12 storeys above, and far removed from the corporate streets of the city below. A bar where the atmosphere is unapologetically untamed, the cocktail serves theatrical and the food savagely good. Take a walk on the wild side…
Savage Garden, one of London’s best rooftop bars, is elevating bottomless brunch to the next level by introducing ‘Bottomless Brunch’ for £39.00 per person.
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London, W1U 7PA (Map)
Chiltern Firehouse celebrates contemporary, ingredient-focused cooking, with an underlying American accent. Executive Chef Richard Foster in collaboration with renowned Chef Patron Nuno Mendes, has created a fresh menu of reimagined classics and bold new flavours, placing emphasis on seasonality and healthy eating.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Restaurant from 8am to 10pm each day, with a brunch menu at weekends.
Top Tip... be sure to book way in advance!
(other locations King’s Cross, Exmouth Market, Fitzrovia)
30 Great Guildford St, London , SE1 0HS (Map)
"Housed on the ground floor of an old metal box factory in the emerging area of Bankside, we have lovingly restored many of the original 19th Century features at The Caravan Bankside to create a soft industrial dining room, cocktail & coffee bar and kitchen dining bar.
Featuring our signature well-travelled food and drink menus, we have also added house-made charcuterie & cheese to our offer along with house-made Kombucha, shrubs and sodas.
Our bespoke coffee bar features a custom built espresso machine and a new coffee brewing technology, creating delicious brews for you to have or take-out.
Open all day for breakfast lunch, brunch & dinner and everything in between we welcome you for coffee cocktails food and relaxed vibes any time!"
"The Daisy Green Collection brings relaxed and buzzing Australian food and coffee culture to London. Through individually designed cafes and restaurants, we create iconic spaces that become local destinations and meeting points for our surrounding residents, workers and visitors."
"Our food is carefully sourced and cooked in house from scratch. Menus are inspired by my childhood at home on our sheep farm and hot summers on the beach. Food combines simple fresh Mediterranean ingredients with POPs of Asian flavours and textures. There is an overriding sense of freshness, quality and simplicity."
We understand that a good "brunch" sets you up for the rest of the day!
"Our brunch is grounded in our Aussie roots with strong influences from Melbourne and Sydney café culture with bold and seasonal options alongside classic brunch staples. We use fresh, seasonal produce and top quality suppliers to make each dish shine so we can bring a little Aussie sunshine to your London plate!"
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH "Our epic bottomless brunch is legendary and takes our award-wining brunch dishes (one sweet and one savoury each) and adds free-flowing fizz and Mimosas for 100 minutes. £39.5pp One drink at a time, whole table only. "
Some amazing options here which we think are certainly worth a visit or two! Over the following months, we'll be bringing you more fabulous brunch ideas and restaurants so remember to subscribe and give us a follow on Insta to keep up to date with all the latest Lifestyle Guide news.
And remember...."Brunch without champagne is just a sad breakfast."