Brunch has become Londoners’ favourite meal of the weekend; it accommodates lie-ins and gives you an excuse to have a cocktail before midday. See our top 5.
Tucked away in the backstreets of Mayfair, Quaglino’s brings a slice of style and sophistication to London’s bustling brunch scene with its Q Brunch. Featuring live music, optional bottomless prosecco and a delicious menu of contemporary brasserie style dishes and brunch favourites, Quaglino’s Q Brunch is an elegant and entertaining addition to Saturday brunch. Guests can enjoy a spectacular selection of dishes, from brunch classics such as Eggs Florentine or Buttermilk Pancakes, to Jersey Oysters followed by Pan Roast Gilthead Sea Bream. Q Brunch offers a 2 or 3 course menu, with the additional option of unlimited prosecco.
Location: 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ
Bombay breakfast, lunch, afternoon chai, dinner & tipples. The folks at Dishoom know how to look after their queue too, bringing warming cups of chai and peppermint tea to those who know it’s worth the wait.
Location: Covent Garden, Carnaby, King’s Cross and Shoreditch
Caravan, the quintessential brunch venue - and vegetarians’ favourite - now operates four branches so it's easier to enjoy its scrambled eggs and sourdough than ever. Their menu covers the obligatory avocado on toast to more worldly dishes including a tortilla with chorizo, buckwheat ricotta pancakes and sobrasada with fried eggs.
Location: Kings Cross, Bankside, Exmouth Market, City and in Fitzrovia
Workshop started life as St Ali, a Clerkenwell outpost of a popular Melbourne cafe, until they decided to part ways and the London café emerged with a new name. The menu may not be extensive, but you’ll want to pile up everything they have; adding halloumi and perfectly ripe avocado to a stack of corn fritters. They make a show of roasting their coffee beans on site so if you choose to sit on the ground level, you may catch a moustached maestro at his craft.
Location: Clerkenwell and Marylebone
Their Shoreditch post (previously known as Salvation Jane) which is just a stone’s throw from Old Street station is a good place to start your weekend before hitting the markets of East London. It’s also one of the few cafes in central London with a sheltered courtyard so you may want to sit tight when summer rolls in. Their Fitzrovia joint’s tucked down a laneway off Goodge Street and is a little smaller. Their newly opened coffee shop in Camden lock market is even more intimate, but delivers the same speciality coffee, brunch and counter food as its older siblings.
Location: Fitzrovia, Shoreditch and Camden