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Top London Restaurants for Brunch

8 Restaurants
The breakfast/lunch combo we all love is as good for a tête-à-tête as it is for a catch-up with friends. Since it is by definition a weekend thing, we have the time to take it at a leisurely pace; there’s plenty of light coming in the windows for eminently hashtagable pictures; and it’s the only time apart from Christmas that it’s acceptable to drink before midday. Cheers to brunch!
Updated on 12 September 2022
The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB London
££ · European

With its all-day menus, lively atmosphere and architectural grandeur, this iconic restaurant makes for the perfect spot for brunch with your bestie, followed by an afternoon wandering around The Royal Academy of Arts. Homemade Viennoiserie, eggs every which way, kedgeree, porridge, a full English: the choice here is immense. And who knows, you might even spot a celebrity…

119 Queen's Road, SE15 2EZ London
££ · South African

If you’re a Peckhamite then you’ll doubtless have heard of this buzzy South African bistro. But if you haven’t yet been in for brunch, then what are you waiting for? They’re open 11am-2.30pm Saturday and Sunday and offer such delights as shakshuka with parmesan crisps & burnt kale; Boerewors roll with egg, padron peppers & crispy shallots; and French toast babka with kumquats, hazelnuts & miso caramel: all packed with flavour and at excellent prices, too!

Santo Remedio
152 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU London
££ · Mexican

This lively, colourful spot serves brunch at the weekends between 12 and 4.30pm; sip Margaritas as if in Mexico, surrounded by vibrant décor, tropical plants and happy faces. The bottomless option gives you two hours of the classic cocktail; or alternatively cava, sangria or beer. These are enjoyed alongside enchiladas, tacos and tostadas, with plenty of choice for vegetarians –and moreish churros with cajeta to finish.

Bombay Bustle
29 Maddox Street, W1S 2PA London
££ · Indian

Sunday brunch Mumbai-style comes courtesy of this charming, train-themed restaurant, which pays homage to the culture and people of India. The menu offers everything from dosas and samosas to curries and kebabs. Try the Masala Akuri Truffle Naan – a popular breakfast favourite in Parsi households – or, for a more classic brunch, pick the Railway Breakfast with its eggs, sausages, mushrooms and bacon.

Granger & Co. Notting Hill
175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB London
££ · World Cuisine

We’ve all tried to recreate the eponymous Bill Granger’s scrambled eggs at home but it’s an awful lot easier just to go to his Notting Hill restaurant, where they are served alongside some rather tasty toasted sourdough. Other must-haves include the sweetcorn fritters, and the fluffy ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. Arrive early – it will be well worth dragging yourself out of bed if you don’t want to queue!

4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ London
££ · French

Served from 10 until 4 every Saturday and Sunday, a Balthazar brunch could be the perfect choice for a date. Oysters, caviar, lobster… this is a menu with which to make an impression; the cocktails are great, the atmosphere is lively and the lighting is pretty flattering too. Classic brunch dishes include pancakes, avocado Benedict or eggs royale but the brasserie menu also offers everything from macaroni cheese to duck and beef pie.

Chiltern Firehouse
1 Chiltern Street, W1U 7PA London
££ · World Cuisine

Ensconced in one of the leather booths of this glamorous, New York style brasserie, you and your gang can pick apart the details of the night before whilst getting stuck into a Bloody Mary or two. The menu lists all the usual suspects like scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and buttermilk pancakes; but, seeing as you’re here, perhaps you should splash out on some oysters and champagne…

238 West End Lane, NW6 1LG London
££ · Modern Cuisine

This bright, appealing neighbourhood spot offers a brunch menu Tuesday-Friday 10am-2.30pm, and 9am-3pm at the weekends. Come for tasty plates of sourdough, smoked salmon, avocado and eggs every which way – and stay for the Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Its name means ‘home’ and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming; if it’s sunny then a pavement table out front is a must – you’ll be in both food and people-watching heaven.