If we’re friends, you know brunch is my favorite past time on a weekend. It’s the best meal of any day – it lets you sleep in and you still get breakfast choices at lunch time. It’s also THE only daylight meal where a Bloody Mary seems to not only be acceptable, but necessary to form the brunch atmosphere! Here are my favorite places to grab brunch across the various postcodes of London:
Modern Pantry – by far my favorite brunch spot in all of London (Clerkenwell to be exact). The place is just cool and the food is fantastic. Order a jug of the jasmine and elderflower iced tea! Follow up with a drink at funky Zetter Townhouse next door.
47-48 Saint John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ / 020 7553 9210
Apero – seems to be a hidden or forgotten little gem in South Kensington at the Ampersand Hotel. Easy to walk in and grab a table. The Love Elixir raspberry lemonade is delicious and so is the rest of the menu (chorizo poached eggs – favorite!).
2 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER / 020 7591 4410
Chiltern Firehouse – the hot spot since 2014 in Marylebone. Hip, happening, and serving both London and NY versions of Bloody Marys. It’s pricey but well worth it, especially in the summer when the terrace is open. TIP: you usually need to book well in advance, but if you can play it by ear, call them first thing in the morning and a table is usually available for small groups.
1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7PA / 020 7073 7676
Dean Street Townhouse – perfect Soho location, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Menu offers a standard British breakfast. Cozy up in the summer at a table near the fireplace.
69-71 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3SE / 020 7434 1775
Ridinghouse Cafe – Fitzrovia favorite of many, book well in advance. If you only order one thing, make it the pancakes. I’ve never had better pancakes in my life.
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 7PQ / 020 7927 0840
Number Sixteen Hotel – a Kit Kemp boutique hotel in South Kensington with a garden that will make you believe you are in an English fairytale movie. Great for brunch (or lunch, and even afternoon tea) on a sunny day.
16 Sumner Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 3EG / 020 7589 5232
Grain Store – cool warehouse restaurant at King’s across’ Granary Square. No bookings on weekends so prepare to wait, but have a indulgent matcha latte while you do! It’s a must see. Granary Square, King’s Cross, 1-3 Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB / 020 7324 4466
Village East – near London Bridge on the boutique shop dotted Bermondsey Street. Feels like you’re in Brooklyn inside. Fantastic smoothies to accompany brunch!
171-173 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW / 020 7357 6082
NOPI – Ottolenghi’s Soho spot, with unusual delicious flavors. Call in advance – not an all day restaurant even if it says so on the website. This place is also great for dinner!
21-22 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NE / 020 7494 9584
The Orangery at Kensington Palace – a British dream on a sunny day. Grab a chair on the terrace of this wonderful and stunning restaurant on the grounds of Kensington Palace. I love to take summer visitors from home here! 🙂
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX / 020 3166 6000
Providores & Tapa Room – great for any meal of the day really and a famous brunch spot for many years now. Classics like waffles are on the menu, along with some more sophisticated brunch options. Lovely! 109
Marylebone Road, London, W1U 4RX / 020 7935 6175
The Kitchen Table – a local place in West Hampstead, not to be missed. The food is just delicious and the vibe feels as “local” as it gets. Be sure to grab a table outside during the summer, its lovely!
37 Mill Lane, London NW6 1NB / 020 7209 9386
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings – think brunch in a conservatory or greenhouse, with a very SoFlo feel from the decor. B&H is an eclectic place in Clerkenwell with a pretty great brunch menu including bottomless bellinis, or whatever floats your boat. Perfect in the summer.
42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU / 020 3174 1156
A Little Of What You Fancy – shabby chic and cool, this place is a wonderful escape in the middle of Dalston. You may not even notice it as you walk by – its that laid back. Trendy as you can imagine and the brunch offerings are the perfect mix, plus delicious.
464 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AE / 020 7275 0060
Cafe Oto – more of a cafe with a few baked goods, but a picture perfect sidewalk setting with chairs for those rare sunny London mornings. The venue also hosts live music and next door is the Dalston Roof Park – good for post wake up yoga in the sun!
18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL / 020 7923 1231
Reilly Rocket – these posts are evidence of my recent East London wanders. Reilly Rocket is a really hip coffee shop / brunch spot with a cool array of reclaimed furniture. For those “I’m cool and having brunch” type of mornings… 🙂
507 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AU / 020 7241 6363
Green Room Cafe – at the back of a flower shop in Stoke Newington, you will find the Green Room Cafe. With a narrow and cozy indoor area with tables as well as an extensive garden, this is a perfect place for brunch in any-weather finished with some local shopping.
113 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0UD / 020 7923 1877
Balthazar – this is a legend, arriving to London from New York. I wasn’t sure what I would think of this place, but I loved it. Start with a Bloody Mary at the bar (it’s a really good one too) and then relax through a slow brunch with comfort food.
4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ / 020 3301 1155
202 London – another popular amongst Londoners who brunch. 202 is unique as its set in a Notting Hill boutique, which continues to run as you munch on your brekkie. Lines out of the door, so go early or expect to queue! Worth it though! Another good one to combine with a visit to Portobello Market.
202 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH / 020 7727 2722
Daylesford Organic – an organic chain across London with delicious food and wonderful home goods. It’s always lively and full here for brunch. Several locations but my favourite remains on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill… or maybe the new Marylebone outpost on Blandford Street!
208-212 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RH / 020 7313 8050
Electric Diner – famed in London for a long time and still worth it. American style brunch, Go hungry. The diner is part of the Electric Cinema, so this is a great location for a stroll down the Portobello Market, followed by brunch + cinema!
191 Portobello Rd, London W11 2ED / 020 7908 9696
Egg Break – new in 2015 and hugely popular. Located at Notting Hill gate and set in an old Thai restaurant, Egg break is still breaking the shell. Breakfast was pretty good, but the eggs weren’t what got me – it was the waffle!
30 Uxbridge St, London W8 7TA
No. 11 Pimlico Road – independent restaurant in the heart of Pimlico with mismatched furniture and a cozy, warm feel to the place. Brunch here is delicious and a great reason to go and visit Pimlico if you’ve never been!
11 Pimlico Rd, London SW1W 8NA / 020 7730 6784
Bistrot on the Square at Eccleston Square Hotel – if you want a local brunch in a typical London neighbourhood setting, this is it. Eccleston Square Hotel is a small boutique place with a tiny dining room. It’s great if you want to sit comfortably and stare out over the square while “brunching away”!
37 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PB / 020 3489 1000
Le Pain Quotidien – okay, I know, it’s a chain but I have to admit how much I love this place and I think it deserves a place and mention on this page. I think it’s a great brunch spot and I think the food is great. End of story, debate me if you will! 🙂
72 – 75 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5JW / 020 3657 6949
Natural Kitchen – mostly a healthy food store, but they serve up dishes too. Two locations in Marylebone. Great if you’re looking for a basic brunch and don’t have much time. The Marylebone High Street location has that wonderful sidewalk seating option that I love so much for sunny days (yes, we really do have them in London)!
77/78 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5JX / 020 3696 6910
NAC – a new Mayfair favourite. Casual and cool, NAC is the ideal cozy central brunch spot. The food is truly amazing.
41 North Audley Street, London W1K 6ZP / 020 7493 3443
More to come from my brunch time adventures around Londontown!