Brunch: Whatever the weather, there’s no greater way to start the weekend than a bloody Mary and smashed avocado with poached eggs on toast. It’s perfectly acceptable for it to last anything from two to four hours, drink Prosecco before 12, and order as many dishes as you want making it arguably the most creative and exciting meal of the day.
We have rounded up a few of our favourite brunch spots…
Combining classic French cooking with seasonal British produce, a modern British breakfast menu and views overlooking the River Thames, this is the perfect spot for a relaxing brunch. Choose from homemade muesli with coconut yogurt and Bermondsey honey; the Arbroath Smokie with a poached egg and grilled asparagus; Smashed Avocado with poached eggs, coriander and chili; or the Swan’s signature Breakfast Brioche Bun with Cumberland sausage. Don’t miss their Green Machine Smoothies or for something a little stronger, go for the Swan Spritz.
Breakfast available weekdays from 8am to 11:30am and weekends from 10am to midday and brunch dishes are available on weekends from 11am until 3pm.
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT
Go To: swanlondon.co.uk
A well-loved London hotel in the heart of Marylebone, complete with beautiful décor and a bold, contemporary menu. Think reimagined classics, seasonal ingredients and an emphasis on healthy eating. Kick off with a choice of elaborate Bloody Mary’s, Champagne Cocktails or cold pressed organic juices. Dishes include Buttermilk Pancakes with blueberries, maple syrup and crème fraiche; Spiced Cornish Crab & Lobster Omelette; and Soft Boiled Eggs with Truffle Soldiers.
Breakfast available weekdays from 7am to 10:30am and weekends from 8am to 10am and brunch dishes are available on weekends from 11am to 3pm.
1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7PA
Go To: chilternfirehouse.com
Image Credit: Jamie Orlando Smith
The first stand-alone project from Israeli-born Head Chef Eran Tibi, formerly of Ottolenghi, Bala Baya brings us a new type of bottomless brunch. The feasting menu is designed to share, starters are unlimited and there is a never-ending supply of grilled lemon thyme pitta bread to mop up all those delicious homemade dips. Starters include Strained Yogurt with Butter and Za’atar; Grilled Turkish Chillies with Lemon, Tomato, Coriander and Pitta Crouton Salad; and for the more adventurous Chopped Liver, Caramelised Onions and Egg; or the Kipper, Garlic and Tomato. Mains include sticky date Steak and Eggs, Beef Short Rib and Bonfire Roast with fired aubergine and tomatoes, polenta mash and sesame beef jus or choose the Yemeni Pancake (Bala Baya is currently the only spot in London serving the delicious puff pastry like pancake). Finish with Bala Baya’s signature babka served with Arak poached apricots and creme anglaise. Oh and sip on their delicious Prosecco Gazozini cocktails.
Brunch Menu available on weekends from 10:30am to 4pm.
Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, London, SE1 0LR
Go To: balabaya.co.uk
Duck & Waffle Local
Inspired by the Duck & Waffle Restaurant and it’s 24-hour breakfast spread, Duck & Waffle Local is the second venture but by no means second best. Using products from the best sources, this duck driven restaurant brings a range of delicious breakfast and brunch dishes to the West End. As well as their signature dish of waffles with confit duck leg, topped with fried duck eggs and mustard maple syrup, the menu includes the duck burger with crispy duck leg, crushed noodles, miso mayo and spiced ‘slaw; duck merguez flatbreads and a selection of ‘little duck’ small plates – think fried duck gizzards, duck jam doughnut, and foie gras crème brûlée. Or if you’re after something sweet the Full Elvis is not to be missed… A hot waffle or cone filled copious amounts of Peanut butter, strawberry jam, Chantilly cream, vanilla ice cream, peanut brittle and a handful of berries. Sip on their Duck & Stormy or Breakfast Fizz.
Brunch available every day from 8am to midday.
52 Haymarket, St. James’s Market, Piccadilly, SW1Y 4RP
Go To: duckandwafflelocal.com
The Kitchen Counter
Set in a bright and airy railway arch, this is the third site from Deliciously Ella. As with all of Deliciously Ella’s food, The Kitchen Counter will be entirely free from wheat, dairy, additives, and refined sugar. Start with a Matcha Coffee, organic cold-pressed juice or a freshly made smoothie. Breakfast options include porridge and smoothie bowls with a vast and exciting choice of toppings, as well as sweetcorn fritters with baked beans & smashed avocado. Brand new seasonal dishes will also be rotated on the menu, including freshly made rye sandwiches and ‘taster specials’, where samples of brand new dishes created by Ella and her team will be shared with customers. A children’s menu is also available, featuring dishes such as the ‘Kids Platter’ (Falafel, Hummus, Carrot & Celery Sticks) or Roasted Polenta Sticks with Tomato Sauce.
Available weekdays from 7:30am to 8pm and weekends from 9am to 7pm.
288-290 Milkwood Rd, London, SE24 0EZ
Go To: themaedeli.com
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