Full English breakfast or fully-loaded waffles? Bellinis or Bloody Marys? We've got it all covered in our guide to London's best brunch spots.
Between Liverpool Street and the skyscraper affectionately known as the Gherkin, Duck & Waffle is a sky-high brunch spot that offers jaw-dropping views and mouthwatering food. Head up in the glass elevator to the 40th floor and take a seat in one of the leather banquettes or at a table by the floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows. Go on an empty stomach if you're looking to try the signature dish (waffles stacked with crispy duck leg confit served with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup) or the Full Elvis, a peanut butter and jelly topped waffle served with banana brûlée and chantilly cream.
Brunch is served 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is open 24/7.
With a prime address on Piccadilly, the Wolseley occupies a 1920s former bank and luxury car showroom. Its black and cream color scheme, marble floors and towering pillars evoke a grand Viennese cafe and set the scene for a decadent brunch. Dine on pastries made on site and breakfast classics like eggs benedict and French toast, or if you're feeling particularly indulgent plump for the caviar omelet and a Wolseley Imperial, a long espresso laced with cognac.
Breakfast/brunch is served seven days a week (Monday to Friday 7 to 11:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 to 11:30 a.m.)
Overlooking Brockwell Lido, an Art Deco outdoor pool in Herne Hill, south London, the Lido Cafe is the perfect spot for a post-swim brunch. The light-flooded space is decorated with colorful pom poms and the decked seating area outside is dotted with palm trees and parasols. The brunch menu is available all day long on the weekends and the line up features a hefty Full English breakfast, lighter egg dishes, and reasonably-priced Bloody Marys.
Brunch is served all day Saturday and Sunday.
Since opening in 1946, this Art Deco-style cafe in Westminster has starred in several British films including Layer Cake and Brighton Rock. The purse-friendly Full English breakfast is priced at just £5.50 including a tea or coffee and will set you up for a full day of exploring. It's a no-frills spot and you may have to wait in line to secure a table but you won't find many cafes in central London as cheap and cheerful as this.
Breakfast/brunch is served all day Monday to Friday; 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.
Tucked away behind Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, Bourne & Hollingsworth is a fashionable venue for a sociable brunch. Dotted with palm trees, hanging baskets, garden furniture, and colorful prints, it's light, bright and breezy and serves distinctly British dishes (drop scones with clotted cream, poached eggs on English muffins, kedgeree). Pair with a bottomless bellini or a Bloody Mary and make like you're at an urban garden party.
Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In a former metal box factory close to the Tate Modern and Borough Market, Hixter Bankside is headed up by top British chef, Mark Hix. With its industrial interiors and modern artwork by the likes of Tracey Emin, it may not seem like an obvious family-friendly option but groups flock here to take advantage of the kids eat free deal. All children aged 10 and under can enjoy a free main meal from a special menu between 12 and 6 p.m every day when dining with an adult. For grown-ups, there are bottomless cocktail deals every Saturday and the brunch options range from salt beef sandwiches to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Brunch is served 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This tiny cafe in Islington, north London, is kitted out like a Chinese family home with retro wallpaper, mismatched tables, and trinkets. The brunch menu is based around Northern Chinese comfort food and is just as eclectic. Highlights include dumplings stir-fried with garlic and bacon, cong you bing (crispy scallion pancakes) and sweet tofu curd drizzled with muscovado syrup.
Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. No reservations.