London's Best Brunch Spots

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.

01 of 06

Best Views: Duck & Waffle

Colombian eggs at Duck & Waffle
Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, UK
Phone +44 20 3640 7310

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.

02 of 06

Best Posh Brunch: The Wolseley

The Wolseley Eggs Benedict
The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB, UK
Phone +44 20 7499 6996

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.

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.)

03 of 06

Best Outdoor Brunch: The Lido Cafe

The Lido Cafe
The Lido Cafe
the lido cafe, Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PA, UK

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.

04 of 06

Best Budget Brunch: The Regency

Regency Cafe
Laura Porter
18-21 Queensbury Station Parade, Edgware HA8 5NR, UK
Phone +44 20 8952 6300

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. 

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05 of 06

Best Boozy Brunch: Hollingsworth Buildings

42 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HU, UK
Phone +44 20 3174 1156

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.

06 of 06

Best for Families: Hixter Bankside

Hixter Bankside
Hixter Bankside
16 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0HS, UK
Phone +44 20 7921 9508

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 on the weekend 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 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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