The old advice is to ‘breakfast like a king and to dine like a pauper’, but I completely and utterly disagree.
Brunch like a Queen instead.
Whilst I’m out of London, a bevy of my favourite, trusted blog friends have taken up the mantle of mid-day feasting to share their favourite brunch spots – all well kept secrets that will knock your socks off.
I don’t queue for food as a rule, but for every rule there has to be an exception and that is where Milk in Balham comes in. It is worth getting up hideously early and trekking south of the river just for their pancakes. Every weekend they have a new Frankenstein-esque pancake creation every weekend that is essentially heaven on a plate. The ones I was lucky enough to try were pistachio candy floss, rose meringue, turkish delight, rose syrup, roast peaches, pistachio cream and peanut brittle – see, I told you it was worth getting up early for. Of course they have other things on the menu (their baked eggs with butternut squash, feta and sage are also in my hall of fame) but it is the pancakes that will always hold a place in my heart. Oh, and their coffee is unbeatable. Website
Brew / KuPP
With the sheer number of brunch spots in London, it’s hard to choose a favourite. There are so many to suit whatever it is you look for whether it’s bottomless, the perfect eggs royale or a peaceful setting. For me, I look for a bit of variety in the menu, a typical eggs only menu is boring (though I do like my eggs royal!) Give me baked eggs in a tomato sauce Arabic style shakshuka or eggs with Greek yoghurt and chilli oil or even pan fried mushrooms on sourdough with home made pesto. Anything avocado and feta also works. Basically anything I can’t be arsed to do at home. And coffee, good coffee is an absolute must. So, my go to brunch spot is Brew which has several locations. And, though I haven’t been in a while, The Providores in Marylebone was so yummy I forgave the crowded seating. For a real twist on a typical brunch, Pachamama was brilliant, with fresh flavours, friendly staff and a slice of calm in central London. A surprising one was KuPP in Paddington, quiet, good food and service (both pics are from KuPP). Duck and Waffle should also get a mention, if not for its insanely loaded waffles, for the views. Website / Website
The Providores and Tapa Room
Lifestyle Enthusiast – Blog / Twitter / Instagram
Brunch to me is a place for long catch ups over faultless food and some fresh juices, Bloody Marys or Bubbles! My favourite weekend brunch dish in London is served at the Providores and Tapa rooms. Go upstairs to the contemporary dining room and order their heavenly Turkish eggs and toast, The Turkish eggs consists of perfectly poached eggs, bathed in fragrant Chilli butter and whipped yogurt. The yolk, once broken, transforms in the sauce. Perfect toast both crunchy and soft (from the inevitable dunking) is irresistible and together the combination… well it’s creamy yet crunchy, spicy yet not hot, and it’s so perfect with a Bloody Mary! With it’s hints of spice – this alternative breakfast has the power to transport you to a Turkish seaside retreat. The restaurant itself is vibrant, light and airy and the perfect spot to grab some friends for a long overdue catch up over brunch. The Turkish eggs are perfection and service is slick. You’ve got to go and just thinking about it now, I’m planning my next visit! Website
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If there was ever a brunch to fall in love with – you can find it at Canto Corvino. While everyone else is serving up pancake stacks and smashed avocado, Canto Corvino is serving plates of food packed with flavour. Tucked away in the heart of Spitalifields, expect to eat the unexpected. Legendary chunks of foccacia, succulent lamb ribs covered in smokey aubergine, Atlantic prawns with panzanella and my favourite – banana & ricotta pancakes. All perfectly paired with bottomless Prosecco, fruity cocktails and a cracking playlist in the background. If you’re searching for a brunch to satisfy your every craving – then this it it. Website
part of my job as a freelancer (and I take it v seriously) is to convince as many of my friends as possible to become freelancers….because it’s freeing and meeting for brunch (ahem, work) in the middle of the day is the best (no lines, best light!), and really I just want all my friends to experience this with me (muhahahha👹). so today was @londonkiwiemma’s turn. thanks for turning on the charm for me, @dishoom ✨ #mfestlondon
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My favourite brunch in London is definitely at Cinnamon Soho where you can escape the hordes of shoppers at Oxford Street whilst relaxing sipping on spiced and warming masala chai. They do a fantastic variety of parathas which are the perfect pick me up to start the day with. It is so reasonably priced and the food is divine. Website
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If your vibe is edgy, cool and more than just scrambled eggs on toast, head to Pedlar in Peckham Rye. It is the dreamiest spot for a boozy brunch. The music is great, the cocktails and food to die for and the neon martini glass on the wall is everything. I would highly recommend the Shakshouka or the Pedler breakfast – it comes with door stop toast lathered with maple salted butter. The best compliment to bacon. Wash it down with a cocktail or 3 and cheers to the weekend. Website
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The weekend bottomless brunch at Aqua Kyoto was the best I’ve had in London. It includes a multi-course menu of sushi, sashimi, tempura and skewers all washed down with bottomless Champagne Veuve Cliquot and with a view of the London rooftops. For quality of food, value for money and the beautiful surroundings it’s definitely my favourite. Website
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Roka’s renowned brunch has taken London by storm and its not hard to see why. 10 small plates you can order again and again, a large main each to share and an impressive dessert platter that would make even the most pessimistic of puddings ‘oooo’ in delight… oh and that’s just the food. A fruity mimosa kicks off the feast before a couple of hours of bottomless wine or Prosecco, which naturally you can pick and change between courses. Top dishes include fresh soft sashimi, a sweet creamy pumpkin and sweet potato salad topped with crisp bacon, and crispy rice maki. Oh and let’s not forget the cashew nut ribs or ryotei miso seam bream. There’s a reason that Roka’s brunch books up in minutes and oh my does it live up the hype. You can experience mine and the city’s favourite Japanese brunch for just £59 in Aldwych including bottomless bubbles or wine or £49 without. Website
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So there you go – nine recommendations. The only question is which one first?