Brunch is having a moment in London thanks to the city’s culinary geniuses turning their attention to the most social course. WGSN City by City’s Zuzanna Butkiewicz and Emily Cater list the best places for eggs and more
Brunch is having a moment in London – don’t pretend you haven’t noticed. It’s practically the most important meal of the day for Londoners at weekends. Whether it’s to nurse a hangover, or just a good excuse to catch up with friends, now is the time to explore a host of new openings and good old classics in the city, spanning Iranian versions, New-Yorker style plates or Cuban.
1. Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings
42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU | 020 3174 1156
Love a palm print and an Instagram-worthy location as you chew on your poached eggs? Then get to know the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings. Brunch here has a proper British edge (think: crumpets and scones) as well as Lobster Royale in case you fancy branching out from your standard eggs benedict (which they also serve and tastes delicious).
2. Asia De Cuba at St Martin’s Lane
45 St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4HX / 44 (0)20 7300 5500
Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
Restaurant Asia de Cuba has undergone a revamp and now offers an updated menu and a quirky, yet modern interior. The food is a fusion of Asian and Cuban, prepared by executive concept chef Luis Pous, who puts a new twist on old favourites.
This autumn, the restaurant has launched a Chino-Latino bottomless brunch – a decadent three-course menu with unlimited cocktails or champagne, plus Asia De Cuba’s signature Mexican doughnuts (which, believe us, are delicious!).
Kingly Street W1B 5QB / 44 (0)20 7420 9322
Neighbourhood: Carnaby Street/Soho
The fourth Bombay cafe in London, Dishoom is a 7,000 sq-ft space that includes a restaurant, bar, and courtyard. Launched to pay homage to the disappearing Iranian cafes opened by immigrants in 1920, Dishoom was listed by Michelin and serves one of the best breakfasts in the capital, with the menu featuring delicious dishes such as the Bacon Naan Roll, Kejriwal, or Big Bombay: a plate of savoury dishes, including peppery Shropshire pork sausages with masala baked beans.
110 Talbot Road W11 1JR / 020 7313 4638
Neighbourhood: Notting Hill
A unique yet extraordinary spot on Notting Hill’s Talbot Road, NAMA is a raw food nirvana, offering only pure artisan food. Basically it’s a dream for those who are 100% meat- and dairy-free, with an emphasis on vegan, unprocessed, and organic dishes, while gluten free options are also available.
The menu comprises varied dishes based on international cuisines, ranging from Mexican, to Thai, Asian and Italian, each enhanced with nutritious ingredients such as probiotic cashew and macadamia cheeses, lúcuma, ginseng, chlorella, bluegreen algae, camu camu or medicinal mushrooms.
5. Granger & Co
50 Sekforde Street EC1R 0HA / 44 (0)20 7251 9032
Bringing the Australian communal dining trend to London, chef Bill Granger’s restaurants are famous for serving the best creamy scrambled eggs and hotcakes in town. The bright and spacious dining room creates a perfect venue, alongside a creative menu that fuses Hawaiian and Japanese influences. One of the classics is the “Full Aussie” – scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, bacon, cumin roast tomato, miso chestnut mushrooms, and chipolatas.
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