Where To Go In Central London For A Smashing Brunch
Brunch is more than a breakfast meal, it’s a lifestyle choice for those who know how to live the good life. From elevated Indian fusion options for those who like their eggs with a bit of a kick, to laid back Aussie inspired cafes, here’s our pick of the best places for brunch across central London, from Clerkenwell to Paddington…
Photo: Darcie & May Green
1 Farzi Cafe, Haymarket
For a brunch with a difference, Farzi Cafe is the place to go. With a menu inspired by the balmy days of late Indian summers, there’s something for the daring with the kache kele ka radga pattice, (that’s raw banana cutlet with tempered green pea foam), and for those looking for something a little more familiar, opt for the Farzi egg royale with tandoori salmon. For drinks, there’s coffee, teas and fresh juices available, as well as an extensive and exotic cocktail menu – we recommend the simha spritz.
Address: 8 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4BP
2 The Buttery, Belgravia
An idyllic option for warm, Spring mornings, The Buttery, situated within the Limetree Hotel, boasts its very own hidden garden, where they will be serving up a classic brunch menu from Monday through until Sunday until 3.30pm. Mouth watering and Instagrammable sweet options include the nutella french toast and vegan smoothie bowl, whilst those in the mood for something savoury will enjoy the stracciatella on toast or the smoked salmon and eggs. The Buttery is the perfect option for enjoying a late breakfast before heading for a stroll in nearby Green Park.
Address: 135-137 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9QU
Continuing the Indian brunch theme is Cinnamon Bazaar, offering a brunch with a twist in the heart of Covent Garden. From 12pm to 5pm on Monday through until Sunday, guests can enjoy a brunch menu featuring four of Chef Vivek Singh’s signature biryanis; including the lucknow style chicken biryani and the khari baoli root vegetable biryani. Pair with a range of traditional sides and chaats for a brunch experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.
Address: 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS
4 St Pancras By Searcys, King’s Cross
Perfect for an early morning meal before whizzing off to Paris on the EuroStar, the breakfast offering by Searcys is finally back after being unavailable for two years. The menu has been created in celebration of the ‘humble egg’, with highlights including soft boiled eggs with marmite soldiers, three egg omelette with a choice of five fillings, and buttermilk and blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. Home to Europe’s longest Champagne, it’s the perfect option for those looking to enjoy their breakfast with a side of fizz.
Address: Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station N1C 4QL
5 Il Pampero at The Hari, Belgravia
Inside Belgravia five star hotel, guests will find Il Pampero, a stylish Italian restaurant boasting an authentic Italian brunch experience. Available every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am, the menu features traditional Italian dishes such as pizzas and pastas as well as lighter, brunch suitable options including french toast with fried egg and truffle, as well as pancakes with banana, tonka beans and dulce de leche. Tea and coffee is available, as well as a selection of apéritifs – think negronis, aperol spritz and espresso martinis.
Address: 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia SW1X 8HQ
6 Darcie & May Green, Paddington
For a slightly alternative brunch experience, punters should head to Darcie & May Green – but don’t be surprised when you stumble across two vibrantly painted canal boats. Exclusively designed by legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake, the canal boats have been transformed into bustling, Aussie inspired all day dining locations. With strong influences from Melbourne and Sydney cafe culture, menu highlights include sweet options such as buttermilk blueberry pancakes and house maple granola, as well as savoury picks like sweetcorn fritters and smashed avocado on charcoal sourdough. Brunch is served from 10am until 3.30pm Monday until Saturday, and 12pm until 3.30pm on Sundays.
Address: Grand Union Canal, Paddington W2 6DS
Granger & Co has perfectly captured all the components of an Aussie brunch right here in London. The venue boasts easy going vibes, whilst the Notting Hill location further adds to the laid back, neighbourhood feel. The avocado heavy menu is focused on feel good ingredients and the types of dishes you’d find at a typical Bondi brunch spot. A trip here isn’t complete without ordering the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, paired with an iced matcha latte – the perfect Spring brunch meal to enjoy whilst sitting outside in the alfresco area. The brunch menu is available daily until 12pm.
Address: 175 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W11 2SB
8 Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell
Bourne & Hollingsworth boasts plates as pretty as their interiors. Their much loved brunch menu includes a cocktail, two courses from the brunch menu as well as a tea or coffee. The menu features both brunch classics such as eggs royale and a full english, as well as options for the more adventurous, including Huevos Benedictos and pancakes served with toasted hazelnuts and caramelised bananas. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 4pm.
Address: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell EC1R 0HU
No brunch round up would be complete without a mention of Duck and Waffle. The 24/7 (yes, you can dine at 3am if you so desire) location boasts breathtaking views of the city, as well as a menu showcasing the very best in European cuisine and sustainable ingredients. With savoury options including BBQ beans on toast and grilled octopus, and sweet options including the famous lemon meringue waffle with dill and lemon sherbet ice cream, Duck And Waffle is a must visit for the late nighter, early riser and brunch lover for an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
Address: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
10 Caravan, Fitzrovia
Caravan has perfectly nailed the all day eatery vibe with a laid back dining area, cocktail bar and coffee bar, making it the perfect location for a casual brunch in Central London. The classic menu caters to all tastes – think various avocado and egg based dishes, as well as more adventurous offerings such as the bacon chop with bubble and squeak fritters, or the broken lamb meatballs with grilled aubergine. Finish with a breakfast martini, or, if you’re in need of a pick me up, a craft coffee – Caravan have their own bean roastery in North London, and are committed to crafting sustainable, socially supportive and environmentally friendly blends.
Address: 152 Great Portland Street, W1W 6AJ