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Feel like doing something a bit more inspired than the usual roast lunch this Sunday? Dig around a bit and you’ll find plenty of alternatives among London restaurants. Or, to make it easier, we’ll do it for you:
Bocca di Lupo: Jacob Kenedy’s popular Soho Italian (pictured left) now opens for lunch from 12N-4pm on Sundays. As well as the usual à la carte, diners can choose from authentic baked pasta dishes, the traditional Sunday lunch throughout central and southern Italy. Expect the likes of lasagne bolognese, lumache con lumache (pasta baked with snails and pecorino) and bavette with spider crab.
The Diner: If a classic English brunch or a full-on roast doesn’t take your fancy, then pig out stateside-style, with a feast of blueberry pancakes, waffles with bacon and Swiss cheese, or an eye-popping morning grill of BBQ chicken, eggs and fries. Pop in at lunch instead and wash down a classic burger with a milkshake.
Altitude 360: There can’t be many better spots for a Sunday brunch than Altitude 360, set on the 29th floor of Westminster's Millbank Tower. Booking is compulsory, but if you can get in, enjoy a bird’s-eye view down the Thames as you tuck into anything from a stack of pancakes to a full roast dinner.
Swedish Embassy of Food: Swedish couple Christian and Kerstin Sandefeldt were cooking great food at Deep in Imperial Wharf, it’s just the restaurant proved a bit out of the way. The restaurant is now closed, but fans will be pleased to know Christian’s Scandinavian-cum-French food is still in London, as the couple host a Swedish lunch every third Sunday of the month at Embassy in Mayfair. Enjoy dishes such as gravadlax with smoked cod’s roe and crème fraiche, or roast brill with brown butter and horseradish sauce.
Winter Garden at the Landmark Hotel: If you’re feeling flush , then The Landmark’s £75 all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch at its Winter Garden restaurant (pictured right) is the place to head. Either visit for a brunch of smoked salmon and oysters, or go a bit later for a full-blown roast, followed by a blackberry and cherry trifle, all coupled with live entertainment and as much Champagne as you want.
The Phoenix Palace: Some Sundays, the idea of a roast is just too much, so why not go leftfield and opt for something as untraditional as possible. Here at Square Meal, we’d go for dim sum and head to the Phoenix Palace.
The Goring Restaurant: Sometimes though, you just can’t beat a good roast. And if you’re looking for the best in town, we recommend The Goring Hotel. Three courses come in at £40, with first-class Castle of Mey beef carved from the trolley.