Best brunch London: 36 of the coolest places to start your day

We're yet to meet a brunch we didn't like, but these guys are our favourites (just don't tell the others)

Updated on • Written By Rosie Conroy

Best brunch London: 36 of the coolest places to start your day

Once upon a time us Londoners were satisfied with three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. And then we discovered brunch. This magical melange of two of the best mealtimes of the day produces a heady blend of sweet and savoury dishes that we seem to have an insatiable appetite for.

The best brunch in London is one of those ‘how long is a piece of string’ type statements; how will we ever know what the best brunch London has to offer is without trying the thousands upon thousands of them? In a bid to pay due care and diligence to our role as London’s best restaurant reviewers we’ve given it a pretty good try. We can’t claim to have tried every offering in the capital, but we have eaten eggs on avocado toast more times than you could shake a stick at, and have indulged in quite the quantity of pancakes, waffles and pasties in support of our mission to bring you the best brunch spots in London.

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From internationally-led places like Roka and Dishoom to traditional brunch menus at London institutions like The Delaunay, who are famous for plates of eggs and kippers as well as other traditional fare, we’ve eaten hundreds of the best brunch places in London. Some areas of London are notorious for offering great brunches (see our pick of the best brunches in Covent Garden, for example), but here we've picked a spectrum of great brunch spots from all over London.

There is a recent trend to make your brunch bottomless, and while there’s a time and a place for that, we (occasionally) want our eggs served sans Champagne. All of the places below offer a decent drinks list without the booze becoming the main focus of the event. Rather civilised, we’re sure you can agree? You can find a link to our roundup of London's best bottomless brunches just above.

We’ve categorised our favourite London brunches into areas and types so that next time you find yourself wondering ‘where’s a good brunch near me’ or ‘I fancy an Indian brunch’, we’ve got you covered with our brunch ideas below. You're most welcome.

Sunday brunch London

Sunday is the day of rest so who are we to challenge that? Take your resting seriously by plumping for one of the Sunday brunches London offers up, and enjoy a relaxing morning where someone else will be faced with the washing up when you’re done. Sunday brunch in London can get booked up quite quickly, with it being the most popular day for this late morning ritual, so we’d recommend booking ahead if you fancy any of the places below.

Pizzeria Mozza, Fitzrovia

What: Celebrated Californian chef Nancy Silverton has brought her phenomenal Pizzeria Mozza over the pond, taking up residence at the Treehouse Hotel in Fitzrovia and making Pizzeria Mozza one of the best places for brunch in London. California knows how to brunch and Pizzeria Mozza is no exception - Mozza's three course brunch is available all day on Sundays, and includes an antipasti, pizza and a dessert, plus a glass of Pale Fox prosecco for £40, or a selection of prosecco cocktails for £60. Mozza's pizzas are a little different to the Napolitan charred crusts that Londoners have become used to, but the light, crisp dough is beautiful and toppings are smartly sourced. Three courses is a lot of food so wear some stretchy pants and perhaps go easy on breakfast.
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Where: 4-5 Langham Place, Fitzrovia, W1B 3DG
Book now: Pizzeria Mozza

Dipna Anand at Somerset House, The Strand

What: If you're seeking inventive new brunch take on some classic Indian dishes, checking out Dipna Anand is a must - Anand's second restaurant offers a youthful and delicious sample of some of our Punjabi favourites, with a fun new cocktail menu to match. The chicken tikka naan was tender but not greasy, and its mint chutney and deep-fried puffy chips provided an excellent addition of texture that kept the dish from tasting repetitive. The masala anda bhurji with crushed paratha was also a delicious brunch option, as well-done scrambled eggs were spooned over a crispy paratha and freshened with pomegranate seeds and a savory sauce.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Where: Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA
Book now: Dipna Anand at Somerset House

The Good Egg, Soho

What: A Stoke Newington favourite for many years, The Good Egg has more recently expanded to Soho where it offers the same Middle East-inspired lunch, brunch and dinner fare. The brunch menu combines bread-based comfort food (stuffed pitas, pastrami challah, cornbread, French toast and more) with meat and fish from the grill, tahini shakes and gorgeous fluffy challah buns stuffed with egg, cheese and merguez sausage. A very welcome addition to Kingly Court. 
When: Everyday, 9:30am-5pm
Where: Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW
Book now: The Good Egg

Cafe Murano, Covent Garden

What: Cafe Murano's brunch menu features a host of simple Italian-inspired plates concocted by Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett OBE. Dishes include wild mushrooms on foccaccia with black garlic mayonnaise (genius), n'duja smoked cheese toasties and fennel sausages with spicy beans. For something sweet to finish, we can't recommend the ricotta pancakes enough, which are a gorgeous egg yolk-orange colour, fantastically fluffy and topped with blueberry compote. Grab a pot of tea and coffee to wash it all down with, or make it boozy with a mimosa or Bloody Mary. 
When: Sunday, 10:30am-12pm
Where: 36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB
Book now: Cafe Murano

Sette, Knightsbridge

What: How to make weekend brunch even better? Add a side of live entertainment of course. Every Sunday at Sette you can enjoy The Good Life brunch - a three- or four-course Italian feast accompanied by relaxing live music. We recommend the burrata with candied Datterini tomatoes, spectacular beef short rib and bone marrow agnolotti and hazelnut ice cream with salted caramel and cantuccini biscuits. Brunch wouldn't be complete without a Bloody Mary, and Sette is offering a choice of four. We tried and loved all of them, although the spicy, Tequila-based Sergeant Pepper might have been our favourite.
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Where: 4 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7QA
Book now: Sette

Ottolenghi, Spitalfields

What: Yotam Ottolenghi is synonymous with brunching in the capital, and where better to enjoy an Ottolenghi brunch feast than at his largest London location? Ottolenghi on Artillery Lane is a sprawling affair, with full-fledged dining room as well as the Insta-friendly deli counter, complete with rose pink meringues, moist pistachio cakes etcetera. Sunday brunch is classic - fantastic coffee, a smattering of pastries (try the halva danish) and a selection of hot brunch favourites like Welsh rarebit, almond milk porridge and shakshuka, because would it be Ottolenghi without shakshuka?
When: Sunday, 9am-12.45pm
Where: 50 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, E1 7LJ
Book now: Ottolenghi Spitalfields

Sunday in Brooklyn, Notting Hill

What: A little piece of New York in Notting Hill, Sunday in Brooklyn offers a buzzing neighbourhood vibe and signature American-style friendly service. If you’re headed for brunch then their famous buttermilk pancakes are a must-have - be warned, they’re huge! The restaurant is open for brunch Wednesday to Sunday although if you are heading there on a Saturday and Sunday pre-booking is limited and space is saved mainly for walk-ins.
When: Wednesday-Sunday, 9am-4.30pm
Where: 98 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5RU
Book now: Sunday in Brooklyn

Bombay Bustle, Mayfair

What: Bombay Bustle’s ‘samosas, dosas and mimosas’ brunch is a riot of colour and flavour. The restaurant was packed on our visit, where we tucked into a veritable feast of Indian-style brunch dishes – think a doughy naan topped with black truffle shavings and scrambled eggs, or tender, spice-laden lamb keema with scrambled egg and sweetcorn. There are plenty of vegetarian options too, and decadent desserts include a rich, indulgent chocolate fudge sundae.
When: Sunday, 11am-3pm
Where: 29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2PA
Book now: Bombay Bustle

Roka Canary Wharf

What: The weekend brunch at Roka’s Canary Wharf outpost offers an Asian feast of delights. Kick off the experience with a bellini on arrival, before tucking into the likes of salmon teriyaki, cedar-roast baby chicken with chili, lemon and garlic soy, or baby back ribs glazed with spiced master stock and cashew nuts. Finish it all with Roka’s dessert platter to share for the table. All bamboo and polished wood, the restaurant serves up high glamour and is the antithesis to a modest Japanese restaurant, and we love it.
When: Saturday, 11:30am-4:30pm; Sunday, 11:30am-8:30pm
Where: 40 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5FW
Book now: Roka Canary Wharf

Bistrotheque, Cambridge Heath

What: For a cool start to the day you can’t beat eating your eggs on toast in East London now, can you? The pared back industrial interiors at Bistrotheque are very calming indeed, and if you happen in at the right time your brunch will be accompanied by the sound of music from a live pianist. Plates are classic brunch fare with a modern twist, like soft shell crab eggs Benedict with spicy mayo, or French toast with bacon and maple syrup. There’s a good selection of cocktails too, should you need a post-party pick-me-up.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3:45pm
Where: 23-27 Wadeson Street, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DR
Book now: Bistrotheque

Granger & Co, King's Cross

What: Bill Granger's colourful brunch fare has been popular all over London (he has restaurants in Chelsea, Clerkenwell and Notting Hill), but the King’s Cross branch is our favourite, with plenty of space for widely-separated tables and lots of natural light to help you feel perky before you’ve even got your plate in front of you. There’s a walk-ins only policy so be prepared to get in early or queue, but any time spent waiting will be well rewarded with plates of sunny sweetcorn fritters or ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. While the brunch offering here is strictly a breakfast menu, it's served until 12pm, so we think it still qualifies (and the cooking definitely makes the early finish time worthwhile).
When: Monday-Friday, 7am-12pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-12pm
Where: 7 Pancras Square, King's Cross, N1C 4AG
Book now: Granger & Co King's Cross

Cheap brunch London

We don't always have time to sit down for hours and natter over a long leisurely brunch. Sometimes you just want something speedy, and a quick bite to eat shouldn’t cost the earth should it? We’ve gathered together some cheap brunch options in London below to help you pick an affordable but delicious venue for your next brunch date. 

Riding House Cafe, Marylebone

What: Good quality, affordable venues can be hard to find in central London, which is where the Riding House Cafe comes into its own. With smart decor and a buzzy atmosphere plus a reasonably-priced menu, it’s sure to help you kick start your day in just the right way. You’ll get change from a tenner for scrambled eggs and roasted tomatoes on sourdough or smashed avocado on toast with salsa and a toasted, spiced dukkah mix.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
Where: 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Marylebone, W1W 7PQ
Book now: Riding House Cafe

Joe Allen, Covent Garden

What: Slap bang in the middle of Theatreland, New York style brasserie Joe Allen is famed for being a favourite late-night pitstop for cast and crew working on nearby shows. On the other end of the timescale, if you happen by on a weekend morning, you can expect a short but sweet lineup of classics. Eggs come boiled, Florentine, Benedict or Hemingway (with salmon and spinach), and there are waffles, cheesecake and fresh baked bread too. A plate of eggs here is a pinch at £6, perfect for a quick, cheap bite before you hit the shops.
When: Saturday, 11am-4pm
Where: 2 Burleigh Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PX
Book now: Joe Allen

Megan’s

What: We’re not sure what people head to Megan’s more for; the delightful restaurant interiors or the Australian-led menu. Either way you won’t be disappointed, as all branches of Megan’s are decked out with floral accents, welcome pooch pals, and provide colourful, quirky plates of food: think Nutella and sea salt cookies, or shakshuka baked eggs with halloumi or chorizo. If you’re on a budget you’ll find porridge for a fiver and pastries from £3 a pop.
When: Everyday, all day!
Where: Various locations across London
Book now: Megan's

Brother Marcus, Islington

What: Placing providence in prime position on its menus, Brother Marcus offer an affordable everyday brunch without sacrificing quality. Small plates like black garlic houmous with crispy chickpeas or smoked aubergine baba ghanoush with chilli oil come in at just over a fiver, whilst larger brunch dishes like smoky shakshuka, harissa eggs and sweet potato fritters. 
When: Everyday, all day!
Where: 37-39 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA
Book now: Brother Marcus

Dishoom, Covent Garden

What: Dishoom's breakfast and brunch menu has become the stuff of legend in London, providing a range of cult-like Indian-inspired breakfast dishes to hungry Londoners until 11.45am each day. If you haven’t had a bacon naan before, it’s time to treat yourself. The rich, sweet chilli jam cuts through the bacon for a moreish meal you won’t forget in a hurry. Those looking for something a little more authentic shouldn’t miss the keema per eedu which is a powerful mix of spicy chicken keema and chunks of chicken liver, served with fried eggs and buttered bread buns - delicious. The reinvented Covent Garden restaurant is our favourite but you can get brunch in any Dishoom location.
When: Monday-Friday, 8-11.45am; Saturday-Sunday, 9-11:45am
Where: 12 Upper St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FB
Book now: Dishoom Covent Garden

The coolest brunches in London

It’s probably not cool to Google cool brunches, but we get it, sometimes you just want to impress with your knowledge of what’s hot right now in the capital. These trendy brunches offer up Instagrammable interiors accompanied by first-class cookery so that you know you’re not sacrificing substance for style. As is de rigeur in London these days, the coolest restaurants don't always take bookings, but hit the book now link to see if you can grab yourself a weekend table. 

Gloria, Shoreditch

What: Gloria remains one of London's trendiest restaurants, thanks to the enduring popularity of classics like the alarmingly tall lemon meringue pie, and a carbonara served in a wheel of cheese. Brunch is just as full throttle, with truffled scrambled eggs and towering pancake stacks joining pizzas, pastas, a giant ten-layer lasagna and profiteroles, if you can find some room for them.
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Where: 54-56 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3QR
Book now: Gloria

The Anthologist, City of London

What: The Anthologist regularly hosts themed brunches - currently on selected Sundays you'll find the City bar home to a Gospel Motown brunch, where you can crack on with chicken and waffles, eggs royale, buttermilk pancakes and a blueberry cheesecake sundae whilst a live gospel choir bangs out all your favourite Motown hits, from Aretha Franklin to Stevie Wonder. The Motown brunch isn't happening every Sunday but you'll still find the excellent brunch menu here every weekend. 
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Where: 58 Gresham Street, City of London, EC2V 7BB
Book now: The Anthologist

German Gymnasium, King's Cross

What: This magnificent brick building at King's Cross was once the first-ever purpose-built gym in England - now it serves wonderful hot dogs, which we can all agree, is probably an upgrade. The smoked pork sausage salad with gherkin, cheddar, chives and mustard dressing is a must, and there's plenty in the way of cold cuts, Viennoiserie and eggs for those who want more of a traditional brunch. If not, get the hot dogs and burgers in for a bodybuilder-style feast.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 11:45am-4pm
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, King's Cross, N1C 4BU
Book now: German Gymnasium

Folie, Soho

What: Folie’s brunch menu is short and sweet, offering a few classic options for those who want to do away with all the usual trappings of a long brunch and cut to the good stuff. Here you’ll find a solid start to the day with the likes of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or avocado on toast. Fresh juices and well-made coffees help things along, while those who prefer a pud will love the French toast and salted caramel. Interiors are part of the allure here too, so expect a trendy fitout and a smart central London crowd. 
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Where: 37 Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9LB
Book now: Folie

Aqua Kyoto, Soho

What: If you’ve ticked off all the usual suspects (looking at you eggs on toast) then it might be time to expand your brunch boundaries. Aqua Kyoto serves up a carefully crafted Japanese menu and the brunch offering allows a more affordable way in when compared to the standard dinner menu. Tempura, miso soup and sushi all feature, as well as an omakase sashimi option that is perfect for raw fish fans.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 12-2:45pm
Where: 240 Regent Street, Soho, W1F 7EB
Book now: Aqua Kyoto

Luxury brunch London

Looking to celebrate a special occasion or spoil someone? London isn't short of restaurants where staff will bend over backwards to accomodate your every whim. Our pick of London’s most luxurious brunches are sure to impress with their silver service and beautiful menus that showcase incredible produce. Most important of all, all of the places below serve up delicious food, but with all the bells and whistles you want for an extra treat. 

Bluebird, Chelsea

What: What brunch list would be complete without a visit to the famous Bluebird on the King's Road. This spacious neighbourhood Chelsea restaurant has a rep as a celeb-haunt, but it's worth a visit for the luxury brunch offering as well. Start with oysters, seared tuna, and salt and pepper squid before getting stuck into the main event - a mix of classic brunch plates (eggs Benedict, avocado on sourdough and French toast) or more lunchy options like wild mushroom pasta, roast lamb rump with Jersey Royals or salt and pepper cauliflower with coconut and curry emulsion.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3:15pm
Where: 350 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU
Book now: Bluebird

The Montagu Kitchen, Marylebone

What: Found in the heart of Marylebone, The Montagu Kitchen takes residence at the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill. Led by Executive Chef Roger Olsson, the restaurant’s menu is inspired by seasonal produce that is carefully sourced and transformed into a captivating gastronomic experience. Brunch at The Montagu Kitchen includes an elevated egg menu, with the likes of poached eggs topped with a lobster hollandaise sauce, duck eggs sunny side up with beef croquettes and truffle mayo, along with a selection of fresh juices and smoothies.
When: Sunday, 12:30-4pm
Where: Hyatt Regency London, Marylebone, W1H 7BH
Book now: The Montagu Kitchen

COYA Mayfair

What: COYA Mayfair’s brunch is less a meal and more an immersive experience - take your place under the rainforest canopy and tuck into dishes like corn croquettas, salmon, avocado and aji amarillo tacos, yellowfin tuna ceviche and Chilean sea bass rice with lime and chilli. Rounded off the meal with a delicious dessert platter featuring fresh fruit, cinnamon dusted churros and dainty macarons. Add a bottle of Veuve Clicquot or Dom Perignon if you're feeling flush.
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
Book now: COYA Mayfair

34 Mayfair

What: For a restaurant that feels quintessentially British (despite an international menu), with charming service and polished surrounds, you can’t beat 34 Mayfair. The address alone might be enough to attract diners, but the food doesn’t let the location down. Brunch sees punters given the choice between classic dishes like pancakes with crispy bacon or smoked salmon and eggs, as well as more exotic iterations like a rich lobster and shrimp roll with jalapeno mayonnaise. For those with a bit more room, there are also rotisserie chickens and steaks from the grill. 
When: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
Where: 34 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HD
Book now: 34 Mayfair

Dean Street Townhouse, Soho

What: The weekend brunch at Dean Street Townhouse features an all-day breakfast and a Sunday roast alongside a selection of starters, salads, and meat and fish dishes. Devour it all surrounded by soft armchairs, heavy fabrics and low ceilings. The menu is hugely popular and features all the brunch staples you’d expect, like a full English and eggs Florentine, Benedict and Royal, but we dare you to be a little more adventurous. How about a twice-baked smoked haddock soufflé or a steak tartare to start? And why not celebrate the weekend with the Townhouse cheeseburger with tomatoes, gherkins and chips?
When: Saturday-Sunday, 8-11am
Where: 69-71 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3SE
Book now: Dean Street Townhouse

HIDE Ground, Mayfair

What: Weekend brunch at HIDE Ground is a sophisticated affair; caviar, oysters, immaculate Viennoiseries, and a healthy helping of suitably lux brunch dishes to get stuck into - truffled scrambled eggs on toast, Croque Monsieur or Madame with fresh truffle, all the eggs you could ever want and a serious full English to rival any in London. There are some healthy fruit, seed and grain-based options too, and a mammoth tea selection, as well as house-made chai-infused hot chocolate for the colder mornings.
When: Monday-Friday, 7:30-10:15am; Saturday-Sunday, 9-11am
Where: 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NB
Book now: HIDE Ground

The Delaunay, Covent Garden

What: Modelled on the grand cafes of Mittel-Europe, The Delaunay offers a luxurious space to enjoy a London brunch in. The menu covers everything from Viennoiserie, porridge and toast to kippers, kedgeree, bacon rolls and a full English. Don't forget the eggs, of course - The Delaunay does almost any egg breakfast you can think of, including the enduringly-popular fried eggs on potato rosti. If it’s more of a quick bite you’re after then you’ll find the bakery and fruit section the perfect place to pluck a couple of things from.
When: Monday-Friday, 7-11:30am; Saturday-Sunday, 8-11:30am
Where: 55 Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BB
Book now: The Delaunay

Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

What: Back when it opened, you could hardly get into the Chiltern Firehouse thanks to a long list of celebrities who had already managed to wangle a table before you arrived. Now, thankfully, things have calmed down and there are tables available for the common folk like ourselves. The beautiful surrounds of this central London hotel create a relaxed, warm atmosphere and the Internationally-led menu features all kinds of delights. Begin with oysters and champagne cocktails, then move onto crispy 10-inch pizzas or one of many egg-based mains.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm
Where: 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PA
Book now: Chiltern Firehouse

Brunch with a view London

Roof terraces and restaurants with a view is something London does very well, if you know where to look. If you’re visiting London for just a few days and want to soak up the sights while you enjoy your first (or second, no judgement here) meal of the day, a brunch with a view is perfect. From the tip top of some of London’s most famous landmarks to roof terraces where you can enjoy al fresco eating, scroll down our favourite brunches with a view in London.

Roof Garden at Pantechnicon, Belgravia

What: Head to the fifth floor of multi-storey restaurant and shopping arcade Pantechnicon and you'll find the Roof Garden, a botanically-themed room that features a retractable roof to allow diners to enjoy its stunning views all day, at any time of year. The breakfast and brunch menu of Nordic-inspired dishes is served seven days a week, including whipped berry porridge, scrambled eggs and cured trout on rye and salted miso caramel brioche. 
When: Saturday, 11-12am; Sunday, 11am-11pm
Where: 
19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8LB
Book now: Roof Garden

14 Hills, City of London

What: There’s no denying that 14 Hills is an Instagrammer’s dream of plant festooned interiors and City views. Brunch here is no ordinary affair either – the menu is a two or three course set menu affair, with starters, mains and desserts. Starters range from a hand-cut beef tartare to a silky cauliflower veloute, and mains are equally varied, from steak and eggs or fishcake with beurre blanc to an avocado eggs Benedict that combines two big brunch hitters. If you've still got room, finish things off with French toast, a creme brulee or an egg custard tart.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 12-3pm
Where:
120 Fenchurch Street, City of London, EC3M 5BA
Book now: 14 Hills

Duck & Waffle, Liverpool Street

What: From the minute you’re whisked up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower in its glass lift, you know you’re going to experience something pretty special. The bright, light space of Duck & Waffle seems like it was made for mornings, with all-round views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows offering up stunning sunrise scenes. Favourites from the brunch menu include a full English, the spicy ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam, and a rich rice congee topped with crispy duck, hazelnuts and hot sauce.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 6am-4:30pm
Where: 10 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, EC2N 4AY
Book now: Duck & Waffle

Aqua Shard, London Bridge

What: Views of London don’t come much better than the scenes spread out below you from the 31st floor of The Shard, where Aqua Shard finds its home. With a selection of starters and a robust list of mains, brunch here is filling enough to be your main meal of the day. Start with sweet potato and Cornish crab hash for a real weekend treat before diving into Aqua Shard's full English with all the trimmings, or a beef sirloin with roast dinner trimmings on a Sunday. Don't forget pudding - there's always a choice of four sweets to complete the menu, which is priced at £49 per person.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2.30pm
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9RY
Book now: Aqua Shard

Darwin Brasserie, City of London

What: If you appreciate a good garden when you see one, Darwin Brasserie is the brunch spot for you. Set high up in the Sky Garden it offers spectacular views of the lush plants below as well as the cityscape beyond. The brunch menu reads more like a dinner menu than a breakfast offering, but there are no complaints here in regards to that. Starters feature seafood like Scottish smoked salmon and a herby crab dish, while mains offer everything from eggs Florentine and veggie burgers to steak and chips and full roast dinners.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am-4:30pm
Where: Level 36, Sky Garden, 20 Philpot Lane, City of London, EC3M 8AF
Book now: Darwin Brasserie

Brunch London Bridge

We often get asked about the best brunch in London Bridge, and it’s not hard to see why when you consider everything else going on in the area. It’s the perfect spot to explore pre- or post-brunch if you’re a foodie and want to discover the joys of Borough Market, or the views from The Shard, for instance. The below are our favourite brunch restaurants in London Bridge to catch a bite to eat late morning.

The Garrison, Bermondsey

What: Brunch at The Garrison is showcases refined pub grub and brunch classics side by side. If you're not getting stuck into a full English (or veggie alternative), try smaller brunch plates like Israeli couscous with kale and roast pumpkin salad, pigs head croquettes with piccalilli, or Loch Duart salmon gravadlax with baby beetroot, pickled radish and yoghurt. We love the casual feel of this boozer, with its mismatching furniture, charmingly wobbly tables and funky lampshades.                                                                                      
When: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-12pm
Where: 99 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3XB
Book now: The Garrison

Caravan, London Bridge

What: This Kiwi all-day diner was always going to do a good brunch, and the London Bridge branch is no exception. Choose from a selection of small plates (vanilla pancakes, lemon curd cream cheese and poached rhubarb, or broken lamb meatballs, grilled aubergine and tahini labneh, for example) to get a taste of everything, and order in some of excellent sides from sausages and chorizo to avocado and mushrooms, so you can DIY any of the dishes to make your perfect brunch plate. Having their own roasters means that Caravan do a mean coffee too, so make sure to include a cuppa while you’re enjoying brunch.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
Where: 30 Great Guildford Street, London Bridge, SE1 0HS
Book now: Caravan

If brunch is a bit too early on a weekend for you, perhaps you should check out our round up of the best roast dinners in London. Or, just head straight to our list of the 100 best restaurants in London and start making your way through the capital's very best restaurants.