The best brunch in London is a pretty big deal. You see, 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 and we've never looked back.
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.
From internationally-led places with Indian, Japanese or Mexican menus to traditional brunch menus at London institutions, 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? If you're not convinced, you can find a link to our roundup of London's best bottomless brunches just above.
We’ve categorised our the best places for brunch in London 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 ideas below. You're most welcome.
The best Sunday brunch in 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.
Saltie Girl, Mayfair
What: If you enjoy the luxe life, Saltie Girl’s towering seafood platters should suit you just down to the ground. Come Sundays, this sophisticated Mayfair spot serves up brunch between 11am-4pm, with options ranging from fresh oysters and the aforementioned seafood towers, through to tartares and ceviches, various eggs Benedicts and grilled cheese sandwiches. The menu is far-reaching so you can expect a whole lot more besides, and despite being seafood leaning, there are also plant-based and meat options available. The icing on the cake is a fabulous cocktails list and prettym Instagrammable interiors.
When: Sundays, 11am-4pm
Where: 15 North Audley Street, W1K 6WZ
Book now: Saltie Girl
What: Adriana Cavita's eponymous restaurant has been a storming success since opening in 2022, and adding a weekend brunch menu only adds to the opportunities to drink excellent spicy margaritas and mezcalitas. Don't go expecting your standard eggy brunch fare (though there is a tasty huevos rancheros plate if you fancy) - kick things off with a pig's head tamale, before diving into cochinita pibil and carne asada tacos. Save room for the chewy and delicious pan de elote with honeycomb ice cream and cajeta and a cold glass of horchata.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am-2:30pm
Where: 60 Wigmore Street, W1U 2RZ
Book now: Cavita
What: Modern bistro Nessa serves up a killer brunch on weekends, with all-day dishes spanning nibbles, brunch classics and mid-day treats. Kick things off with rolled oat soda bread with cultured butter, and a curried egg mayo crumpet. It gets better (if you can believe that), with main dishes including black pudding brioche with brown butter noisette, benedict of the day and, the jewel in its crown, a sausage and egg muffin with hot sauce and American cheese. Finally, we highly recommend you round things off with something sweet, such as its banana French toast with maple butter and caramelised pecans.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
Where: 86 Brewer Street, W1F 9UB
Book now: Nessa
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 the famous buttermilk pancakes are a must-have - be warned, they’re huge. The restaurant is open for brunch all week but you are heading there on a Saturday and Sunday pre-booking is limited and space is saved mainly for walk-ins. Consider yourself warned.
When: Monday-Friday, 9am-4.30pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:30am-5pm
Where: 98 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RU
Book now: Sunday in Brooklyn
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 as a decent Sunday brunch (and the cooking definitely makes the early finish time worthwhile).
When: Monday-Friday, 7am-12pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-12pm
Where: 7 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG
Book now: Granger & Co King's Cross
The best cheap brunch in 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.
Miznon, Notting Hill
What: Cult favourite Miznon, known for its outrageous stuffed pitta breads, has extended its menu and opening hours on weekends to bring diners a selection of brunch-inspired pittas. Discover fluffy pitta pockets filled with the likes of zaatar omelette, sour cream, pickles and tomato salsa, or for meat fans, steak and eggs with all the trimmings. Guests can also chow down on plenty more Miznon favourites, from Mesabaha lima beans drenched in tahini and spicy green peppers, to its signature green beans in a bag. While brunch-inspired cocktails are designed to kick start your weekend with punchy creations like The Miznon Mary, made with a signature spice blend and sage vodka. Be warned, it gets very busy at weekends so we suggest booking a table in advance to guarantee a seat. Or, you can order its pittas to takeaway.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-3pm
Where: 14 Elgin Crescent, W11 2HX
Book now: Miznon Notting Hill
What: If you're bored of the same old avocado and eggs, switch things up with brunch at Sri Lankan restaurant Kolamba. This small and unassuming spot on Kingly Street serves up a punchy brunch menu on weekends, featuring the likes of bacon and egg hoppers, Sri Lankan spiced omelette and chicken and sambol toasties. All main dishes are less than £10, with the option to order sides if you like - think chicken curry and red lentil dhal - for around a fiver. We recommend the string hoppers, which come served with a soft-boiled egg, a mild coconut curry sauce and a spicy sambol.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-1pm
Where: 21 Kingly Street, W1B 5QA
Book now: Kolamba
Riding House Cafe, Fitzrovia
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-3:45pm
Where: 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
Book now: Riding House Cafe
The Laundry, Brixton
What: If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Brixton, you don't have to veer far from the centre to find a little slice of calm amongst the madness. All-day bistro The Laundry is a three-minute walk from the station and serves up a cracking brunch every day of the week. There are plenty of inexpensive options on the menu, including a heavenly slice of toasted banana bread with honeycomb butter for £6, and an acai smoothie bowl, with house-made granola and toasted coconut for £9. Our favourite though, has got to be the courgette and cheddar cornbread, with black bean and tomato salsa, green goddess dressing and pickled jalapeños. Even better, the portions are super generous so you really do feel like you're getting plenty of bang for your buck.
When: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-3pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Where: 374 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PL
Book now: The Laundry
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, WC2H 9FB
Book now: Dishoom Covent Garden
The coolest brunches in London
It’s probably not cool to Google cool brunches in London, 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.
Akub, Notting Hill
What: Modern Palestinian restaurant Akub serves a brunch menu at the weekends that's perfect for feasting with friends. Comprised of a wealth of sweet and savoury dishes, this is the sort of place where one plate is never enough. Start with the likes of zaatar bread topped with labaneh, a boiled egg and pomegranate, and slow-cooked eggs served with spiced focaccia. Next, pimp your meal with an array of smaller side dishes, from spiced fava beans to grilled nabulsi cheese, before finishing on a sweet note. The Arabic coffee brioche French toast is out of this world.
When: Saturday 11-3pm and Sunday from 11-5pm
Where: 27 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TQ
Book now: Akub
Fallow, St James's
What: We're sure that all the dishes on Fallow's brunch menu are beyond good, but the real star of the show is its signature 'royale', which you may have already seen attracting attention over on Instagram. There are four options available (three savoury, one sweet) with fillings such as sausage bacon, kombu kethcup, egg and sriracha, or salmon belly with spinach, lemon mayo and a fried egg. What makes them extra special, though, is the 'bun', a croissant-like dough with Fallow's letters etched into the top of every single one. Oh, they are good. Make sure to order a bowl of its hash browns to enjoy alongside.
When: Saturday 10am-4pm
Where: 2 St James’s Market, SW1Y 4RP
Book now: Fallow
Brother Marcus, Angel
What: Middle Eastern-inspired spot serves brunch all day every day at this site in Islington, although you'll also find a similar scenario at its restaurants in Borough, Spitalfields and South Kensington. Its dishes aren't for the faint-hearted (or not very hungry) with mega creations including kefir fried chicken with crispy potato rosti, two fried eggs and kasundi jam, and chocolate and tahini custard pancakes with caramelised pistachios.
When: Monday Friday 8.30am-12pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9.30am-4pm
Where: 37-39 Camden Passage, N1 8EA
Book now: Brother Marcus
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, EC2A 3QR
Book now: Gloria
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 traditional German meat loaf with leaves and a fried egg is a must, and there's plenty in the way of Eggs Benedict and the like for those who want more of a traditional brunch. If you prefer you can eat from the main menu too; get the hot dogs and burgers in for a bodybuilder-style feast.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, N1C 4BU
Book now: German Gymnasium
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 four-course Japanese menu and the brunch offering allows a more affordable way in when compared to the standard dinner menu. Rock shrimp tempura, ginger miso sea bass and a dessert platter 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, W1F 7EB
Book now: Aqua Kyoto
The best luxury brunch in 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.
20 Berkeley, Mayfair
What: 20 Berkeley is rather stately and serene during the week, but come the weekend this elegant Mayfair spot pops off with some classy brunch cooking and a live DJ spinning tribal house. The brunch specials are typically excellent - you can plump for that spectacular smoked trout royal with a perfect little hollandaise blanket, or go all in on some of 20 Berkeley’s a la carte menu, which includes an excellent Cumbrian beef tartare with confit egg yolk, as well as lots of sharing meat and fish to share.
Where: 20 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EE
Book now: 20 Berkeley
The Aubrey, Knightsbridge
What: The best brunches in London come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days, but Japanese feasts are a rarer breed than most. And feast this is. Your options are extremely varied - sushi fans can get stuck into some luxe maki rolls, like snow crab and passionfruit, or seared hamachi and prawn tempura, but there are lots of other options too, ranging from a majestic okonomiyaki, to Tokyo eggs with yuzu hollandaise, to fluffy Japanese pancakes with seasonal fruit. There’s Champagne, caviar and oysters too - this is the Mandarin Oriental after all - and added bonuses include one of the most instagrammable dining rooms in London, and a live DJ laying down tunes throughout the afternoon.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-3:30pm
Where: 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Book now: The Aubrey
1 Lombard Street, City of London
What: 1 Lombard Street sits in the heart of the city within a Grade II listed banking hall by Mansion House. Whilst it lends itself as the perfect spot for anytime of the day, we can confirm it’s particularly good for brunch, with everything from cold, fresh and healthy to warm, comforting and slightly naughty. Think seasonal fruit salad, cinnamon sugar French toast and a classic Eggs Benedict.
Where: 1 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AA
Book now: 1 Lombard Street
The MAINE, Mayfair
What: Located inside a historical grade II-listed townhouse overlooking Hanover Square, The MAINE is a New England inspired brasserie featuring 350 covers across five rooms over three floors. Phew. It's the sort of place where anyone who's anyone wants to be seen - particularly on Saturdays when it serves its extravagant three-course brunch. We recommend starting with crispy fish tacos with pico de gallo, or a half a dozen oysters if you prefer something lighter, followed by sea bream drowned in caper butter. Even the sides are worth a mention - we're talking truffle mac 'n' cheese and garlic mash. To finish, choose from the 'dessert of the day', which for us was brownie with vanilla ice cream. Brunch is served in its stunning drawing room downstairs beneath a glittering crystal chandelier, while live entertainment in the form of dancing and burlesque keeps things interesting. Want to make it boozy? You can, with an open bar or premium bar for an extra fee.
When: Saturdays 12-2pm and 2-4pm
Where: 6 Medici Courtyard, W1S 1JY
Book now: The MAINE
What: COYA Mayfair’s Soul Grandioso Brunch is less a meal and more an immersive experience - take your place under the rainforest canopy and tuck into dishes like salmon, avocado and aji amarillo tacos, King Fish ceviche and Chilean sea bass rice with lime and chilli. Round 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, W1J 7NW
Book now: COYA Mayfair
What: Weekend brunch at HIDE is a sophisticated affair. Caviar, oysters, immaculate Viennoiseries and a healthy helping of suitably luxe brunch dishes are all on the menu - eggs florentine, 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 7:30-11am; Saturday-Sunday 9-11.15am
Where: 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB
Book now: HIDE
Langbourns, The City
What: Mirrored walls and green leather banquettes give this City spot an old-school sophisticated vibe which is perfect for group brunches or even business meets. The brunch menu (which is strictly billed as breakfast) includes everything from a full English through to vegan pancakes with blueberries, maple syrup and coconut yogurt. If you prefer something altogether more robust, the Sunday menu includes a choice of three courses with a roast dinner main. There’s also the option to add free-flowing drinks should you wish, between 12-5pm come the weekend.
Where: 77 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0AG
Book now: Langbourns
The best brunch with a view in London
Roof terraces and restaurants with a view are 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 seasonal breakfast and brunch menu is served on weekends only, and includes a selection of starters, mains and desserts - some classic, others not so much. For the pursits, you'll find eggs with smoked salmon, avocado and hollandaise, while other Pantechnicon favourites include spinach and ricotta tortellini, and a cheeseburger.
When: Saturday 11pm-12am, Sunday 11am-7pm
Where: 19 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB
Book now: Roof Garden at Pantechnicon
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 situation, with starters, mains and desserts. Starters include a warm sugared doughnut with pork bacon, sriracha and honey, while mains feature chorizo and emmental crepes, Croque Madame and lobster buns with sambal cocktail sauce. If you've still got room, finish things off with French toast, a cruffin filled with chocolate creme patissiere.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 12-2:45pm
Where: 120 Fenchurch Street, 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 waffles with confit duck legs (naturally), and a rich lobster roll.
When: Saturday-Sunday 6am-4:30pm
Where: 10 Bishopsgate, 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 three sweets to complete the menu, which is priced at £55 per person for three courses.
When: Saturday-Sunday, 10.30am-3pm
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Book now: Aqua Shard
Peggy Jean, Richmond
What: This waterside iteration of the ever-growing Daisy Green Collection can be found on a beautiful barge on the banks of the Thames. With guests able to enjoy unparalleled views of the river while they dine, as well as Richmond's beautiful buildings and scenery, this is certainly one of the best places to enjoy brunch with a view in south west London. Famous for its epic Aussie brunches, every plate on the menu is bold and beautiful. We tried the Fancy Bacon Roll, which features a crisp paratha roti with poached eggs, crispy onions, bacon, hollandaise and chilli. For something sweet for afters, the Golden Gaytime Pancakes are an indulgent finale, complete with warm chocolate ganache, malt crumble, whipped mascarpone and salted caramel. You're going to love it (and so will your Instagram feed).
When: Everyday, 8am-3:30pm
Where: Bridge Boathouses, TW9 1TH
Book now: Peggy Jean
The best brunch in 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.
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 with vanilla cream cheese, poached strawberries, ginger and fried jalapeno cornbread, with avocado, curd cheese, fried egg, mojo verde, soy pumpkin seeds, and chilli, for example. Or, order some of the excellent sides from sausages and chorizo to avocado and mushrooms which allow you to make your perfect brunch plate on a DIY basis. Having its own roasters means that Caravan does 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, 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.