It’s never too early to start thinking about where to go for your next weekend brunch, and London’s restaurant and café scene is packed with options. Considering Marylebone’s central location, it’s no surprise that it boasts a range of great weekend brunch spots. Despite the posh postcode there are some affordable options, with many high-end restaurants offering up brunch menus for a snip of cost you might pay for the equivalent amount of food at dinner time, so it can be a great moment to try the latest hot spots without breaking the bank.
Whether you’re after a full-blown fry up or fancy something a bit different, there really is something for every occasion. One of our favourite brunches in Marylebone is the spread Ooty put on. Four course of surprising and spicy plates sets you up for the day ahead perfectly, while friendly service and the option to go bottomless ensure it’s a fun spot to dine with friends. If it’s just a grab and go brunch you’re after, then you can’t beat the Nordic Bakery with its piles of cinnamon buns and top-notch coffee.
Whatever it is you crave, we’ve rounded up a handful of the best below, which are sure to suit every appetite.
Why: The menu at Ooty offers up something a little bit different to your usual brunch offering. For £30 you get four courses plus a drink, and you can pay £15 for bottomless prosecco if you are celebrating (or just deserve a treat). Begin with granola with palm yogurt before picking between dosa or soy matter pao. For mains the team here serve up tiffin boxes and there are assorted pastries or fresh fruit for dessert.
Where: 66 Baker St, W1U 7DJ
Why: XR is the more casual restaurant concept from chef Carlo Scott, who also runs fine dining Xier upstairs. The Royal Brunch menu costs £30 and includes a selection of starters, a choice of mains and pudding, plus a cocktail and glass of wine or beer per person. Begin with hearty plates of things like smoked salmon, eggs and hollandaise on toast before moving on to lunch-style dishes of harissa chicken or hake with a tomato, aubergine and red pepper stew. Not forgetting sweets there are also puds like pancakes and ice cream to choose between.
Where: 13-14 Thayer St, W1U 3JR
Why: Although there’s no dedicated morning menu at uber trendy Tokyo-export Monocle Cafe, there is a very tasty Japanese breakfast plate that plays the role of brunch pretty well. Enjoy a warming bowl of Miso soup alongside a sesame coated rice cake, pickled cucumber, egg roll and tofu for £10. While you’re there soak up the surrounds of calming white walls and expanses of light wood.
Where: 18 Chiltern St, W1U 7QA
Why: Ingredients at Daylesford are organic and seasonal, so the special board changes regularly. On the everyday menu you’ll find all your favourite eggs (benedict, scrambled, baked, the list goes on) as well as sweet plates of things like buttermilk pancakes and berry bircher. This is slightly less formal setting, so great for a family meal, letting you have a leisurely start to your weekend morning.
Where: 6-8 Blandford St, W1U 4AU
Why: If it’s a speedy bite to eat you’re after in a convivial setting then you could do worse than a warm, sticky cinnamon bun at the Nordic Bakery. This site is pretty small inside, so not great for groups, but if you want a few minutes' peace over a paper then it’s perfect. If cinnamon isn’t your thing (kind of weird, but fine) then there are all sorts of other baked goods on offer from Norwegian custard buns to baked pancakes and everything in between. For those with a savoury tooth there is also a good selection of open rye bread sandwiches topped with things like egg and herring or gravadlax.
Where: 37b New Cavendish Street, W1G 8JR
108 Brasserie & Bar
Why: For a traditional brunch in a chic brasserie setting, head to 108. Here, you’ll find all the classics including avocado on toast finished off with grilled tomatoes and a poached egg, and waffles topped with either mixed berries, or crispy fried buttermilk chicken. Wash it all down with a green juice, or opt for a Bloody Mary instead…don’t worry, we won’t judge.
Where: 108 Marylebone Lane, W1G 8DN
Boxcar Baker & Deli
Why: This casual spin-off of Boxcar Butcher & Grill offers a more daytime-friendly menu, via a simple menu of baked goods, smoothie bowls, salads and sandwiches. Sweet treats to choose from include a Bakewell tart and a belgian chocolate ‘cruffin’ (a muffin-shaped pain au chocolat).
Where: 7a Wyndham Place, W1H 1PN
Why: Celebrity-mecca Chiltern has long dominated column inches for its night-time visitors, but its brunch menu is also worthy of some attention. Guests here can tuck into dishes such as buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberries, or French toast with spiced plums. Savoury-toothed diners meanwhile can try out the heartier likes of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
Where: 1 Chiltern Street, W1U 7PA
Why: At this upmarket wine bar, brunchers can enjoy five sharing small plates between two and a glass of bubbles each for £50. Luxe options to try at Clarette include crab Benedict with dill hollandaise, confit duck leg, or soy-glazed aubergine stuffed with goat’s cheese. Bubbles wise, you can choose from Champagne, Mimosas or Bellinis.
Where: 44 Blandford Street, W1U 7HS
Why: The cooking at this all-dayer takes its cue from Tel Aviv, and its brunch offering is no different. Pay a visit to Delamina on the weekend to try a classic shakshuka, which sees eggs cooked in a pan with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and chilli, and comes with pita for dipping, or perhaps try the scrambled eggs, which arrive topped with feta and honey.
Where: 56-58 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NX
Why: This Venetian-inspired café from the Corbin & King group serves up a brunch menu which sees black pudding rosti served alongside Dorset crab with scrambled eggs, or buttermilk pancakes topped with maple yoghurt. If you’re looking to make things boozy, add a glass of Champagne from the impressive by-the-glass selection at Fischer's.
Where: 50 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5HN
The Ivy Café
Why: The Marylebone branch of the ever-expanding Ivy Collection is home to a decadent brunch offering, which features everything from a truffle chicken sandwich with chips, to the signature stomach-warming Shepherd’s pie. Thirst quenchers to try include a Peach Bellini and a Raspberry Mojito, while fruit smoothies are on hand for the health conscious.
Where: 96 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QA
Why: If you’re looking to try a not so typical brunch, head to Ravinder Bhogal’s debut restaurant, Jikoni. Her Indian-inspired offering sees savoury dishes such as kikapu chicken with plantain chips and sriracha mayonnaise, while sweet options include Pina Colada pancakes topped with caramelised pineapple and a scoop of coconut ice cream.
Where: 19-21 Blandford Street, W1D 3DH
Why: Peter Gordon’s double-decker fusion palace The Providores is a fun venue, serving up a traditional brunch. Pick from a selection which includes French toast topped with roasted pineapple and mango, or sweetcorn fritters with streaked smoky bacon.
Where: 109 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4RX
If you’re looking to broaden your horizons beyond Marylebone, check out our full list of the best weekend brunches in the capital.