The phrase 'all you can eat' tends to conjure up one of two images for most people: beautiful spreads that include every dish you could possibly want (but require an all-inclusive package somewhere far-flung) or the bloat-inducing counter at Pizza Hut. Now, we’re not saying there’s anything wrong with all you can eat pizza, but there’s more to buffets in London than Pizza Hut’s heat-lamped counter, as you’ll see below.
We’ve rounded up a selection of the best breakfast buffets, bottomless brunches that include food instead of/as well as booze, Sunday lunch spreads and a couple of all you can eat sushi options too. So, whether you’ve got a hankering for pastries, curry, dim sum or tacos, we’ve got you covered. Before you check out our hot picks, we have two great tips to help you get your money’s worth: bring a big appetite (seriously, fast if you have to) and, unless it’s bottomless pizza, avoid bread. Enjoy!
All you can eat Breakfast + brunch
Start the day as you mean to go on, by which we mean dazzled by an array of delicious food that you can scoff until your heart’s content. We don’t mean eat ‘til you puke, but you’re going to need enough energy to keep you going at least until lunchtime, so don’t be shy.
1901 Breakfast Restaurant
What: Breakfast buffets in London don’t get much fancier than this one at Andaz. Set beneath its magnificent stained glass dome ceiling, in the hotel’s Grade II listed ballroom is 1901’s full English breakfast buffet, heaving with delicious breakfast items.
Start with a fresh juice or shake and a cup of tea or coffee before heading to the buffet, which includes cereals, fruit, pastries and cured meats, before choosing a main dish a la carte that will be freshly cooked for you. Main dishes include the likes of coconut polenta porridge, avocado, salmon and poached eggs on toast, and French toast.
When & where: Mon-Fri 6.30am-10am & Sat-Sun 7.30am-12N; 1901 Breakfast Restaurant, Andaz, 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN
How much: £28 for the full English breakfast buffet
What: Bottomless porridge doesn’t sound all that special (unless you’re Oliver Twist), but when it’s Dishoom’s date and banana porridge, it really is. Made with organic oats, milk, banana and sweet Medjool dates, it’s the ultimate comfort breakfast that’s just perfect for a chilly or rainy day.
It’s pretty filling, especially when combined with Dishoom’s signature house chai (which is a must for anyone with a cinnamon addiction), but Dishoom promise that if you want a refill of your bowl, you need only ask. Who ever said bottomless has to be bad for you?
When & where: Mon-Fri 8am-11.45am & Sat-Sun 9am-11.45am at Dishoom Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Carnaby, Kensington, King’s Cross, Manchester, Edinburgh
How much: £5.50 for a never-ending portion
What: If you’re someone who believes weekends exist for boozy brunches, then you’re sure to have heard of Gaucho’s Electro Brunch Feast. Hedonistic to the extreme, this banquet – there really is no other way to describe it – includes tables groaning with the weight of unlimited food and drink to the tune of whatever smooth beats the DJ feels like spinning.
This all you can eat offering includes all manner of brunch dishes from eggs Benedict to bacon sarnies, steak and eggs, and burrata on sourdough, all served up with an epic line-up of free-flowing cocktails. It’s not the cheapest, and there is a 90-minute time limit, but all you can eat and drink brunches don’t come much more glamorous than this.
When & where: Saturdays 11am-4pm at Gaucho Broadgate, Canary, Chancery, City, Piccadilly, Sloane, Smithfield, Tower Bridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds & Manchester
How much: £52.50 per person for unlimited food and cocktails (£62.50 if you want premium drinks), except for Edinburgh, which is £40 for unlimited food and four cocktails per person (£50 if you want premium cocktails)
What: If the idea of bottomless Middle Eastern sharing plates fills you with barely containable excitement (and why wouldn’t it?), then you need to get yourself to Bala Baya as soon as you have a free weekend.
For just £8 per person (and it’s a whole table deal), you’ll get unlimited small plates such as hummus with grilled lemon thyme pita, smoked aubergine, tomato and olives, and loads more – to go with your brunch or roast dish. These are priced separately, but blackberry pitta French toast with banana tempura, maple, pecan and chocolate will only set you back £9.
When & where: Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm at Bala Baya, Arch 25, 229 Union Street, London, SE1 OLR
How much: From £17 per person
Jones & Sons
What: Now, the main thing to remember when brunching at this friendly all-day British restaurant in Dalston is that you can only order your next round of food when the whole table has finished. That means leaving 97-year-old granny and your mate ‘Dave the sloth’ at home if you want to make the most of what’s on offer here.
Once you’ve rounded up your fast-eating friends, you can look forward to unlimited plates of classic breakfast and brunch fare, such as croissants, pancakes, various things on toast and, at risk of holding everyone else up, a full English (meaty, vegetarian or vegan). There’s also the option of adding booze into the mix for an extra tenner, which we think is a pretty sweet deal.
When & where: Sat 11am-5pm & Sun 11am-3pm at Jones & Sons, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, London, N16 8JH
How much: On the wagon, £29; off the wagon, £39
What: A great one for groups, London Shuffle’s ‘Bottomless Shuffle Brunch’ includes unlimited pizza and booze as well as a 30-minute shuffleboard taster session to the soundtrack of some great funk and soul tunes. Shuffleboard, for the uninitiated, is a game in which two teams use long cues to push weighted discs along a narrow lane and (hopefully) into a marked scoring triangle.
Lanes can accommodate 2-8 players at a time and each ticket covers a two-hour session including bottomless prosecco, draught beers and pizza, which you don’t even need to feel guilty about because you’ll be working it all off as you go… Probably.
When & where: Sat 2pm-4pm at London Shuffle, 4 Ebor Street, London, E1 6AW
How much: Tickets are £32.50 per person and must be booked in advance
All you can eat sushi
We find, and we’re sure you’ll agree, that good sushi is extremely moreish. There’s nothing worse than spending big money on sushi but still coming away feeling hungry, which is why we’ve included the below restaurants that offer all you can eat sushi. Chopsticks at the ready.
What: Indulge in Miyako’s bottomless Japanese late lunch and it promises you’ll leave with “full hearts and full bellies”. Just £18 for all you can eat sushi sounds like a pretty good deal in itself, but add in the fact that the Japanese fare at Miyako is a cut above and you’re on to an absolute winner!
Available throughout the week, the bottomless late lunch includes starters, sushi and rolls, mains and even desserts, meaning you can start with a steaming bowl of miso soup before delving into salmon maki, California rolls and sea bass sushi. Once you’ve had your fill of sushi, we recommend one of Miyako’s rich teriyaki dishes and maybe, if you can manage, some homemade ice cream to finish.
When & where: Mon-Fri 2.30pm-5.30pm at Miyako at Andaz, 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN
How much: £18 per person
What: For a mere £12, you can feast on an unlimited supply of dishes at this interactive oriental fusion restaurant, which has branches in the West End and Camden. There are 13 sushi, dim sum, and tapas options to choose from, including salmon tataki, sweet potato fries with wasabi mayo, summer, garden and dragon rolls, and a selection of gyoza.
Simply mention the ‘unlimited lunch’ offer when you book or walk in, and get ordering! You can order up to three dishes at a time over a one-hour period (though you have 90 minutes to eat it), making this one of the best value all you can eat sushi offers in London by our reckoning.
When & where: Mon-Fri lunchtimes at Inamo Camden, Covent Garden, & Soho
How much: £12 for unlimited sushi and tapas
Kaia at The Ned
What: An all you can eat Asian-Pacific-inspired feast is served every Sunday at The Ned’s casual restaurant which specialises in on-trend bowls of healthy food to share. It’s not the cheapest option (dining at this gargantuan Soho hotel never is), but you can help yourself to as much food as you like from a dazzling selection.
Dishes include sushi, sashimi, poke bowls, robata grilled corn, prawn tempura, Japanese fried chicken, lamb cutlets, teriyaki salmon and more. Puddings such as matcha cheesecake and chocolate and sesame slices, which are also included, are great for offsetting all that healthy fish and veg.
When & where: Sundays 11.30am-5pm at Kaia at The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ
How much: £45 per person, including a welcome drink of sake, Asahi, Umami Bloody Mary or a choice of Asian Teas
Best buffet Sunday lunches
Cooking up a Sunday roast for the family can be taxing, so why not leave it to someone else for a change? You won’t find much in the way of traditional roasts in our picks below, but you will find a nice variety of restaurants that offer buffets fit for a king, whether you’re nursing a hangover from Saturday night or just plain hungry.
What: We would have included Ping Pong’s ‘Lazy Sumday’ menu solely on the merit of its punny title, but it turns out its substance is as good as its name. For less than £30, you can fill up on baos, buns and dumplings until your heart’s (or stomach’s) content. And, as if unlimited dim sum wasn’t enough, you can also add a bottle of prosecco to your lunch for a tenner.
Fun and informal, Ping Pong ticks the boxes for anything from a lazy Sunday food fest to a lively special occasion, and with branches all across London, you’re bound to find one that suits your location. Just checking we mentioned the all you can eat dim sum? It’s a seriously good offer.
When & where: All day Sundays at Ping Pong Soho, Covent Garden, Southbank, St. Katherine Dock, Bow Bells House, Shepherd’s Bush & St. Christopher's Place
How much: £25.95 per adult; £11.95 for under 12s.
What: This one’s probably the closest to those eye-poppingly generous spreads you get at fancy hotels abroad, thanks to the vast array of delectable dishes on offer. Served across Millie’s Lounge, The Nickel Bar, Malibu Kitchen and Lutyens Grill at The Ned, the aptly named ‘Ned’s Feast’ includes as much food as you like, plus a glass of prosecco on arrival.
Dishes vary from week to week, but the selection will always include lobster, oysters, roasts with all the trimmings, brunch dishes and salads. There’s also a cheese and dessert bar laden with profiteroles, pastries, puddings and cheeses that you’ll need to leave room for.
When & where: Sundays from 12pm-8pm at The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ
How much: £48 per person for as much food as you can eat (drinks are charged separately)
What: Locals flock to this friendly neighbourhood Indian restaurant throughout the week, but particularly on Sundays thanks to its family-friendly buffet, which offers both excellent food and great value in comfortable surrounds.
Each week the chefs at Babur choose a well-balanced mix of Indian favourites, such as tandoori chicken, Keralian slow cooked mutton stew, and pumpkin curry, which guests can help themselves to as often as they like, along with rice and naan bread. It’s a perfect end to the week for any curry enthusiast and almost guarantees you a good afternoon nap.
When & where: Sundays 12pm-4pm at Babur, 119 Brockley Rise, London, SE23 1JP
How much: £16.95 for adults; £9.95 for children up to 12 years of age (children under seven eat for free)
What: Five words guaranteed to get anyone who loves Mexican food excited: all you can eat tacos. For just £20, you can tuck into as many tacos as you like from a selection of six tacos – all of which are made with soft corn tortillas – plus chips and salsa, over a 90-minute period.
There’s also the option to throw bottomless beer, cocktails or prosecco in too, though as this offer’s only available on a Sunday, you’ll probably need to factor in work the following day. Lively surroundings and chatty staff seal the deal.
When & where: Sundays 12pm-8pm at Breddos Tacos Carnaby & Breddos Tacos Clerkenwell
How much: £20 per person for all you can eat tacos + £15 per person extra for bottomless drinks
What: Held together by a skewer and served in a shot glass, ramekin, or on crusty bread, these Basque-country bar snacks are perfect for nibbling at lunchtimes. Classics include Spanish tortilla, croquetas and patatas bravas, but you’ll also find the likes of honey-glazed cod fritters, quince-coated chorizo, and tuna empanadas.
This tapas buffet is usually priced per pintxos (£2.45-£3.45 each), but on weekdays, you can grab a plate and help yourself to as many as you like for just £15. Muy bien!
When & where: Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3pm at Pix Pintxos, 63 Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PJ
How much: £15 for unlimited pintxos
If it’s boozy brunches you’re after, check out our round-up of the best bottomless brunches in London