It’s late morning on the weekend, and you’re feeling a bit fragile after a heavy night out in Clapham the night before. Chances are you’re feeling hungry too and didn’t think to get anything good in for breakfast. Well don’t panic, because fortunately Clapham is just as well-equipped to serve your brunching needs as it is your 2am Tequila cravings. Whether seeking a hangover cure or some warm grub before a walk around the Common, this list of brunch restaurants has got you covered. So swallow your paracetamol, roll out of bed and pop on some sunglasses – it’s brunch time.
Why: Part of a small group of south London pubs, this gastropub is targeted at the young professionals that live on Clapham/Balham’s borders. The brunch menu features a large amount of egg-based options such as Turkish eggs with tomatoes, peppers, onion, chilli and yogurt, or chorizo with Boston baked beans and egg skillet. Another option is a breakfast pizza topped with bacon, mushroom, sausage and egg. You can also go bottomless with Bloody Marys and Prosecco at £20 per person, for those who believe in hair of the dog.
Where: 16 Balham Hill, SW12 9EB
Balans Soho Society
Why: According to Balans Soho Society’s website, “brunch without Prosecco is just a sad late breakfast”. So it’s no surprise that Belstar Prosecco and bucks fizz feature on this restaurant’s menu. Balans decent prices, relaxed vibes and easy-going comfort food have seen this chain spread around London. The Clapham branch has some great brunch options such as the ‘eggs in hell’ (eggs poached in tomato chilli sauce), and the ‘high society lobster Benedict’ with English muffin and avocado.
Where: 16a Clapham South Side, SW4 7AB
Why: By night, Gigalum is a popular post-work haunt for Clapham locals, with an impressive selection of wines, spirits and shooters. By day, it offers a food menu boasting dishes from around the world. Visit between 11am and 2pm on a weekend and you can tuck into brunch classics such as eggs royale and sweet pancakes. The best hangover-busting dish would have to be the breakfast burger, which sees a brioche bun stuffed with bacon, sausage, hash browns and egg.
Where: 7-8 Cavendish Parade Clapham South, SW4 9DW
Why: Head to The Meet on the weekend for a meat-free brunch, with the added bonus of bottomless vegan bubbles for £15 per person. Part of cocktail bar Fu Manchu, this vegan restaurant can be found amongst Clapham North’s railway arches. Enjoy the pun-tastic dishes such as the ‘that’s stir fry up to you’, which includes vegan sausages, bacon, scramble tofu, baked beans, tomatoes and red onions, or the ‘avo go’: crushed avocado on garlic sourdough toast.
Where: 15-16 Lendal Terrace SW4 7UX
Megan’s Old Town
Why: To the untrained eye, this mini-chain of cafés looks like a standard yummy-mummy meet up. However, those who venture into Megan’s will realise there’s substance to the place. Instagram-friendly interiors and an all dogs welcome policy has made Megan’s popular. The all-day brunch menu has a heavy focus on shakshuka (poached eggs in tomatoes) including variations with halloumi and chorizo. Those with a sweet tooth should opt for the half-baked cookie dough with Nutella, pistachios and ice cream.
Where: 55-57 The Pavement, SW4 0JQ
Why: Minnow is a pretty little eatery that suits the Clapham crowd perfectly. On its ground floor, there is a light conservatory feel due to the pistachio walls and indoor greenery, while the basement has a darker, cosier atmosphere. Minnow offers brunch all week and includes all the classics you’d expect such as French toast, eggs Florentine and the full Minnow: poached eggs, sausage, bacon, Portobello mushroom, baked beans and toast.
Where: 21 The Pavement, SW4 OHY
Why: Mommi is an exotic mixture of Japanese and South American sharing dishes, most of which you can watch being cooked at the robata grill and sushi counter. There’s a feel good factor with bare bricks covered in colourful prints and DJs playing on the weekends. Brunch can be made boozy by ordering a three-course chef’s selection and bottomless Prosecco for just £32.50. Highlights include the Mommi’s Boy burger and the grilled honey crumpet for hungry diners.
Where: 44-48 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UR
No 32 The Old Town
Why: This Darwin & Wallace restaurant can be summed up in three words: avocado, cheese and booze, which sounds like the perfect place for a spot of brunch. The all-day brunch is served at weekends and offers tasty dishes such as banana and ricotta pancakes and a breakfast rice bowl of sticky kimchi, egg, avocado, spinach, mushroom, pumpkin and coriander. Those looking for a morning tipple can sip on the likes of an Elderflower and Earl Grey Fizz.
Where: 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE