Shoreditch may be most famous for its bar culture but if you’re only visiting in the evening, you’re missing out on daytime treats aplenty. Read on for 18 of the best brunches east of the Old Street roundabout.
What: This low-lit hangout gives fusion food a good name – especially when most things on the brunch menu cost less than £10. The full English comes with jalapeño, the cured salmon and scrambled egg with wasabi yoghurt, or there’s a Korean croquette with cheese sauce and chilli dressing. £32, meanwhile, buys you a bottomless brunch of Aperol Spritz, Prosecco, boozy slushies and one brunch dish.
When: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm
Where: 100-102 Hoxton Street, N1 6SG
What: This vibrant slice of Peru is a riot of fun and colour, with zingy flavours (and Pisco Sours) galore. You could come here for avocado and eggs on sourdough toast or sweet potato pancakes with whipped cream and seasonal fruits. But you may as well go full-on South American with a host of street-food small plates, tangy ceviches, juicy grilled meats and hearty peasant classics.
When: Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Where: 1 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
What: We love the staff at this free-range fried chicken joint – warm, quick and un-judging – ideal if you’re indulging in a brunch blow-out to forcefeed (and drink) your hangover into submission. Start with Dirtybird cocktails before tucking in to chicken on waffles, chicken in a bun, or chicken in a bun made of waffles. Burgers are even better: juicy, moist, not massive, and well spiced.
When: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm
Where: 42-44 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA
The Blues Kitchen
What: A bumper crop of over 100 bourbons may not be the most appealing brunch option (although whiskey-based cocktails, alco-shakes and some cracking beers might be) but there’s no denying that Blues Kitchen’s soul food from America’s southlands will hit the spot on a weekend afternoon. Slow-smoked BBQ meats, live lobsters, hefty burgers and corn bread with honey butter should mean you don’t need dinner.
When: Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Where: 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR
The Book Club
What: By day, The Queen of Hoxton's multi-faceted sister is a lively Shoreditch social, a crash pad/proxy office/all-day diner catering to slackers, surfers and jobbing creatives. Brunch deals include pancakes and Prosecco for £9, full English and a Bloody Mary for £11 – or go booze free with huevos rancheros, avocado on toast, a fried chicken burger or a full veggie breakfast.
When: Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
Where: 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH
What: The Ace Hotel’s buzzy brasserie lures a seemingly endless supply of beautiful creatives for the fashion-conscious offer, which extends to some very on-trend cooking. For brunch that means Moroccan eggs with labneh and toasted sourdough, avocado not only with poached eggs but onion, coriander, hot sauce and toasted cornbread – as well as eggs Benedict and pancakes with maple syrup.
When: Sat-Sun 12N-4pm
Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
What: This all-day venue from the Soho House group blends classic diner chic with on-trend edginess and is a solid shout for a casual Shoreditch bite. NYC brunch classics – lox and eggs, salt beef hash, Cobb salad – rub shoulders with eggs your way, avo toast and a buckwheat pancake stack. If you can’t be bothered to wait until lunch, there are steaks, burgers and a roast on Sunday.
When: Sat-Sun 12N-6pm
Where: The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU
The Jones Family Project
What: This multifunctional bar-restaurant fuels Shoreditch’s creatives from breakfast until bedtime. From Monday to Saturday you can brunch on the likes of fishcakes, Caesar salad, mac ‘n’ cheese or full English. Sundays meanwhile see a roast lunch served alongside Josper-grilled steaks and burgers which, at £16.50/18.50 for two/three courses, is decent value, too.
When: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12N-4.30pm
Where: 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL
What: The converted Victorian warehouse that houses Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick’s Merchants Tavern used to be trailblazing Cantaloupe back in the 1990s – although it’s a much more grown-up proposition these days, with some seriously classy brunch dishes to match: ricotta pancakes with berry compote, or foie gras and chicken livers on toast, say. Move on to the bar for knockout cocktails.
When: Sat-Sun 10am-1pm
Where: 36 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PG
What: Fans of America’s Jewish-style delis such as Katz’s in New York should make a beeline for this market-stall-turned-restaurant on Hoxton Street. The bagels at Monty’s are made from scratch on site, as is the salt beef and pastrami. The Reuben Special sandwich features rye bread jammed with layers of salt beef, pastrami, pickles and mustard. Drinks include Slivovitz plum brandy, whiskies and Palwins No 9 Israeli wine.
Where: 225-227 Hoxton Street, N1 5LH
When: Tue-Sun 11am-3pm (Sun -4pm)
Morito Hackney Road
What: This capacious, concrete-chic space (a bigger offshoot of Morito in Clerkenwell) is best suited to fun, casual meals – which makes it perfect for brunch. Rock up for broken eggs with sweet peppers, chorizo and smoked paprika, Moroccan pancakes with fresh sheep’s cheese and thyme honey, or Cretan filo pastry with cheese, sugar and cinnamon.
When: Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm
Where: 195 Hackney Road, E2 8JL
What: Weekend brunch is the best time to appreciate the calm beauty of Nobu’s design. Set prices, from £45-75, also mean it’s the best time to come if you don’t want to take out a second mortgage. The top-of-the-range £75 offering includes ‘family-style dishes’, unlimited access to the sushi and ceviche of the brunch bar, plus two hours of unlimited Prosecco, Martinis and Aperol Spritzes.
When: Sat-Sun 11.30am-3pm
Where: 10-50 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH
What: Red Rooster has a twin in New York’s Harlem and, like its NYC sibling, the Shoreditch menu is a celebration of America’s southern soul food, carried off with panache. Where else can you find a Sunday brunch accompanied by a gospel choir? At brunch, the house specials of the fried yard bird and herb-roasted chicken are joined by shrimp’n’grits, chicken ‘n’ biscuits, devilled eggs and a Brick Lane fish fry.
When: Sun 11am-3.30pm
Where: 36 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PG
What: The much larger successor to now-closed Smoking Goat in Soho keeps true to the original with affordable Thai barbecue and seafood. From the new breakfast menu, that means cured Tamworth jowl and fried eggs roti, crispy wild mussel and beansprout omelette with house Sriracha, and brisket burnt ends gravy noodles. Wash it down with Vietnamese-style coffee or Thai-style Bloody Mary.
Where: 64 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Not in the mood to try something new? These quality chains in Shoreditch will all do you a banging brunch…
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