Brunch is big business in London, cited by many as their favourite meal of the week. This popular portmanteau is the best of both worlds, bringing together breakfast and lunch in leisurely, delicious harmony for a meal that lasts all afternoon.
30 May 2018
1. Fucina, Marylebone (all weekend)
Mamma Mia, there is a mouth-watering weekend menu at Fucina in Marylebone. Tuck into a bounty of generous Italian dishes, from antipasti and pizza to fresh pasta with slow cooked beef ragù or ricotta and spinach. For an additional £20 per person, you can enjoy bottomless drinks including Aperol Spritz, Disaronno-based or Tia Maria cocktails, Italian beers, prosecco and wine.
Price: £20 for bottomless drinks Time: 12-11pm Address: 26 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5QY, 020 7058 4444 Website: fucina.co.uk
2. NOBU Shoreditch (all weekend)
Descend the sweeping staircase of Nobu Shoreditch to the lower-ground restaurant and load up on unlimited self-serve sushi, alongside hot and cold sharing dishes including Japanese beef curry, tiger prawns, pan seared salmon and razor-sharp salads. Bottomless tipples include prosecco, Aperol spritz and a zesty lychee and elderflower martini. With live DJs, this is a relaxed and value-for-money Nobu experience, amid stylish interiors that marry low-key Asian opulence with Shoreditch chic.
Price: £45 per person, excluding drinks; £75 for bottomless Time: 11.30am-3pm Saturday and Sunday Address: 10-50 Willow Street, London EC2A 4BH 020 7683 1200 Website: nobushoreditch.com
3. Mr Bao, Peckham & Tooting (all weekend)
Mr Bao is a pocket-sized pleasure, with outposts in Peckham and Tooting. The charming restaurant serves namesake fluffy steamed Bao buns alongside Taiwanese-style small plates. On weekends, enjoy brunch bao options including mushrooms, wilted spinach and free-range egg or ‘The Full Taiwanese’, with sausage, spring onion pancakes and crisp smoked bacon. The perfectly formed menu is served with bottomless saké-based cocktails, including a fiery twist on the requisite Bloody Mary. The lively atmosphere is bolstered by a banging, Beyoncé-filled soundtrack and the friendliest service in SE London.
Price: £16 for an hour of bottomless cocktails Time: 11am-4pm Address: 293 Rye Lane, London SE15 4UA, 020 7635 0325 Website: mrbao.co.uk
4. Brigadiers, City of London (Sunday)
Brigadiers is an Indian barbecue restaurant within the newly developed Bloomberg Arcade, a modern dining concept in the City. Head here on Sundays for an Indian twist on the traditional Sunday roast, serving dry tandoori masala steak; wood-roasted Goan pork and roast cauliflower gobhi biryani, with a host of sizzling sides. For £15, you can add free-flowing prosecco, Brigadiers lager or a signature tequila-based cocktail. Key sporting events are shown on large screens, while the outside terrace can hold up to 34 guests.
Price: A 3-course barbecue roast is priced at £30 per person; £15 extra for bottomless Time: 12-9pm (2 hour bottomless window) Address: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, 020 3319 8140 Website: brigadierslondon.com
5. Bad Egg, Moorgate (Friday)
Bad Egg – from Noble Inns, the people behind Smokehouse, The Pig and Butcher and The Princess of Shoreditch – puts the fun into brunch with its bottomless ‘Frunch, otherwise known as a late Friday afternoon bottomless feast, from 2.30pm-11pm. Choose your poison - from a boozy slushie, prosecco or mimosa and take your pick between the Frunch menu of indulgent mains, with burgers, a mac and cheese bun and pulled pork and kimchi hash among options. On weekends Bad Egg delights with breakfast tacos and guacamole and poached egg on toast, available with free-flowing prosecco, Bloody Mary or mimosa cocktails. Dishes are served with a signature soundtrack of old skool hip-hop, reggae and ska.
Price: £32 for two hours of bottomless drinks Time: 2.30pm-11pm Address: Bad Egg, City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW, 020 3006 6222 Website: badegg.london
6. KuPP, Paddington (all weekend)
At KuPP, enjoy a Scandi-style brunch with unlimited smörgasbord refills and spice-infused cocktails or beer. Choose between an entirely vegetarian selection of bites; a Nordic fish platter or two meaty spreads, all of which are available with bottomless concoctions or unlimited Czech Pilsner Krusovice. KuPP is set alongside the canal in Paddington Basin, a newly thriving social space, with Pergola Paddington Central located within easy staggering distance.
Price: From £30 for 90 minutes of bottomless drinks Time: 12-5pm Address: 53, 5 Merchant Square, London W2 1AS, 020 7262 8618 Website: kupp.co
7. Shackfuyu, Soho (Sunday)
Shackfuyu, part of the Bone Daddies group, serves unlimited prosecco and small plates on Sundays, plus the option of one larger dish from the menu and a welcome yuzu kosho bloody mary cocktail on arrival. Highlights include grilled salmon fillet with yuzu miso or Iberico pork pluma with spring onion and black pepper miso.
Price: £39 per person Time: 12-10pm Address: Shackfuyu, 14A Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4TJ; 020 7734 7492 Website: bonedaddies.com
8. Villandry St James’s (all weekend)
Toast the weekend with bottomless champagne at Villandry St James’s, the Mediterranean restaurant housed in a lofty Edwardian dining room on Waterloo Place. Fresh pastries are followed by brunch options including courgette and sweetcorn fritters with poached eggs; halloumi burgers and stacked pancakes, dripping with either streaky bacon and maple syrup or berries and Chantilly cream. Guests can add free-flowing prosecco, champagne or Bloody Mary cocktails.
Price: From £25 per person, £15 extra for bottomless prosecco and cocktails or £25 extra for bottomless champagne Time: Saturday 10.30am-4pm; Sunday 12-10pm Address: 12 Waterloo Place, St. James's, London SW1Y 4AU, 020 7930 3305 Website: villandry.com
9. Sea Containers at Mondrian London, Southbank (all weekend)
Sink into a plush velvet seat at Sea Containers, the super-sized dining room of the five-star Mondrian hotel, which overlooks the Southbank. Tuck into all-day brunch dishes including benedict flatbread with roast ham and baby spinach; quinoa salad with avocado foam and slow-cooked beef sandwich, served with fries. Enjoy free-flowing prosecco or bloody mary, bellini and mimosa cocktails, plus live music on Sundays. A yellow submarine hangs above the Tom Dixon-designed bar as an ode to the building's maritime history.
Price: Bottomless drinks for £18 extra Time: 12-4pm Address: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD Website: morganshotelgroup.com