Whether a lengthy affair enjoyed over the Sunday papers or a raucous event serving as the beginning of a great day out, 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. And how to improve on this already indulgent affair? Throw in unlimited bubbles, cocktails or beer, of course. These are the best bottomless brunches in London...
Quaglinos, St James's
Nothing beats dinner and show. Except, perhaps, bottomless brunch and show. That exactly what Quaglino's is serving up with its ever-popular Q Brunch. Held every Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm, two- or three-course options include brunch classics, such as Eggs florentine and Omelette Arnold Bennett, alongside substantial dishes including white asparagus risotto, Quaglino's brunch burger and an enticing dessert list. The whole event is soundtracked by Quaglino's in-house DJ creating a party atmosphere that will keep you going all day long.
Shangri-La at The Shard, Southwark
Celebrating a special occasion? Few bottomless brunches come more sophisticated than that offered at the Sky Lounge at the Shangri-La. So named for its position on the 34th floor of the Shard, the Sky Lounge's signature Sky Brunch has been created in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot and offers guests 90 minutes of unlimited Yellow Label champagne alongside a mouthwatering brunch menu inspired by the hotel's Far Eastern heritage. Tuck into a range of starters, including won ton soup, salmon maki rolls and siu mai dumplings before vhoosing from a menu of mains featuring crispy shredded beef, Malaysian fried rice and Pad Thai. Finish with an elegant dessert platter of fresh fruit, creme brulee and caramelised pear. Served every Sunday from 12-5.30pm.
Rake's, Liverpool Street
Located just minutes from Liverpool Station, Rake's is a favourite with an out-of-town weekend crowd looking for a good time in London – so expect bottomless brunch here to be a noisy, entertaining affair. Which isn't to say Rake's doesn't take the business of feeding its guests seriously. The brunch menu is a hefty one featuring everything from French toast and homemade waffles to Caprese salad and pesto linguine while the bottomless drinks offering is one of the few to feature a mix and match variety of cocktails, prosecco, house wine and soft drinks.
Crazy Pizza, Marylebone
Pizza might not be the obvious choice for brunch but, equally, is there ever really a bad time for pizza? We thought not. This is especially true when said pizza is accompanied by unlimited bubbles and Crazy Pizza's eclectic take on restaurant service, which includes a resident DJ and chefs who aren't adverse to putting on a show. Served every Saturday from 12-3pm, the Crazy Bubbles brunch menu starts with small paltes of focaccia, mozzarella, baby octopus and garlic and rosemary fries followed by your choice of the restaurant's signature pizzas, including its much lauded Tartufo truffle pizza. Finish up with tiramisu and a mysterious sounding Crazy Cake, all washed down with cocktails, champagne, wine, beer or soft drinks.
Descend the sweeping staircase of Nobu Shoreditch to the lower-ground restaurant and load up on unlimited self-serve sushi, alongside main dishes including Rock shrimp tempura, tiger prawns, roast hicken toban-yaki and truffle parmesan risotto. Bottomless tipples include prosecco, negroni and a zesty lychee and elderflower cooler. 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.
Mr Bao, Peckham, Tooting & Shpeherd's Bush
Mr Bao is a pocket-sized pleasure, with outposts in Peckham, Tooting and Westfield London. 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 London.
Brigadiers, City of London
Brigadiers is an Indian barbecue restaurant within the newly developed Bloomberg Arcade, a modern dining concept in the City. Head here from 12-2pm at weekend for an Indian twist on classic brunch dishes, including the mammoth Full Indian Nashta (Sappers egg, Achari masala sausage pao, black pepper curry leaf bacon chop, tandoori masala tomato, Malai Portobello, Rajma, chaat masala chips, chilli cheese naan, Bhutwa masala black pudding and chutney bonemarrow). For £20, you can add free-flowing sparkling wine, Brigadiers lager or a clementine mimosa. Key sporting events are shown on large screens, while the outside terrace can hold up to 34 guests.
Bad Egg, Moorgate
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 offering which is available all day Saturday and Sunday (meaning you can even go for dinner if you want). Choose your poison - from a Bloody Mary, prosecco or mimosa and take your pick from a menu of indulgent mains, with burger hash, buffalo chicken bowl, pancakes and French toast among options. Dishes are served with a signature soundtrack of old skool hip-hop, reggae and ska.
Shackfuyu, part of the Bone Daddies group, serves unlimited prosecco and small plates (think sashimi, chicken wings and prawn toast), plus the option of one larger dish from the menu and finishing with a dessert of kinako French toast with ice cream. Highlights include grilled salmon fillet with yuzu miso or Iberico pork pluma with spring onion and black pepper miso. Served fromn 12-7pm every Sunday.
Sea Containers, Southbank
There's no better way to start a weekend then by sinkinf into a plush velvet seat at Sea Containers, the super-sized dining room of the five-star hotel of the same name, which overlooks the Southbank. Tuck into all-day brunch dishes including crab on sourdough with avocado, shakshuka and mac and cheese with braised beef. Enjoy free-flowing prosecco, Bloody Mary or Laurent-Perrier champagne, and roasts on Sundays. A yellow submarine hangs above the Tom Dixon-designed bar as an ode to the building's maritime history.