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…
Step into summer at one of London’s hottest new rooftop restaurants, Cavo, and enjoy its Mediterranean Seafood and Sangria Brunch with views across Tottenham Court Road and Soho. Offering a five-course selection of exquisite seafood, paired with a fruity carafe of sangria, pick from a tartare selection of red snapper, Spanish mackerel and Mazara prawns, followed by salt cod croquettes and octopus stew. Leave room for Cavo’s signature main course: the seafood platter, featuring langoustine, lobster tail, oysters, razor clams, Mazara prawns and mussels, served with mignonette, burnt garlic and, citronette. Served every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm.
The Now Building, Outernet, Denmark Street, WC2H 0LA, visit cavorestaurant.com
Bamboo Mat, Stratford
East London’s newest sushi restaurant is also home to one of the capital’s best bottomless brunches. Set on a charming piazza on the former Olympic Park, and boasting Parisian-style al fresco dining, the brunch here is a celebration of shared feasts with something to please even the pickiest eater. Nikkei, or Asian-Peruvian fusion, is the specialty here so expect a parade of delectable small plates including seabass ceviche, pork belly bao buns, salmon avocado maki and a selection of nigiri. Served every Saturday and Sunday, a vegetarian menu is also on offer while the whole affair is accompanied by unlimited prosecco, sauvignon blanc, Hugo Spritz or non-alcoholic cocktails for 90 minutes.
21-24 Victory Parade, E20 1FS, bamboo-mat.co.uk
M Canary Wharf
Just in time for summer, kick start your weekend and celebrate in style with M Canary Wharf’s St Tropez-inspired brunch. Taking place every Saturday from 12-3pm, indulge in two sweet and savoury courses – from croque madame and entrecôte steak to crêpes Suzette – paired with free-flowing Mirabeau rosé and gin cocktails. With the sun shining, DJs on the decks and brunch next to the river, we're sure you'll feel as if you were on the French Riviera...
Unit 10, Newfoundland Place, E14 4BH, visit mrestaurants.co.uk
Side Hustle at NoMad London, Covent Garden
NoMad London’s Side Hustle has launched its first weekend brunch menu to bring delicious Latin American-inspired dishes to its vibrant bar. Located inside the impressive Grade II-listed building formerly known as the Bow Street Magistrates' Court and Police Station, the Side Hustle brunch will be available every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2pm. Expect decadent small plates of Chicharrón y Caviar, a fried pork dish with Imperial Oscietra caviar, avocado, jalapeno and yuzu, and encebollado – a fish stew made with yellowfin tuna, aguachile and tostones – before being served larger mains such as the pork belly al pastor, made from corn tortillas and charred pineapple pico de Gallo.
A new addition to the menu is the signature NoMad breakfast burrito featuring eggs, potato, pork carnitas, cheddar and salsa verde. All best enjoyed alongside Mexican cocktails – think classics such as the Paloma or Michelada as well as NoMad specials including Sergeant Pepper made with Avua Prata Cachaça, Altos Blanco Tequila, green pepper, coriander and pineapple. Guaranteed to hit the spot.
Old Police Station Entrance, 28 Bow Street, WC2E 7AW, visit thenomadhotel.com
Cut at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
Cut at 45 Park Lane will be serving a new Beverly Hills Brunch, inspired by executive chef Elliott Grover’s cheffing stint at the 2023 Oscars in Los Angeles earlier this year. Aiming to bring a taste of Californian culture and cuisine to London every Saturday, expect a range of West Coast-inspired delights alongside tempting milkshakes and slushies for a fun and fulfilling brunch experience.
Light bites of spicy tuna tartare cones served alongside smoked salmon blinis kick off proceedings before dishes of beef short rib with a buttermilk waffle, avocado, crème fraiche and pickled vegetables, as well as fruity acai bowls and fluffy pancakes are served. To whet your palate, we recommend you order the strawberry and mint vodka slushy and the frozen Brandy Alexander, or pull out all the stops with a Baileys and Oreo milkshake.
45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN, visit dorchestercollection.com
Park Chinois, Mayfair
One of London’s most opulent Asian restaurants, and home to some of the best dim sum in Mayfair, Park Chinois has relaunched its brunch offering in time for the summer season. From 12-5pm every Saturday, Club Chinois will invite guests to take a seat in its low-lit, plush dining room and enjoy three courses alongside half a bottle of Delamotte champagne. The chef's selection of dim sum is a must while we also recommend the wagyu beef gyoza, steamed sea bass in plum sauce and honey-roasted pork alongside classic egg fried rice and stir-fried kale. To ensure brunch remains as decadent as ever, attentive staff at Park Chinois will also serve caviar bumps on silver trays and look out for the roaming Moulin Rouge cocktail trolley, all enjoyed against a backdrop of live performances and DJ sets that bring the weekend to life.
17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA, visit parkchinois.com
Double Standard, King's Cross
If you like your brunch with a slice of Americana (after all, it is where the trend originated), hot foot it over to Double Standard, the bar and terrace at The Standard hotel. New for spring, the restaurant has launched its Another Bloody Brunch, targeting the Bloody Mary fans among us. Available every Sunday from 12-4pm, the new DIY Bloody Mary station enables guests to create their perfect tomato concoction: choose between a classic vodka, red snapper gin, bloody maria mezcal or a virgin maria and add a mix of five garnishes including gherkins, cherry tomatoes, bacon and celery, seafood delights of prawns, pickled anchovies and lobster claws or cheddar and stilton cheese or a or add an extra kick with a Double Standard hot sauce float. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan, there’s bottomless prosecco too.
Enjoy your homemade cocktail alongside a menu of hearty comforting classics, including buttermilk chicken and waffles with crispy bacon, maple syrup and chicken fat butter; short rib mac and cheese; baby back pork ribs with barbeque sauce and jalapeno slaw. If you’d rather a traditional British breakfast opt for The Standard’s full English or eggs Benedict, royale or Florentine served with a sriracha hollandaise.
10 Argyle Street, WC1H 8EG, visit standardhotels.com
Gaucho, across London
Paying homage to the restaurant’s South American roots, the new Gaucho brunch will comprise a menu of signature breakfast staples sprinkled with modern Latin twists, accompanied by 90 minutes of free-flowing drinks to be enjoyed against a backdrop of saucy, samba beats. Available every Saturday from 11am-4pm at Gaucho outposts, from Piccadilly to Tower Bridge, bottomless brunches begin with a fruity cocktail or two — think passion fruit martinis, citrus negronis and Aperol Spritzes — or choose from a range of beers and wines, with an Argentine sparkling wine on offer too.
Then, tuck into a free-flowing selection of South American-inspired starters to share, such as Argentinian sausages, prawn tostadas, empanadas and zingy beetroot ceviche. Main courses include the signature marinated churrasco de cuadrill or make a beeline for the hearty brunch burger. Not for the faint-hearted, this burger is made with 100 per cent Argentine steak, topped with cherry tomato jam, Portobello mushrooms, an egg and streaky bacon, all loaded into a fluffy brioche bun and served with chips or salad.
The Aubrey, Knightsbridge
Styling itself as an 'eccentric izakaya', the Japanese version of a Spanish tapas bar or Venetian cicchetti, The Aubrey is the perfect place for those who love nothing better than to linger over small plates of delectable Asian fare. Located on the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, between Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, its bottomless brunch offers a truly expansive selection with dishes delivered in waves across multiple courses. Highlights include Irish oysters, prawn sando, Tokyo eggs royale, matcha pancakes and tempura platters. Wash it all down with bottomless Akashi Tai Honjoso Kuro Sake, Minuty rosé or The Aubrey's own Brut Cuvée champagne and consider yourself thoroughly inducted in the art of Japanese cuisine. Served from 12-3.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA, visit mandarinoriental.com
Quaglinos, St James's
Nothing beats dinner and show. Except, perhaps, bottomless brunch and show. That is exactly what Quaglino's is serving up with its ever-popular Champagne Brunch. Held every Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm, two- or three-course options include brunch classics, such as eggs florentine and buttermilk pancakes, alongside substantial dishes including roasted ballotine of Guinea fowl, Quaglino's brunch burger and an enticing dessert list. The whole event is soundtracked by live music, or classics spun by Quaglino's in-house DJ, creating a party atmosphere that will keep you going all day long.
16 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AJ, visit quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk
Shangri-La at The Shard, Southwark
Celebrating a special occasion? Few bottomless brunches come more sophisticated than those 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 crab crumpets and soy-glazed before choosing from a menu of mains featuring sweet and sour tiger prawns, Malaysian fried rice and roasted butternut squash. Finish with an elegant dessert platter of mango and coconut sago pudding. Served every Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm.
31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU, visit skylounge-shangrila.com
Flesh & Buns, across London
Offered at its two London locations in Covent Garden (Sunday only) and Oxford Circus (Saturday & Sunday), brunch and Japanese restaurant group Flesh & Buns is another eatery that allows for wide roaming across the menu. Diners are asked to choose three small dishes, from a selection that includes Korean fried wings, seafood ceviche and salmon avocado rolls, alongside a 'flesh'; a main protein served with steamed buns, shiso and salad. Choices include crispy duck leg, piglet belly, Portobello mushrooms and half a spatchcock chicken, while the whole affair is accompanied by free-flowing prosecco, red or white wine.
Rake's, Liverpool Street
Located just minutes from Liverpool Station, Rake's is a favourite with the 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. Every Saturday from 12-4pm, The Scandal Brunch invites guests to let their hair down with a menu of indulgent brunch dishes — think pecan waffles, truffle ham and cheese toastie and panko chicken burger — alongside bottomless drinks where you can mix-and-match cocktails and prosecco.
40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN, visit rakescafebar.co.uk
Descend the sweeping staircase of Nobu Shoreditch to the lower-ground restaurant and load up on unlimited self-serve sushi, alongside main dishes including tiger shrimp tempura, salmon teriyaki, nasu miso and scrambled egg donburi. Bottomless tipples include prosecco, Asahi beer and a zesty lychee and elderflower cooler. With live DJs, this is a relaxed and value-for-money Nobu experience served every Saturday from 12-3pm, amid stylish interiors that marry low-key Asian opulence with Shoreditch chic.
10-50 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH, visit nobushoreditch.com
Mr Bao, Peckham
Mr Bao is a pocket-sized Peckham pleasure serving namesake fluffy steamed Bao buns alongside Taiwanese-style small plates. On weekends from 11am-4.30pm, enjoy brunch bao options including bacon, beef brisket, smoked salmon, onsen egg and furikake or ‘The Drunken Prawn’, with marinated prawns, pickled mooli and spiced spring onions. The perfectly formed menu is served with bottomless saké-based cocktails, including a fruity lychee twist on the classic daiquiri. The lively atmosphere is bolstered by a banging, Beyoncé-filled soundtrack and the friendliest service in London.
293 Rye Lane, SE15 4UA, visit mrbao.co.uk
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 12-5pm at weekends for a contemporary Indian twist on brunch, including goat belly vindaloo samosas, Konkani coast masala scallops, beef shin and bone marrow biryani and Indo-Chinese chilli paneer lettuce cups. For £25, you can add free-flowing prosecco, Cobra lager and palomas. Key sporting events are shown on large screens, while the outside terrace can hold up to 34 guests.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR, visit brigadierslondon.com
Shackfuyu, part of the Bone Daddies group, serves unlimited prosecco and small plates (think seared salmon sashimi, Korean fried 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 chilli teriyaki or Iberico pork pluma with spring onion and black pepper miso. Served from 12-7pm every Sunday.
14A Old Compton Street, W1D 4TJ, visit bonedaddies.com
Sea Containers, Southbank
There's no better way to start a weekend than by sinking into a plush velvet seat at Sea Containers, the super-sized dining room of the five-star hotel of the same name, overlooking the Southbank. Tuck into all-day brunch dishes including crab on sourdough with avocado, shakshuka and mac and cheese with pulled pork. 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.
20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD, visit seacontainerslondon.com