How do you like your eggs in the morning? Whether poached and served with a side of avocado, slathered in Hollandaise sauce or scrambled and topped with Oscietra caviar, London’s restaurants never fail to deliver. With a thriving brunch scene to rival that of New York and Melbourne, the capital is home to some excellent breakfast and brunch menus that cater to every taste, from decadent diners craving truffle and caviar-infused eggs to purists seeking a staple fry-up. Read on for our pick of the best brunches in London.
Putting a Spanish spin on brunch, Dani García’s Shoreditch outpost Bibo brings all the flavour and revelry of a fiesta. Served 11am to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday, highlights include golden paella with fried eggs and cecina, fried chicken brioche with ras el hanout mayonnaise and tomato, eggs Benedict with jamón ibérico, and for those with a sweet tooth, the decadent caramelised torrija with blueberry compote and vanilla ice cream. For larger groups, García has conceived a mighty XXL Tortilla, fit for eight to ten people and consisting of 60 eggs and a hefty 3kg of potatoes. Available only via pre-order 48 hours in advance, the dish is served with padron peppers, chistorra al infierno, piparras, brava sauce, alioli, bread and picos. Post-brunch siestas are optional, though highly recommended.
At £85 a pop, Claridge’s scrambled eggs ‘en brioche’ with Oscietra caviar is certainly one of the more expensive brunch dishes in the capital. If breakfast is too early for fish eggs in your book, the hotel’s extensive brunch menu, which is served in The Foyer & Reading Room from 7-11am Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sunday, has plenty of other dishes to choose from. There’s eggs Benedict or Royale served with Périgord truffle, French toast with hazelnut chocolate, and buttermilk pancakes, to name a few, as well as a range of set breakfasts featuring dishes hailing from all corners of the globe — from England and Japan to the Middle East.
Brook Street, W1K, claridges.co.uk
Brunch at Mayfair’s Coya might just be the most energetic early-afternoon knees-up in London. Brunch bookings at the award-winning Peruvian restaurant open from midday and last until 4pm (although the unlimited Veuve Clicquot runs out at 3pm). The experience costs £150 per person but offers far more than runny eggs on muffins. Alongside contemporary South American dishes, including Arroz Nikkei made with Chilean sea bass, rice, lime and chilli, and Angosto Picante with sirloin, crispy shallots, aji limo and star anise, expect live entertainment in the form of Latin dancers and a resident DJ. How you sustain the tempo into the evening is up to you.
118 Piccadilly, W1J, coyarestaurant.com
Dishoom, across London
It takes a brave chef to revamp the traditional bacon butty, but Dishoom’s Naved Nasir has done so to much acclaim. While the restaurant’s signature black daal is the focal point of its all day menu, the bacon naan roll, topped with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs, plays a star role in its breakfast offering, which is served from 8am until 11.45am on weekdays and from 9am on weekends. The rest of the menu follows a similar style, with traditional breakfast dishes given a Bombay-inspired twist; think omelettes served with chopped tomato, onion, green chilli and cheese, fried eggs on chilli cheese toast, and Medjool date and banana porridge.
Across London, dishoom.com
Duck & Waffle, City of London
Prior to London being plunged into lockdown, Duck & Waffle was serving its popular brunch menu seven days a week. The menu is back, but currently only available between 6am and 4.30pm on Saturday and Sundays – which still gives you plenty of time to sample some of the destination restaurant’s signature dishes. Highlights include bacon-wrapped dates (we’re huge fans), spicy ox cheek doughnuts, duck Benedict and the eponymous duck and waffle (a crispy leg confit served with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup). Best brunch in London? It’s certainly up there (on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, like you didn’t already know).
110 Bishopsgate, EC2N, duckandwaffle.com
Four Seasons Hotel London, Park Lane
Those looking for brunch with a side of opulence can expect just that at Amaranto, the Four Seasons Hotel’s acclaimed Italian restaurant. Served every Sunday between 12pm and 3pm, the extensive brunch menu features something to please every member of your party, from signature staples, such as eggs royale with Acipenser caviar and fluffy buttermilk pancakes, to unexpected favourites including octopus carpaccio, lobster linguine and smoked duck salad. Elsewhere, sharing options consist of an impressive seafood platter and a decadent apple tarte tatin for two. Wash it all down with lashings of Dom Pérignon, or opt for the cold brew espresso negroni to put some extra pep in your step.
Granger & Co., across London
Bill Granger’s tasty brunch dishes are loved the world over, finding fans first in Australia, where he opened his first restaurant, Bill’s, and later across the globe, with the UK outposts of Granger & Co. serving an informal menu of breakfast and all-day dishes in Chelsea, Notting Hill, King’s Cross and Clerkenwell. Visit for brunch before 12pm to sample signature dishes such as ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, toasted coconut bread, and sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon.
Across London, grangerandco.com
Offering the fresh, bold flavours typical of a Yotam Ottolenghi menu, brunch at the chef’s spacious Spitalfields location does not disappoint. Served daily until 12pm, or 1pm on Sundays, expect brunch classics imbued with Ottolenghi’s signature Middle Eastern flair, alongside a plethora of freshly baked pastries and breads. Standout dishes include the shakshuka-braised eggs with piquante tomato sauce and smoked labneh, porridge with roasted rhubarb and the infamous scrambled tofu with grated tomato and confit garlic – a true star of London’s buzzing brunch scene.
Another Peruvian restaurant delivering bold South American flavours and a party atmosphere, Pachamama prides itself on using the best British ingredients and housing one of the capital’s best-stocked Pisco bars. Brunch is served from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays and features a waffle menu including options with peanut butter, grilled plantain, cacao nibs and coconut, and Peruvian chocolate, toasted quinoa ice cream and cacao crumbs. Alternatively, there’s beetroot-cured smoked salmon, and sea bream tiradito with purple cauliflower. For £27.50 per person, a couple can enjoy a tasting menu of four small plates, plus sweet and savoury waffle dishes to share. It’s £24 per person for unlimited prosecco.
18 Thayer Street, W1U, pachamamalondon.com
The Parlour at Sketch, Mayfair
With its zany prints and neon signs, The Parlour at Sketch feels more appropriate for cocktails than it does brunch, but its menu of breakfast dishes, served daily until 11am, suggests otherwise. The focus here is on eggs, and you can have yours in six different ways, including scrambled and served with feta cheese and sourdough bread, poached with streaky bacon and Hollandaise sauce or tempura with avocado, asparagus and ‘Sketchup’. There’s also a selection of pastries and sweeter dishes, such as waffles, acai bowls and fruit salads.
9 Conduit Street, sketch.london
Inspired by the 2,000-mile migration of its namesake bird, Stork has launched the capital’s first brunch dedicated entirely to pan-African cuisine. Showcasing classic dishes, cooked with an African twist, the imaginative brunch menu is available between 11.30am and 3pm every weekend. Paying homage to the migration of African culinary inspiration to nearly every continent in the world via fabulous food and contemporary art, expect plantain waffles with crispy corn-fed chicken and fermented chilli, Zambian Vitumbua pancakes, and brunch crowd-pleaser smashed avocado on toast, served with grilled sardines, heirloom tomatoes and scotch bonnet salsa.
Sumosan Twiga, Chelsea
The brunch offering at upmarket, Japanese-Italian party-restaurant Sumosan Twiga is certainly international. Every Saturday, between 12pm and 4pm, the restaurant’s Uptown brunch sees dancers, international bands and DJs provide a vibrant backdrop to a £150 set menu that includes miso marinated Alaskan black cod, salmon tiradito with kumquat, daikon and pickled aji amarillo, and bottarga tortelloni with ricotta, lemon and roe mullet egg. Drinks are bottomless, of course, and comprise of the regulars – champagne, wine, beer – and a selection of inventive cocktails that put a welcome twist on the classics. Think: sake mules, praline espresso martinis and Tommy’s rosolios. Plan for an earlier night or one mother of a hangover come Sunday morning.
165 Sloane Street, SW1X, sumosantwigalondon.com