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.
At £85 a pop, Claridge’s scrambled eggs ‘en brioche’ with Oscietra caviar is certainly one of the more expensive brunch dishes we’ve come across 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 7am until 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 Lomo de Res with spicy beef, 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
It takes a brave chef to revamp the traditional bacon butty, but Dishoom’s Naved Nasir has done so with much success. 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.
4 Derry Street, W8, dishoom.com
Duck & Waffle
Prior to London being plunged into lockdown, Duck & Waffle was serving its popular brunch menu seven days a week. The menu’s back, but is currently only available between 7am and 5pm on Saturday and Sundays. Which 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
Granger & Co.
Bill Granger’s tasty brunch dishes are loved the world over, finding fans first in Australia, where he opened his first restaurant Bills, and later across the globe, with the UK outpost, 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.
175 Westbourne Grove, W11, grangerandco.com
Offering the fresh, bold flavours typical of a Yotam Ottolenghi restaurant but with an unlikely marble and gold interior, Nopi in Soho is a sophisticated spot for weekend brunch, which is served until 11:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Once you’ve navigated yourself out of the restaurant’s striking mirror maze bathrooms (they’re worthy of a visit alone), tuck into dishes such as Shakshuka-braised eggs with piquante tomato sauce and smoked labneh, brown butter egg salad, and chickpea & herb pancake with rose harrisa tempeh and courgette salad.
21-22 Warwick Street, W1B, ottolenghi.co.uk
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. The waffle menu includes 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 £25 per person, a couple can enjoy a tasting menu of four small plates, a savoury waffle dish to share and a sweet waffle dish to share. It’s £20 per person for unlimited prosecco.
18 Thayer Street, W1U, pachamamalondon.com
The Parlour at Sketch
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 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 is also a selection of pastries and sweeter dishes, such as waffles, acai bowls and fruit salads.
9 Conduit Street, sketch.london
The brunch offering at upmarket, Japanese-Italian party-restaurant Sumosan Twiga is certainly international. Every Saturday, between 1pm and 6pm, the restaurant’s ‘Allegria’ brunch (that’s ‘joy’ in Italian) sees dancers, international bands and DJs provide a backdrop to a £55-per-person, 10-dish tasting menu that includes tagliatelle bolognese and Japanese-style skewered chicken. Between the same time on Sundays, the ‘Marhaba’ brunch (meaning ‘welcome’ in Swahili) serves a similar Italian-Japanese menu but to a backdrop of African-influenced music. Except either an earlier night or a mother of a Monday morning hangover.
165 Sloane Street, SW1X, sumosantwigalondon.com