London is home to a great many cuisines. From the rich tapestry of curry houses on Brick Lane to the Michelin star restaurants of West London, if you have a hankering for it, it’s almost certain that somewhere in the city can rustle it up for you.
With the city being the home of many food markets and incredible cuisines, it’s no surprise that the UK capital can cater to all meals of the day, however, hybridised they may be. One of the best ways for guests at central accommodation such as the Lancaster Gate Hotel to really get the most out of the city’s cuisine is through its many breakfast and brunch cafes. Brunch has a glamour to it, a veneer of sociable yet decadent indulgence that fits perfectly with a Sunday afternoon and weekend out in the city.
From bottomless brunch to organically sourced local cuisine, there are plenty of great spots to choose from in London. Below is a variety of eclectic and superior eateries that will undoubtedly hit the spot.
Based in the Covent Garden area of Seven Dials and with branches in Notting Hill and Shoreditch, Redemption throws away the more unhealthy aspects of the full English staples and instead opts for vegetarian, booze and dairy-free options. These include sweetcorn and red pepper pancakes and gourmet mushroom dishes, all incredibly healthy and all mouthwateringly presented.
Riding House Cafe
Based in west London’s Fitzrovia, the Riding House Cafe has a real buzz about it on the weekends. This is no surprise when you take into account its buttermilk pancakes, shakshuka and chorizo hash browns and kale. With such a tantalising menu, it’s no surprise that the Riding House Cafe is one of West London’s weekend hotspots.
Park Grand Lancaster Gate
Why go out when you can stay in? The Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotels bed and breakfast London menu consist of simple, effective staples that give you more than enough choice for a delicious breakfast. From toasted bagels with egg and an assortment of cereals, coffees and juices, the menu is stretched out beyond breakfast with the Park Grand’s unique afternoon tea menus.
Based in Central London’s busy Holborn area, you can find some respite from the commuter hubbub at Roka. With bottomless brunch menus offering unlimited wine refills and a range of brunch savvy sharing dishes, Roka is stylish and slick and promises a Japanese fusion menu that is unlike any other brunch menu out there.
Another Fitzrovia gem, this brunch London dream is a Yotam Ottolenghi founded small plate brunch bar that offers a delightful breakfast menu. With kimchi and fried egg, bacon and za’atar honey and plenty of pancakes, Rovi is high-end brunch cuisine at its best, all housed in the glamorous modern facade in Fitzrovia, from where the restaurant gets its name.
Another Japanese outing for brunch, Shackfuyu on Old Compton Street promises some of the best Anglo-Asian cuisines a restaurant could muster. Part of the Bonedaddies group of London restaurants, this stylish eaterie offers up cauliflower and jalapeno salsa alongside crispy duck, as well grilled salmon and chilli teriyaki, all melding the two cultures into one Soho hotpot with mouthwatering returnability and a bottomless prosecco option to make your brunch liquid.
This hygge Soho bakery is a must for Northern European cuisine and pastry lovers. From your favourite Danish to kottbullar meatballs, this cafe promises some of the best food out there, all wholesome and all lovingly crafted. With Swedish rye bread and smoked salmon with caviar, this is Swedish comfort food at its best.
The Coal Shed
Based in Tower Bridge, this offshoot of the Brighton seaside original is based close to London’s most famous waterway. With Himalayan salt seasoned sirloin steaks, pork belly skewers and maple-cured bacon, there’s plenty of meat to go around, and with its coastal roots, the restaurant puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to seafood. N’duja spiced mussels with fried eggs are of special note, and fully encapsulate what the Coal Shed is all about.
Whilst tacos might not be your first go-to when it comes to breakfast, Oxford Streets Corazon knows how to wake and bake them, and all with tonnes of charm. Cornmeal pancakes, huevos rancheros and drunken black beans lead the way, all from within the spacious, green seated diner nestled in the heart of London.
Chiltern Firehouse is another Marylebone offering, and with all the highly sought after tables for dinner reservations, the brunch menu might just bag you a seat, though a few hours earlier than the celebrity dining that takes place in the evening. With its glitzy interior and gourmet offerings including crab omelettes and avocado tartine, this is delectable and refined brunch dining at the top of its high-priced game.
With chilled vibes and South American cuisine, the Andina restaurant’s bite-sized sibling offers a range of delightful desserts and refreshing treats alongside its revitalising veggie dishes. With a beautiful and intimate terraced seating area, this is one of the best ways to get a taste of Latin America that isn’t a London salsa lesson.
This brunch bar in the commuter heavy Bank district promises a spacious dining area full tot he brim with French patisserie vibes and fine wines to wash the food down with. Whilst Cafe Sou doesn’t harbour a designated brunch menu, it has lunch and breakfast menus that run simultaneously, so it’s up to you to mix and match according to your franco brunchtime tastes.
Bumpkin South Kensington
Another West London staple, Bumpkin is situated in the touristy South Kensington area and so is perfectly suited to the London foodie weekender. With its pub terrace facade, Bumpkin is more than its building and mixes stylish settings with quintessentially British brunch menus. With everyone’s favourite eggs Benedict paired with buttermilk pancakes and even classic fish and chips, this assortment of brunch and lunch bites will make you think twice about the everyday notion of the full English.