Brunch has become the most important weekend meal. It provides the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, or to sit quietly on your own with the newspaper. In either case, it improves your quality of life.
From the former chef at The Providores, Caravan offers a weekend brunch menu to rival any in London. In a relaxed and effortlessly cool setting on Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, the New Zealand-influenced restaurant has its own coffee roaster, so flat whites are very popular too.
Although more widely known for being one of London’s best steakhouses, Hawksmoor is fast becoming renowned for its weekend brunch menu, offering a mammoth Hawksmoor Full English for two people to share, and roast beef with all the trimmings available on Sundays.
Serving fine Italian food from the morning until the early hours, Cecconi’s is a perfect spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch and a great way to break up a day’s shopping on nearby Bond Street. Cecconi’s is fun and glamorous, with a real buzz about the place. And Prosecco on tap is never a bad thing.
The Wolseley has maintained its place as one of London’s chicest destination for breakfast, with businessmen and fashionistas flocking there for the grand dining room and people watching.
Housed in the Tea Building, adjacent to Shoreditch House, Pizza East forms part of the Soho House Group, where the vibe is a cool mix of American and Italian. While the menu focuses on pizzas, including a full English breakfast pizza, the menu does offer more traditional brunch items as well.
Described as an 'American brasserie', Automat has been a huge hit since it opened on Dover Street in Mayfair. The menu features all the classic American dishes in a relaxed but hip setting.
Dean Street Townhouse serves classic British cuisine all day long. The weekend brunch menu offers a full range of breakfast classics, as well as a traditional Sunday roast. The pitchers of Bloody Mary are always popular too!
A Primrose Hill institution, the Engineer can do little wrong for the regulars who flock there, and with the added benefit of a back garden, it's an ideal spot for long summer brunches.
Fifteen London is the flagship of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen group, which aims to give opportunities to disadvantaged youngsters. An emphasis is placed on making everything in-house, and particular praise must be given to the homemade jam, which alone is a reason for visiting. For one month, from March 18, Fifteen will be offering homemade hot cross buns with rhubarb jam.
A short stroll from Regents Park you’ll find Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany, housed in a converted coaching inn. After brunch, you can visit the adjoining deli, Nonna’s, to purchase items to take home with you. Or you could check in to one of the bedrooms in the hotel upstairs.
London’s top hotels are also well known for their brunch offerings, including Helene Darroze’s Champagne brunch at The Connaught, and the new St. John Hotel on Leicester Square, which is guaranteed to be a winner with its 'Breakfast Buns'.
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