Brunch spots in London that I love

London brunch spots that I love

I am a brunch fiend. When you ask what plans I have for the weekend I will inevitably just give you names of cafes. I have so many to recommend that I was starting to stress myself out about all the posts I had to write, so instead I thought I would just do a roundup of some of  my current favorites.

Enjoy!

The brunch train is always moving in London, this post was originally published on May 4th 2015 and has most recently been updated in April 2016.

xx

Sunday Cafe

Sunday Cafe London

Y’all know my usual policy on queuing up for food in London, so you know Sunday must be good since I waited for half an hour outside IN WINTER  to taste the delectable brunch. Keep an eye out on their Instagram for their latest menu (it changes every weekend), but think brunch classics all with a mouth watering twist. Well worth the wait.

 

Flotsam and Jetsam

Flotsam and Jetsam

I Instagram stalked these guys for AGES. A neighborhood cafe that puts so much care into their dishes that it feels like you are at a Zone 1 restaurant. Think innovative flavours and ‘can’t help but photograph’ plating, like the eggs benedict with a espresso brown butter hollandaise.

 

Milk

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Milk in Balham is one of the most Instagrammed brunch places in London. They have a pretty innovative menu, but it is the ‘pancake of the day’ specials that are the real star. When I went (photo above) it was lime, marshmallow and hobnob pancakes that caught my eye and then made me weep tears of food joy. Very popular, but if you are lucky you can snag a table outside in the sunshine.

 

Granger and Co.

Granger and Co pancakes

I have dreams about Granger and Co. ricotta pancakes, DREAMS. They are topped with a ridiculously good honeycomb butter and might just change your life. Granger and Co is stupidly popular (word about the butter has got out) but if you turn up at 10am you should get a table straight away, half an hour later and you will be queuing in the rain.

 

Story Coffee

Story Coffee Clapham

Sitting at the top of that damn hill in Clapham, Story Coffee is that moment of calm in your day. I was at first a little alarmed at how healthy their pancakes sounded (quinoa pancakes with whipped ricotta, apple and toasted coconut) but blow me down they were good.

 

Friends of Ours

Friends of ours hoxton

Another neighbourhood cafe that just kicks ass. The menu is classic brunch options with unique flavours thrown in to liven up your weekend (beautiful colours on the plate too). Well worth putting up with the high hipster content.

 

Modern Pantry (Finsbury Square)

Modern Pantry Waffles

This is a grown up brunch spot, think hushed waiters and you can actually book. Lets be honest, it was the booking aspect that first grabbed me (I like knowing that I can actually get a seat) but it was the waffles that has kept me coming back every time. Oh those waffles, the waffles of kings – savory and sweet at the same time and made from dates, feta, sweetcorn and spring onion…excuse me while I drool.

 

Grounded Coffee Company

Grounded Coffee Company

A good traditional ‘Aussie’ style cafe (I don’t actually know if they are owned by Aussies or not, its just the vibe), consistently good coffee and poached eggs. Only downside is the lack of bacon on the menu.

 

Blixen

Blixen London

I think I need some sort of affiliate scheme for Blixen because I recommend so many people to go there. Again its a cafe that you can book (thank the lord), and has very colonial decor. The staff are always lovely and are willing to cater to my consistent demand to swap out the spinach for avocado on the poached egg potato rosti – cheers team.

 

Brickwood Coffee

Brickwood Coffee

A firm south of the river favorite, Brickwood is always buzzing. I would recommend going in summer when you can sit outside in their courtyard and take your time over their full on brunch options.

 

Hubbard and Bell

Hubbard and Bell

This is the resident restaurant of the Hoxton Hotel in Holborn. It might just be the day I visited but they were super chilled out and happy for me to sit and blog while drinking endless rounds of coffee. Nice addition is the light options (like the ricotta honey and mint toast above) alongside the traditional brunch so their is something for everyone. I like this place so much I am actually considering staying in the hotel for a night just so I can wake up to Hubbard and Bell.

 

London Grind

London Grind

This is the best boozy brunch place of them all. First its amazing that you can book (a rarity in London), second the location in London Bridge means that almost anyone can get there no matter what tubes are down for the weekend and lastly…Flat White Russians. Yes you heard me, flat white cocktails. Unlike most boozy brunch places that just go for unlimited (and mostly watered down) prosecco, Grind is all about those coffee cocktails. Brunch, drink and be merry.

 

Lantana

Lantana Corn Fritters

BEST CORN FRITTERS IN LONDON. Very Australian cafe with consistently good food, I should know I’ve had their corn fritters once every couple of months for the last two years. Oh and they do proper fatty streaky bacon #swoon.

 

Hoi Polloi

Hoi Polloi Ace Hotel

This is the center of all that is hipster in London, the Ace Hotel. But once you get through the Apple powered, beard drenched lobby and into the Mad Men style Hoi Polloi restaurant all is forgiven. When we sat down for a late Sunday brunch the cello quartet was playing a Madonna remix, the perfect ironic background to the cocktails and pancakes we scoffed feeling like the girls from Sex in the City.

 

Attendant Coffee

Attendant Cafe Brunch

This cafe is a sister to Attendant Coffee, the cafe in an old Victorian bathroom. Supersized and in the heart of Shortditch this cafe has space for brunchers and coffee drinkers alike. Their corn fritters were a bit anemic (more like pancakes with corn in, rather than a true fritter) but the flavours were Oh My God incredible, so I wouldn’t hesitate on a return visit.

 

Holborn Dining Room

Holborn Dining Room

Now this place is old school brasserie in London, the kind of joint you would take a mobsters parents when you were trying to impress. A bit fancier than your standard brunch (it is based in the Rosewood hotel after all) but the service is 5 star impeccable. What I was most shocked by is that we were there for two hours and they were totally chill and didn’t even try to push us out. I liked that they offered a half size eggs benedict option which meant I could indulge in the goats curd and pomegranate as well.

 

Workshop Coffee Company

Workshop Coffee Brunch

 

Workshop is some of the best coffee in London and their brunch is of a similar high standard. My only advice is to avoid the corn fritters, its like they deep fry them which gives a weird crunchy outer – probably fine as long as you are not a kiwi purist. Very cool branding (love the diamond), well designed cafe, high sharing tables and very buzzy.

 

Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle Full Elvis

Not just a fancy feast, you can actually get in and out for under £10 if you order correctly. Its a great place to go if you need to clear your head and get some perspective on London, and the amazing food helps as well. I’ve tried a few things off the brunch menu and by far the namesake Duck and Waffle is my favorite (the full Elvis was just a little too much for me).

 

Embassy East

Embassy East Brunch

A lovely neighborhood cafe (makes me wish I lived in the neighborhood!) that does all the brunch classics exactly how they should be. They also have a great selection of toasted sandwiches, you know a place was started by kiwis when you get a toasty! Spot on coffee and a place I will be heading to time and time again.

 

Trade

Trade Cholla Roll

Raaa I love this place. Mostly because they will give me a bacon roll with a poached egg on top at any time of the day, but also because of the ever changing salads and sunny garden out the back. If you go you have to save room for their salted caramel brownie, so so good.

 

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Bourne and Hollingsworth Building London

B&H inside is all white with tropical fabrics, and a bar that you can brunch at if you are on your own. I love that their big breakfast is mix and match (so you get the bits you like), the drop scones with different toppings, and of course a gin and earl grey breakfast cocktail.

 

Caravan Kings Cross

Caravan Kings Cross

If you want somewhere to spend five hours and graduate from flat whites to espresso martinis then Caravan is the place to be. Generally hopeless service (I think its just because there are SO many tables, they can’t be that attentive) but damn good food. And that it is close to Kings Cross which is convenient for everyone is a bonus.

 

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28 Comments

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:29 pm

      Thanks Em! #addict

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:29 pm

      Woohoo! Tweet me and we can brunch!

  1. May 5, 2015 / 10:03 am

    those corn fritters tho … i used to be all about the eggs benedict/royale and now i’m allllllll over the corn fritters.

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      And that is because you are a kiwi at heart and therefore AWESOME

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  2. May 5, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    such a mouthwatering post!!! I’ve been to 4 of these places & you’re so right- Breakfast club just has to be on there! 🙂 I shall be endeavouring to go to all of the other places! Thanks for sorting my bruch bucket list for the next few months! 😉 Danielle x

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Hehe I apologise in advance for the hours, £’s and calories!

  3. May 5, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Cello quartet playing madonna remixes? I love Shoreditch but that’s when it goes over the top 😉

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      AND ALL THE PLAYERS HAD BEARDS

  4. May 6, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    I absolutely love Duck & Waffle! Have you been to The Modern Pantry?! It is one of my favorites in London xo

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      I’ve only done afternoon tea at modern pantry – I will try out the brunch!

  5. May 8, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Brunch and breakfast are the greatest invention. Right after soap and internet. I could do this everyday of the week. With friends or by myself. For hours.
    That should be a job, no?

    Yvonne

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Oh god, brunch or Internet?!?!? Now that is a debate that I don’t know the answer to!

  6. May 8, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    I LOVE brunch so this has been bookmarked. I haven’t visited most of these yet – too shameful! One that’s missing from this list which I absolutely love is Balthazar. Have you been?

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:23 pm

      Ooooo I haven’t, I will check it out!

  7. May 10, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    You have a very good list here! I like Bill’s for the next door brunch, Breakfast club for the american choices ahhh those pancakes. Duck & Waffle the best view! I need to try all the others

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:22 pm

      Love the breakfast club pancakes! Particularly the berry one with that cream on top!

  8. May 17, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    That avocado photo has me weak at the knees!

    • runawaykiwi@gmail.com
      May 31, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      I will do many things for avocado….

  9. January 27, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    That French Toast at Sunday Cafe looks to die for!!! I need to go with you. I basically need to follow you around like a puppy. Not that I dont’ already do that. I really, really liked Blixen. The service was a little slow when I was there, but my burger was heavenly. Let’s go for brunch?!?! It’s perfectly located between us.

    I hate, hate, hate Breakfast Club. Hate. Bleurgh. That’s the only one where we’ll differ on opinion!

  10. January 27, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Oh, I shouldn’t be reading this when I’m hungry…. We should plan our next brunch date soon!

  11. January 27, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Embassy East will be the next place I try, the name keeps coming up whenever I politely complain about yet another average, or inconsistent, coffee. Speaking of, I had hopes of London Grind as my go to coffee diversion after the semi-regular occurrence of just missing the 48… but my first experience was mixed: the service was slow, and I was stressing about missing the next bus as the person making the coffee was perfecting the pattern to the last drop, yet, the coffee was average. I was unsure about going back, but given your experience I may give them another shot! I left seeing the potential but also felt underwhelmed. Thanks for the brunch ideas!

  12. April 28, 2016 / 5:44 am

    Yummy, I love brunch and loved all your recommendation which you post in your article. Thanks you so much for sharing lovely and delicious article.

  13. Alex
    January 21, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Hi, it would be great if you gave the address or at least area for each of these awesome brunch spots.