Let’s be honest – brunch is a big deal and we take it seriously. From the best pancakes in town to views across London, here’s our pick of London’s best places to brunch!
34 Grosvenor Square, W1K 2HD
This Mayfair institution by Richard Caring is what you’d expect from the man behind the Caprice group – glamorous with impeccable service (which you pay for). The brunch menu is pretty decent but we highly recommend finishing with a plate of banoffee waffles and cream. Oh and if you’re adventurous, the tiger prawns are superb.
6 Russell St, WC2B 5HZ
This New York French Brasserie has crossed the pond and it doesn’t disappoint. The Full English, £15, is well worth every penny. Plus they’ve got an amazing spread of homemade jams, so be sure to order some toast. If you can’t decide, the owner always orders the Spaghetti with Lobster. Tip: Book in advance and ask for seats in their cosy red-leather banquettes.
The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners Street, W1T 3LF
Another Jason Atherton number, Berner’s Tavern in Fitzrovia is a dazzling display of paintings, photographs and ceilings that go on for miles. Breakfast during the week is decently priced (around the £10 mark) and incredibly delicious. Tip: Don’t leave without trying their pancakes served with vanilla cream.
1 Chiltern St, W1U 7PA
Who would’ve thought a former fire station in Marylebone would be the cause of so much hype? If you can get a reservation, Chiltern Firehouse is the place to be. The spiced crab omelet was pretty good but we couldn’t get enough of the french toast served with whipped maple butter. Tip: Reservations are a must unless you’re Gerrard Butler (Yes Ladies, we saw him there.)
Duck and Waffle
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
This place is a must if only for the views, but we dare say the food is well-worth going up 40 floors for (via glass elevator, no less). Order their signature crispy duck confit served with waffle, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. Finish off with a dark chocolate brownie sundae as you watch the City wake up before your eyes.
Granger & Co
175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB
Undoubtedly the most popular restaurant along the Westbourne Grove strip, the never-ending queue outside Granger & Co is not a hype. The scrambled eggs here are possibly the best in the business but let’s not forget the ricotta pancakes too. Tip: They don’t take reservations so be prepared to wait.
Jackson & Rye
56 Wardour Street, W1D 4JG
If you can only order one thing here, it has to be the buttermilk fried chicken. Ridiculously crispy batter that quite literally melts in your mouth – we’re addicted to Jackson & Rye. The truffled mac n’ cheese is great for sharing (though we prefer not to) as are the spiced sweet potato fries. Tip: Don’t bother with the dessert menu.
The Modern Pantry
47-48 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ
The Modern Pantry occupies a rather polished townhouse in Clerkenwell. The menu is inspired by flavours and cuisines from Japan to the Middle East so be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Order the Rendang mince on toast, served with crispy egg and chilli lime dressing. Tip: If you can’t get a seat, grab some pastries from their Pantry, especially their rose muffins.
The Riding House Café
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
An all-day brasserie just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, you can’t go wrong with the Riding House Café. Our standard orders here are chorizo hash brown, buttermilk pancakes and ABC Ginger Juice. Tip: The lounge area is great for casual meetings, pre-dinner drinks and our personal favourite – people watching. Complimentary wifi included.
160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
Just next door to the Ritz Hotel, the Wolseley is a grand affair. It can get a tad touristy at times but we’re not going to complain. The classic French Toast is always a winner but we’ve also got a soft spot for their Kedgeree. Tip: When making a reservation, ask for a table in the balcony – trust us, it’s the best seat in the house.