In recent years, brunch has become something of a weekend ritual among discerning London foodies. As a result, a bundle of brunch destinations is cropping up all over the capital – with many reinventing the traditional offering of avocado on toast. From bottomless Bellinis to small sharing plate extravaganzas, here we bring you a roster of our favourites brunchtime serves.
Welsh chef Bryn Williams has opened his first London restaurant in a decade in the famed arts and cultural centre, Somerset House – also the home of upcoming London Fashion Week. The brunch menu has a leading focus on sustainability, seasonality and provenance, serving up deliciously fresh offerings such as eggs benedict and pancetta and nduja, baked eggs and an all day breakfast for bigger appetites.
Nestled within St. Martins Lane Hotel, Mexican restaurant Asia De Cuba is a must-visit. Putting a Latin spin on the bottomless brunch concept, guests can enjoy a range of small plates, followed by Executive Chef Louis Pous’ signature dishes – including scallop ceviche with ajo panca and grapefruit, chicken chicharrones and black cod with orange mojo and avocado poblano purée. What's more, the flavoursome fare is perfectly paired with a choice of bottomless mimosas, mojitos or champagne.
LIMA Floral has launched a weekend brunch offering guests an authentic sample of its Peruvian heritage. Take your pick from rainbow quinoa salad with avocado and citrus dressing, sea bream or salmon ceviche or even beef saltadito, all polished off with an indulgent chocolate lucuma and ginger cream for pudding. Guests can also opt to make their brunch bottomless for even greater fizz-fuelled fun.
Quaglino's might be known for its outstandingly pretty cocktails and live performances, but its ever-evolving brunch offerings are second to none. The Mayfair restaurant has a range of dishes on its brunch menu, but for us, it’s the simple fare done well that stands out most of all. Opt for London smoked salmon or Colchester rock oysters for starters, followed by perfectly cooked meats such as quail or beef with rich jus – all accompanied by live music. A delicious way to spend the weekend.
Southbank's Skylon – the view-rich restaurant within the iconic Royal Festival Hall – is presenting a bottomless Sunday brunch sure to delight. Offering a mix of traditional breakfast favourites such as cured salmon and scrambled eggs with more substantial mains like Bream fillet, Shetland steamed mussels and grilled lemon chicken, it makes for the ultimate brunch pitstop. Our recommendation? Try the signature ‘Skylon roast’ made with roast herford rump beef for a tasty British classic.
Tacos Dorados, Quesadillas de Pollo and their famous Great Eight Guacamoles are just some of the gastronomic delights on offer as part of this authentic Mexican feast at Covent Garden's Cantina Laredo. In the way of refreshment, frozen cocktails make for a vibrantly delicious way to wash the down the plates. Cheers.
Mayfair's Indian Accent is offering Londoners a relaxed, Indian-style brunch, following a successful run at its sister restaurant in New York City. Fusing Indian ingredients with traditional British staples, the menu showcases such dishes as Parsi fried eggs with crispy potatoes and chutney, chilli crab cheese toast with summer cucumber pickle and quail egg pulao with bacon and crispy shallots. Each dish is perfectly paired with a special menu of brunch cocktails such as the Ceylon Bellini, spiced tomato Martini or Mudra Punch, blended with rose sharbat, almond mill and coconut orgeat.