5 London brunch spots you’ve got to try
Served from mid-morning until 3pm, brunch has become one of the most popular ways for friends to get together over the weekend. Restaurants that cater for brunch know they have to satisfy diners’ needs for leisure time, as well as their tastebuds. So sit back, take it easy and enjoy those bottomless mimosas with your Eggs Benedict. Unless you’ve got yoga after, then hold off.
1. GRANGER & CO
Clerkenwell, King’s Cross, Notting Hill
Bill Granger, one of Australia’s top celebrity chefs, has come to the UK to create a menu of healthy and Asian-inspired recipes with super-food ingredients. The sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon, and toasted rye with avocado, lime and coriander with poached egg, are stand-out dishes.
Various across London
This new chain means you can now enjoy quality Ivy-style food and service at far more affordable prices. The classic eggs royale served with smoked salmon, two poached hen’s eggs, toasted English muffins, hollandaise sauce, watercress and thick cut chips, hits the spot.
Gt Titchfield St
One of the most popular brunch eateries in London for those in the media. Whether you’re attending business meetings, impressing first dates or getting together with friends, this sophisticated hangout provides decent music, menu and atmosphere. The smoked haddock kedgeree and lobster benedict are two fishy favourites.
Various across London
This all-day breakfast spot is a lively location for those looking to carry on the weekend party vibe. The Breakfast Club is cool and laid-back, making it perfect for hipsters. The portions are huge, too. If you’re looking for a taste of Mexico, try the huevos rancheros with fried eggs, tortilla, refried beans, chorizo, salsa, cheddar, sour cream and guacamole.
5. FARM GIRL
Anyone with food intolerances should love brunch at Farm Girl. The Devon crab cakes are suitable for gluten- and dairy-free diners, while the three-egg omelette cooked in coconut oil comes with toasted sourdough – it’s delicious. Chef Benoit Marmoiton has travelled the world, and brings his knowledge of international cuisine to Farm Girls’ menu.
And two fun facts about brunch to read while you’re waiting…
1. The word ‘brunch’ first appeared in a 1895 article by Guy Beringer. He encouraged the replacement of the early morning breakfast and heavier Sunday roast, with the mid-morning ‘brunch’, popular with ‘Saturday night carousers’.
2. It’s the perfect opportunity for friends to share their tales from the night before. Guy wrote: ‘Brunch is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper – it sweeps away the cobwebs of the week.’