If there’s one thing London does well, it’s brunch. From the classic English breakfast to the smashed artisan avocado with wildflowers, there are so many cool places to eat in London. It’s only in the last five years that brunch has become a weekend necessity in London, and when you read through our chosen cafes, it’s not hard to see why!
Here are our absolute favourite places to eat brunch in London:
Nestled on the busy streets of Leather Lane lies Prufrock, founded by three coffee enthusiasts back in 2009 and now housing a team of 13 coffee professionals. The seasonal menu means the food is ever-changing, and they only use ingredients that are readily available for the time of the year.
If you visit, you absolutely have to try their coffee (they use Square Mile), as well as the ‘Prufrock Benny’. It’s made with Cackleberry Farm poached eggs, Red Brick hollandaise on toast and served with pork belly, and is a favourite locals.
Dominating SW London for arguably the best brunch in London is Brickwood. Australian owned and operated, they have cafes in Clapham Common, Balham and Streatham. Each cafe is a different colour, and has a real Aussie feel about them.
You’ll be able to get Australian classics like vegemite on toast or a tim-tam muffin, but it’s in the cooked brunch where Brickwood’s magic lies. Their smashed avocado is easily the best in London, and their corn fritters, served with haloumi, capsicum, sour cream and homemade beetroot puree are a crowd favourite.
This Kiwi cafe is located on Leonard Street, and is the perfect pit-stop for a meeting, brunch or quick coffee to go. Hailing from New Zealand, Ozone is a large cafe that brews their own beans, and you can see it when you walk in! They’ve got a wide array of brunch items on the menu, and on the weekends you’ll always see a gigantic line out of the front.
This is a must-visit for the best brunch in London, as not only does the food impress, but the entire atmosphere of the cafe makes you feel right at home. If you’re after something that will give you a taste sensation, go for the whipped ricotta, quince and puffed quinoa on toasted brioche. Sweet, savoury and a whole lot of crunch thanks to this brunch in a London hot-spot.
Not only is this cafe one of the most photographed in London, it also serves a delicious brunch-time menu. With two locations on Park Lane and Brompton Road, Elan cafe has influencers and bloggers flocking to it. Elan cafe is known for being the “pink cafe”. Filled with flower walls, plush pink furniture and seasonal pop-ups, it’s been labelled as ‘Instagram-heaven’.
Their menu is elegant and modern and includes amazing drinks like golden, ruby or jade lattes, freddo cappuccino, chilli hot chocolates and tea-mojitos. If you’re after something fresh, the tropical bowl kiwi, watermelon and star fruit is a must. Hungry? The shakshuka will change your life… try adding both feta and lamb if you’re feeling adventurous.
Brunch in London is made a million times better thanks to Dishoom. Known for their incredible dinner menu, Dishoom offers an Indian brunch that will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. With an accolade of awards across their five locations in London and beyond, Dishoom has something for everyone.
Service is fast, the menu range is incredibly designed and it’s one of those places you can’t help but order one of everything. The most difficult question… will you order a bacon naan or big bombay for brunch?
Think modern, pink and a foodie’s dream. Introducing GRIND, a series of cafes across London that are always jam-packed no matter what day it is. GRIND roasts their own beans, and actually sells their own range in-store, so you can take home your favourite flavoured coffee.
With an incredible NINE locations across London, GRIND is a very cool place to eat brunch in London. Whether you’re after coffee or cocktails (or perhaps both?!), it has a great atmosphere and menu (we love the sweet potato harissa cakes!)
Duck & Waffle
Feeling fancy? There’s nothing quite like a brunch in the clouds, especially when it’s at London’s highest restaurant, Duck & Waffle. Make life easier for yourself and book a table, as this is a brunch hot-spot. Towering 40 floors above London, brunch has never tasted quite so good.
Their decadent brunch menu includes items like the classic ‘Duck & Waffle’ (crispy leg confit, fried duck egg with mustard maple syrup’ and the ‘Duck Congee’, with confit duck, egg, spring onion, hot sauce and ginger hazelnuts).
Last but certainly not least is Lantana cafe, who is known not only for their delicious brunch but their bottomless brunch in London that they offer.
Between 9am-3pm every weekend they offer the option to upgrade your brunch; you can have bottomless bloody Marys, prosecco, mimosas and coffee for £35! Lantana has all the classic brunch items that you’ve been craving… corn fritters, french toast, smashed avocado and a duck & sweet potato hash!
Whether you’re after a decadent sky-high brunch or now craving a bacon naan, the brunch options in London are endless. If sitting down for a meal isn’t your thing, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best street food markets in London.