Prepare to get hungry! Brunch is such a satisfying affair, my favourite. Here are some of the best places in London for brunch recommended by London’s favourite foodie instagrammers @TheLondonHaloodie, @Tazzamina, & @TheBrunchingBiologist. Tried and tested, these locations have utterly delicious choices and beautiful settings.
I love the sheer variety of delicious dishes available on the brunch menu. It doesn’t hurt that London does have some of the best places for breakfast or brunch in the world. Whether it’s modern European, pan-asian, or middle eastern. Sweet or savoury- there is something for everybody.
These ladies really know the best places in town inside and out. Have a look at their Instagram feeds for some inspiration on the most instagrammable restaurants and cafes in London.
1. Cafe Elan
In a nutshell: Elan Café is a newly opened café in Mayfair, neighbouring the Dorchester hotel. The café is small, pretty and in full bloom.
Why: They have a talented barista that does the cutest lattes with art, so it is picture worthy! They offer a huge selection of desserts, served all day, everyday. The service is excellent and the staff are always smiley, which makes every visit a real pleasure.
Dont miss: Arabic style eggs royale with a touch of saffron which gives it a touch of the Middle East. The portions are generous and they have a wide selection to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
Top Tip: It is always busy so try and get there early, especially if you want a seat near the pretty flower wall. They have a selection of milks to choose from for your lattes, if you have a favourite kind or suffer from allergies then rest assured, you’ll be fine at Elan!
2. No 11 Pimlico
In a nutshell: This is a modern European restaurant in a building that is spacious and has a high ceiling, with mismatching furniture. It is situated at a short distance from both Sloane Square & Victoria Tube Station.
Why: Their menu focuses on freshly prepared food and delightful drinks that are available at anytime of the day, from morning coffees to night caps and everything in between.
Don’t miss: The weekend brunch menu which features popular breakfast items along with delicious nibbles. The triple cheese truffle & avocado toasty with ricotta and cheddar is a must have, it is absolutely mouth watering. A cheese toasty has never tasted better!
Top Tip: It is the perfect hideout for relaxing, eating and socialising. It is ideal for groups and the atmosphere and service is just ace.
3. Dalloway Terrace
In a nutshell: This is an outdoor terrace at the Bloomsbury hotel that works well with whatever the weather, it is covered, heated and good looking!
Why: The brunch is definitely the highlight of Dalloway terrace and it is also a great time to visit. It features a magical atmosphere with stylish design, all reflecting Bloomsbury 20th century literary and artistic ambience. This secret garden is hidden away in the heart of the city, located a few steps away from Covent garden & Oxford street.
Don’t miss: The classic brunch with the must have truffle fries and delicious cured salmon on eggs Benedict, with freshly made juices….oh so refreshing!
Top tip: The terrace is cleverly designed to be used all year round, with retractable roofs. Heating and blankets are also available if you’re feeling cold, and hand made Panama hats for the sunny days.
4. Chiltern Firehouse
In a nutshell: Schmooze with the celebs in this reinvented fire station, but you won’t be allowed to take photos
Why?: Casual chic with great food, need I say anymore?! No didn’t think so.
Don’t miss: Buttermilk pancakes – hands down the best pancakes you’ll find in London! BIG statement but tried and tested. They also do a killer French toast.
Top Tip: No photos of people (celebs mostly) so go on a weekday morning so you’re not stopped from taking food pics, we all know that’s what we’re there for.
Where is it? 1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA
5. Duck and Waffle
In a nutshell: The beautiful Heron Tower is the home to 2 of the best restaurants London has to offer, 40 floors high and with a killer view of London.
Why?: If that view wasn’t enough to get you up at the crack of dawn to get to Duck and Waffle, their breakfast menu is great, whether its sugary waffles or their famous Shakshuka.
Don’t miss: Banana Brulee Waffles are to die for and very Instagrammable too
Top Tip: Dinner reservations are hard to come by, but as it’s open round the clock go for breakfast at sunset – yes you’ll miss your beauty sleep for 1 day but the view is definitely worth it! (You can thank me later)
Where is it? Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
In a nutshell: Get chic in the casual surroundings of Covent Garden
Why? If it’s good enough for all the bloggers that hang out there weekend after weekend, it’s good enough for us!
Don’t miss: The famous French toast is probably the best in London, you can’t go to Christopher’s and not have the French toast with a dollop of ice cream
Top Tip: Stick to breakfast/brunch, the restaurant is not known for its’ lunch/dinner menus.
Where is it? 18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD
In a nutshell: In the heart of Notting Hill, EggBreak is everything it’s cracked up to be with its eggcellent brunch menu.
Why: Brunch being the most important meal of the day, EggBreak will have you covered. My personal fave, the Turkish eggs served in an amazing chilli & dill yoghurt with a side of cheese toastie, is perfect for the chilly season ahead.
Don’t miss: The cornflake French toast with caramelised banana, blueberries & brown butter maple syrup is every bit as yummy and decadent as it sounds…well worth those calories! ?
Top tip: EggBreak don’t take reservations so be prepared for a bit of a wait on weekends, or try visiting on a weekday when it is quieter.
Where is it? 30 Uxbridge St, London W8 7TA.
8. Café Loren
In a nutshell: The BEST & only shakshuka café in London, serving with a side of Monmouth Coffee (who else loves Monmouth Coffee?).
Why: If you have a weakness for shakshuka like me (it counts towards my 5 a day), Café Loren is the place you need to be. With 10 (yes, 10!) different shakshuka options, Café Loren really is a taste of the Middle East tucked away into a corner of Camden Market.
Don’t miss: My personal favourite shakshuka dish is The Spicy One: poached eggs served in a delicious spicy sauce with bell peppers, harissa, & hummus, to be eaten with freshly baked Challah bread.
Top tip: Order the Trio Shakshuka to sample 3 different delicious shakshuka variations.
Where is it?: Unit 005-006, Stables Market, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH.
9. Granger & Co
In a nutshell: With various branches across London, Granger & Co is a delicious ray of Australian sunshine in the London brunch scene.
Why: Boasting to be ‘sunny, easy-going & generous’, Granger & Co provides just that. Ranging from generous sized brunch dishes to a delicious selection of juices and coffee, Granger & Co always gets it right.
Don’t miss: The famous fluffy ricotta hotcakes served with banana, maple syrup & the most delicious honeycomb butter.
Top tip: Relax and kick back at the oh-so trendy yet laidback Kings Cross branch, complete with brass fixtures & rose marble tables.
Where is it?: Kings Cross, Westbourne Grove, Clerkenwell.