It might seem that our capital’s restaurants are teaming with tiny dishes that cost the earth, but when it comes to brunch London is much more generous. What better way to spend a Sunday than working your way through one of London’s bottomless brunches? Stretchy trousers at the ready…
Words: Stefanie Packard & Luisa Epps
Lead image: The Big Easy
1 Aster, Victoria
Aster, which opened on 1 February with enough fizz and fanfare to lure Millie Mackintosh and her boyfriend Hugo Taylor away from the InStyle EE Rising Star BAFTA Party, serves brunch in true Nordic/French style with lots of fresh, light ingredients like cured salmon and pickles, as well as indulgent French flourishes like flat iron steak with cafe de paris butter. At two courses for £21 or three courses for £26 – plus the option of bottomless bubbles for an additional £10 per person – it’s hard to say no. Alternatively, play it safe with just the one Mimosa, or Bloody Mary, or Bellini’s – Aster’s delicious brunch cocktails are £10 each. We went for the two-course option, starting with a gorgeous smashed avo with green goddess dressing on rye toast, followed by a potato blini with mushrooms, a perfect poached egg and a rich, buttery béarnaise sauce. Delicious.
150 Victoria Street SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com
2 The Landmark London, Marylebone
From 12.30pm until 3pm on Sundays The Landmark London offers a Sunday Champagne brunch, where it serves up a delightful range of delicacies and, of course, limitless Champagne. Expect a never-ending buffet of pastries, charcuterie and salads, as well as mains like roast beef and seafood, and various breads, omelettes and soups. For dessert there is an equally great selection, with offerings like Eton mess, crème caramel and a whole variety of fruit tarts. All this is yours for £90 – make sure you book early. Find the menu here.
222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ; landmarklondon.co.uk
3 Roka, Canary Wharf
Experience the best in contemporary Japanese cooking while overlooking Canada Square with Roka’s koten brunch. At the weekend, £49 will get you a choice of starters off the counter, a main such as the salmon fillet teriyaki or cedar roast baby chicken, and a dessert platter for the table. With an excellent range of cocktails, wines, sakes and fruit and herb-infused shochu, you won’t be going home hungry or thirsty.
4 Park Pavilion 40 Canada Square, Canary Wharf E14 5FW; rokarestaurant.com
4 Bon Vivant, Bloomsbury
Bringing a little joie de vivre to Bloomsbury, Bon Vivant, which opened on Marchmont Street this February, serves everything from croissants and coffee au matin to indulgent bottomless brunches, as well as light lunches and intimate dinners. The Morning After fry up, with steak, eggs, bacon, potato and BV sauce (£12.50), sounds amazing, or you can choose from the likes of pancakes (with a choice of three toppings -bananas, maple syrup, berry compote, almonds, chocolate sauce, bacon and fried egg – £6.50), the ubiquitous crushed avocado on toast with poached eggs, smoked paprika and olive oil (£6.50) or eggs Florentine (£6.50). Slip into a banquette and take in the decadent space with notes of naughtiness in the form of provocative artworks across the walls and menus.
75-77 Marchmont St, Kings Cross WC1N 1AP; bonvivantrestaurant.co.uk
5 KuPP, Paddington
KuPP in Paddington is now serving up a Veggie Board as part of its popular Bottomless Smörgasbord Brunch deal, which also includes ‘bords’ packed with fish and seafood, another with a smoked fore-rib of beef and the signature KuPP Bord loaded with Swedish meatballs, potted rabbit and chorizo sausage rolls. The new Veggie Bord includes wild mushroom and tarragon tart, quinoa, kale and butternut bites, smashed avocado and dukkah, earthy roasted beetroot and smoked red onions, Swedish Västerbotten and Danish blue cheeses. KuPP’s Bottomless Brunch includes 90 minutes of unlimited smörgasbord refills alongside a choice of bottomless cocktails or glasses of Czech Pilsner Krušovice. £30 per person, available Saturdays and Sundays between 12noon and 5pm. For every adult enjoying a Bottomless Bord, a child can eat for free from a dedicated kids menu.
5 Merchant Square, Paddington, London W2 1AS; 020 7262 8618; kupp.co
Think of brunch at Bunga Bunga less as the a Saturday morning excursion and more as the beginning of Saturday night – unlimited DIY Bellinis and a three-course Italian brunch dishing up antipasti platters and brunch pizzas (picture hollandaise sauce, spinach, smoked salmon and egg on a pizza) to devour alongside entertainment like karaoke and surprise opera singers. Wash it all down homemade gelato and another of the free flowing drinks on offer and your Saturday night just started nice and early. From 11.30am on Saturday mornings, the Bunga Brumch prices start from £38.
37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA; bungabunga-london.com
7 Smokey Tails at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Smokey Tails at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen launched its bottomless boozy brunch in mid February. Seth Troxler’s cult barbecue restaurant has rustled up one heck of a bottomless brunch, with free-flowing bloody Marys, prosecco, mimosas or softies, as well as all-you-can-eat all-American food. For just £30 per person (or £25 virgin), you can feast on hearty Midwestern dishes like Crunchy Brioche French Toast with Fried Chicken, Bacon and Maple Syrup; Cherry Cola Gammon and Fried Eggs; or Mama T’s Pancakes with Fruit Compote and Vanilla Cream. And it’s not just eats at Smokey Tails, it’s beats too. Brunchers will be able to enjoy music played through the restaurant’s new luxury sound system – a custom-built studio-standard Martion Audio System featuring 12 Martion Luzy’ speakers. Brunch is available Saturdays 10am-2pm and Sundays 12pm-2pm (max two hours per sitting).
2-4 Hoxton Square N1 6NU; 020 3889 8763; smokeytails.co.uk
8 One Canada Square, Canary Wharf
From 9am until 5pm on Saturdays One Canada Square serves up European- and USA-inspired dishes in art deco surroundings. The choice is between two and three courses (£20 and £25 respectively) and for another £20 you can enjoy bottomless Bloody or Virgin Marys, Mimosas or ETM, the house wine. The dishes on offer are modern twists on the classics, such as the soft shell crab Benedict with jalapeno hollandaise. Follow this with a substantial main and desserts like treacle tart, throw in a pianist on the white baby grand piano and you’ve got yourself a rather leisurely way to spend a Saturday.
1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf E14 5AB; onecanadasquarerestaurant.com
9 Cookbook Café, Mayfair
At the Cookbook Café you are invited to ‘rock up and feast like crazy’ on waffles, pancakes, pastries and eggs how you like them, as well as have endless Prosecco, Bellinis, tea and coffee. The brunch on Saturdays will cost you £52 for a never-ending meal, and on Sundays its £59 with the inclusion of a roast. Both days feature incredible mains and deserts that showcase their style of informal modern British dishes with an international spin.
Intercontinenal Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane W1J 7QY; cookbookcafe.co.uk
For £34 each, you and your mates can feast on unlimited amounts of prosecco, bloody Mary and bucks fizz, as well as all-you-can-eat food. Choose from the likes of a full English, avocado on toast with a choice of poached egg or bacon and Belgian waffles with banana, toffee and honeycomb ice cream. On the wagon? Then your brunch will set you back just £25 with a choice of unlimited tea, coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice or virgin Mary. Be sure to book well in advance as seats are limited.
23-27 Arcola Street E8 2DJ; jonesandsonsdalston.com
11 KIRU, Chelsea Green
KIRU contemporary Japanese restaurant in Chelsea launched a new weekend bottomless brunch concept in January, offering a refreshing take on what had become London’s most popular meal. Smashed avo on toast is replaced with tuna and avocado tacos and spicy tuna avocado rolls. Smoked salmon makes ways for salmon tataki, and those who’ve downed enough Prosecco to sink a ship can make the switch to sake (although Prosecco is available, if you’re rather attached.) Every Sunday from 1pm till 6pm, a three-course menu is served up alongside your bottomless tipple of choice (sake, Prosecco, white wine or soft drinks), as well as a selection of soft drinks. KIRU’s bottomless brunch is £50pp for three courses plus bottomless drinks (£20pp for those aged 12-years and under plus soft drinks). Brunch is available for two hours from your booking time. Final food orders at 4pm.
2 Elystan Street, Chelsea Green SW3 3NS; 020 7584 9999; kirurestaurant.com
12 Ask For Janice, Smithfield Market
Ask For Janice, the British bar and restaurant opposite Smithfield Market, started opening on Saturdays for laid-back weekend brunches in February. The wholesome bottomless offering celebrates understated, fresh, local ingredients to delicious effect. Conquering the eternal sweet/savoury brunch dilemma, AFJ’s brunch offering lets you choose three dishes from an array of small plates including bubble and squeak with black pudding, soft boiled egg and hollandaise; carrot hotcake with carrot hummus, orange and almond; bavette steak with roasted field mushroom, bone marrow toast and smoked tomato dressing; and Long Lane granola, goji berries and coconut milk. Choose from bottomless Bucks Fizz, Salty Dogs or Bloody Marys (£35) or stay sober for £25.
50-52 Long Lane, Farringdon EC1A 9EJ; 020 7600 2255; askforjanice.co.uk
13 Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell
Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings offers bottomless Bellinis and Bloody Marys to accompany its brunch dishes. Think scones and French toast with clotted cream and berries, poached eggs on English muffins, and crispy potato hash with friend duck eggs and smoked salmon and you’re on the right track.
42 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HU; bandhbuildings.com
For £25, The Great Exhibition will give you a choice of six classic breakfasts (the full English or a vegetarian version; eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale, and pancakes with bacon and maple syrup), unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys, plus your fill of toast, jam, tea and coffee. Available only on weekends, this is a great excuse to spend some time in this quirky yet comfortable pub which pays homage to its 1851 namesake with an interesting interior.
193 Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich SE22 9EP; greatexhibition.pub
15 The Lost Angel, Battersea
If you’re more into the lunch part of brunch then The Lost Angel is just the place to wind down your weekend. The Battersea restaurant serves Sunday roasts from midday – with the promise that they’ll be “like your mum used to make” – and a bottomless DIY Bloody Mary bar. For £20 you get a selection of ingredients to pep up the ‘day after’ classic – with a huge range of sauces from around the world, house-infused spirits, spices, bitters, pickles, chillies and limes so that you can give it your own twist. Get creative and try your hand at inventing the next best Bloody Mary recipe.
339 Battersea Park Road SW11 4LS; lostangel.co.uk
16 Made Bar & Kitchen, Camden
Located at the Roundhouse in Camden, Made Bar & Kitchen offers the perfect place to have drinks and brunch before or after a show, or just because. From 11am until 3pm on weekends it serves a bottomless brunch of unlimited toast, jam, pain au chocolat and waffles, a main chosen from a list of tried and true classics, and never-ending Bellinis and Bloody Marys for £29.95.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden NW1 8EH; roundhouse.org.uk
17 Asia de Cuba, St Martins Lane
Tucked inside St Martins Lane hotel, Asia de Cuba’s offering isn’t as well known as some of the others on the list, but it should feature on every brunch-lover’s radar. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-3pm the restaurant runs a Cocktail Brunch (with unlimited Mojitos, Mimosas, Bellinis or DIY Bloody Marys at £45 per person) and a Champagne Brunch with bottomless Perrier-Jouët champagne for £70 per person. The food has a rich Cuban influence: black bean hummus with malanga chips, ceviche de pescado and mini Cuban sandwiches. But it’s the dessert that stands out: a plate of tiny Mexican doughnuts served with Thai chili-chocolate dip. Try the smooth Guava Bellini for a fun alternative to the Mimosa.
45 St Martins Lane WC2N 4HX; morganshotelgroup.com
18 Cantina del Ponte, Shad Thames
Cantina del Ponte launched a new Prosecco and Pasta Bottomless Brunch on 12 March 2017. As an Italian edit on a Sunday roast, the relaxed and informal menu features a selection of small starters and pasta dishes prepared at the restaurant’s pasta counter. Available every Sunday from 12pm-3pm, you can choose any three dishes for £15 or five for £25, from a selection of small plates and fresh pasta dishes, including poached eggs with spinach and Mornay sauce and smoked swordfish with rocket, tomato and fennel. To add an element of theatre to the meal diners will also be able to watch Cantina’s chefs at work from behind the pasta station creating fresh dishes including ricotta and smoked burrata ravioli with tomato sauce and braised beef ravioli butter and rosemary (main courses and desserts can be ordered a la carte). Add bottomless prosecco for £15 per person.
36c Shad Thames SE1 2YE 020 7403 5403; cantinadelponte.co.uk
The Big Easy brunch offers two bottomless brunch options for £29.50 – the Limitless Bar.B.Q or the Lobster Fest. Every time I go I have my sights set on the lobster, but The Big Pig Gig is hard to resist because its a) huge and b) messy and fun. You get limitless pit-smoked Bar.B.Q chicken and St Louis pork ribs, served up with slaw, pit-smoked beans, fries and fresh baked cornbread. Unbelievable. Those feeling less piggy can opt for the Lobster Fest with a whole fresh Nova Scotia lobster, a lobster roll or lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, served with fries and house salad. Both are served with two hours of unlimited Prosecco, Big Easy Brew, Ffozen mojito or house wine. There’s also an à la carte American brunch menu with the likes of French Toast Waffles and Breakfast BLTS (menu varies according to branch). Served 12pm-5pm at weekends.
Big Easy has branches in Covent Garden, Kings Road and Canary Wharf; bigeasy.co.uk
20 All Star Lanes
All Star Lanes has launched London’s first truly bottomless craft beer brunch experience. The brunch menu features five American-style dishes paired with craft beers from the likes of Beavertown Brewery, Steven’s Point Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery and Boulevard Brewery to perfectly match the flavour notes and profiles of each dish. For the old school brunchers, Prosecco, Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s are also on offer. Dig into dishes like Salt Beef Hash, The All Star Lanes Stack and Fried Chicken & Waffles for the perfect weekend treat. Available for 2 hour sessions every weekend from 12pm till 4pm, the bottomless beer package is priced at £19 per person and brunch dishes start at £8 each. All Star Lanes has branches in Holborn, Bayswater, Shoreditch and Westfield Stratford City. To book see allstarlanes.co.uk
If you’re tired of Eggs Benedict or avocado toast, try something different with Tokimeite’s new brunch menu. The menu consists of sharing plates and with no set tasting menu, you are able to pick and choose the dishes that appeal to you most; expect flavourful Wagnyu beef, seafood and bottomless sparkling sake. The Tokimeite brunch menu is available every Sunday from 12pm-4pm and small plates range from £5 to £24 each.
23 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2XS; 020 3826 4411; tokimeite.com
22 Coin Laundry, Exmouth Market
Coin Laundry, a retro bar and restaurant, serves a selection of authentic, timeless dishes as part of their bottomless brunch. Saturdays from 9am-5pm, some of the delicious dishes (£10 each) include avocado on toast with poached egg, feta and green chilli, autumn squash hash black cabbage, crispy fried egg, toast and of course the home comfort of a full English. It’s that’s not enough, there are also bottomless cocktails. For £18 Guests get the choice between Bloody Mary, Bucks Fizz and Pamplemousse. A step into the past, Coin Laundry reminds us how food used to taste. Keep an eye out for these new specials.
70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP; coinlaundry.co.uk
HOW ABOUT A BOTTOMLESS SUNDAY ROAST?
OXBO Bankside Bottomless Sunday Roast
Although it’s clear that the bottomless brunch has been reigning supreme as London’s favourite weekend treat for quite some time, there’s suspicion that OXBO Bankside’s new bottomless Sunday roast steal brunch’s crown! Executive Chef Paul Bates serves a delicious menu of innovative British cuisine with a global twist, using supplies from specialist producers and local traders at Borough Market. The chef’s Traders Tables is stacked with starters and desserts, from which you can help yourself to as many as you fancy. OXBO Bankside’s bottomless roast is every Sunday from 12pm- 3.30pm and for the price of £40, this includes a three-course meal and a glass of bubbly!