The Best Brunch Spots in South East London
From Gourmand Bib-awarded feasts to sky-high dining and elevated traditional British cuisine, here's where to go in south east London if you want a smashing brunch...
1. Gunpowder, Tower Bridge
Wake up to a slap-up morning meal, Goan-style. Gourmand Bib-awarded Indian restaurant has launched a breakfast menu inspired by the flavours of southern Indian coast. Dishes include a selection of omelettes packed with flavoursome combos; crab with grilled tomatoes, chilli and tomato, chilli coriander and ginger omelette or an omelet served in a aromatic coconut-based curry sauce. There’s also more substantial dishes that is a kind of Indian take on a fry-up, or lighter meals too, such as cardamom pancakes topped with caramelised banana and creme fraiche.
Address: 4 Duchess Walk SE1 2SD
2. Oblix at The Shard
A brunch for a special occasion, Oblix West at The Shard's sky high brunch of seasonal lunchy dishes where quality ingredients sing. Feast on the likes of truffle flatbread, pancetta and ricotta, as well as seabass; whole lobster with lemon verbena and garlic butter; and wild mushroom orzo. You can go bottomless, or pair your meal with a selections of rose and champagne. Available Friday to Sunday.
Address: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
3. Lantana, London Bridge
Popular Australian-style café Lantana has various locations, including London Bridge, near Borough Market. There's a weekday breakfast menu as well as a weekend brunch menu, both are long and varied and contain dishes inspired from various parts of the world; beef keema, peanut butter overnight oats, duck hash and big hefty full breakfast plates as well. For weekend dining, you have the option of making your meal bottomless.
Address: 44-46 Southwark St, London SE1 1UN
4. Grind, London Bridge
Also near Borough Market, Grind has stylish all-day dining vibes, and an unfussy atmosphere. This gaf also does weekday breakfasts and weekend brunches, and dishes include potato has with poached eggs and wild mushrooms, smoked salmon crumpets, full breakfasts both veggie and meaty and healthier lighter options too such as house-made granola and porridge. Naturally, at Grind, you've got plenty of good coffee to wash your meal down with. Booking is recommended.
Address: 2 London Bridge, SE1 9RA
5. WatchHouse, Tower Bridge
Coffee shop WatchHouse is unfussy but chic, and it's flagship venue is found on Shad Thames' cobbled road at the foot of Tower Bridge. The coffee shop plates up light breakfasts during the week, and heftier meals at the weekend, for you to take your time with. Try the vegan loaded banana bread with toffee sauce and pecans, or the brunch special with smoked haddock, poached Cacklebean farm eggs, torched mornay and dill sauce on a toasted English muffin. You can also find WatchHouse at Bermondsey and Maltby Street.
Address: 27 Shad Thames, SE1 2NJ
6. Two Hundred Rye Lane, Peckham
A charming little bar and kitchen that is all small plates and cocktails and pot plants and wood, Two Hundred Rye Lane also has a suntrap courtyard out the back. The menu's heroes are the cocktails which are zhuzhed up classics, but compact food menu is also pretty great. Have your boushie bloody Mary with huevos notos - fried potato and tofu with smashed avocado and fried tomatoes, or a breakfast butty or mushrooms loaded with sides. For £27.50, grab a Bellini to start, a brunch dish and a two glasses of prosecco and an espresso martini to finish.
Address: 200 Rye Lane, SE15 4NF
7. Park's Edge Bar & Kitchen, Herne Hill
Neighbourhood restaurant, Park's Edge Bar & Kitchen, plates up contemporary dishes that nod to British culinary history and traditions. The venue's varied weekend brunch (10.30am-1pm) includes dishes such as French toast with your choice of berry compote; bacon, caramelised bananas and maple syrup as well as several big breakfast plates that have delicious additions such as ackee, or stilton crumbs, grilled chorizo and hot smoked herring.
Address: 49, 51 Norwood Road, E24 9AA