Lead image: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
1 The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful brunch spots in Chelsea, especially if you’re dining alfresco on a sunny day. The restaurant garden, designed by Anthony Challis and Dan Curran of Ginkgo Gardens, is festooned with colour and foliage with lots of secluded little areas, a wonderful pineapple fountain and lily pond at its centre, two long pergolas clad with wisteria and evergreen jasmine, cherry trees, Japanese acacia, fig trees and sculptures. There are separate menus for breakfast (served Monday-Friday 8am-11.30am, Saturday 8am-11am and Sunday 9am-11am) and brunch (weekends 11am-4pm), which tells you all you need to know. Choose from the like of lobster Benedict and a full garden breakfast with halloumi, avocado, poached egg, kale, hollandaise, potato hash, mushrooms and beans. You can even get crumpets with Marmite, mustard and parsley butter. The brunch menu combines the b est breakfast dishes with ‘lunchier’ options like a steak sandwich with Burgundy sauce dip.
197 King’s Road SW3 5ED; theivychelseagarden.com
2 L’ETO Caffe
L’Eto’s culinary creations are so pretty you might find yourself unashamedly staring agog through the display window. It’s a wonderful place for breakfast or brunch (or afternoon tea, incidentally), with everything from granola to Australian Avocado Rye Bread Tartine, buckwheat and berries pancakes and an oyster, mushroom and cheese croissant, as well as larger dishes like red or green shakshouka and an Italian style breakfast with Pugliese burrata, scramble eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and sourdough toast. Breakfast and brunch is served until 5pm.
243 Brompton Road SW3 2EP & 149 King’s Road SW3 5TX; letocaffe.co.uk
3 Colbert, Chelsea
Brought to you by the group behind The Wolseley and Zedel, the Colbert on Sloane Square is a more relaxed venue, evoking the spirit of those all-day Parisian boulevard cafés. The setting is superb, overlooking the cross-section of Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Kensington on Sloane Square. Inside, every effort has gone into transporting you back to the 1930s with a dark wood décor, red banquettes, mirrors and white linen tablecloths. Petit Déjeuner is served from Monday to Sunday from 8am to midday and a whole chunk of the menu is dedicated to eggs – omelettes, scrambled and fried with a choice of accompaniments from mushrooms to ham or cheese, as well as Benedict, Florentine and Royale. You can even treat yourself to the Steak Hache Colbert with a fried duck egg. Bon appétit!
50-52 Sloane Square SW1W 8AX; 020 7730 2804; colbertchelsea.com
4 Bluebird Chelsea, Chelsea
A well-loved local institution, the Bluebird Café’s usually packed front courtyard provides a great spot for people-watching during the day – you might even glimpse the odd Made in Chelsea star (Oliver Proudlock is a fan). Weekend brunches here are a serious affair, with a two-course or three-course menu available for £25 or £30 respectively. Choose from starters like granola, crushed avo and poached egg on sourdough, oysters or fried ham hock. Mains include New Yorker eggs with pastrami and pickled eggs, roasted cod with almond romesco and chorizo and minute steak with garlic butter and French fries. Dessert? Oh, go on then, how about vanilla cheesecake with Kentish strawberries?
350 King’s Road SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
5 Tom’s Kitchen
Tom’s Kitchen recently launched a new breakfast menu at the Chelsea site with new additions such as baked Turkish eggs with sumac yoghurt, sweetcorn fritters topped with grilled avocado and a side of chilli scrambled egg, as well as Tom’s trio of breakfast bruschettas. But don’t fret, Tom’s Kitchen favourites remain, including a full English breakfast and the good old bacon sandwich. For those on the lookout for lighter options, a new chia seed and acai super fruit bowl has been added to dishes such as fruity breakfast granola, porridge and a warm wholemeal breakfast scone. There’s also the Ultimate Truffled Eggs Benedict,Priced at £19, the dish has a muffin topped with a poached egg, prosciutto and hollandaise with gratings of truffle for a truly decadent start to the weekend. Breakfast is served Monday-Friday 8am-11.30am. Weekend brunch is served 9.30am-3.30pm.
27 Cale Street, Chelsea SW3 3QP; tomskitchen.co.uk
6 Baker & Spice, Chelsea
The scented aromas of cinnamon and danish pastries will entice you inside this adorable bakery-cum-cafe before you know it. Baker & Spice has produced a daily fresh selection of cakes, croissants, pastries and cookies since opening its doors in 1995, and they serve up a cracking all-day brunch, too. Take a seat in the warm, cosy interior and choose from fresh breakfast pastries straight from the oven, a basket of assorted breads, plain or toasted, with butter, homemade preserves and marmalade, as well as heartier dishes like a full English, homemade pancakes dusted served with a choice of fresh lemon, maple syrup, caramelized banana and honey or crème fraiche, fruit compote & fresh berries, as well as favourites like Eggs Benedict. Fancy something more original? Try the Baker & Spice open sandwich – choose from cured streaky bacon or Cumberland sausages, both served with fried eggs and carmelised onion on a toasted open sandwich. Served from 7am-2pm weekdays and 8am-4pm Sundays & Bank Holidays.
47 Denyer Street, Chelsea SW3 2LX; bakerandspice.uk.com
PJ’s Bar and Grill positions itself as Chelsea’s most notorious brunch destination, and with their penchant for oysters and champagne, they might just be. Brunch is served daily with quintessentially British classic dishes such as avocado on rye toast with poached eggs, PJ’s full English (there’s a veggie full English too) and decadent options such as truffled scrambled eggs and lobster benedict. You can also incorporate favourites from the à la carte menu if you fancy. Go bottomless with a choice of free-flowing Bloody Marys, Bellinis or Prosecco for £22pp. Served 10am-5pm.PJ’s Bar and Grill
52 Fulham Road SW3 6HH; pjsbarandgrill.co.uk