If you want to make a big deal out of the weekend’s best meal, the West End has countless brunch spots to try out – whether you want your eggs uber fancy, ultra glam, or effortlessly chic. Here’s The Resident’s guide to the best brunch spots in the West End.
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1 Champagne Brunch at Quaglino’s, St James’s
Inject a little glamour into your morning meal with Quaglino’s Champagne brunch. Every Saturday and Sunday, get glammed up for live music, food and free-flowing Taittinger Brut Reserve. While you quaff your fizz, dine on Quaglino favourites such as lobster thermidor and oak-smoked salmon rillette
Address: 16 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AJ
2 Breakfast at The Barbary Next Door, Neal’s Yard
The Barbary Next Door has launched a brunch and breakfast menu that takes its cues from Moorish Spain and North African cooking, as well as European pavement cafes and continental breakfasts. There’s an assortment of pastries, baked in-house – Sfenj, Ras-el-hanout pumpkin bread served with a pumpkin and sunflower seed clotted cream. Date molasses granola, as well as maaqooda – a Moroccan tortilla and aioli with pickled peppers – and ‘roadside’ eggs are also on the menu.
Address: 16a Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
3 Farzi Cafe, Haymarket
For a brunch with a difference, Farzi Cafe is the place to go. With a menu inspired by the balmy days of late Indian summers, there’s something for the daring with the kache kele ka radga pattice, (that’s raw banana cutlet with tempered green pea foam), and for those looking for something a little more familiar, opt for the Farzi egg royale with tandoori salmon. For drinks, there’s coffee, teas and fresh juices available, as well as an extensive and exotic cocktail menu – we recommend the simha spritz.
Address: 8 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4BP
4 Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden
Continuing the Indian brunch theme is Cinnamon Bazaar, offering a brunch with a twist in the heart of Covent Garden. From 12pm to 5pm on Monday through until Sunday, guests can enjoy a brunch menu featuring four of Chef Vivek Singh’s signature biryanis; including the lucknow style chicken biryani and the khari baoli root vegetable biryani. Pair with a range of traditional sides and chaats for a brunch experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.
Address: 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS
5 STK’s Ultimate Bottomless Brunch, Covent Garden
STK London Strand’s weekend bottomless brunch is made of unlimited mimosas or bloody Marys, contemporary American cuisine and ‘vibe’ dining. Dishes include smoked pork belly Benedict with maple glazed bacon; Cinnamon French toast with brioche, berries and cream cheese icing; lobster and eggs benedict with caviar hollandaise; and chicken and waffles. Available at the weekends from 11.30am-3pm, and at STK Westminster too.
Address: 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA
6 The London Cabaret Club Pop Brunch, Bloomsbury
The London Cabaret Club has launched a monthly Pop Brunch with BBQ-style dishes whipped up by Michelin-starred chef Richard Galli. Fizz and mimosas are unlimited for an hour, so quaff away as you watch a live show filled with noughties bangers and floor fillers such as Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You and Bruno Mars’ smash hit, Uptown Funk.
Address: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square WC1B 4DA
7 Caravan, Fitzrovia
Caravan has perfectly nailed the all day eatery vibe with a laid back dining area, cocktail bar and coffee bar, making it the perfect location for a casual brunch in Central London. The classic menu caters to all tastes – think various avocado and egg based dishes, as well as more adventurous offerings such as the bacon chop with bubble and squeak fritters, or the broken lamb meatballs with grilled aubergine. Finish with a breakfast martini, or, if you’re in need of a pick me up, a craft coffee – Caravan have their own bean roastery in North London, and are committed to crafting sustainable, socially supportive and environmentally friendly blends.
Address: 152 Great Portland Street, W1W 6AJ