There is nothing that screams out ‘its the weekend‘ more than brunch!
Sure, it might be tempting to pop around the corner to your local and get the dish you always order, but there are so many exciting places to explore in London. Forget dinner, this is the meal to eat like a king, especially with so many new options available. These are a selection of great places that really celebrate my favourite meal of the day. Each being great for a different reason. I hope this is the fuel you need to get out there and explore this weekend.
Also, if you happen to be out and about tomorrow, please do pop out and buy YOU magazine (the supplement magazine in the Daily Mail) for a six-page preview of my cookbook. I am sharing a selection of my favourite recipes, a couple of which are brunch appropriate, if you fancy a morning cooking.
The garden brunch : The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Newly opened on the Kings Road, The Chelsea Ivy Garden has all the decadence of the Ivy (and some) plus a beautiful and spacious garden terrace. It’s the perfect place to catch a few summer rays whilst sipping on champagne bellinis. Quintessentially British, the breakfast menu has every classic favourite you can think of including full english, eggs benedict (£8.50), plus a few lighter options like the avocado, tomato and sesame on toast, (£7.50) also the gym bunny favourite, egg white only omelette with goats cheese and kale (£7.50). Certainly it is worth booking or heading over to early, to avoid queues.
Until 4pm at weekends, this light-filled space plays host to a bottomless brunch. With its floral decoration and trailing plants, it is echoes a sense of greenhouse tea room, refined by their comfy winged chairs and marble tables. The restaurant is located in Clerkenwell, neighbouring the trendy, foodie strip of restaurants on exmouth market. Breakfast offers options like drop scones, bubble and squeak and eggs royale, there are also free refills on Bellinis and Bloody Marys to keep you well watered, starting at only £15 per person.
The healthful brunch : Andina, Shoreditch
Andina is the second restaurant of Ceviche owner, Martin Morales. Based on the principals of Andian (Peruvian) cuisine, the restaurant makes use of many known super foods on their menu, such as quinoa, purple corn, lucuma and maca coupled with seasonal British ingredients. Their juice bar showcases combinations like the green pimento, (made with pepper, cucumber, kale and ginger) as well as array of fruity smoothies, none of which made with fruit you are likely recognise. Favourite breakfast dishes include quinoa and amaranth granola with greek yoghurt (£5) and their Peruanazo fry up (£10). There are options for raw and gluten free diets too.
The spiced brunch: Dishoom
Inspired by the buzzy Mumbai cafes, Dishoom is a great spot to ease you into the joys of asian breakfasts. They serve up everything from hand-holders, like their bacon and egg filled naan bread to bowls of chai-spiced banana porridge. If you’re a spice lover, go for their ‘Akuri’ (£6.90) A dish of spicy scrambled eggs with chilli and onion, or their full dish, The Big Bombay (£11.50), an Indian take on a Full English with masala baked beans. Their chai masala is also second to none, and a great alternative to your morning breakfast tea. There are several Dishoom’s now dotted around central London, in Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Covent Garden.
Brunch with a view: Darwin Sky Garden, Walkie Talkie
A breakfast with a view is exactly what you get when you head the thirty-six floors up at the Walkie Talkie to Darwin Sky Garden. For £38 per person you can enjoy an unlimited breakfast buffet featuring anything and everything you could possibly think of. From personalised, ‘DIY’ Bloody Marys, to salads and juices. Not to mention more indulgent treats like waffles, pancakes and eggs cooked however you fancy. It is worth clearing the diary, taking a good book and seeing if you can push on through until dinner. Thats unless they kick you out first.
Please do leave a comment below if you have any places you love, that I should check out! I’d love to hear about your favourites.