Best brunches in London
The popularity of Aussie-style long, lingering brunches in London continues to grow at a furious pace. Brunch is becoming the go-to meal, the perfect start to a summer’s day in the city and the only way to escape the cold during the winter months.
The fact is that while traditional English fry-ups are still a thing, they’re become increasingly sophisticated as they make room for US, Scandi and Antipodean influences. The choice of restaurants and cafés is endless but try these for starters.
Lowry & Baker
Homely and welcoming, the very low key Lowry & Baker is the sort of independent local café that every London visitor is looking for. There’s a small outside seating area if the weather’s kind; inside, there aren’t that many tables, so you have to be lucky. Once you’ve bagged a spot, tuck into delicious food and great Monmouth coffee served in mis-matched vintage china. Top marks for its gorgeous granola bowls and simple but perfect poached eggs and smashed avocado.
Situated on Portobello Road, this is the ideal place to fuel up before a leisurely Saturday morning wander through Notting Hill.
Snaps & Rye
Just 2 minutes away, Snaps & Rye is Scandi food at its best, with a helping of super-friendly service. The café/restaurant serves modern Danish food including irresistible open sandwiches, kedgeree and a classic salmon/scrambled eggs brunch. After your meal, browse through the antique shops along the Golborne Road, then make tracks for Portobello Road market.
Situated right on Borough Market’s doorstep, the London Bridge venue is the latest opening for Lantana Café. The relaxed Aussie café is open all day, from breakfast to dinner, but their Australian brunches are particularly good. Labneh, hazelnut dukkah and beetroot cured salmon adds interest value to a regular smashed avocado on sourdough. Or try a Green & Gold Vegan Super Bowl. Other locations include Fitzrovia and Shoreditch.
Start your trip to London with a breakfast with a view. Nothing quite prepares you for the view from the 31st floor of the Shard so be prepared to be distracted from your plate. Breakfast is available from 7am-10.30am (Monday-Friday) and includes everything from bacon baps to a traditional English breakfast, or healthier homemade toasted granola to quinoa salads. At the weekend, brunch is a more elaborate 3-course affair. Reservations are open up to 3 months in advance.
The Breakfast Club
Fun and friendly, The Breakfast Club has been feeding Londoners since 2005 with its Breakfast Sandwiches and Club Classics. Colourful, lively and packed with 80’s memorabilia, decor is fun and low-key. Arrive hungry to do justice to the generous portions of classic British fry-ups – Cabbies Breakfast – and US-inspired pancake stacks with maple syrup. Choose from multiple locations, including London Bridge, Soho, Spitalfields and Hoxton.
And finally, to help you on your English language learning, a breakfast-related idiom!
‘To have/eat someone for breakfast‘ means to defeat them easily, for example with more power or skill eg he thinks he’s strong but Mark could eat him for breakfast!