Flotsam & Jetsam has quickly become a firm favourite among locals, appealing to families, foodies, and the fitness-conscious alike. Tuck in to pineapple bircher muesli or smashed avocado and feta on toast, all washed down with a fresh pink watermelon and lime juice. News of the now-infamous brown butter and espresso hollandaise sauce has spread quickly across the Common, meaning there’s often a little queue for a table. You’ll be glad you waited, though.
4 Bellevue Rd, Wandsworth, Greater London, UK +44 020 8672 7639
Proving that brunch describes a lifestyle more than a specified meal time, the sign outside Gazette encourages passersby to come in and enjoy brunch at any time until 6pm. Simple and generous, the menu is based on provincial French cuisine. For brunch, this of course means an alluring array of freshly cooked, buttered croissants, pain au chocolats, crêpes, and sourdough baguettes, served with homemade jams and marmalades. Gazette is proud to prepare all juices, smoothies and milkshakes à la minute, and you can mix and match any fruit you like.
96-100 Balham High Road, London, UK +44 020 8772 1232
Bertie and Boo have a couple of venues across South West London, ostensibly catering to kids. Their Adventure Island boasts one of the most imaginative, themed play centres in London. However, the bright and quirky decor of their cafe entices children and adults alike. After a heavy night in Balham, sink into vintage blue leather sofas or breathe in a little fresh air on the terrace; Instagram-worthy hangover cures are about to arrive at your old school desk-style table. Novel ingredient combinations fill thick toasted sandwiches, and frothy milkshakes spill from the top of mason jars.
162 Balham High Road, Balham, South West London, UK +44 020 8772 1562
Located in the heart of Balham Village, The Nightingale is an all-day breakfast cafe, deli counter, bakery, and work space, all under one roof. The charming interiors and free wifi attract those looking for a change of scene from the office or for an informal business meeting spot. Eggs, a brunch staple, are the order of the day. Try them with salmon, haddock, turkey, or in a full English baguette.
193 Balham High Road, London, UK +44 020 8673 7707
The Regent serves a menu of hearty classics. Thanks to the sharing platters, brunch at The Regent is an indulgent treat to be enjoyed with friends and family at the end of a long week. Try the Sunday roast board if you can’t imagine going a weekend without a great cut of beef or lamb. For those who have worked up an appetite walking their pampered pets around the local commons there’s even a special Pooch brunch.
21 Chestnut Grove, Balham, London, UK +44 020 8772 0546