Though renowned for the meaty fry-up, London offers a large variety of restaurants serving the much anticipated weekend brunch. The Culture Trip has compiled a list of great spots to grab a late Sunday breakfast north of the Thames.
At Kopapa, weekend brunch is served between 9:00 and 16:00. Diners can select from delightful creations such as ricotta fritters with avocado and roast grape salad, or poached eggs served with whipped yogurt, hot chilli butter and toast. Menus change frequently, but consistently reflect the value placed on originality and the use of the finest ingredients. Located in the charming junction of Seven Dials, Covent Garden, the interior of this globally inspired restaurant is simple and refined with splashes of colour seen in original artwork hung from the walls and in the red of the tiled floor. Outdoor tables offer diners the opportunity to people watch in one of London’s loveliest areas.
Ozone approaches coffee as an art form, and aims to be one of the world leaders in coffee roasting and brewing. Through instilling passion in its employees and encouraging dialogue and strong relationships with patrons, suppliers and within the team, the cafe works hard to promote a sense of community. Ozone’s expertise is not limited to coffee, as this trendy Leonard street venue is also known for its excellent brunch menu. Both sweet and savoury options are on offer; diners can choose between items like orange and cardamom French toast with rose honey, mascarpone and berries, or Eggs Benedict on bubble and squeak cakes.
At the centre of Ottolenghi’s philosophy is a passion for the culinary arts and, in particular, the use of the most flavourful and fresh ingredients. Although the restaurant has four locations around the city, its Islington branch is the only to serve a sit down meal, while the Notting Hill, Belgravia and Kensington outposts have brought perfection to the takeaway meal. In a minimal, mostly white dining room speckled with instances of red, yellow and orange, guests to the Islington restaurant can select from a carefully curated menu featuring items such as Welsh rabbit with a poached egg and wilted chard with lemon, or shakshuka, a North African egg dish.
With branches around the city The Breakfast Club has become a favourite Sunday stop for Londoners with a bit of 1980s nostalgia looking for an array of morning meal options. Its flagship branch in Soho is painted on the exterior in a sunny yellow, while inside, an eclectic array of photos and eighties memorabilia brings warmth to this much loved haunt. Diners come for the selection of American pancakes, breakfast burritos, French toast, traditional English breakfast, or yogurt with granola. The Breakfast Club is also famed for its selection of smoothies and juices.
Housed in an superbly renovated Victorian granary, set right along a pleasant stretch of Regents Canal, Caravan King’s Cross has the character of an elegant loft. Large metal pillars support high unfinished ceilings, while low hanging light fixtures span the long tables that stretch across this wide open space. Caravan’s innovative menu boasts creative takes on brunch classics. The salt beef bubble with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce replaces the English muffin of the traditional Eggs Benedict with a mixture of salt beef and mashed potatoes coated in a shell of breadcrumbs. Another unusual egg dish combines poached eggs, aubergine puree, yogurt, sumac, parsley and soutsouki sausage for a delicate balance between savoury and creamy cool flavour.
Duck and Waffle can be found on the 40th floor of Heron Tower and is currently the highest restaurant in all of the UK. Floor to ceiling windows flood the dining room with light and provide for stunning views across the entire city. Duck and Waffle’s namesake dish, confit duck served atop a waffle with a fried duck egg and maple syrup on the side, is echoed in the golden wavy ceiling panels which dominate the design of the space. Mixing British tradition with European influences, the restaurant encourages sociable dining through a menu prepared for tasting and splitting amongst company.
Sunday brunch at The Delaunay allows guests to select from either classic breakfast dishes or an array of lunchtime options. The restaurant, inspired by the grand cafes of Europe, is refined and elegant. Dark wood panel walls with old world artworks, marble floors, coffered ceilings and low lighting would easily fool diners into thinking that this was a century old establishment. The Delaunay caters to those in search of a traditionally elegant ambience and high class customer service.
Located down the small passageway of Charlotte Place, Lantana Cafe is a pocket of Australian dining in bustling London. The restaurant is named for the Lantana flower, brought over from South America and now prominent within the Australian landscape. The back wall of the quaint dining area is dominated by a floral print wallpaper, furthering the establishment’s botanic theme. A breakfast menu is served from Monday through Friday, while a separate brunch menu is reserved for the weekend. Some of the more unusual dishes to be found at brunch include: corn fritters with bacon, spinach roast tomatoes, avocado chilli lime salsa and creme fraiche, or toasted coconut French toast with ricotta, lime syrup and pistachios.
Dishoom attempts to bring the tradition of Bombay’s Iranian cafes to the heart of London, offering an all day menu reflecting this valued heritage. Although served only until midday, the breakfast menu at Dishoom is an unusual combination of western and eastern ingredients. The restaurant serves bacon, sausage, or egg rolls wrapped in naan, a notable divergence from vegetarian Indian fare. Diners can also select more traditional options such as the bun maska or the akuri, both Irani Cafe classics. Designed with prominent ceiling fans and framed posters of Bollywood stars, the interior space can be described as retro-modern, while paying homage to the original Irani Cafes.
The Modern Pantry is the brainchild of Anna Hansen and aims to serve carefully prepared fusion food in a calming environment. The menu features references to Hansen’s New Zealand homeland, but is mostly a mixture of international fare. Occupying an attractive brick building, the design of The Modern Pantry is true to its name. A combination of white, country style tables and chairs, brass light fixtures, painted brick walls, and wide plank wood floors in the cafe area combines the comfort of home with chic contemporary design. Mouthwatering medleys such as the sweetcorn, feta, green chilli and curry leaf waffles complete this charming dining experience.