In the heart of London‘s Southern Westminster, Pimlico is known for its garden squares and Regency architecture, and more recently its growing café and restaurant scene. Here are the best places in and around Pimlico to enjoy the perfect breakfast or brunch, great if you are looking for a cafe near Buckingham Palace.
No. 11 Pimlico Road
Bar, Restaurant, British, European, $$$
No. 11 Pimlico Road is an independent neighbourhood bar and restaurant, ideal for weekend brunch with family or friends. The restaurant offers a modern twist on British breakfast classics such as the No. 11 Bacon Sandwich with roasted portobello mushrooms and taleggio. With a contemporary interior and innovative dishes, such as breakfast sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado, shaved bacon and breakfast mayonnaise, No. 11 Pimlico Road is great for a fresh and unconventional brunch. The bar has a great selection of brunch cocktails including elderflower and earl grey fizz- Earl Grey infused Tanqueray gin, lemon juice and elderflower cordial, perfect for a boozy brunch.
Café Bella Maria is an independent family-run restaurant in the heart of Victoria and just a stone’s throw from Pimlico. Situated close to Buckingham Palace, the café serves Italian and English style brunches from Mediterranean scrambled eggs to the traditional full English breakfast. The friendly service makes this spot ideal for relaxing with a signature mint hot chocolate and a slice of homemade cake. From the piano to the mis-matched crockery, Café Bella Maria is a cosy escape from the many coffee conglomerates that fill Pimlico and its surrounding Central London areas.
Just outside Pimlico, Iris and June is a retreat from the remote coffee chains in Victoria, and offers up a fantastic brunch experience to kick-start the day. The café’s minimalist style, laid-back atmosphere and sensational service will make you feel at ease as you enjoy your brunch. The artisan café offers a variety of English Preserves jams and marmalade, from real English countryside fruit, to accompany freshly baked flaky pastries such as almond croissants from Little Bread Pedlar. Whether it’s iced or flat white, Iris and June serves sensational coffee using beans from the hugely popular Ozone Coffee Roasters in Shoreditch. If you fancy a sweet treat for brunch, try the maple granola or their signature mini pecan pies. The sausage and egg breakfast brioche is a modern revamp of a breakfast classic, and the ideal brunch treat.
Based in the hub of Pimlico, KEEN serves up wholesome food, organic coffee and an array of fresh juices, making for a faultless brunch. The fresh and contemporary menu proves that there’s much more to KEEN than its iconic coffee, which is made with beans from Origin Coffee Roasters, one of the most eco-friendly coffee roasters in the world. Tuck into a filling halloumi and puy lentil hot pot, made by chef Laurence daily, or try a simple chicken and bacon sandwich with vine tomatoes, mayonnaise, baby spinach and mixed leaves, on your choice of malted brown bread or white bread.
As suggested by its name, Le Pain Quotidien is strong on baked goods, from freshly baked artisan bread to mouthwatering pastries. This elegant boulangerie has an expansive brunch menu with a variety of omelettes, porridges, homemade pastries and artisan breads with a range of speciality spreads. With branches across the globe, Le Pain Quotidien knows a thing or two about brunch and strives to make wholesome, fresh and sustainable food. The Brussels-born restaurant chain offers inventive brunch dishes such as mushroom toast and organic cruncnola with raspberry parfait. The signature Belgian-style hot chocolate is a delicious treat for cocoa lovers and goes well with a pecan swirl or an organic hazelnut flûte.
Pimlico Fresh is a charming spot for a wholesome brunch that will leave you feeling super-charged and ready for the rest of the day. The café has a daily blackboard menu with plenty of healthy dishes and vegan options, setting Pimlico Fresh apart from the numerous greasy spoons across South West London. If you’re feeling the morning blues, try the breakfast smoothie of oats, banana, berries, natural yoghurt, apple and sunflower seeds for a guaranteed pick me up. Fulfill your brunch desires by indulging in the sweet French toast, served with banana and maple syrup, or tuck into savoury French toast with cheese, bacon and maple syrup.
Daylesford Farmshop and Café is the perfect place to enjoy a organic weekend brunch in Pimlico straight from farm to fork. The café has plenty of options for the health-conscious brunch crowd, including homemade toasted granola served with your choice of natural yoghurt, fresh from their creamery in Gloucestershire, or cold pressed raw almond milk. However, if you have more of a sweet tooth, then go for the buttermilk Scotch pancakes with honey and stewed fruit. Daylesford also offers breakfast on weekdays such as the farmhouse breakfast, which puts a modern twist on traditional English breakfast, as it includes sausage, streaky bacon, two fried eggs, grilled tomato and grilled portobello mushrooms with sourdough toast. After brunch, browse the Farmshop and pick up some fresh produce.
Regency Café is the spot in Pimlico for a proper English style brunch. The classic old-school London café interior is cosy and recognisable as the backdrop from various films such as Layer Cake (2004) and Brighton Rock (2010). With simple food and welcoming staff, you’ll feel right at home enjoying a good old fry up, which is rare to find in Pimlico among health food and homemade granola crazes. Whether you choose simple egg and chips or go for the traditional full English breakfast, Regency Café goes that extra mile to ensure you’ve had a sensational breakfast experience. Take it back to the simple English breakfast, by heading down to Pimlico’s Regency Café for brunch.
Blanche Eatery is a sustainable and eco-friendly bistro which aims to bring excitement back to the dull pre-packaged sandwiches of the work day. With several chains across the city, including one in Victoria, Blanche boasts the best coffee in London to get you through the morning. The restaurant serves seasonally inspired breakfasts, including homemade granola with fresh fruit, as well as yoghurt, porridge and fresh croissants baked daily in their patisserie kitchen. Choose between a sweet pastry or something savoury like a ham and cheese croissant or filled bagel with a variety of options including cheese, spinach, salmon and turkey ham, to fulfil your brunch desires.