London's Best Spots For Weekend Brunching
Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day but is there anything more purely enjoyable than weekend brunch? Think of it as breakfast with a lie-in, or lunch that can extend to the middle of the afternoon, by its very name brunch offers the best of both worlds. Whether you’re looking for superfood salads or bottomless champagne, DJ sets or skyscraper dining, here are London’s 10 best brunches.
Anywhere with a Champagne coupe modelled on Kate Moss’s left breast and champagne slippers designed by Rupert Sanderson for the sole purpose of serving Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé understands the decadence inherent in brunch, a meal that is the food equivalent of Keats’s ‘Ode on Indolence’.
34’s menu is stuffed full of calorific delights designed to stop you moving for the rest of the day: waffles with buttermilk fried chicken, crispy bacon and maple syrup, duck hash with two fried eggs and, most divine of all, lobster mac with shaved black truffle. You can eat lightly too (marinated tomato and burnt avocado salad) but really, if you want lo-cal, head to stablemate Sexy Fish. Brunch served Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm.
Brunch at Bistrotheque has been a Bethnal Green institution for over 10 years and shows no signs of becoming any less essential for the east London creatives who have always had this as their local. Eggs, pancakes and a full English are served alongside a judicious edit of Bistrotheque’s dinner menu, so you can slip in for poached eggs and avo or sit down for a proper lunch.
Twice-baked eggs with broad beans and black truffle shavings is a splendid thing to eat whatever the time of day, and there is French toast with berries, almonds and Chantilly cream - “so light it doesn’t count as dessert”, according to co-owner Pablo Flack. Brunch served Sat-Sun 11am-4pm
Anyone who’s ever had dinner at Chiltz will know that its best dishes are the brunchiest, which is why you’ll find the crab-stuffed doughnuts, bacon cornbread, steak tartare with pine nut chipotle and Caesar salad with crispy chicken skin from the main menu all putting in an appearance for brunch at this still-got-it celebrity mecca.
Alternatively, go classic with a tower of buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, crème fraiche and maple syrup, or spice things up with XO crab noodles with red chilli, ham and dried tomatoes.
The most difficult decision? Whether to sit in the dining room or courtyard, heated year-round. Brunch served Sat-Sun 11am-3pm.
Discover more at Telegraph.co.uk