Who doesn’t love a good brunch with friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon? We’ve done our part and eaten our way around London so you don’t have to. We’re good like that…
The Riding House Café
Set in the heart of Fitzrovia, The Riding House Cafe is the ideal brunch spot, offering delicious brasserie-style food in a relaxed environment. London Living went for Saturday brunch and loved it so much, we went back for dinner twice. The menus vary slightly but the brunch includes an amazing smoked haddock kedgeree with pea shoots, a very luxurious Eggs Benedict and a cheeseburger that is still making us salivate. Wash it down with a couple of perfectly pitched Bloody Marys for the perfect kick-off to your weekend.
Albion Café, The Boundary
This beautifully designed café, part of the Terrence Conran Boundary building, serves amazing scrambled eggs, seriously decent bread and divine fresh orange juice. The bustling, unpretentious attitude is just the thing for a hungover Saturday morning before an amble up to Shoreditch to start up all over again. We also recommend the fabulous rooftop bar if you’re sticking around all day.
The Breakfast Club, Soho
The original Breakfast Club, this Soho stalwart is small but perfectly formed. Though it’s cute, with polaroid photographs of customers pinned to the wall and a scruffy yet homely vibe, punters come for the food. A breakfast connoisseur’s dream, this is where you opt for the breakfast of your fantasies – bacon and banana French toast, anyone? Portions are enormous too: on our last visit, even our Danish friend couldn’t finish the mountain of bacon that came with his pancakes and maple syrup.
This new American-run joint is the sister bar to the popular Off Broadway cocktail bar on Broadway Market. Just as on-the-money, the rough round the edges Brooklyn-style interior and soulful USA soundtrack fill this place with atmosphere. For a seriously American brunch, you can’t go wrong; an American friend lustfully tucked into the crispy bacon from across the pond while London Living enjoyed fluffy blueberry pancakes with lashings of buttery maple syrup.
Sat right on the canal, with unparalleled views over the stadium opposite, Counter Café is something of a legend in breakfast circles. Somehow, everything is just right, from the smooth, creamy flat whites to the perfectly cooked Eggs Benedict smothered in lemony hollandaise sauce. Afterwards, burn it off with a long walk along the canal.