Whether it be a bottomless or a planned party brunch – I love it! It is the combination of my two favourite things of enjoyment; breakfast foods and alcohol. This is whether you are having mimosas or cocktails with pancakes or avocado toast – SIGN ME UP!
As the self-appointed Queen of Brunchin’ here in London, I am going to list my top five places to go for brunch. As seasons change, places change for where to get amazing brunch. And as one of the London ambassadors for Brown Skin Brunchin‘ and now creator of ‘we brunch too’ (more on that later) – I think I am more than qualified.
Every change of season I will post a top five places to go and have quality eats, shenanigans and vibes. I will rate their food quality, the service quality, the vibes and the shenaniganess. I know that ‘shenaniganess’ is not a word – but excuse my tillyahisms; I am not going to change.
Where the Pancakes are
Brunch Specialty: Pancakes
Best Dish: American pancakes
Food Quality: 8.5/10
Service Quality: 9.5/10
Sweet or savoury this was an amazing option for brunch. The standard batter is made with buttermilk which makes for perfect fluffy pancakes, but there are also vegan, dairy- and wheat-free options on the menu. The American stack with Canadian maple syrup (healthier than honey, they say), streaky bacon and blueberries is the go-to.
Address: Where the Pancakes Are, 7 Charlotte St., London W1T 1RG
Balthazar, Covent Garden
Brunch Specialty: Hungry brunchers in a New York state of mind
Best Dish: Almond Waffles
Food Quality: 8/10
Service Quality: 9/10
A great spot for brunch and afternoon in London, Balthazar London mimics the New York original perfectly with its red-leather booths, giant antique mirrored walls and mosaic floors – a Manhattan interpretation of a traditional French brasserie. Luckily the brunch menu is available until 4pm because the steak and egg served with pommes frites is a punchy start to any day, and the Full English is a feast complete with fries and fried bread. For something sweet, the almond waffles with warm berries, crème fraîche and maple syrup come highly recommended.
Address: Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2
45 Jermyn St
Brunch Specialty: Traditional British breakfast
Best Dish: The Full English
Food Quality: 7/10
Service Quality: 6/10
Located around the back of Fortnum & Masons, 45 Jermyn St is buzzing before 8am and still full at 11am. The interior is beautiful with bright orange leather sofas and a sign to the loos which reads ‘Peas and Leeks’. The breakfast menu also reflects both the classic and the slightly surprising: there’s salty Marmite on soft crumpets topped with giant duck eggs. (I personally would never try the Marmite but I think its a surprising element.) Every food item paired, of course, with Fortnum & Mason tea and coffee.
Address: 45 Jermyn St, St James’s, London SW1
Hope you enjoyed it!
Love and hugs,