We’ve all been there… It’s Saturday morning and you wake up with a bangin’ headache and hazy memories of getting home last night. The first thing on your mind (once you’ve checked that you’ve got your phone) is brunch – and lots of it. But, where to? And which of your mates can you convince to get out of bed and join you for a big feed?
London’s brunch scene is no joke. We’re pretty thankful that restaurateurs across this fine city have fully embraced the brunch craze. Weekends would be a sad affair without poached eggs, smashed avo and glasses of prosecco. So, while you rouse your pals, read on and pick one of the following spots to sort out your hangover…
1. Brunch at Big Easy, Canary Wharf
Weekend brunch at the Big Easy in Canary Wharf is certainly not for the faint-hearted… This lively location runs a brilliant weekend brunch from 11am to 4pm. You can choose from unlimited BBQ grub or choose from a range of lobster-based dishes for just £29.50 a head. But what really seals the deal for us? That sweet, sweet price includes a bottle of prosecco, house wine or a 3-pint jug of cocktails per person. How can you argue with that?
2. Brunch at Bean & Hop, Earlsfield
If you need a big fry up to cure what ails you, get thee to Bean & Hop in Earlsfield. Their Bean & Hop brekkie comes complete with two fried eggs, crispy bacon, a homemade sausage patty, oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, hash browns, chilli jam and toasted sourdough bread. They also have splendid eggs hollandaise – with pulled ham hock or Scottish smoked salmon on top. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you really can’t go wrong with their pancake stacks doused in Canadian maple syrup. Or, do one better and order them with a side of crispy smoked bacon. Feeling up to a tipple? Order an Aperol Spritz to put some pep in your step.
3. Brunch at The Diner, Soho
Did somebody say ALL DAY BREAKFAST? You’ll find an all-American menu at The Diner, complete with portions as big as any traditional diner you’d find state-side. This Soho spot ticks all the hungover boxes and then some. Choose from dishes like the breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, chorizo, pork, black beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa and cheese or their Diner chicken burger with buttermilk fried chicken breast, streaky bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, slaw and pickles. Just make sure you grab a bacon bloody mary with bacon salt, pickle juice & East London Liquor Co. vodka to really knock that hangover out of the park.
4. Brunch at Pisqu, Fitzrovia
Peruvian brunch that’s so buzzing you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of the action in Lima? Sign us up! Pisqu is located in the heart of the West End and has everything from sea bass ceviche with sweet potato, lime, coriander, tiger’s milk, Inca corn to lomo saltado (flame sautéed, extra mature beef served with red onion, rice and chips) on the menu. One thing’s for sure – the fresh ingredients and zesty lime juice gracing just about every dish on the menu will have you right as rain in no time. Grab two brunch courses for £12 or three for £16 at this brilliant spot. Sure why not have a recuperative pisco sour while you’re at it?
5. Brunch at Dirty Bones, Kensington
The Dirty Bones dudes claim to have London’s best hangover brunch, and we’ve got to admit that their NYC-inspired grub is up there! Tuck into comfort food and revitalising cocktails while listening to some funk and soul tunes. Dreamy, right? Order the short rib hash which consists of 14-hour slow-cooked pulled short rib finished with caramelised shallots and mustard seeds, served with potatoes and two sunny side-up eggs for a proper carb-loading sesh. For a boozy affair, cash in on their Boozy Brunch Flight offer where you can get four cocktails for £19. Now, that’s what we’re talking about!
So why not delve even further into the London brunch scene and become better acquainted with every poached egg and mimosa that London has to offer?