We’ve found the best bottomless brunches in London. All day weekend brunch with a side of bloody marys, mimosas and coffee cocktails have taken the capital by storm. Check out our pick of the best eggs, avocado on toast, banana bread and fritters below, all with free-flowing brunch cocktails.
Beany Green, Little Venice
Beany Green is a funky spot that brightens up the concrete canal-side area just off Paddington’s Sheldon Square. Stone picnic tables and hot pink deckchairs donning pop-art banana illustrations spill out onto the astro turf that hugs the side of this industrial building. The fun combo continues inside this coffee shop and brunch spot – bold and bright furnishings (colourful metal chairs, pop art posters and shaggy fluorescent orange cushions) breath life into the urban features.
Bottomless brunch is a two course affair. The hot ‘main’ options include French toast, plenty of eggs and a full Aussie breakfast (The Bondi). Avocado on toast was given one of the best twists we’ve tried, with crisp organic charcoal sourdough topped with avocado, a crunchy lime and lemon dukkah, a dollop of creamy labneh and fiery homemade chilli pesto. Huge discs of fritters were textured with bursts of corn and plenty of broccoli, accompanied with avocado and home-made chilli pesto.
For your second course banana bread is a winner. The banana bread sandwich stacks up two hefty slices of moist toasted banana bread laden with mascarpone, marinated fresh berries and flaked almonds, complete with a drizzle of honey and a little edible flower on top.
Beany Green’s exclusive espresso blend (roasted by The Roasting Party in Winchester) was served Aussie-style by some of the smiliest baristas we’ve met. Little glasses of espressos and killer cortados woke us up. There were also plenty of fresh juices on offer (red zinger with beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger, and green detox with cucumber, spinach, celery and apple) and smoothies with fat-free frozen yogurt – go for an extra caffeine hit with banana, dates, coconut H20, almonds and espresso sprinkled with shaved coconut and freshly roasted coffee beans.
Menu must-order: The fancy bacon roll was a fab twist on the bacon sarnie, with thin, flaky paratha roti piled high with crisp onions, poached eggs, back bacon, chilli, and The Ribman’s punchy Holy Fuck Hollandaise.
Bottomless drinks: Pokey bloody marys and mimosas made with freshly squeezed orange juice are free-flowing and come swiftly after one another.
HIX Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel
Mark Hix’s Mayfair outpost is the destination for a leisurely weekend brunch cocooned in British elegance – white linen tablecloths, dark wood paneling and impeccable service make it extremely special.
The focus is on seasonal British produce: colourful Isle of Wight tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and balsamic, finely shaved Wye Valley asparagus topped with smoky cheese and a zesty lemon dressing, and Hodmedod’s green pea dropped scones with Black Coombe ham and a perfectly poached pheasant’s egg. Go for a proper toastie for your main, filled with sweet brisket, Montgomery’s Cheddar and pickled cucumber. This brunch is a full three course affair, and desserts are worth saving room for – Bakewell tart has a crunchy base and a generous dollop of Cornish clotted cream, and 80% Peruvian Gold chocolate mousse is thick and rich with a strong hint of booze from soaked cherries.
Bottomless drinks: As soon as your glass begins to empty, a waistcoat-clad gentleman wheels over the elegant, marble-topped drinks trolley to tempt you with “more Champagne, ma’am?” Ask him to make up pokey bloody marys using creamy Black Cow vodka from Dorset, homemade tomato juice and crunchy celery. Bellinis are given a British twist with homemade seasonal syrups such as Wye Valley rhubarb.
Kurobuta, Marble Arch
Large tables of young folk fill the large room as acoustic musicians and live DJs take turns to man the music, while chefs prepare food behind a huge grey slate counter and edgy waiters dart between wooden tables.
You can build your own noodle soup from the ramen bar with two types of broth, pre-served bowls of noodles and plenty of toppings. Help yourself to Kurobuta’s crisp fried chicken, Japanese slow-cooked Onsen eggs, and the carefully crafted sushi buffet – tuna and cucumber maki, seabass sashimi or the iconic salmon sashimi pizza (soft pieces of salmon sashimi on a crisp, light tortilla base with bursting bubbles of wasabi-infused tobiko (flying fish roe)). Add on extra mains, including BBQ pork belly in pillowy steamed buns with crunchy, spicy peanut soy, or the extremely popular sticky miso-grilled aubergine, nasu dengaku (we have the recipe here).
A stunning platter arrives for dessert – vibrant fruits (dragon fruit, lychees and passion fruit), chocolate truffles and unique glutinous rice mochi balls with an ice cream-like texture flavoured with mango, yuzu and coconut.
Bottomless drinks: After a welcome cocktail (we had a sake and elderflower spritz with rose liqueur and a dash of rose bitters), sidle up to the huge vat of brunch punch or indulge in two hours of unlimited Japanese beers and wines.
Bad Egg, Barbican
The wonderfully named Bad Egg’s weekend brunch menu offers a spiced-up menu of diner classics and breakfast cocktails – definitely for adults only. Forget gentler breakfast staples like smoked salmon bagels or eggs benedict – Bad Egg packs a full-on flavour punch. Sticky Korean fried rib tips are hot with ginger and more gochujang; tacos are filled with scrambled eggs, chipotle, salsa and guacamole, and beans on toast is ramped up with pulled pork and kimchi.
You’re encouraged to choose three plates each, share with your friends, and to order as many bloody marys, mimosas or prosecco as you like within your two–hour sitting. Perch on on bar stools in the window or relax into comfy diner-style red booths. Music is loud and customers and staff alike show off tats with pride. Leave granny and kids at home – this is two hours you’ll want to yourself.
Menu must-order: Fries with ndjua fondue – made with raclette and red leicester it has a deliciously gooey texture reminiscent of cinema-style chip and dips but a hundred times better. Chilaquiles are hard to go past, too: fried corn tacos with salsa, goats’s curd, chilies and a fried egg. Finish with deep-fried chicken with caramelised banana – served with maple syrup on buttered brioche it act as a pudding of sorts.
Bottomless drinks: Kick off with a bloody mary spiced with gochujang – and if anything can wake up jaded tastebuds it’s this Korean red pepper paste. There is also a tempting virgin drinks menu for a cheaper price featuring freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade lemonade and soft drinks.
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This chic, sophisticated Italian restaurant is ideal for a leisurely brunch with a Mediterranean twist. Clean and bright Bernardi’s has a hip hotel bar vibe – groups settle into soft leather booths or leather-cushioned chairs around marble tables while the open kitchen hums in the background. The stylish furnishings and brass light instalments designed by the restaurant’s owner, Gabriel Bernardi, make this a trendy place to be seen; nevertheless, staff are discreet and maintain a friendly, un-hassled atmosphere.
An Italian take on the English fry-up is a meticulously prepared plate of silky wild mushrooms with crisp pancetta and well-seasoned fried eggs, topped with crunchy focaccia croutons. For a healthy kick, try the paca verde ‘green peace’ juice made from freshly pressed fennel, cucumber, parsley stalks, mint, apple and lemon, or go all-Italian with Arabica-Robusto blend of Musetti coffee.
Bullseye: The pizzettes. A refreshing choice is the confit leeks and melting Taleggio topping, garnished with plenty of celery leaves and stalks to cut through the pizza dough. Pair it with a punchy Virgin Mary.
Bottomless drinks: Two hours of unlimited prosecco or punchy Bloody Marys with premium polish Wyborowa vodka and plenty of spice.
Step out of Carnaby Street’s busy shopping district into Jinjuu’s cool, moodily lit restaurant. Blue teel velvet booths hug exposed brick walls, a central wooden communal dining table is suspended from the ceiling with hefty chains, and giant dragon murals are painted onto concrete walls downstairs.
The Korean take on brunch kicks off with a feast of an anju sharing plates: little bowls of steamed edamame beans with a chilli panko mix sit alongside large steamed beef and pork mandoo dumplings, crispy Korean fried chicken wings and crisp prawn lollipops served with creamy gochujang mayo. Choose your main from the menu of meats cooked on an open grill served with kimchi, spicy ssam jang paste and white rice. The hero dish is the Tong Dak chicken board – generous pieces of super crisp golden brown chicken with a punchy Asian slaw and zingy roasted corn salsa. We love the mini squeezy bottles of homemade soy sauce and ktown kourage.
Bottomless drinks: £20 gets you unlimited spiced kimchi marys (a punchy spice mix infused with vodka-like soju rice liqueur and fresh tomato juice) and five berry bellinis with homemade omija syrup, along with an extensive fresh juice bar and red and white wines. Upgrade to the £35 menu to treat yourself to added bubbles and Korean pale lager style Hite beers.