London’s Best Bottomless Brunches
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The brunch craze is still going strong and Londoners like it boozy. Here are ten of the best bottomless brunches in town…
One of London’s newest bottomless brunches, this is all about those puffy Taiwanese steamed buns. We actually think these guys make their best bao at brunchtime, like the bao benedict with slow braised pork (from excellent Peckham butcher Flock and Herd), with wilted spinach, a wobbly free-range egg and hollandaise in a bun. If you’re wondering whether that’s a slightly difficult sandwich to eat then the answer is ‘yes’ but remember: sometimes we must endure such challenges in order to reap the greater rewards.
In addition to the bao, it’s worth ordering the Taiwanese spring onion pancakes which come with their house kimchi, Cheddar cheese and an egg. Bottomless cocktails include their Bloody Hell Mary which is no joke and will have your mouth buzzing with the effects of wasabi and Sriracha, combined with sparkling sake, tomato juice, vodka and a wasabi salt-rimmed glass. Prices vary according to drinks and bao but that cocktail is £17 for a bottomless hour.
Daddy Bao, 113 Mitcham Road, SW17 9PE
Camden Town Brewery
The Big Bottomless Beer Brunch launched at the beginning of the year and it’s a really unique and fun way to do mid-morning gorging if you’re fond of a can or seven of the fizzy stuff. Head to Camden Town Brewery and graze on croissants and toast before getting involved with the hot dishes – choose one from the selection of pancakes, eggs and sandwiches, including a Reuben.
We assume you’re at this one for the beer, so know that the price of £27pp includes unlimited Camden Town Brewery Beers for two hours. We always knew beer was a breakfast drink really. This only takes place once a month, though, so check the Camden Town Brewery website for details.
Camden Town Brewery,Unit 1 Navigation Park, Morson Road, EN3 4TJ
Bet you didn’t think pizza brunch would ever be a thing, eh? Well, here we are guys… rock up to Radici on Saturday or Sunday and you’ll be able to experience the wonder of their sharing pizza, designed for two people. It’s divided into several sections and topped with classic brunch staples like smoked salmon, poached eggs, prosciutto and mushroom.
That’s not all though – there are other options including eggs benedict, calamari fritti and pancakes with pineapple and mascarpone. It’s £15 for two courses or £20 for three and comes with bottomless prosecco for an extra £15pp. We love this fresh, playful take on brunch with its Italian twist. We’ll fully admit we’ve eaten pizza for breakfast before but not one that was freshly cooked for the purpose. What?
Radici, 30 Almeida Street, N1 1AD
OK, so this is actually a ‘limitless lunch’ which means it’s available from 1pm on a Saturday but all the main brunch elements are present and correct: lots of fun, booze and food. temper City is all about spice, so first up you’ll order starters to share from a selection including their incredible mutton roll (like a spring roll filled with rich, pulled lamb), the squid and samphire pakora or crab beignet. Then, move onto the main course where you’ll choose from either a thali or curry plate. We can recommend the dashi chip shop chicken or the lamb, scotch bonnet and black pepper stew.
Dessert is a chocolate and turmeric torte and there are bottomless temper Marys, Prosecco or mimosas. All of this is £39pp and we guarantee you’ll leave with a loosened belt buckle. Remember: temper is a restaurant for meat lovers with its gigantic central open grill and large cuts of meat cooking on it, so it’s not one for your pescatarian or veggie pals.
temper City, 2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, EC2R 7HJ
Bear with us, ok? You’re never going to head to this Battersea based establishment for an elegant, sedate breakfast but if in-your-face, cheesy weekend revelry is what you’re after, then the Bunga Bunga Party Brunch has your name all over it. Live entertainment, questionable karaoke and sharing platters of decent antipasti are served up alongside homemade sourdough pizzas and enough Bellinis to make Berlusconi wince.
The shy and retiring need not apply, but if you’re game for a laugh then head over on a Saturday with a group of mates to make the most of the free-flowing booze and Italian grub at £44 for two hours. If you can face the hollandaise topped ‘Bunga Benedict’ pizza you’re braver than we are.
Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge, SW11 3BA
This Chicago-inspired beast of a brunch is available on Saturday or Sunday when queues are out the door for a two-hour table at this lively Moorgate diner. Choose from Prosecco, mimosas or Bloody Marys and get stuck into one of the best brunches in town at £35 for two hours with drinks or £23.50 for the virgin option.
Must-order menu items include the filthy ‘nduja cheese and fried egg fries, and the breakfast tacos with scrambled egg, salsa, guacamole and chipotle. The Korean riff on beans on toast, layered with pulled pork and kimchi also sounds pretty interesting. There are granola and pancakes aplenty for the less adventurous, but, really, why are you here?
Bad Egg, City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9AW
Spice up your life with Vivek Singh’s modern Indian food at Cinnamon Soho, where you can take advantage of their Sparkling Sunday bottomless brunch. Endless Prosecco or mimosas are yours for two hours and a crisp £20, alongside the weekend brunch menu (or the afternoon tea menu actually, but we’ll save that one for another time).
Feast on traditional fluffy parathas filled with traditional aloo, gobi or keema, or the amusingly monikered Bollyflower Cheese – all at around the £5 mark. Still hungry? Well, you need a minimum spend of £10 per person anyway to qualify for all that booze, so you may as well try one of his Anglo-Indian classics like kedgeree or lamb rogan josh shepherd’s pie. Oh, and get the side of black dhal too, just to be on the safe side.
Cinnamon Soho, 5 Kingly Street, W1B 5PF
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
You can’t log onto Instagram of a weekend without seeing Bourne & Hollingsworth’s signature palm fronds and assorted greenery alongside plates of eggs, pancakes and all manner of #squadgoals hashtags, such is its popularity. There’s nothing groundbreaking going on here menu-wise (think traditional brunch with a smallish twist) so baked avocado with egg, salsa and soldiers, or lobster royale as well as the standard porridge and pancakes. Brunch dishes are all individually, and reasonably, priced with the option to go bottomless with the bellini of the day or Bloody Marys for £18 or £17 respectively.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU
New Street Grill
New Street Grill feels a bit like a hidden gem. Down a tiny side road just off Bishopsgate, the city hubbub feels far away once you’re seated in the courtyard or the gentlemen’s club styled dining room. They were one of the first to pick up on the bottomless brunch trend and have stayed consistently good ever since, without doing anything leftfield.
Their Saturday bottomless brunch runs for 2 hours a table and is £20/£25 for two/three courses and all the bubbles your heart desires for an extra £15 (we’ve never had our glasses so frequently filled). Their menu is, happily, highly seasonal but if you’re not sure what to choose, the Scotch egg is a strong choice and pretty much a constant. The restaurant has a Josper grill (hello, flame-y flavour) so keep an eye out for that being put to good use. There’s a 42 day aged Tomahawk steak on the menu right now that we can practically taste. Dribble.
New Street Grill, 16a New Street, EC2M 4TR
Flesh & Buns
This is where we’d bottomlessly brunch if we only had one more brunch left on earth. Those Bone Daddies lot know what they’re doing because this Covent Garden underground den of Sunday fun is always packed from wall to wall. Dark, noisy, and with what can only be described as near-pornographic Japanese anime decorating the walls, this isn’t one to bring your mum along to. Gather a few mates, settle in for a welcome cocktail and steel yourself for a Prosecco-soaked carousel of what they term ‘Japanese drinking food’.
The brunch deal buys you any and all of the ‘small dishes’ on the menu (get the Korean fried wings and seafood ceviche for sure) and then everyone chooses one main ‘flesh’. We suggest you order the crispy piglet belly for ultimate enjoyment, but to be honest they’re all exceptional and pair perfectly with cloud-like bao and little pickles. Booking a table again as we speak.
Flesh & Buns, 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX