Avocado on toast will never not be a solid brunch choice, but there is more to life (trust us). Here are some of London’s newer, more exciting brunches. Complete with booze of course. Because that’s just how it’s done.
It doesn’t get much better than Pomona’s Californian brunch. You just need to take one look at this dreamy soft shell crab and bacon burger to realise that. Scan the menu further and you’ll struggle to choose. (It took us a good half an hour). You can forget your bog standard avocado on sourdough, because Pomona’s ditch the bread and swap it for sweet potato toast. Yes, sweet potato toast. Match your food with an above-average bellini, choosing from either pear and cardamom, sloe and mint, or clementine and rosemary. (Our favourite was the pear and cardamom, but clementine and rosemary is a big hit). There is also a bright and colourful range of smoothies and juices if you’re not quite ready for booze pre-5pm. But you can also have the best of both worlds and opt for a bananaberry and Amaretto shake — seriously, it’s a winner.
Book and Brunch Sundays is a new and unique concept, combining great food with great literature. Hosted at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen, the brunch menu will kick off with a healthy “starter” (not a brunch standard, but roll with it), followed by a choice of poached eggs with chilli and avo on sourdough toast (of course), caramelised veggie and chorizo frittata, and French toast with banana, caramel and clotted cream. All accompanied with bottomless tea and coffee, and a wonderful book chosen by Belgravia Books. The set menu costs £30 per head and comes with the book, but you can also upgrade to bottomless bubbly for £15. For more info on the food or the books, go to Lowndes website.
Yoga and brunch? Those are two extremely calming words. Ultimate dream team, Stephanie Sowden (MIMOD’s Kitchen) and Sarah Eckersley (Wilde Yoga), are bringing positive vibes and excellent food to Parson’s Green, encouraging us to love ourselves unconditionally. There’ll be a 90 minute yoga class, followed by a guilt-free feast. The menu is completely unique to the event and will include delights such as blueberry baked donuts with a cream cheese dip, baked shakshuka and melt-in-your-mouth kidney bean brownies. Their next event is at Slice Studios in Parson’s Green on Sunday 26 Feb. Find out more here.
Temple & Sons‘ new brunch menu promises you a true English breakfast. Taking pride of place on the menu, the Full English consists of pork and fennel sausage, smoked bacon, mushrooms, fried potatoes, BBQ beans, a fried egg and sourdough toast topped with bone marrow. You’ll also find a wood fired Lake District onglet steak with potatoes, black pudding, onions and a fried egg, alongside many other hearty dishes, and a selection of choices for the sweet toothed. To wash it all down, the bar will be serving up all sorts of brunch-time classics, including Bloody Marys infused with bacon and a “Full English” garnish, and salted caramel Espresso Martinis.
After 20 months of pop-up success, brünch now has a permanent cafe in The Taproom at London Fields Brewery. Bringing Berlin to east London, this particular brunch has a truly beautiful selection of food. Their ever-changing menu includes buckwheat waffles, delicious Berliner Stulles (better known to us Londoners as open sandwiches), and all the healthy smoothie bowls you could ask for. We challenge you to stalk their Instagram without drooling.
Since launching on 28th Jan, Margot‘s weekend brunch menu has been a real hit. And rightly so. Putting an Italian twist on brunch classics, Margot’s dishes include lemon pancakes with wild berries and mascarpone, and avocado bruschetta with poached eggs and crispy pancetta. There is also a choice of delicious fresh juices and tasty brunch cocktails designed to compliment each dish.