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25 Sun-Soaked Outdoor Brunches You Need To Try This Summer

By Julie Freeman

A row of cocktails at Dalloway Terrace

Our two new favourite words of the season? Outdoor. Brunches.

With summer finally here and al fresco dining on the rise, our city’s restaurants know exactly what the sun-deprived, famished crowds need after a dark year indoors: Outdoor. Brunches. And my oh my, does London deliver in that department. From bottomless booze and runny eggs to spiked matcha frappes and berry-topped pancakes — here are 25 lovely, summery spots where you can enjoy a perfect outdoor brunch in London:

Non-bottomless outdoor brunches in London

1. NAC, Mayfair

NAC is back! This stylish French bistro is known for its picture-perfect brunch dishes, which you can now enjoy on an equally trendy summer terrace. Favourites from their brunch menu include the honey French toast with raspberries, clotted cream, and speculos, and the truffle burger with Monterrey Jack and truffle mayo. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5:30pm. 41 N Audley St, W1K 6ZP.

2. EL&N Café, Oxford Circus

As you can see, EL&N‘s brunches are just as pink as their flowery decór, which has now spread onto their outdoor terrace. The all-day brunch menu includes classics like Dutch-baby pancakes and eggs florentine, but since the restaurant is open from 7am to 11pm (seven days a week), you can also treat yourself to a mighty slice of pistachio cake or chicken & pink waffles for brunch. The options are endless! In addition to their flagship location just off Oxford Circus, several EL&N restaurants across the city are now also open for outdoor dining. 9 Market Place, Oxford Circus, W1W 8AQ.

3. The Rooftop, Trafalgar Square

This weekend brunch with altitude truly has our heads spinning. The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St. James Hotel offers delicious Asian-style dishes served alongside craft cocktails and breathtaking city views. From their bao and gyoza as starters to their signature Croque Fūrén and Eggs Monarch as main dishes, you really can’t go wrong here. They are currently also offering a limited-time ‘Blush Brunch’ which comes with rosé and pretty pink dishes. The weekend brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm. 7th Floor, 2 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS.

4. Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

It’s no wonder that one of London’s most Instagrammable restaurants also serves an incredible lineup of aesthetically pleasing brunch items. With a fresh spring makeover, Dalloway Terrace is back serving an extended weekend brunch, now Thursdays through Sundays from 11am to 2pm. You’ll love their beautiful creations like the spiked matcha frappe and rainbow açaí bowl. 16-22 Great Russell St, WC1B 3NN.

5. Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia

Speaking of Instagrammable restaurants, Circolo Popolare is another London spot that’s high up on that list. They now serve weekend brunch on their verdant 60-seater outdoor terrace from 11:45am on Saturdays and Sundays. On the menu, which changes every month, you’ll find fresh Italian antipasti to share, amazing authentic pizzas, a cacio e pepe wheel for two, and more. With creative drinks like their “#Simply The Breast” cocktail, you’re guaranteed to have a fun outdoor brunch experience here. 40-41 Rathbone Pl, W1T 1HX.

6. Ivy Soho Brasserie, Soho

The Ivy Soho Brasserie serves an eclectic mix of modern, seasonal British comfort food and international dishes, and boasts an extensive brunch menu for weekend diners. From more traditional brunch items like eggs royale and chips to fancy starters and Ivy Classics (their twice-baked cheese soufflé is a must-try!), there’s something on the menu for everyone. Round off your meal with a glass of sparkling wine or a cool cocktail. Their weekend brunch is available on Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays from 11am to 4pm. 26-28 Broadwick St, W1F 8JB.

7. The Good Egg, Soho

For a more casual, messy (in a good way) al fresco brunch experience, head to The Good Egg in Kingly Court, where you can scoff fluffy pitas, stuffed challah buns, hearty egg dishes, and their famous babka French toast all day long. If you don’t fancy a cocktail with your food, try one of their tahini shakes instead! The Good Egg’s all-day brunch is available from 9:30am to 11:30pm every day. Unit G9 Kingly Court, Kingly St, W1B 5PW.

8. Coppa Club, Tower Bridge

Not a bad setting for a weekend brunch, huh? Coppa Club, along with their fabulous riverside igloos, have returned with a spring makeover this season. The private party pods and outdoor terrace are covered in blossoms and blooms, adding to the already scenic views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. In line with the seasonal look, they’ve launched a delightful new summer menu, and that includes a lovely weekend brunch: Enjoy a stack of buckwheat and rye pancakes, crushed avocado and eggs, or their delicious garden or skillet breakfast concoctions. A long list of drinks ranging from cocktails to wine and beer will keep you hydrated and happy. The brunch is served from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. 3 Three Quays Walk, EC3R 6AH.

9. FEYA Café, Knightsbridge

It’s almost challenging to dig into a plate of pancakes at FEYA Café in Knightsbridge, because their brunch dishes are just that pretty. At this dreamy location, you can dine in an enchanted forest in the heart of London, and treat yourself to a 3-course brunch (incl. one main, one drink and one dessert) from a colourful, creative, and healthy menu. Get your tickets here. 146 Brompton Rd, SW3 1HX.

10. Beach Blanket Babylon, Notting Hill

Located in a prominent old Georgian Mansion in the heart of Notting Hill, Beach Blanket Babylon is an elaborate, rococo-inspired restaurant and bar which is now open for weekend brunch on their pretty outdoor terrace. They offer a brunch menu containing everything from small breakfast dishes to larger mains and dessert, and mix up some legendary cocktails you’ve got to try. Their weekend brunch is available from 10am. 45 Ledbury Rd, W11 2AA.

11. White Mulberries, St Katharine Docks

Another way to immediately level up brunch is to place said brunch by the water for an extra serene atmosphere. This dockside brunch spot is a perfect example, where the pretty cocktails and dishes compete with the waterside views. White Mulberries can be found in the historical Ivory House in St Katharine Docks, and since it’s also an award-winning coffee shop, you can bet they serve some killer espresso martinis. Order their famous banana bread, a breakfast bowl or some loaded toast with that, and voilà. The special brunch dishes are available weekdays until 3pm, and weekends until 4pm. White Mulberries also has plenty of outdoor seating at their Hay’s Galleria location, just minus the dockside views. D3 Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, E1W 1AT.

Bottomless outdoor brunches in London

12. Aqua Kyoto, Oxford Circus

What could possibly top brunch with a view? Not much, if you ask us. Unless the brunch involves sushi platters and bottomless bubbles, in which case it’s even better. Aqua Kyoto‘s free-flowing weekend brunch offers all that and more, with the option of adding unlimited prosecco or bellinis to a selection of Japanese dishes. The brunch is available on weekends only, on Saturdays from 12pm to 2:45pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 3:30pm. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), UK W1B 3BR.

13. Bar Elba, Waterloo

Rooftop brunch

Bar Elba will be putting their gorgeous rooftop to good use this season, offering an epic, sky-high bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. The Bar Elba Brunch Fest promises brilliant burgers with either one or two hours of bottomless bubbles and beer, as well as “bucket-loads of glitter, endless summer vibes, and banging views”. Sounds exactly like the type of brunch we need after the year we’ve all had! Get your tickets for various time slots here. Rooftop Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Rd, SE1 8UL.

14. Crust Bros, Waterloo

Unlimited pizza. Bottomless prosecco. Now that’s what we’re talking about, because honestly, sometimes a lone slice of avocado toast just leaves us wanting more, especially when there’s free-flowing bubbly involved. At Crust Bros in Waterloo, there’s a limitless supply of fresh-out-the-oven pizza (well, until your 90 minutes are up), so you definitely won’t be leaving brunch hungry. Bring your pizza pals and settle into Crust Bro’s 20-seater terrace for the ultimate bottomless weekend feast. Buon appetito! The bottomless brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4:30pm. 113 Waterloo Rd, SE1 8UL.

15. Sea Containers, South Bank

“A dining experience with views of the River Thames”, mixed with bottomless prosecco, Grey Goose bloody marys, or Laurent-Perrier Cuvée. Add to that some crab on sourdough, a grilled aubergine flatbread, or a SeaCo beef burger, and you’ve got yourself a seriously fabulous brunch. Sea Containers have reopened their outdoor terrace, and are ready to welcome guests for weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD.

16. Nº35 Mackenzie Walk, Canary Wharf

Nº35 Mackenzie Walk’s beautiful waterfront terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny weekend brunch. While their regular brunch menu is available during the week from 9am to 4pm, weekends offer a boozy brunch with free-flowing prosecco, mimosas, or mojitos on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 4pm. 29-35 Mackenzie Walk, E14 4PH.

17. Smiths of Smithfield, Farringdon

Another brunch spot offering the unbeatable combination of bottomless booze and city views. Smiths of Smithfield are back with their rooftop free-flowing brunch, which is music to our ears. Depending on the brunch package you choose, you get three plates with 120 minutes of free-flowing prosecco, mimosas, or bloody marys, plus a gin welcome cocktail. The pricier option even throws in Exmoor Caviar and sour cream blinis for the table, and the option to upgrade prosecco to Pierre de Bry Champagne. But even without that, the plates of spiced cauliflower and spinach baked eggs, sticky shortrib breakfast muffins, and cajun spiced Devon crab cakes sound mighty fine. The brunch is available every Saturday from 12pm to 8pm. 67-77 Charterhouse St, EC1M 6HJ.

18. The Botanist, Broadgate

The Botanist at Broadgate Circle are back with their beloved bottomless brunches, delivering the buzz and excitement we’ve all been craving. And they don’t mess around when it comes to the “bottomless” part: Brunch enthusiasts looking for a boozy good time can enjoy two hours of unlimited Heineken or Amstel, bloody marys, prosecco, champagne, their house white, rosé, and red wine, as well as aperol spritzes, espresso martinis, or porn star martinis… phew. Before we forget to mention the food entirely, guests can choose between two and three courses, and the selection won’t disappoint either: The Botanist’s mac n’ cheese croquettes with truffle mayo, the grilled chicken burger, and frankly, everything else, sounds just as promising. The bottomless brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am, with no curfew. 35 Broadgate, EC2M 2QS.

19. All Star Lanes, White City

All Star Lanes Brunch

All Star Lanes have transformed their White City terrace into a hop garden where you can enjoy two brunch items, a welcome cocktail, and two whole hours of bottomless Goose Island pitchers or prosecco in the sun. Whether you’re in the mood for mac ‘n’ cheese, buttermilk pancakes, fried chicken or waffles, you’ll be sure to find just the right dish to accompany your booze. Get your tickets for Saturdays or Sundays at 12pm or 2:30pm here. Ariel Way, W12 7GD.

20. Brother Marcus, Spitalfields

When it comes to bottomless brunches, Brother Marcus knows what’s up. With an entire menu dedicated to brunch and a gorgeous outdoor space, this spot ticks all the boxes. One of those boxes, of course, is the option to make brunch bottomless, with unlimited prosecco, mimosas, pints of beer or their famous “Brother Marys” available (which you can mix, btw). Their Eastern Mediterranean-inspired dishes range from sweet to savoury, using only locally sourced ingredients. The even better news? Their brunches (bottomless and regular) are available every. single. day., beginning at 10:30am Monday through Friday, and 10am on Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays. Brother Marcus also offer outdoor brunch at their Angel and Balham locations. 2 Crispin Pl, E1 6DW.

21. Linnaean, Nine Elms

Linnaean

Vegans, listen up: At this stylish café, you can enjoy a three-course vegan brunch with bottomless organic vegan prosecco, bloody marys or gin coolers. Linnaean in Nine Elms offers a predominantly plant-led organic menu with an artisanal approach, including goodies like their signature matcha or seasonal chocolate pancakes with fresh fruits, popcorn, and homemade seasonal jam. You can get tickets for several dates and times here. Embassy Gardens, 2 New Union Square, SW11 7AX.

22. Arenella at The Chapel Bar, Islington

Photo: Haydon Perrior

While this one is technically a bottomless lunch, we don’t see why it shouldn’t count. Arenella at The Chapel Bar specialises in simple Southern Italian cooking, and serves an all-day bottomless lunch menu on weekends that comes with unlimited prosecco, champagne, aperol, vino bianco or elderflower spritzes, plus a starter and main course per person. The food is delicious and the outdoor terrace & garden gorgeous, making Arenella a terrific brunch spot. You can have their bottomless lunches on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 9pm. 29 Penton St, The Angel, N1 9PX.

23. Ma Petite Jamaica, Camden Town

Ma Petite jamaica
Photo: @mapetitejamica

Ma Petite Jamaica‘s bottomless brunch is truly unlike any other, and thanks to their authentic Jamaican food, wonderfully welcoming staff, and all the Reggae hits you could ever hope for, you’ll instantly forget you’re in the middle of Camden Town. Enjoy fried plantain, Ackee & saltfish, jerk chicken, vegetable curry, and more on a gorgeous outdoor terrace, along with two hours of bottomless rum cocktails and prosecco. The brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays at various times, and you can book your tickets here.

24. Darcie and May Green, Paddington Central

Brunch on a boat, anyone? These pop-art barges, Darcie and May Green, are not only a super fun open-air deck hangout, but they also serve an amazing daily brunch until 4pm. With the option of adding free-flowing fizz and mimosas, you can taste their award-winning brunch dishes (one sweet and one savoury each), which have strong influences from Melbourne and Sydney café culture. Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS.

25. Ayllu, Paddington

Ayllu

This Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant offers a mouthwatering bottomless brunch featuring 90 minutes of unlimited prosecco and mimosas, and a tasting menu with five top fusion courses to share. From pulled chicken breast cooked with yellow chili base, bread, milk, and served with rice, to a selection of fine Peruvian truffles, this brunch has much more in store than your typical avocado on toast. Get your tickets for varying times on Saturdays and Sundays here. 25 Sheldon Square, W2 6EY.

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