BEST PLACES TO HAVE BRUNCH IN LONDON
Breakfast on the roof of Alfies Antique Market
Roof Top Kitchen at Alfies, 13-25 Church Street, NW8 8DT, London
In the heart of Little Venice, a ramshackle art deco building houses the most fascinating and authentic vintage and antiques market in London: Alfies Antique Market.
Opened in 1976 in a former shopping mall, it is the largest covered vintage market in the UK.
On the third floor, on the rooftop, is the Roof Top Kitchen, a bar with a large terrace and many tables, along with a small covered porch perfect for winter and rainy days. In this “secret place” frequented mainly by locals and little known by tourists, simple but delicious English breakfasts are served: eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms and beans or smoked salmon, and prices are quite reasonable. The menu also offers excellent jacket potatoes, burgers and delicious homemade cakes.
Duck and Waffle on Heron Tower
Duck & Waffle, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
The Heron Tower, which opened in 2011, is the tallest building in Britain to host a rooftop restaurant. Duck & Waffle, on the 40th floor, is not the only restaurant in the tower, but it certainly is a place where you can enjoy excellent brunch at a fair price, especially considering the location. Every Saturday and Sunday, with a reservation, you can enjoy duck dishes. House specialties include waffles, cakes of Belgian origin served with all kinds of fillings: cream, cinnamon, and even the cream of homemade hazelnut.
Albion: A sweet and savory brunch
2-4, Boundary Street, E2 D77, London
Albion is located in the Shoreditch area and is the perfect destination for a hearty breakfast or a Sunday lunch before plunging into the market of Brick Lane, Columbia Road flower market or the vintage stalls at the Old Spitalfields Market.
Past the entrance stacked with shelves of fruits, vegetables and organic produce, you enter a large, cozy room where an oven that cooks bread and brioches continually is well visible. The scent in the room is irresistible. The main dishes are in fact bakery products prepared on the spot.
The restaurant offers an extensive menu and you can try the traditional English breakfast with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, or the sweet porridge with prunes.
202 Westbourne Grove for fashion animals
202, Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH, London
If you are fashion animal and do not want to miss the opportunity of a brunch in an unusual atmosphere that is in line with your super fashion taste, you can head to 202 Westbourne Grove and have a superb brunch at a fair price served among super-expensive tailor-made clothes.
202 is a concept store located in fashionable Notting Hill that was born from the idea of the French fashion designer Nicole Farhi, who created a space where food and clothes, her great passions, merge.
On the ground floor, beyond the first row of dummies, an elegant room with a showcase of tables opens up: the breakfast menu, with obvious French influences, is served until midday, and brunch until 16:00.
Seafood abounds in all the recipes and the salads are fantastic: the Mexican crab salad with chili-lime sauce, and salted vegetables fajitas with guacamole and sour cream are dishes you will not easily find in Londoners’ normal brunch menu.
Just be careful not to come for a coffee at £ 3.10 and go out with a piece of clothing for £500!
Vienna style brunch at The Delaunay
55, Aldwych, WC2B 4BB, London
If you’re in the mood for a brunch in a refined atmosphere where you will have the feeling of being transported to a great Austrian coffee house, The Delaunay is the place for you.
With comfortable armchairs in dark green leather and reverent waiters, the café has a large living room with a marble floor, antique mirrors, and a decidedly Central European feeling.
The Austrian brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 1100 to 1700 and includes a selection of sweet and savoury dishes that celebrate the Viennese art of pastry and love of eggs, potatoes and meat. You can enjoy pretzel hazelnut pancakes with duck eggs and, for £12, enjoy a typical Austrian breakfast, made with smoked ham, salami, Gouda cheese, a boiled egg and a pretzel.
Brunch in Middle Eastern style at Honey and Co.
25a Warren Street, W1T 5LZ, London
Honey and Co. is a renowned restaurant which serves Middle-eastern food but is also one of the best known places for brunch; during the weekends at brunch time, the shop window is almost invisible because of the crowds lined up to taste the delicious cakes and muffins served here.
If you have a sweet-tooth, you cannot miss the Znoud-al-sett, a cake of apples and pears topped with sweet cardamom custard, served hot; or the cheesecake, made with feta cheese;
Thick Greek yoghurt bowls, fresh and dried fruit and cereals are served for those who need to keep in shape.
The brunch is not the same here without eggs, and Honey and Co. offer original and tasty Israeli variations:
The Sabich, traditional Israeli sandwich stuffed with baked eggplant and scrambled eggs.
The Shakshuka, a plate of poached eggs with tomato and cumin;
The Boureka, puff pastry rolls stuffed with feta and potatoes, accompanied by scrambled eggs and spiced with traditional harissa sauce made from hot peppers and garlic.