The Best Brunches
We like to say that we often go out for breakfasts at the weekend but what we probably mean is that we go out for brunch. Which is actually a better option anyway as a bloody Mary is acceptable at brunch but not breakfast (well, for most). Some of us still find the concept of 'brunch' (and indeed the very word) a little bit pompous but hey, when in Rome and all that. And all that is definitely a good thing when there are such good places to visit in our fair town. These are some of our favourites.
The Modern Pantry Cafe Bar
Ground Floor, The Modern Pantry, 47-48 St Johns Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ
Anna Hansen really knows her stuff and this place is a favourite of ours at any time. Their Sunday brunches are particularly good though, with the tea smoked salmon with poached eggs and yuzu hollondaise a great choice that showcases her flair for fusion. They do a great bloody Mary too.
Our rating
****-
User rating
*****
4 reviews
Smiths of Smithfield Ground Floor
67-77 Charterhouse Street, Smithfield, London, EC1M 6HJ
Excusing their annoying habit of pricing things with fractions, this is a brilliant place to go for brunch at the weekend. Their BLT is excellent, as is the fresh fruit salad with yoghurt and granola, both of which go very well with an SOS apple crumble - a boozy milkshake that makes you feel all woolly. Which is what brunches were invented for, apparently.
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***--
User rating
****-
4 reviews
Riding House Cafe
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 7PQ
This cool little place on Great Titchfield Street is a great spot for brunch, especially in the cosy and comfy dining room where you can tuck into - amongst other things - some very, very good buttermilk pancakes with vanilla clotted cream and maple syrup; they're every bit as good as they sound.
Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
8 reviews
Pavilion Cafe
Corner Old Ford Road, Victoria Park, London, E9 7DE
A favourite haunt of ours come summertime, even if it can be a nightmare trying to get a table. You've got all of Viccy Park to peruse if you go alfresco, and the portions are huge - which is certainly a good thing when the eggs Florentine are as good as they are here.
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1 review
Bread Street Kitchen
One New Change, 10 Bread Street, St Paul's, London, EC4M 9AJ
Gordon Ramsay's impressive restaurant at One New Change offers a brilliant brunch and lunch on a Sunday, all set to the soothing sounds of some very fine bands indeed. The Lazy Loaf Sunday has even got a Bloody Mary buffet, where you can create your very own hangover cure, should you need one. But if that doesn't work then the food definitely should - not least the downright marvellous ricotta hot cakes with banana and honeycomb butter.
Our rating
****-
User rating
*****
2 reviews
Asia De Cuba
St Martins Lane London, 45 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX
Ceviche tasting platters, stunningly brilliant dim sum, live music and speciality cocktails, all at one of the best restaurants in London? Not many Sunday brunches come close to what's on offer at this very impressive Covent Garden spot.
Our rating
****-
User rating
***--
20 reviews
The Rum Kitchen
6-8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1HH
If you fancy something a little bit different, then this is definitely one of the best brunches in London town. The RumBrunch offers a very areet selection of Jamaican classics including the Jamicanme Breakfast - the Rum Kitchen's very own take on a full English. Oh, and the Bloody Mary's bloody great.
Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
3 reviews

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