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3 of the Top Brunch Spots in London, UK

Despite not living in London for almost 10 years, I still consider it my home and love to try out the new restaurants and brunch spots when I return. Brunch is massive in London with so many places offering specific brunch menus. Here’s a selection of my favourite brunch spots. Check them out and let me know how you enjoyed them, or share some of your own. Enjoy!

Blue Bird Café

Kings Road, Chelsea

Brunch Served: Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

A Chelsea landmark for 20 years, the Bluebird Café is an oasis in the heart of the Kings Road. Dine in the elegant courtyard amongst vibrant blooms or enjoy the cozy terrace. Celebrating the best of British produce, you can choose from traditional dishes such as granola and porridge, through a variety of eggs, salmon and vegetarian plates; not forgetting the full English breakfast. A unique item is a fondue; a blend of Gruyere and Montgomery cheddar served with baby sausages, roasted potatoes, cornichons, and toasted bread. Looking to complement your brunch with a glass or two of bubbles? Then check out the ‘bottomless prosecco’ offer.

The Bottom Line: 5/5 Brookie Stars
One of my top brunch spots ever. A total relaxed dining experience in the heart of bustling Chelsea that will leave you feeling both chilled and satisfied.

Duck & Waffle

110 Bishopsgate, London

Brunch Served: Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Located in the heart of the City, Duck & Waffle offers a decadent start to the day with a playful take on traditional British cuisine, and as it’s open 24/7, you can dine from sunrise to sunset and back again. London’s highest restaurant is located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, offering breathtaking views and a hard to beat brunch experience. The modern décor effortlessly combines rustic wood, marble, ceramics and stainless steel to create a vibrant yet relaxed dining area; the open kitchen satisfies foodies who love watching their food being prepared. Of course, the famous Duck & Waffle is on the menu, and there is so much more to sample with eggs ranging from French to Colombian to Indian style (check out the Spiced Dhal) along with many duck and smoked salmon dishes. Looking for a sharing dish? Then you’ve come to the right place with a selection of sharing plates. A true brunch experience and one I’d highly recommend.

The Bottom Line: 5/5 Brookie Stars
A fabulous dining experience in the heart of the City with spectacular views over London. The 24/7 opening hours make this place popular at any time of day so be sure to book a table in advance.

Jackson + Rye

Heron Square, Richmond

Brunch Served: Saturday and Sunday, 09:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A New York inspired brasserie, Jackson + Rye delivers French classics with an American twist; a perfect brunch combination. With three venues across London, my preference is Richmond, with its charming ambience and views across the River Thames. They offer an exciting egg menu, including some more unusual options such as huevos rancheros (chorizo, avocado, and spiced beans) and The Forager, a delightful dish of halloumi, kale, salsa, avocado, mushroom, and spiced black beans. In a nod to the US, there is the classic steak and eggs along with a varied selection of buttermilk pancakes that will make your taste buds tingle. Sharing plates and entrees are also on offer throughout the brunch service, creating an end-to-end dining experience that perfectly spans breakfast to lunch in one exciting and comprehensive menu.

The Bottom Line: 5/5 Brookie Stars
Always welcoming, and with such a diverse menu it’s easy to choose something different each time you visit. Despite the size (it has a lot of covers) it still feels comfortable and personal as there are lots of nooks and corners to settle in to and the views over the Thames are so wonderful, whether the sun be shining or the snow gently falling.

Note: I find many brunch menus lacking in vegan options, and if this is a requirement I suggest discussing with the restaurant in advance.

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Jacqui Hodges

With 30 years of general management experience in the global insurance industry and having lived in 4 countries, Jacqui now spends her time between London and New York where she continues to pursue her passion for writing, food, books and travel.

A Reiki practitioner, yogi and huge animal advocate, her home isn’t complete without a furbaby or three. In addition to being a BooknBrunch contributor, she writes for  industry publications.

Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Favourite brunch dish: avocado toast with tomato and chilli


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