Our Favourite Brunch Spots

Jolene, image credit Patricia Niven

Make plans for a lazy brunch at the weekend with this guide to London’s best:

Best for Anything on Toast: Brick House 

Dulwich and Peckham-ites will be familiar with Brick House, the award-winning bakery renowned for its San Francisco sourdough. As of last summer they also do a roaring brunch trade at their two bakeries from 8am in East Dulwich and 9am in Peckham Rye. There’s a tasty menu but it’s hard to beat the simple toast with butter and their seasonal Brick House jam. brickhousebread.com

Best Newcomer: Rovi

Ottolenghi’s new Fitzrovia restaurant is on everyone’s radar, but many people don’t know they serve the most delicious breakfast menu too. Similar to NOPI, there’s a middle-eastern slant on the dishes that include Iranian Fritters and poached eggs that come sitting on a bed of butternut hummus, tomato and chilli and can be scooped up with a warm za’atar flatbread – completely delicious. Sit close to the wood fire and watch aubergines smoking and the chefs doing their thing in the kitchen. Plus, for anyone doing dry January the drinks menu includes delicious juices, kombucha and an alcohol-free G & Teetotal house cocktail made with juniper tincture, citrus, light tonic water. 8.30-11am Monday – Friday, 9-11.30am weekends. ottolenghi.co.uk/rovi

Best for January: Bombay Bustle Wellness Brunch

Dishoom have to be credited for bringing the Indian take on brunch to London, and their legendary bacon naan is still hard to beat. This January Bombay Bustle are getting a foot in with the launch of their new Wellness Brunch which combines a yoga class at The Ady Centre with a healthy brunch afterwards which features dishes like Tandoor Spiced Halloumi and warm lentil salad. Every Saturday from 12 Jan – 23 Feb, yoga 9-10am. It is possible to just join for brunch at 10am-12pm, £28 including yoga. bombaybustle.com

Best Classic: 45 Jermyn Street 

For glamour in the heart of Mayfair head to 45 Jermyn Street that has transformed Fortnum’s former Fountain tearoom into a chic and buzzy restaurant. The interiors are luxurious – marble counter-tops and red banquette seating – and the menu is classic British breakfast. Order the Orkney Kipper with Lemon or the Marmite Crumpets with Eggs and a cup of tea – Fortnum’s finest loose-leaf of course. 45jermynst.com

Best for Porridge: 26 Grains

Proper porridge topped with all kinds of delicious things like Blood Orange Curd, Sesame Brittle, Yoghurt and Nordic Pear and Cacao Crumbles. It’s not just porridge either – try the sourdough topped with seasonal winter stew and crème fraîche and look out for weekend specials. The Neal’s Yard location makes it irresistibly pretty too. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 10am-4pm, 26grains.com

Best for Groups: Hoppers St Christopher’s Place

It’s notoriously difficult to get a table at Hoppers’ tiny strip of a restaurant in Soho. Get the Sri Lankan experience at their St. Christopher’s Place restaurant instead where they’ve just launched a Sunday family-style brunch. The whole table shares lots of little dishes, things like devilled chicken sausage and punchy green peppercorn squid and their classic egg hoppers washed down with Arrack punch. Sunday’s only from 12pm, brunch must be ordered by the entire table to share. hopperslondon.com

Best for Pastries: Jolene

For a perfectly flaky and buttery croissant, a pilgrimage to East London’s Jolene is in order. Opening last September the hipster bakery and restaurant focusses entirely on grains. Whilst the restaurant is open in the evening, the best time of day to visit is first thing for all sorts of pastries including pain au chocolate, almond croissants, cinnamon buns, financiers and madeleines. From 9am (10am Sunday’s) jolenen16.com

Our Favourite Brunch Spots
— Daisy Allsup
9th January 2019