Brunch is one of London’s most adored weekend rituals. We’ve got everything from places for a quick coffee and a pastry, to all singing, all dancing, bottomless brunch experiences. Find your new favourite restaurant for brunch with our guide to the best in central London.
Best central London brunch spots
Set yourself up for a good day with freshly blended fruit and vegetable juices at Franco’s on Jermyn Street. Its brunch menu has something to satisfy all tastes with everything from flaky croissants and pastries, to muesli, eggs any way, pancakes, and the inevitable Full English breakfast. Book from 12pm to take advantage of its inventive set lunch menu from £32 for two courses.
Elegant brasserie, Maison Francois, is the perfect place for a relaxed brunch in London. You’ll find us ordering the poached eggs with spicy corn fritters and herby salad, or the quinoa porridge with almond butter and poached fruit for a lighter start to the day.
This beloved St James’s café has reopened with a menu packed with Parisian bistro favourites. Pop into Richoux and select something to-go from its chic pastry counter, sit down to a quintessential brunch of salmon and eggs, or why not try a fresh spring salad or for cooler days, indulge in a comforting French onion soup.
Best for bottomless brunch
Choose from two or three courses on Avenue’s set weekend brunch menu. Mains include brunch classics like eggs benedict and fried potato hash, alongside original dishes like baked beetroot with pickled rose petals, pistachios and crème fraiche, and heartier options like cacio pepe and Avenue’s signature burger. Add free-flowing bubbles for £23 for 90 minutes of pure indulgence.
Namita and Camellia Panjabi have redefined Indian cuisine in London with more than 30 years celebrating fine dining experiences. While not strictly bottomless, we couldn’t resist championing their West End restaurant, Chutney Mary, and its delightful weekend brunch. Flavours on the set menu pack a punch, as does the ‘Watermelon on Tap’ – watermelon juice and vodka served in a whole watermelon. Don’t like watermelon? You can still make yours a boozy brunch and share a jug of Mango Mojito or its special Bloody Mary blend.
Upgrade your next catch up or celebration with a themed brunch with live music at Quaglino’s. From swing to disco and everything in between, you’re guaranteed to be dancing after this unique brunch experience on Saturdays in St James’s. Plan a toast to remember with free-flowing bubbles, or spring for bottomless champagne for £60 per person.
Best for vegan brunch options
Seeking a vegetarian or vegan friendly brunch? The Wolseley has an extensive range of options, with home-made Viennoiserie, classic egg dishes, kedgeree, full English breakfast as well as fruit, yoghurts, cereals and more. With brunch immortalised by restaurant critic AA Gill in his book, ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’ we agree that “Wherever, whenever breakfast comes, it is a mouthful of stoic optimism”.
Best brunch option for groups
Dim sum translates to ‘touch the heart’ in English and it’s hard not to fall in love with variety of delicious morsels on offer at Imperial TreasureTreasure. Somewhere between brunch and afternoon tea, we enjoy dim sum best when shared. Gather your friends or family and work your way through an impressive menu of steamed, fried, grilled and baked dumplings and buns. Finish with its signature custard bun – you won’t regret it.
Best outdoor brunch restaurants
45 Jermyn Street
Brunch at 45 Jermyn Street is a laid-back affair, offering all the classics and healthy options too. Spend a lazy morning people-watching on its outdoor terrace before strolling through the boutiques and galleries of St James’s and Piccadilly.
Ole & Steen
Visit the first London base of superstar Scandi bakers, Ole & Steen. While there’s plenty of seating inside this sophisticated café on Haymarket, we recommend one of the outdoor tables on Norris Street. Install yourself here with a coffee and freshly made pastry and enjoy people-watching at its finest.
More places to visit for brunch
Planning a day out exploring central London? See even more top places for brunch in London on nearby Regent Street.