Weekend Brunch at The W Hotel London

Going out for brunch is one of my all-time favourite pastimes. There is something truly luxurious about toiling away the hours during the daytime over a meal that combines the best of two gastronomic worlds, more often than not in an environment completely disconnected from the rest of the week and its more serious distractions.

A few weekends ago I spent the better part of Sunday doing exactly that. With a bride-to-be friend in tow we appeared out of the shiny lift doors on the first floor of London’s trendy W Hotel to join another group of in-the-know brunchers leisurely grouped throughout the upstairs sleek lounge bar.

Brunch at the W Hotel London

On a Sunday the vibe here is a little less high-gloss, more go-easy – summed up visually by the W Hotel tartan slippers you’ll find next to your allocated dining spot: the sofas.

Your only challenge from here on is to relax and repose, balancing food and drink with hot tracks from silver-clad DJ Anna, the Sunday papers and senseless chit chat next to glass pillars that provide an unusual take on the modern fireplace.

brunch at the W Hotel

This linear design of the W bar is one of the main attractions of visiting this vast, glamorous, white building that sneaks itself into the corner of London’s Leicester Square. And yet for such a busy part of town, you barely notice the crowds that throng beneath.

Attentive staff tend to your every need bringing you bottomless Bloody Marys or gin-based Red Snappers (£25 a head) that you can also learn how to make in-bar masterclasses if you so desire.

Kicking off with a jamjar of granola and yoghurt, what follows is a beguiling silver tea-tray of delights, big enough to satiate even the hungriest of the bar’s well-dressed visitors.

Posh cheese on toast, a salmon and haddock scotch egg, smoked salmon bagels, and Caesar salad come just for starters.

The hot ‘main course’ requires room to be saved – giant Yorkshire puddings on a cushion of mashed potato, broccoli, gravy and perfectly pink beef arrive next to petite dishes of macaroni and cheese laced with recognisably pungent truffle oil.

Bloody Mary at the W Hotel

Slurp another bloody mary before filling a pink and white striped paper bag full of old-school sweets and cookies, neatly contained in glass jars – they’ll serve you well in the red cinema-style chairs in the adjoining Screening Room.

When I was here, episodes of back-to-back Absolutely Fabulous were playing as others later indulged in rock-star themed afternoon tea.

For £25 a head for food, plus another £25 for bottomless beverages, this could easily add up to be an expensive afternoon if you’re footing the bill for more than a couple of you.

However, once you break down the size and relative cost of the individual courses and factor in price per cocktail otherwise, overall this becomes an afternoon well spent – and you’ve got to break up the shopping somehow!

For further inspiration for brunch in London, read our guide here or try out some of our suggestions for champagne brunch in London.

Champagne Brunch in London

A lingering weekend brunch can be the best part of the weekend, offering the ideal opportunity to catch up with friends and family, but add a few glasses of something bubbly, and brunch can take an interesting turn.

Read on for our guide on where to enjoy a champagne brunch in London.

champagne brunch London

Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan

For an alternative Sunday brunch, visit Hakkasan Hanway Place for ‘Dim Sum Sundays by Hakkasan’.

Served from 12pm until 6pm every Sunday, brunch includes a six course menu of fried, baked, steamed and grilled dumplings, rolls and puffs, salads, main courses and desserts to share.

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Brunch costs £58 and includes a cocktail to start, half bottle of NV Perrier-Jouët Blason Brut Rosé, and a digestive cocktail to enjoy with dessert.

The Northall at The Corinthia Hotel

One of our favourite London hotels, the Corinthia Hotel, is now offering a Sunday brunch in their Northall Restaurant. Three courses are offered for £35, or add in free-flowing champagne for a total of £65.

The Northall restaurant at The Corinthia

Live jazz will be played from noon as well. Click here to view a sample menu.

The Landmark London’s Sunday Brunch

One of the most luxurious Champagne brunches in London, The Landmark London offers diners unlimited, delightfully chilled Champagne, complemented by a generous buffet of continental charcuterie, Scottish smoked salmon and salads, roasted rib-eye of beef and seared sea bass.

Champagne brunch in London

A selection of charmingly decadent desserts will leave your taste buds well and truly tantalised! From 12:30 to 3pm, with adults for £80.

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

Pommery Brut Champagne is de rigeur at The Churchill, accompanied by antipasti, crisp salads, traditional British roasts and fresh fish. Polish off one of their delectable desserts to the sound of live jazz.

The Champagne brunch is held between 12:30pm and 3pm with adults priced at £60.

Aqua Kyoto – Infinity Brunch

Visit Aqua Kyoto on Argyll Street on Sundays for limitless Japanese cuisine from the sushi bar, along with a main course and dessert, all washed down with unlimited Veuve Clicquot champagne for £55.

Aqua Kyoto Infinity brunch

If the weather’s on your side, head to the lovely roof terrace for post brunch cocktails.

Reform Social & Grill

Enjoy a British Sunday roast at Reform Social & Grill at The Mandeville Hotel between 12 and 17.30. For £32.50 enjoy a 3 course meal with 2 hours of free flowing prosecco.

Sunday Roast at Reform Social & Grill

From a selection of salads and soups to start to a classic roast with all the trimmings, Reform Social & Grill is located in Marylebone, close to the shops of Oxford Street and Bond Street.

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Brunch at Apero at The Ampersand Hotel

Brunch is one of the highlights of the weekend, especially one that lingers long into the afternoon. One of the most recent additions to London’s brunch scene is Apero at the Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington.

Apero at The Ampersand Hotel

Set in the bright and airy cellar arches of the new hotel in South Kensington, Apero at The Ampersand Hotel brings a stylish and satisfyingly gentle twist to a weekend brunch.

The menu covers pretty much all the classic choices, from the Full English Breakfast, Grilled Kippers and Eggs Benedict to some slightly more adventurous alternatives such as O’Sheas Beef Onglet and Fried Egg, Beetroot Risotto or Pancakes with honeycomb butter and caramalised banana. There’s also an excellent selection of cocktails and mocktails.

The feel is relaxed, fresh and crisp; with glossy white tiles, beautiful teal and navy leather seating and dark wood finishes. Brunch is served from midday until 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Apero at The Ampersand Hotel

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‘Love Brunch’ at the Sanderson

To celebrate its second birthday, ‘Love Brunch‘ is taking over the Sanderson hotel on 19 November for an afternoon of brunch, cocktails and live entertainment.

Starting at midday, Love brunch kicks off with a Belvedere bloody mary, followed by brunch classics such as the ‘LB Burger’ or you can order from Suka’s newly launched Malaysian street food menu.

Then prepare to party the afternoon away with guest DJs and live entertainment, which will run through to 6pm at Love Brunch.

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The Best Brunch in London

The best part of a weekend has to be long, lingering brunch with family or friends. Here are our suggestions of where to brunch in London – if you like free-flowing fizz with your brunch, you can also read our guide to the best champagne brunch in London. Updated Summer 2013.

brunch at 34 in Mayfair

Caravan, Clerkenwell

Caravan offers a weekend brunch menu to rival any in London in a relaxed and effortlessly cool setting on Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. The New Zealand influenced restaurant has its own coffee roaster, so flat whites are very popular too.

the best brunch in London

The open plan layout and double facing glassed front make this an ideal location for enjoying a vibrant part of London.

Caravan has a second outpost on Granary Square behind King’s Cross station, Caravan King’s Cross, both of which serve some of the best coffee in London.

Balthazar London, Covent Garden

Balthazar London now offers a brunch menu to rival its sister restaurant in New York, which excelled in its weekend brunch offering.

Dishes include apple cinnamon pancakes with Canadian maple syrup, spaghetti with lobster, a large selection of ‘Les Oefs’ (Benedict, Royale, Florentine) and a hamburger with excellent crispy fries. Wash it all down with the Balthazar Bloody Mary.

Duck & Waffle, The City

On the top floor of The Heron Tower in The City, Duck & Waffle is open all day, every day, with an all day menu from 11am to 2am. From 2am until 6am the restaurant offers a separate late night menu, and breakfast is served from 6am to 11am.

brunch in London

Chef of the moment, Dan Doherty’s brunch menu includes the restaurant’s signature dish, Duck and Waffle, which consists of confit duck with fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup and interesting dishes such as the Foie Gras ‘All Day Breakfast’.

Hawksmoor, Shoreditch

Although more widely known for being one of London’s best steakhouses, Hawksmoor is fast becoming renowned for its Sunday brunch menu offering a mammoth Hawksmoor Full English for two people to share and roast beef with all the trimmings available on Sundays.

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

Anna Hansen’s acclaimed Clerkenwell restaurant The Modern Pantry serves an excellent weekend brunch in light, bright surroundings on a beautiful square in Clerkenwell, claimed by many to offer the best brunch in London.

The restaurant also has a large terrace to make the most of the sunshine in the summer months, making The Modern Pantry one of the best alfresco restaurants in London.

Cecconi’s, Mayfair

Serving fine Italian food from the morning until the early hours, Cecconi’s is a perfect spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch and a great way to break up a day’s shopping on nearby Bond Street.

Cecconi’s is fun and glamorous, with a real buzz about the place – and Prosecco on tap in never a bad thing, especially for a Sunday brunch in London.

the best brunch in London

The Wolseley, Mayfair

The Wolseley has maintained its place as one of London’s chicest destination for brunch in London, with businessmen and fashionistas flocking there for the grand dining room and people watching.

The Wolseley is one of the classic restaurants in London for a power breakfast meeting and certainly offers some of the best brunch in London.

34 Restaurant

The new brunch menu at 34 Restaurant offers eggs with a twist – lobster, crab, grilled asparagus, black pudding, smoked salmon, chorizo and much more.

Grills include spatchcock chicken, pork belly, swordfish and steak; and brunch staples like buttermilk pancakes, pasta and Caesar salad are also available.

34 restaurant

A Sunday roast with all the trimmings is also available for Sunday brunch.

The Delaunay, Aldwych

The Delaunay, sister restaurant to The Wolseley and Brasserie Zedel from restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, sits on the corner of Drury Lane and Aldwych.

The restaurant is open seven days a week – until midnight from Monday to Saturday and 11pm on Sunday – serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and à la carte lunch and dinner menus ‘inspired by the grand cafés of Europe’. They also serve some of the best brunch in London.

Riding House Café

The team behind the acclaimed Garrison and Village East in Bermondsey opened the Riding House Café, an all day Brasserie offering a selection of small plates to share as well as traditional main courses in Fitzrovia.

The restaurant has a great vibe and a ‘buzzy’ bar area too, making an ideal venue for Sunday brunch in London.

the best brunch in London

Pizza East, Shoreditch

Housed in the Tea Building, adjacent to Shoreditch House, Pizza East forms part of the Soho House Group, where the vibe is a cool mix of American and Italian.

While the menu focuses on pizzas, including a full English breakfast pizza, the menu does offer more traditional brunch items as well.

L’Eto Caffe

The newest branch of L’Eto Caffe on the King’s Road is a cosy retreat from the hustle and bustle of Chelsea, serving a range of delicious breakfast options alongside its eye-catching window display of freshly made cakes.

L'Eto Caffe Brunch

Try the Apple Pancakes with fresh berries, vanilla cream & fruit compote, or go classic with Eggs Florentine, served in a cute mini stoneware dish.

Dean Street Townhouse, Soho

Dean Street Townhouse serves classic British cuisine from first thing in the morning until the early hours. The weekend brunch menu offers a full range of breakfast classics as well as a traditional Sunday roast.

The pitchers of Bloody Mary are always popular too!

the best brunch in London

York & Albany

A short stroll from Regents Park you’ll find Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany, housed in a converted coaching inn. After brunch, you can visit the adjoining deli, Nonna’s, to purchase items to take home with you, or you could even check in to one of the bedrooms in the hotel upstairs.

Lantana

This delightful coffee house is nestled down a lane in Fitzrovia. Lantana’s Australian ownership is reflected in the brunch style dishes, flat whites and relaxed atmosphere.

The cakes are particularly good and breakfast dishes always delight. Lantana offers some of the best brunch in London.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club, just off Upper Street in Islington, offers a casual, quirky environment for a weekend brunch. Serving a range of classic brunch dishes, from pancakes to eggs Benedict, at an affordable price, the café is very popular, so expect to queue!

Fifteen London, Old Street

Fifteen London is the flagship of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen group, which aims to give opportunities to disadvantaged youngsters.

An emphasis is placed on making everything in-house and particular praise must be given to the homemade jam, which alone is a reason for visiting.

Saturday Jazz Brunch at Le Caprice

Le Caprice has launched its Saturday Jazz Brunch featuring the musical styling of Dom Pipkin. Best known for his soulful New Orleans sound, Dom has played sessions with the likes of Ray Davies and Morcheeba, and is currently the man leading the band for Paloma Faith.

Saturday Jazz Brunch happens twice a month from 12.30pm to 4pm.

Apero at The Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington

Set in the bright and airy cellar arches of The Ampersand Hotel, Apero brings a stylish and satisfyingly gentle twist to a weekend brunch.

The menu covers pretty much all the classic choices, from the Full English Breakfast, Grilled Kippers and Eggs Benedict to some slightly more adventurous alternatives such as O’Sheas Beef Onglet and Fried Egg, Beetroot Risotto or Pancakes with honeycomb butter and caramalised banana.

the best brunch in London

There’s also an excellent selection of cocktails and mocktails. The feel is relaxed, fresh and crisp; with glossy white tiles, beautiful teal and navy leather seating and dark wood finishes.

If you like your brunch with a glass (or bottle) of something bubbly, read our guide to champagne brunch in London.

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