8 of the Best Brunch Destinations in London’s West End
How do you like your eggs in the morning? Well, that depends if you like them with a side of avocado, baked with chorizo or topped with beetroot-cured smoked salmon. With so many dining venues to choose from, we’ve rounded up some of the best brunch locations in the West End of London.
With the majority of cafés and restaurants boasting outdoor seating, Covent Garden is the perfect place to indulge in a long, lazy al fresco brunch and watch the world go – weather depending, of course. Whether its eggs, granola, pancakes or a bottomless brunch that takes your fancy, you name it, Covent Garden has it.
Located on Henrietta Street, Henrietta is one of Covent Garden’s best kept secrets.
The intimate 18-room hotel opened its doors in 2017 and the restaurant, run by Michelin- star chef Ollie Dabbous, features a modest menu with seasonal ingredients, with a subtle nod to France.
During the week, you’ll find smoked salmon, a full English, and coconut porridge on the menu. The options may be simple, but Ollie’s focus on quality, not quantity, is what makes Henrietta one of Covent Garden’s greatest eateries.
The Sunday Brunch menu, however, offers grilled flatbreads, crushed avocado on toast, fried duck egg with wild mushrooms, and sweet buckwheat waffles with smoked fudge sauce, banana and hazelnuts. A range of juices and cocktails are on offer, plus you can treat yourself to bottomless prosecco for only £20.
What meal are American’s renowned for? Brunch, of course. Balthazar brings a slice of downtown New York to London with their French-styled Covent Garden brasserie, serving up a whole range of brunch favourites in Balthazar’s signature style.
Le Petit Dejeuner is served weekdays from 7.30am until 11am and features a range of pastries, tartines and jams alongside eggs, New York style pancakes, and almond waffles.
For those in a rush, Petit Brunch is served on the weekend from 9am until 10am. Opt for Le Panier, a basket of freshly baked bread and mini pastries for £10, or for hungrier stomachs, there’s Eggs Royale and Balthazar’s Full English Breakfast.
But for those who like their brunch to last for as long as possible, Balthazar’s Brunch menu is available on the weekend from 10am until 4pm and offers a Balthazar twist on your favourite brunch dishes; try the Scrambled Eggs and Cornish Crab or Balthazar Steak and Egg
What is brunch without good coffee? Grind found its home in Covent Garden in early 2016. Following the success of their Shoreditch, Soho and Holborn branches, they settled down on Maiden Lane and brought their house blend with them.
You won’t just find fresh pastries and smoothie bowls on their breakfast menu - Grind has been upgraded to finally bring the bigger and better brunch dishes from their larger restaurants to Covent Garden. Favourites include French banana toast with coconut cream, beetroot smoked salmon and eggs on toast, and one-pan eggs, chorizo, spinach and yoghurt.
On the weekend, take advantage of the £13 bottomless prosecco for a boozy brunch date with friends – and don’t forget to finish with one of Grind’s signature Espresso Martinis.
The Ivy Market Grill
The Ivy Market Grill is located in the very heart of Covent Garden. Designed for those who want to sit on the Piazza terrace and watch the world go by, the breakfast and weekend brunch menus at the Ivy Market Grill collectively offer over 20 charming dishes to choose from.
During the week, breakfast is served from 8am until 11.30am, with breakfast smoothies, pastries, eggs, pancakes and The Ivy Market Grill’s famous Full English Breakfast.
From 11am on Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy the delicious Weekend Brunch, offering Eggs Benedict and chips, hot buttermilk pancakes, and oak smoked salmon.
We’ll save the best ‘til last… The Brunch Waffle Menu is also available on the weekend - choose your flavour, ice cream, fruit, toppings, sauce and voila!
Aubaine, the celebrated French brasserie with its own patisserie and boulangerie, launched the first Aubaine Deli in Covent Garden in 2016.
The deli offers a delicious All Day Breakfast, which includes Aubaine’s signature ‘Full French’ (Toulouse sausages, eggs any way, Alsace bacon and potato rosti), a delicious lobster benedict and signature French toast croissant.
The all-day destination features indoor and outdoor seating, meaning guests can relax in the stylish Deli interior, or in the buzzing surroundings of Covent Garden.
Ladurée may be known for their macarons but we’ll let you in on a secret – they also do amazing boiled eggs!
Served on weekends and Bank Holidays from 10am until 3pm, Ladurée’s brunch costs £38.50 and includes fresh juice, a hot drink, a silver stand filled with croissants, jams and macarons, and then scrambled eggs on brioche toast served with avocado, smoked salmon or turkey pastrami.
If you’re after something quick, breakfast is served all week from 8am until 11.30am, with Truffle Omelette and Soft Boiled Eggs Benedict on the menu. Two set breakfast menus are also available.
It’s no secret that Ladurée also has the best terrace in town – so head on up, get comfortable and watch the street performers from the luxurious Ladurée terrace.
Is there really anything better than a long, lazy brunch? Based on traditional flavours and adapted to the local palate, LIMA Floral’s brunch menu stays true to the healthy aspects of Peruvian food.
The Weekend Brunch starts at £29 for 6 courses or £44 for bottomless Prosecco, beer or Pisco Mary.
You’ll find yuca crisps served with a huancaina and ricotta sauce, chicken causa (quick-fried Peruvian yellow potato filled with slow-cooked organic chicken and avocado) and melt-in-the-mouth alfajores (shortbread-style biscuits filled with dulce de leche) on the menu.
Every morning at Carluccio’s flagship on Garrick Street, the restaurant bustles with energy, with baristas delivering steaming espressos and chefs cooking up free-range eggs exactly how you want them.
The newly refurbished restaurant offers a delicious range of brunch options – try the Carluccio’s Breakfast consisting of eggs, grilled smoky pancetta, sausage, sautéed mushrooms, tomato and toasted Italian bread or Carluccio’s Eggs Royale on toasted Italian bread.
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