These are the best places for your boozy Sunday brunch in London
Whether you’re curing a hangover, getting drunk or both
Brunch has firmly established itself in the heart of London as the most fashionable time to eat and an acceptable time to drink. From boozy brunches that lead into a night out to morning-after hangover cures, the capital has something for every occasion. We’ve compiled some of the tastiest places in London to give you a snapshot of the stand out places to get your boozy brunch on.
Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings, Farringdon
Available Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
A classic take on boozy brunch in a beautiful setting. A little off the beaten track but absolutely worth the walk. Everything about Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings oozes summer, from the dining space bursting with greenery and natural light to the bottomless house Bellini made with seasonal fruits (dutifully topped up by attentive staff). The drop scones with clotted cream, berries and honey are particularly good if you have a sweet tooth. Alternatively, if your hangover craves something more substantial, you can get the B&H cheeseburger, with all the trimmings.
Lima Floral, Covent Garden
Available Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-3.30pm (Andean Breakfast until 12.30).
There are two brunch options here, the Andean Breakfast or the more substantial Long Lunch. Admittedly, having found the former to be fairly sizeable, I would advise the latter option is for the truly ravenous. Three courses, including hearty potato pancakes and suckling pig brioche bun, was plenty for this bruncher! The highlight here is the platter of desserts, including Amazonian chocolate mousse. Everything about this place is well presented, from the restaurant itself to the dishes in front of you. The drinks here are also a winner, largely based around Pisco Brandy. You can’t go wrong with a classic Pisco Sour, and the egg whites in it might even nudge it into “breakfast” territory.
The Riding House Café, Oxford Circus
Available Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm.
It’s easy to see why The Riding House Café is always a favourite with the fashion week crowd. A great menu, a stylish setting, and only a six-minute walk from Oxford Circus Tube. The lobster benedict is definitely the star of the show here, although the small tapas dishes have something for everyone. A great place to spend a lazy day, hashing out the details of a hazy night before. Make sure you save room for pudding, as the options here are all brilliant. In particular, the red velvet cake stands out as one of the best. The cocktails here match up to the classy vibe, and I particularly recommend the Crazy Diamond, a floral, gin based drink served in a little glass teacup.
Flesh and Buns, Covent Garden
Available Sundays from 12pm.
The Bone Daddies team behind this venture can’t seem to put a foot wrong. Their restaurants are the life and soul of the party, and Sunday brunch at Flesh and Buns is no exception. As the name suggests, their specialty is bao, the fluffy Asian buns stuffed with various meats. Also as the name suggests, this sadly isn’t a vegetarian friendly option! You get a cocktail on arrival, either a Bloody Mary or a Strawberry Bellini. The crispy duck leg bun with plum soy and beetroot pickle is melt in the mouth good, and the Korean fried chicken wings are the perfect level of spicy. Definitely get the s’mores for dessert- you get your own miniature firepit to toast the fruit-flavoured marshmallows.
The Black Penny, Covent Garden
Available Saturdays and Sundays 9am-3pm.
You could be fooled upon entering into thinking The Black Penny was a small, takeaway coffee joint. You soon realise, however, that this place spirals down into the earth far further than you’d have guessed. An affordable option, the Black Penny is a great place to take a group (if you book in advance you can get the seminar pit, a spacious private room tucked away downstairs). The menu has something for everyone, and their takes on the classic full English (dubbed ‘The Hunter’ for meat-eaters and ‘The Gatherer’ for vegetarians) are excellent. Keep an eye out for special offers here, recently they did a promotion that meant if you bought two glasses of Prosecco, they’d give you the rest of the bottle free – don’t mind if I do.