In case you hadn’t heard, brunch is kind of a big deal. We’re not talking about juice, muesli and some friendly bacteria. Oh no, this sh*t got serious. Us BarChicks love a good brunch: the daytime dates, the hungover feasts, the local heroes and the all-you-can-drink boozy ones (obvs).
So get up, dress up and eat up. Sip on Champers, mix it up Mexican style, posh it up and poach it, or be bad with the butter and bacon. We came, we saw, we conquered and these are our brunches of champions:
For When You Want It All:
If you don’t fancy just one plate, Bad Egg is for you. Like a sorta tapas of epic offerings… brunch just got cray. You won’t find a full English in here, we’re talking more breakfast tacos, cheeseburger hash (BarChick could’ve eaten this for days) and avocado and poached egg on sourdough. You choose three plates from their menu of brekky joy then choose the sober (yawn) option for £22 or side your bacon with booze (yes) for £30. So brace yourself for two hours of Bloody Marys, mimosas and a side of fried chicken on goddamn syrup-y brioche. Boom.
City Point, Unit 1B, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW
Brunch with a view:
Still out at 5am? Take the fastest lift in the land up to the 40th floor and get yourself fed (this lift is as much of an occasion as the meal). The view across London is unbelievable, and watching the sunrise from up here is well worth staying out all night for. As well as drinking in the incredible view, hit their cocktail list and tuck into brunch; we suggest their all-day foie gras breakfast – you’re here now so you may as well go all out.
When: 24 hours a day, baby.
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Sharing is caring:
Hawksmoor smash everything with their meaty goodness, and brunch is no exception. Get the Hawksmoor Breakfast for £35 which is for 2 to share; smoked bacon chop, pork, beef and mutton sausages, black pudding, short rib bubble & squeak, grilled bone marrow, trotter baked beans, fried eggs, grilled mushrooms, roast tomatoes, UNLIMITED toast and HP gravy. Probably more than enough for two. Wash it down with Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew, obvs.
When: Monday – Friday 7am – 10am
Where: 10 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5BQ // Monday to Friday 7am –10am.
The posh one:
It’s worth sprucing up last night’s party frock for a Wolseley feast. This is the breakfast of birthday treats, the one to impress your lovers, mothers, best friends and pretty much anyone else you feel like telling. In what looks like a Parisian grand café, they treat you just as special as the fat wallets and famous faces in attendance. The Eggs Benedict is the superstar with a glass of Champagne, naturally. If you need to hide your hangover, go for one of the Art Deco booths in the bar room.
When: 7 days a week 8am – 11.30am
Where:160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB
Not socially acceptable until you’ve had caffeine? Caravan is your brunch mecca as there’s a god damned coffee roaster on site. They roast the coffee on site daily using 100% Arabica beans, plus their blend of coffee is designed to match the season. Fancy. And yes, this means a killer Espresso Martini (a brunch necessity). That and some French toast and you can take on anything.
When: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm Breakfast: everyday 8am – 11pm
Where: 11-13 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QD
The Street Food Fix:
Sometimes a plain ol’ full English on a boring china plate and a cup of tea just won’t do it for you. Swing by Wardour Street’s South African street food shack where they pack a whole goddamn breakfast into a loaf of brioche. We’re talking sausage, egg, bacon, black pudding and some crazy good beans shoved inside a bread bowl that you can attack with fingers or forks. They’ve got some great juices too that you can spike with spirits if you’re starting early. Get in!
P.S. They deliver too for when you’re just way too hungover to move.
74 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 0TE
For health freaks:
These days you’re practically considered a cannibal if you haven’t a vegan, raw, plant-based something in hand. Tanya’s in Chelsea (where else?) is the place to get your brunch vitfix with an organically grown, raw food breakfast menu with the likes of chia porridge, rawtella un-toast (don’t ask) and dehydrated flax seed crepes. We’re here for the superfood cocktails like What The Doctor Ordered (Sacred Vodka, lemon, beets, carrots, sweet potato, raw honey, ginger lavender bitters and chia seeds).
When: breakfast every day from 9am
Where: myhotel, 35 Ixworth Place, SW3 3QX London
The booziest (unlimited style):
To do the weekend in style, dress chic, pretend you’ve just rolled down from one of the sexy rooms upstairs and settle into the hotel lobby for a long afternoon. If brunch for you is as much about Bellinis as it is about Benedicts then you’re in the right place. Choose from 2 or 3 courses, with free flowing prosecco, Bellinis and Mimosas, and whatever you do make sure you keep some room for the banana and butterscotch waffles for dessert. Don’t want the party to stop? There’s a secret garden bar upstairs. Sure it’s for members only – but mention BarChick & they might just sneak you through.
When: Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Where: 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF
The greasy spoon:
Arthur’s cafe boasts ‘proper authentic English fare – no b*llcks’ and Arthur is STILL running this joint at 84 years old, what a G. Sometimes poached eggs with beautiful trimmings is not what we’re after, we want a plate filled with shiny, greasy goodness to wipe that frown off our face. This place has been open since 1935 so they’ve got to be doing something right.
When: whenever Arthur feels like it
Where: 495 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London E8 4AU
For party animals:
Not for the faint hearted, Saturday brunch at Bunga Bunga is one helluva party. Drop some dollar upfront (£40-50 per head) and leave your dignity at the door; we’re talking unlimited prosecco and Bellinis, cured meats, breakfast pizzas, ice cream, drag queens… YUP. And karaoke. So gather your mates and make a day of it, by 5 you’ll be p*ssed and partying like it’s 2am – but hell, at least you’ll have lined your stomach in style.
When: Saturday 11.30am or 2pm sitting
Where: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA
Bloody good Bloody Marys:
Nothing says brunch like a Bloody Mary, and Hoxton hangout Beagle is nailing it with a whole BM menu. Stick classic with chorizo infused vodka, go Racy with jalapeño and harissa or get loco with smoked garlic tequila in the Maria Maria. You might need to wash down those Bloody Marys with a side of fried eggs and homemade hash (potato kind), buttermilk pancakes or Helford oysters.
When: Saturday 11am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 2pm
Where: 397 -400 Geffrye Street, London E28HZ
Dig your bacon butty? Say hello to Dishoom’s bacon naan roll; it’s freshly baked naan wrapped around The Ginger Pig’s smoked streaky bacon straight from the grill with a seriously banging combination of chilli tomato jam, cream cheese and herbs. If you’re feeling spicy it’s got to be the Full Bombay made with an abundance of akuri (spicy Indian scrambled egg to you and me).
When: Mon – Fri 8am – 11.30am Saturday & Sunday 9am – 12pm
Where: Shoreditch // Covent Garden