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The ultimate guide to London's best bottomless brunches

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Looking for the best bottomless brunches in London? Let this be your guide…

There’s only one thing that can improve your weekend brunch plans with friends, and that’s when one of them Whatsapps you the words, “shall we go bottomless?”

To which the answer will always be: “yes, yes we shall”.

The unstoppable trend, that sees women all over the capital raising a glass as early as 11am on a Saturday morning, is going from strength to strength, as scores of restaurants join in on the action. Not only does a bottomless brunch kick-start your weekend and make you feel like you’re celebrating (even when there’s no real occasion), it’s also an excuse to enjoy an entirely carefree two hours, in which you can sip bubbles to your heart’s content without watching your bank balance with every order.

Not a huge fan of the classic brunch fare? No problem. From Caribbean cuisine to Mexican-style fry ups, London has it all - and we’ve picked out the best of the best, so you don’t have to. Simply scroll through our round-up of the best bottomless brunches in London to find suggestions from every corner of the capital, with an unbeatable mix of menus.

Whether it’s a close friend’s birthday, or this is just how you like to roll, we’ve found a bottomless brunch for you. Cheers!

Devonshire Club

Just moments away from the hectic fizz of Liverpool Street lies the Devonshire Club, a luxe member’s club and boutique hotel tucked away in the beautiful Devonshire Square. 

From the moment you push open the double doors it’s clear that sophisticated and sleek interiors are the order of the day here, with well thought out and designed modern touches such as the light, bright dining area that looks out onto the hotel’s pretty terrace.

The newly launched brunch menu is the ideal option for those feeling more than a little peckish. Choose from a selection of classics and eggs-based dishes, or opt for a two or three course meal, which includes starters like smoked salmon bagel and mains bacon waffles and mac and cheese. The pièce de résistance, however, has to be the build your own ice cream sundaes. With six different sources and toppings, and even more ice cream flavours, you can’t go wrong. 

And it’s not just the food that offers plenty of choice. Bottomless is available for two hours for just £15 and has more options than your usual with Prosecco, Belllini, Bloody Mary and gin and tonic. 

Which mate shall I take? Someone who’s not going to leave you hanging when it’s time for the ice cream course. More is more at this venue. 

See more here.

Zobler’s at The Ned

There are many delights to be enjoyed at The Ned, a century-old former bank that was transformed by Soho House founder Nick Jones just over two years ago. But, among the whopping 10 restaurants there’s one spot that’s about to become your go-to boozy brunch hang out: Zobler’s Deli & Diner.

Zobler’s is an authentic New York style eatery inspired by the Big Apple, and named after New Yorker and businessman Andrew Zobler who helped create it. As well as the gorgeous interiors which feature a mix of deep crimson leather seats and vintage lamps, there’s a carefully curated menu that’s full of delicious comfort food, so good you’ll be struggling to narrow down your choice. Of course, many of the ingredients reference the New York theme, so you’ll find plenty of bagels (for which Zobler’s is famous for, so definitely worth trying), a pastrami latkes benny, and an all out hot dog, known as the 37 Essex Street.

If you fancy something that gives you a taste of both sweet and savoury, get stuck into the waffle and pancakes selection. We particularly recommend the buttermilk fried chicken and maple waffle, which gives a tang of sweetness as you bite into succulent chicken that’s hard to forget. There’s also a mini counter which serves the chocolate swirled Jewish pastries Rugelachs, as well as cookies and brownies. 

And the best bit? For such a divine venue, the bottomless offering is surprisingly affordable, so you don’t need to be wincing with every sip when you think about your bank balance. Two hours of bottomless mimosa will set you back £20, and they don’t scrimp on portions. 

Which mate shall I take? Someone who will get stuck in and share with you - this menu is too good to only order one dish. We’d recommend splitting your mains and getting something sweet after, and maybe with some pastries to wash it all down with. 

Make a reservation here

Sea Containers 

From its moniker to its bank side spot on The Thames, Sea Containers in the Mondrian London hotel is a must-visit venue for sea food lovers. Not your average bottomless brunch, this sophisticated, glass-fronted restaurant boasts dishes like oysters with charred apple, and lobster oil and grated caviar-covered fries on its menu. Of course, for die-hard avocado on toast enthusiasts there’s plenty of options to appease, but we think the inclusion of the hearty fish pie is something special. 

On to the best bit, the bottomless. You can pick from a plethora of choices including classic Prosecco or Mimosas, slurp your way through an hour and a half of Bloody Marys, or if you’re feeling really fancy, treat yourself to the Laurent-Perrier Brut. Go on, you know you want to. 

If brunch foods aren’t your thing, but booze is, try the Sea Container’s genius sharing take on a Sunday roast. Pick from Black Suffolk Pork Belly, Surrey Farmed Beef, a whole chicken or lamb shanks and indulge with a friend. Each option comes with all the trimmings, naturally. With views across the river and a live band in the background, we can’t think of a more ambient place to spend a weekend. 

Which mate shall I take? Someone who’ll cheers oyster shells with you and isn’t scared of a fabulously fishy menu. 

Make a reservation here

Ella Canta

Think of a Mexican restaurant and you might picture an offering that’s overdosed on sombreros and tequila. If this is the first thing that springs to mind, perhaps you’ve not yet had the pleasure of being acquainted with a restaurant that reflects the exquisite tastes and rich ambiance of this country, as flawlessly executed as Ella Canta. 

Located in the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel in Mayfair, Ella Canta is an experience of pure joy from start to finish. The immaculate staff are incredibly welcoming, charismatic and knowledgable and the restaurant itself is a swirl of dark wooden features and rose gold hues, all made the more beautiful with the candles dotted around you. There’s not a sombrero to be seen, although there are some stylishly places cacti. 

All of Ella Canta’s menus are divine, so we would recommend taking a trip there in the evening too, but the bottomless brunch is particularly special. Your waiter will help you choose three courses from the menu, which does away with avocado on toast for much more exciting options like meaty octopus pieces slathered in a peanut sauce, Mexican bread stuffed with slow cooked pork or slow roasted lamb ribs, ajillo-guajillo potatoes and caramelized onions.

Opt into either bottomless sparkling wine or, our preferred option, bottomless margaritas for £45 for 90 minutes (including the food). Positioned in beautiful, delicate glasses and flourished with flowers, you’ll have never tasted a margarita like it - we recommend the lavender and salt.

Which mate shall I take? Someone who enjoys, and appreciates, the finer things in life. 

Make a reservation here

The Hospital Club 

The Hospital Club

Join the elite for a bite to eat at private members group, The Hospital Club. This creative hub is brimming with character, charm and quirky decor - not to mention some of the loveliest staff around.

Located in the middle of Covent Garden, and conveniently close to boutique shopping area Seven Dials, you couldn’t pick a better place to start a Saturday with your girlfriends.

Every Saturday for £32 you can treat yourself to a variety of tipples, including prosecco, mango bellinis, ginger spritz, Bloody Mary and mimosas.

Which friend should I take? If you work in the creative industries, this could be a great place to venture with colleagues, depending on you getting a (well worthwhile) membership, of course.

Inquire about membership here.

Aster

Aster

When it comes to nailing trends, Aster is well ahead of the pack.

From the living wall embellished with leafy plants and copper pots, to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows showing off the bright lights of London, the interior is an Instagrammer’s dream. Sit back in a rose gold, leather booth and enjoy the architectural lighting and huge paintings that dominate the walls.

Aster’s bottomless brunch is notoriously popular, with prosecco fans happily popping unlimited bottles (well, glasses, let’s not get carried away) for £17 per head for two hours hours every Saturday and Sunday.

Which friend should I take? Aster is perfect for friends visiting London because of its brilliant location close to Buckingham Palace. We recommend a stroll through Green Park to see the sights before the bubbles.

Make a reservation here.

Bourne and Hollingsworth

Bourne and Hollingsworth

Between the House of Hackney furniture, suspended succulents and plant-covered conservatory, it’s hard to find a prettier place to take in a bottomless brunch.

From £18, you can enjoy unlimited peach Bellinis or Bloody Mary for an hour and a half, paying separately for anything you desire from their brunch menu. We particularly recommend the courgette fritters if you’re looking for something a little different.

Which friend should I take? Decor magpies will love it here, as will plant worshipers. A guaranteed winner for particularly stylish pals.

Make a reservation here.

Bernardi’s

Bernardi’s

West London haunt, Bernardi’s, is a restaurant-slash-bar with serious style - think plush leather seats, botanical touches and floods of natural light.

And if you fancy a high-spirited brunch, then this is the place to be. Every Sunday from 2pm the venue plays host to a live DJ, and there’s 2 for 1 on selected cocktails if you get bored of the unlimited bubbles.

Which friend should I take? If you’re persuading a pal who’s all brunched out, Bernardi’s Mediterranean-style offering is bound to bring them back from egg-and-avocado fatigue.

Make a reservation here

Mr Bao

Mr Bao

Feel like you never want to lay eyes on a plate of poached eggs or pancakes again? It might be time to give Mr Bao a try.

This effortlessly cool Taiwanese restaurant, based in Peckham, offers a delicious brunch menu that gives an Asian twist on our weekend classics.

Pick from a cocktail of white rum, passionfruit jam, lychee and lime or a Bloody Hell Mary( which adds wasabi, sriracha and wasabi salt to the usual mix) for £16-17 per hour.

Which friend should I take? Take an East-side dweller to show them how just hipster things can get in the South.

Make a reservation here.

Cottons

Cottons

With established branches in north, west and east London, it only made sense that Cottons’ Rum Shack took a visit to the south side. And the good news is that the new restaurant is just as fun, lively and easy-going as its sisters across the river.

Bringing the exotic vibes of the Caribbean to the south bank, you’ll be wowed by the friendly staff, bright decor and tasty food, The upbeat feel is the perfect setting for a bottomless brunch, which is offered from Friday through to Sunday with a choice of Rum Mary, Mimosa and prosecco for £20.

Which friend should I take? Got a friend that’s never tried Caribbean cuisine? This is a brilliant place to start them off.

Make a reservation here.

Gallery Mess

Gallery Mess

Not only is Gallery Mess a beautiful restaurant with a first class bottomless brunch, but it’s also an extension of one of London’s cultural hot spots.

Attached to the Saatchi Gallery, the restaurant offers food that is fancy looking (and delicious) enough to feature on your Instagram, all served in a Pinterest-worthy mix of floor to ceiling windows and exposed brick walls.

Every weekend you can indulge in two hours of bottomless Bloody Marys for just £11.50, prosecco for £17.50 or, if you’re feeling extra luxe, champagne for £25.

Which friend should I take? This is a sure-fire winner for an artsy friend who prides themselves on their culture-vulture status. We recommend an all day mate-date so you have enough time to browse the gallery, too.

Make a reservation here

Martello Hall

Martello Hall

This East London gem ticks every bottomless brunch box - and, unlike most brunch spots, there’s an actual cocktail on the menu too. We thoroughly recommend trying the Martello Rum Punch over the course of your indulgent two hours, priced at £20.

Which friend should I take? If you have a friend who isn’t so fussed on the classic brunch choices, try this Italian-style sharing menu with them instead.

Make a reservation here

Bobby Fitzpatrick

Bobby Fitzpatrick

If you’re looking for a side of party with your brunch, Bobby Fitzpatrick is the one for you.

The vibe is one of eternal sunshine, with high tempo songs, novelty foods and a menu full of mini-umbrella decorated cocktails. The pièce de résistance has to be the seventies styling, which runs consistently throughout the restaurant from the pastel-tiled bathroom, to the mustard and tan-brown furniture.

Make your brunch bottomless for £18 and enjoy refills on Bobby’s White Wine Spritzer, Planter’s Punch or Slushy Banana Daiquiri.

Which friend should I take? This place is seriously vintage, so a friend who’s a fan of the bygone era will appreciate it immensely.

Make a reservation here.

Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird

If you dream of a brunch that’s bottomless in every sense of the word, then welcome to heaven. Absurd Bird, the fried chicken chain making it’s way across London, somehow manages to mix the taste of the deep American south with the style of our cosmopolitan capital - and the resulting flavours are good.

For £35, you can pick two courses from their menu of starters, mains, sides, desserts and add an extra course for just £4.95. This all comes with unlimited booze for two hours. 

Which friend should I take? Whoever you choose, just make sure they come hungry.

Make a reservation here

Bōkan

Bōkan

With an award-winning menu and 2 AA Rosettes, Bōkan has earned its excellent reputation. Plus, as the restaurant sits on the 39th floor, you’ll be able to enjoy a skyline view of the capital alongside your bottomless prosecco.

For £49 a head you can choose three courses and enjoy bottomless prosecco for two hours, from 12.30-2.30pm every weekend.

Which friend should I take? You’ll need a fellow foodie to accompany you to this one, with its unique flavour pairings and luxe presentation.

Make a reservation here.

German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium

German Gymnaisum has been dubbed the most beautiful restaurant in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The original features of this Grade 2 listed building are beautifully enhanced, with an arced double ceiling and statement black and gold twin staircases that cascade through the centre of the restaurant.

There’s even a set of millennial pink leather chairs.

And as the name suggests, the food offers a German twist, with bratwurst sausages and sauerkraut affording their own section on the menu.

Pick two courses from the experimental weekend brunch offering for £28, and add another £15 for unlimited bubbles over two hours. 

Which friend should I take? If you’ve got a friend who’s hard to impress,then this is the place that’ll pull it out of the bag every time.

Make a reservation here.

Foxlow

Foxlow

This Soho hang-out is the kind of gem that you keep returning to, time and time again.

Brought to you by the founders of Hawksmoor, the seasonal menu uses British produce and is ethical about the way they do things - which gets extra points from us.

The trendy decor has an abundance of personal touches, and there’s a great atmosphere to boot, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy with friends.

For £18 you can make your brunch bottomless and sip prosecco for up to two hours.

Which friend should I take? This is the kind of easy-going place that anyone would enjoy, making it a good option for fun brunching with friends, or even family. In-laws in town? Bingo. Meeting your partner’s friends for the first time? Totally works. You get the idea.

Make a reservation here

Drink Shop Do

Drink Shop Do

If kitsch is your thing, then add Drink Shop Do to your ‘must visit’ list.

Founded by best friends Kristie and Coralie, the vintage aesthetic and feminist events make it an empowered space to drink, shop and do (crafts, quizzes, all sorts of fun).

The Wes Anderson style bar is definitely worth your attention, while bottomless brunches are available in the main restaurant area. Here, you’ll find a charming assortment of mismatched vintage furniture, giant origami suspended from the ceiling and resident artist murals.

Every weekend for £25 you can go bagel crazy, with unlimited toppings and bubbles over two hours.

Which friend should I take? A vintage fiend will be delighted with this spot.

Make a reservation here.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

Bunga Bunga is, in short, every bit as a wacky as it’s onomatopoeic name suggests.

This musical brunch sees exaggerated cabaret-style performances interspersed with a set menu of Italian classics and, of course, plenty of drink top-ups. It’s like going to watch a very tongue-in-cheek show, which inevitably ends in lots of audience participation and karaoke.

There are two sittings per day, which means booking is essential - keep in mind that they don’t walk ins. The whole experience is £44, including all of your food and drink, every Saturday.

Which friend should I take? This is the ultimate birthday shindig, so we highly recommend going for a celebration, or treating a mate on their special day.

Make a reservation here.

Images: courtesy of restaurants / Rachel Park

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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