Looking for the best bottomless brunches in London? Let this be your guide…
Bottomless brunches have become a staple part of cosmopolitan city life. Meeting up with your old school chums? Well, where better to reminisce about the good times than over some avocado and bubbles? Having a one-on-one catch up with your best friend? Heart-to-hearts are always more fun with a glass of wine in hand.
London is home to a wealth of bottomless brunches in all kinds of cuisines, from classic scrambled egg to Spanish skewers and New York bagels. So it’s probably a good idea if you try them all.
Not a huge fan of the usual bottomless booze on offer? No problem. There are also lots of different alcoholic substitutions for those who don’t feel like boarding the wine train. 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.
Although we are able to visit restaurants right now, some of the venues on our list may be temporarily closed. We’ve tried to keep up to date and have added annotations to let you know which brunches may be paused for the moment, but please always book ahead so as to avoid disappointment.
Best bottomless brunches in East London
Grind offers bottomless brunches in all of their London restaurants, but we tried the one at their Liverpool Street branch. Offering a wide selection of healthy (and not so healthy) options depending on what you’re looking for, Grind’s bottomless brunch – which is served until 5pm – includes bottomless prosecco for ninety minutes, all for the price of £15.
Highlights on the menu include their wholesome and filling one-pan eggs and all-the-trimmings full English breakfast. As the name suggests, Grind is also famous for its coffee – so make sure to give that a try, too.
Which mate should I take? Anyone who’s obsessed with sleek, modern interiors will love the pink neon lights and houseplant vibe going on across Grind’s restaurants.
Where is it? Grind has locations in London Bridge, Shoreditch, Greenwich, Clerkenwell, Exmouth Market, Covent Garden and Liverpool Street.
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 £25.
Which mate 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.
Where is it? Martello Hall, London Fields, 137 Mare St, East London E8 3RH
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.
For £37 you can enjoy unlimited peach Bellinis or Bloody Marys, with two courses from the brunch menu and a tea or coffee to finish.
Which mate should I take? Decor magpies will love it here, as will plant worshipers. A guaranteed winner for particularly stylish pals.
Where is it? Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
Toast your refilled glass of prosecco to a refreshingly different kind of brunch at Issho Ni (£30) every Saturday from 12 until 5pm. This izakaya style bottomless brunch is a far cry from the usual eggs benedict and avo toast.
You can spend two hours sampling the sushi, sashimi and classic Japanese dishes with a twist. Veggies can enjoy fried tofu, perfectly charred aubergines (a personal favourite) and sweetcorn fritters. The food sometimes looks too pretty to eat, but you’ll soon get stuck in. And the Bloody Geisha is a powerful take on the traditional Bloody Mary, for those after a drink with a kick. Not drinking? Then enjoy a homemade lemonade instead.
It’s a cool but relaxed atmosphere, with attention to detail including little ceramic cats to hold your chopsticks. Service is very friendly and staff are waiting to tell you all about the delicious dishes.
Which mate shall I take? A foodie who enjoys trying different flavours, or a date who you’re looking to impress.
Where is it? 185 Bethnal Green Road, London , E2 6AB
Best bottomless brunches in South London
Sea Containers Restaurant
On the bank of the Thames, with floor to ceiling windows, Sea Containers Restaurant has one of the best locations in London. Sit and watch the world go by in a sophisticated setting (we love the light and airy, minimalist design of the restaurant) as the attentive staff advise you on which of the many delights to pick from the weekend brunch menu, available both Saturday and Sunday.
The seafood selection here is impressive, with seasonal oysters, sea bass and grilled rainbow trout all being worth your attention. While the buttermilk chicken on a crispy, sweet waffle – or equally the kale salad – are all delicious, too. Bottomless prosecco, mimosa, Grey Goose Bloody Mary or Rossini are all priced at £19, while Laurent-Perrier Cuvee is £59.
Which mate should I take? A pal who loves to people watch.
Where is it? Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
Mr Bao, Peckham
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 weekend classics between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays
Which mate should I take? Take an East-side dweller to show them how just hipster things can get in the South.
Where is it? Mr Bao, 293 Rye Ln, South London SE15 4UA
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 £19 per head for two hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Which mate 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.
Where is it? Aster, 150 Victoria Street, Westminster, South London, SW1E 5LB
Best bottomless brunches in West London
This super retro venue in West Hampstead is a pastel-worshipper’s dream. With buttery yellow psychedelic wallpaper and bright blue tiling in the bathroom, Bobby Fitzpatrick could get away with being style of substance, but the bottomless brunch is packed with choice. Priced at £35, brunchers can pick between unlimited coconut and pineapple Mimosas, Hemingway Daiquiris and a Bloody Derek with a mix of seven small plates.
The entire restaurant and bar is themed on the Seventies era, and it’s something that the chef’s have attempted to continue through to the menu too, picking nostalgic dishes like devilled eggs, kedgeree scotch eggs and pavlova. If you’re not feeling boozy, you can opt for a Virgin Mary, kombucha, fresh orange juice or coffee.
Which mate should I take? One that will don some flares and platformed boots with you.
Where is it? Bobby Fitzpatrick, 273 West End Lane, London, Nw6 1QS
COYA’s Saturday brunch, which runs from 12.30pm for three hours, is Peruvia-themed and invites guests to harness their inner warrior.
The experience starts at £95, offering bottomless Chilcano’s, Pisco Sours, Pisco Punch, Inca Expresso Martini’s, Chifa Bloody Mary’s and London Mule’s, wines, beers and house spirits. So it’s guaranteed you won’t go thirsty.
There’s also an indulgent food menu to choose from, with highlights like Chilean sea bass croquetas, chilli aioli and corn fed baby chicken, aji panca and coriander.
Which mate to take? Grab the glammest gal you know.
Where is it? COYA Angel Court, 31-33 Throgmorton St, London EC2N 2AT.
West London haunt, Bernardi’s, is a restaurant-slash-bar with serious style - think plush leather seats, botanical touches and floods of natural light.
Right now Bernardi’s is taking a break and hopes to re-open in November, so check back on their bottomless brunch offering then.
Which mate 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.
Where is it? Bernardi’s, 62 Seymour Street, West London, W1H 5BN
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 is filled with delights like green chicken enchiladas, crème fraîche and onion and lamb shank Barbacoa style, chickpeas and watercress salad.
Opt into either bottomless sparkling wine or, our preferred option, bottomless margaritas for £55 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.
Where is it? Ella Canta, One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, Mayfair, West London, W1J 7QY
Best bottomless brunches in Central London
We all know that bottomless brunch is best when done with our best friends – preferably a sizeable gaggle of them, with our favourite songs blaring loudly in the background, millennial-friendly décor at every turn and a server who isn’t afraid to keep your glass topped up.
This is exactly why Scarlett Green is the ultimate bottomless brunch spot. Its central location in Soho is ideal and as soon as you step through the doors the vibe is palpable. Groups of friends sit at every table looking like they’re having the time of their lives while touches link pink velvet sofas and palm-patterned wallpaper tick the usual interior boxes.
The food is good, too. The menu’s offering of a savoury and sweet with 100 minutes of unlimited bubbles or mimosas is practically unheard of (especially in London) and definitely worth trying. We particularly loved the fancy bacon roll smothered in hollandaise and the squishy pancakes. One you’ve brunched here once, it won’t be the last.
Which mate should I take? One who is ready to PAR-TAY.
Where is it? 4 Noel Street, Soho, W1F 8GB.
Laurent at Café Royal
17 September: Laurent at Café Royal is currently closed until further notice.
You’d be hard pushed to find a boozy brunch as opulent as this one. Hotel Café Royal is known for its lavish setting. While the afternoon tea is a must-try, venture upstairs to Laurent at Café Royal and you’ll find the brunch to rival all brunches. Not only will the sleek décor pack a punch on your Instagram, a live band plays throughout the afternoon to add to the atmosphere.
When it comes to the food, you won’t find an average avocado on toast on this menu. Instead, feast on truffle popovers with roasted Yorkshire ham, peanut butter-filled pastries and the highest quality sushi. Make sure you have a Bloody Mary to wash it down with, served in an oversized glass with garnishes of crispy bacon. Brunches run from 12.30pm until 4pm every Sunday and are priced at £45 for a Bloody Mary brunch and £65 for Veuve Clicquot.
Which mate should I take? This really is the place for those with a penchant for Bloody Marys – there’s a whole menu of them!
Where is it? 10 Air St, Soho, London W1B 4DY.
If a big blow-out brunch is on the cards, Aqua Neuva is the perfect place to get all your friends together on a Saturday from 12pm until 3.30pm. Sitting literally behind Oxford Street station the location couldn’t be more central, which gives the venue a certain something special.
Unlike your average avocado-and-toast-filled menu, the ‘free flowing feast’ is Spanish themed, in line with the restaurant’s usual Mediterranean fare. Food highlights include marinated rump of beef skewer, shellfish paella with red prawns and pistachio churros with mango and passion fruit sauce.
Choose from prosecco, mimosas, bellinis or soft drinks for £65 per person or for another £20, add Veuve Clicquot to the menu.
Which mate should I take? Someone who will want to stay out from brunch til dawn.
Where is it? aqua nueva, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), London, UK W1B 3BR
17 September: ZELA is currently undergoing a location change.
A fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, the A La Carte brunch menu includes a selection of ‘starters’ to share for the table. This includes stone bass ceviche, followed by an ‘omakase’ platter of sushi, in other words, left in the (very trustworthy) hands of the chef, which we are more than happy with. The prawn tempura rolls were possibly some of the most delicious sushi we have ever tasted in London.
Mains wise, we cannot praise highly enough the tender wagu beef. Or if you fancy something a bit lighter, the charcoaled salmon with crispy skin and pumpkin puree is also utterly divine.
The whole experience is £59 per person, which includes your bottomless prosecco or bellinis for 2 hours. If you don’t feel like fizz, you can always drink your fill from the MYO Bloody Mary bar instead.
Which mate should I take? The slightly higher price tag and more fancy setting lends itself especially well to groups, especially for a special occasion. Otherwise your friend who LOVES a Bloody Mary, as you can build your own from the ingredients on the bar, go wild with spice or even use tequila as your bloody base instead.
Where is it? ZELA, Me London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HA
The House of Burlesque presents: The Burlesque Brunch
17 September: House of Burlesque’s brunches are currently paused, but you can see info for their supper club on their website.
When we say razzle, you say dazzle: this nipple tassle twirling, sequin shimmering, tantalising brunch is like nothing else you’ll have ever experienced before lunch time.
Curated by The House of Burlesque, one of London’s most prominent burlesque shows (they even do classes, if you fancy learning a new skill), this all-singing all-dancing brunch offers a celebration of the female form as a side with your avo-on-toast.
The event is led by Mistress of Ceremonies Tempest Rose and runs from 12.30pm until 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays and includes performances from glittery showgirls showing off dance, circus and burlesque routines. Starting with a meet and greet, get to know the women who will be wowing you for the afternoon, and then sit down for a menu which includes bagels, aubergine and pesto focaccia and fish and chips. The first hour of Pimms is bottomless, but from there you’re on your own. Standard tickets are £40 but you can go VIP for £60, which will get you the best seats in the house.
Which mate should I take? Not a shy one.
Where is it? Café de Paris, 3-4 Coventry St, London W1D 6BL
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 plus £25 for free flowing prosecco, every Saturday.
Which mate 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.
Where is it? Bunga Bunga Covent Garden, 167 Drury Ln, London, WC2B 5PG
Best bottomless brunches in North London
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.
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 £25, and add another £25 for unlimited bubbles over two hours.
Which mate 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.
Where is it? German Gymnasium, King’s Blvd, Kings Cross, North London N1C 4BU
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 £26 you can go bagel crazy, with unlimited toppings and bubbles over two hours.
Which mate should I take? A vintage fiend will be delighted with this spot.
Where is it? Drink Shop Do, 9 Caledonian Rd, North London N1 9DX
If you are an oysters fan, Plaquemine Lock should be high on your list of ‘must try’ brunches in London.
Decadent fried oysters with bacon or a classic seafood platter to begin and a unmissable eggs or Creole Jambalaya to finish – all while sipping a (bottomless) Bloody Mary. The bonus? A live jazz concert that will be the soundtrack of your Sunday.
Brunch at Plaquemine Lock is £14/£21/£25 for 1-2-3 courses with bottomless Bloody Mary until 12pm.
Which mate should I take? It’s time to treat your friend obsessed with Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.
Where is it? Plaquemine Lock, Graham St, The Angel, London N1 8LB
Images: courtesy of restaurants / Brooke Lark
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.