From decadent boozy brunches to unfussy Australian-style spreads and hip spots to hang, here’s where to get a cracking brunch spread in east London, whatever you feel like…
1. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell
Bourne & Hollingsworth boasts plates as pretty as their interiors. Their much loved brunch menu includes a cocktail, two courses from the brunch menu as well as a tea or coffee. The menu features both brunch classics such as eggs royale and a full English, as well as options for the more adventurous, including Huevos Benedictos and pancakes served with toasted hazelnuts and caramelised bananas. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 4pm.
Address: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell EC1R 0HU
2. Bibo At Mondrian Shoreditch
Opened last year, Bibo, at Hotel Mondrian is a Spanish kitchen and tapas bar. While the brunch menu lacks in egg-based dishes (although eggs royale and Benedict feature), here you’ll find multiple sharing paellas as well as traditional Spanish small plates such as pat atas bravas, Spanish tortilla, pardon peppers and shrimps fries with spicy May. You can also get mains, should you not like the idea of sharing.
Address: 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3PT
3. Bistotheque, Bethnal Green
Start your weekend brunch at Bistrotheque with one of the many breakfast cocktails while you decide what you want to eat from the fairly long brunch men, which serves up both lunchy-brunch dishes and breakfasty-brunch too. Go for something a little big different like the soft shell crab Benedict, or the mushroom ragu with fried bread, or if you need to soak up the remnants of the night before, the Bistrotheque Breakfast is a big English fry up, that works well with several bloody Marys.
Address: 23-27 Wadeson Street E2 9DR
4. Rapsa, Hoxton
Filipino fusion restaurant Rapsa serves up punchy flavour-laden dishes, which, on the weekend, you can pair with bottomless Aperol spritz, fizz or boozy slushies (£34s pp). Go for one of the big breakfasts, or try something a bit different, such as the halloumi finger sandwich with fried egg, banana ketchup, tomato, avocado salsa and spring onion hash; cured salmon bibingka loaf with scrambled eggs and herb creme fraiche; or Longcilog longanisa sausage, garlic rice, atchara and fried egg. Delicious. Available Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm.
Address: 100-102 Hoxton Street, N1 6SG
5. Dirty Bones, Shoreditch
American-style restaurant and cocktail bar Dirty Bones, serves up an indulgent brunch, which you can make bottomless (for £25pp) should you want a bit more hedonism in your morning. Dine on steak and eggs, chicken and waffles, short rib crumpets and butternut pancakes while you quaff pink grapefruit mimosas, dirty Marys or a cocktail, call hip monkey made with Bacardi, martini Rosso, fresh lime, bitters and grapefruit soda. Also has locations in Soho, Carnaby and Kensington.
Address: 1 Club Row E1 6JX
6. Ibis, Haggerston
The breakfast weekend menu at Morito is short but considered, and offers a selection of superb dishes inspired by North Africa, Morocco and the Med. The menu changes daily and boasts the like of homemade granola, menemem eggs (a kind of scrambled shakshuka-like dish) and Cretan sausage with chopped salad, Greek yoghurt and flatbread.
Address: 195 Hackney Road E2 8JL Haggerston
7. The Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park
Always popular with the morning joggers and dog walkers, grab breakfast or brunch to go, or eat in at one of the lake-side tables. A range of pastries and pre-prepared but freshly made sandwiches are available to eat in or takeaway, and there’s a range of hot breakfasts and light lunches available too. The hash brown and egg breakfast sarnie is a must-eat.
Address: Victoria Park, Old Ford Road E9 7DE
8. Ozone, London Fields
One of the best east-side antipodean cafes in London, Ozone serves up a stellar brunch alongside good, strong, coffee and bloody Marys with kick. Friendly and always busy, the cafe’s long menu covers all bases, whether you’re hankering for a meaty fry up, or going meat-free. Faves include smoked fish kedgeree with soft poached egg, chimmi and labneh; and the kimchi fritters with wild garlic, soft greens and Ozone pickles.
Address: Emma Street E2 9Ap
9. Crispin, Spitalfields
A European-inspired menu that uses local ingredients from independent growers and small scales farms, the weekend brunch at Crispin is as good as it sounds. Opt for a smattering of smaller sharing plats, such as burrata, plum hazelnuts and clove; a charcuterie board; or Tunworth and sage croquettes with pickle walnut ketchup. Alternatively, go for a brunch plate of the likes of poached eggs with hollandaise and smoked salmon on sourdough or borlotti beans on toast with Berkswell cheese.
Address: Pavilion on The Corner, White’s Row, E1 7NF
10. Yauatcha, Broadgate
A Cantonese-style dim-sum teahouse near Liverpool Street Station has as a weekend brunch set menu (£68p, minimum two people), that comes with a welcome cocktail and as a bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial to share. Start off with a dim sum platter of scallop shui mai; seafood black truffle dumping; and venison puff, followed by your choice of main – stir-fry rib eye, kung pao chicken, or steamed chili prawn for example. Finish off with one of the restaurant’s signature dishes.
Address: Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
11. Berber & Q, Haggerston
With smokey-grilled Middle Eastern dishes the ticket here, Berber & Q serves up a moorish weekend brunch. Choose regular shaksuka, or choose to ‘pimp’ it by adding avocado, chickpeas and a chili sauce. There’s also Turkish eggs with baba ghanoush and a yoghurt sauces and the full Israeli to share between two, which is a platter laden with lots of goodness including smokey baba ghanoush, hummus, marinated feta, eggs and roasted beets. For more of a sweet breakfast, chose the cholla French toast with creme fraiche and raspberry compote.
Address: 338 Acton Mews E8 4EA
12. Duck And Waffle, City
No brunch round up would be complete without a mention of Duck and Waffle. The 24/7 (yes, you can dine at 3am if you so desire) location boasts breathtaking views of the city, as well as a menu showing the very best in European cuisine and sustainable ingredients. With savory options including BBQ beans on toast and grilled octopus, and sweet options including the famous lemon meringue waffle with dill and lemon sherbet ice cream, Duck And Waffle is a must visit for the late nighter, early riser and brunch lover for an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
Address: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
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