London Guide: Brunch
London is a big city with an abundance of places to dine, dance, soak up culture or simply relax, and so we’ve started a series of guides that will help you find some of the spots that (in our humble opinion) surpass their competitors.
For our first guide, we’ve looked at one the city’s inhabitants most-loved activities, brunching. And in order to brunch well, one must find a restaurant with a great menu, ambience and location, and so we’ve composed a list of places that rate highly in every criteria.
With an extensive menu the caters to everyone – be they vegetarian, plant-based, gluten-free or dairy-free – and a cool industrial, yet refined interior, Caravan is the perfect spot for brunch with large groups of friends or slightly more intimate affairs. They don’t take bookings, so be prepared to wait for a table.*
*Insider tip; the Fitzrovia location is quieter, so it’s the best bet for a table on weekends.
The first London location for the much-loved Parisian restaurant group, Big Mamma, Gloria has fast become a must-go for foodies in the city. The Italian-inspired brunch menu ranges from classics such as pancakes and avocado toast but extends to burrata, salads, pasta and pasta. The dishes have a homeliness that brings to mind a meal cooked lovingly by a mother (Italian in this instance) and the conscious clash of textiles and patterns in the eclectic decor only heightens the cosy, homespun dining experience.
Expect a queue, as most of the tables are for walk-ins, however bookings can be made, just make sure you do so well in advance as slots go quickly.
GRANGER & CO
Created by Australian restaurateur Bill Granger, the namesake restaurant chain is another spot the people will queue to dine it. The healthy dishes are full of with flavour, the coffees are first-rate and the atmosphere lends itself to pre/post-gym catch-ups.
We’d recommend the ‘granger greens’ smoothie, which is packed with more nutrition than your typical green smoothie and a lot tastier too.
Apt for those health and ethic conscious, 26 Grains sources the highest quality produce and ingredients for its dishes. Refined dishes with a touch of hygge, served in a space that could be described correspondingly, 26 Grains is a no-fuss or frills place for a quiet Sunday morning.
With a menu entirely plant-based menu that offers many gluten and nut-free options, there’s no wonder that Pharmacy fast became a London staple. The menu takes brunch classics and alters them for people with diets that are often neglected at restaurants. Though all the dishes are delicious, we’d recommend the ‘earth bowls’ and house pancakes.