Hands up – who’s chosen their next brunch location based solely (or at least mostly) on how good the snaps will look? Nothing gets your mouth watering like seeing beautifully-lit snaps of avo toast, poached eggs and stacks of pancakes during your AM Insta scroll – the proof might be in the pudding, but a photo alone can be enough to get us hitting up OpenTable to score a seat at the latest brunch spot.
Whether it’s a restaurant with one dish you just have to order (the duck and waffles at, er, Duck & Waffle), or a place where everything is so bright and healthy (Granger & Co), or deliciously naughty (Egg Break), we’re big believers that there’s no sincerer love than than the love of food photos.
Brunch has to be the most ‘grammed meal on web, too. Burgers and pretty cakes are all well and good, but really, it’s all about crispy bacon, ruby-red tomatoes, swirly flat whites and oodles of maple syrup on pancakes. Add a cocktail into the mix (and you really should, or it’s just breakfast).
Behold, the brunch spots you need to visit (and snap) now…
1. Raw Duck
Like your brunch with a twist? Decamp to Hackney to try Raw Duck’s delicious brunch. We’re talking coconut rice, chilli sambal, buttermilk fried chicken and eggs. Delish.
2. Egg Break
The Notting Hill outpost of the ever-cool Soho House group, Egg Break is all about – you guessed it – eggs. Poached eggs! Fried eggs! Eggs in burgers! Eggs and waffles! Get thee to Egg Break, pronto.
3. Duck & Waffle
Atop the Heron Tower with dizzying views over London and Essex, Duck & Waffle is winning in the property stakes. They also have a pretty good niche going: fried duck with waffles, topped with eggs. They offer other dishes, but this is their signature, and boy, do they do it well. Perfect for city slickers (who aren’t doing paleo).
4. The Modern Pantry
Like your food inventive and whacky? Then you need to head to The Modern Pantry. With coconut and cassava waffles, raspberry and ricotta pancakes and sugar-cured prawn omelettes, The Modern Pantry is a gastronomic adventure. Every bite is better than the last.
French dining with a New York twist. A beautifully airy bistro with cosy red leather booths, Balthazar excel at the classic brunch staples: the pancakes are fluffy and sweet, the avo toast creamy and rich and the coffee exemplary.
6. The Wolseley
The Wolseley have pulled off quite a feat with managing not to feel dated despite being a Picadilly institution for yonks. A ‘grand European cafe’ with five star service, delicious food and plenty of celeb spotting, treat your mum to a brunch here ahead of a day of shopping.
7. Granger & Co
Antipodean cafe Granger & Co is perfect for health nuts (there’s plenty of organic options, green juices and fresh produce) but die-hard foodies will be happy with the sweetcorn fritters, fried chicken and yummy cakes. Our pick is the ‘Fresh Aussie’ – a take on a full English with salmon, poached eggs and avo.
8. Dean Street Townhouse
A legendary Soho spot that’s as swish as it is welcoming, Dean Street Townhouse is the perfect joint for brunch before a day of culture. Our pick is the incredible smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
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Owned by legendary chef Yotam Ottolenghi, Nopi is a must-try for adventurous foodies. The black rice with mango is the best, and most Instagrammable, porridge you’ll ever eat.
Caravan is for that hipster foodie friend we all have. Take them, serve them coconut bread with lemon cream cheese or a teriyaki crab and spring onion omelette and score immediate cool points. The vibe is low-key and industrial, and they brew their own coffee on-site. A must-try.
This cool east London spot is beloved by the fashion set. Set down an unassuming side street, Bistrotheque is airy, bright and full of cheerful staff. All the dishes are great, but try the poached rhubarb pancakes, washed down with one of their slinky cocktails.