Say ‘brunch’ to most Britons and they’ll conjure little more than a late breakfast; eggs Benedict served with freshly squeezed orange juice and a large coffee, perhaps or a full English and a Bloody Mary to see off a weekend hangover. But brunch can be so much more, a veritable banquet in some cases. We’ve tracked down a three of London’s finest offerings: Best Brunch London
The Landmark London Hotel Champagne Brunch
Take your seat in the exquisite and soaring eight-storey atrium of the 5-star Landmark London Hotel, Marylebone and prepare yourself for the most elegant and abundant of brunches; because nowhere does brunch in such spectacular style. And although the £80-per-head price might initially raise eyebrows, once you see exactly what that includes it feels like a bargain. The Landmark’s spread includes (deep breath) hot and cold breakfast staples; salads, sushi and sashimi; stews and stir-fries; and Sunday roasts with all the trimmings. We tried a little bit of almost everything and it was all delicious – the roasts in particular were a highlight, especially the perfectly rare roast beef.
For afters, there’s the most astonishing, mouth-watering selection of desserts ranging from fresh fruit tarts to macarons, mousses, jellies and pastries. There’s even a white chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallows for decadent drizzling. Everything savoury and sweet is freshly prepared and regularly replenished, so there’s no need to rush – your table is yours for the whole afternoon. Slow and steady wins the race.
Best of all, perhaps, is that the price includes unlimited – genuinely, unlimited – Champagne, served until 3.30pm. Real champers too, none of this sparkling wine nonsense, topped up after almost every sip by the delightful, courteous staff. A fabulous live pianist keeps guests entertained with an eclectic playlist of classic and contemporary numbers and, this being very much a special-occasions kind of place, occasionally breaks into ‘Happy Birthday’.
Book a table well in advance, and don your Sunday best. It’s the biggest (and best) brunch in London town!
The Landmark London Hotel, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ
020 7631 8000 landmarklondon.co.uk
Dim Sum Brunch at Asia de Cuba
Morgans Hotels are known for doing things differently so it’s no surprise that their take on brunch, at St Martin’s Lane hotel, is deliciously unconventional. Every Sunday from 12noon-5pm, its Asia de Cuba restaurant plays host to the Dim Sum Brunch. Chinese treats are served for the whole table, including Steamed Seabass Dumplings, Passion Fruit Ponzu, Tiger Prawn Potsticker and Steamed Chicken Spring Onion & Ginger Wonton.
The price of £35 per person includes a delicious spiced mango cocktail – Asia de Cuba’s cocktails are legendary – and there’s a great list of ‘Chino-Latino’ inspired drinks for once that’s finished. To complete the experience, a DJ plays uplifting tunes throughout the afternoon and on the first Sunday of each month, you can enjoy a live Cuban jazz ensemble too. Although well-suited to couples, we suggest getting a group of friends together and enjoying this lively occasion en masse.
Asia de Cuba, St Martin’s Lane Hotel, 45 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4HX
0207 300 5588 stmartinslane.com
No nationality takes brunch more seriously than the Aussies, and smart new cafe Salvation Jane is a little slice of Melbourne in Moorgate. Their weekend brunch is an authentically Antipodean affair offering about a dozen delicious dishes ranging from light bites, like poached fruit with yoghurt, to full-on stacks of corn fritters, streaky bacon and slow-roast tomato.
Served at weekends from 9am right through until 3.30, brunch here is a very flexible affair; those nursing a hangover might want to avoid coming too late as Salvation Jane fills up and the atmosphere is lively to say the least! We love that everything here is made from scratch; the home-made baked beans served with ham hock and organic cornbread are especially tasty. Coffee and cakes are a particular highlight – who could resist a slice of Hello Dolly with their flat white? We certainly can’t.
Salvation Jane, Unit 2, 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1HQ
0207 253 5273 salvationjanecafe.co.uk
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