Brunch by the river or as near as you can get to the River Thames is always a good thing. We’ve selected what we think are the best places to head to for a weekend brunch on the Southbank and Bankside, whether it be bottomless for those who might want to get a little legless or simply just a great menu of utterly delicious food. Weekend recovery or relaxation – who needs a reason really?
Skylon Restaurant & Bar
South Bank & Bankside / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Imagine the scene ? fabulous views across the River Thames from a top Southbank vantage point, the papers laid out before you and a menu full of divine dishes and perk-me-up cocktails. Not to mention a soundtrack of funky Motown and Disco to tap your feet to. Skylon's brunch is simply brilliant, with a bottomless set menu ranging from high end breakfast dishes to mains from the grill and free flowing Prosecco, Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. Two courses £35, three courses £45 Saturdays only 11.30am-2.30pm. Tables 2 hours only.
The Table Cafe
Borough & Southwark / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
A true hidden gem of the Southbank, tucked away in a back street behind the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, The Table dishes up an award winning brunch. With a menu dedicated to ethical sourcing, expect the very highest quality ingredients in brunch gems such as the legendary Stack ? a tower of tastiness consisting of a bagel topped with poached eggs, homemade ham hock and chorizo baked beans and hollandaise or the pancakes/waffles with bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup.
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Elevating your weekend brunch in more ways than one, Aqua Shard promises a very special experience indeed. Sitting on the 31st floor of The Shard, the views are naturally spectacular, and in keeping with such magnificence, the brunch menu is just as impressive. Consisting of 3 courses for £48, diners can expect a choice of stellar dishes such as lobster benedict, roast Dingley Dell pork belly and sticky toffee pudding. Brunch is available Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am-3.30pm
Borough & Southwark / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Tuck into the huge brunch menu on offer at The Refinery, a fashionable spot found in the iconic Blue Fin building close to the Tate Modern. With its cool industrial style, this trendy Bankside hangout dishes up breakfasts, burgers, roasts, dishes large and small and desserts for brunch as well as the habitual selection of Bloody Marys.
South Bank & Bankside / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Bottomless Bloody Mary or Prosecco brunch overlooking the Thames seems like the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in London and that?s exactly what?s on offer at the very stylish Sea Containers at the Mondrian Hotel. Whether dining at the iconic 18 seat stainless steel bar, within the chic restaurant area or on the al fresco terrace, their American style brunch promises to be a most enjoyable time indeed. Bottomless Bloody Mary or Prosecco brunch costs just £16 per person with cost of food aside.
South Bank & Bankside / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Tate Modern, The Founders Arms boasts a tasty brunch menu and some rather spectacular views across to St Paul's and the City skyline. Expect well priced dishes at this popular bankside boozer with options such as the brunch burger with cheese and fried hen's egg or smoked salmon and smashed avocado on sourdough.
Borough & Southwark / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
it back on soft, comfy sofas and shake off that Saturday night hangover with a delicious Sunday brunch at The Mulberry Bush. Found just moments from the River Thames and conveniently close to Waterloo, brunchers can tuck into the likes of smoked haddock and green onion mac & cheese or smashed avocado, poached eggs, whipped goats cheese and sourdough toast.
South Bank & Bankside / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Albion Bankside combines a café, grill, grocery shop and even a wine and oyster bar and is a superb choice for a weekend brunch by the river. Championing seasonal ingredients and great British produce, indulge in dishes such as poached eggs on Albion muffins with spinach and hollandaise or a Full Albion with back bacon, Cumberland sausages, Clonakilty black pudding, baked beans, plum tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs and toast.
Borough & Southwark / Restaurant / Cuisine: Spanish
Part of the London chain of stylish Spanish restaurants, Camino's Bankside branch offers an Iberian style brunch at the weekend. We love their Bottomless Tapas offer which includes a choice of three tapas and bottomless cava or mimosas for just £25 per person. There's even a Bottomless Juice menu for the little ones. Brunch is available from 11.30am-3.30pm with tables offered for two hours.
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