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Top 10 Best Brunch in London

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Having previously released a short taster of the best brunch in London, we thought it was time to go the whole pig and dish up the bacon. And eggs. And sausage. And muffins. And pancakes. And coffee. And Bloody Mary's. And, well you get the picture. London, resist the urge to eat cornflakes on the weekend. Get out of your jim-jams, splash some water on your face, and seek a more satisfying answer to your killer hangover. There are plenty of excellent restaurants, pubs and cafes in London that offer cooked delights, laid before you, mid-morning to mid-afternoon, that will bring you back to the land of the living.

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London Bridge & Bermondsey
Bar / Restaurant
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 of London from Aqua Shard are spectacular (see if you can spot St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, or The Monument), and in keeping with such magnificence, the brunch menu is just as impressive. Brunch consists of three courses for £44. Expect a choice of stellar dishes such as Yellowfin tuna tartare, English wagyu brunch burger, Native Scottish lobster thermidor, and Bramble cheesecake made with Oakchurch Farm blackberries. Brunch is available Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10.30am to 3.30pm but be smart and book in advance.

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West End
Restaurant
Steak House

You could opt for eggs benedict, a chilli fried egg & bacon brioche, or a pancake stack with blueberries and maple syrup, but then this hidden restaurant perched above The Hippodrome casino at Leicester Square was a Bookatable Best Steakhouse in London winner so there's really only one thing to do: order ribeye steak (350g for only £20!), topped by two eggs (to legitimize its brunch status), plus the best fries you've ever tasted, spinach, and a feisty Bloody Mary. Complete your mid-morning of decadence with the divine chocolate Kahlua dessert and a glass of champagne. This is living!

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Dalston
Bar / Restaurant
Caribbean

The best way to cure that weekend hangover is to pull your socks up and get on over to Dalston, home of Rudie's inexpensive Caribbean bar and restaurant because, for a meagre £18, you'll enjoy bottomless rum punch (for an hour and a half) and a Yeah Mon! Full Jamaican brunch - ackee and saltfish, lamb sausages, baked butter beans, sautéed spinach, boiled green banana and bakes. You should probably order a side of jerk chicken and slaw, just for emergencies. This brunch livens up the senses thanks to the punchy spice and the funky reggae background tunes. And it's all smiles too because the staff are the loveliest people you'll ever trust to bring your sore head and body back to life.

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Marylebone
Restaurant
Peruvian

Pachamama have jumped on the wonderful, unlimited alcohol with your brunch, bandwagon. The unlimited alcohol is a pisco punch, that hits exactly the right note of citrus and misses out on being sickly sweet so you can drink a fair few glasses - although be warned they are pretty generous with the pisco. Their brunch menu is an eclectic selection of Peruvian-Asian fusion food. The star of the menu is the Suspiro de Limena, strawberry and sorrel which is an utterly delicious dessert of meringue, custard and a tart citrus sauce.

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Paddington
Bar / Restaurant
Scandinavian

Restaurant, bar and café KuPP in Paddington takes inspiration from Scandinavia. The menu is designed for grazing, sharing and social eating. Tuck into dishes that are colourful, fresh and delicious. The Bottomless Smörgasbord Brunch, served on a traditional wooden bord, occurs every Saturday and Sunday (12pm-5pm). Ninety glorious minutes of unlimited smörgasbord refills, alongside a choice of delicious herb and spice infused bottomless cocktails - the Scandi Collins or Aquavit Bloody Mary - or pints of Czech Pilsner Krusovice dispensed direct from their giant silver tanks, all at £30pp.

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Kings Cross
Restaurant
Cafe

Lively, bustling and noisy, Caravan is perhaps not the place to brunch if you're nursing a hangover, but for large groups of friends, or families with exuberant children it is the perfect hangout. Food with a decidedly globetrotting flavour is on the menu here, including such eclectic treats as Parmesan grits with girolles and boar sausages, coconut toast with poached rhubarb and poached eggs with aubergine puree and sumac. They're particularly proud of their coffee here too, and if a caffeine buzz isn't what you need there's always a white peach bellini or selection of juices and smoothies with which to wet your whistle.

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Soho
Restaurant / Hotel
British

For those who wish to brunch in the luxurious environment of a private members' club but without the fees and dress code, Dean Street Townhouse in Soho is the place to go, if only for one of their four house special twists on Bloody Marys, including the brutally honest 'hair of the dog' flavoured with bitey quantities of mustard and horseradish. £6 for a fruit salad may be a bit pushy, but then the ham hock hash with duck egg is only £8.50, and who eats fruit salad for breakfast anyway?

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Marylebone
Restaurant
Italian

Situated around the corner from Baker Street Station, Fucina is handsomely modern yet rustic and upmarket yet casual. Fucina's brunch menu comprises all the best parts of authentic Italian cuisine. Choose from the more simplistic brunch offerings of salad, granola or croissants, or go full Italian and nosh on beautiful, handmade pizzas and pasta dishes that will energise your day. Fucina also offers larger dishes if you're still hungry after your pizza so treat yourself with an Italian doughnut with coffee.

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Hackney
Bar / Restaurant
Modern European

The £8 brunch offer here in East London is a good landing point for anyone who can't decide what to have for brunch on the weekend because it includes a bit of almost everything; brunch tapas, if you will. The rest of the brunch menu is substantial and includes a variety of vegetarian and pig-heavy dining options. There's also a sneaky 90-minute bottomless prosecco deal that's worth investing in (as long as you've already bossed it at the gym that morning). If the sun is shining, sit outside on the picnic benches and watch the world go by. Sweet-lovers, be safe in the knowledge that waffles also feature on the menu.

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Shoreditch
Bar / Restaurant
Eclectic

Cocotte Hoxton is the second French farm-to-table masterpiece created by four friends who love the delicacy that is rotisserie chicken and the rustic flavours of home. The brunch menu mixes the old with the new, such as ratatouille, eggs benedict, mac and cheese, avocado toast and - the American favourite - chicken and waffles. Make it a little more adult with classic cocktails such as bloody Mary's or keep it healthy(ish) with fresh fruit smoothies. Thanks to its location in buzzing Hoxton Square, Cocotte is the prime brunch spot for lazy weekends, as well after-work drinks and summer al-fresco dining on the terrace.

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