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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.
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Located on the 31st floor of the Shard, this venue offers stunning views of the London skyline. It is a smart upmarket fine-dining restaurant as well as an incredible three-storey high all-day atrium bar, which operates a walk-in only policy, due to its immense popularity. The restaurant offers refined British cuisine using innovative techniques. They have one of the widest selections of breakfast items on offer along with their panoramic views: express breakfast pastries, kedgeree and bacon bap to your full English. Look out for their special breakfast elixirs like Shard Breakfast Martini.
Asia de Cuba
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Latin
Let the Mimosas, Bellinis and bespoke Bloody Marys flow at Asia de Cuba's bottomless brunch. Available from 12pm Friday to Sunday, the restaurant serves up their fun Chino-Latino dishes accompanied by limitless cocktails in a vibrant atmosphere - plus drop by on a Saturday for live music. And there are plenty of options to upgrade your brunch for any occasion and appetite: from a generous Chino-Latino sharing platter, to bottomless Mexican doughnuts, all the way to unlimited champagne and a full Cuban roast.
One Canada Square
Canary Wharf / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
High class ladies drink raspberry Bellinis. Chaps nurse hangovers behind a forest of vegetables in salubrious Bloody Mary cocktails. A live pianist reinterprets Bob Marley's reggae. A decadent Art Deco setting at the base of Canary Wharf's fiscal monument, eerily enticing when the bankers are away for the weekend. The 3-course bottomless brunch on Saturdays is an unusual choice for some, but mark these words: the duck egg, broad bean, caper and shallot starter with sauteed girolles (pictured above); the truffle-like cep ravoli; and the baked New York blackberry cheesecake are all excellent methods for awakening the weekend. See for yourself.
Heliot Steak House
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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!
Marylebone / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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.
Paddington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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.
Kings Cross / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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.
Dean Street Townhouse
Soho / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: 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?
Marylebone / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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.
Blackheath & Eltham / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
This restaurant offers the 'value for money' brunch from this collection of greatest London hits. The restaurant's interpretation of the full English is a man-sized feed for only £8 (and tastes even better when you swap out the black pudding for grilled avocado). Or, if you're suffering from a hangover (you know who you are), order the spiced baked eggs and wait for the jalapeno kick to bring back from the dead. The futuristic spaceship decor, exotic fruits smoothies, and perfect flat white coffees also help to make this an easy weekend brunch. As does the leisurely stroll across the heath and into Greenwich Park after you've finished. The only downside: you have to order before 1pm.
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