Unlimited food, unlimited prosecco. Is there anything not to like?
Could Sunday morning really be the new Saturday night? This latest import from New York has set the breakfast scene on fire. With all the cocktails plus more eggs and fewer nightclub queues, these bottomless brunches have us convinced.
Oh, and really, really full.
At the weekend, Canary Wharf is more or less a ghost town, which is fitting as the brunch at One Canada Square will have you assuming you’ve died and gone to heaven. Tuck into soft shell crab ‘Benedict’ with jalapeño hollandaise or ox cheek hash with double fried eggs while listening to the dulcet tones of a white grand piano.
And if you don’t have the maths skills of a city banker you’ll be fine because the food is easily divisible: £20 for two courses, £25 for three and £20 more for bottomless booze.
Where: One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
When: Saturday, 9am to 5pm
They don’t talk about brunch much on Downton Abbey, but if they did then you could be sure that Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is where Lady Mary would do her quaffing and scoffing in town. Decorated in the airy, floral-sprigged style of a faded stately home, brunch offerings include drop scones with bacon and maple syrup, huevos benedictinos and crispy potato hash with salt beef and a duck’s egg. Get a bottomless Bellini for £16 or bloody mary for £15 to wash it all down. Chin-chin.
Where: 42 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HU
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm
The rock 'n' roll brunch at this funky little joint in Soho offers to help you blast away the cobwebs with beef pho cuon rice noodle rolls and juicy lemon grass chicken. Includes limitless prosecco. We repeat, limitless prosecco.
Where: 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 6HW
When: Sunday, 12pm to 5pm
If the name is reverse psychology then it’s definitely working – brunch is Bad Egg’s speciality, and the place is pretty damned good at it. On Saturdays £32.50 per person will get you unlimited cava, bloody marys and mimosas, and three different dishes to soak it all up. Elastic waistband advised.
Where: City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW
When: Saturday, 10am to 5pm
More of a cultural education than a brunch, Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Cafe offers ‘pranzo’, the traditional lazy Sunday Italian meal (not necessarily egg-themed) that can stretch out for two, three or four belt-busting courses – helped along by lashings of free-flowing prosecco for an extra £12. Kids also go free, though that might turn it into a different kind of occasion.
Where: 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BS
When: Sunday, 12pm to 5pm
A bottomless bargain at £10 for a limitless glass of prosecco, Saturday brunch at the Forge & Co Canteen also features no fewer than 10 different types of eggs. They’re not bottomless though, and it’s for your own good.
Where: 154-158 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU
When: Saturday, 10am to 4pm
With endless views heaped on top of your bottomless brunch, Saturdays at the riverside Blueprint Cafe are a feast for pretty much all of your senses. There’s kedgeree, tea-smoked salmon, cured beef and homemade granola, with unlimited fizz or bloody marys for £15 per person. They also offer a two or three course menu, which means all our dreams of ‘breakfast pudding’ are finally becoming reality.
Where: The Design Museum, London SE1 2YD
When: Saturday, 10am to 2:30pm