How can you make a beloved weekend brunch in the capital even better? By throwing in unlimited glasses of prosecco, of course
We all remember where we were when we heard the grave news that a prosecco shortage could be on the way. Demand for the fizzy stuff is up, but last year’s grape harvest is reported to be down by 50% in some parts of Italy so there's a very real possibility of a global shortage.
But let’s just calm ourselves long enough to enjoy a bottomless prosecco brunch first. And nothing steadies the nerves like never-ending bubbles.
Here’s where to go to in London to enjoy our two favourite things: brunch and prosecco.
This is down-and-dirty Americana in London’s Piccadilly.
For the ‘less dirty’ and more ‘classic’ brunch dishes, dig into eggs benedict with Blythburgh ham and hollandaise sauce, avocado and streaky bacon on rye bread, or buttermilk waffle with mixed berries.
For those who want a bit of dirt in the morning, you’ve got buttermilk chicken burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese and some incredibly drinkable hard shakes (we're talking cold brew coffee, Kahlúa and vanilla ice-cream).
The most important part? Prosecco is topped up frequently.
When: Saturday 11am-3pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Where: 7-9 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1EE
How much: £20 for two courses, £25 for three courses and an additional £15 for unlimited prosecco or bloody marys
What you have here is a mixture of Korean, English and deep-south US dishes. Choose from breakfast tacos (that’s corn tortillas with scrambled egg, chipotle, salsa and guacamole), pulled pork with beans and kimchi on toast, a cheeseburger hash (we’re talking all the parts of the cheeseburger here) or French toast.
Throw in a couple of mimosas and your weekend is off to a cracking start.
When: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm
Where: 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW
How much: The boozy brunch is £32.50 and comes with a choice of three dishes as well as unlimited bloody marys, cava or mimosas. The virgin brunch is £22 and comes with a choice of three dishes as well as an unlimited variety of soft drinks
This may not be your typical brunch menu, but there’s no better place to start your weekend than at a Flesh & Buns brunch. With limitless hot and cold dishes (seafood ceviche, sushi rolls, sashimi, kimchi, arancini and Korean fried-chicken, to name just a few) paired with a delightful glass of bubbles or wine.
This is what Sundays were made for.
When: Sunday noon-5pm
Where: 41 Earlham Street, London EC2H 9LX
How much: £39 or £46 per person depending on what you go for
Bored with the usual full English brekkie affair? Head to Lima Floral for brunch done the Peruvian way: quinoa porridge, suckling pig brioche bun, egg frittata with spring onions and cacao crumble.
When: Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm, Sunday 10.30am-3pm
Where: 14 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9BJ
How much: £10 for four glasses of prosecco and £18 or £30 depending on which option you choose for brunch
This is a good bet for those sticklers for lighter brunches.
Tuck into duck egg Florentine, blueberry crumpets, breakfast waffles with bacon, sausage and drizzled with maple truffle syrup, or travel down the grill route (we’re talking 28-, 35- and 40-day-aged steak) and still get the bubbles, which are kept topped up by waiters brandishing bottles around the low-lit dining room.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm
Where: 16A New Street, London EC2M 4TR
How much: £15 for unlimited prosecco, £20 for two courses, £25 for three
OK, so this is all a bit bonkers and you’re going to need to leave your dignity at the door, but who doesn’t like pizza for breakfast? Yes, it’s on the expensive side (see prices below), but you’ll get unlimited prosecco and bellinis, breads, jams, cured meats, brunch pizzas, sweet dessert pizzas, drag queens and karaoke. Really.
It's mad, but it's certainly one way to party.
When: every Saturday, first sitting at 11:30am, second sitting at 2pm
Where: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA
How much: £38 per person for the first sitting and £48 per person for the second sitting. It's not cheap, but you get a lot of food and prosecco
Not only does this Japanese-style infinity brunch include bottomless prosecco (or wine for the non-bubble believers), but also hot and cold dishes. Yes, it’s pricey but the selection is pretty amazing. Think luxury sushi and sashimi, noodles, miso soup, grill platter and mocha ice-cream. You'll feel pretty virtuous afterwards, even if you are a little lighter in the wallet area.
When: Sunday noon-4pm
Where: 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR
How much: prices start at £39 and go up to £65 depending on which option you pick
This is an all-out, three-course brunching affair with an impressive selection of dishes including ox-cheek hash with double-fried eggs, soft-shell crab Benedict with jalapeño hollandaise sauce, or white chocolate and pistachio brownie for breakfast pudding with popcorn ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce. Yum.
When: Saturday 9am-5pm (alcohol from 10am)
Where: No. 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf
How much: £20 for two courses and £25 for three courses. For an extra £20, you can get bottomless prosecco, bloody marys, raspberry bellinis or ETM red, white or rosé wine
This is some great value brunch and bubbles. Dishes are simple but good: eggy bread with mixed berries, poached eggs with chilli avocado on sourdough, or go the whole hog with the Forge full English – that’s eggs (any style), bacon, sausage, bubble and squeak, black pudding, beans... and toast. Dig in.
When: Saturday 11am-4pm
Where: 154-158 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU
How much: Bottomless prosecco from £10, bottomless bloody marys and bellinis from £8