The City of London brunch scene is on the rise thanks to countless restaurants opening their doors for weekend foodies who desperately crave poached eggs.
We all know Shoreditch is bursting with all kinds of amazing brunch spots. Clerkenwell, Southbank and Chelsea are also huge poached egg paradises; but the City is slowly working its way into this part of the foodie scene, too.
It’s all a part of the area’s move towards becoming more weekend friendly. Events like Play the Mile and Fantastic Feats are making the City of London a seven-days-a-week arts and culture hub, while The Royal Exchange and other retail outlets are making it a better shopping destination as well.
There’s still a long way to go, but a handful of budding dining destinations are breathing even more life into the area, one eggs Benedict at a time. Here are our very favourites.
These guys started out as humble coffee roasters, making London a much better place for caffeine lovers. They then expanded into food and cocktails around the area before opening up their swish restaurant and bar at the Bloomberg Arcade. Here, they serve incredible coffee alongside great classic brunch dishes. There’s no messing about with theatrics or overly quirky ingredients. Instead, they do Moorish buttermilk pancakes, a mighty impressive full English, and plenty of other brunch time favourites. A trip to Caravan City will never disappoint.
22 Bloomberg Arcade EC4N 8AR
This City seafood spot offers up a super special fishy weekend brunch menu, aptly named ‘brunch off the boat’. For this special experience, diners start off at their very own oyster and Bloody Mary station – yes, they have an entire section dedicated to the two. Guests then move on to starters and main courses, made from fresh and locally sourced seafood that can also be enjoyed with bottomless Prosecco or Moët and Chandon. Because, why not?
16 New Street EC2M 4TR
Coppa Club by Tower Bridge is famous for its winter pop-up igloos, but they’ve jazzed them up for summer in the City. The igloos have been transformed into surfer shacks which can be enjoyed even during London’s most depressing summer rainstorms. And the rest of the outside space has been filled with tropical plants, a surfboard swing, and a bespoke VW van bar. Instagrammers love it but don’t be put off by that. They’re not only about putting on a good show with all the bells and whistles. They follow it up with tasty grub as well, making it a perfect summertime brunch destination – that is if you can book a seat in this popular riverside spot.
3 Quays Walk EC3R 6AH
The Moorish menu at Bad Egg is designed to be a bit messy and altogether mouthwateringly good every day of the week. We’re obsessed with their cheese-packed burgers and homemade tacos, but the pulled pork, kimchi and beans on toast is also a wonderful treat. They were also one of the first to bring bottomless brunches to the City and are known for turning Saturdays into all-day parties. Refreshingly unpretentious.
CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker Street EC2Y 9AW
Gordon Ramsay himself may be slightly terrifying, but his City restaurant is one of the best places to grab a classy bottomless brunch. Choose an egg dish or a main as well as a dessert before downing as many glasses of Prosecco as you can possibly can – testing the waiters’ speed and efficiency in the process. We also love their weekend beef Wellington special for a slightly alternative brunch experience. This bougie British speciality is done to perfection at Bread Street Kitchen and can be complimented by delicious wine pairings.
10 Bread Street EC4M 9AJ
Dim sum brunches have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and Yauatcha in Broadgate Circle has been a driving force behind this trend. Their dim sum dishes are carefully crafted like works of art and are bursting with flavour. Get around the dumplings, bao buns and Peking duck done three ways before ordering even more food from a long list of high-end dishes. And while their accompanying alcoholic bevs have incredible Chinese influences, you can still go down the more traditional non-alcoholic route with a huge selection of imported teas. Swap the usual avocado on toast for this Chinese feasting delight.
1 Broadgate Circle EC2M 2QS