Brunchin’ in London

After three trips to London in the space of one year, most of which was spent eating my way across the city, I’ve gleaned a fair amount of knowledge on the city’s vibrant food scene. When it comes to brunch, Londoners know how to deliver.

From a hearty British breakfast to Taiwanese baos, there are delicious addresses for all tastes. After sampling the best the city has to offer, I’ve put together a list of some less-traditional brunch experiences and tips for what to order! 

(various locations)

You can’t skip Bacon naan and bottomless chai! This modern Bombay-style cafe has already received high praise and is on everyone’s ‘best of’ lists. Their breakfast menu is unique and especially noteworthy. We ordered almost the entire menu and each dish was packed full of flavor.  All the location are beautifully designed, but my favorite is the big warehouse at King’s Cross. 

Chinese Laundry 
07 Upper St, Angel

The breakfast of my childhood. Baozi, dumplings, and scallion pancakes topped with fried egg are musts. My favorite on the list, the menu from this kitchy Chinese eatery in Islington transports me back to the breakfasts I had growing up in Taiwan. 

Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate

Breakfast with a view! Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, Duck & Waffle is one of the most sought after reservations in London. We made it there to watch the sunrise while enjoying the sweet-salty combination of crispy duck confit over waffles for an unforgettable experience!

(various locations) 

Although they technically do not serve brunch, I couldn’t leave Bao out because I love them too much. These pillowy soft and intensely flavorful baos keep me coming back each trip, sometimes for multiple visits in one weekend! If possible, order a variety of baos (their classic is a must!) with a couple of side plates, such as pickled cabbage, tomatoes in plum powder, and sanbei octopus. 

Monocle cafe
18 Chiltern St, Marylebone

For brunch from around the world. This trendy cafe in Marylebone with the recognizable black and white awning offers a wide array of different breakfasts, from Scandinavian cardamon buns to Japanese onigiri. 

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