Originating in England in the late 1800s, brunch has long been regarded as a fantastic way to enjoy a lazy Saturday or Sunday with family and friends.
The long, lingering meal is ideal for a Christmas catch-up and can include anything from waffles and fried eggs to Peking duck and sashimi, and is always best washed down with a glass or two of champagne. Here, Ten Lifestyle Concierge’s restaurants specialists have chosen their current favourites.
The Winter Garden at the Landmark Hotel
222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ
At this lavish buffet brunch, served from 12.30pm, guests can enjoy an unlimited selection of homemade pastries, smoked salmon and charcuterie, as well as main dishes such as rib-eye steak and seared sea bass.
The large glass roof allows natural light to pour into the palm tree-lined courtyard, previously used as a discreet entrance for horse-drawn carriages and also as a dance floor in the Roaring Twenties. The bottomless supply of champagne always goes down well, as does the live jazz band.
Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan
8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD
This Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant serves a special dim sum menu alongside the à la carte, from 12-5pm on Sundays. Translated literally as “touching the heart”, dim sum was first served in teahouses to travellers along the ancient Silk Road.
Hakkasan has created a modern twist on this Chinese tradition, with dishes including fried golden lobster roll and three-mushroom cheung fun. It’s a boozy affair as the menu includes a signature cocktail, half a bottle of NV Perrier-Jouët Blason Brut rosé and a digestive cocktail with dessert.
Jazz at the Corinthia
10a Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AE
The soaring walls of the magnificent Northall dining room are surrounded by large windows that allow light to spill into the room, brightening even the gloomiest winter mornings. The three-course Sunday brunch menu is as grand as the setting and features hand-cut beef steak tartare, whole roast Cornish plaice and a wonderful cranberry and apple tart to round it all off. It’s worth taking your time and making the most of the free-flowing Laurent-Perrier champagne and live jazz which begins at midday.
The Cookbook Café at the InterContinental
1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7QY
This is one of the only venues in London to serve an all-day buffet brunch at the weekend. Diners can enjoy endless amounts of delicious food, including American breakfast classics like waffles with maple syrup or berry compote, and house specials such as slow-roasted duck and succulent roast beef.
To top it off, the restaurant offers all-you-can-drink Bellini cocktails – individually mixed and decidedly morish. It’s perfect for families with children, celebrating special occasions and those simply wishing to indulge.
The Infinity brunch at Aqua Kyoto
240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR
This Japanese restaurant is ideally located for those wanting a decadent brunch while Sunday shopping on Oxford Street and Regent Street. The menu includes a limitless supply of sushi from the counter, in addition to a main course and dessert. Champagne glasses are topped up with pleasing regularity and the innovative cocktails are worth trying if you fancy something that packs more punch.
The glamorous restaurant features a striking red chandelier above the sushi counter and if the weather’s good, head to the rooftop terrace for a post-brunch drink.
Best of the rest
Classic British fare at The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
Famous for its all-day afternoon tea, this London icon is equally adept at all-week brunch. We love the grand, high-ceilinged art deco hall and the lively atmosphere – always busy with chat, but never hectic or deafening (a good feature for those who do their brunch with a hangover, or are celebrating a birthday).
An Italian feast at Cecconi’s
5a Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP
Owned by the Soho House Group, Cecconi’s is both trendy and relaxed. It’s effortlessly glam, as you would expect from Soho House, and it’s a popular place for brunch before hitting the shops on Bond Street on a Saturday. Cecconi’s is a classic Italian restaurant which does brunch from midday until five. Its Bellinis, available after 12pm, come highly recommended.
Taste of America at The Cut at 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1PN
Wolfgang Puck brings a New York-style brunch to London with his first European venture. Sit facing the floor-to-ceiling windows for close-up views of Hyde Park across the road and order the speciality – two fried organic eggs with creamy parmesan polenta, sage butter, maple-glazed pork belly and toasted brioche.
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