Contemporary Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto has launched a new brunch menu that’s split between Asian ‘Indulgence’ and more wholesome ‘Purity’ options. Named Ukiyo Brunch, the modern menu will serve the likes of okonomiyaki with sticky honey cured bacon, smoky tonkatsu sauce and katsuoboshi; rock shrimp tempura with chilli garlic sauce and seaweed; and crunchy tuna taco with yuzu, avocado, wasabi and herbs. Make sure to order the pretty taiyaki maccha kasutado azuki: fish-shaped waffles filled with flavoured custard and topped with miso ice cream.
30 Argyll Street, West End, W1F 7EB
Fresh for summer, Tate Britain has brought back its sell-out Saturday Jazz brunches. From now until 29th September, The FB Pocket Orchestra and Booth Street will be entertaining the crowd as they tuck into delicious seasonal brunch dishes, killer cocktails and delve into Rex Whistler’s award-winning wine cellar. Expect to sample freshly shucked oysters and traditional brunch dishes such as marinated heritage tomatoes with crushed avocado on sourdough toast.
Milbank, Pimlico, SW1P 4JU
On Sundays, tropical-themed Thameside ‘beach’ Neverland hosts a lazy Sunday bottomless brunch. Drinks on offer include frozen cocktails, endless bubbly or fruit cider, and food will come from Jimmy’s BBQ Club and the Pizza Shed. Away from the brunching, the Fulham venue has areas dedicated to shuffleboard, table tennis and croquet – perfect for big groups.
364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY
Leading chef Judy Joo recently launched a Korean-inspired bottomless brunch where diners can feast upon weekend classics with a Seoul twist, such as green-tea pancakes, Korean fried chicken and waffles, and a croque monsieur filled with kimchi. Fresh from her trip to PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics, Judy has introduced a shaved ice dessert to the menu: a fluffy Korean ice-cream sundae known as ‘bingsu’. Perfect for summer.
15 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5PS
A pleasuredome of raucous revellery, Rascals – true to its name – is a debauched diner-cum-restaurant-cum-bar that serves up a heavy hit of fun and frolics. Decked out in millennial pink, this playful hangout boasts everything from DJs, drag queens, cabaret acts and game show-inspired brunches, with a side of ping pong, water and jelly fights, golf and shuffle board to really get the party going. Brunches are served game show-style – you’ll have to spin the ‘Roulette Wheel of Certain Misfortune’ – with dazzling drag shows and whip smart card games, alongside indulgent dishes of whole burratas, truffle linguine and meatballs, jelly mountains and ice-cream.
97 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS
Japanese junk food destination Kurobuta has begun hosting a bottomless Dude Food brunch each Sunday. Inspired by the menus at Izakayas, informal Japanese pubs, the menu will combine Asian flavours with junk food: expect dishes such as Singapore fried chicken with pickled cucumber and kimchee mayo and desserts like matcha Mr Whippy. We like the sound of the unlimited Asahi beer, fresh from the self-serve tap.
312 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UH
Nordic-French inspired restaurant Aster has launched a weekend brunch in partnership with Absolut Elyxa. Chef-Patron Helena Puolakka, originally from the south-west coast of Finland, has created a Scandinavian menu which offers guests a two-or three-course brunch (dishes include a dozen Wiltshire crayfish with toasted sourdough, butter and dill; crayfish Caesar salad; eggs florentine on sweet rye; and steak tartare), and free-flowing Cotes de Provence rosé or bubbles. For dessert, diners can choose from the likes of Nordic mess with kefir mouse, berries, meringue and strawberry coulis; and Absolut sorbet cocktails.
150 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5LB
Indian Accent in Mayfair has a new weekend brunch menu – and there’s not an avocado in sight. Instead, chef Manish Mehrotra has put a spicy spin on brunch with a selection of imaginative plates such as parsi fried eggs with crispy potatoes and chutney; chilli crab cheese toast with summer cucumber pickle and tamarind ketchup; and quail egg pulao with bacon, crispy shallots and mint yoghurt. We’re keen to try one of the ‘Spicy Tomato Martinis’.
16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4HW
The Islington counterpart to Shoreditch hotspot Callooh Callay has launch its first ever brunch. Little Bat’s all-weekend menu will serve the likes of hazelnut granola with coconut yoghurt, banana and berries; and fried chicken and waffles with avocado, fried egg, barbecue hot sauce and pickled cucumber. The offering comes with a 'bottomless' option, as well as a DIY bloody mary trolley.
54 Islington Park Street, Islington, N1 1PX
This charming bistro in Clapton is run by an all-female team. Its new brunch menu, running Monday-Sunday, is authentically French and seasonal. With a focus on eggs, the menu includes classic ‘petit déjeuner’ dishes such as a croque monsieur, and soft-boiled eggs with a choice of anchovy butter soldiers or cheese straw soldiers. Our top tip? If it’s a sunny day, grab a seat on the terrace and pretend you’re in Paris.
19 Lower Clapton Road, Clapton, E5 0NS
Caprice Holdings’ (the group behind The Ivy, Le Caprice and Scott’s) 34 Mayfair has recently revamped its brunch menu. Of the new dishes, we like the sound of the waffles with foie gras and duck egg with Seville orange marmalade; corn tacos with sea bass ceviche, apple and avocado; and Japanses wagyu croquettes with wasabi mayo. We’d wash it all down with a café latte milkshake.
34 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HD