Brother Marcus, Spitalfields
Known for its popular brunch spots in Balham and Angel, Brother Marcus has opened its third and largest site in Spitalfields Market, serving signature breakfast plates such as the ‘Step Sister’ with sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters, avocado, kale, turmeric yoghurt and a poached egg; and the ‘Brother Special’ with beetroot-cured salmon, scrambled eggs and chargrilled tenderstem broccoli on sourdough. Wash everything down with a ‘Brother Mary’, a take on the classic cocktail, drawing inspiration from the eastern Mediterranean by using ouzo and dried molokia (Egyptian spinach) with aleppo chilli for the rim.
2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, E1 6DW
Dandy opened the doors to its new site on Maltby Street in December. On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant feeds Bermondsey’s brunch and Sunday lunch crowd, with a generous all-day offering spanning ox cheek ragu and egg; breakfast burger with dripping; egg fried rice with kimchi and lamb belly; beer-braised pannage pork cheeks; and salt-baked celeriac with chermoula and charred tomatoes. Dandy has a spotlight on beer, working closely with local and independent brewers from Bermondsey’s ‘beer mile’ and beyond, while the wine list is made up of a list of small producers and distributors.
35 Maltby Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3PA
Soho’s Folie has just launched a new weekday breakfast and weekend brunch. Head chef Christophe Marleix has brought a taste of the Riviera to the kitchen’s early morning dishes including scrambled eggs with sea urchin, served in the sea urchin shell; a twist on the croque-monsieur with chicken and basil; plus classics such as eggs benedict and eggs royale. For something a little sweeter, there’s granola with coconut yogurt, a selection of buttery pastries and french toast with salted caramel and vanilla ice-cream.
37 Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9LB
Lina Stores, King’s Cross
Newly-opened Lina Stores on Stable Street has brought its take on ‘la colazione’ to King’s Cross, dishing up breakfast for the first time. Guests can wake up with a quintessential Italian espresso, before taking their pick from a selection of breakfast pastries. For those who like to begin their morning with a sweet treat, the menu starts with ‘sfogliatina’, light puffed pastries filled with apricot or fig and topped with soft vanilla cream. Elsewhere on the menu, guests can order a crispy roasted pork belly served in a ciabatta sandwich; Tuscan fennel sausage with cannellini beans and tomatoes on freshly baked bread; truffled scrambled eggs; plus, roasted mushrooms and parmigiano served on creamy polenta.
21 Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4DR
Maison Bab, Covent Garden
Maison Bab is serving bottomless shawarma for its special new ‘Graze-en-Bab’ Sundays. Elevating the kebab, the shawarma carve will be 15-hour slow-cooked pork, caramelised on hot charcoal, and served on a freshly baked flatbread with garnishes of pickled cucumbers and chermoula mayonnaise – all of which will be unlimited for two hours, with optional bottomless cocktails including the ‘Espresso Babtini’ (Jungle Super-Brew, 42 Below vodka and Kahlua). For vegetarians and vegans, unlimited sabich (pita stuffed with fried aubergine, hard-boiled eggs, Israeli salad, parsley and tahini sauce) will be on offer.
4 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA
This month, Albie has launched a booze-free bottomless brunch. For £25, guests can choose a dish from the menu – favourites include veggie baked eggs, French toast and the ‘Hox Monsieur’ – and get 1.5 hours-worth of bottomless, boozeless drinks. The restaurant, which opened at The Hoxton in September, has a strong focus on low and no-alcohol drinks, with a full cocktail list dedicated to alcohol-free serves. No-alcoholic drinks include a ‘Seedlip Mary’ (Seedlip Grove, Albie spices and cold-pressed tomato juice); an ‘Amarena Sour’ (Seedlip Spice, cherry and vanilla); and ‘Just Peachy’ (Seedlip Garden, London Essence, white peach and jasmine).
40 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE1 8PB
Oklava Bakery + Wine, Fitzrovia
Following the success of Oklava and Kyseri, Selin Kiazim is celebrating her Turkish-Cypriot roots at her new Fitzrovia restaurant, Oklava Bakery + Wine. The menu features many of the recipes passed down from her grandmother – including plenty of tasty pastries – plus a daily changing pasta dish and pide filled with Black Sea cheese and butter. A delicious breakfast and brunch menu includes hellim and medjool date butter toastie, plus whipped feta on toast with poached fruits and rosemary brown butter; and broken eggs and house-cured pastirma.
64 Grafton Way, Fitzrovia, W1T 5PD
Sweet Chick, Fitzrovia
Founded in Brooklyn by New Yorker John Seymour in 2013, Sweet Chick serves a modern take on American comfort food across six locations in the States and, as of last summer, London. Now the team has launched a new weekend brunch: think ricotta pancakes with seasonal compote and macadamia butter; ‘Eggs Benny’ on biscuits with shredded smoked chicken, smoked ham and hollandaise; and shrimp and grits. Don’t forget to try the brand’s signature dish – fried chicken and Belgian waffles.
8 Market Place, Fitzrovia, W1W 8AG
Barbie Green, Barbican
Located in Barbican, Barbie Green has a characteristically Australian ‘outside/in’ feel to it, with fully retractable glass windows that open up onto an al fresco dining area and an acre of ancient gardens. The all-day offering includes the Daisy Green Collection’s well-loved bottomless brunch – menu mainstays feature halloumi fries with pomegranate mint yogurt; tandoori-roasted salmon with sweet and spicy crispy rice salad, cucumber, avocado and herb salsa; while new sharing plates include vegan Korean cauliflower ‘wings’ with a sweet and sticky sauce, sesame and ginger.
2 London Wall Place, Barbican, EC2Y 5AU