London's best brunches for Autumn 2020
September might not be the month to get all your friends together for a party, but brunch is still very much on the menu. We’ve rounded up London’s best brunches this September, where you can enjoy bottomless bubbles with your bubble or a wholesome weekend breakfast…
LONDON’S BEST BRUNCHES AUTUMN 2020
JAPANESE-STYLE BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH – ISSHO-NI
Popular East London sushi restaurant Issho-Ni offers a special izakaya-style bottomless brunch every Saturday. For £30 guests can indulge in bottomless starters, sashimi and maki rolls and a choice of main dish, and for an additional £12 you can get 2 hours of bottomless Bloody Geishas: vodka, tomato juice, Japanese spice mix and prosecco.
FAMILY-STYLE BRUNCH – BEAM
Award-winning, family run neighbourhood café Beam has opened its third site in Notting Hill, and their brunch menu is to die for. Our favourite is the Kahvalti feast: a Middle Eastern-inspired breakfast spread that includes spicy sausage, halloumi with honey, filo pastry, aubergine salsa, 2 fried eggs with chilli flakes, hummus, beetroot borani, feta and marinated olives, jam and artisan bread, plus tea or coffee for £16 per person.
BOTTOMLESS MOËT BRUNCH – XR
Our guide to London’s best brunches this September wouldn’t be complete without a mention of a “bottomless Moët brunch”. Those looking for a stylish destination to catch up with friends post-lockdown should look no further than chic Marylebone destination XR. Its decadent Moët & Chandon Champagne bottomless DJ brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday, and is just the tipsy ticket you need to kickstart your weekend with your bubble.
£50 per person gets you 2.5 hours of free-flowing Moët & Chandon (or unlimited Asahi and select cocktails), to accompany a menu of seasonal, organic food. Dishes include brunch classics such as stacked fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and apple and cinnamon compote ); or, for a touch of decadence, black truffle scrambled eggs served on homemade bread.
ULTIMATE ‘NUTTY’ BRUNCH – SUSSEX
Dynamic restaurateur duo, the Gladwin Brothers are inviting guests to get a little nutty at their latest brunch, based at their newest West End venue, Sussex in Soho. Known and well loved for celebrating seasonal and locally foraged cuisine, Chef Patron Oliver Gladwin has created a weekly Saturday brunch menu: Bloody Mary Oysters for £1 each, Mushroom Marmite Eclairs, and Seared Grouse and Pork Terrine with Burnt Pear Ketchup and Stone Fruit Dressing. Oliver has also added two popular brunch dishes including the Truffled Eggs with Scottish Girolles and Nasturtium and the GKG Chorizo Hotspot with Baked Egg and House Sourdough.
Dishes from the a la carte menu will still be available, with signature highlights such as Dorset Crab Thermidor with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Watercress and Early Season Venison Ragu with homemade Pappardelle and Black Autumn Truffle.
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH SESSIONS – PERGOLA OLYMPIA & PADDINGTON
West London’s popular drinking and dining destinations Pergola Olympia and Pergola Paddington have relaunched their Bottomless Brunch sessions, running every Sunday. Brunchgoers can enjoy two hours of bottomless bubbles and Aperol Spritz for £30, which includes a £5 food voucher that can be redeemed against £5 brunch special dishes from resident street food vendors. With huge amounts of space at both venues and bookable day beds, it’s one of our favourite safe spaces to socialise.
TRAVELLERS’ BRUNCH – PLUM + SPILT MILK
If you’re heading off on a staycation from King’s Cross, start it in style with a champagne brunch at Plum + Spilt Milk. For £75 per couple you can enjoy one brunch dish per person, a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne, and tea or coffee – the perfect start to your escape from the city.
HARAJUKU BRUNCH – CHOTTO SOHO
London’s legendary Nikkei restaurant Chotto Soho is celebrating the internationally renowned Harajuku culture with a brand-new brunch menu for September. Brunch-goers will start with a selection of small plates to share, including Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Warm Beef Fillet Tataki and the restaurant’s signature Yellowtail “Nikkei Sashimi” with fiery jalapeño and yuzu truffle soy.
Mains include the Sushi Doughnut Aburi, Seabass Fillet Tempura and indulgent Black Cod Aji Miso. An assortment of sides complements the brunch spread including Arroz Chaufa, a Peruvian vegetable dish, and Yuca Frita Cassava wedges with smoked panca dip. £40 per person for brunch. £65 per person for brunch with unlimited sparkling wine and Asahi beer. £85 per person for brunch with unlimited Champagne and cocktails.
FROSÉ BRUNCH – W LONDON
London’s pinkest brunch is back at W London – and all September bookings get an extra 30 minutes of bottomless frosé (house-made frozen rosé topped-up with Veuve Clicquot Champagne) on top of the regular 90 minutes. Brunch dishes include a slow-cooked BBQ Pulled Pork Burger, Scottish Crab Benedict, as well as Pea and Spring Onion Falafel and Autumnal Spiced Chickpea & Butternut Squash drizzled with Pumpkin Seed Dressing for vegans. To finish, there’s an indulgent chocolate fountain dessert with treats for the table to dunk and devour.
MADELEINE SHAW BRUNCH – BILL’S RESTAURANT
GET THE GLOW author, Madeleine Shaw, has created a bespoke vegetarian menu with Bill’s Restaurant and Bar. Brunch-goers will be able to enjoy Madeleine’s pea pancakes with smashed avocado and herby poached eggs, watercress and a zingy lemon drizzle (£9.95), available daily from 8am. For those looking for a lighter lunch or dinner option, Madeleine has created a miso roast sweet potato and ancient grain salad with baby kale, roasted pistachios, cranberries and a lemon dressing (£12.50), and for something a little more warming as we move into the colder months, a creamy spinach dahl with spiced roast chickpeas, greens and a side of delicious coconut rice (£12.50).
THE IVY ASIA
The Ivy Asia, St. Paul’s has launched a ‘Blossom Brunch’ series, which will see Saturdays throughout October filled with an exciting and vibrant dining experience set against a backdrop of DJs and live performers.
To start, diners can opt for a selection of small dishes, including the restaurant’s signature Crispy Duck Salad (£8.50) and Grilled Tiger Prawns (£8.50). The menu also features an extensive sushi & sashimi selection, including Tuna Three Ways (£18.50), Seared Beef Fillet Tataki (£10.50) and Yellowtail Sashimi(£4.25) as well as large plates such as the much-loved Black Cod (£29.50), Duck Massaman Curry (£14.50), Wagyu Beef Tataki (£48.00) and Thai Sea Bass (£22.95).
The restaurant also caters for vegetarian and plant-based diners, with options including a Mongolian Cheese Curry (£11.50) and Roasted Miso Aubergine (£8.50).
Main image: Beam
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