Haute Living gives you the low-down on London’s top five Sunday brunches
1 The Depot
BBC power players and well heeled Barnes residents gather in this West London institution for Sunday brunches. You can dine indoors overlooking the Thames but while the weather remains unseasonably warm, you’ll do best to dine outdoors in the front courtyard. Sourdough with avocado, coriander, lime and sea salt, grilled Manx kipper with poached egg and omelettes all feature on the menu, as do delicious juices and an extensive selection of tea and coffee. Friendly service and fair prices have helped make this a fiercely popular brunch venue.
Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High Street, SW14
020 8878 9462
2 Electric Brasserie
A listers love this Portobello Road stalwart and rightly: the setting, service and food are top notch. Make the most of the Indian summer and grab a seat on the front terrace before tucking into brunch staples such as French toast with strawberries and eggs Benedict. Specials include salmon fishcakes, steak tartare and there’s also a selection of small plates. Whatever your order, wash it down with a hangover drink – the breakfast martini and bloody mary both get the thumbs up. This is the perfect place to spend a Sunday poring over the papers.
191 Portobello Road
020 7908 9696
3 The Providores & Tapa Room
The ground floor Tapa Room at this Marylebone High Street institution is one of London’s premier spots for Sunday brunch. Don’t miss the French toast stuffed with banana and pecans with grilled smoked streaky bacon and vanilla verjus syrup or the grilled chorizo with sweet potato and miso hash, a soft boiled egg, garlic labne and star anise cashew nut praline. Fans of the full English won’t be disappointed either offers three satisfyingly huge fry ups to help cure Saturday night hangovers.
109 Marylebone High Street, W1
020 7935 6175
4 St Ali
Famed Melbourne coffee shop, St Ali, opened its first London outpost earlier this year to critical acclaim. Situated at the corner of Clerkenwell Road and St John Street in Farringdon, St Ali is the kind of coffee shop and café that reminds the capital’s Antipodean contingent of home. It’s got style (expect plenty of exposed brickwork) and substance. All the usual coffee suspects feature but, while coffee is undoubtedly king, there’s also a decent brunch list – think French toast with smoked bacon, organic maple syrup and caramelised walnuts – that’s worth exploring.
27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1
020 7253 5754
Famous faces love to breakfast and brunch at Villandry and when you see the appealing menu you’ll understand why. The food is exception and characterised by seasonal ingredients in flavoursome combinations. Factor in a stylish setting and warm service and little wonder that Villandry has opened outlets in Holborn and Chiswick too.