London’s top 5 brunches

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Brunch – the brainchild of British journalist, Guy Beringer, back at the start of the 20th century –  is fast becoming an institution. Haute Living gives you the low-down on five of our favourite brunch experiences in the capital


1 Balthazar

Covent Garden isn’t just for tourists and theatre goers. It’s also - thanks to the much anticipated arrival of Keith McNally’s Balthazar last year - a place for gourmands. Located in old Covent Garden, Balthazar’s interior has been hailed by Bloomberg critic Richard Vines as being “among the most beautiful in London.” But enough of the decor, "what’s the food like?" I hear you cry. The answer is seriously good from the Scrambled eggs and Cornish crab to Sweetcorn fritters, a Gruyere and herb omelet and Hazelnut waffles. Balthazar attracts celebs (on our last visit we spotted tennis ace Boris Becker), so be prepared to battle for a booking. But if you get one, you won’t be disappointed.
4-6 Russell Street, W12

2 Broadway Brunch

You’d be forgiven for thinking that brunch is about Boody Marys and Eggs Benedict but - if you’re attending one of Broadway Brunch’s legendary parties - you’d be wrong. Broadway Brunch’s hedonistic shindigs - run by Amit Malhotra and Aneeka Verma- revolve around champagne, pina colada cupcakes served by smokin hot platinum blondes, gourmet burgers and dancing atop tables and chairs. Broadway Brunch is best known for its summer parties at Broadway House - whose rooftop terrace with its spectacular views of the west London skyline, is worth the visit alone - and winter ones at Bounce. For details of Broadway Brunch’s next daytime debauchery, visit:
474-476 Fulham Road, SW6

3 Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle has been making waves in London and rightly so. Situated at the summit of Heron Tower, this is the highest restaurant in the UK so, if you suffer from acrophobia, you may want to cross D&W off your bucket list.
 However those with a head for heights can enjoy unrivalled views of The Gherkin, River Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral - plus on-trend dishes like the ‘fat boy’ toasted pbj (brioche, banana, peanut butter, strawberry jam, fried duck egg and maple-glazed bacon). Further possibilities include the Full English, Belgian waffles (go for the Nutella and 
vanilla ice cream version) and Ox cheek benedict.
 You’ll leave with a lighter wallet but a lot happier than when you arrived.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopgate, EC2

4 Kopapa

This is Peter Gordon’s second site in London and like its sibling, the Providores & Tapa Room in Marylebone, it's a stylish spot where the emphasis is firmly on fusion fare.
 Try the Turkish eggs (poached eggs with hot chilli butter and flatbread) guaranteed to have you purring with pleasure or the avocado toast with chilli, goat’s cheese, mint and lemon oil. 
If the aforementioned sound a tad too inventive, you can go the conventional route with Granola, Organic oat porridge, Spiced banana toast or Kopapa’s hot smoked salmon on toast (served with spinach, two poached eggs and yuzu hollandaise). Factor in some of the friendliest staff in town and you’ve got a valuable find in the heart of Covent Garden. We’d go again tomorrow.
32-34 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, WC2

5 Reform Social and Grill

All eyes may be on Chiltern Firehouse - the latest hotspot from hotelier and restaurateur, Andre Balazs - but Reform at Marylebone’s Mandeville Hotel does brunch brilliantly. The decor – all dark wood floors, copper coloured walls, marble tables and deep red banquettes – and smart dress code, evokes the feeling of a classic British gentleman’s club making you think you’ve stepped back in time to a far more graceful age. Order a Champagne cocktail (in such stunning surroundings it would be a shame not to) and relax while you wait for the legion of sweet looking staff (who occasionally line the walls like theatre usherettes waiting for the show to start) to bring in treats such as Cornish mackerel (squid, sea pickle, watercress). Moving onto mains, all the usual suspects – think eggs benedict etc - are here but we recommend the buckwheat pancakes. They're served with smoked salmon and a poached egg so rich, the hen must have enjoyed a five star life rivalled only by the likes of Tamara Ecclestone.
The Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, Marylebone, 
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