We’ve been visiting a lot of restaurants recently to figure out what the best new brunches to launch in London are. Here are our most recent:
J Sheekey Brunch
Without doubt one of London’s most iconic seafood restaurants, J Sheekey offers a suitably classic lunch. Chef Andrew McClay has created a dynamic menu that riffs on traditional brunch staples, giving them a distinctly seaworthy interpretation. Kick back with a Bourbon Mary or Red Snapper and avail yourself of selections like Sheekey’s Mac & Cheese with shrimp, Cornish crab and bacon; a beef burger and lobster thermidor melt; crab and avocado eggs benedict; or hen’s egg and fried hash brown with Togarashi mayo. Come on Sunday for live jazz performances.
Eneko Basque Kitchen
Situated on Aldwych, Eneko Basque Kitchen has largely flown under the radar but is well worth a visit for superlative northern Spanish cuisine and their brunch is no exception. Created by the chef and founder of the three Michelin-starred Azurmendi in the Basque Country, Eneko Atxa, the bottomless brunch is available every Saturday, featuring Basque-style rice dishes from the Josper charcoal oven; ccrambled eggs with potato, onion and Iberico ham, and a selection of breads including Confit cod on Basque crystal bread with vegetable vinaigrette. The bottomless drinks option includes a choice of bottomless Spanish wines: Mas Macià Cava Brut, Penedés, Spain; Bodegas Mureda Blanca, La Mancha, Spain 2017; or Borsao Selección Tinto, Campo de Borja, Aragon, Spain 2017. Well worth a visit for a top-shelf brunch.
If you’re looking for a quiet Saturday morning coffee and eggs on toast then don’t head to COYA. This is up there with London’s best party brunches with free-flowing pisco sours and a number of cocktails to choose from alongside a DJ, a hefty amount of Nikkei food and even a drummer or sax player to get the crowds up from there seats and dancing. The brunch starts at 12.30pm and unlike most bottomless brunches it goes on until 4pm starting with a drinks and canapés reception followed by a fun-filled few hours of delicious food, unreal cocktails and the ultimate brunch party. COYA brunch will certainly shake up your Saturday!
Celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, Roka Charlotte Street has been decorated with a beautiful canopy of delicate pink blossoms creating the most perfect and prettiest setting for their new Sakura Sunday Brunch. Offering a choice of 2 menus, the experience starts with a generous selection of ROKA favourites, brought to the table and follow on with a choice of mains, the black cod and lamb cutlets are not to be missed, finishing up with a colourful desert platter. Other than being an instagrammable hotspot there are Japanese-style accompanying cocktails and free-flowing wine.
If you’re missing out on a summer in Mykonos, Hovarda on Rupert Street is the next best thing for exquisite Greek and Turkish cuisine and of course one hell of a party. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, we headed down to the luxe restaurant and bar for a boozy brunch amidst a throbbing bassline with a group of friends. Alongside an extensive mezze selection, succulent meat dishes, a raw bar and a creative colorway of veggie options there is the option to go bottomless. Would it even be a brunch without unlimited prosecco? If you haven’t been already, we heartily recommend you try Hovarda’s Aegean-inspired brunch menu!
Nestled in Angel alongside the Regent’s Canal, Plaquemine Lock is likely the best place in the capital to snag Cajun cuisine, launched by Jacob Kenedy of Bocca di Lupo. On Sundays they throw an incredible jazz-led brunch with a live ragtime band taking over the gastropub. Guests can choose from a one, two or three course menu alongside of an excellent array of Louisiana-inspired cocktails and some of the best Bloody Marys in the area. Make sure you try the oyster brochette, the ‘Crabby Egg’, Creole jambalaya, fried chicken and cornbread French toast as well as the excellent ‘Full Plaq’, with andouille sausage, red beans, fried green tomato, cornbread, praline bacon and eggs cooked to your liking.