Whether you prefer an all-you-can-eat buffet, an American-style stack of pancakes, or simply a bowl of fresh fruit and cereal, brunch is one of the most successful meals to hit the market in recent years – and it’s not even one meal. Brunch is essentially a hybrid of breakfast and lunch, designed for those lazy Sundays when you miss the cut-off for “breakfast time” but are too hungry to wait for what is acceptable “lunch time”.
Luckily, we have expert insight into a vast array of London hotel special offers, with breakfast, brunch and everything in between included in the price. Here are some of our favourites.
For the commuter or traveller
Finding decent food when you’re on-the-go isn’t easy, and that’s why we were so pleased when we started to see sign of some of the most convenient and best restaurants appearing around Paddington London and other railway and transportation hubs. From takeaway coffee to bowls of fruit, breakfast sandwiches and ready made granola, making sure you are eating well while on your travels is important and some of our favourite places include Mimos Café Bar, with its British-Italian fusion menu; KuPP Paddington which is especially rated for its great coffee; and Beany Green which provides an amazing bottomless brunch for when your train is a little delayed…
For the lazy Sunday morning
Sunday mornings were really the making of the infamous brunch, and there is a plethora of brunch menus dotted around London to prove it. The Chilworth London Paddington is one such hotel which opens its brunch menu out to guests of the hotel and other members of the public too; offering both the classic English breakfast or the more nutrient-boosting dishes with beans, salads and fruits.
Another popular spot for lazy Sunday breakfasts is Chelsea and Kensington, especially thanks to the borough’s close proximity to some of London’s finest royal parks and the range of picturesque cafes and eateries available. Enjoy brunch al fresco (or indoors if the weather is bad!) and then take a stroll around the parks or local museums to round off your day.
For the active gym bunny
If you’re a morning person, chances are you will have already visited and left the gym again before many people have gotten themselves up and dressed. These gym bunnies are prime brunch-time feasters, using the mid-morning meal to refuel after a long run or hard session in the gym.
In the Spring months, London eateries close to the royal parks and green spaces are full of marathon trainers who have spent the early morning completing long runs in advance of their 26 mile run – with favourite brunch spots including The Black Penny in Covent Garden, Bad Egg in Moorgate (brunch available with or without added alcohol!) and the high-end Andina Shoreditch in East London – which focuses heavily on the fashionable superfoods.
Top Tip: Boozy Brunch is almost as popular a concept as brunch in itself, so make sure to check out the alcoholic beverage options at your eatery of choice before heading there next Sunday!