The Top Restaurants For The Best Brunch With Your Girlfriends

(…well girlfriends, boyfriends, family friends – any friends really).

I don’t know about you but brunching with girlfriends is an activity I take very seriously. Some people invest in designer handbags, I invest in brunch.

This is definitely the biggest trend of the 21st century and I am glad it looks like it’s here to stay. On top of that, I am so so so happy that London has an abundance of incredible places to offer for engaging in said brunch activities – and quite beautiful ones at that. I think we are doing more of this, as experiences rather than buying items are becoming a more important part of our lives.

After our God-knows-how-many-hours-a-week of work we do, we look for some time in the weekend to wind down, share stories and moments with people whose company we enjoy all the whilst having some good food and coffee. I love that. (Also a shoutout for those who work night shifts and can look forward to a good brunch after they finish work!). So without further ado, here are some of my favourite brunch places…

Brasserie of Light, Oxford Street

Smack, bang in the middle of Oxford Street this is a fairly new place that opened a few months ago with a great menu. It is very popular so I advise booking ahead, but totally worth the visit. Aesthetically, it is gorgeous with a gigantic Damien Hirst sculpture of a glittering crystal encrusted pegasus towering over diners and mirrored bathrooms that will have you taking 1000 selfies.

The menu is a mix of classic British dishes and internationally inspired dishes as well as afternoon tea (and if you’ve been to The Ivy restaurants, you will notice the similar menu from the same group of restaurants). Oh and did I forget to mention that it’s in Selfridges? Yes that’s right; brunch with your girlfriends AND perhaps a little treat afterwards or some window shopping. All in all, a beautiful place with good bustling vibes that I would absolutely visit again.

Granger & Co, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Notting Hill, King’s Cross

This is a classic brunch spot, tried and tested by many and is guaranteed to offer solid good food every time you visit. This is one of those Ozzy brunch places that was probably amongst the grassroots of the brunch revolution in London.

They have a few branches around London and I’ve checked out the Clerkenwell one a few times. If you’re looking for a winding-down-need-to-relax vibe then this is for you. The place is light, airy and the place I’d want to go if I just wanted to tone things down a little and just focus on some damn good food.

The ricotta hotcakes on the menu are pretty popular and it’s certainly the one thing I’ve ordered every time I have been. Honestly, they are SO GOOD. If you want something light, perhaps don’t go for that option because these babies will fill you up for the day. But I highly recommend trying them if you’ve never tried them before.

Opso, Marylebone

Another great brunch offering is at this modern Greek restaurant in Marylebone. There are quite a few options on their brunch menu including classic British/European brunch dishes as well as some Greek inspired dishes.

I actually went for the ‘Very Berry’ pancakes (this was plastered all over my feed, how could I resist?!) which are pancakes topped with indulgent mascarpone cream cheese and fresh berries; deeeeeelicious. But they also have other appetising dishes such as Greek spanakopita, mezze and good old breakfast egg dishes. Again, I would recommend booking ahead.

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Ceru, South Kensington

If you’re really feeling the Mediterranean vibes, you can head further east on the cuisine map and try out this Middle Eastern restaurant in South Kensington. Ceru feels like a fun and colourful place where it feels open to all. You’ll find trendy couples, groups of friends and tourists with young families; there is a very welcoming feel for everyone.

Now, I absolutely loved the brunch I had here. If you’re looking for a good shakshuka then look no further. Filled with flavour and warmth, this is a great dish to share. In addition to this, the slow roasted lamb shoulder from the ‘all day’ menu is spectacular – the meat is tender, full of delicious spices along with pomegranates and pistachios.

And if you happen to be waiting for a friend who is running late, I also recommend ordering bread with the combined dips to start – there must be a secret ingredient that is not being disclosed because these were some of the best dips I have ever had. (All the meat here is certified Halal and sourced only from British farms).

Coppa Club, Tower Bridge

Sitting in view of Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, this is where you find the famed igloos and fancy outdoor seating to go with your brunch.

The menu offers a good variety from nibbles to small plates to proper main meals. We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch here – I mean how can you not, with a panoramic view of the London skyline?

Toppers and Toast, Leigh-on-Sea

Now, before you tell me this is not in London…I know! Toppers and Toast is a brunch spot in Leigh-on-Sea – a prevailing area for London commuters, a little under an hour away. This is a pretty popular place and that is because their food is a-mazing.

There are a lot of options on the menu including sweet and savoury dishes (I have obviously tried both). The Veggie Stack is delicious and includes layers of vegetable rosti, roasted halloumi, poached eggs, tomatoes, rocket and spinach served on sourdough with avocado. Their french toast on the other hand is delightfully fluffy and served with an abundance of fresh fruits. T&T oozes cool and if you ever come here and find yourself waiting for a table, then let me tell you: it is worth the wait.

So that’s it for now folks. These are a few of my favourite brunch spots =). Hope you enjoy the recommendations and let me know if you have any others to suggest.

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