One of the most under-rated meals of the day, we pick a few of our favourite places to have brunch in and around Paddington Central.
For a legendary brunch...
6C Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6EZ
Beany Green’s all-day brunch and bottomless brunch menus have acquired legendary status around these parts and rightfully so. They’re available every day including weekends and the bottomless brunch – one savoury dish, one sweet dish (smashed avocado on charcoal bread and the award-winning banana bread sandwich, thanks very much) and as many mimosas and proseccos as you can manage in 100 minutes – is available from 10am Monday to Saturday and from noon on Sundays.
For the bottomless choice...
Smith’s Bar & Grill
25 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6EY
Every Saturday from 12-5pm, Smith’s Bar & Grill offer a delicious two-course bottomless brunch. Choose from an extensive and impressive range off egg-based mains, a mouth-watering dessert (there was cheesecake, chocolate brownie cake and lemon tart when we visited) and relax while they bring you an endless stream of proseccos and mimosas for two full hours.
For a post-workout brunch...
Meal Ticket Café
19 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6PY
Sharing a space with the 12x3 Gym, Meal Ticket Café is perfectly positioned for refuelling with a leisurely brunch after a challenging workout. Between 7am-12pm, there's croissants and pastries as well as bagels and breakfast sandwiches. After midday there's salads, freshly prepared hot food, Italian piscina, Portuguese custard tarts and quite possibly the best hot chocolate in town.
For spectacular views of the canal...
Brunch on a barge! But not just any old barge – a floating piece of art designed by the godfather of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake. How can you resist? Darcie & May Green's bottomless brunch is available from 10am Monday to Saturday and from noon on Sundays. They have an amazing assortment of veggie and vegan options and will cheerfully swap out any eggs on the menu for scrambled tofu or their famous charcoal sourdough for a gluten-free option. Once you've chosen what to eat, all that remains is to decide if you want a mimosa or a prosecco next.
For big groups...
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central W2 6PY
Pergola Paddington opens at 12pm on Saturdays. Get there early to get your pick of the best seats and enjoy a leisurely brunch from any (or several) of their excellent restaurants (Yucatan for tropically infused South Mexican food; MAM for Vietnamese bao and barbecue; Canard for a new take on French classics; Patty & Bun for burgers and rosemary-salted chips) and well-stocked bars.
For comfort food...
9 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6HY
Open from 12pm, Massis is just what’s needed (eg the morning after the night before) when all you really need is a comforting, healthy and delicious brunch. From warming and moreish cheese sambousek (Lebanese pastries stuffed with halloumi and feta cheese, parsley and pine nuts) to sharing platters of hummus, moutabal (smoked aubergine purée, sesame sauce with pomegranate seeds), tabouleh, falafel, spinach fatayer and kibbeh kras, Massis is the thinking brunch. They’ve also got an excellent selection of virgin cocktails including a soul-lifting mint cooler (fresh mint and lime with orange blossom water, apple juice and lemonade).