Six of the best... brunches

One of the best meals of the weekend – brunch is the ideal way to catch up with friends, colleagues and family and enjoy great food and drink in a buzzy and welcoming spot.

Whether you enjoy a few hours in the morning or let it take over you whole day, London leads the way in incredible brunches and Paddington Central plays home to some of the best brunch menus in the city – from bottomless prosecco and mimosa to vegan and plant-based delicious recipes. Throw in excellent music and brilliant serving teams and brunch heaven starts here.

 

For the perfect brunch menu…

The Union at Paddington Central

4 Sheldon Square, London W2 6EZ

Doorstop treacle streaky bacon sourdough sarnie with fruity brown sauce; crushed avocado on toasted Borough seeded sourdough with rose harissa; Ogleshield cheese rarebit on doorstep cut sourdough, grilled mushroom and watercress and steak frites, medium rare 6oz flat iron steak, skin on fries, yeasted peppercorn butter… Are you hungry yet? Serving up brunch plates to meet every craving, The Union at Paddington Central also offers delicious smoothies and intense flat whites. Take a walk along the canal through Little Venice and beyond but make this your mid-morning pitstop. See the full menu for The Union.

The steak and fried from The Union

 

For a legendary brunch…

Beany Green

6C Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6EZ

Beany Green’s all-day brunch and bottomless Aussie brunch menus inspired by Melbourne and Sydney cafe culture have acquired legendary status around these parts and rightfully so. They’re available every day (8.30am-3.30pm) and 7pm on weekends (last orders at 5.30pm) 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) – plus mimosas and prosecco can be enjoyed for a leisurely 90 minutes. Find out more information on Beany Green.

Avocado on charcoal toast from Beany Green

 

For the home of the London brunch party…

Huckster

4 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6BD

Huckster is so fond of brunch, they’ve created five different themed brunches with the Tiffany Blue Night Brunch (good vibes, excellent tunes and three courses featuring 45 minutes of free-flowing cosmopolitans) running 7pm-11pm. Otherwise take your pick from the Dancehall Brunch, the R&B Originals Brunch (both of these include two courses and 45 minutes of bottomless rum punch) or Martha's Night Brunch (two courses and 45 minutes of bottomless gin fizz cocktails) and special brunches including Bottomless Aperol and Divas Only. Get the full line-up here and book a table.

 

For spectacular views of the canal…

Darcie & May Green

Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6DS

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 every day and with walk-ins for groups under 15, it’s the ideal option for last-minute plans. 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.

two women cheersing and having brunch at Darcie May Green

 

For comfort food…

Massis

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).

 

For brunch on a boat…

London Shell Co

OK so it's not technically brunch, but five courses aboard the Prince Regent while it cruises past iconic London landmarks makes it without a doubt one of the most memorable lunches you're likely to have. And it's definitely leisurely, which is what brunch is really all about. Lunch cruises run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with doors opening at midday for a 12.30pm departure. The delicious and seasonal five-course set menu is £65 and there's an excellent wine list as well as an array of cocktails, spirits, beers and ciders. Get on board!

four people having drinks at London Shell Co.



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