Sure, we’ve yearned for the food at London restaurants during lockdown, but we’ve also rather missed seeing people who don’t inhabit the same four walls as us.
And that’s what weekend brunch is all about – gathering friends to discuss the triumphs and pitfalls of the last seven days, all while enjoying the “breakfast” you woke up too late to have.
If you’ve been longing to get your next brunch in the diary since the middle of March, we’ve got good news. While not every London restaurant has opened its doors again – and many of those that have are running a limited service – plenty of our favourite weekend spots are putting brunch first and foremost.
For those wanting to make the most of their newfound freedom, a host of spots around the capital are also providing free-flowing bubbles and bottomless Bloody Mary’s too.
From sushi brunches with endless Champagne to Aussie-style spreads with oodles of avocado, this is where you can (finally) tuck into brunch this weekend.
Restaurants open for brunch
Caravan King’s Cross This outpost of the coffee-lovers favourite is the only one to reopen so far, but is now taking bookings for its wildly popular brunch for the first time. 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA, caravanrestaurants.co.uk
Vardo Caravan’s sibling restaurant in Chelsea is also hosting brunch, with dishes including fried jalapeno cornbread and a chorizo hash. 9 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY, vardorestaurant.co.uk
Allegra Patrick Powell’s acclaimed restaurant at The Stratford hotel has recently launched a new brunch menu, featuring a Cornish crab pancake with toasted sesame and a fried black pudding burger. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, E20 1FD, allegra-restaurant.com
34 Mayfair Looking for a spot of post-lockdown luxury? Brunch dishes at this elegant grill include foie gras-topped waffles, a Champagne and truffle risotto, and wagyu steaks. 34 Grosvenor Square, South Audley Street, W1K 2HD, 34-restaurant.co.uk
Chicama Brunch at this Peruvian pescatarian spot means dishes of sweetcorn and crab pancakes with aji amarillo hollandaise, poke bowls and courgette and cornmeal beignets. 383 King's Road, SW10 0LP, chicamalondon.com
Hide The more relaxed Ground restaurant at Ollie Dabbous’s Michelin-starred spot serves an ingredient-focused brunch, featuring a truffle croque monsieur and buckwheat waffles with chicken liver parfait. 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB, hide.co.uk
Granger & Co Chelsea This west London location of Bill Granger’s brunch spots is the first to reopen, with an all-day menu of ricotta hotcakes and sweetcorn fritters. 237-239 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP, grangerandco.com
Mac & Wild City This Scottish restaurant has reopened with a new outdoor terrace, with brunch featuring haggis pops and Balvenie smoked salmon. 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN, macandwild.com
Madison You can’t head to the club, but you can tuck into this rooftop restaurant’s DJ-accompanied Brunch ‘n’ Grind session. One New Change, EC4M 9AF, madisonlondon.net
Lantana Cafe Aussie-style breakfasts are on the cards at this brunch favourite, with an all-day menu including a classic smashed avocado with sourdough and halloumi. W1, SE1, EC1, lantanacafe.co.uk
Gunpowder Tower Bridge The popular Indian restaurants is now serving brunch dishes, including cardamom pancakes with caramelised banana. 4 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD, gunpowderlondon.com
Kudu This South African-inspired restaurant’s brunch menu includes the likes of a boerewors roll and babka French toast with kumquat and miso caramel. 119 Queen's Road, SE15 2EZ, kuducollective.com
Restaurants open for bottomless brunch
Megan’s All-day brunch is now go across all the cafe’s eight locations, with the option to add bottomless bubbles to your choice of dish. £20 for bottomless prosecco; various locations, megans.co.uk
Issho-Ni This Japanese restaurant is offering bottomless sushi and starters with your main course, as well as unlimited prosecco or “Bloody Geishas”. £30 for bottomless food, extra £12 for bottomless drinks; 185 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6AB, issho-ni.com
Daisy Green Restaurants The Australian-style spots have reopened all their locations for bottomless brunch (bar the Beany Green sites in Broadgate Circle, Regent’s Place and the South Bank). £39.50 for bottomless prosecco or mimosas, one sweet dish and one savoury dish; EC2, SW1, three locations in W1, two locations in W2, daisygreenfood.com
Aqua Kyoto The Japanese spot is offering a selection of free-flowing beverages to go alongside sushi, yakitori, tempura and more. £35 for food, extra £25 for bottomless drinks, £45 for bottomless Champagne; 240 Regent Street, W1B 3BR, aquakyoto.co.uk
Shack Fuyu This Soho spot offers an indulgent Japanese-meets-European spread for its brunch. £39 for cocktail on arrival, bottomless drinks, small plates, main course and sharing dessert; 14A Old Compton Street, W1D 4TJ, bonedaddies.com
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings This Clerkenwell clubhouse loves brunch so much it’s chosen to reopen at first just serving weekend brunch – with a bottomless option, of course. £27 for a cocktail and two courses, extra £10 for bottomless drinks; 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU, bandhbuildings.com
Flesh & Buns The bao buff accompanies filled buns with snacks and bottomless drinks at its two sites. £39 for bottomless drinks, small plates, filled bao buns and dessert (extra £6 for cocktail on arrival and extra dishes at Oxford Circus); WC2, W1, fleshandbuns.com