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LONDON'S TOP 5 BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHES

30.07.15

When it comes to talking about trends, the topic is no longer restricted to that of clothing. Social events, exercise classes and superfoods are now amongst those genres well and truly in the spotlight (cue afternoon tea, Soul Cycle and kale). So far this year, London has welcomed the rise of the Bottomless Brunch with open arms. The concept is simple – just add endless prosecco or cocktails to the weekend pastime for an indulgent combination that feels especially on-point. If you're planning to test-run this new phenomenon we’ve outlined our favourite spots across the city to help you decide which bottomless brunch to head for.

BOURNE AND HOLLINGSWORTH

It’s the quirky interior and kitsch décor that gives the bottomless brunch at Bourne and Hollingsworth its stand-out edge. Based in the heart of Clerkenwell and designed with an unassuming shop front and a contrasting light interior, it’s the kind of place that you could spend hours in just whiling away the day. A grand piano and small fireplace by the entrance set a homely, welcoming scene and the busy cocktail bar adds to the venue’s buzzing atmosphere. Walk through to the back of the restaurant and you’ll find floral patterned armchairs, mismatched wrought iron furniture and plenty of greenery.

The menu is creative, offering everything from light options like crumpets and granola to more experimental Huevos Benedictos – a dish comprised of chorizo, avocado, béarnaise sauce and pico de gallo. Fancy something sweeter? French toast and dropped scones come accompanied with a range of toppings that are sure to satisfy.

The build your own breakfast costs a reasonable £8.50 and bottomless Bellinis or Bloody Mary’s can be added to the meal for an additional £15 or £16.

B & H Buildings 42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU

FISH MARKET

Conveniently positioned down a quiet cobbled street just opposite Liverpool Street station, Fish Market’s central location and welcoming atmosphere is perfect for meeting friends or family. Themed décor is in keeping with the kitchen’s seafood focus – think bunting, nautical striped napkins and embroidered chair cushions to picture the scene. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, sit outside in the courtyard where white wrought-iron chairs and mini pot plants nod to a British beach setting.

The bottomless brunch menu offers something for everyone - fish lover or not - with options ranging from traditional Eggs Benedict to fish and chips, Spicy Duck Eggs to Asian-infused mussels. The staff are happy to offer recommendations and answer queries and there is no sense of being rushed through the meal. Opt for two courses for £15 or three for £18 and add endless prosecco for an additional £15 when you choose a main. The light bites and egg dishes are designed to be starter portions and the mains are generous and particularly delicious. We highly recommend saving space for dessert as the protein banana bread and buckwheat pancakes offer healthier alternatives to the classics but absolutely don’t compromise on taste.

Fish Market 16 New St, London EC2M 4TR

NEW STREET GRILL

At New Street Grill, ambience is everything. Housed in an 18th century warehouse, the building may play to East London’s reputation for industrial charm, but inside this eatery and bar is firmly upmarket. More old world brasserie than trendy new pop-up, the venue’s dimly-lit ambience provides an apt backdrop for the hearty food on offer, though exposed-brick walls nod to the surrounding location’s penchant for the grittier side of life. In the happy event that the sun shines, head for the walled outdoor garden for dining and drinking al fresco.

The bottomless brunch here is exactly as advertised; attentive staff leave no glass empty for more than a moment. Add to this a refreshingly unpretentious menu, and you’ve got one of London’s finest destinations for an afternoon of processco-fuelled dining. The offering chiefly consists of carefully procured cuts of meat and fish and seasonal British produce. Steak lovers take note, the beef here is the main draw – although pancakes and Eton mess offer a lighter alternative for those less carnivorously inclined.

At £20 for two courses or £25 for three courses (with an additional £15 for bottomless prosecco) the breakfast menu is comprehensive, filling and excellent value for money.

New Street Grill, 16 New St, London EC2M 4TR

LIMA FLORAL

Those looking for a bottomless brunch with a difference need only head for Lima Floral. Best described as Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary outlook, the restaurant offers a wide array of creative dishes which utilise the techniques, flavours and creativity of the South American country.

Dishes are on the smaller side, so there’s a ‘try everything’ ethos which is perfect for sharing and getting the most comprehensive taste of Peru. In chiming with the venue’s informal sharing approach to dining, Lima Floral’s décor is a mish-mash of exposed brickwork and brightly coloured paint work.

Alongside freely flowing prosecco, on the menu you’ll find everything from miniature suckling pig brioche buns to quinoa porridge, the menu truly does have something for everyone. Our tip?  Don’t miss the tender Huancaina beef with  popcorn, coriander and cress.

The lighter Andean breakfast comes in at £18, while the more substantial long lunch is £30 (added prosecco is £10) – it’s a taste of Peru on the doorstep of London’s bustling heart.

Lima Floral, 14 Garrick St, London WC2E 9BJ

ONE CANADA SQUARE

Based in the heart of the Canary Wharf in a skyscraper building, One Canada Square has a true ‘city’ feel to it. The sleek interior and modern décor compliments its location and creates a premium atmosphere that’s perfect for a weekend treat. What really makes this brunch stand out against the rest is the true ‘bottomless’ nature of the drinks on offer. Unlike the other deals in our top 5, there’s a wide range of alcoholic beverages to choose from including both red and white wine, prosecco, Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s, so perhaps it’s more of an all-round people pleaser?

The food is beautifully presented and the menu varied. Much like Fish Market, you don’t necessarily have to eat a classic ‘brunch’ meal as mains linguini, burgers and fish cakes accompany the traditional egg-related dishes. The fixed menu costs £20 pounds for 2 courses or £25 for 3, and an additional £15 will entitle you to unlimited drinks throughout your visit.

One Canada Square 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AB