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Simply put, bottomless brunch is the most fun meal of the week! This brilliantly boozy trend is a combination of a late breakfast and day drinking session. It's official, we're a nation of bottomless or boozy brunch lovers. Brunch fever is taking over the UK with new hotspots constantly popping up. After all, who doesn't love stuffing their face with bacon and booze?
Bottomless brunch in London has never been more popular and can be enjoyed all across the capital, from Covent Garden to Camden, Brixton to Battersea, Shoreditch to South Kensington. The options seem endless but where did the trend start? What does bottomless actually mean? What food can you expect to eat? And what occasion is this daytime treat good for? Read on to find out.
You've probably guessed that brunch is a portmanteau (merging) of the words breakfast and lunch, you clever things! You can thank English writer Guy Beringer for this late morning nosh! His 1895 article in Hunter's Weekly, Brunch: A Plea, suggested replacing the heavy, traditional, post-church, Sunday meal with a midday breakfast and lunch hybrid consisting of lighter food, tea, coffee and a cheeky glass or two of alcohol. He believed that a Sunday lay in would help people be more sociable on a Saturday, promoting "human happiness." What a clever man!
The rise of the bottomless brunch can be linked to prohibition times in the US where drinkers found out that tomato or orange juice provided a clever camouflage for their outlawed alcohol. Between the 1940s-1970s, boozy brunch was a status symbol, mainly enjoyed by the elite in society but thankfully a lot has changed since then, and we can now all join in with the fun! In part inspired by the Sex and the City ladies, Google Trends picked up on an increasing number of people scouring the internet for bottomless brunch in the early 2000s, with searches increasing dramatically in 2011. Since then, its popularity has seriously skyrocketed and shows no signs of slowing down. In short, it's time to ride the brunch train, girls and guys!
As Beringer wrote: "Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting...It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week." And he's right! Bottomless brunch is a fairly sophisticated knees up that combines eating, drinking and talking with your favourite people in a laid-back atmosphere where everyone wants to enjoy themselves. Everyone gets their day drinking session and feast at a set price, so it also allows you to budget in advance, so the spending doesn't get out of control.
Whether you're planning a London bottomless brunch or just wondering what all the fuss is about, we've got answers to all your burning brunch-based questions right here:
One of the best things about a London bottomless brunch is that it's great fun for any occasion. After all, what better way is there to celebrate or catch up with friends or family than over an orgy of bacon, eggs benedict and bottomless booze? Whether it's a treat for your mum on Mother's Day, a meal for two with a loved one, a family celebration at Easter or Christmas or just an excuse to get drunk with the girls, bottomless brunch is always a group pleaser.
Can I have a bottomless brunch hen do, we hear you ask? Hell yes, you can! Turbo charge your pre-wedding celebration with a heady mix of food, booze and selfies to make things really memorable. Whether you want to be dancing on the tables or to chill out in pretty surroundings, the brunch options in the Big Smoke are endless!
Want to avoid becoming a brunchzilla? We've got your back! Here's a quick checklist of bottomless brunch dos and don'ts:
The alcohol is totally unlimited but please know your own limits. Think bottomless glasses, not bottles! You don't want to waste your money by spewing up all that lovely food and drink now, do you?
Bottomless brunch is a far more laid-back affair than something like afternoon tea, meaning you can let loose, chat and have fun. Make sure not to annoy other tables by being too rowdy though.
Take lots of selfies
Bottomless brunch and social media are a match made in heaven! Mark the occasion by making all your social media followers drool over the delicious food you're eating!
Overstay your welcome
We totally understand you want to get your money's worth but make sure not to try to order another round of drinks once your allotted time is over. That's just cheeky!
This is a meal to be savoured. You'll have a set reservation time, usually between 90 minutes and three hours so you've got plenty of time to enjoy every delicious mouthful in a chilled-out atmosphere.
Be a brunch diva
Your drinks are unlimited but will come out one glass at a time for each of you. Don't be a diva and ask for several glasses or be rude to your server. They'll bring you your drinks over as quickly as possible.
We've compiled some lists of the city's top bottomless brunches, whatever your tastes or budget. It's time to assemble your brunch squad because London's calling!
If you like your brunch traditional, classic and relaxing, these are some great options featuring menus that'll please everyone's palate!
50 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LJ
With bottomless Prosecco or Belgo Pils and two-filling courses, everyone's happy at this big, 12,000 sqft Belgium-inspired restaurant. It's one of the biggest restaurants in Covent Garden, offering you loads of space to enjoy your drinks and either a starter and main or main and dessert of your choice from BBQ Chicken Wings to Speculoos Cheesecake.
6-7 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HU
Technically this is an afternoon tea, but it's offered from 11am onwards, the perfect time for brunch! Head to this elegant tearoom in Covent Garden for a traditional afternoon tea with a French twist and bottomless drinks. You'll indulge in some sweet and savoury treats including sandwiches, cakes, scones and pastries, as you sip on bottomless Prosecco, gin cocktails or Champagne. They've even got gluten free, veggie and vegan options.
2 Change Alley, London, EC3V 9AZ
This popular restaurant inspired by great British produce is in the heart of London, just two minutes' walk from Bank tube station. Here you'll enjoy your choice of brunch dish, friendly hospitality and as many drinks as you want for a fun-packed, 90-minute sitting. Tuck into a range of delicious options, from a full English breakfast to avocado on toast, from a brunch burger to granola. Wash it all down with your choice of Prosecco, lager or a yummy cocktail.
Unit 53 Merchant Square, Paddington, London, W2 1AS
A relaxing atmosphere and a Scandinavian-influenced menu makes this a great brunch spot. Sink bottomless Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, KuPP Lager or soft drinks for 90 minutes as you tuck into either the KuPP Bord with meatballs, salmon, pulled pork and eggs or the Veggie Bord with smashed avocado, butternut balls, mushroom tart and crispbread. Sounds good, doesn't it?
Forget any preconceived ideas about this pastime being old fashioned! There are so many modern bottomless brunches in London providing a fresh twist with menus packed with mouth-watering items that'll surprise you and make your taste buds very, very happy!
Arches 13-15, Deptford Market Yard, London, SE8 4BZ
The 1990s are so in right now! Dance to 90s anthems and disco hits as you enjoy teapots filled with Bucks Fizz and cocktails plus Bloody Marys and Prosecco for two hours. You'll also get fries, fish finger sandwiches, macaroons, cakes and retro party treats on a three-tier cake stand.
3 Robinson Road, London, SE1 8BU
SAMA's Jukebox Brunch is legendary! Begin with pancakes to start, followed a tasty choice of mains including Buttermilk Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash, Chilli Cheese Beef N Mac or a Quinoa Burger with Chips. You'll also get bottomless gin or rum cocktails for an hour whilst the DJ gets the party started with fun anthems from the 80s to modern day.
14 Denman Street, Soho, London, W1D
Dirty Bones brings New York vibes to the capital. Your glasses will be constantly topped up for an hour and half with either Dirty Mary, Uptown Spritz or Hip Monkey. Pick your poison and stick with it or mix and match, the choice is yours. To help line those stomachs, they've got a range of American dishes from Buttermilk Pancakes to Steak and Eggs, Chicken and Waffles to Short Rib Crumpets.
359 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6LG
This US-inspired restaurant describes their menu as dirty and delicious authentic BBQ and that description hits the nail on the head with dishes ranging from Cherry Cola Glazed Gammon with Fried Eggs to Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict with a Breakfast Muffin. Along with your taste of America, you can choose your bottomless drinks from Spicy Bloody Mary, Prosecco, Mimosa or soft drinks.
Like to think outside the box? Good on you! One of these quirky bottomless brunches in London is perfect for those of you who want to make things a bit more memorable with the addition of a range of fun things from karaoke to making the food yourself!
97 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 3BS
Rascals is the place to go for the one and only Bottomless Drag Brunch in London! Settle down for your two-hour reservation and enjoy an interactive comedy show hosted by glamorous drag queens whilst you tuck into a delicious LA inspired three-course brunch, all washed down with bottomless Espresso Martinis, Prosecco or Bucks Fizz!
37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3BA
How do you make brunch even more fun? By adding a singalong, of course! Bunga Bunga's famous Karaoke Brunch gives you a choice of more than 5,000 songs to sing as you enjoy a three-course menu including doughnuts and pizza with bottomless Belinis for two epic hours. Whether it's a solo or grabbing your mates for Dutch courage, we can just imagine you showing off on that karaoke stage!
Secret location, London
This monthly brunch brings the party to London with bottomless cocktails for 90 minutes plus two courses of delicious Caribbean food, reggae, dancehall and hip-hop tunes and live entertainment brought to you by Hip Hop LDN. However many calories you consume, you'll soon dance them off! The location's secret each month (how mysterious!) but you can visit their website for more details.
100 Baker Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 6TW
Why not fuse bottomless brunch with learning a new skill? Pizza making is led by a professional chef who'll teach you how to create your own Italian dish. You'll enjoy two hours of bottomless Prosecco, beer or mocktails before tucking into the pizza you made, accompanied by garlic bread and gelato.
It's like these picture-perfect brunches were created just to make your social media followers jealous! If you fancy tucking into something snap-worthy, here's a few of the top places:
97-113 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 3BS
Unlimited pizza and unlimited drinks? Sign us up! Combine the tasty treat of bottomless brunch with all the fun of an adult ballpit! Each of you will receive unlimited pizza, glasses of fizz and Pornstar Martinis to enjoy before you jump into that ballpit and channel the big kid within! Pizza toppings range from veggie to meaty and everything in between so there's something to suit all tastes.
264 High Street, Acton, London, W3 9BH
Are you a Disney fan? Then this is the bottomless brunch of your dreams! When You Wish Upon a Brunch takes place at The Aeronaut a few weekends a month and includes Disney-themed entertainment, dancing, singalongs and three hours of bottomless Bloody Marys, Bellinis or Laines Beer. Dress up as you favourite princess or prince and unleash your inner child as you chow down on a range of brunch dishes from Full English Breakfast to Eggs Florentine.
42 Northampton Road, Farringdon, London, EC1R 0HU
This place is always Insta-ready with beautiful, classic décor, a big stone fireplace, bespoke ironwork and antique furniture plus a mouth-wateringly good brunch menu. Soak up the pretty surroundings as you eat your choice of savoury goodies including pancakes, poached eggs, smoked salmon, avocado or full English breakfast plus sweet treats from brownies to crème brûlée. You'll also choose from bottomless Bellinis, Bloody Marys or Phillippe Dublanc Brut.
871-873, Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 5HP
You'll feel like you've been invited to a house party once you enter this cosy restaurant for a lively bottomless brunch with as many glasses of Prosecco or house punch as you like, paired with dishes that are made for Instagram like the Pancakes oozing with chocolate and salted caramel and the Truffle Cheeseburger that'll get everyone's bellies rumbling as they scroll through your feed!
Your mid-morning indulgence doesn't have to leave you in debt! There are plenty of purse-friendly options in the capital with simple but tasty food and drinks that flow just as freely. With these value for money bottomless brunches in London, you can treat yourself without breaking the bank.
34 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BD
Enjoy a French-inspired, affordable bottomless brunch in London at Café Rouge. Munch on Classic Croque Monsieur, Grilled Emmental Cheese Sandwiches and Fruit Scones with Clotted Cream and Bonne Mamam Jam plus cakes in a range of flavours from chocolate to carrot, red velvet to coconut, all washed down with unlimited Prosecco. At just £30 per head, it's a bargain!
9 Caledonian Road, Islington, London, N1 9DX
Got £29 pound to spare? What better to spend it on than bottomless brunch? This café by day and bar by night offers a great value for money option with two hours or unlimited bubby or Bloody Marys, perfectly paired with coloured décor, chilled out tunes and a feast of toast and bagels with a range of tasty fillings. This place is perfect for a little treat if you're on a budget or just fancy a no-frills brunch.
48-50 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0LT
For just £28, this party bar will give you two hours of bottomless Mimosa cocktails, games of beer pong and a tasty menu that features The Pancake Stack, Classic Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Breakfast Bagels, Granola and The Resurrection, which is basically a fry up on steroids with a massive pile of bacon, eggs, sausages, beans, mushrooms, hash browns and toast! They've also got bars in Hammersmith and Greenwich.
2-4 Old Street, London, EC1V 9AA
This place has a cool, warehouse-chic look and is a hotspot for brunch lovers who are after value for money. For around £25, you can get your hands on bottomless Prosecco for an hour and a half to accompany a menu full of brunch favourites from smashed avocado and chilli on toast to poached eggs and prosciutto. Yum!
You look like someone who enjoys the finer things in life. Give yourself a proper treat with some of these luxurious bottomless brunches. Starting at upwards of £50 per person they might not be cheap but, trust us, it'll be worth it as you celebrate and dine in style!
10-50 Willow Street, Hackney, London, EC2A 4BH
Like the idea of treating yourself to something really fancy? Fill your plate and glass with utter deliciousness with unlimited Prosecco, Minosas or Aperol Spitz alongside a massive assortment of sushi, sashimi, seafood, curry, salad and Asian-style desserts. It may be pricey, but you can help yourself to as much as you like over your two-hour sitting.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PD
Soak up stunning views of the River Thames as you dine in elegant surroundings, enjoying unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Marty, Bellini or Mimosa cocktails. The menu is seriously good, featuring Slow-Cooked Beef Sandwiches, Quinoa Salad, Benedict Flatbread with Roast Ham and more. There's even live music on Sundays to add to the atmosphere.
45 St Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 4HX
Free-flowing Perrier-Jouët Champagne, yes please! This upscale restaurant at St Martin's Lane Hotel offers a seriously sophisticated brunch for anyone looking to splash the cash. Their decadent menu for Champagne Brunch is full of Cuban-inspired goodies including Cuban sandwiches, Malanga Chips and Mexican doughnuts.
101 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0SJ
This Grade II listed hotel is located just a short walk away from Buckingham Palace so get ready for a bottomless brunch that's fit for royalty! Sit in gorgeous, period surroundings as you chow down on feather light sandwiches and rolls plus those quintessential, traditional scones with jam and clotted cream. However, the pièce de résistance has to be the free-flowing Prosecco! Cheers to that!
The capital is always bang on trend and offer loads of options to suit all tastes. When it comes to vegetarian or vegan bottomless brunch in London, you really are well catered for with dishes that are far from dull or predictable.
12-14 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4DA
This easy going vegetarian and vegan restaurant has clean living at its heart but isn't afraid to pair healthy dishes with lots of alcohol! For an hour and a half, you can help yourself to as much Prosecco, Bellini, organic lager or fruit juice as you like. The dishes are all plant-based and you'll pay by the weight of food you have.
200 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9JP
Mildreds are famous for their flavourful veggie and vegan brunch featuring scrambled tofu, poached eggs, grilled aubergine, avocado, vegetarian sausages, smoked beans, roasted mushrooms, sweet potato fries and waffles. Bottomless drinks include Mimosas and Bloody Marys. How many glasses will you get through?
4-5 Langham Place, Marylebone, London, W1B 3DG
We all love a naughty meal out and any vegans looking for junk food will be very happy with a brunch at By Chloe. They specialise in tasty, plant-based food including The Early Bird with scrambled tofu, maple sausage, avocado and toast, quinoa hash browns and pancakes. Pop some unlimited fizz or beer alongside the food for a total treat.
152 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 3AT
– This modern, Mediterranean restaurant boasts modern Spanish décor and bottomless Sangria, Cava or beer for 90 minutes. The food doesn't disappoint either! After a starter of Spanish nibbles, you'll be presented with some delicious vegetarian paella with artichokes, kale and saffron in a big sharing pan placed in the middle of the table, served traditional style.
Ranging from affordable to luxury, traditional to quirky and everything in between, here's our round up of the best bottomless brunches in London:
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