Once upon a time brunch was the realm of businessmen and the Sex and the City girls but nowadays it is the “hot” weekend meal.
And London Hotels Insight has a run-down for you of the best London spots to catch a leisurely brunch, with fabulous nearby hotels to stay in.
So resist pulling the duvet over your head and hop out of bed to join hoards of Londoners catching up with friends over a relaxing brunch.
If you walk the five minutes to Camden Passage from Angel tube on a weekend, you’ll find a queue of people winding out of the door of Breakfast Club. As the name suggests, it’s the hot spot for all things breakfast.
Pick your way through a menu of Nutella & banana toasties, eggs Benedict, classic fry-ups and much more – all washed down with fresh orange juice, coffee, tea, smoothies – or even a Bloody Mary to cure that hangover!
Do you fancy going to Breakfast Club?
You could stay at the nearby Hilton London Islington. It was recently featured due to its proximity to trendy Islington – with its lovely gastro pubs and restaurants – and solid (though not spectacular) guest reviews.
It’s currently ranked number 137 on TripAdvisor. If you really want to be in the heart of vibrant Islington, its location is hard to beat.
S&M is in Spitalfields, although perched extremely close to Brick Lane. It actually stands for “Sausage and Mash”. But contrary to popular belief, this retro café also does a great line in brunch fare.
Pick from a selection of bacon, eggs, toast, beans, tomatoes, bubble & squeak and, of course, the bangers that S&M is so well known for. But whatever you go for, make sure it’s accompanied by a mug of hearty tea.
This stylish hotel is moving up the TripAdvisor rankings (currently at number 45). We have been monitoring its guest reviews over the last few months and it really seems to be climbing quickly up the charts.
The free mini-bar is one of several nice touches at the Andaz which has some excellent facilities. There are 5 restaurants and 5 bars in the hotel, so you certainly won’t be short of eating or drinking options!
London Hotels Insight also likes the fact that the Andaz is one of a growing breed of London hotels that provide free wireless internet access.
Christopher’s sits in a beautiful Victorian building in the centre of Covent Garden. It offers a more sophisticated brunch experience and is a great spot to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the street below.
Styled as an American grill, its brunch menu offers blueberry pancakes, fruit and granola, bagels, French toast and eggs anyway you want them.
Do you fancy going to Christopher’s and staying close to Covent Garden?
You could choose the aptly-named Covent Garden Hotel which gets super guest reviews (currently eighth from 1075 London hotels on TripAdvisor).
It’s run by the same company (Firmdale) that manages the highly-rated Soho Hotel. It’s the sort of hotel where the staff appear to consistently strike the right balance between professionalism and friendliness.
Guests at the Covent Garden Hotel love the well-appointed rooms and that the cobbled streets of Covent Garden are literally on your doorstep.
The only black mark we can put against this hotel is the lack of free WiFi (which plenty of its TripAdvisor reviewers complain about) and we hope that its management rectifies this glitch soon.
However, if you press them and insist then they will often cover this for you. But it really is a beautiful and well-located hotel.
Photo credits: Covent Garden Hotel (Firmdale), Andaz Hotel, Hilton Islington.