London’s hotels have some of the best breakfasts in the city. But if you’re like me, you don’t want to get up for breakfast when you’re away, especially at the weekend. If you’re not a breakfast person and would rather spend an extra hour in bed, you probably find brunch much more palatable.
Luckily, if you want to eat without leaving the hotel or getting up early, some hotels do excellent menus between breakfast and lunch.
Between 10am and 3pm is ideal: not so early that you feel queasy about eating yet late enough for an alcoholic drink, whether it’s bucks fizz or a pint of ale. So if you’d rather have brunch instead of lunch and breakfast (or if you’re especially hungry), try these London hotels with great brunch menus.
Intercontinental London Park Lane
Table times for the Cookbook Cafe are more like lunch than brunch (12pm-3.30pm), but they can be forgiven, thanks to their mouth-watering menu.
Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, with slightly different menus and prices each day. You can get some traditional breakfast fair, from waffles and pancakes to omelettes and poached eggs, or go for something more suited to later in the day. There’s cold dishes to select from, including Scottish smoked salmon with dill mayonnaise and Caesar salad.
For a family affair, on Saturdays you can choose from a selection of mains to be served “family style” (everyone for themselves). Sunday’s main courses are closer to traditional roasts. And of course there’s desserts.
Apero at The Ampersand also serve their weekend brunch at decidedly lunch-y times, from midday to 2.30pm.
If you need to recover after a big night out, you can start off with a classic Bloody Mary cocktail or an Aperol Spritz – which is Prosecco and soda water.
Brunch at The Ampersand is hearty and sure to chase away a hangover. Tuck into a rib-eye steak, full English, beans on sour dough or have your eggs Florentine, Benedict or Royale. There’s also a kid’s brunch, sides and desserts.
45 Park Lane
If you like your brunch slightly earlier, Sunday brunch at 45 Park Lane’s Cut starts at 11am and runs until 3.30pm.
You’ll get much more than eggs and bacon at this hotel restaurant, with a diverse menu on offer. Choose a healthy starter of 7-grain granola with wild flower honey, natural Greek yoghurt and raspberries, or a slightly less healthy steak tartar with herb aioli, mustard and grilled bread.
There are large salads, including lobster Cobb, and Mediterranean chicken. And then there’s more robust meals, from Eggs Benedict to buttermilk pancakes and filet mignon.
So if you can’t wait until the weekend to tuck into your favourite meal, you’ll love these brunch spots! Stay at one of these hotels and you’ll only need to roll out of bed, though you might want to make yourself presentable first…
Photo credits: Japanexperterna.se (via Flickr), Cookbook Cafe at Intercontinental London Park Lane, Apero at The Ampersand, Cut at 45 Park Lane.