Slink into your Sunday best for these linger-worthy London brunchsters...
While an overload of foodie fads can have us rolling our eyes (think: foam, no res, drinks in jam jars), one that’s almost certainly here to stay is the beloved brunch ritual. Because what could be better than a meal that advocates boozing before midday?
Grandiose, wood-panelled, Euro-style salon The Delaunay has day-long dining, but we most love the divine brekkie and brunch combos, from homemade viennoiseries to impeccably executed Eggs Benny to old-school go-to Kedgeree. Just perfect for a lazy morning with the papers.
The Delaunay, 55 Aldwych, WC2, London. +44 20 7499 8558, thedelaunay.com
Fantastic, fiery mod-meets-trad fare like black daal, mattar paneer and slow-cooked lamb hit the pass thick n’ fast at Dishoom, a fun, oft-rammed trio of diners modelled on the charm of Bombay's old-fash caffs. The original is in Covent Garden, but we prefer the lofty, character-packed Shoreditch outpost for its vibey conservatory, witty signage, sepia portraits, ceiling fans and mismatched furny.
Dishoom, 7 Boundary St, E2, London. +44 20 7420 9324, dishoom.com
But a skip from the shopportunity of Chiltern Street, elegant Marylebone (by-way-of-NZ) eatery The Providores and her klatchtastic, ambient, woody little sis Tapa Room heave with the health-conscious style set on weekends. Make ours the salt beef with sauerkraut, new potato hash brown and dreamy-creamy hollandaise. Tapa that.
The Providores, 109 Marylebone High St, W1 , London. +44 20 7935 6175, theprovidores.co.uk
Vertiginous, open kitchen Duck & Waffle offers unfettered knicker-melting panoramas across London and curated meat-centric comfort eats in the Heron Tower. Open 24hrs, 7 days a week, from brunching to late-night munching, with exactly what it says on the tin playing a starring role. Cocktails are decidedly blah, but your attention will be firmly on the outlook – a rarity in this low-rise city.
Duck and Waffle, 40/F Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2, London. +44 203 640 7310, duckandwaffle.com
Need a shot of quinoa to kick start your day? Saucy little sis to the Fitzrovia original and Europe's first Michy Peruvian Lima, Covent Garden-based Lima Floral has you covered with Andean set breks of bee pollen quinoa porridge, suckling pig brioche buns, and Amazonian chocolate mousse; or settle in for their ‘long lunch’, a parade of kicky small plates like sea bream ceviche, chilli-dip dumplings and hake sudado. Follow with sips at their specialist Pisco bar. You know you Juana…
Lima Floral 14 Garrick St, WC2, London. +44 20 7240 5778, limalondongroup.com
London's beards have found a new outlet for their appreciative grunting. Hip, dim-lit HotBox carves up house-smoked 'craft meats' nightly, and their weekend brunch is no exception with piled-high burgers, chimichurri smothered short rib tacos, smoked mac n' cheese and buttermilk pancakes, plus free-flow bubbles and Bloody Mmms to boot. Generous portions, so don't expect wriggle room for pud.
Hot Box, 46-48 Commercial St, E1, London. +44 20 7247 1817, hotboxlondon.com
After spells spent in Mexico, Madrid, Lyon, São Paulo and Hong Kong, Chloe now lives in London with her husband and two muddy mongrels and is currently planning trips to Bruges, Paris, Alaska, SoCal, Romania and Reykjavik.