Don’t leave the kids at home – include them! Weekend brunch doesn’t have to be stressful... We’ve rounded up the top spots to bring the tots.
While some children may baulk at the idea of eating raw fish, introducing them to the world of sushi via the master himself is as fine an introduction as any. Nobu’s Shoreditch restaurant has just launched Saturday brunch, which lets you loose on an buffet of unlimited sushi, sashimi, ceviche and dessert, plus one main dish – including the beloved black cod with miso. Kids under five eat free, it’s half price for those under 11, and grown-ups can make it bottomless for an extra £40.
10–50 Willow St, EC2A 4BH
With ten restaurants, there’s something for everyone at The Ned. Simplify things and arrive at noon on Sunday for Ned’s Feast, which is served across all their restaurants and includes everything you – and the children – could dream of. Brunch classics such as avocado toast and smoked salmon sit next to steaming trays of roasts, and the cake section is extensive, too. Free-flowing champagne is available for you, and children under five eat free, and those aged 6–12 eat half price.
27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ
A sunny, festive atmosphere is one of the best parts of Circolo Popolare. Its brunch menu features classics with an Italian twist, such as eggs alla Florentina – which come topped with hollandaise salsa and optional Tuscan ham – and fluffy ricotta pancakes. Vegetarian options mean there’s something for everyone, and spectacular desserts leave children’s sweet tooths satisfied.
40–41 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1HX
Granger & Co
You’ll find all the brunch classics at the ever-stylish Granger & Co, plus some new ones in their latest summer menu. Grown-up palettes are sure to love dishes such as silken tofu and mushrooms on toast, whilst the children’s menu features dishes like ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter.
Locations in Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Notting Hill and Kings Cross
The view is definitely one of the draws of this Thameside restaurant. It’s also a good distraction: whilst the children enjoy watching the passing boats, you can partake in bottomless Mimosas and order a selection of ridiculously fresh seafood (try the crayfish). Little ones can choose easy classics such as mac and cheese from the Kids’ Menu – plus, they eat free between 12–4pm every weekend.
20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
The brunch menu at The Ivy is simply huge, as is their definition of brunch – shepherd’s pie? Monkfish curry? Elsewhere on the menu, classic brunch dishes such as eggs benedict come with chips – sure to be stolen by smaller hands – whilst pancakes with bacon and lemon balm are a great option for those looking for something sweeter.
Multiple locations across London
The relaxed environment at Roka makes it the ideal place to try your kids on new flavours and textures – as does the sharing-style Japanese brunch menu. It’s a lot of food: a platter of starters including gyozas and sashimi is followed by a main apiece, and dessert is yet another platter. There’s also free flowing red and white wine throughout the meal, with soft drinks available for children.
Aldwych and Canary Wharf
Inspired by French-Creole cooking and known for its lively nights, Louie is just as vibrant at brunchtime and has space for all the family. Marble, leather and velvet jumble through its many rooms, with a menu that’s just as eclectic; try the Cornish crab omelette and send children in the direction of cinnamon rolls and warm beignets lashed with chocolate sauce.
13-15 West St, WC2H 9NE
Duck and Waffle
Technically, you could visit Duck and Waffle at any time of the day as it’s open 24-hours. However, head to the sky-high restaurant between 6am–4:30pm on weekends for an indulgent brunch. Whilst some dishes may make kids squirm – BBQ pigs’ ears? Bacon-wrapped dates? – the sweeter stuff is sure to tempt them, with plenty of waffles and even a fancy PB&J. For you, try the eponymous duck and waffle – crispy confit duck leg, a fried duck egg, and mustard maple syrup.
110 Bishops Gate, EC2N 4AY
As to be expected from a grandiose Victorian building, interiors at Chiltern Firehouse are impressive – although keep children away from the original firemen’s poles still intact in the dining room. The extensive menu offers all the classics, done right, alongside a selection of creative snacks (try the Carabinero prawns) and wood-fired pizzas; there’s always something for everyone.
1 Chiltern St, W1U 7PA
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