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London Brunch

thisismatt Sep 17, 2010 06:30 AM


Just wondering if anyone has any recs for a nice brunch in central London (covent garden, soho, bloomsbury) for a Sunday? med price range?

Been looking through old boards so wondering what is still good?

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    ManInTransit RE: thisismatt Sep 18, 2010 06:13 PM

    HI Matt - both ever-so-slightly out of the areas you mention but there is a now place on Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell called Caravan which is superb and which roasts its own coffee in the basement so if coffee is a factor you'll really like that.
    Not everyone's cup of tea but I've always enjoyed Automat in Mayfair as well.

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      Simon RE: ManInTransit Sep 19, 2010 02:16 AM

      yeah, Caravan is a great place -- brunched there last Sunday..

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      fliss RE: thisismatt Sep 19, 2010 09:45 AM

      You could try Smiths of Smithfield ground floor - they do a great brunch. Or Lantana Cafe in Charlotte Place, W1 - open on Saturdays. Or book in advance and go to the Wolesley - really great value for breakfast.

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        Simon RE: fliss Sep 19, 2010 09:57 AM

        i've wanted to try Smiths of Smithfield, as it's right near my home, but every time i peek in, they have deafeningly loud techno music, even at brunch...

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        Nii RE: Sarah Zucker Oct 21, 2010 04:16 PM

        Another Antip place I like - Kaffeine, 66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London - nice food, great coffee and nice surroundings.

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          thecriticalcouple RE: thisismatt Oct 22, 2010 06:35 AM

          I really like Le Caprice for brunch. Also the Hawksmoor which has a new location in covent garden.

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            chief1284 RE: thisismatt Oct 22, 2010 09:25 AM

            The Modern Pantry? In Bloomsbury, and people are always raving about it (though I've never been).

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              Simon RE: chief1284 Oct 22, 2010 11:02 AM

              unless they've opened a second one (possible!), it's in Clerkenwell, not Bloomsbury...

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                chief1284 RE: Simon Nov 10, 2010 12:33 AM

                I have to be honest, I consider Bloomsbury and Clerkenwell to be the same place! Probably incorrectly, but there at least adjacent.

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                  TomEatsHK RE: chief1284 Nov 15, 2010 11:35 PM

                  I'ld say it was Farringdon but the main point is the Modern Pantry is excellent. Great place for brunch.

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              becca33 RE: thisismatt Nov 9, 2010 10:17 AM

              just wondering if anyone knows of a bottomless mimosa/bloodmary brunch spot in london?

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                marcus james RE: becca33 Nov 10, 2010 02:51 AM

                not sure about the bottomless drinks offers, but am sure they are out there.

                i'd throw the wolsley and helen darroze into the mix. the latter's obviously not cheap, but a nice luxury alternative.

                a silghtly left-field suggestion would be the bar at galvin at windows. it serves food and drinks from 11 each day and, although not strictly a brunch menu, always contains favourites such as smoked salmon and burgers. it's quite reasonable too; the drinks, alas, not so much.

                finally, the much favoured, recently opened bar boulud serves breakie till 11 each day and takes in most of the brunch faves in one guise or another.

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                  PhilD RE: marcus james Nov 10, 2010 11:08 AM

                  Given the propensity for the average Brit to get legless at any opportunity I can't imagine there are any bottomless alcohol opportunities as I assume anyone mad enough to do this would go out of business.

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                    t_g RE: PhilD Nov 10, 2010 12:58 PM

                    hawksmoor has endless bloody marys on their brunch menu (iirc)

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                      marcus james RE: t_g Nov 11, 2010 06:40 AM

                      right that's me booked for a binge-brunch.

                      binge-brunch... that has a good ring to it. we could be onto something here...

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                        Paprikaboy RE: marcus james Nov 11, 2010 07:22 AM

                        You would of course be referring to the famous Brinch.

                        Completely ruined my Christmas last year.

                        You might say it was the Brinch that stole Christmas.

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                          marcus james RE: Paprikaboy Nov 14, 2010 01:36 AM

                          brinch - lol. a lot. that one's definitely going to stick.

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                johnnypd RE: thisismatt Nov 16, 2010 09:25 AM

                I think Providores has the best brunch in london and is central on marylebone high street. unfortunately it gets rammed on a sunday and the cramped eating space (well the high chairs anyway) isn't the most comfortable when it gets busy. So i'd recommend caravan for weekends.

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