5 Alfresco Brunch Spots You Need to Visit in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
We’ve checked the weather forecast, and its been predicted that London is going to be enjoying the sweet rays this weekend. It would just be criminal to eat your eggs Benny indoors – don your finest sunnies and head to one of these amazing alfresco spots. Time to brunch:
What: Rail House Café opened in March 2017 as a modern, all-day café, and their Aussie inspired brunch menu has already received a whole lotta love from the brunching community. Their spacious terrace is perfect for summer dining and aperitifs, and is decked out in large L-shaped sofas and nautically striped fabric.
Eat and Drink: The menu is one big yolk fest – dishes include shakshuka with feta, avocado and sourdough; smoked haddock kedgeree with a poached egg and pea shoots; and the burgerdict, think of it as an eggs Benedict-burger hybrid. There’s also plenty of sharing dishes like the crispy squid with chilli and lime; confit pork belly with crispy shallots; a platter of cured meats; and mac n’ cheese with aged parmesan. And there’s avocado on toast which can be pimped up with a range of added extras.
Where: 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ
Photo Credit: Paul Winch-Furness
What: Brunch: it’s a British institution. For many it’s a way of life (and so is gin for that matter). And what better way to enjoy brunch than with a bottle of BULLDOG Gin at the centre of your table, a whole host of ingredients for you and your mates to craft your very own Red Snappers, and a DJ playing Balearic beats in the background whilst you lord the London sunshine.
Eat and Drink: Taking place at London’s latest rooftop hotspot, SISU on Saturday 15th July from 12pm – 5pm, BULLDOG Gin have partnered with the legendary Pikes Hotel, Ibiza (who brought you Wham’s Club Tropicana and have played host to a whole catalogue of bohemian celebrity escapades and pool parties) to bring one sensation boozy brunch. Tickets include BULLDOG Gin cured salmon; cured meat sharing platter; crudites; cauliflower and garlic arancini; crispy squid with sweet chilli dressing; and aubergine and goat’s cheese, as well as plenty of booze to keep you going.
Where: Tickets £35 per person. Buy here. Sisu, 535 Oxford Street, London W1C 2QW
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What: The London Beer Factory has launched their very own pop-up bar called The Bussey Beer Garden on top of the Bussey Building in Peckham, complete with sensational kebabs from the Babek Brothers. Sitting on a car park roof just got popular.
Eat and Drink: The Babek Brothers’ kebabs are properly delicious. The I’m koftashian features freshly grilled lamb kofta with garlic yoghurt, babek smokey relish, pickled onions, charred pepper, shredded cabbage and tomato, and the notorious p.i.g with slow cooked shoulder, smoked paprika and fennel seeds, babek chilli yoghurt, pickled onions, charred pepper, shredded cabbage and tomato. Veggie? Order the Nigel fromage with cypriot halloumi, garlic yoghurt, fig jam, pickled onions, charred peppers, shredded cabbage and tomato. Quench your thirst with a range of craft beers from The London Beer Factory and other breweries from across the UK and around the world.
Where: Roof D Bussey Building, Copeland Park, Peckham, London SE15 3SN
What: Canalside at Here East has many alfesco dining options. There’s the Breakfast Club with all the traditional brunch eats, Mason and Company for beer and subs by street food heroes Capish?, Shane’s on Canalside for foraged food and seasonal goods, and Randy’s for plenty of wings.
Eat and Drink: Make you way through the American inspired brunch menu at The Breakfast Club featuring towers of pancakes, fluffy waffles, eggs Benny and chicken n’ waffles. Sandwiches at Mason and Compnay come in the form of the Meatball Hero with hand-rolled rare breed pork and beef balls, marinara, rocket and provolone cheese sauce, and the slow cooked beef sub with 45 day-aged steak stuffed with garlic, parsley, pecorino and chilli. Hit up Mother for so much plant powered grub – think acai bowls, avocado on toast, smoothies, and fresh juices.
Where: Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS
What: Perched upon Selfridges’ iconic rooftop, Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar offers the perfect, carefree Cali hideaway for all your brunching needs. Inspired by West Coast cool, enter via the boardwalk, lined with timber beams and tropical palms. And there’s a retracting roof in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Eat and Drink: The menu features small plates and an array of starters; tuna ceviche with kohlrabi, avocado, cilantro and bonito flakes; almond and nigella seed hummus served with seasonal vegetables and flat bread; and black kale with chicory, spelt, scorched feta and honey mustard dressing. The selection of main course dishes include charred monkfish, scallops and bacon, summer vegetable freekeh and habanero dressing, and free range chicken paillard, Heritage tomatoes, fennel, capers and olives. Executive Pastry Chef Siobhan Ambrose has created a stunning dessert menu including lime and coconut meringue pie and a light and deliciousAvocado & pistachio ice cream sandwich.
Where: Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB