Ladies who brunch: Where’s the best places for Brunch in the capital?

Aug 01,2013

When cereal and a slice of toast just won't cut it, there's nothing better than indulging in a spot of brunch. It's the ultimate weekend ritual, but where does it originate? Brunch is the substitute meal eaten between the hours of breakfast and lunch; it's name, a playful fusion of the two. We've come to enjoy it for many reasons, from the morning cure after weekend festivities to room service at hotels near Earls Court and across London. There seems to be a discrepancy over the exact origins of this mealtime but a few theories have fought for first place. Brunch is said to have originated in England in the 19th-20th century, before crossing the Atlantic to America.

The most accredited association with the term comes from Guy Beringer when he spoke about the wonders of this midday meal in his essay, Brunch: A Plea. He noted that this was a fine way of enjoying good fare without the trouble of cooking three times at the weekend.

He also advocated that a later meal on a Sunday would suit those who were partial to a drink on a Saturday night - a notion that still exists today. He wrote, By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday night carousers. He even suggested that the meal could be accompanied with alcoholic beverages, in replacement to tea and coffee. In fact, many places serving brunch offer up a selection of drinks to quell the effects of a hangover, or indeed to toast a worthy celebration - the most popular choice being the Bloody Mary.

The components of brunch have been created along the way - the most popular staple being Eggs Benedict. The dish consists of a combination of poached eggs, bacon and Hollandaise sauce served on top of a toasted English muffin. As time has evolved, so have people's tastes and with the popularity of brunch soaring, many more offerings of brunch dishes came to the fore. Today, not only can you opt for the traditional, accompanied with a weekend paper but you can also delight in the wonder of the ultramodern new ways to enjoy brunch.

We've compiled a list of the best brunches in London, so when it comes to your weekend ritual you'll be better equipped to find the best spot in the city.

The Traditional

Brunch at The Table Café, Southwark, London; thetablecafe.com

Situated just a short stroll from the Tate Modern in central London, it is inevitably quite popular with those in search of a relaxing location to enjoy a lazy brunch-time. Take a pew at their wooden bench tables with a weekend paper and enjoy a haven away from the hustle and bustle. The waffles and buttermilk pancakes are a welcome alternative to a heavier brunch plate, but it has to be said that the 'Proper Cooked Breakfast' of Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale are such a treat. Wash it all down with a Bucks Fizz or a potent, feel-good smoothie and you'll be set for the day ahead - although there's no rush, brunch is served from 8.30am through till 4pm.

The Fancy

Duck & Waffle, Bishopgate, London; duckandwaffle.com

Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in a city that never sleeps, this 24-hour fine dining experience is not one to miss. Make a reservation for any meal of the day and the menu will ignite those taste buds. However, brunch is by far the most popular time to visit due to their delicious, 'Duck & Waffle' or their innovative take on Kedgeree, the 'Smoked Finnan Haddock'. Their best brunch liquid offering is the, 'All about Mary', with its spicy tomato fusion, taken with your choice of vodka, tequila or virgin - perfect for awakening the senses. All in all, although a tad pricey the breathtaking view certainly makes up for it.

The Avant-Garde

The Breakfast Club Café, dotted around London; thebreakfastclubcafes.com

The Breakfast Club Cafés can be found in six spots around the city: Angel, Hoxton, Spitalfields, Soho, Battersea Rise and London Bridge - the latter of which is coming soon.

While you can choose from the standard fry-up, there are some unusual offerings too. The 'avocado and poached egg on toast' served with a chili and lime kick is a must-try.

Many of their dishes are a fusion between traditional meets Mexico which is popular with the hip, hungry and hung-over. The interior to this café follows suit of their original branch and is kitted out with 80s memorabilia. Dine in at one of the many eclectic caverns, or opt for a takeaway and find a nice secluded spot - the food really is quite delicious. After all, breakfast is what they're all about.

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