May 12 2023
Brunch is an essential part of the London weekend – firm friends catching up over a fry up, fluffy waffles with fellow runners or outdoor yogis. And during the week, a quick breakfast might be just the ticket, too. Soho delivers both, with its abundance of cafés and restaurants opening early. Here’s our pick of the best breakfast places in Soho and spots where you can brunch till lunch.
Christopher’s in Soho is the go-to brunch place, with loyal fans and many awards. In a stunning Grade II listed mansion with large windows and high ceilings, Christopher’s cooks American classics in elegant surroundings. It’s buzzing with brunchers, not least for its popular build-your-own pancakes. You can add your favourite toppings and ice creams to your pancake stack and drizzle it all in a delicious sauce. Open from 11am, its weekend brunch proved so popular you can now order brunch on weekdays too.
Hoppers: Sri Lankan breakfast pancakes made of fermented rice and coconut milk in the shape of a small bowl. If you’re looking for something flavour-filled and a little different, this brunch spot in Soho delivers. As well as show-stopping hoppers, the golden dosas, kothus and karis curry are all delicious and beautifully presented. Open from 12 noon Thursday to Sunday, it’s a popular spot, so do book ahead.
Originally The Old Compton Cafe, Balans is a well-loved corner café in Soho serving tasty breakfasts since 1987. Its late-night opening has always been popular with clubbers, and Amy Winehouse was a regular. Open 24/7, breakfast is always on the menu, because who needs sleep when there’s a full English, steak and eggs and breakfast burritos to devour?!
Serving a breakfast and brunch celebration of Middle Eastern flavours and dishes inspired by Jewish delis and Tel Aviv street food, The Good Egg, Soho, is a genuine treat. The bright interiors and outdoor seating at its Soho branch is a beautiful spot to hang out. From 9.30am to 4pm, The Good Egg, Soho menu covers breakfast, brunch and lunch, with shakshuka, babka French toast and za’arta fried chicken particular favourites.
When you stay at The Clermont, Victoria, you can scoot over to Soho in minutes and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast or hearty brunch any time of the day or night.