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Six of the Best: Brunch Hotspots, London

Six of the Best: Brunch Hotspots, London
It’s time to rise, shine and treat your taste buds to the most important meal of the day - a long, lazy brunch. Helen Hokin and Tiffany Kaba kick back  for the best new deli- inspired and dedicated brunches London is serving up.
 
Raoul’s Notting Hill
This Notting Hill stalwart has recently added a Mediterranean inspired deli counter below stairs. Eat-in or take-away, we grabbed a table upstairs in the sun-drenched restaurant and opted for the combination salad plate to share for £8.50 and were treated to a warm broad bean and tangy feta cheese salad, marinated artichoke hearts and chilli and garlic sautéed baby calamari. Everything came drizzled in olive oil produced by the owners’ in their Greek olive grove and was accompanied by a glass of Raoul’s Shiraz Rose, Old Basket Press 2012 – this time from  the owners’ South African estate. Some life! But the star of our late morning meal was a sublime square of spanakopita pie: a generous and juicy amalgamation of spinach and feta cheese enveloped in crisp filo pastry and served warm. Soooo good. Don’t be surprised to catch sight of the odd celeb here – it is Notting Hill after all  - and on our visit we spotted the drop dead gorgeous actor, Verity Pinter,  (Beat Beneath My Feet) sipping demurely on a berry smoothie.
 
Raoul's Restaurant & Deli Notting Hill,
105 - 107 Talbot Road, London W11 2AT
+44 (0)20 7229 2400
Mon - Fri 7.30am - 8pm, Saturday 8.30am - 8pm, Sunday 8.30am - 7pm www.raoulsgourmet.com/notting-hill.html
 
La Dolce Domenica, The Bulgari Hotel
Sunday brunch at Il Bar in The Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge is an ultra-glamorous, all day affair. La Dolce Domenica brings guests an Italian-themed brunch extravaganza followed by an afternoon movie screening in their very own state-of-the-art David Attenborough cinema, featuring the latest releases as well as old classics. On arrival, treat yourself to one of their signature cocktails or a glass of prosecco and head straight to the buffet for a selection of artisan breads, pastries, hams, cheeses and the most decadent desserts you can imagine such as the irresistible Amadei Chocolate Mousse and Pistachio Eclair. Their unique ‘Piccoli Morsi’ selection (‘little bites’), offers guests a selection of beautifully presented antipasti such as aubergine caviar, Bresaola, sea bass carpaccio and pizzetta but you can also have the more traditional ‘eggs your way’ with all the trimmings. A true taste of la dolce vita.
 
La Dolce Domenica is served every Sunday from 11am to 2.30pm and is priced at £58 per person and £39 for children. For reservations, menus and upcoming movie screenings, call 0207 151 1025 or visit http://www.bulgarihotels.com/en-us/what-s-on-blog/london/what-s-on-at-the-hotel/la-dolce-domenica-sunday-brunch
 
No.11 Pimlico Road
Weekend brunch at this light and airy all-day eating and drinking venue feels like having an outdoor picnic on a bright, sunny day with a large group of friends. Formerly a dark gastropub hosting stripper nights, a brand new name and design makeover have made No.11 a firm summer favourite with the local residents of Belgravia and Pimlico. It’s perfect for a hearty family lunch or a girly catch up, with a strong choice of healthy salads and snack style dishes such as sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach and avocado and couscous and parsley crusted fish fingers. However don’t be fooled, a meal there wouldn’t be complete without a spoon of their delicious Roulade No.11, a home-made melt-in-the-mouth meringue with summer fruits and passion fruit ice cream. With its very own wine shop, incredibly hospitable staff and very reasonable prices, it’s certainly one to return to.
 
For reservations and menus, call 020 7730 6784 or visit http://no11pimlicoroad.co.uk/
 
Christopher’s, Covent Garden
This long-standing, all-American establishment in the bustling heart of London’s theatreland has an interesting past as the capital’s first licensed casino in 1870 followed by a long period as a papier maché factory. The Grade II listed building underwent a complete overhaul in April, recalling the glamour of the modern American era complete with an art deco Martini Bar or ‘drinking parlour’. Brunch here is certainly not for the faint hearted. Start off proceedings with a heady pick me up or one of their gargantuan shakes - triple chocolate, caramel and honeycomb or brownie and bourbon. The menu goes far beyond burgers and bacon with specialties such as steak and eggs, lobster club and eggs Maryland – perfectly poached eggs with crabcakes and hollandaise sauce. Don’t miss their pecan maple pie with salted caramel ice cream, probably the best you will find outside the southern US.
 
Brunch at Christopher’s is served from 11:30am to 3.30pm.
For reservations and menus, call 020 7 240 4222 http://www.christophersgrill.com/
 
CUT at 45 Park Lane
If ordinary is for weekdays, extraordinary is for weekends at chef Wolfgang Puck’s first European restaurant. Residing in the Dorchester Collection’s new Mayfair hotel, CUT at 45 Park Lane mirrors the award-winning original CUT in Beverly Hills, where high flying executives meet and glossy foreigners take a break from Mount Street’s boutiques. Against a backdrop of live jazz, you can watch supercars speed down Park Lane and admire the leafy greenery of Hyde Park whilst making your way through sophisticated starters of Dorset crab and lobster cocktail or toasted sesame bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Mains feature a selection of prime dry and wet aged beef alongside succulent salads and fresh roasted whole fish but the real pièce de resistance is the New York and Australian Wagyu Black Angus. Priced at £84, it is surely one of the best steaks you can ever have with its powerful gamey flavour and superb tenderness. A nice touch is the Bloody Mary trolley, weaving its way around tables for you to create your own bespoke drink and pick up some tips and tricks from the barman. If you’re not feeling too heady, hop on one of their bespoke Brompton bicycles after your meal for a spin around local hot spots.
 
Sunday brunch at CUT is served from 11:00am to 3.15pm.
For reservations and menus, call 020 7493 4554 http://www.45parklane.com/Brunch
 
The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields
Sex, drugs and bacon rolls beckon at this quirky café on Artillery Lane. Tucked away down a side street close to Liverpool Street Station, it would be easy to miss were it not for the busy queue of eager diners, clamouring for a rickety table and some huevos rancheros.  Once inside, head down to its basement speakeasy adorned with vintage movie posters, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, where the menu is the same, but you get to walk through a Smeg fridge door. With a more Shoreditch than City vibe, this is the group’s fourth London café and May this year saw the opening of a fifth, The Breakfast Club Battersea Rise, inspired by a 50's kitchen and an 80's launderette. The future’s looking bright too with yet another new addition to the family opening in London Bridge in 2014.
 
Brunch at The Breakfast Club is served daily from 9am-5pm.
For reservations and menus, call 020 7078 9630 http://www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com/
 
 
 
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