The Modern Pantry, 47-8 St John's Square, London EC1
Anna Hansen's restaurant has become somewhat of a Clerkenwell instutition. You know you're going to leave satisified and a little bit smug that you've not only eaten something wonderful but most likely expanded your taste palette too. Sure you can stick to tradtional dishes like soft boiled eggs with marmite soldiers, or rolled oat porridge, but the pan-fried haloumi with slow roasted tomatoes, or rendang mince on toast with a crispy egg and chilli lime dressing are just begging to be devoured.
Blackfoot, 46 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
Located in Exmouth Market, Blackfoot specialises in pork to the point of obessional. Think pinhead oatmeal with lardons, whipped lardo on sourdough toast and gratin clams with bacon. All their pork comes from Dingley Dell in Suffolk and a few select UK small stock farmers which founders Tom Ward and Allegra McEvedy choose for the perfect balance of fat to meat. Our favourite is the Full English - plump pork sausages, crispy bacon, poached eggs, juicy grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and warm toast just begging to be spread with creamy lardo. To make a right pig of yourself end with the peanut butter and bacon semifreddo. It sounds wrong, but tastes so right.
Granger & Co, 50 Sekforde Street London EC1R 0HA
For years everyone has been raving about Australian native Bill Granger's restaurant in Notting Hill and at last he has come east. All high ceilings, clean white walls and oversized windows that let the light pour in, it has a distinct Aussie cool vibe. The menu is typically Granger too with plenty of healthy options – think cold pressed green juices, brown rice and sweet miso porridge and dairy free coconut yoghurt. Plus there's plenty of more indulgent options too. Ricotta hotcakes smothered in honeycomb butter and crispy sweetcorn fritters with juicy roasted tomatoes are must-orders.
Sundays, 169 Hemingford Road, N1 1DA
In a sleepy weekend (read generally hungover) haze, locals flock to this North London neighbourhood café. You'll find the usual excess alcohol remedies like poached eggs on chunky slices of sourdough or buttermilk pancakes with bacon. But there's also lots of other delicious options for those that are a bit over traditional eggs and feeling adventurous (read: not nauseous). Huevos rancheros with spicy black beans and chorizo or Welsh rarebit with smoked haddock and bacon are guaranteed to hit the spot.
With a sea-side atmosphere and two locations – a seafood shack in Fitzrovia and a seafood café in Exmouth Market – Bonnie Gull is ideal for when you need a vacation but have to opt for a staycation. Obviously fish is the focus, but eggs and bacon feature too. So coddled eggs come with smoked salmon and devilled eggs are accompanied with smoked cod's roe. Bloody Marys are must orders, with a fiery horseradish kick and garnished with an oyster or razor clam they're the best way of waking up and revving up your weekend.
The Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PQ
All exposed brickwork, clean white tiling and finds from a salvage yard, you'll feel like you're in an advertisement for Brooklyn's buzziest new hangout not in central London. With a dedicated brunch menu for Saturdays and Sundays, its become a favourite haunt of locals and shoppers in need of respite. You can go healthy with carrot and ginger juice and the house museli or have a weekend blow out think peanut butter smoothies (that comes in an old fashioned milk bottle) and lobster benedict. With lots of sharing plates, endless seating options – bar, communal tables and solo and a stack of Sunday papers you can all too easily find yourself suddenly realising it's tea time. Luckily, there's another menu for that too.
No67, 67 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH
Set within Peckham's South London Gallery, No67 offers you a chance to smugly say on Monday morning that you've been to an exhibition as well brunch. Runny eggs, homemade beans and slow roasted mushrooms feature on a well thought out menu that also includes home cured trout, bubble & squeak and Belgian waffles with grilled peaches. Basically there's something to satisfy everyone.
Burnt Toast, 88 Brixton Village Market
At this neighbourhood fave you can toast your own freshly baked in-house bread at your table. Combine that with an array of jams and marmalades and you're pretty much all set for an ideal weekend. But there's also plenty of options that you're perfectly toasted bread can come in handy for mopping up too. Think corned beef hash with wilted spinach and poached eggs, rosti with smoked salmon or herby sausages with thickly cut bacon. Oh and there's their take on a snickers bar plus gluten-free millionaire shortbreads. Go hungry!
Jack's at the Junction, 252 Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction, SW11 1LJ
Don't let its slightly run down appearance put you off. Jack's know how to do a hearty breakfast that will keep you fuelled until tea time. There's eggs, bacon, sausages, American pancakes and French toast. But ask anyone regular in the queue what they're opting for and you're sure to hear a breakfast roll egg, bacon, sauasge or a hash brown in a soft granary bap or a crispy baguette. We're drooling just thinking about it.
Andina, 1 Redchurch St, London E2
When you think of Peruvian inspired menus, brunch doesn't exactly spring to mind. But Andina are shaking things up. There's pisco infused bloody mary's, quiona panckaes with poached eggs and chincharron sandwiches with confit pork belly and camote ketchup. There's also lots of fresh, zingy ceviche like sea bass with avocado, sweet potato and amarillo tiger's milk. It definitely makes a refreshing change from eggs Benedict. And best of all most are sharing dishes.