Whether you’ve been a couple for a long time or you’re planning your first date, we know how important it is to make sure that the restaurant is just perfect.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you the top London hot spots to take your date for brunch, lunch and dinner. All you need to do is book and fill your bellies. Thank us later!
Best Brunch Date Restaurants
The Breakfast Club
I had to wait about an hour in a long queue but it was all worth it as staff were friendly, helpful and managed expectations. They even offered samples of hot chocolate to keep us warm while we waited. The Breakfast Club is an all American affair, pancakes, the works! It’s a popular choice so don’t expect to spend all day at your table, but if you’re looking for a seriously satisfying breakfast, this will hit the spot! I recently went in the evening and I was still able to order breakfast and even ended up at a secret party downstairs.
There are various branches at Angel, Battersea Rise, Canary Wharf, Hoxton, London Bridge, Soho and Spitalfields.
What to expect? All American breakfast all day!
What can we tuck into? Tasty pancakes, omelettes, fry ups, porridge, burritos, burgers and tacos.
Why should I bring my date here? Big portions, fun, casual vibe. No pressure!
What’s the damage? Average £9 for a breakfast meal and a coffee costs £2.80
Parlour has a very homely atmosphere; you feel like you’re part of the family. You can even make your own toast (don’t worry, everything else will come to you). Perfect for a hangover or for a chilled catch up brunch. If you have an appetite on you, go for the The (No subs) Full Parlour Breakfast; it’s delicious, very IG worthy or should I say ‘instagrammable’ (I’m down with the cool kids) and very filling. Larger groups may have to be a little patient as it’s a smaller team.
What to expect? Good wholesome brunch
What can we tuck into? The (No subs) Full Parlour Breakfast and smashed avocado on toasted lazy bread. Yum!
Why should I bring my date here? I’m beginning to sound like a stuck record here but, again, for The (No subs) Full Parlour Breakfast. It looks great, tastes great and is very filling.
What’s the damage? The full parlour breakfast costs £13.75 and all pots of tea are set at £3.
At the far end of Portobello Road, past the antique market, pastel coloured houses and Hummingbird Bakery store – (enjoy the lovely walk) is this cute cafe. The staff are great and so is the food. The menu is slightly unique offering coconut bacon and lots of superfoods.
What to expect? Cute place. Cute neighbourhood. Cute menu.
What can we tuck into? Everything from Berry pancakes, omelettes, eggs, avocado toast, acai bowls, porridge and if it’s after 11am there is the option of ordering crab cakes and coconut BLT (coconut bacon is not what it sounds like so go for it if you’re feeling adventurous).
Why should I bring my date here? Portobello is an iconic area in itself so there will be plenty conversation starters and this cool menu will only add to your conversation (and kudos).
What’s the damage? Berry pancakes cost £9.50 whereas Porridge or Eggs on Sourdough are £6.50. Teas and Coffees are around the £2.50 mark but a smoothie is a cheeky £6.90 however they do have some impressive sounding flavours.
Bourne & Hollingsworth
I’ll be honest, I haven’t quite made it here for brunch yet. You need to book well in advance but I have heard it’s one of the best! I have been here for lunch however and on that occasion I found it a little difficult to find but when I arrived it offered the perfect airy space, think secret garden party meets countryside shed (but in a good way!). The staff were accommodating with my dietary requirements and patient with my mother who was a little indecisive. In addition to great customer service, the food was delicious and filling.
What to expect? One of London’s top brunches in a really cool building.
What can we tuck into? Crumpets, drop scones, granola, eggs, hash browns, salmon, chorizo, avocado, bacon etc. I have it on good authority that everything is cooked to perfection.
Why should I bring my date here? To sound like you know your stuff and to be in with the cool kids!
What’s the damage? An average breakfast is £9, coffees and teas are set at £3.50, juices £3 and there’s a brunch cocktail menu which is £18 if you choose to have your Bloody Mary or Bellini’s bottomless! Well worth it.
Riding House Cafe
Be warned, this is a popular spot. The menu will leave you spoilt for choice! I ordered the small lobster Benedict which was tiny so I wouldn’t advise getting it unless it’s a starter. I didn’t have much lobster in there at all, it was more like a sandwich filling, another guest ordered the large and had actual lobster chunks so perhaps that’s the secret! The pancakes are delicious!
What to expect? Popular and busy but they will deliver on what you want. Top tip: browse the menu before you arrive!
What can we tuck into? Deliciously mind-blowing pancakes, poached eggs, cheeseburgers, salads and various mains.
Why should I bring my date here? It is the place to go to and with its central location (close to Oxford Circus) it’s perfect if you’re from contrasting corners of London or fancy a spot of shopping to work the calories off!
What’s the damage? £9 -12 although small plates are very affordable if you arrive after noon. Teas and coffee are around £3, juices and smoothies are around £5.
Breakfast tapas! Enough said! It doesn’t get much quirkier than that.
What to expect? Breakfast is served in small plates, designed for sharing or keeping a variety all to yourself. Perfectly social. Fun but chilled vibe.
What can we tuck into? Where should we start? There’s breakfast tacos, cheeseburger hash or for the traditionalists eggs on sour dough, granola and French toast/pancakes are available.
Why should I bring my date here? It’s fun and quirky, where else can you get the breakfast you so crave in cheeky sharing plates? With such a cool menu, it’s brunch but not like you’ve had it before. Oh and did I mention that on the weekends there is unlimited Proseccos, Bloody Marys or Mimosas!
What’s the damage? A virgin brunch (no bottomless cocktails) is priced at £23.50 while a non-virgin brunch is priced at £35, both include your choice of three breakfast plates. Choose wisely!