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10 Bottomless Brunches Worth Heading to the Capital For

· Ruth Hargreaves · Food and Drink

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Gather your pals and loosen those waistbands because the capital’s legendary London bottomless brunches are calling your name.

When it comes to belly-busting, prosecco-swilling, cocktail-quaffing indulgence, London’s the king of bottomless brunches. With Thames-side terraces and five-star steakhouses at your fingertips, those of you hungry for a lavish brekkie won’t be disappointed. However, it wouldn’t be London without a lick of quirkiness too. Pizza brunches? Burlesque brunches? Brunch with mini golf? You’re in for a trip to remember! Plus, at just two hours from Leeds by train, you’ll have plenty of time left over to explore the capital.

1. Circus

Bottomless Brunch Circus London

Blend your brunch-fuelled visit to London with an escape to the circus at this subterranean Covent Garden club, where entertainment and eating go hand-in-hand. Not only will your table be graced with a selection of small and large pan-Asian sharing platters, but the central banquet table soon becomes the stage for an array of aerialists, contortionists and acrobats – all performing as you dine.

Back-flipping by your caramel soy steak, dangling over your dim sum, swishing past your sweet miso salmon – it’s a sight to behold! Further hedonism comes in the form of 60 minutes of free-flowing Mimosas (never mind the time, it’s forever cocktail hour here) and a refreshing raspberry gelato to finish. When you’re done, it’s just 15 minutes to King’s Cross on the Piccadilly Line. Perfection!

Circus, 27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BA. Bottomless Brunch takes place from 12pm to 4.30pm on Saturdays and costs £60 for three courses, entertainment and 60 minutes of bottomless Mimosas. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

2. Swingers

Swingers, bottomless brunch

Teaming high-octane mini golf with snack-tastic food, Swingers delivers a boozy London brunch with a difference. Group packages provide your party with bottomless drinks (including frozen cocktails, wahey!) alongside a pick ’n’ mix approach to top street food vendors like Pizza Pilgrims and Patty & Bun. Plus, a rip-roaring round of golf to boot.

You have two venues to choose from, both more neon-lit nightclub than snooty golf club. The West End site, which is just 12 minutes from King’s Cross on the Victoria Line, has a vintage seaside theme, complete with a helter-skelter, while the City hideout is a 22-minute tube and takes inspiration from England’s green and pleasant hills. You may not consider swinging a typical brunch accompaniment, but this trendy hangout is about to change all that.

Swingers West End, 15 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0AB and Swingers City, 8 Brown’s Buildings, London, EC3A 8AL. The ‘All Set’ package costs £65 per person for a selection of mains, sides and a dessert, two hours of bottomless drinks and a round of mini golf. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

3. Smith & Wollensky

Smith and Wollensky bottomless brunch

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Considered by many to boast the best steak in London, Smith & Wollensky is a must for meatheads. The sleek American steakhouse pulls no punches with a bottomless brunch menu laden with deliciousness. Aberdeen Angus sirloin steak rules the roost, but the cheese-topped Butcher Burger and spiced Cajun chicken are worthy alternatives. For pud? Tuck into American favourites like key lime pie and syrup-smothered waffles with bacon.

And you’ve got total control over the booze. From endless prosecco to unlimited Margaritas and Bloody Marys, simply select the bevvy that most tickles your fancy and slurp your socks off. There’s even Deutz Brut Classic Champagne for those special occasions. A brisk post-brunch walk along the adjacent Thames may be in order, then it’s a 22-minute ride on the Piccadilly Line back to King’s Cross.

Smith & Wollensky, The Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HT. Bottomless Brunch takes place on weekends and costs £19.75 for two courses or £23.50 for three courses, plus 90 minutes of your choice of bottomless drink for between £28 and £52. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

4. Hip Hop Brunch

Hip-Hop Brunch

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If you fancy getting down and dirty with your brunch, Hip Hop Brunch will quench your appetite for adventure. This isn’t your usual unlimited London brunch. Oh no, this is the wild child of the brunch world, where every Saturday three-course meals are accompanied by a bottomless cocktail hour, live hip hop performances, DJs, karaoke and even magicians for Pete’s sake.

Each event lasts a whopping five hours and takes place in a secret (but central) London location. You’ll find out precisely where by email the Monday before. The menu is another closely guarded secret, although Caribbean, BBQ and Southern American soul food feature frequently. Raucous not refined, bold never bland, it’s brunching meets day raving. And it’s blimmin’ delicious.

Hip Hop Brunch takes place from 12pm to 5pm every Saturday in secret locations around London (Zones 1 & 2 only). It costs between £44.99 and £49.99 with discounts for groups of 10+. Includes a three course meal, entertainment and one hour of bottomless cocktails. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

5. Crazy Pizza

Crazy Pizza bottomless brunch

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What’s better than a free-flowing brunch in London? A free-flowing brunch with pizza, of course! Based in Marylebone, a mere 15-minute tube ride from King’s Cross, Crazy Pizza is all about that dough. Book a table at Crazy Bubbles Brunch and you’ll be treated to three hours of pizza-spinning, scoffing and a stellar selection of wines, beers, cocktails and Champagne too. It may ‘just’ be pizza, but this brunch sure knows how to pamper.

From spicy salami to rich black truffle, their thin crust pizzas are crisped to perfection in Morello ovens. In fact, the entire brunch menu is packed with Italian pride, from the freshly-baked focaccia starter to their famous tiramisu dessert. Throw in surprise shots, interactive chefs and live music, and you’ll be back for another bottomless brunch in London quicker than you can say uno, due, tre!

Crazy Pizza, 7 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5QH. Crazy Bubbles Brunch takes place from 12pm to 3pm on Saturdays and costs £100 for three courses, plus three hours of unlimited premium drinks. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

6. Quaglino’s

Quaglino's, bottomless brunch

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In search of something a little more… sophisticated? Founded in 1929, high-end European brasserie, Quaglino’s, has been catering to the capital’s most discerning diners for almost a century. Yet, despite its influence on Mayfair’s upscale social heritage (it’s the priciest spot on the Monopoly board for a reason!), Saturday’s Q Brunch with bottomless prosecco remains as charming as ever.

The 17-minute tube ride on the Piccadilly or Victoria Line will whizz by as you salivate over the feast ahead of you. From the moment you step into the decadent interior, festooned in art deco trimmings, you know you’re in for something special. The multi-course menu is similarly inspiring. Silky-smooth Jersey oysters to start, lobster Thermidor for main, cherry and white chocolate creme brûlée for afters? It’s a what’s-what of indulgence, although you’ll find simpler choices on the menu too, like buttermilk pancakes and eggs how you like ‘em.

Quaglino’s, 16 Bury Street, Mayfair, London, SW1Y 6AJ. Q Brunch takes place from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Saturdays and costs £33 for two courses or £38 for three courses, plus £25 for free-flowing bubbles for the duration of your meal. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

7. Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga bottomless brunch

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Famed for its wild parties and kooky style and just 15-minutes from King’s Cross on the Piccadilly Line, Bunga Bunga is a playful pizzeria and cocktail club that likes to get a little frisky. While nighttimes are reserved for singalong dinners and rambunctious bingo, weekends are meant for brunching. But not just any brunch – burlesque and karaoke brunches!

The intimate basement in their Covent Garden venue is the perfect setting for 90 minutes of racy ‘boylesque’ cabaret, teamed with a steady supply of pink prosecco and bottomless pizza. Meanwhile, over in Battersea your bottomless prosecco arrives with metre-long pizzas and the chance to release your inner rockstar up on stage. Focused on fun, this is one London bottomless brunch that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Bunga Bunga, 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5PG and 37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3BA. Bunga’s Brunch takes place on Saturdays. In Covent Garden, it costs £50 for one hour of bottomless pizza, plus 90 minutes of entertainment and bottomless prosecco. In Battersea, it costs £48 for three courses, entertainment and 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

8. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

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20 minutes on the Thameslink will bring you to Bourne & Hollingsworth. Part-restaurant, part-cocktail bar and part-greenhouse (yes, seriously), it’s an Insta-worthy brunch spot that’s serious about cooking up the best British produce. Locally-sourced ingredients fill the two-course brunch menu with simple favourites like smashed avocado on sourdough, smoked salmon poached eggs and a full English brekkie with all the trimmings.

Kick back among the chintzy patterned armchairs and clink glasses with friends over an unlimited supply of Bloody Marys and house Bellinis – the latter made with fresh fruit no less. Overhead, a jungle-esque canopy of hanging plants brings the outdoors in. But don’t get too comfy! Quaint Exmouth Market lies next door, chock-full of charming independents and ripe for exploration.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0HU. Bottomless Brunch takes places from 10am to 4pm on weekends and costs £37 for two courses and bottomless Bellinis or Bloody Marys. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

9. Issho Ni

Issho Ni, bottomless brunch

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Fancy a change from the usual bacon and pancakes? Issho Ni, a hip Japanese eatery on Shoreditch’s doorstep, fuses London’s bottomless brunch phenomenon with bucketloads of sushi. As you take your first sips of prosecco or Bloody Geisha (that’s Bloody Mary with Japanese spice mix, dontcha know), you can carefully consider your next move.

It’s tempting to dive headfirst into the unlimited maki rolls and sashimi starters, but make sure to save some room for mains like grilled salmon teriyaki, sticky aubergine with sesame miso or crowd-pleasing chicken katsu curry. Alternatively, splash out on an A3 grade, melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu beef steak slicked in sweet yet sharp yakinuku sauce – a Japanese BBQ favourite.

Issho Ni, 185 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 6AB. Bottomless Brunch takes place from 12pm to 3.30pm on Saturdays and costs £53 for 90 minutes of unlimited starters, a main and unlimited Bloody Geishas or prosecco. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

10. Restaurant at Sea Containers

Sea Containers, bottomless brunch

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Don’t be put off by the unusual name, because Sea Containers is one of the hottest hotels in town (and it’s just 22 minutes from King’s Cross on the Thameslink). Perched on the vibrant South Bank, this swish riverside restaurant and terrace serves up fresh food, top notch service and unbeatable views along the Thames. Hankering for an outdoor brunch in London? You’re in the right place.

Gobble up vistas of the capital’s skyline before tucking into 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco, Bloody Marys or Champagne, alongside a smorgasbord of dining delights. A la carte dishes range from breakfast-friendly shakshuka and buttermilk fried chicken to braised beef mac ’n’ cheese and mussels swimming in parsley-studded cream. Heck, you could even devour an entire côte de boeuf if your stomach (and wallet) are up to it.

Restaurant at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PD. Bottomless Brunch takes place from 12pm to 5pm on weekends with an la carte menu (prices range between £12-£20 for standard mains) plus 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco and Bloody Marys for £19 or Champagne for £59. Book your train tickets now from just £30…

2 hour 16 minute time is the most common journey time between Leeds and London King's Cross, Monday to Friday. Cover image credit: Hanson Leatherby.