The Best Spots for Luxury Brunch in the City of London
The City of London is home to some of the world’s best fine dining restaurants which, in recent years, have fully embraced the city’s burgeoning brunch culture. This has resulted in some unmissable brunching destinations, where innovative takes on the breakfast and lunch hybrid are served up in true city-slicker style.
A business destination of choice with a longstanding tradition of attracting the biggest and brightest companies in the UK, the City of London also offers a prestigious address to impress clients and put your best foot forward. With business brunches becoming popularised in recent years, there is no better location than the City of London to take advantage of this.
We have curated a stunning portfolio of our City of London workspaces to place your business in the beating heart of the Square Mile. Attune to the needs of our partnering businesses, we have ensured that all of our offices provide easy access to local client entertainment options. Read on to discover our recommendations for world-class business brunch in the City of London.
Our Selection of the Top Business Brunch Venues in the City of London
Best for: Duck-centred dishes
Boasting some of the best views of the sprawling City, Duck and Waffle is one of London’s best-known luxury restaurants, making it ideal for impressing an important client. Brunch at the Duck & Waffle is no less of a classy affair than dinner, with their signature take on the breakfast waffle including confit duck leg, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.
For a celebratory brunch after a successful morning meeting, Duck & Waffle also offers a tempting drinks menu including bloody marys, mimosas and kir royales, whilst freshly-squeezed juices and delicious coffees offer a non-alcoholic option. The pinnacle of City of London brunching at the pinnacle of the Salesforce Tower.
Best for: Rooftop views of the City
If it’s a brunch spot with a spectacular view of London that you require, spectacular views you shall get with London’s highest rooftop brasserie, Darwin Brasserie. Situated on level 36 of Sky Garden, Darwin Brasserie is a sublime brunch destination for hosting important clients, showcasing the best of the City of London through its glass windows, as well as a delicious brunch menu from inside.
Toast to success with a selection of brunch cocktails, including mimosas, bloody marys and Italian prosecco, and enjoy classic brunch dishes such as eggs benedict, seared sea bream and a traditional full English breakfast. With such sublime city views, Darwin Brasserie is one of the City of London’s prime brunch places.
Best for: Modern European cuisine
Located near the City of London in Covent Garden, The Delaunay is the sibling of Mayfair institution The Wolseley, and oozes the same sophistication and exclusivity as well as the world-class service synonymous with this group. As a result, it has become another favourite of London’s business brunch diners, providing a comfortable, old-school ambience through its classic, dark wood interiors, and making for an excellent brunch setting for a first-rate client meeting.
With a brunch menu centring Central European cuisine, The Delaunay offers a selection of Viennoiserie, eggs in a variety of ways including scrambled, benedict and florentine, and hot breakfasts such as kedgeree and grilled kippers. Healthy smoothies, juices, coffees and teas provide a welcoming accompaniment to brunch.
Best for: Traditional British brunches
Another of London’s iconic institutions, the Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant is housed in the stunning Royal Exchange. With al-fresco dining allowing patrons to truly take in the breathtaking 16th century building, which was a historical hub of city commerce, this brunch spot is an impressive option for post-meeting client brunches, or a morning catch up with colleagues. As can be expected, the brunch menu serves up quintessentially British favourites such as a decadent lobster benedict, highland scrambled eggs and a healthy crushed avocado on toast.
The menu is well-suited to a range of dietary requirements including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan, meaning there’s something to suit every taste. In such a magnificent setting, your entire party will leave brunch well-fed and inspired by London’s beauty.
Best for: Australian-inspired brunches
For a more relaxed brunch in London with colleagues and employees, Barbie Green is a vibrant and lively Australian-style café centrally located in the heart of the Barbican in the City of London. With various eateries dotted around the capital, this collection of cafés was founded by Prue Freeman in 2012, and specialises in bright, airy spaces for a relaxed dining experience.
The brunch and breakfast menu is brimming with fresh, wholesome dishes such as a ‘healthy start’ brunch with chilli and maple celeriac toast or smoked salmon royale, as well as sweeter options like their award-winning banana bread sandwich or Peach Melba coconut French toast. For a longer work brunch or celebratory occasion with the team, alcoholic and non-alcoholic bottomless brunches are also available.
Best for: Fresh, seasonal menus
This modern restaurant in London is a local favourite, with a number of locations across the city. After opening their first site in Exmouth Market, Caravan now have a centrally-located restaurant in the centre of London’s bustling business district, making it a fantastic option for refuelling after a productive morning meeting in the office.
Although not serving a weekday brunch as such, breakfast is available Monday through Friday with the last seating at 11.15, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the morning menu. Choose from an ample selection of dishes, including chorizo and potato hash with poached eggs, smashed avocado on toast and a different take on breakfast with wholesome grain bowls. With its laid back atmosphere and mouth watering menu, Caravan is almost guaranteed to become an office go-to for brunch in the City of London.
Best for: Flavourful Mediterranean dishes
Successfully distilling the vibrancy of diverse Mediterranean gastronomy into his fifth site in London, Ottolenghi is a charming spot for a business brunch. The atmosphere inside is lively and welcoming, and with a light and airy dining venue, starting the day at Ottolenghi in Spitalfields will set you and your brunch guests up for a successful afternoon back in the office, or for continued exploration of London.
The morning menu is served until 11:45 am, and includes brunch favourites such as shakshuka with braised eggs and scrambled tofu with grated tomato and confit garlic. Also served is a range of mouth watering pastries and baked goods from the counter - amongst them being sweet and savoury muffins, croissants and pain au chocolats - ideal for a quick takeaway brunch for an all-day meeting in the office.
Restaurant and bar
Best for: Team brunches
Popular with the City’s professional crowd, this Drake and Morgan owned restaurant and bar has a laidback and social atmosphere ideal for a team brunch local to the office. The Drift offers a simple but hearty breakfast and brunch menu, including malted waffles, baked goods and the full works, with vegetarian options also available. With an accompanying selection of smoothies, wellness lattes and hot chocolates, brunch at The Drift can be as healthy or indulgent as you like.
Located in the iconic Salesforce Tower, The Drift provides the ideal central location for meeting with remote colleagues or clients from across London. The atmosphere within is one of true City sophistication, exuded through high windows which flood the restaurant with light, and bespoke furniture giving the décor its own individual edge.
Host the Best Business Brunch With a Halkin Workspace
Executing a flawless business brunch with clients or colleagues requires the perfect setting. Businesses in the City of London enjoy unrivalled access to a plethora of spectacular dining destinations which combine stunning décor, unparalleled gastronomy and the perfect atmosphere for a business brunch.
With a Halkin workspace, your business can enjoy a prestigious City of London address to impress clients and attract potential employees. Our curated portfolio of smart buildings include the iconic Mermaid building in Blackfriars and a premium riverside building in Monument, and ensure cutting-edge technology and modern design to help take your business to the next level.
To enquire about a Halkin workspace in the City of London, get in touch with our office consultants today.