If there’s one thing London does right its day drinking. As such, celebrating the end of Dry January with a boozy brunch is essentially a nod of respect to a city with more than 3,600 pubs. Whether you made it all the way to the end or slipped off somewhere around day three, its time to rally the gang for a bucket load of bloody marys and some good old avo toast.

Drink, Shop, Do

This Wes Anderson-style bar in Kings Cross, complete with giant origami swans and retro furniture, is all kinds of kitsch. Hosting a crazy roster of craft events and dance classes throughout the week – bop along to Britney’s Baby One More Time dance class or bring sexy back with their Justin Timberlake biscuit-decorating bonanza – at the weekend things are decidedly more laid-back. Come for brunch and stock up on endless bagels, board games and bellinis.

  • 020 7278 4335
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  • 9 Caledonian Road
    Kings Cross
    London
    N1 9DX

WOLF

This Stoke Newington Italian offers classic brunch options alongside hearty seasonal dishes such as braised British veal shin with violet polenta. Vintage interiors create a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff reinforce Wolf’s family-focus. Opt for the home-infused arancio e basilico spritz (blood orange puree, Wolf’s basil gin, soda and prosecco) and you’ll be toasting to la dolce vita until closing.

  • 020 7254 4141
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  • 110 Stoke Newington High Street
    London
    N16 7NY

Dokke

Taking its name from the Norwegian “dokke” meaning “to dock,” Neil Wager’s first restaurant successfully anchors him in London’s brunch scene. Based at St Katherine’s Dock, bag a seat on the waterside terrace before assessing the innovative menu. While flavours span southeast Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe, produce is locally sourced from Borough, Billingsgate and Smithfield markets. Try the charcoal coconut waffle with buttermilk chicken and kimchi egg or the renowned “cloud egg.”

Rascals

This cheeky joint serves up unlimited espresso martinis, bucks fizz and a three-course meal to boot. The trouser-busting menu features burrata, truffle linguine and meatballs, homemade chocolate brownie and ice cream. Hosted every Saturday from 12-2pm and 3-5pm, Rascal’s bottomless brunch is a pretty raucous affair. MC’d by the Ginger Flappage, expect an afternoon of comedy and gloriously childish games including the “Wheel of Certain Misfortune”. Misbehavers will be publicly shamed in the stocks.

Ask For Janice

With grubby school desks, a well-worn couch and Damien Hirst artwork dotting the walls, Ask for Janice’s laid-back atmosphere is distinctively East London. Choose three dishes from their brunch menu accompanied by bottomless bloody marys and bucks fizz and nab a spot by the bar (though the sofa provides welcome refuge for those in need of post-Saturday night support). If you’re feeling worse for wear, the hangover-curing combo has to be the bloody mary baked beans and Norfolk yellow-pea dahl with smoked salmon hash.

Bobby Fitzpatrick

Bust out your bell-bottoms and get down to Bobby Fitzpatrick’s ASAP. This novelty, 1970s  themed bar, where the emphasis is on fun rather than the food, serves up retro cocktails while Blondie blares in the background. Order the full English breakfast (presented on a pizza!) and scan the bottomless booze menu for wine spritzers, banana slush daiquiris and party punch. Give it an hour and you’ll be on the tables screeching “girls just want to have fun” with the rest of Bobby’s loyal bunch.

Sea Containers

For sophisticated slurping head to the ground floor of the Mondrian hotel. Enjoy bank-side views while indulging in breakfast classics with a trans-Atlantic twist – the corned beef hash with wild garlic and chorizo or the calorific Brooklyn Sandwich made of golden waffles, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream are both winners. But the real star is the Grey Goose bloody mary station where you can juice your own tomatoes, pick your garnish and sprinkle some spice to tailor-make your tipple.

Aster

This Nordic-French fusion restaurant and deli hosts a bottomless brunch where the prosecco flows with eye-watering speed. Refilling glasses aside, the menu strikes a balance between breakfast items and more substantial dishes. Swap your usual avocado toast for their Dorset white-crab sourdough, while the Baltic fish pie is a welcome alternative to eggs benedict. With its rose gold and copper finishes, white-marble tops, floor-to-ceiling windows and live DJ, this one’s hard to resist – much like their cinnamon buns.

 

 

  • 020 3875 5555
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  • 150 Victoria Street
    Westminster
    London
    SW1E 5LB

Ballie Ballerson

If your brunch vibes are more party than poached egg then prepare to get balls deep in the ultimate adult playground – Ballie Ballerson ball pit. From the drinks menu, taste a new kind of rainbow with the ‘skittles sour’ (gin and southern comfort) followed by the ‘bubblegum refresher’ (mixed with party-starting tequila) and end with the ‘pink shrimp daiquiri.’ Nostalgic sweets are also given a big-kid boozy revival ensuring nothing and nothing is taken too seriously. With unlimited fizz, unlimited pizza and three different ball pits, this one is not for the fainthearted.

Drink,Shop,Do

Dokke

Aster

Rascals

Ballie Ballerson

Sea Containers

WOLF

Ask For Janice

Bobby Fitzpatrick

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