Top things to do in London: brunching in Westminster
By Jennifer Kelly Geddes, Jan 2020
No list of fun things to do in London is complete without a few fantastic meals, and a brunch crawl through the hot spots of Westminster should be among them. This central London neighborhood sits on the bank of the River Thames and is home to many of the iconic landmarks you're probably already planning to visit, including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
Enjoy brunch before stopping by Buckingham Palace and other famous Westminster's landmarks.
Sleep in a bit, then make these brunch ideas part of your list of things to do in London.
Brunch is definitely a draw at this British brasserie chainlet. Start off with a creative smoothie (try the mango, pineapple and passion fruit) and move on to egg specialties like lobster Benedict and eggs Florentine, or one of the four kinds of avocado toast. If you're looking for the full English spread with baked beans, black pudding, mushrooms and grilled tomato, this spot has you covered. There's also a vegan version of this traditional meal with beet hash and tofu.
The Aussies know how to relax and have a good time, so a stop at this branch from Down Under is a must. The bottomless brunch option is a great way to get the day started; it includes both a sweet and a savory dish and comes with endless glasses of prosecco or mimosas. Menu highlights include a banana bread sandwich with mascarpone and berries, corn and spring green fritters, and shakshuka (eggs baked with tomatoes and peppers).
On the hunt for inventive cuisine? A European grand cafe vibe is on tap at this worldly spot, which offers a fixed-price brunch special of two or three courses on top of a la carte dishes. Meat-eaters will have a hard time choosing between the lamb curry and the chicken schnitzel, while vegetarians and vegans will be pleased to see chickpea and quinoa dishes and a cauliflower steak on the menu. Save room for ice cream coupes in inventive flavors like coffee poached pear and citrus pistachio.
The Brits have long loved Indian food, so a brunch list isn't complete without an option from this country. The Cinnamon Club serves a traditional English breakfast, but the Indian dishes are the ones to try. Sample the Bombay scrambled eggs with layered paratha (flatbread), uttapam (a rice pancake with toppings and chutney) or aloo paratha filled with spiced potatoes. Consider a cup with your meal: Jing Tea has curated the tea menu which features assam tea, silver needle white tea and jasmine pearls.
Not every brunch spot needs to be a rollicking party. If you're looking for a sweet, independently owned small cafe, this one's for you. Its all-day weekend brunch is a hit with locals and tourists alike, who queue up for espresso and tahini sufganiyot (doughnuts), lime and dill salmon gravlax and a gluten-free breakfast bowl with falafel, quinoa salsa and mushrooms. The baristas take great pride in their coffee creations, and you'll love the choice of oat, soy or cow milk in your latte.
Make brunch plans as soon as you can if you're heading to the Westminster section of London. With a great meal on the schedule, you'll look forward to a big day of touring the sites and soaking up the English atmosphere.
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