Long and lazy brunches for families is one of our favourite weekend activities in London and the capital has a plethora of great restaurants and cafes for those with kids in tow. Early mornings may be part and parcel of parenthood, but when an 8am trip to the park is followed by great coffee and poached eggs, we can’t really complain! Whether it’s the fab play area or the fluffiest pancakes, each of the venues on our list has a USP for young families, and of course they all boast those important details like baby changing facilities and a breastfeeding friendly policy.
Let’s look at the best brunches in London for families.
1. Serpentine Bar & Kitchen
Enjoy serene views of Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake at this spacious, laid back cafe in London. Spots swans, pedalos and people as you tuck into baked eggs, granola with berry compote or a breakfast bap. Breakfast is served from 8am-11:30 everyday, and there’s a good value children’s menu for later in the day too. The outdoor seating is perfect for summer, although the cafe’s huge floor to ceiling windows mean you can admire the views all year round.
2. Granger & Co. Clerkenwell
Situated opposite Clerkenwell Green, Granger & Co. is a stylish Australian eatery serving modern fare with an innovative twist. The light, minimalist interiors are spacious enough for prams and scooters, and the green opposite is perfect for playing between courses. The breakfast menu, served until 12pm, features the most amazing ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, as well as healthier options like avocado toast, and sweetcorn fritters. The kids are sure to enjoy simple dishes like soft boiled eggs.
There are also branches of Granger & Co. in Kings Cross, Notting Hill and Chelsea, so whichever corner of London you’re in, those hotcakes are not too far away…
3. Bread Street Kitchen Restaurant
Situated on the aptly named Bread Street near St. Paul’s Cathedral, this Gordon Ramsey Restaurant has a laid back atmosphere and a fab children’s menu inspired by Tilly Ramsey’s cookbook (one of Gordon’s daughters). Kids under 12 eat free too, which is a welcome money-saver in a central London restaurant. The venue’s ‘Family Sundays’ feature live entertainment from music to magicians and face painting, whilst you tuck into classic brunch favourites or a traditional Sunday roast with free flowing fizz .
4. Bertie and Boo
Bertie and Boo is one of those rare places in London where parents can truly relax whilst their children enjoy the soft play area. Opened in 2015 in trendy Clapham, the team behind this project has really thought about how to please both parents and children, with supervised a playroom where the kid are let loose, whilst you peruse the varied food menu. Enjoy a truffle mushroom toastie with a raspberry detox smoothie, whilst the kids tuck into a Baby Bertie’s breakfast or American style pancakes. The venue also hosts twice daily story times from Monday to Thursday. Enough reasons to feature Bertie and Boo among our top brunches in London for families.
5. Bear + Wolf
Founded by a restaurateur father who couldn’t find anywhere to eat with his toddler, Bear + Wolf is a popular neighbourhood cafe within walking distance to Hampstead Heath. Enjoy a morning walk up Parliament Hill (where there’s also a great playground) then head here for East London roasted coffee, buttermilk waffles, a bacon roll or a mouth watering selection of freshly baked pastries. Children can be let loose in the spacious playroom at the back, whilst you enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
Address: 153 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HR
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