If you’re in the mood for morning food, and you’re in London’s south west, The Resident has picked out its most favourite breakfast and brunch spots for you to try…
Photo: Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea
1 Bhanga Brunch, Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea
This brunch is a fun, Saturday session blending the boogie-worthy Bhangra beats of North West India and North East Pakistan with a nine-dish sharing feast packed full of punchy flavours. The quirky East-meets-West style party features Indian-inspired brunch dishes alongside bottomless bubbles and the sounds of upbeat Bhangra music from resident DJs.
Address: 4 Arches Lane, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB
2 Jazz Brunch, Cinnamon Club Westiminster
Housed in the beautiful Grade-II listed Old Westminster Library, the Cinnamon Club has a new, jazzy Saturday brunch on offer. with live jazz playing in the background, dine on a three-course brunch that makes the most of traditional Indian flavours with dishes such as jackfruit and lotus root kebab with poppy seed and tomato chutney and smoked haddock kedgeree with a poached egg. There’s also a range of signature cocktails to go with your meal, such as the Club Bellini with Belvedere ginger, apricot puree, spiced rose and prosecco spumante. Saturdays, 12pm-3.30pm. £45e pp.
Address: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
3 Volonté, South Kensington
Wellbeing Cafe Volonté is part of a fitness studio, that plates up dishes designed to nourish. Ingredients are sustainable, seasonal and ethically sourced, and are available to eat whether you’ve just finished a work out or just catching up with a friend. Wholesome dished include the snickers protein smoothie, a chipotle bowl, poached eggs and breakfast fritters.
Address: 299-301 Brompton Road SW3 2DY
Cinnamon Club, Westminster. Photo: Cinnamon Club
The Fat Badger, Richmond. Photo: The Fat Badger
4 The Fat Badger, Richmond
New entry to Richmond’s dining scene, The Fat Badger combines a rural farm to fork philosophy with urban chic. The menu champions British produce and promises the spoils of the English countryside and coast with classic brunch dishes and morning plates with a twist, such as the mushroom marmite éclair, AAA Maldon oysters shucked at the counter, honey-glazed gammon benedict, mushroom ragu and the hearty Badger English breakfast.
Address: 15-17 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UQ
5 Minnow, Clapham
With a terrace overlooking Clapham Common, Minnow is a great spot to while away a morning at, over a couple of breakfast cocktails and a hefty cooked breakfast. The all day eating haunt serves up all your eggy, breakfast classics, such as eggs Florentine, Benedict and Royal, as well as lighter morning grain bowls too. There’s plenty of room inside to dine, however if you’re wanting to nab a seat on the terrace – which comes with heaters and parasol – you’ll have to rock up early or hedge or bets, as for weekend brunching, this prized position is on a first come first served basis.
Address: 21 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0HY
6 The Farmer’s Mistress, Battersea
A stylish yet laidback all-day dining destination, The Farmer’s Mistress has a weekday and a weekend brunch menu feast on, and which includes brunchy cocktails on both. Go for a vegan, vegetarian or meaty full breakfast or something lighter and on the sweet side such as peanut butter and jelly waffles. You’ve also got brunch classics such as steak and eggs or chicken waffles too. Coffee is supplied by The Gentlemen Barista Milk and small, independent suppliers are used where possible. Whatever you chose, know that it will be a little bit wholesome and a little bit indulgent, just like one could imagine a farmer’s mistress could be.
Address: 300 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BU
Minnow, Clapham. Photo: Jade Nina Sarkhel
Pan-seared duck at Wood & Water, Brixton. Photo: Jonathan Sharp
7 Wood & Water, Brixton
This modern Jamaican restaurant in the heart of Brixton has a weekend brunch which you can make bottomless if you choose. The brunch menu offers a great range of morning treats, some of which are island riffs on familiar dishes. Go for the banana pancakes which come with crispy bacon, caramelised bananas and run sauce, or slow cooked goat croquettes with plantain ketchup. You can also try a Jamaican breakfast of ackee and saltfish with bammy flatbread and plantain. Make it bottomless with unlimited rum punch, prosecco or mimosas, and there’s a non-alcoholic options too.
Address: 412 Coldharbour Lane SW9 8LF
8 Milk, Balham
A popular little neighbourhood cafe here that is heavy on the laidback vibes and sweet treats, and comes with freshly baked pastries on the counter. Brunch dishes are modern and varied. You’ve got plates laden with eggs with dehydrated miso and cumin; sweetcorn fritters with halloumi avocado and kasundi mustard; as well as a dish called the convict that one for the morning after, with old spot pork patty muffin, streaky bacon, scrambled egg and hangover sauce. No bookings here, just rock up.
Address: 18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9RG