The Best All You Can Eat And Drink Brunches In London

For the seasoned (no pun intended) gastronome, the word ‘buffet’ is often met with an air of cynicism, thanks to numerous sub-par dining experiences. Below is a list of all-you-can-eat weekend brunches which are not only delicious, but which also come with plenty of liquid refreshment.

All you can eat and drink

Having your cake and eating it. And by cake, we really mean alcohol.

Cookbook Cafe
One of the most (potentially) healthy brunches in the capital is at Cookbook cafe, nestled in the Intercontinental Park Lane, with a market table of seasonal salads. Think fresh artichoke, asparagus and butter bean with tomato. However, there’s also syrupy waffles on demand and a plethora of good ol’ fashioned English comfort food, including perfectly formed eggs Benedict and sunday roast. To offset any initial virtuous intentions, it’s impossible to resist a visit to the dessert stand, a Mecca of sugar with a whopping 12 treats (and a virtually untouched plate of fruit). Hence why we quantified this entry with ‘potentially’.

Cookbook Cafe at InterContinental London Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7QY. Weekend brunch is £55, 12.30-3.30pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Flesh & Buns
We’re firm believers that the second best thing to actually being in Japan is stuffing your face at a cracking Japanese ‘izakaya’ (their version of a pub, but tapas style). It’s a boozy affair, with a cocktail on arrival and a selection of delicious hot and cold plates, including sashimi, tempura and soft shell crab, all rounded off with a main course of hirata buns with your choice of filling. The staff are pretty attentive when it comes to topping you up with the unlimited fizz too.

Flesh & Buns, 41 Earlham St, London, WC2H 9LX. 020 7632 9500. Unlimited Sunday Brunch is available noon to 5pm. Two menus at £29 or £36 per person, both include Unlimited Prosecco, red or white wine. 2 hour time limit on all bookings.

Aqua Kyoto
If you’re all about rooftops and champagne (regardless of the weather), check out the Infinity Sundays at this Oxford Circus venue. Free flowing Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, an endless supply of Japanese appetisers (sushi, yakitori, noodles) accompanied with amazing views across the London skyline, make this a comparatively reasonable treat, given that it circumnavigates the usually quite spendy a la carte option. After (just about) filling up on the bubbles and snacks, there’s a charcoal-grilled main and, of course, desserts.

Aqua Kyoto, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance on 30 Argyll Street), London, W1B 3BR. 0207 478 0540. Infinity Sundays is £55, 12-7pm, 2 hour time limit on champagne.

Roka at Canary Wharf
City-worker favourite Roka — much like the pervious Japanese restaurant entries — follows the established ‘all you can eat Asian’ small plates, followed by a stomach-plugging main dish format. Lively, buzzing and extremely popular with families, it’s more suited the social gatherings and occasions, as opposed to an intimate rendezvous. Brunch comprises a welcome bellini, wines throughout, sushi platters, sharing desserts and a self-serve counter, proper buffet style, before consuming a chosen main, such as buttery black cod, rib eye or lobster, if you’re feeling flush.

Roka at Canary Wharf, The Park Pavilion, Canada Square, London, E14 5FW. 020 7636 5228. Brunch menus vary, priced at £42, £54 or £66, depending on mains and drink selection. Available Saturday and Sundays from 11.30am-4pm

All you can eat (with some drink)

For when you want to eat, but not necessarily drink (hey, it happens. Sometimes)

Ping Pong
Stylised Chinese dim sum tea house, serving up traditional Asian morsels with a Western twist, hosts its ‘Lazy Sumdays’ every weekend in branches all over the capital. With an array of buns, rolls, dumplings, puffs, soups and sticky rice to choose from, be prepared for a vastly varied and very filling meal (with a hint of indecision). We’d recommend the char sui bun, har gau and shu mai if you’re looking for the traditional Hong Kong staples. In keeping with the hospitable trend of welcome drinks, you get a complimentary cocktail if you arrive between noon and 1pm.

Ping Pong, various locations in London. Lazy Sumdays is available on Sundays and bank holidays, priced at £21.95.

All you can drink

Forget the food, give us booze — fabulous fizz is the star of the show here

Elegant and effortlessly chic eatery, based on the sleek American steakhouses dotted all over New York, Avenue conducts a laid back and leisurely affair over the weekends with free-flowing fizz. Proper USA style, pulling no punches, expect authentic stateside favourites such as mac ’n’ cheese and buttermilk pancakes. Then there’s the ‘Build your own sundae’, complete with your choice of two scoops, sauce and toppings. Naughty. Centrally located — it’s perfect for couples, boozy get togethers and ladies who, well, lunch. Obviously.

Avenue, 7-9 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1EE. 020 7321 2111. Saturday brunch menu, £20/£25, unlimited Prosecco or Bloody Mary additional £10. Build your own sundae, £5.50.

Penkul & Banks
Shoreditch stalwarts might recognise this as the former site of Beard to Tail, which has had a complete overhaul. As the ‘dude food’ culture of pulled pork sliders and burgers becomes increasingly played out and predictable (there, we said it) Penkul & Banks is a refreshing addition to the foodie landscape. Think tapas, with a European and Asian edge, featuring dishes of raw tuna, baby fried squid and tomato toast (which, trust us, is just as good as you’d get in Italy/Spain). Cocktails are top notch, too, as you’d expect from the driving force behind the multiple award winning Callooh Callay.

Penkul & Banks, 77 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3BS. Weekend brunch offer is two brunch plates, plus unlimited Prosecco or Bloody Mary for £20 per person.

Locations chosen editorially and independently, images acquired from venues.

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