A late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch.
“he cobbled together a brunch of cold remains from the fridge”
There’s nothing quite like spring time in Sloane Square. The trees are in full blossom, and the parks are full of Londoners walking their dogs, lounging in stripy deckchairs and taking some time out with a coffee and the papers. Trust us, Sloanies – it’s blissful.
And as the days get longer and the weather heats up a few notches, Sloanies are hitting the streets of Chelsea in pursuit of one thing: brunch. A tradition that’s only recently replaced the notion of ‘doing lunch’ in London town, brunch dates with friends are a far smarter option for the busy Sloane. Why cut the afternoon in half when you can fuel up in the late morning for an afternoon of uninterrupted shopping, gallery-strolling and sightseeing?
Plus, being a combination of breakfast and lunch, there’s all the more reason to make a big deal of it, take your time over it and go all out – you gotta love two meals for the price of one, right? Brunch dates are ever more often the choice for first dates in London, too. Less intimidating than dinner, with the option to make an afternoon of it if things go well, or bail with a good excuse if not. Brunch also calls for a more laid-back style of dress, which is what modern Sloanies are all about. For more details, see Cressy Bonas. Let us talk you through some of Chelsea’s top brunch-spots, and what everybody’s ordering for brunch in the Royal Borough.
Eggs Benedict at The Botanist
Botanist classic – Eggs Royale
Situated right on Sloane Square, The Botanist is open from 8am and serves up a mighty, wholesome brunch menu. And as its name suggests, they offer a healthy and largely organic menu that includes trendy bircher museli, sourdough toasts with jam, soft-boiled Cotswold egg with marmite soldier, blueberry buttermilk pancakes and – our absolute favourite – Eggs Royale. Their traditional Full English Breakfast is another big favourite, with mini Cumberland sausages and cumin spiced home fries. An organic and healthful take on the traditional greasy fry up. Grab a seat in the window and watch the world whizz by.
Bloody Marys at Beaufort House
Interior at Beaufort House
Another hot-spot for weekend brunch dates is Beaufort House on the King’s Road – a popular hangout of the Made in Chelsea crowd. Get a restorative Bloody Mary or Bellini and languish in the Breakfast at Tiffany’s style décor as you linger over their extensive brunch menu. And brunch really means brunch here – from breakfast favorites like granola and Greek yogurt to bagels with avocado and lunchtime specials like pea and lobster risotto.
Coffee and Pastries and Patisserie Valerie
This delectable chain of Parisian bakeries has an outpost on the King’s Road where a treasure trove of dainty pastries fills the windows, freshly baked each morning. Add to this the aroma of ground coffee and the promise of a cosy window seat and a good uninterrupted hour of girly gossip, and you can see why Patisserie Valerie is a popular place for brunch in SW3.