Brunch has quickly become the best meal; it’s perfect for everything from a sociable catch-up with friends, to a date with your special someone, to a hangover cure after a night out – Fresher’s Week ring a bell? If you find yourself in the Big Smoke, there are a plethora of options when it comes to breakfast and brunch. No matter whether you’re a sweet or savoury person, like your breakfast foods traditionally British or with a flavourful twist, there’s something for everyone. To help you out, here are some of the best places to brunch near London Bridge and Tower Bridge, all within walking distance of urbanest.
The Breakfast Club
First and foremost, on our list of where to brunch near London Bridge is the ever trusting ‘The Breakfast Club’. This is just a 4-minute walk from the bridge itself! Quirky and friendly staff, not to mention, the iconic pineapple lanterns and some retro-décor will greet you as you enter the restaurant. Once seated, you’ll be introduced to an abundance of delicious choices from their menu. It’s an understatement to say one is ‘spoilt for choice’, and deciding is never easy. From the classic Egg Benedict to their American pancakes, there’s something for everyone and you can be assured to leave in a food-coma state! If you’re in need of something more…substantial, their Breakfast burrito and Pulled Pork sandwich served with skin-on chips are fantastic choices and a great way to satisfy that morning hunger!
No reservations can be made so you can expect queues at this popular restaurant. Brunch at The Breakfast Club won’t set you back too much, with main dishes averaging at £10pp. With prices like that, this may be the best lunch near London bridge too. And dinner and supper.
Address: 11 Southwark Street, SE1 1RQ
Located in Monument, the Folly ticks both boxes for brunch near London Bridge and brunch near Tower Bridge. It’s just 3 minutes from London Bridge and a 14-minute walk from Tower Bridge. This is a great go-to place for a reasonably priced and tasty brunch. As part of the D&M collection, including The Refinery and The Fable, you are guaranteed to immerse yourself into a world of wonder, relaxation, and botanical beauty.
They serve brunch until 11am on weekdays and until 2pm on the weekends. The menu choice is fantastic. Whether you fancy buttermilk pancakes, a full English (meat and veggie options!), or jalapeno cornbread, there’s something every mood and preference – you’ll just have to come back again and again.
Reservations are not necessary, and you can expect to spend around £15pp.
Address: 41 Gracechurch St, EC3V 0BT
As one of the best breakfasts by London Bridge, Caravan is just a 10-minute walk from the bridge itself. This place was originally housed in an old metal box factory and has since restored the features to create quirky industrial dining rooms that give a hint to their origin. The menu at Caravan is described as ‘well-travelled’ and you can find something here to meet any specific tastes. This includes the likes of lemon curd cream cheese, green baked eggs, or pork belly with kimchi pancakes. However, you can also expect the traditional fry up to satisfy your hunger.
Reservations are only necessary if your brunch party consists of 6 or more people. Otherwise, it’s a first come first serve basis. Prices average at around £12-£15 a plate.
Address: 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS
Best High-End Brunch
If you’ve got cash to splash and fancy a little luxury, Oblix is the place to go. As possibly the best brunch in London, this place offers a 3-course brunch with a side of champagne and spectacular views of London. All this from £79 a head. However, you can expect the likes of truffle mayonnaise or even Oscietra caviar. Oblix is located in the Shard, which is roughly 6 minutes’ walk from London Bridge and 14 minutes from Tower Bridge.
Reservations are advised, especially if you’re a big party.
Address: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Best Bottomless Brunch
The final place for the best brunch near London Bridge is Gaucho. Here you can indulge in a bottomless brunch and help yourself to as much steak, eggs and avocado toast as you fancy, all within 2 hours from the time of seating. This Electro brunch is priced at £65 per person, so make sure you get your money’s worth. As a firm favourite for breakfast near Tower Bridge, it’s only 6 minutes’ walk from there and a 9-minute walk from London Bridge.
You have to pay a £10 deposit to book. If you need to cancel, this should be done 24 hours beforehand, so you are eligible for a refund.
A gorgeous Mexican restaurant near Tower Bridge, Santo Remedio is the place to be if you prefer your food with a bit more kick. Every weekend they have bottomless brunch, which is a supplement of £33 for two hours of flowing cava, sangria, margaritas, or Mexican beer to complement your food. Choose from delicious dishes like hibiscus enchiladas, lamb, fish, or vegetable tacos, and potato flautas to enjoy with friends while you enjoy the gorgeous location near London Bridge.
Address: 152 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU
Best Unique Brunch Experiences
London Bridge Rooftop
The London Bridge Rooftop brunch is definitely one for those who like to party. Their brunch events are £15pp for a Ginger Pig hot dog (vegan options available) and a drink, but the real focus is on the party vibes. Enjoy your drinks with a DJ and stunning views over London Bridge, making this the perfect place to get the weekend started.
Warning, this event is located up 98 flights of stairs and there are no lifts – don’t go too wild or you might find it difficult to get back down!
Address: Colechurch House, London SE1 2SX
Also located in the Shard, Sky Brunch by the Shangri-La is a gorgeous, luxury experience 34 floors above the city and one of the best brunches in London. Enjoy perfect views across London as you indulge in their 3-course, Asian-inspired brunch menu and free-flowing Veuve Cliquot champagne. While you don’t get traditional brunch dishes, you won’t be disappointed with anything you eat here. From dumplings, Maki rolls, Hainanese chicken, Pad Thai, and much more, it’s the perfect place for a special outing.
Address: 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU
This is a guest post by Anisha Panchal from West London, currently a resident at urbanest Tower Bridge. She is in her 2nd year studying Dentistry at King’s College London, Guy’s Campus.
Have you tried any of these places for brunch near London Bridge? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! If you’d like any more information about things to do and places to see near our Tower Bridge accommodation, please see our guides. We look forward to welcoming you to our student accommodation in London.