Brunch has become a fashionable mealtime of late; 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. To help you out, here are the best places to brunch near London Bridge and Tower Bridge, all within walking distance.
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’ll 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 making a decision is never easy. From the classic Egg Benedict to their all 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 but 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
It’s well known that you cannot leave an Italian’s house with an empty stomach and the same can be said for the very local, Lazio. The hearty portions and the location, undoubtedly makes this brunch spot the most convenient and cheap of them all. As one of the best breakfast places near London Bridge, it’s just a 15-minute walk. It’s also only 8 minutes from Tower Bridge. In addition, the friendliness and smiling faces of the Italian owners make you feel more than welcome. You’re free to make your own brunch combination or you can opt for the classic English Special to experience the full-works of a quintessentially British fry-up.
Reservations are not necessary so just stroll in and keep in mind that there is additional seating downstairs. But do remember that they only accept cash here; however, there are ATM machines very close by (i.e. outside Tesco’s just down Portsoken St.).
Address: 42-47 Minories, London, EC3N 1DY
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 a wonder, relaxation and botanical beauty.
They serve brunch until 11am on weekdays and until 2pm on the weekends. The menu choice is fantastic and they even offer sharing platters for 10 people at very reasonable prices. The ‘Californian Kickstart’ is a personal favourite and the ‘Fully loaded’ is a very reasonable £7.95 – perfect for keeping to those student budgets! And why not accompany your meal with one of their many tea choices? This is definitely a convenient venue to have a delicious brunch without breaking the bank.
Reservations are not necessary and you can expect to spend around £10pp.
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 jalapeno cornbread. 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 £10.
Address: 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS
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 for around £62 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
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 £49.95 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.
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.