With attractions and museums galore, south east London has much to offer locals and guests looking for a brunch-time treat. Here are a few of the best brunch spots in the area
Words Charlotte Johnstone
The Great Exhibition, Dulwich
Named after the Victorian grandeur of the Great Exhibition in 1851. This quirky pub has a busy events calendar and a superb menu that makes it one of the most exciting destinations in Dulwich. Especially with its boozy bottomless brunch on Saturdays.
Terroirs, East Dulwich
A shop-cum-bar-cum-cafe. Terroirs is a favourite for foodies and wine lovers with a ‘paddock to plate’ ethos. It has a wine list to please even the most stubborn of connoisseurs. Breakfasts include croissants, eggs and – you guessed it – toast. We love the sound of the Portobello Mushroom and Bacon on toast.
Brick House’s sourdough bakery and cafe is set in a cool, airy space that was once an old electrical warehouse. It’s run by husband and wife Fergus and Sharmin Jackson who love baking so much they called their dog Waffles. They use San Francisco-style slow fermentation to create their sourdough. Their bread has won a bunch of awards including best baguette at the World Bread Awards.
Those who like seafood will love the fact West Mersea rock oysters are on the menu for brunch at Franklins. This trendy little spot offers brunchers a buzzy atmosphere and great food. No need to panic if you don’t like oysters; they also serve eggy bread with maple syrup and a banging bacon sandwich.
The Brasserie, Greenwich
The Brasserie at the National Maritime Museum opened in 2011, 127 years after the Greenwich Meridian first opened. Diners can enjoy brunch with fantastic views over Greenwich Park from the restaurant and terrace. Drop in as you sightsee, or treat it as a destination in itself.
The Princess of Wales, Blackheath
Not only does the Princess of Wales serve up a good brunch, it has links to the oldest club in the world. Players from the Blackheath Rugby Club changed here during the first ever international between England and Wales. Weekend brunch offers classics alongside kedgeree and salmon on avocado with feta.
A stone’s throw from attractions like the Cutty Sark and the Maritime Museum. The Rivington Greenwich sits in the Greenwich Picturehouse and is a great place to take the children. Especially with chef Marius Dima’s kids’ menu. Like its sister restaurant, the Rivington Grill Shoreditch, it’s decorated with works of art from local artists. For brunch, enjoy a varied selection of dishes, from classics to healthy options. And a gin menu spanning 130 brands.
Part of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Davy’s offers diners a British-inspired menu. Using locally-sourced produce its also known for its wine. So while you’re enjoying your classic brunch feast, why not add a fine wine for the ultimate boozy brunch.
Despite a changing menu, Herbert’s serve popular dishes such as pancakes and poached eggs to keep their customers’ mouths watering. Inspired by a recent trip to Australia, the menu is making a move towards more healthy dishes. For starters, they’ll be serving three of their own Joocies which is the Herbert’s take on smoothies.