Visit London Blog » brunch Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:31:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mother’s Day in London: Top 5 Afternoon Teas and Restaurant Treats For Mums Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:20 +0000 You know the story: you’ve arranged the Mother’s Day flowers and baked the Mother’s Day cake, but still want to treat your mum to something special on Mother’s Day itself.

Here are the best Mother’s day ideas for mums who’ll be in London on Sunday 30 March 2014, including Mother’s Day afternoon tea and Mother’s Day brunch.

Fortnum and Mason
As well as a mother-daughter pampering session in the beauty rooms, Fortnum and Mason is hosting a classic Mother’s Day afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon (from £45 per person) on 30 March. This afternoon tea is set in the quintessentially British environment of the famous department store and includes sandwiches, scones, and an array of sweet treats. Plus, for all those extra special mums on Mothering Sunday, there’s a free gift to take home.

The Royal Academy of Arts
Here’s a great gift for mothers who have (a) a fondness for art, and (b) a fondness for London and will therefore return to the city throughout the year. Purchase an annual Friends of RA membership as a Mother’s Day gift (£90) – giving mum unlimited access to world class exhibits and a host of other goodies at The Royal Academy of Arts – and you’ll receive a free cream tea for two at the exclusive members-only Keepers House.

Kensington Palace

On Sunday 30 March, mothers can take a regal trip through history with the Georgian Tea Party at Kensington Palace. After taking a royal stroll through the splendid gardens, mums will be invited to partake in ladylike pursuits in the palace. A special afternoon tea will also be served in the 18th century Orangery restaurant. The Georgian Tea Party is included as part of the normal entrance ticket price but tea at The Orangery is not.

Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
The Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour hotel is a secluded hidden gem. The view out across the boats and the Thames creates a tranquil backdrop for spoiling mums. If you want to go grand with your Mother’s Day gift, treat her to an overnight stay, Champagne afternoon tea, chocolate truffles on arrival and full English breakfast (Mother’s Dearest Package from £330 per room per night). Alternatively, simply enjoy a leisurely brunch with unlimited Champagne for £55 per person on Sunday 30 March. If four or more adults dine, mums go for free.

Planet Hollywood and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London
For families visiting London with younger children, there’s an opportunity to combine two of the West End’s most exciting experiences on Mother’s Day. For £36 per adult and £34 per child, you can enjoy the bizarre world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (pictured right), home to exhibits like the mirror maze and a full size knitted Ferrari. The fun doesn’t stop there because included in the price is a two-course lunch or dinner with drink at movie memorabilia restaurant, Planet Hollywood.

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Win! Day 6: Gospel Brunch at Altitude London Tue, 06 Dec 2011 10:00:44 +0000

Win brunch for two with a difference this Christmas.

Tuck into tasty soul food at Altitude London, served with a side of uplifting Gospel music and fantastic views over London.

The London Community Gospel Choir will brighten up your Sunday morning, while you enjoy hearty food including cornbread, seasonal berry muffins, French toast, fried chicken and napa slaw.

The brunch ends with desserts of banana tatin and chocolate truffle cake, plus a trip to Altitude’s private viewing gallery for a breathtaking 360 degree view of London.

Enter now to win a Gospel Brunch for two at Altitude London

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Launch of The Folly Fri, 05 Nov 2010 15:00:28 +0000 The Basement Bar The Dining Room The Deli

Following in the footsteps of  The Anthologist, The Folly bar launched in East London last night.  The huge two-floor venue was packed with City workers, who will no doubt be back for more.

The Folly is open seven days a week with a huge range of food available; brunch, sandwiches, sharing plates, and hearty dinners are all on the menu. Taking advantage of its proximity to Borough Market, the ingredients are locally sourced – enjoy a Neal’s Yard cheeseboard or fish of the day.

The new bar offers beers, wines, cocktails (including “skinny” options), sharing punches and “wine flights” should you fancy tasting a few of The Folly’s fine wines.

There’s also a pop-up shop with changing stock – although we didn’t manage to fight our way through the mass of opening-night revellers to take a closer look.

I liked the garden-inspired décor and flattering low lighting. And full marks to the waiters who expertly negotiated the nooks and crannies of The Folly to keep everyone topped up with canapés – wherever we stood or sat, they found us!

Given The Folly’s location, just 10 minutes walk from VL Towers, I’m sure I’ll be returning. I’m very keen to try the Black Forest knickerbocker glory – something you don’t often see on a menu!

The Folly, 41 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0BT

NB: The Folly is closed this weekend (6-7 Nov) but open for business as usual on Monday 8 November.

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Champagne Sunday Brunch at the Landmark London Tue, 02 Nov 2010 12:00:23 +0000 Fruit tartlets Halloween carrot cake Selection of desserts

On Sunday, I went to the beautiful Landmark London hotel to sample its champagne brunch.

Brunch, to me, usually means pancakes or bagels but the Landmark have turned it into a three-course meal.

Served beneath the beneath the hotel’s beautiful glass atrium, you help yourself to whatever you fancy – and there’s a lot on offer.

I enjoyed food from the starter (or Full English breakfast) section, as much of a roast dinner as I could manage and a selection of desserts from the mouthwatering display: The desserts on offer included a chocolate fountain, Halloween cupcakes, fresh fruit and mini éclairs. Yes, I was very full afterwards!

Also available were blueberry pancakes, seafood, cold cuts of meat and cottage pie.

Alongside your food, you can enjoy unlimited champagne. There was also a cellist and pianist playing laid back music to accompany the meal.

At £75, the brunch isn’t cheap but you do get a lot of food for your money and it’s a lovely way to treat yourself (or someone else) on a Sunday. Plus, you probably won’t need to eat again for the rest of the day!

Champagne Sunday brunch at the Landmark London. £75 per person including unlimited food and champagne. Every Sunday 12.30-3pm. Reservation essential

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Altitude 360: Graze While You Gaze Mon, 22 Mar 2010 16:48:24 +0000 The buffet Enjoying dinner The restaurant

If you like a room with a view and taking several hours over your lunch, then Altitude 360 is definitely worth a visit. The Westminster-based events venue is now open to the public on Sundays, serving up brunch with a 360-degree panoramic view across London.

High up on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower, we played the most amazing game of eye spy while we dined; The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral and Wembley Stadium were among the sights on view. Even though the weather was overcast, the views were still fabulous.

I was impressed with the food which was a posh buffet with delicious salads, oysters , fish, a carvery and an incredible selection of sweet treats for dessert. I felt like I was in Las Vegas!

The ambient music and minimal design made me feel unusually relaxed. There were even newspapers and magazines in the lounge area to read while enjoying a complimentary Bellini. I don’t know who would want to read the papers with such dizzying, distracting views though!

Altitude 360 is open for brunch on Sundays between 12:30 and 4pm. £65 per person.

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