The Best Places for Brunch in Clapham

21 May 18
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The Best Places for Brunch in Clapham

21 May 18

If you enjoy your eggs late in the morning, you’ll love south London’s portfolio of relaxed street cafes and casual restaurants, offering some of the city’s most laid-back and delicious all-day breakfasts. Clapham does brunch very well, and its bustling independent eateries offer an ideal perch to while away a few hours before launching into your day. Here are five of the best brunch spots in Clapham, whether you’re after a big stack of pancakes, a Full English or a guilt-free bowl of bircher muesli.


Jack’s at the Junction

Refreshingly down-to-earth, Jack’s has been Clapham’s Sunday brunch go-to since it opened in 2010. A few steps from Clapham Junction, this upmarket take on the traditional greasy spoon serves up an All Day Breakfast menu with big nods to American favourites such as bacon with maple syrup-drenched French toast. You can’t beat the Chorizo Benedict, though, which comes with hash browns and half an avocado thrown in for good measure.


For the more discerning bruncher, Minnow’s menu delivers an abstemious selection that slides gracefully from hand-roasted coffee and homemade yoghurt with grains and berries to poached eggs on sourdough with optional streaky bacon on the side. Overlooking Clapham Common, brunch at Minnow is certainly an elegant affair. But where it really comes into its own is with the inclusion of a Sunday roast—with all the trimmings—at weekends.

Brick & Liquor

Edgy exposed brickwork and slick, pared-back interiors make Brick & Liquor a very cool place to while away a few hours, and its dedicated brunch menu is one of Clapham’s best. The Great British Pancake is the headline act—a decadent stack of American-style pancakes piled high with a full English—while vegetarians will fall for the Sweet Potato Fritters with spinach and mushrooms. Add a Three Hail Marys—a Bloody Mary with a sundried, vine and roasted tomatoes smashed into its vodka—and it’s the brunch of dreams.

No 32 The Old Town

For a late al-fresco breakfast, No 32 The Old Town offers an inspired and expansive menu that encompasses all-time favourites such as a Bacon Sandwich (spruced up magnificently with roasted Portobello mushrooms and cheese) as well as more adventurous bites such as the Breakfast Rice Bowl (brown rice and poached egg chopped through with avocado and fresh vegetables) and Butternut Squash on Sourdough. Its location on The Pavement opposite the common make this an excellent spot to watch the busy shoals of Clapham drift by as you enjoy your leisurely brunch.

Balans Soho Society

A skip from the grassy plains of Clapham Common, Balans has bags of ambience—all quirky décor and ingeniously presented dishes—and a very well-stocked bar. But we’re not here for that. This being the newest of its seven successful branches across London, Balans has brunch down to a fine art. The Kedgeree is deliciously smoky, the High Society Eggs Benedict comes with a generous portion of lobster, and there’s a Full English for traditional types. Wash it all down with a Bucks Fizz and you’ve got the breakfast of champions.

Feature images © LauriPatterson/iStock; Minnow; Brick & Liquor; No 32 The Old Town; Balans Soho Society 


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