Weekend brunch, well any day is good for me but the majority of London it seems descend on their favourite brunch spots over the weekends. Often spilling out onto outside dining terraces when the weather lets up.
Whether going for the fashionable crushed avocado, the bottomless with free flowing champagne or simply the need for a good Bloody Mary, London has some of the best brunches around.
I have many favourite spots in London with I’m sure many new discoveries to come. One I enjoy for breakfast/brunch is The Balcon, located within Sofitel London St James. I clearly remember discovering this french infused restaurant a few years back when I was passing by and just happened to peer through the large windows spotting some great interior decor.
Most recently I returned for an ultimate brunch feast that I also wanted to capture on camera. Always with a warm welcome I was shown to my table located right next to the window which I love a) for shooting with the natural daylight and b) watching the goings on outside whilst sipping a glass of Montaudon champagne which I have to say is one of the best champagnes I have tasted.
I always go for the norm of eggs of some variety so this time I decided I’d try out the Balcon rare breed beef burger, duck confit and truffle mayonnaise. It didn’t disappoint as it arrived with a perfect portion of rosemary fries.
Also on the table poached lobster eggs benedict. Brunch wouldn’t be brunch without some show up of eggs?
With a very for filling main, a pause and a refresh of champagne it was time to choose a sweet or two! Every single one of the three sweet options on the menu sounding like a good one and as a lover of anything Pistachio it came down to the Pistachio waffle, strawberry salad and Sauternes cream calling my name.
Also not one to miss out on brunch pancakes the banana, coconut and blueberry pancakes with cinnamon mascarpone are ones not to turn away.
Located in one corner of the restaurant is the Balcon’s own dedicated Bloody Mary station. Maybe the corner where you’ll meet up with fellow brunch goers slightly worse for wear from the night before attempting to create their own bespoke Bloody Mary.
With a choice of Chase Vodka’s I went for the limited edition English Oak Smoked Vodka, so limited that only 2000 bottles are produced at Chase’s Hertfordshire base. The aroma was quite something. Garnishing the drink with all the usual ingredients like tabasco, tomato juice, celery and even a bacon rasher.
I can easily slip into hours and hours of brunch almost stretching it into supper! Anyway what’s the rush when it’s the weekend. Sunday’s the day of rest after all, rest, eat, repeat until the next brunch adventure!
Photography By: Unlimited By JK