“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
Warren Buffett 1930, American Investment Entrepreneur
After securing your first graduate job, the financial costs of adult life begin to kick in. A combination of travel expenses, rent and weekly food shops makes good value socialising very appealing. The term ‘Bottomless Brunch’ was first coined in Manhattan and exudes a cosmopolitan feel of twenty-somethings taking advantage of unlimited food and drink at stylish restaurants. The concept has recently been made a permanent feature across top London hot spots, offering the perfect opportunity to indulge.
Whether you’re searching for some much needed hair of the dog, or have an excuse to celebrate, here’s a list of the top 5 that must be tried:
What’s included: Two hours of unlimited prosecco, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. The menu incorporates a list of small plates such as cheeseburger hash, avocado and eggs on toast and breakfast tacos – of these you have a choice of three plates.
Experience: The glass walled restaurant is perfect for a group of any size. Very reasonably priced and the food is delicious.
Following on: Head to Golden Bee or Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch for live music all evening.
What’s included: Two hours of unlimited bellinis teamed with a three course lunch of antipasti, three foot long pizzas to share and ice cream for dessert.
Experience: Although the enormous pizzas are absolutely delicious, the focus of this brunch is the free flowing prosecco and entertainment. Curtains are drawn and the music is loud with karaoke taking the centre stage (literally… there is a small stage by the bar). Expect a crazy afternoon with retro décor.
Following on: Brixton isn’t too far away from Battersea – try The Prince of Wales for a roof-top bar or Dogstar also plays good music.
What’s included: Two hours of unlimited red and white wine after a cocktail on arrival. Enjoy the all you can eat sushi, sashimi, tempura and a dim sum buffet bar before indulging in one warm Japanese main dish such as the infamous black cod or steak. The dessert platter acts as a centrepiece for the table consisting of fresh fruits, exotic ice creams and delicious truffles.
Experience: Roka brunches are always very busy and have a great energetic atmosphere. Service is guaranteed to be fast and attentive, and is definitely recommended for a group celebration.
Location: Canary Wharf
Following on: Plateau Bar or Boisdale often offer 2 for 1 cocktails.
What’s included: Two hours of free flowing prosecco, Bloody Mary’s and Aperol Spritz paired with unlimited ‘small plates’ including steak and eggs, smashed avocado on toast and oven baked chorizo. The blueberry pancakes are amazing!
Experience: The stylish monochrome décor of cow-hide seating with mirrored walls compliments the sophisticated menu. Attentive staff are very generous with the pouring of drinks and serving of plates.
Following on: Depending on which location you choose, there are several options to continue your day/ night. Visit the Botanist on Sloane Square or Broadgate Circle or alternatively Aqua Kyoto when in the West End.
What’s included: Two hours of unlimited prosecco paired with a three course meal including shellfish, beef tartare, fresh pasta dishes and Crème brûlées.
Experience: The grand restaurant and bar has Gatsby-esque décor with a live band creating a sophisticated atmosphere that is perfect to celebrate a special occasion. From the moment you walk down the impressive art-deco sweeping staircase it leads on to a memorable experience and is a great opportunity to get dressed up.
Following on: The Mayfair Bar, Aqua Kyoto or Trader Vics.