Many restaurant trends come and go, but the all-you-can-eat and regular buffets are here to stay. Some think buffets are an American thing, but you may be surprised to learn that it started off as an England affair with the Swedish community.
Today, London takes buffet-style dining to a whole other level, with many restaurants adopting it with their international, one-of-a-kind dishes. Sushi café brings you unlimited sushi and 50 other dishes, while the Ned brings together three restaurants’ cuisines under one roof plus a glass of prosecco.
Read on to learn of the best restaurants and venues to go to in London for unique buffet offerings from all you can eat (AYCE) buffets in London to limited buffets.
Get to learn of the various constraints that come with each buffet to help guests have healthier meals and still enjoy their fill.
NOTE: Since buffets and AYCE offers include unlimited plates for a select period of time, the top list includes all the weekend brunches offering bottomless drinks and unlimited selections of several dishes in buffet-style.
Top Buffets to Visit in London
1. Sushi Café in Battersea Park
- Address: 555 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BL
- Phone: 020 7228 7011
- Price: £24.80 for adults, £12.80 for kids
- Buffet style & cuisines: all you can eat sushi
Sushi Café is an authentic Japanese restaurant serving Izakaya-inspired dishes focused on daily sushi and sashimi selections.
The canteen-like restaurant used to charge £19.99 per head for their AYCE buffet but adjusted the prices in late September 2022 to £24.80. The buffet is £12.80 for kids (under 3’ 9”) and £6.80 for babies under 3 years of age.
This gets you a choice of more than 50 dishes with choices like salmon nigiri, avocado rolls, three slices of sashimi, two pieces of nigiri sushi, 6 pieces of uramaki, and chicken teriyaki.
You can only feast on bottomless options of six dishes maximum from the fifty. The good news is that you can go up to three rounds for your chosen meals.
Keep in mind that the dining period is 1 hour and 30 minutes, after which you will be asked to roll out for other guests. If you waste some of the food, you will be charged £5.
2. Ned’s Feast at the Ned
- Address: 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ
- Phone: 020 3828 2000
- Price: £90
- Buffet style & cuisines: Sunday only, free flow Champagne, discounted drinks and a selection of lobsters, roasts, brunch meals, oysters, and lots of salad
At £90 per person, you already know the Ned’s Feast buffet is not cheap. Want another shocker? The buffet is only open to members and hotel guests only.
Despite this, Ned’s Feast is the most extravagant, food-filled, and outrageous buffet in London. It makes up for it by including many options; you won’t even know what to pick and what to leave.
Visit the Ned in London every Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm to feast on the Sunday roast filled with many portions of meat. Drinks are in plenty at discounted prices, including £10 Bellini, mimosas, and Bloody Mary trolleys.
Enter the magnificently decorated building with impressive architecture and a good view of what the former bank building used to look like.
Go ahead and pay £155 to get the buffet offerings as well as free flowing champagne. Do not leave the kids behind on Sunday; pay half-price for children 6-12 and let your kids five or below feast for free. Try the hot foods menu with roast beef, pork, Yorkshire puddings, and roast chicken.
3. Gaucho Smithfield (Gaucho’s Electro Brunch Feast)
- Address: 93A Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HL
- Phone: 020 7925 3900
- Price: £65 in London locations and £57.50 in Leeds & Manchester
- Buffet style & cuisines: Saturday only banquet with bottomless options from Gaucho restaurant
Gaucho is a string of several restaurants across the United Kingdom serving international dishes from regions like Argentina and seasonal stakes alongside lots of gluten-free dishes. The Saturday only affair is open for 90 minutes between 11 am to 4 pm, and only guests aged 21 and over are allowed.
In addition to the plethora of breakfast dishes and steak, Gaucho offers a maximum of eight drinks per guest from their extensive list of brunch drinks. Try their signature salt beef and the delicious eggs benedict.
Dubbed the Electro Brunch Feast, expect to tune to soothing beats from the DJ’s booth and a bit of live music. The melodic and cool beats create a lively ambience throughout the feast and make 90 minutes feel like one.
4. Ping Pong Soho
- Address: 45 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JL
- Phone: 020 7851 6969
- Price: £25.95 for adults and £11.95 for kids under 12 years
- Buffet style & cuisines: Sunday and Monday Bank Holidays only, all you can eat buns and dumplings for 90 minutes
On top of their popular weekday Happy Hour that grants you half-priced drinks and dim sum, Ping Pong also offers a Sunday only AYCE dim sum.
The ‘Lazy Sumday’ (see what they did there?) buffet can also be upgraded for just £10 to include some bubbly (1 bottle per person), or pay £40 for some bottomless cocktails with your meals.
The 90-minute feast also includes the option of a plant-based meal; all you need to do is check the green leaf check box on order. For dim sum, you have the option of crispy tofu, duck spring rolls, and vegetable spring rolls. Try their popular black prawn or the chicken & cashew nut dumpling.
Ping Pong has several locations across the UK, and not all of them offer the Sunday buffet. For the buffet, visit Ping Pong in Soho, Covent Garden, Southbank, and St. Katharine Docks.
5. Jones & Sons in Dalston
- Address: Stamford Works, 3 Gillet Street, London, N16 8JH
- Phone: 020 7241 1211
- Price: £35
- Buffet style & cuisines: a la carte Saturday and Sunday brunch buffet with traditional British cuisines
A true definition of a British restaurant, Jones & Jones offers you bottomless British-inspired dishes during their weekend brunch. It is an a la carte menu with two hours of bottomless drinks and food (you can only get the second round after finishing the first one).
The breakfast dishes are in plenty, from the avocado on toast to the vegan apricot croissant, eggs benedict, steaks & eggs, fried chicken with waffles, French toast with spiced pear & maple syrup, and the popular vegan pancakes with mixed berries.
The charges are from £45 if you want to include the regular on-the-wagon bottomless booze brunch. For an off-the-wagon boozy brunch, pay £47 and take your pick from the prosecco, Buck’s fizz, gin & tonic, or vodka.
6. Bala Baya Southwark
- Address: Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, London, SE1 0LR
- Phone: 020 8001 7015
- Price: £34
- Buffet style & cuisines: Saturday and Sunday only bottomless Middle Eastern brunch buffet
The Michelin Starred Bala Baya offers exceptional and unique Middle Eastern cuisines complemented by the classy modern décor from Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus Architecture.
It is known for its famous Midnight Malabi with coconut and black tahini, as well as the burnt Babka with grilled pistachio and dough-rich tahini.
Feast on Chef Eran Tibi’s sumptuous brunch buffets every weekend from 11 am to 6 pm. The expertly curated dishes include Mezze served with house-made pita and main meals like the hummus breakfast, the prune pudding, and breakfast brisket doughnut.
Try the Bala Baya classic shawarma fries or braised beef hummus and live to tell about them.
7. Inamo Soho
- Address: 134-136 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZP
- Phone: 020 7851 7051
- Price: £35.95
- Buffet style & cuisines: Monday – Friday buffet with unlimited sushi and tapas
Inamo has several locations in the United Kingdom, all serving award-winning Japanese, Thai, and Chinese cuisines in interactive social settings. The high-tech bottomless brunch is very popular and includes a range of arcade games you can play as you feast.
The Soho location was the first interactive diner in the world and now includes Time Out’s best Central London brunches. The all weekday brunch includes 30 selections of Inamo’s best dishes, from the tapas to the dim sums.
8. Dishoom Covent Garden
- Address: 12 Upper Street Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9FB
- Phone: 020 7420 9320
- Price: £6.50
- Buffet style & cuisines: all week bottomless porridge
Irani cafes are a fading cultural staple in London, but Dishoom is here to stay to bring people together over drinks and food. The restaurant specializes in Indian dishes and pays tribute to Irani café style dining with its bottomless porridge buffet.
It may not sound like much, but you will change your mind when you taste the banana and organic oats that make it. Pair it up with Dishoom’s specials, like the paneer tikka and gunpowder potatoes, for a more filling experience.
9. Preto West End
- Address: 73 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 6LN
- Phone: 020 7287 5995
- Price: £26.95
- Buffet style & cuisines: all week rodizio-style buffet
Preto welcomes you to a relaxed ambience with its colourful décor and Brazilian-themed smooth touches. The menu is predominantly meats, but lots of vegetarian options are available.
The restaurant has several locations across the UK, the most popular being the Victoria location and this one on West End.
We may be a miss to call it a buffet, but as a rodizio-style restaurant, you can expect all-you-can-eat dishes every day of the week at the £26.95 fixed price.
So, how does a rodizio-style restaurant work? Well, you pay the fixed rate, and the staff will bring food to the table severally when you want more.
At Preto, you are given a card (one side is green for ‘more please’ and the other is red for ‘I am full’), and all you need to do is sit and pay for a drink as you test the buffet-style salads and home-style dishes.
When ready, turn the card to the green side, and the waiter will bring ready made meats. Turn the card to the red side if you need a rest or are full.
Preto offers the rodizio grill buffet but includes a traditional Brazilian dish buffet for £21.95 with unlimited choices of Brazilian hot dishes and a gourmet salad bar.
10. Royal Nawaab London
- Address: 7 Hoover Building, Western Avenue, London UB6 8DB
- Phone: 020 8998 6151
- Price: £26.95 for adults and £13.95 for kids ages 4 -10
- Buffet style & cuisines: all week buffet filled with traditional and authentic Asian cuisines
The five-star Asian restaurant at the heart of London brings you an award-winning buffet known for its favourable pricing and 100% Halal food. It is an elegant restaurant fit for royalty with stunning pyramid chandeliers and picturesque décor and lighting.
The Asian Curry Awards’ best buffet brings you a huge selection of Asian foods like Tava fish, kidney beans, Karahi, handi, and lamb kofta.
Try their traditional Pakistani and Indian foods that will show you the clear difference between them.
11. The Mughal’s Lunch Buffet
- Address: 11 London Street, London W2 1HL
- Phone: 020 7262 3030
- Price: £8.95
- Buffet style & cuisines: everyday Indian lunch buffet and all day Sundays
Walk into the Mughal’s Indian Restaurant every day between 12 pm and 4 pm for their special daily buffet. The low-cost restaurant is beloved for its unique take on Indian cuisine and small space (up to 60 guests) that make for an intimate setting.
Go hungry and feast on Mughal’s chef recommendations like the chicken or lamb tikka and the tandoori king prawn masala with diced chicken/lamb cooked in tandoori.
You want to keep two things in mind when going for a buffet in London. One is to go hungry, of course.
But two is to ensure you check the buffet limits before visiting. Most buffets require you to order your last portion for about 30 minutes before your time is up. Others have flexible time limits that are too good to pass by.
Please take a look at the linked buffet websites for any updates on the current pricing since prices change from season to season (they usually go up).
The above list of top buffets in London will get you up and running with the best deals and world-class cuisines.
If you want a hidden gem of a vegan buffet, then try visiting the cute 222 Vegan Cuisine, famed for its vegan lunch buffets or Aroma’s £15 oriental buffet serving noodles, pudding, and lots of cake.
Other honourable mentions in the best London buffet category include:
- Babur, Brockley
- JRC Global Buffet
- Eastway Brasserie
- Mandarin Oriental
- The Landmark Hotel
- Indian Veg
- Tierra Peru
- Tibits London
- Lutong Pinoy London
- Ai Sushi