How times change! Many years ago, Shoreditch was best known as the haunt for Jack the Ripper. Now, Shoreditch and nearby neighbour Hoxton, are two of the hippest boroughs. They are centres for creatives in advertising and publishing and Old Street roundabout has been rebranded Silicon roundabout to signify the local profusion of web businesses.
All this creativity attracts young people, who need feeding and watering. Shoreditch has responded with an eclectic array of cafes, pubs, and restaurants that span multinational chains to small independents. The only problem you will be left with is choice-as problems go it is a good one to have.
Best Places for Brunch in Shoreditch
- Address: 55 City Rd, London EC1Y 1HQ
- Phone: 020 7253 5273
Shelagh Ryan, Michael Homan & Caitlin Ryan transferred their collective knowledge of Australian café culture to London in 2008 and so the first Lantana was born. There are now four and Lantana Shoreditch is following the successful theme. Inside the air is modern and urbane; a real home-from-home Byron Bay.
The breakfast menu sees you through the week until the weekend brunch menu takes over. Dishes are as light or filling as you choose and there are plenty of extras to customise. There is a reviving Bubble n’ Squeak meets Eggs Benedict or Duck Hash, with fried egg, roast potatoes, coconut yoghurt and tamarind.
Lantana has its own coffee blend, and the cakes are all made in-house. For drinks there are smoothies and house juices, along with cocktails, canned beers, and a short selection of wine available by the glass.
Brunch is served from 9-4 PM.
Dirty Bones Shoreditch
- Address: 1 Club Row, London E1 6JX
- Phone: 020 3019 9063
Dirty Bones Shoreditch is the brainchild of two friends who returned to London after living in central New York with their dream of a lively food and cocktail-themed bar. Shoreditch is the fifth incarnation in a Grade II listed building with marble pillars, vintage mirrors, and bags of style.
The brunch menu theme is simple but well-executed, New York comfort food with cocktails. Dishes include Steak and Eggs, Chicken and Waffles, served with a fried egg or Buttermilk Pancakes, served with maple syrup and either bacon or blueberries and cream.
For a Bottomless Boozy Brunch take a pic of three cocktails or mix and match.
Brunch is served from 11 AM to 3.30 PM.
- Address: 50 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LJ
- Phone: 020 7247 1999
Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-born chef, who now lives in Camden where he oversees his deli and restaurant empire including Ottolenghi Spitalfields. He has quietly but enthusiastically revolutionised Middle Eastern cuisine for a growing English audience with popular books and TV series to his name.
The breakfast and brunch menu starts with granola and muesli and moves on to cooked eggs in various guises including, Shakshuka, with braised eggs, smoked labneh and grilled focaccia. All of which can be served with sides of bacon or smoked salmon, as well as a range of breads, and pastries.
To drink there is orange juice with prosecco, mocktails, fresh juices and hot drinks.
Brunch is served from 9 AM to 11.45 AM
Attendant Coffee Roasters
- Address: 74 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3JL
- Email: [email protected]
Located in the Shoreditch triangle Attendant Coffee Roasters aims to please local patrons and those from further afield. The interior has a green and white tiled bar, with zinc topping, along with copper pendant lamps and whitewashed walls. There are plenty of plants to create a more restful atmosphere.
sustainable ethically farmed produce from local & British suppliers where possible.
Brunch dishes include Avocado Toast with Avocado Toast, with house-made rye bread, beetroot hummus, pickled shallots, and za’atar, or the North African breakfast dish, Shakshuka served with poached eggs. There are numerous side dishes to customise your order.
There are hot, cold, and iced drinks on offer, along with juices and smoothies.
Brunch is served from 9 AM to 3.30 PM. The coffee store is cashless.
The Breakfast Club Hoxton
- Address: 2-4 Rufus St, London N1 6PE
- Phone: 020 7729 5252
The Breakfast Club Hoxton is just around the corner from Hoxton Square. The interior is quirky, halfway between a rural American diner and an English café. The atmosphere is relaxing and there is plenty of space between the tables. Some tables are set up for larger groups, so it’s an ideal spot to let the party carry on.
The weekend brunch menu lists pancakes to start in sweet and savoury guises. There are Mexican and American main courses including Steak Rancheros with a grilled, filled quesadilla or Club Burritos. You can also choose between Egg Benedict variations, along with a selection of sharing side dishes.
Drinks have a US theme with freshly pressed juices, smoothies, thick shakes, iced coffees, and hot drinks.
Brunch is served from 8 AM to 5 PM
- Address: 7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE
- Phone: 020 7420 9324
Dishoom Shoreditch follows on from the other restaurants in the chain where the decor is the vintage Indian and the atmosphere relaxed. The Covent Garden branch was the first in 2010 and it helped to re-educate a new audience of diners about how Indian food should be.
It has certainly been a success and it’s not unusual to find queues outside each of the restaurants. There are views of Shoreditch High Street on one side, and you can also relax on the veranda with wicker chairs when it’s warmer.
The brunch menu starts with egg dishes including, Kejriwal, which is two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast and the Iranian dish, Akuri, with three spiced, scrambled eggs, served with homemade buns and grilled tomato. There are several variations on a breakfast naan roll, as well as fruit and yoghurt, granola, and porridge.
To drink there is a range of alcoholic tipples, juices, and hot drinks
Breakfast/brunch is served from 8 AM to 11.45 AM (9 AM weekends)
Savoy Cafe & Kitchen
- Address: 11 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ
- Phone: 07429 132133
The Savoy Cafe & Kitchen is on the small side and very popular, so it’s not unusual to find a queue outside the door. Diners frequently comment on the friendly and efficient service, beautifully presented dishes, and fantastic flavours.
On the breakfast menu, you can choose between granola and porridge followed by the Egg section, where they are served as Benedict, Florentine, Royale and just simply.
There is also Smashed Avocado on Toast and Smashed Avocado on Toast Extra, which includes feta cheese and sun-dried tomato. There are also traditional English fry-ups, as well as Shakshuka made with merguez sausages or a vegetarian version.
There are hot drinks and juices available all day.
Brunch is served from 6 AM to 6 PM.
Bike Shed Moto Co.
- Address: 384-386, Old St, London EC1V 9LT
- Phone: 020 7729 8114
The Bike Shed Moto Co. opened in London in 2011 as a place where people from all sorts of backgrounds could come together and share their passion for motorbikes, whether they ride or not. Located in the railway arches the bike shed offers a popular restaurant, as well as a barbershop and tattoo parlour.
The restaurant is simply furnished with open brickwork walls displaying motorcycle prints and the odd guitar. On the menu, diners can try the Full Bike Shed Breakfast with streaky bacon or pork belly, or Huevos Rancheros, consisting of a flour tortilla, house-made beans, avocado, salsa, chorizo, cheese, and fried eggs.
There are also egg dishes, porridge, granola, and pastries. To drink, you can choose from a selection of juices, hot drinks, cocktails, mocktails, beers and wine.
Brunch is served until 3 PM every day.
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Friends of Ours
- Address: 61 Pitfield St, London N1 6BU
- Phone: 07506 686087
Friends of Ours is a small cafe but with a big reputation for serving tasty brunch dishes with a flair for presentation. There are a couple of tables outside for people watching, while the interior is modern and freshly decorated. The owners spent some time in Australia, where they enjoyed the cafe culture and decided to transport the idea back to this side of the globe.
Brunch dishes range from Bacon Focaccia and Kimchi Rice to Poached Eggs on Toast, which you can customise with sides of hash browns and streaky bacon. There are also breads, and pastries, followed by biscuits and banana loaf, which you can wash down with iced coffee, hot and cold drinks, and wine.
Brunch is served from 9 AM to 5 PM Sat and 9.30 AM Sun.
Ozone Coffee Roasters, Shoreditch
- Address: 11 Leonard St, London EC2A 4AQ
- Phone: 020 7490 1039
Just round the corner from Old Street roundabout, Ozone Coffee Roasters
has become an established part of the Shoreditch coffee scene. The interior is stylish with exposed brick walls, large windows, and an enormous coffee machine.
The outfit is in fact owned by New Zealanders, who want Londoners to share in the coffee revolution that has taken hold in NZ.
The menu dishes are inventive including, Chalk Stream Trout Pastrami, with house mustard, and pickle on malted loaf and Omelette, with coffee roasted vegetables, XO sauce and whipped yoghurt. Even that English stalwart Kedgeree has been given a new lease of life served with soft poached egg, chimmi and fried shallots.
As you would expect coffee features are high up on the drink’s menu, or you can choose between juices, cocktails and a short selection of wines by the bottle and glass.
Brunch is served from 7.30 AM to 11.30 AM weekdays.
Flight Club Shoreditch
- Address: 2A Worship St, London EC2A 2AH
- Phone: 020 3019 3093
The flight in Flight Club refers to darts, rather than any sort of aeronautic fraternity, and was the brainchild of two friends who were catching up in a Devon pub, where they noticed a younger crowd were getting very excited over a game of darts. It was like darts had been reinvented to be loud, fast, fun and above all sociable.
They opened the first Flight Club, which became a roaring success and there are now three others dotted around central London.
Brunch at the Flight Club is different from other eateries in Shoreditch. It runs from Thursday to Sunday, and includes Prosecco, bottomless pizza, and the option to try a social darts sample game. Diners are allocated their own table, where each person is given a bottle of Prosecco and top ups of drinks and pizza over the next two hours. What could possibly go wrong!
Brunch is served from 11.30 AM to 01.00AM.
- Address: 54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR
On a busy corner position on Great Eastern Street, Gloria has been frequently touted as some of the best Italian eating in the capital. Gloria is part of a chain with many other restaurants throughout Europe.
The exterior is a profusion of greenery maybe hinting at the fertility of the cooking inside. The interior is 70’s Capri-style with a marble bar, wicker, and banquette seating and plenty of attractive plates brightening the walls.
You can choose from Scrambled Eggs on Toast or supercharge it with fresh black truffle shavings. There is also Eggs Fiorentina, poached eggs served with spinach and hollandaise sauce, French Toast, home-made granola, and blueberry pancakes served with cream and maple syrup.
To drink there are cocktails, mocktails, juices and hot drinks.
Breakfast/brunch is served until 11.30 AM.
It’s interesting to see that two of the eateries we’ve selected to include in our best brunch in Shoreditch are both themed. Flight Club Shoreditch offers pub goers the chance to take a new look at playing darts socially, where it can be fun and exciting.
Similarly, Bike Shed Moto Co., aims to bring together bikers and bike enthusiasts, where they can share experiences and knowledge in a social setting. In our increasingly digital setting, any initiatives that promote sociability are to be celebrated.