As venues are given the greenlight to carefully reopen, we’re thrilled that some of our favourite restaurants are opening their doors for the most important meal of the day. Below, see five of our favourites plating up both innovative and classic breakfast and brunch classics. Be sure to check each restaurant’s respective website to see regulations regarding social distancing, and be aware most are not taking walk-ins at this time, so book in advance and get something special in the diary.
Make a Sunday get-together extra special at the garden in the sky, 14 Hills. Feast on classic dishes including Eggs Royale with soft poached egg, smoked salmon and hollandaise on an English muffin, French Toast with grilled tenderstem brocolli, fried egg, pumpkin seeds and apple syrup, and much, much more – all accompanied by cocktails and relaxed beats from the venue’s resident DJs. Click here to book.
Bread Street Kitchen‘s weekday breakfast menu includes all your favourites to kick your day off in reliable style. Tuck into poached eggs, pastries or a full English, with vegetarian and vegan options available, at this airy, relaxed eatery in One New Change. Click here to book.
The famous sky-high eatery might have shut its overnight hours for now, but you can still head up there from 7am seven days a week for a breakfast to remember. Don’t overlook the waffle selection (including, of course, the Duck & Waffle), or enjoy one of their classics including Colombian Eggs or a Full English. Click here to book.
Fans of the morning meal are well catered to at M Threadneedle Street, with both a healthy weekday breakfast and a more naughty weekend bottomless brunch to choose from. The latter offers a wide selection of dishes inspired by the dishes of South Africa, America, Australia, Argentina, Japan, France, and more, all with a fantastic cocktail selection. Click here to book.
If you can’t make it to the Riviera this year, don’t worry; Coq d’Argent have teamed up with M de Minuty to bring a taste of the South of France to the City. Until the end of August you can enjoy classics like Thon Rouge with yellowfin tuna or the trademark coq au vin, all beautifully paired with M de Minuty Rosé, at a fantastic set price, too. Click here to book.
As London eases out of lockdown, the much anticipated reopening of restaurants and bars across the City is set to kick-off on the weekend of July 4th. With a range of new social distancing and safety measures set in place across venues, we’ve compiled a list of the top City bars and eateries welcoming guests back for the first time since lockdown. You can find what measures each business is taking to comply with safety regulations via their respective websites. Here’s to a rousing (and safe) reopening weekend ahead.
Boasting some of the best views of the City from its outdoor terrace, Jin Bo Law Skybar is gearing up for a lofty reopening celebration from the 4th of July with a daily line-up of live DJ sets to kick start reopening week on a major upbeat note. You can get your drink on in (socially distant) style with the unveiling of a new cocktail menu, featuring concoctions by the likes of the Butterfly Punch, Pickled Tink and Rougui Bjor. Be advised that booking in advance is recommended to accommodate set limits on entry numbers.
Eating out near the Barbican got a lot better with the recent addition of Barbie Green to the City’s foodie scene. It’s the bright new outpost of the Daisy Green restaurants at London Wall Place, popular for their fresh and healthy Aussie inspired menus. Bookings for their epic brunches – with free flowing prosecco and plenty of avo on toast to go around – are now live for their grand reopening scheduled for 6th July.
Perched atop One New Change (which reopened to shoppers on 15th June) City hot spot Madison is gearing up for the return of brunchers and lunchers on 4th July with a reservation system going live from the 1st. All the better so that you can focus on enjoying the amazing grub and scenic views without having to wait in pesky queues. With limited opening hours and new seating charts that accommodate social distancing rules, you can rest assured that the team here are taking the safe approach whilst welcoming returning guests.
While they kept us supplied with a superb selection of reds, whites and roses thanks to their Wine Shop delivery service during lockdown – Vinoteca is set to reopen all of their London locations including their spacious restaurant at the Bloomberg Arcade from the 6th of July. Expect a warm welcome back as you tuck into their signature scrummy nibbles paired with a choice from over 200 bottles of wine, sourced from around the world.
When you have a craving for authentic (and wallet friendly) Asian to-go food, Waka, the JapanesePeruvian fusion foodie spot is a winning choice for some of the best Donburi and Maki you’ll taste this side of the City. Located just a few steps from The Gherkin, and conveniently open for takeaway only, it’s the perfect spot for lunch to-go on a sunny day out.
If you’re interested to know how you can support black activism and anti-racism from the UK, find below some resources and general advice.
Stand up to Racism – an organisation that brings people together to build solidarity with refugees and confront racism, islamophobia and antisemitism, with local groups
Stop Hate UK – one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination
Act Blue– paying towards local bail funds in the US to support and protect the protestors who have been arrested and need to pay bail to avoid imprisonment
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – a charity working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to inspire and enable them to succeed, named after Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old murdered in a racist attack in in 1993
Runnymede – the UK’s leading independent race equality thinktank
We continue to listen and welcome suggestions to educate ourselves and others in issues on race and equality. If there is anything you would like to suggest or recommend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest film to hit Curzon’s Home Cinema service is bound to become one of the all-time greats – the film of 2019, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite. Winner of four Academy Awards, including being the first non-English language film to win Best Picture, the plot follows the life of the Kim family, living in poverty in South Korea. When their son Ki-woo finds an opportunity to work for a wealthy household, he seizes his chance – and the less said after that, the better. Truly, this is one of those films where it’s best go into with a blank slate. Click here to rent it with Curzon.
In an eerily prescient move (but mainly to commemorate 100 years since the Spanish Flu), in 2018 the Museum of London exhibited Disease X: London’s Next Epidemic? – a look at how Londoners have coped with past epidemics and how they might hypothetically cope with the next, the unspecified disease ‘X’. The exhibition is more relevant than ever in 2020, and so the Museum have opened it up as a virtual exhibition – click here to check it out. Having to look at an exhibition about pandemics online, instead of in person, due to our own pandemic? You couldn’t make it up.
Fans of Brigadiers don’t have to wait until after the lockdown to be reunited with their favourite Indian barbecue dishes – their Bloomberg location has now opened up for delivery on Deliveroo and Click and Collect. Tuck into one of their signature Feasts or browse their Tandoor, Biryani and curry menus to find your favourite (including the tandoori lamb chops, pictured) – click here to order via Deliveroo, or here for click and collect.
To celebrate London History Day on Sunday, we posted some info about five lesser-known hidden gems in the City, all with their own fascinating history. From the remnants of an ancient Roman cult to the urban legend of a bloody beating heart, there are plenty of interesting stories around the Square Mile. Click here to read about the hidden histories and add them to your to-visit list for when we’re all back in the City.
With summer fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to have an afternoon tea in the garden – and Cutter & Squidge have you covered with their nationwide delivery. Tuck into tea, the bakery’s signature brownies and of course, scones with cream and jam, all part of their delectable afternoon tea set. Click here to order.
Barrecore are streaming BarreLIVE – live, home versions of their fantastic ballet-barre workouts. The first class is free for new members! Online every weekday for 30 minutes at 8:30, 12:30 and 17:30, then on weekends at 10:30. Learn more and book online here.
Frame are also bringing their unique, fun-filled workout session to members via Frame Online – whether you’re there to sculpt, party or sweat, you’ll have access to all their brilliant workouts for just £10.99 a month. Learn more and sign up here.
If you’re hooked on Digme Fitness‘s online Instagram classes and want more, sign up to Digme on Demand and get access to over 48 classes a week, including Live Cycle, Matrix HIIT, Yoga, Breathwork, and much more. Click here to subscribe and build your perfect home workout routine.
Barry’s Bootcamp are also moving their classes over to Barry’s at Home – with >30 sweat-inducing 50-minute classes a day to choose from, offering options of bands, bodyweight or weighted workouts with all of their trainers. Click here to book.
Find helpful on-demand workout classes and sessions on the following gym’s Instagram pages (click on the names for quick links), to be done at a time whenever’s most convenient to you: