Bank Holiday Brunch Spots

Bank Holiday Brunch Spots

Naturally we were hoping for a Balearic inspired bank holiday weekend of blue skies and al fresco cocktails, but alas in true British Spring style the weather forecast remains unpredictable to say the least… Not to be deterred by the possibility of rain- we can’t wait for that four-day weekender! Here at Emily and Fin HQ we have rounded up our favourite bank holiday hang outs and styling tips for along the way, come rain or shine.  


We’re not sure exactly when it happened but London has over recent times cemented itself as the city that ‘brunches’ . Whether bottomless or alcohol free this ‘in-between’ meal of not quite breakfast, not quite lunch has fast become the favourite way for us city chicks to socialise on a weekend. Because of this it is no surprise that the Emily and Fin team opted for the below as the only way to spend a bank holiday…


15-17 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, E2 7JP
Leilassource: The Gentlewoman

Stripped back and unpretentious - Leila’s café is currently THE most talked about brunch spot to enjoy in the trendy Redchurch Street area of Shoreditch.  This tiny little East-end secret is part café, part grocery store- offering a perfectly curated selection of fresh rye bread, fish and handmade produce.

Leila McAlister, this hidden gem’s namesake and owner has been described as ‘this city’s unselfconscious authority of buying, selling and serving of food. Inspired by her experiences as a foreign student in 1980’s Poland, where communism restricted choice but local markets still offered excellence, she’s built a phenomenal retail and catering system based on hunting down the best of everything from jars of horseradish to egg’s and croissants.

If you want excellent food made with the finest fresh ingredients and a charming atmosphere then this place is for you, follow your Eggs Benedict with a gentle stroll through the crooked Shoreditch streets amidst the independent clothing boutiques and book stores. Perfection.sandyskirt-fireshadefloral‘Style tip –  The Sandy Painted Floral Circle Skirt is a firm favourite for me, the bright, colourful print is a welcome Spring addition to any wardrobe, this weekend I will team mine with a toasty cashmere jumper and layer up with a soft, oversized scarf if the weather turns brisk’


46-48 Commercial St, Spitalfields, E1 6LT
Hotboxsource: The Londoner

Located just a stone's throw from the East-end bank holiday fun hub of Brick Lane, Hotbox is one of many up-and-coming eatery’s along Commercial Street. Not for the faint hearted, Hotbox does exactly as it says on the tin. If unlimited brunch based cocktails, bubbles, heavenly BBQ’d meat and in-house brewed hot sauce is your thing then book (in advance we should add) for the ‘bottomless brunch’ weekend offer at £25 per head.

With a Bloody Mary menu of 5 delicious variations and probably the best Heuvos Rancheros this side of Mexico it’s no wonder that Hotbox is a firm favourite for the masses and most certainly the ideal way to start the party this bank holiday weekend.Style tip – ‘I'd throw on a denim jacket and a pair of white trainers to go with my favourite piece- the Anna Jumpsuit in Cuban Cocktails. I'd probably also layer with a black turtleneck underneath to really weatherproof the outfit.'

Shop the Anna Jumpsuit here.  


Bourne and Hollingsworth
42 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
Bourne and Hollingsworthsource: Bourne and Hollingsworth

Consistently reviewed as the only way to do brunch, London style, Bourne and Hollingsworth is as much about the idyllic décor and charming Exmouth market surroundings as it is about the menu.

Through the bar and past the café you will find yourself basking in the beauty that is the Garden Room, a light and airy dining space awash with walls of tropical greenery and quirky-printed soft furnishings.

A truly beautiful brunch experience is on offer here and the food and cocktail menu is pretty fantastic too!  


Morty and Bobs
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL
Morty and Bobssource: Morty and Bobs

If you want to enjoy a bank holiday visit to East London then a leisurely stroll through Broadway market is an absolute must, plan this for a Saturday as the food, clothing and antique market will remain in full swing from early morning and throughout the afternoon.

We could have listed endless recommendations for eats and drinks, this endearing market boasts some of the best restaurants, cocktail bars and pubs the East-end has to offer but when it comes to brunch it could only be Morty and Bobs to make the edit.

Located on the second floor of the Uber-trendy Netil House studios, Morty and Bobs offer no frills, perfectly cooked, delicious comfort food. The unpretentious menu works perfectly alongside the relaxed atmosphere and rooftop views, cosy up in a leather arm-chair with an Espresso Martini and ‘Straight-up Grilled Cheese’ to a backdrop of laughing ‘bruncher’s’ and the best of ‘The Smiths’Style tip – ‘It’s all about layers when the weather is this unpredictable, in soft, heavy fabric and a great lenth the Pippa Skirt in Old Town Havana is a great spring transitional style- I’d team mine with a black bardot top, converse, a trusty leather jacket and my favourite lippy, Lady Danger by Mac.'

 Shop the Pippa Skirt here.    


Skylounge 7 Pepys St, Aldgate, EC3N 4AF
Sky Loungesource: Time Out

When opportunity knocks the only way to spend a bank holiday is rooftop with an umbrella based beverage in hand, weather allowing The Skylounge in Algate is a firm favourite amongst our team, sample the ‘Millionaire Mojito’ or ‘London Calling’ cocktails along with sky-scraping city views.    Style Tip- 'The Federica Cocktails ruffle dress is perfect for a bank holiday of East London strolls and cocktails with friends, I’ll be teaming mine with espadrille wedges and my bomber jacket.'

Shop the Federica Dress here.