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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

W Does Brunch

W Hotel Leicester Square

There’s no denying that brunch is one of Sunday’s ultimate indulgences – aside from long lie-ins and roast dinners (with giant Yorkshire puddings - naturally), but until visiting W London in Leicester Square, we were feeling pretty at ease about what brunch was all about. It turns out brunch is a much more extravagant affair than we previously realised.

All hail the ultimate W Does Brunch.

You’ve experienced afternoon tea. You’ve experienced brunch. Now mash those two together, add in a sweet shop, slippers, a live DJ, (lots of) sofa, the Sunday newspapers and classic Brit sitcoms on loop, bottomless bloody Marys and Grade-A service and you have got brunch at W London.

Served every Sunday between 12-5pm and a steal for just £25 (cheaper than you average afternoon tea in London), W Does Brunch is the ultimate in lazy Sunday dining. And what’s more, you’re not required to chill out, eat up and move on to make room for the next guests. You arrive any time between 12pm and 5pm and that space is yours for the afternoon (and you’ll need it!).

Feeling ravenous, we gulped down a perfectly blended bloody Mary – one of the best we have had (…well OK– 45 Park Lane is pretty awesome too…) and quickly ordered another while we were brought a charmingly presented jar of natural yoghurt layered crispy granola and red berry compote. This was followed by a magnificent presentation of our first savoury course; smoked haddock and salmon scotch egg, chicken Caesar salad, Welsh rarebit (we have no idea what the cheese was but my goodness we could have eaten that all day!), and two halves of a mini bagel with whipped cream cheese and thick strips of smoked salmon. All absolutely divine: heaven on a plate.

Coupled with our third Bloody Mary of the afternoon, we were feeling pretty full, which fortunately, the staff had already pre-empted, so they gave us some time to digest. So we laid back, kicked off our slippers and spent an hour reading the papers and listening to the DJ playing chill out house and dance (this is not a quiet brunch), before being served a hearty Yorkshire pudding filled with slices of roast beef, mash and veg and a creamy truffle macaroni cheese.

As if that wasn’t enough (yes…there’s more), W Does Brunch offers up a retro sweet stall where you can help yourself at any time and fill up candy stripped paper bags with home-made biscuits, jelly cola bottles, pink shrimps, Black Jacks and sherbet flying saucers.

If you’re feeling a bit fancy, you can top up your brunch (like we did) with a bottomless bloody mary or Prosecco for an additional £25 and by the time you have had two glasses, it is totally worthy it – although one word of warning – after two bloody marys and a massive brunch, you will be struggling to fit in any more. We recommend opting for the Prosecco if you fancy taking advantage of this great offer.

W Does Brunch is £25 per person every Sunday from 12-5pm.

10 Wardour Street, W1D 6QF

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