In recent years London brunching has been all about avo on toast. But who really wants that, when they could be ordering one of these gorgeous, calorific French toast delights instead?
Where: Arch 25, Old union yard arches, 229 Union St, London SE1 0LR
Tel Aviv restaurant Bala Baya has a blackberry pita french toast on its brunch menu, which they serve up with mango, yuzu, maple, creme anglaise, macadamia nuts and rose.
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Photo: Federica Rilli - Pasta Bites
Where: Unit G9 Kingly Court, Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW
Only available at The Good Egg's Soho branch is this dish of babka French toast sticks. rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with tahini caramel for dipping.
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Where: 85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB
If you're breakfasting at Hide, make sure you order their French toast which comes topped with blueberry compote and crème crue - a raw, naturally cultured creme fraiche.
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Where: 119 Queen's Rd, London SE15 2EZ
One of the signature brunch desserts at Peckham's Kudu is their babka French toast with caramelised kumquat, hazelnuts and dollops of extremely moreish miso caramel.
Follow on Instagram: @kuducollective
Photo: Claire Menary
Where: Fitzrovia, London Bridge and Shoreditch
The cinnamon-dusted French Toast at Lantana is filled with an apple and pear compote and served up with plenty of maple cream and candied walnuts.
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Where: 22 Charlotte St, London W1T 2NB
Chef Jun Tanaka's legendary pain perdu hasn't been off the menu since he opened his Charlotte Street restaurant. Blowtorched to give it a caramelised top, it's served with vanilla ice-cream and crumble.
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Where: 83 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY
This Filipino bakery from the team behind Mamamsons, has one big Insta hit on its hands with its ube French toast. It's made with boiled and mashed purple yam (ube halaya) along with coconut mascarpone and latik (toasted coconut) and uses the bakery's signature Panadera Loaf.
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Where: 83 Duke St, London W1K 5PF
There's a French toast for everyone at Mayfair restaurant Popina, from Nutella marshmallow melt and Peanut butter, banana and toffee to this Forest berries compote with sour cream and maple syrup. Tell yourself it's one of your five a day.
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Where: 14A Old Compton St, London W1D 4TJ
One of London's first breakout French toasts on Instagram, the kinako French toast at Shackfuyu with its matcha soft serve. Grace Dent called it London's "greatest new pudding" when it first debuted in 2015 and it's still just as good today.
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Where: 169 Hemingford Rd, London N1 1DA
This Barnsbury cafe's weekend brunch has folk queueing round the block. And one of the dishes they've come for is Sunday's brioche French toast with creme fraiche, berry compote, banana and salted caramel
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Photo: Ashly Cheung
Where: One, Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ
The Basque take on French toast involves bruleeing the top which we are all-for and here, they serve it with a sheep’s milk ice cream. Eneko is currently closed, with plans to reopen later this year.
Follow on Instagram: @enekolondon
Silver Birch: Look out for new Chiswick opening Silver Birch where the brunch offering is going to include Assembly Coffee French Toast with mascarpone and cocoa.
Buvette: Notting Hill's new US import serves a mean pain perdu with cognac and cream
Outsider Tart: At this Chiswick spot the brunch dish to order is Momma's French toast made with raisin bread, apples and maple syrup
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