Whether you’re hungover, not well, feeling down or just in need of some TLC, comfort food always hits the spot and more often than not it’s my default go-to food just because. But comfort food doesn’t have to be a stodgy carb overload (Lord does it go down well when it is though) and the chefs at W in Leicester Square have created the perfect chilled Sunday brunch experience with not a bit of stodge in sight.
I set off to meet my sister and Laura with trepidation as the W is super bling and fairly design focused, both of which aren’t really me. It’s very much new money glamorous rather than old and it’s not an environment I feel 100% comfortable in. But when we arrived in the lounge and sat down, and the menu was explained to us I realised the hotel (this area at least) is for everyone and a lot more relaxed than I had thought.
As part of the brunch everyone is given tartan slippers to wear throughout the afternoon which feel like soft clouds under your feet. There’s a DJ on the decks and a 39-seater screening room showing feel-good shows which you can visit as and when you like – between courses, after courses, before brunch or multiple times throughout. Whenever. It’s a very relaxed, chilled and unpretentious set up which I really was not expecting but ended up loving.
On the menu is a vegetarian option and a meat eaters one, both of which are three courses consisting of multiple bites and dishes for £25 per person. Unlimited Bloody Marys are available for an additional £25 per person but I was feeling slightly off from the night before so I gave that a miss. Although if it had been Cosmos I might have been persuaded.
1st course –
2nd course –
After the oats, carbs and salad we decided a breather was needed so took ourselves off to the screening room with a small bag of sweets to watch John Bishop live. We were the only ones in there for the whole show which was really great and afterwards we returned to our table ready for round three.
3rd course –
It’s an experience that can be enjoyed all day long or just for a few hours and I don’t think calling it brunch really does it justice as it’s so much more than eggs between the normal hours of breakfast and lunch. The sounds of the DJ and the classics playing in the screening room, mixed with the slippers and huge sofas ensure complete comfort like you’d have in your own home but with food you wouldn’t have the time or patience to create.
W London is the kind of place to visit with friends who don’t live in London because they’ll think you’re a serious cool cat living the high life in the greatest city in the world. And for a couple of hours on a Sunday you are.