Gospel Brunch is a new “brunch experience” combining live gospel music performed by the London Community Gospel Choir, amazing views of London from one of the top floors of Millbank Tower and a menu of American style breakfast and lunchtime dishes. Such a family friendly meal enjoyed atop London's tallest riverside building with songs of inspiration passionately performed costs £49 per person.
Likened to a Hollywood film, Gospel Brunch would be the feel good hit of the London dining scene. It's a romp of a chance to while away a weekend afternoon and, taking its cue from similar brunch experiences in the States, has proven rather popular. Booking ahead would be wise.
When making your rez, keep in mind that you're not going for the food. To be sure, the soundtrack and the backdrop completely eclipse the actual dining. You're going for the highly fabulous, big crazy mash-up factor. And rightly so; you'd have to be a firmly no-fun cynical prick to take in the live music (from traditional gospel to Mo-town and contemporary pop) and the views without getting a case of the warm-n-fuzzies.
That said, the food's not bad at all. Grilled Spatchcock chicken and Cajun spiced potato wedges with bacon and tomato salad spicy Dijon dressing pleases well enough while smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with potato pancakes and horseradish sour cream does not disappoint. And the cocktails (a proper bloody Mary, a dainty list of bellinis and more) are solidly alright too. Yummy puds a la Mississippi mud pie and maple waffles offer the big brunch indulgence to round off this over the top extravaganza.
Mother's Day will soon be upon us, and Gospel Brunch offers a particularly mum-appreciative way to spend some time relaxing over a feast, listening to some heartfelt music and occasionally pressing your nose against the huge wrap around windows to take in the uninterrupted 360° sweeping views over London.
Gospel Brunch happens every Sunday between 11am and 3pm at Altitude London, 29th floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP. Performances are at 1pm and 2pm.
Disclaimer: Londonist visited Altitude London upon invitation by the venue.