(London): Hip Hop Brunch review: The Detox|Retox guide to London’s flyest lunchtime party

Boozy brunches have been slammed recently for encouraging daytime drinking and reckless behaviour... but that’s exactly why we love them!

If you are up for a proper lunchtime party then you need to know about the hopping Hip Hop Brunch LDN, a boozy, brilliant knees-up that is quickly gathering a reputation as one of the most fun ways to retox at the weekend.

Held in secret locations all over the city, the 'brunch' is actually a full-on party featuring food, booze, props, karaoke, Instagram opps, hot tunes and an even hotter crowd... basically the ultimate night out.

BUT this night out actually starts at 12pm, meaning you get chance to dress up, get down AND still be home in time to watch Strictly. The dream.

We be brunching: The Detox|Retox crew hit Clapham for Hip Hop Brunch LDN

We be brunching: The Detox|Retox crew hit Clapham for Hip Hop Brunch LDN

HIP HOP BRUNCH: WHO, WHAT, WEAR...

WHO?

Our introduction to the brilliant Hip Hop Brunch was at fun Clapham restaurant Fu Manchu, with nine women and one (poor) guy from all over London out to celebrate a thirty (something) birthday. Only half of us were actually hip hop fans when we arrived, wearing box fresh sneakers and shiny new snapbacks as a nod to the theme, but we were all total converts by the end. 

WHAT?

Brunch here starts with an hour of unlimited prosecco cocktails followed by a casual three course meal and then  - as the blinds drop - descends into a full-on party complete with tattoo artists and Tupac cameos as the brilliant comperés rev up an already overexcited crowd.

WEAR?

- Fur, lace, hoops, bandanas, tiny shorts, serious bling… this is a chance to indulge all your hip hop fashion fantasies
- Shades. Fun for inside, crucial for outside when you are turfed out at 5pm and need to hide the fact that you’ve been at a bottomless brunch from the normal people of Clapham
- A smile. If you don't have fun here there’s a good chance you are dead inside

pic: instagram/Sailors_son

pic: instagram/Sailors_son

HIP HOP BRUNCH DOs and DON’Ts

DO get there on time. The ‘bottomless’ welcome drink only runs from 12pm-1pm and you'll need to queue up again each time you want a new round so it's important to maximise the 'free' bar.

DO dress up. Everyone does. It’s impossible to go too far here (if you’re not getting stares on the Northern Line you haven’t tried hard enough).

DO check out the brilliant HipHopBrunchLDN Instagram page for outfit inspo and karaoke ideas.

DON'T expect to see any eggs, coffee or even anything green on the table. The 'brunch' menu here consists of three courses of deep-fried dim sum or southern-style fried chicken, depending on the venue. It’s a clean-eater’s nightmare but great for lining your stomach ahead of the JD you’ll no doubt be swigging from the next table by 3pm (nb veggie and gluten-free options are also available).

DO plan an after party. When the hip hop ends and you find yourselves swaying among the early evening shoppers you'll need somewhere to head pronto before the hangover kicks in. We’d recommend Bar Storey in Peckham followed by the Bussey Building to dance off all that dim sum.

Chopsticks and chilled fizz... D|R crew members Ebonie and Claude start working the props

Chopsticks and chilled fizz... D|R crew members Ebonie and Claude start working the props

Beyonce who...? Fan girl Lia making some friends

Beyonce who...? Fan girl Lia making some friends


DETAILS

Held every Saturday and two Sundays a month

Tickets £40/£45. Booking essential

hiphopbrunchldn.com