If you’ve been on Instagram in Chicago, you’ve seen the LondonHouse rooftop. Influencers flock to this gorgeous deck, 22 stories high. From above, you can enjoy sweeping views of downtown and the river—but more importantly, you can enjoy brunch.
LondonHouse invited us in for a complimentary meal, and I jumped at the chance to see the views for myself, and not just on my feed. And obviously, to get a photo.
You take an elevator to the 21st floor, where there is an indoor bar. If you brunch at the 21st bar, LondonHouse offers bottomless mimosas for $35. While tempting, I was not swayed from my mission to Instagram the view, so we continued on. We climbed stairs to the 22nd floor, exiting onto an expansive patio, with a great view of the Wrigley Building clock tower.
The LondonHouse rooftop offers shaded seating, which was a necessity since we were so high up that we were basically right next to the sun. By the time we arrived, the patio was bustling with groups enjoying the lounge seating and waiting patiently for their turn to take a picture from the prime location at the end of the patio.
My boyfriend, Cam, and I got a high top in the corner and began eyeballing the impressive drink selection. LondonHouse serves up your traditional brunch drinks, along with several tempting cocktails. I landed on the seasonal sangria, which boasted a souvenir cup. Cam ordered a Gumball Head from Three Floyds brewing.
My sangria was served in a wine glass, so I can’t report back on the quality of the souvenir cup. The drink sweeter than it was fruity. While the ice was refreshing in the heat, it quickly was watered down. I definitely wish I had opted for one of their mimosas instead.
To begin our meal, we ordered the giant doughnut to share. We debated how big a pastry needed to be to earn the designation “giant.” The server brought us a sizable ring, drizzled with cream, dusted with powdered sugar, and stuffed with berry jam. It was still warm, making a nice foil to the cool berries. I scarfed down my half and wished that the giant doughnut had been even more giant.
For the main plate, Cam went with the lamb hash, with a hen egg and mustard barbecue sauce. It came in a funky bowl and two lamb ribs under a fried egg, with some onions and greens. Leaving the meat on the bone left it succulent; but more difficult to eat neatly. It was a smaller serving size, so split an appetizer beforehand if the lamb calls to you.
I consulted the waitress and landed on the king crab Benedict. It was a new dish to the brunch menu, and incredibly popular. Served on an English muffin with pea tendrils, greens, and a heap of shredded crab, topped with poached eggs. It came with a side of breakfast potatoes. I was impressed with the generous amount of crab they included, but the greens were stalky and bitter, making the crab taste bitter as well. It was clearly just a bad batch of produce, so I salvaged what I could and feasted on my potatoes.
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After we finished our meal, I got my photo by the side of the balcony, making me a true Chicagoan finally! And while bad produce ruined my meal, I’d definitely come back for the large format cocktails and the views.
THE BITCHES SAY: three Champagne flutes
LondonHouse rooftop is perfect for drinks and snacks, with views that can’t be beat, but you can skip the brunch menu in favor of their other offerings.
LondonHouse serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.