This article is written by our guest author Adam Hyman.
Breakfast is now one of the most popular meals to have out in a restaurant, especially for a business meeting. It is normally the first thing in your diary, so there is little chance of running late; you can be in and out in 45 minutes, and there is now the added pressure to ask whether your guest would like a glass of wine with their meal. Here are 5 London establishments that will send you off with a great start to the day.
For those in the city looking for a decent sit down breakfast, look no further than Hawksmoor’s third restaurant near Bank. The décor is similar to that of its Seven Dials sibling, but here they dish up just the sort of breakfast you get in the States, with the choice of pancakes and steak and chips. Portion sizes are generous, keeping you going till lunch, and if you have room after your steak, try the doughnuts. What’s more, they have a booze licence in the morning. Bucks fizz it is.
Cecconi’s is one of my all-time favourite London hangouts, whether it be for a late night snack of cichetti and a glass of Chianti, or for an early power breakfast sitting next to a FTSE 100 chief exec. General Manager Giacomo Maccioni’s gesture to all breakfast guests of a complimentary freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice adds that extra bit of warmth from the place, making up for having to leave the warmth of your duvet at home. A single eggs Benedict and a single eggs Florentine is my personal favourite. Those who like a hearty start to the day should try the duck egg, hash brown and black truffle.
St James’s is a funny old place to try and find a meal – to try some of the finest fish in London at Wilton’s, you usually feel you have to take a mortgage out to pay for the privilege. However, their sister restaurant Franco’s, next door, offers a very reasonable breakfast menu in a cosmopolitan dining room. The Franco’s complete breakfast with eggs of your choice, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, Cumberland sausage, baked beans and black pudding plus coffee or teas, juice, pastries and toast for £18 all in, is the best value around this gentleman’s club neighbourhood.
It may only have been open for a couple of months, but The Delaunay has already established itself as an iconic London dining room with its David Collins design, emulating a club-like feel to this Aldwych site. The salon is larger than its sister restaurant on Piccadilly, and I think it is a perfect spot for the solo diner at breakfast or any time of day. The last time I was in, I was asked whether I liked my scrambled eggs a little runny or more cooked. Class. Utter class.
Dean Street Townhouse
Another Nick Jones restaurant, but it had to be included as it ain’t easy getting a decent fry up in Soho in cool surroundings first thing in the morning. A smattering of suits are in first thing, but then the media set arrive and dominate the scene till close of play at the end of the day. Grilled Manx kippers should be eaten when served in a restaurant, as let’s face it, no one wants to cook them at home. The avocado on toast with a poached egg is healthy option that reminds me of eating breakfast in California.