Top 13 Best Breakfasts in London

Apparently it’s the most important meal of the day, and the simple, bog-standard fry-up cuts the mustard no more. Whether you’re doing business over flat whites and posh bacon sarnies, or having a lazy weekend brunch, the streets are brimming with a wealth of top-notch restaurants for breakfast in London.

1. Hawksmoor Guildhall Book Hawksmoor Guildhall
The City

Hawksmoor breakfast

Hawksmoor Guildhall

Mac daddy of the steak, king of the breakfast. Not content with reigning supreme for the best steaks and burgers around, Hawksmoor has been hailed as one of the best places to start the day. Mustering all its carnivorous strength, the gargantuan Hawksmoor breakfast for 2 to share includes smoked bacon chop, short rib bubble and squeak, meaty grilled bone marrow, trotter baked beans and trademark HP gravy. Less hefty choices might include lobster benedict or Manx kipper and poached eggs. If you need a nudge to wake you up, there are a host of breakfast cocktails including ‘Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew,’ containing gin, homemade ginger syrup & lemon juice, topped with London Pride.

2. Aqua Shard Book Aqua Shard
London Bridge

Aqua Shard breakfast

Aqua Shard


Not that you need an excuse to look at the view from the 31st floor of The Shard, but the breakfast Aqua Shard is yet another reason to head skyward. There are few more breathtaking spots to tuck into a full English, although the glamorous location may well entice you to indulge in the decadent lobster Benedict with poached eggs on toasted muffins.

3. Roast Book Roast
Borough Market

Roast

Roast


Foodie paradise Borough Market is an undoubted hotspot for breakfast in London. Roast sits proudly above the world-famous market, and offers an unsurprisingly impressive selection of dishes packed with fresh, local produce. Highlights for early risers include avocado on sourdough with tomatoes and poached duck egg, and the full Scottish, complete with smoked streaky bacon, black pudding, haggis, tattie scone, sausages and your choice of egg.

4. Bad Egg
Moorgate

Bad Egg

Bad Egg
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From barbecue maestro Neil Rankin, Bad Egg is, you guessed it, an egg specialist. Popping up at Neil’s Little Smoke restaurant each weekend, Bad Egg has become a brunch institution, serving up the likes of cheeseburger hash with a fried egg, guacamole and poached egg on toast, and pulled pork, beans and kimchi on toast. The bottomless brunch option brings a hair of the dog touch to this ultimate of hangover cures.

5. The Wolseley
The Wolseley Breakfast

Inspired by the tradition of the Austrian grand café, The Wolseley is surely the most celebrated spot for breakfast in London, with a loyal celebrity following including gastronomic connoisseur chef, Heston Blumenthal. The classic eggs Benedict with an immaculate hollandaise sauce are a must, whilst haggis fried duck eggs offers something a little different. You don’t have to be rolling in it to have a decent breakfast here, but it feels like somewhere special. However, if you are feeling flush, there’s a luxurious caviar omelette, a snip at £80!

6. Foxlow Book Foxlow
Clerkenwell

Foxlow breakfast

Foxlow

Hawksmoor’s little sister, Foxlow has become a staple on the London brunch scene, particularly its fried chicken, egg and croissant waffle. Joined on the menu by a bottomless bloody Mary, other morning masterpieces include squash with avocado and poached eggs on toast, and steak with harissa yoghurt and roast tomato.

7. Caravan
King’s Cross

Caravan King's Cross breakfast

Caravan King’s Cross
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Housed within a Grade-II listed Victorian grain store, Caravan screams cool – from its open kitchen to its on-site coffee roastery, via its signature breakfast and brunch. Adding a real twist to breakfast tradition, dishes include grain pancake with maple mascarpone, pomegranate and walnut salsa, aubergine puree with poached eggs and merguez sausage on sourdough toast, and coconut bread with lemon curd cream cheese and poached rhubarb.

8. Urban Coterie Book Urban Coterie
Old Street

Urban Coterie

Urban Coterie


On the 16th floor of the M By Montcalm Hotel, the view from Urban Coterie is worth getting up for. The bottomless brunch is as enticing as the view, with eggs Benedict, duck confit, and waffles with caramelised pear joined by unlimited mimosas.

9. The Riding House Café

The Riding House Cafe breakfast

The Riding House Cafe
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As well as offering one of the best Sunday roasts in London, The Riding House Café is also a hit with breakfast set. Eggs hussard with spinach, thick ham and rich bordelaise is an excellent and mildly quirky twist on the classic, while chorizo hash browns with curly kale and fried eggs is one of the most popular breakfast dishes. To accompany your breakfast, there are some top-notch juices and smoothies, like The Racer, comprising chocolate, espresso, banana and chocolate liqueur.

10. Pimlico Fresh
Pimlico Fresh Breakfast

Pimlico Fresh is a haven for hungover and non-hungover diners alike. Avocado, chargrilled bacon, juicy-sweet red cherry tomatoes, and wholegrain toast alongisde a steaming-hot mug of strong coffee are sure to repair some damage. Rustic bench tables allow for laidback communal dining in front of elegantly scrawled big blackboards with daily specials.

11. Duck & Waffle
Liverpool Street

Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle
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A breakfast icon, Duck & Waffle specialises in what it says on the tin – duck, and waffle. The highest 24/7 restaurant in Europe, signature confit duck with fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup is served on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate in London. This is truly starting the day on a high.

12. E Pellicci
Bethnal Green

E Pellicci

E Pellicci
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When talking about breakfast in London, you can’t overlook a classic fry-up. E Pellicci is about as authentic as it gets – a family-run East End cafe, once frequented by The Krays, this place is more cockney than a knees-up in the Queen Vic.

13. The Modern Pantry
Clerkenwell

The Modern Pantry Breakfast

A breakfast joint with a sterling reputation amongst clued-up Londoners, The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell generated a big breakfast buzz when its doors first opened. The globe-trotting menu features inventive combinations, like The Modern Pantry signature breakfast dish of omelette filled with sugar-cured prawns, and served with smoked chilli sambal. And not for the fainthearted, the miso, green chilli and spring onion waffle with bacon has a fiery kick.

18 Comments

Rory

Could I add the Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park, Mile End – the nicest breakfast I've eaten in London in 7 years

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Brekmeister

A worthy list but I'm afraid, with nearing 70 'Breakfast Wednesdays' under my belt, I feel obliged to mention a few glaring omissions.

Topping the list would be The Cinnamon Club, which provides one of the most unique and simultaneously one of the best breakfasts to be had. Then there are the Simpson twins. Not connected in any way actually, but both Simpson's Tavern and Simpsons on the Strand offer sumptuous morning fare.

The humble greasy spoon does not appear to come into the equation for your purposes, but for those who seek a hearty fry up there's not much to compete with Muratori on Farringdon road or Alpino up at Angel

We will definitely be adding some of your faves to our 'to visit' list though! .

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Jack Truss

Moomba in Putney. They serve legendary breakfasts in SW London, been going there for years!!

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amandahf

This article would have been perfect with a map showing where all these restaurants are.

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looes

Great list for breakfast in London.In this list i like “The Wolseley”more and more.

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Roy

tried out Moomba but wasnt impressed, thought service was quite poor and had the wild mushrooms with poached egg, but the mushrooms were cold and the poached egg more boiled, the best thing about the dish was the bread! The Pancakes were nice though

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STwnsh

Very annoying, its not the ‘Big smoke’, its ‘the smoke’ from years ago when it was famous for its pea soupers,

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Gerry Liberman

The blue rooms cafe in the ongar road, abridge , essex , has the finest big breakfast, / lunch, delivered with charm and efficiency , and value…try it, can’t fail

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