Imagine this: behemoth plates piled high with juicy sausages, sizzling bacon, hash browns, fried eggs, baked beans, plus a healthy helping of black pudding... If that’s got your stomach growling, you’re in the right place. Because we want you to enjoy them as much as we do, we’ve put together this list of the capital’s finest fry-ups. From traditional greasy spoons where simple, no-frills brekkies are the centre of the action to trendy cafés rustling up pretty platters of the good stuff, here are the very best English breakfasts in London.
Having opened its doors back in the 1980s, Terry’s Café is a bit of an institution. The Southwark hotspot is cute and cosy, fronting tables topped with Formica cloths, walls covered in black and white photographs, plus retro knick-knacks dotted all over the shop. Pop by to tuck into hearty British grub, including The Works, a take on the humble fry-up. The best greasy spoon in London? Quite possibly.
You can’t go wrong with King’s Cross cutie Halfcup, an indie café that offers a bright and airy space with pendant lights and pretty murals. Fronting a scrumptious full English breakfast in London, this joint is a popular spot from morning through to late-afternoon. Although there are many delish dishes on the menu that may sway you, our money's on the full English, which comes as a heavenly spread of meaty or veggie delights.
The Pickled Hen
Stomach rumblin' for a fabulous fried feast? The Pickled Hen is one cosy spot that’s coming up trumps. While in elegant surroundings, which flaunt cushy armchairs and warm lighting, chow down on pretty plates of hunger-satiating fare. This restaurant's version of a fry-up features everything you'd expect, all made using high-quality ingredients, providing the perfect pick-me-up to kickstart your morning.
The Breakfast Club Battersea Rise
Making fry-ups cool again since 2005, The Breakfast Club in Battersea is a contemporary caff where sausages, fried eggs and baked beans make up its bones, and builder's tea flows through its veins. As the brand boasts multiple outposts across the capital, including Hackney Wick, London Bridge and Croydon, you’re never far from a banging brekkie that’s sure to touch the sides.
Another stalwart on the breakfast scene, Arthur's Cafe in Kensal Rise is the place to be if you're on the hunt for the biggest full English breakfast in London. Inside? Not much has changed since it began business back in the 1950s which, to be honest, is just how we like it. And apparently so do the locals, as this popular find has been known to have quite the queue. Mosey on down for tasty homemade food done juuust right.
Big Moe’s Wembley
You may think this one's a bit of a wild card, but just wait. Big Moe's Wembley offers a 1950s-style American diner right here in the Big Smoke. And while the menu boasts US bites such as waffles and pancakes, there is also a brilliant English breakfast. When sitting on a red leather booth surrounded by retro memorabilia, chomp on a platter of fried goods and wash it down with a steaming cup of joe.
While the humble greasy spoon may feel like a dying breed, Norman’s Café is actually a bit of a newbie, having launched in 2020. The Tufnell Park eatery slings out classic British comfort food, including the all-important fry-up. From the plastic tables with attached seats to the dainty half-window curtains, this feels like a classic caff from times of yore. Not sure what to go for? Opt for the set menu 1, which features the usual brekkie characters.
Found at various locations across the capital, BrewDog are always on hand to sort you (and your hangover) out with a good ol' brekkie. In places like Soho, Shoreditch and Camden, you’ll find the mouthwatering Haystack, which is a hefty plate of fried deliciousness. They even put together one of the best vegan English breakfasts in London, which features delights such as BBQ seitan steak, smashed avo, hash browns and more. Was that your stomach rumbling or ours?
Burr & Co.
If you fancy something a little bit trendier, this go-to is well-known for having the best English breakfast in Central London. Settle into the pretty parlour to scoff down one of Burr & Co.'s English breakfasts, which showcases all the usual contenders that are sure to give you an eggceptional start to the day. Even better? You can wash it down with fruit and veg-packed smoothies.
Westminster's Regency Café has appeared in flicks such as Pride and Brighton Rock, and you can see why it was chosen. It offers a time capsule to way back when, fronting the same original tiles that were installed back in 1946, which proudly tote monochrome photos of old boxers and football players. Grab a seat and await the unassuming white, circular plates, which are your gateway to what might just be the best breakfast in London.
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