Where to have Breakfast in London
It’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing, you know. There’s no shortage of options for those wondering where to have breakfast in London, but where exactly are the best places? Whether you’re looking for a hearty full English, a light bowl of porridge or something somewhere in between, our list of the best places to have breakfast in London has everything you need to get your morning started exactly how you like it.
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Last updated on 11th January 2017
A Georgian townhouse stretched across five stunning floors, Bird of Smithfield is one of the more elegant places to eat breakfast in London. Serving their ‘Early Bird’ menu from 8am on weekdays (and as part of their brunch offering on Saturday), pick anything from Eggs Benedict to a Full English, smoked salmon to avodaco on toast, available until 11am. Pressed for time? Bird also offers coffee and a pastry to take away for just £2.
As London’s most central pub, The Admiralty is abuzz with the chatter of a hungry crowd come breakfast time. It’s a striking spot modelled on the HMS Victory, offering the chance to tuck in to that all-important first meal of the day while you look out across Trafalgar Square. While it might be a little early for a pint of their signature London Pride ales, there’s a lovely choice of indulgent Admiral’s breakfasts and Brewer Street coffees to make this one of the top places to eat breakfast in London.
Giving it some welly in the brunch department, Suburb SW11 is a top notch bar and restaurant for breakfast in South London. Notably brimming with eggs and bites alike, guests to Suburb can also indulge in cocktails and free-flowing prosecco aplenty.
Open early in the morning to cater for Westminster's early risers, Loose Box has become a favourite breakfast location in the heart of London. A range of exquisite dishes and drinks are available for guests to sample, created by a team of experienced chefs that make use of only the finest, freshest ingredients around. Add into the fold a great line-up of teas, coffees and sharing platter, and you've got yourself one amazing breakfast spot in London.
Open from 7.30am daily, Ask For Janice gets Farringdon up and running for the day with breakfast and coffee. Focusing on seasonal, British fare and a love of social eating experiences, head along with your mates or prepare for a big day at work with a choice of crumpets, eggs on toast, hash browns with chorizo and plenty of other start-of-the-day treats.
A sanctuary of calm among the maddening crowds of the city, The Folly offers a good choice of options to set you up for a big day at the office. A cracking shout if you’re seeking a great place for breakfast in the city of London, this botanically-inspired eatery serves a lovely range of treats from the bakery, eggs on toast, blueberry pancakes and more.
The Common Old Oak is a quaint pub in Willesdon that's certainly worth a visit should you find yourself at a loose end in North West London. Drenched in natural light, the venue's ceiling-to-floor glass windows and rough wooden bar fills the entire pub with rustic overtones and is stocked full of all the finest locally sourced craft beers and real ales in London. Completing the experience, the team of chefs have worked tirelessly to offer a diverse menu, boasting delicious breakfast dishes and traditional treats.
Heard about the £12 Botanist Breakfast? Come anytime between 10 and 11.15am on weekdays and you can fill up on any of their hot breakfast dishes, washed down with unlimited tea or coffee for just £12. This is a slick and sophisticated spot to enjoy breakfast in west London; our tip is the avocado on toast, which comes paired with smoked streaky bacon and a fiery kick of chilli.
"Today is going to be a good day" say the Brekky Club’s menus, and a quick peek at what’s on offer quickly supports such a statement. A hands down favourite for eating breakfast in London, their Canary Wharf cafe cooks up an almighty spread from 7am on weekdays. Keep it nice and simple with a bacon butty, push the boat out with a breakfast burrito or spoil yourself with some all-American pancakes; the breakfast menu is available to order from all the way through until 5pm.
The Haunt has become something of a favourite for Stoke Newington's locals; low-key and serene, there are few better places to recharge and unwind. Fittingly decorated with vintage antiques and quaint features, the venue hopes to pay homage to the cafes and restaurants of old. With a basement hosting a variety of different events, ranging from life drawing classes to wild DJ sets, the kitchen staff offer up a range of exquisite treats for guests to tuck into. Expect ot find the likes of prawn and salmon bonbon, grilled baby monkfish and game terrine at this North London spot.
Brunch may often be comprised of eggs and bacon, but there's a little more to The Diner's breakfast than meets the eye. From pancakes and ice cream down to waffles and bacon, get familiar with this Americana way to brunch one heaped plate at a time.
This unique South London gem promises a futuristic viewpoint of sustainable culture, botanical touches and a series of thought-provoking talks. But on top of all that, its gorgeous view point from the end of Greenwich Peninsula's jetty make it an ideal spot for breakfast in South London.
Sitting in on of London's busiest spots, Over Easy offer Londoner's a great place to grab breakfast on the go. Catering for whatever mood you might be in, guests can enjoy a range of fresh pastries and can even get lost in the stacks of pancakes, served with fresh berries and ricotta cream. As the day progresses, guests can enjoy a selection of classic American brunch dishes, before washing it all down with some of the venue's American IPA and craft beer selection.
Barge House specialises in soul-satisfying grub, with menus that change according to the season. Open from 10am throughout the week, sleep in then take a relaxed stroll down to the edges of Regent’s Canal, where this super relaxed space gets you set up for the day with coffee, Breakfast in Bread and homemade cakes alongside those peaceful waterside vibes.
Last but by no means least on our guide to the best places for breakfast in London is The Elgin; a home-from-home found in Maida Vale. Serving hearty and delicious breakfasts to get you off on the right foot, come by any time after 8am and enjoy a choice of hot and cold options on the side of coffee sourced from the nearby Coleman Coffee Roasters on Maltby Street.
Sat in the heart of Britain's political hub, Walkers of Whitehall is a quaint cafe that uses only the finest ingredients and traditional recipes to serve up a breakfast to London's hungry crowds. With a talented team of chefs, they let their imaginations run wild, adding slight twists and tweaks to traditional British gastro dishes. Simply decorated with wooden tables and sleek furnishings, this cafe will undoubtedly become a favourite within Wesminster's culinary scene.
The Clapham North is a characterful spot in South London that boasts all the brilliant things you'd expect to find in a cosy, homely pub. Alongside the quirky decor, central to the pubs success is the hearty breakfast on offer. With potent Bloody Marys and other cocktails framing proceedings here, guests can expect to find all their favourite breakfast dishes here, from a delicious full English to a flavoursome Eggs Benedict.
An absolute gem of an independent neighbourhood bar and restaurant, No.11 serves up a delightfully communal breakfast in London from its cool and contemporary venue. All food is freshly cooked from scratch, and visitors can tuck into signature sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado & crispy bacon or ricotta pancakes with seasonal fruit between 9 and 11.30am. A truly delicious way to start the day in the heart of Chelsea.
Get your day off to the best start at Six Storeys in Soho, as they go from quirky cocktail venue to charming breakfast retreat by day. Set over six floors, the vintage-filled venue serves up a healthy fare in the morning, grab a coffee and go or sit and enjoy granola jars or baked free range eggs.