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.
Why not get lunch and dinner sorted with our complete guide to eating out in London while you're at it?
Last updated on 11th September 2017
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.
Located in Paddington, Heist Bank is a laid-back and cool bar and restaurant that specialises in Italian food. The venue is comprised of several rooms, including an open plan seating area, a pool table and plenty of private hire options.
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.
Sitting comfortably in the elegant Intercontinental hotel, Market Brasserie is a luxurious restaurant and bar that couples great flavours with an amazing setting. Armed with its own rooftop cocktail bar, boasting breathtaking views of London's skyline, the venue's kitchen serves a range of classic British recipes, including fresh seafood plates, hearty roast dinners and belly-filling breakfast dishes.
Found yourself in central London and in need of a bit of brunch? The Gentlemen Baristas Store Street should sort you out. The stylish little spot not only puts on coffee lessons, but also offers an all-day brunch and has an award-winning selection of coffee.
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.
Start your weekends off right with whacking breakfast plates including the likes of smashed avocado and chilli flakes, and smoked salmon and poached eggs at Balls Brothers in Mayfair. To top things off, the spot will be offering bottomless cocktails, from Bloody Marys to Espresso Martinis, to help you wash it all down.
Greenwood in Victoria is a sports bar and restaurant that stand head and shoulders above its competition. Serving amazing food that's certain to leave you grinning from ear to ear, the venue is perfect for anyone looking for a place to eat breakfast in London. Think pancakes topped with cream and berries, poached eggs and all the smashed avocado you can ask for.
The Sipping Room is a sleek restaurant in East London that serves delicious seasonal dishes throughout the day to Canary Wharf's hungry revellers. As part of the famous Drake and Morgan restaurant group, the venue delivers only the highest standard of food. Open 7 days a week, head down early in the morning and enjoy all your favourite breakfast dishes, including a full English and a selection of warm pastries.
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.
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.
Kick your breakfast off with a brilliant dose of bottomless prosecco as Zona N16 put on a bottomless brunch. The Stoke Newington restaurant will be perking up your weekends with hearty brunch plates and a lively atmosphere.
Blending New York glamour with London cool, it’s easy to see why Kitty Hawk is such a popular stop in East London. Open all day for delicious dinner at night all the way back until breakfast, where they serve up speciality coffee, pastries, and a deli to make sure you are more than filled on your visit.
Found yourself in the surrounding area of Charing Cross and looking for a bite to eat in the morning? While normally known as a wine bar, All Bar One on Villiers Street also churns out a top selection of affordable breakfast and brunch dishes.
Stop by Bishopsgate Kitchen close to Spitalfields Market for an early morning menu packed with classic, seasonal and locally sourced dishes that will end that start-of-the-day craving. Serving up small and large plates, alongside well-made coffee and loose leaf teas, stop by for breakfast and you’ll be well prepared for the rest of the day.
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.
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.
Balls Brothers Hays Galleria is finally open for bottomless brunch. On top of delicious brunch meals like smashed avocado, salmon and eggs and British classics involving Cumberland sausage, there’s also the chance to go bottomess with prosecco, Bloody Marys, aperol spirtz and espresso martini.
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.
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.
M Restaurant is multifaceted both in venue and menu. Their 120-cover restaurant normally serves the finest in grill food for lunch and dinner, including choice cuts from six individual countries, but they are also perfect for breakfast, where they serve dishes made of the finest ingredients and made to the highest standards of hospitality.
If you are after breakfast in South West London, look no further than Aubaine. They serve up delicious French and European plates for everyone who steps into their quaint venue, whether they be families, tourists or groups of friends just waking up.
Making your way down to South London and getting those hunger pangs come the AM? Not only are there big brunch dishes the likes of corn fritters and a full English to enjoy, stick around for a roster of cocktails and live entertainment in the evening.
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.
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.
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.
Cha Chaan Teng is a Hong Kong diner, so you can expect them to serve up a good breakfast. Come before 11am for a breakfast buffet that’ll satisfy healthy eaters and hungry souls alike.
While the Memory Box is known for being a night time hangout thanks to its cocktails and delicious dinner meals, they also are the perfect place to stop for breakfast. Open every day at 8am, pop into the cool and contemporary bar for some bites and come back a bit later in the day for happy hour drinks too.
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.
You can’t go wrong with breakfast in Ben’s Canteen. This Clapham hangout is known for its seriously indulgent brunch, served during the day or at the weekends, which they make sure to back up with a fantastic serving of Bloody Marys. Why not try Ben's Canteen Earlsfield too?