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 17th July 2018




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. 

No 11 Pimlico Road

190 user reviews 4

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.

The Loose Box

1 user review 4

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. 

The Folly

306 user reviews 4

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.

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. 

Bird of Smithfield

12 user reviews 4

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.

Admiralty

43 user reviews 5

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.

Kitty Hawk

380 user reviews 4

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.

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.

Barge House

3 user reviews 5

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.

Greenwood

19 user reviews 3

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 Elgin

117 user reviews 4

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.

Opening bright and early from 9am, take your pick between mouth-watering options like the smashed avocado & lime on toast, baked beans & fried duck egg or keep things light with granola, plain yoghurt & fruit if you're on something of a health kick. This is a relaxed and friendly cafe known for its stripped back, industrial feel.

The Botanist

4 user reviews 5

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.

The Clapham North

93 user reviews 4

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.

The Sipping Room

94 user reviews 4

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.

"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.

Ask For Janice

156 user reviews 5

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.