London’s Best Breakfast Haunts
There’s a reason they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting the slog as you mean to go on with a breakfast of champions is important business, and London has some of the best breakfast haunts in the world. Whether you’re looking for a quiet hangout or a bustling pick-up, here are some of the best breakfast cafes and restaurants the capital has to offer.
Dean Street Townhouse
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square.
Even in the wee hours of the morning Dean Street Townhouse’s tables are always abuzz with trendy media types. Partly because to its perfectly central Soho location, but mainly thanks to its 1730’s Georgian décor and the fact it serves great food all-day, every day. The menu features all of your classic with eggs, full English, porridge and kedgeree on offer, but there fruit smoothies are the perfect midweek pick-up.
Nearest Tube: Moorgate
The clue is sort of in the title when it comes to Bad Egg and its deliberately rough-around-the-edges City hangout. From the neon signage that flashes upon your entrance to the soundtrack playing over your breakfast, everything about this place is punk. The Mexican-inspired menu of consists of ribs, eggs, fries, mini tacos and pancakes topped with fried chicken. They do also offer a bottomless brunch with as many glasses of cava, mimosa and bloody Marys as you can you chug.
Eastway at Andaz Hyatt Hotel
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
If you work in the City and don’t fancy the scruffiness of Bad Egg, the Eastway in the Andaz Hyatt hotel is just as good for your morning meal. It’s one of five restaurants inside the Andaz, but we’d recommend Eastway’s mammoth 7-inch bap with Portobello mushrooms, potato hash, back bacon, baked beans, Cumberland sausages and a free-range fried egg. Thanks to its City location, it does get busy during the week, but weekends are usually a lot quieter.
Nearest Tube: Paddington
For those a little more West who fancy something on the healthier side, it’s brunch all hours of the weekend at Paddington’s Beany Green. This is a café of the Australian persuasion and as such you won’t find a full-English, but you will find an all-day menu consisting of oats, fruits and nuts. If that’s a bit too hygge for your palette, they do also offer a ‘fancy’ bacon roll which comes with the Rib Man’s Holy Fuck sauce in hollandaise form.
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
A Japanese Udon noodle bar probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you’re looking for a spot of breakfast, but the Koya Bar should be at least considered. If you’re not on the lookout for a bacon and egg bap and want something alternative, look no further than the Koya Bar and their incredible take on an English Breakfast. It may be a little gimmicky but we promise adding a fried egg, bacon, and shiitake mushrooms to Udon noodles is the perfect way to start your day. Served with a pot of Japanese tea, Koya is ideal if you want to avoid the Soho crowds.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
Hawksmoor is basically brilliant for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for a Sunday Roast or a slab of lunchtime steak, London’s premier beef bar does it all. But you may not have heading down early enough to tuck into their 250g rib-eye with fried eggs, and hash browns. Couple it with the spicy Bloody Mary No. 4. and you’re off to a winning morning. We’d even recommend trying their cornflake milkshake which comes lovingly with two slugs of bourbon. As always, it’s not cheap. But it’s worth it.
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
While everything on our list is worth a visit, you can’t really beat a good old East End greasy spoon for your breakfast. But if you’re going to head to one, you may as well head to the best. And everybody in the capital knows that’s the Grade II-listed Bethnal Green Road E Pellicci. Having been feeding the masses since 1900, Londoners come here as much for the atmosphere and the rich Deco-style marquetry panelled interior decor as for the humble grub. Somehow E Pellicci feels opulent despite its humble servings and we make it the best greasy spoon in the capital.