Whether you’re after a well-needed health-kick, a carnivorous gorge-fest or some aristocratic excellence, there are few better places to grab a breakfast bite than London.

The Big Smoke has plenty to offer, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to hand-pick some of the very best around. From all-vegan cafés to sky-scraping top-floor restaurants, British steakhouses to Middle Eastern buffets, we reckon we’ve found something for everyone.

So, without further ado, embrace the most important meal of the day and get stuck into our 10 spots to visit for the best breakfast in London.

THE 10 BEST PLACES FOR BREAKFAST IN LONDON 

Avobar, Covent Garden, WC2E 8ND  

Sitting pretty on cosy Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, Avobar wows diners with its adventurous tastes and health-conscious approach. The healthy aesthetic has you feeling fresh and rosy-cheeked before you’ve even sat down to eat. Its clean, vibrant, houseplant-heavy interior carries an earthy feel, setting the tone for a sustainable, planet-friendly eating experience.

The clue’s in the name when it comes to Avobar’s superfood menu: it’s avocado in every way imaginable. The all-day brunch menu includes twists on the kind of avocado-based delights you’d typically expect, with a few wildcard options for those who fancy pushing the boat out. The Ultimate Avo Toast takes the stereotypical millennial dream and kits it out to the max: sourdough toast, topped with sliced avocado, more avocado in the form of guacamole, poached egg and a side of avo lime jam, all plated up in a deconstructed pile of deliciousness (£11).

If you’re in the mood to indulge, Avobar’s matcha pancakes stay true to the green theme and certainly hit the spot. Follow the sweet path and dress your matcha pancakes with caramelised banana and maple syrup (£12.50) or go savoury and swap the sugar for either house-cured salmon or grilled bacon and a side of turmeric poached egg (£11) – both options are crowned with a knob of avo butter. Avobar ensures all of its avocados are sourced sustainably and ethically – tasting great and coming from great places.

Café Forty One, Bayswater, W2 3JN  

Situated just outside Hyde Park, Café Forty One takes plant-based breakfast to a whole new level. The sleek vegan restaurant sits on the elegant Inverness Street and serves unique plant-based food that will convert even the most carnivorous diner.

The breakfast menu is served from 7.00am to 11.00am and features animal-free recreations of classics like the full English and omelettes. Café Forty One’s Plantbased Full English Breakfast (£12.95) goes bold, not cutting any corners with the meat-free route. The breakfast is packed with veggie sausages, a hash brown, tofu scramble, portobello mushrooms, basil baked beans, vine tomatoes, and a slice of sourdough toast. Of course, this also comes with a steamy mug of English breakfast tea or filtered coffee – it’s entirely up to you.

For a lighter, yet equally adventurous dish, order up a Chickpea Omelette (£10). For this breakfast favourite, Café Forty One has kept things strictly plant-based by swapping out eggs for, you guessed it, chickpeas. The omelette also includes mushrooms, vegan cheddar, sourdough toast, and chives, topped with a jungle of green leafy goodness.

Café Forty One is proudly alcohol-free and much like the food, the mocktails (£5.50) make no mistake of delivering the goods. The margaritas and pina coladas aren’t ideal for a hair of the dog approach to the weekend but they’ll certainly get your taste buds tingling.

Caravan, Fitzrovia, W1W 6AJ  

Housed in the heart of the capital, close to our central London aparthotels, Caravan Fitzrovia has established itself as a firm favourite for a morning treat. Beautifully designed in the former Radio 1 HQ (with a secret record room tucked away downstairs), the Caravan Fitzrovia interior is stocked with bare brickwork, tall windows and a sprinkling of shrubbery for a casual, yet stylish, dining experience.

The food isn’t half bad either and there are plenty of tasty breakfast dishes to choose from. Keep it light with a bowl of maple sesame granola, golden spiced yoghurt, blood orange, and banana cashew butter (£6.50) or go for a breakfast plate fiesta with fried jalapeño cornbread, black bean salsa, fried egg, tomatillo, feta, pickled red onion and chipotle mayonnaise (£10).

However, if Caravan Fitzrovia is to be your breakfast destination of choice, an absolute must-try is the baked eggs, with a tomato pepper ragu, rose harissa, chickpeas, Greek yoghurt, flatbread, and a scattering of parsley (£10).

For a complete breakfast experience, dip into Caravan’s exquisite coffee selection. Its own blends include coffee beans from all corners of the world: Italian, Colombian, Burundian, and plenty more, making for an unforgettable cup of Joe. If you can’t make it to the restaurant, head over to the website for Caravan’s online coffee shop. It also does amazing cocktails if you fancy turning that morning coffee into an espresso-martini-fuelled boozy brunch.

Dishoom, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FB  

Dishoom brings breakfast from Bombay to London with love. Located in London’s West End, Dishoom Covent Garden has been a big city favourite since 2010. Its vintage décor and buzzy Irani café atmosphere transport you far away from its central London front doors.

The food and flavours impeccably marry the punchy tastes of Indian street food with the classic British breakfast appetite. Breakfast is served from 8am to 11.45am on weekdays and from 9am to 11.45am on weekends.

The cooked breakfasts are hearty, to say the least (enough to satisfy legendary Parsi bodybuilders, according to Dishoom) and none more so than The Big Bombay. The dish perfectly personifies the essence of Dishoom, taking the full English breakfast and turning it into, well, the full Indian breakfast. Expect to find your plate piled high with a mountain of akuri, smoked streaky bacon, peppery Shropshire pork sausages, masala beans, grilled field mushrooms, grilled tomato, and buttered, homemade buns (£12.50).

While there is plenty of draw from the entire Dishoom breakfast menu, there is only one cult classic: the Bacon Naan Roll (£6.90). Dishoom’s Bacon Naan Roll is its signature dish and can be eaten on-the-go or enjoyed in house. Substitute a bland bread roll and your run-of-the-mill bacon sandwich with a freshly-baked to order naan bread, filled with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam, fresh herbs and two-week matured, traditionally smoked streaky bacon. It’s worth mentioning, however, once you’ve tried the Bacon Naan Roll, there can be no going back.

Duck & Waffle, Liverpool Street, EC2N 4AY  

There are few better places to tuck into high calibre cuisine and embrace the views of London than at Duck & Waffle. Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after restaurants in the city, Duck & Waffle sits high in Heron Tower, Liverpool Street. Replacing walls for windows, the restaurant is filled with natural light from every angle, with a near 360° view of the city.

The breakfast menu is served Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 11:30am and, as you can imagine, there’s duck (and waffle) here, there and everywhere. The waffles come sweet or savoury and there’s plenty to support your decision for joining either team. On the sweet side, our pick is the Spring Fever Elvis: a whole buttermilk waffle with rhubarb, blood orange and lemon tea jam, almond butter, and finished with Chantilly cream (£17). For the savoury lovers, go for the Smoked Salmon Royale: a waffle topped with hen’s egg, smoked salmon, horseradish and chives (£15) – you can also add 10g Exmoor Caviar for those days of extra indulgence.

The must-eat at Duck & Waffle combines the very best of what sweet and savoury have to offer and brings it to one plate. Eponymously named Duck & Waffle, this signature dish includes a crispy leg of confit duck, perched on a fluffy waffle and topped with a fried duck egg. The masterpiece is accompanied by a tangy mustard maple syrup sauce to be drizzled ubiquitously by the diner (£18).

Farm Girl, Notting Hill, W11 3DB  

Tucked modestly away behind St Peter’s Church on London’s famous Portabello Road, the original Farm Girl restaurant welcomes all (two-legged and four) for a comfortable, vibrant eat-in experience. The interior is stricken with bold colours: blue-tiled walls, hot pink doors and cutlery buckets of red and yellow. The décor’s punchy personality is reflected in Farm Girl’s super-healthy, super-tasty breakfast menu.

Get a head start on your five-a-day with an Acai Bowl featuring frozen acai, frozen banana, coconut milk, seasonal fruit, chia seeds, granola & coconut shavings (£8.50). The bowls are packed with all things good and are as equally destined for your Instagram page as they are for your stomach.

Whether you’re popping in for breakfast or brunch, the all-day menu features a host of dishes designed to satisfy every craving. Kick things off with a bang and delve into the Spicy Bulldog Tacos. Loaded with braised shiitake bulgogi, gochujang, mayo, lime, and shredded napa cabbage, these no-nonsense tacos undoubtedly pack a punch and tackle any empty stomachs with ease.

You can safely revel in all of Farm Girl’s breakfast and brunch options with the knowledge that every ingredient is organic and locally sourced where possible. Farm Girl is also notoriously pup-friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring your four-legged friend along for the ride. As well as residing in Notting Hill, Farm Girl also has restaurants in Knightsbridge, Soho and Fitzrovia.

Hawksmoor, Guildhall, EC2V 5BQ  

In complete contrast to the artistic and health-conscious pleasures of places like Avobar and Farm Girl, Hawksmoor goes big on breakfast like no other. Located on the edge of the City of London, Hawksmoor Guildhall laughs in the face of all other self-proclaimed fry-up kings. It’s strong, steakhouse interior, lathered with walnut browns, prepares all who enter for the mammoth eating task ahead.

While there are options available like avocado on toast, poached eggs smothered in hollandaise, and granola with yoghurt, you’re only in Hawksmoor for one reason: meat, lots of it, for breakfast. Head down to Hawksmoor with a teammate and take down the full English for two to share (£40). Pushing the boundaries of how far a fry-up can go, this ultimate breakfast dish is stacked with a smoked bacon chop, sausages (made with pork, beef, and mutton), black pudding, short-rib bubble and squeak, grilled bone marrow (don’t be afraid, you won’t regret it), trotter baked beans (again, we promise it’s worth it), fried eggs, grilled mushrooms, roast tomatoes, HP gravy, and as much toast and you can shake a stick at.

Despite the seemingly reckless line up of animal products on offer, Hawksmoor prides itself on its sustainability efforts. This includes a particular focus on the products it sources, ensuring all livestock has been treated to the best life possible. It also supports a range of charities fighting hunger across the world, helping to put food on the table for families everywhere.

If you’re not keen on venturing into the City, you can find Hawksmoor restaurants in east London, with one steakhouse sandwiched between Spitalfields and Shoreditch, and other restaurants in Air Street, Knightsbridge, Borough and Seven Dials.

Ottolenghi, Islington, N1 2TZ  

Appearing all over London, but with the flagship still firmly in Islington, Ottolenghi has boomed from the cult hero of delis to a front-runner among the big city’s best. Putting everything on display, Ottolenghi’s décor is beautifully simple with bright whites creating a blank canvas for the food to paint the picture. The window displays and long counters are piled high with vivid dark green salads, rainbow fruit platters and chargrilled pink meats, satisfying the eyes while rumbling the stomach.

The rich and eccentric Middle Eastern flavours of Ottolenghi have introduced Londoners to brand new cuisines. The breakfast and brunch menu presents food reflective of its heritage while bringing out the best in well-established favourites. The French toast with orange yoghurt and damson jam is to die for, oozing with sweet, tangy, buttery goodness (£10.50). Going down a more experimental avenue, the pulled cabrito goat with ladopita bread, fried egg, mustard sour cream and mixed leaves is wonderfully rich and savoury (£12.50).

But if you’re visiting Ottolenghi for the widely-assumed most important meal of the day, look no further than the shakshuka (£12.50). This signature dish has become a certified must-try for anyone looking to spruce up their breakfast. Often served in a cast-iron skillet, this classic North African dish is bursting with flavour from braised eggs, tomatoes, sweet peppers, labneh, finished with a slice of freshly-baked focaccia. If you’re a little short on time, Ottolenghi has a huge range of its delicious goodies available to takeaway so you can grab and go whenever you like.

Wild Honey, St James, SW1Y 5NG  

Located within the walls of the extravagant St James Sofiet Hotel lies Wild Honey, one of the prized possessions of chef extraordinaire, Anthony Demetre. Sat on Pall Mall and within walking distance of Trafalgar Squeeze, Wild Honey is an essential breakfast stop for a day out in beautiful central London. Through an elegant balance of French and British cuisine, Wild Honey’s flavours have continued to entice London’s high society for years. The dining area is encircled by long, thick curtains and the ceiling is alight with quirky chandeliers. The atmosphere is one of luxury and the food is too.

The breakfast menu is constantly changing and adapts to seasonality but you can guarantee whatever comes out next will maintain the same sky-high standards. Some favourites in the past include the poached eggs with chorizo and crushed avocado on crumpets, soaked in béarnaise sauce (£16) and the unmistakable continental breakfast: a festival of freshly-squeezed fruit juices, homemade granola, Sussex smoked salmon, and hand-crafted jams galore (£19.50). The pastries are all exquisite and fabulously paired with Wild Honey’s expert range of coffee.

The Wolseley, Piccadilly, W1J 9EB  

You simply can’t have a list of the best breakfast spots in London without mentioning The Wolseley. Sitting proudly on the grand streets of Mayfair, The Wolseley exuberates luxury in every way. Its glamorous art deco design, immaculate waiting service and classic food generate a genuine sense of occasion with every visit.

Breakfast begins from as early as 7:00am on weekdays, relaxing a little to 8:00am on weekends, and finishes at 11:30am. It’s impossible to say no to any of the master-crafted viennoiseries on offer. The Croissant au Beurre is French patisserie perfection (£3.95) and the Banana Bread with vanilla butter and fruit compote is nothing short of pure, unadulterated satisfaction (£4.50).

Combining British heritage with European grandeur, The Wolseley is nothing short of iconic and nothing is more iconic than its Eggs Benedict (£9.75). Simple, with an aristocratic feel, every element of this Eggs Benedict is right on the money – it’s eggs, muffins and ham like you’ve never had them before.

With so many top restaurants and eateries available, we know just how hard it can be to choose from the menu of options in the capital. We hope this guide has gone some way to helping you track down the best breakfast in London!

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Published 01st May 2021
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