Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What’s the saying, ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’. I absolutely love having breakfast dates with my friends rather than dinner, it’s a special way to kick start your day with your favourite people. Also, nobody said you can’t have a mimosa or two whilst you are at it.
Whether you’re looking for the hottest breakfast spots for your weekday breakfast meetings, a catch up with your friends on your days off or something a bit more spectacular to get you out on the bed in the morning on the weekends – i’m giving you 16 places will stop you from spending hours queuing up outside The Breakfast Club.
1. Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London
The Rosewood is by far one of my favourite hotel brands. Each of the hotels within the brand ooze excellence that just keeps you coming back for more. The Holborn Dining room is a fantastic spot for breakfast, from fresh juices to a selection of pastries or light breakfast choices. For all the egg lovers, there is a huge selection of egg dishes to choose from, including traditional Eggs Benedict. Its majestically styled interiors makes it the perfect place for those extra special breakfast moments too.
2. Amaranto, Four Seasons Park Lane
Another hotel group that steals my beating heart is the Four Seasons group. Their hospitality knows no bounds and within that they take care of a wide range of guests they receive. Start off your morning with a fresh orange juice or latte before diving into a cheesy scrambled eggs topped with turkey bacon and a side of a slow roasted tomato and hash brown. Four Seasons Park Lane is the first UK hotel that I have had breakfast in where they have served turkey bacon as an option. Bravo to the Amaranto team!
3. Kettner’s Townhouse
Kettner’s was a firm favourite for many and it’s back! Soho House introduced the return of this much loved Soho property as Kettner’s Townhouse and it is now here to stay. Gather your favourites and dine at breakfast in their gorgeous restaurant. Try something a little different like almond butter on toast with berries, banana and flax seed. If you’re a bit of a health fanatic, there are great options for you too, with fresh juices, healthy cold press smoothies and lower calorie options like buckwheat granola with fruit and coconut yoghurt – yummy!
4. Mirror Room, Rosewood London
Another win for Rosewood London would be there section asset, the Mirror Room that resides deeper within the hotel. I celebrated a close friends birthday over breakfast at the Mirror Room and it was just perfect. They had something for everyone, including heavenly truffle baked eggs or for something a little different, try one of their healthy bowls. I would definitely recommend the Acai bowl, but i’m keen to go back and try the Energy bowl.
5. Aqua Shard
Want to dine with a beautiful view across London? Of course you do. I would recommend going to Aqua Shard for those special occasions or if you’re feeling like treating yourself a bit. Indulge in a variety of pastries or a full english breakfast, whilst sipping on a fresh orange juice. Actually, scrap the orange juice, let’s add champagne to the mix and have a trio of mimosa’s. You’re at the Shard after all!
6. Dalloway Terrace
If a leisurely breakfast before a big shop down Oxford Street is on the agenda, I would recommend Dalloway Terrace. If it’s gorgeous decor isn’t enough to win you over, the food is just as good. Settle down with a latte and french toast with berries before drizzling over that sweet, sweet maple syrup. Enjoy!
7. The Balcon, Sofitel St. James
If you like your brunches indulgent, then try The Balcon. Pop that cork and sip champagne whilst the birds still tweet outside. They do some of the finest halloumi and slow roasted tomatoes, if you wish to have something a bit lighter. However, indulgence is the way forward at The Balcon, therefore I would recommend trying the pistachio waffle with strawberry salad and Sauternes cream or the glorious brioche French toast with mixed berry compote and lemon curd before finishing off with a bloody Mary.
8. Timmy Green
Timmy Green is one of Victoria’s local loves. I discovered it after hearing Angie talking about it and I just couldn’t not stop by. I absolutely love the light, airy space but most of all, they serve the best coconut bread French toast. It’s out of this world, especially as it’s served with thick Greek yogurt, fresh raspberries, mango, shaved coconut, bee pollen and Vermont maple syrup. Have I made you drool yet? If that’s not enough, their shakshouka served with charcoal bread is the best shakshouka I have had in London.
9. Riding House Cafe
The Riding House Cafe was a real local for me when I went to university. It was only a stones throw away from my campus, so it was the perfect place to get together for pastries and coffee with my university friends before our 10am lectures. Their smoothies and array of juices are the perfect way to kick start your day but be sure to get there early or book, as this much loved quirky, retro-inspired brasserie gets rather busy.
10. Breakfast Dining at Mandarin Oriental
If you want impeccable service with gorgeous views, divine food and drink to match then I would definitely suggest having breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental. It may be a bit pricer than your average breakfast spend but you definitely get what you pay for. During my breakfast with Binny here, I created my own omelette and it was divine. I would suggest this to be a location for a special breakfast, for a birthday or anniversary for example. I went on a whim of course…
11. Roux at the Landau, The Langham
The Langham serves up some of the best breakfast, period. If it’s not for the lobster and avocado Eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce then it is for the gorgeous selection of fresh fruit, cakes, pastries and cheeses. You truly get spoilt at The Langham during breakfast. If you’re feeling a bit naughty, I would suggest adding a glass of champagne to the mix!
12. The Ivy Soho Brasserie
The Ivy in Soho is perfect for those early morning breakfast meetings. Its central location is perfect for it and the tables are far apart enough for you to feel like you have some privacy over your conversation. Not forgetting that they have a great selection of breakfast choices such as avocado and spinach Benedict and the garden breakfast. My personal favourite is the greek yoghurt with berries, served with manuka honey, pistachios and matcha powder. The selection of drinks are extensive, going as far as coconut water and homemade ginger beer – there is something for everyone.
13. Dean Street Townhouse
Another Soho House property has made the cut and that’s because their service and breakfast options are practically faultless. If you fancy a turmeric or matcha latte, they have you covered. Let’s not stop there though, pineapple juice or blood orange juice is also not asking for too much either. If you are after something a little more quintessentially British, they serve up some of the finest crumpets or why not try something different like heritage beetroot hash with duck egg? As you can see on my last visit, I wasn’t feeling so adventurous and stuck to something plain and simple, they certainly cater for all your needs.
14. Caravan King’s Cross
Caravan is a firm favourite of mine. If anyone ever suggests to meet up for breakfast in King’s Cross, it’s the first place I suggest. It is another place that is often enough very busy but for all the right reasons. My loyalty lies to this particular branch because it was the first location of the Caravan group and where I discovered it. It’s housed within a old Victorian grain store complete with an open plan kitchen, bar, coffee roasters and outside seating area that is perfect for summer. My favourite dish here was the slow roasted tomatoes on sour dough bread, but they not long ago took it off the menu. However, if you ask nicely, they will still put it together for you. You can find the likes of overnight oats, brown rice porridge, sweet baked goods, even jalapeño cornbread!
15. The Delaunay
I could talk all day about the gorgeous interiors of The Delaunay, its by far one of the most elegant spots to have breakfast in central London. I remember getting together with some of my blogger friends for my birthday brunch a few years back for this exact reason. They do the most divine pink grapefruit that is served in a cold chalice and is grilled with brown sugar on top. I would suggest trying the Oatmeal Soufflé with a plum & cinnamon compote or the potato rosti with fried eggs. Again, I would suggest this as the perfect spot for a glass of champagne too.
16. Duck & Waffle
I think Duck and Waffle is the most special place to have breakfast. Not only does it have the most divine truffle baked eggs, but it is the only restaurant in London that you can book early enough (because it’s open 24 hours) and high enough (40 floors high) to get the most perfect sunrise view whilst having breakfast. Those surreal moments when everyone is waking up in London below you and you get to watch it all happen at a slow pace across the gorgeous skyline. I got the first 6am booking for breakfast with my friend Leonor and it was just magical. You know what was even more magical? I got my final year university results only a couple of hours later telling me I passed everything and was graduating. Definitely a memorable breakfast for sure.
Have you visited any of these amazing breakfast hotspots?
Until next time…