The infamous Full English is hangover food at its finest. Calorific, eggy, meaty and delicious. It’s exactly what you need to recharge your batteries on the morning after the night before, or leave you in a demobilising food coma, of course…
1. The Botanist
The Botanist Breakfast consists of pork sausage, cured bacon, Mrs Brown black pudding, roast tomato, portobello mushroom, Burford Brown eggs and Boston beans. It’s slightly on the pricey side at £16 (what do you expect from Sloane Square, huh?) but, if you’re lucky enough not to be working between the hours of 10am and 11.15am on a weekday, you can choose any hot breakfast dish and unlimited tea and coffee for £12. Steal.
No.7 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE
2. Regency Café
The Regency Café opened way back in 1946 and continues to serve proper British grub to this day. The interior is very unpretentious, with basic art deco features and pictures of Tottenham Hotspur players on the walls (sorry Arsenal fans). What it lacks in fanciful design, it sure makes up with the food. The fry up is a total bargain at £5.50, with the option to add extras (bubble and squeak, hash browns, black pudding) for an extra 90p. You may also have spotted the café in various films and TV shows, including Layer Cake in 2004.
17-19 Regency St, SW1P 4BY
This breakfast is a little bit different to the classic full English… because it’s Indian. The Big Bombay Breakfast includes akuri (spicy scrambled eggs), char-striped smoked streaky bacon, peppery Shropshire pork bangers, masala baked beans, grilled tomato and mushroom, and buttered pau buns. Match it with a breakfast lassi or a breakfast cocktail and you’ll be set for the day!
4. Terry’s Café
Terry’s café is family run, and the food is all top quality and locally sourced. The meats they use are from Smithfield Market, where Terry worked before opening the café, and their fresh produce comes from Borough Market. They stick to a traditional breakfast of sausage, egg, bacon, bubble and squeak, black pudding, beans, tomatoes and mushrooms. It’s damn good.
158 Great Suffolk St, SE1 1PE
5. The Breakfast Club
This almost goes without saying, but The Breakfast Club do a bloody good breakfast. Opt for The Full Monty for a proper British brekkie of bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs home-style fried potatoes, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato and multigrain bloomer. You may have to queue for a tiny bit before you can eat it (it’s a very popular eating ground) but it’ll be worth the wait!
6. The Table Café
This Borough Full English at the Table Café is rather farn-cy, with fried eggs, streaky bacon, pork and leek sausages, homemade ham hock and chorizo baked beans, tomato, herby mushrooms and sourdough toast. They also have a banging list of smoothies to kick-start the day!
83 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX
7. Honest Burgers
Honest aren’t all about the burgers… they also do a really cracking brunch! This one comes with smoked bacon, cumberland sausage, black pudding, fried egg, garlic mushrooms, bubble and squeak, Honest beans and sourdough. The breakfast itself costs £9.50, but you can also pay an additional £15.50 to add bottomless cocktails and make it a boozy affair. We recommend the Brunch Punch!
The Pedler Breakfast consists of eggs, cumberland sausage, valley smokehouse bacon, house-made beans, black pudding, flat mushroom, slow roast tomato, toast and maple salted butter (yes – maple salted butter)! See, the menu has your mouth watering before you’ve even arrived!
58 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR
The Farmer’s Breakfast at Frizzante is the real deal — free range scrambled eggs, grilled back bacon, handmade sausage, grilled flat mushroom, house-made baked beans, roasted tomato with oregano and buttered granary toast. So technically it’s more of a grill-up than a fry-up, but it’ll still drive you wild.
1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
Featured image credit: Terry’s Cafe