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We thought breakfast deserved a little bit of love, particularly since brunch has kind of taken over the show. After all, breakfast is, as our mums and teachers always taught us, the most important meal of the day…
Hawksmoor Breakfast at Hawksmoor
Serving anything in a skillet pan and offering the option of grilled bone marrow (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) screams splendour, but the food here is also well sourced and great-tasting. Already hailed (by us) as one of the best fry ups in town, their breakfast for two includes smoked bacon chop, short rib bubble and squeak, meaty grilled bone marrow, trotter baked beans and trademark HP gravy.
A Full English at The 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 for 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 have also spotted the café in various films and TV shows, including Layer Cake in 2004.
17-19 Regency St, SW1P 4BY
Bacon Naan at Dishoom
We’ve raved about this one a few times and, trust us, there’s a reason for it. Light puffy naan bread surrounds layers of crispy sugar cured bacon, melted cream cheese, coriander and chilli tomato jam. The Dishoom bacon naan quite literally laughs in the face of the British bacon buttie. In fact, we’d go as far as saying you can’t call yourself a Londoner until you’ve tried one.
Alternatively, opt for the Full, erm, 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 lassi or a breakfast cocktail and you’ll be set for the day!
Eggs Benedict at The Wolseley
Don’t be put off by the celebrity clientele, you don’t have to be rolling in it to breakfast like a King at The Wolseley. Famous for the best Eggs Ben in London, this picture shows the perfection of those oozing yolks and, at £7.50 a plate, it’s hardly got a Mayfair price tag. If you do feel like splashing out, there is a luxurious caviar omelette on the menu for £70.
160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB
Fried Chicken and Egg Bap at Eggbreak
Guess what? There’s eggs on the menu at Eggbreak. And when we say eggs, we don’t just mean the ‘done any way’ kind. We mean done every way: ways that you didn’t even know were possible. Try the fried chicken and egg bap if you’re after something downright dirty, it’s a sure-fire way to cure even the most persistent of hangovers. Or you can opt for their gorgeous French Toast: it’s topped with banana & blueberry, cinnamon and lashings of brown butter maple syrup. Extremely naughty, but possibly the best £9 you’ll spend that day.
30 Uxbridge St, W8 7TA
The Full English at 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
Baked Eggs at Caravan
No breakfast round-up is complete without a mention of Caravan and their baked eggs with tomato pepper ragout, greek yoghurt, toast and merguez sausage. It’s easily one of our favourite places for early morning feasting. If you haven’t been here yet, you seriously need to ask yourself what you’ve been doing with your Sunday mornings.
King’s Cross and Exmouth Market
The Pedler Breakfast at The Pedler
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
Brisket Hash and Fried Duck Egg at Galvin Hop
There’s a lot to say for duck eggs. They’re not only larger than the humble hen’s egg, but they’re also richer in both flavour and colour. The ‘pub deluxe’, Galvin HOP, serve their perfectly fried eggs on top of a crispy, meaty hash. It’s possibly the tastiest way to get all your morning proteins in one meal.
35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY
The Farmer’s Breakfast at Frizzante
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 it’s technically more of a grill-up than a fry-up, but it’ll still drive you wild.
1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
Ricotta Hotcakes at Granger & Co.
Granger and Co. make their ricotta hotcakes (that’s pancakes to you and I) thick and fluffy, with a texture as light as heavenly clouds. They’re served up with banana and honeycomb butter, giving you just the right of sugary sweet energy to start your day right.
Duck and Waffle at Duck and Waffle
If you’ve not yet made your way up the Heron Tower for brekkie, you must get Duck and Waffle‘s signature dish when you do. The combination of crispy confit of duck leg and a fried duck egg, both served on a crisp yet fluffy waffle, is surprisingly delightful. It’s topped with a tangy mustard maple syrup for the perfect amount of sweetness alongside the savoury. It’s not the cheapest of breakfasts, but for £15 you also get an unbeatable view of the capital.
110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Smoothie Bowls and Red Velvet Lattes at Palm Vaults
Possibly the most Instagrammable coffee shop in the whole of London, Palm Vaults in Hackney is decorated with pastel colours, retro prints and plenty of plants. Behind the tropical interior, their menu is also super trendy, and is constantly changing. We’re talking matcha frappés, avocado coffee and RED VELVET lattes.
411 Mare Street, E8 1HY
Baked Eggs at Ask For Janice
The breakfast menu at Ask for Janice has everything you could ever want: from sweet to savoury, hot to cold. We’d definitely recommend the baked eggs with merguez sausage, roasted peppers and yoghurt. It’s open from 7.30am, and is the perfect place to start your day. Not to mention the gorgeous interiors and the cracking coffee from Coleman Coffee.
50-52 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ
Berry Pancakes at The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club has become a bit of a craze in recent times, but for good reason. Their piled-high pancake stacks, topped with lick-your-plate-clean maple syrup and vanilla cream, should definitely be on your breakfast bucket list. However, if you want to avoid the queues, it’s probably best to find a time during the working week to go. Nothing’s worth getting hangry about.