Best Breakfasts in London for a Morning Date

01 Mar

We have hand-selected some of the finest and most respected breakfast locations in London based on the most important factors: menu quality, waiting service and atmosphere.

London’s Official Top 30 Best Breakfast Guide – The 2019 Edition

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We have hand-selected some of the reputable and most respected breakfast locations in London based on the most important factors: menu quality, waiting service and atmosphere.

Take a look below at our top 30 best breakfast locations in London.

1. Hawksmoor – Guildhall

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The ever-lively Hawksmoor is one of the most popular places for breakfast and brunch and offers one of the best traditional full English breakfasts in London. Hawksmoor serves their signature dish in a skillet pan, coupled with a small iron saucer containing trotter baked beans and trademark HP gravy.

If this doesn’t delight you, there other options are equally as impressive, we’d personally recommend the Lobster Benedict, utterly exquisite and refreshingly light.

Atmosphere – Lively and busy.
Best feature – Their signature full English dish.

2. Andina – Shoreditch

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A delightful Peruvian restaurant that specialises in healthy breakfasts. For those who prefer lighter, fresher breakfasts, Andina should headline your options.

Their breakfasts focus on super-grain goodness and antioxidants, expertly designed by Head Chef Martin Morales. The food at Andina is authentic and ethically sourced, and you can tell.

Atmosphere – Calm, quaint and inviting.
Best feature – Their healthy breakfasts, specifically their juices.

3. Honey & Co – Fitzrovia

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Honey & Co is unashamedly cute and remains one of the most popular spots for early morning dining. While they are known primarily for its modern Middle Eastern cooking, we’d strongly encourage you to try their coffee. Boiled in a bespoke pot and served in quaint, decorative glasses, their appearance is exquisite and the taste is equally as impressive.

For breakfast, we’d recommend the Middle Eastern breakfast to share option (especially if you’re with a date), as this course is specifically designed for equal and easy sharing.

Atmosphere – Cute and humble, sometimes busy depending on the time of day.
Best feature – Their expertly crafted Middle Eastern coffee.

4. Riding House Cafe – Oxford Circus

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For those looking to impress on a first date, Riding House Cafe should be a strong consideration. What Riding House Cafe does well are the simple things; there’s always plenty of room, the atmosphere is lively (but not invasive) and the decor is suave and seductively sleek.

We’d recommend going for the lighter breakfasts here, specifically the Kiwi, Berries and Israeli Couscous, served with banana, coconut yoghurt and basil. It’s refreshingly light, yet filling, perfect for the day ahead.

Atmosphere – Relaxing and appropriate for all socialites, even during busier times.
Best feature – The suave decor and diverse breakfast menu.

5. Jackson & Rye – Chiswick and Soho

It’s difficult to leave Jackson & Rye off our list, considering it’s popularity in London. With it’s warm lighting and NYC-inspired design, breakfast dining has never appeared more sophisticated.

There are a variety of interesting dishes to select, but we would advise opting for The Forager, a delightful mix of fried eggs, halloumi, kale & spinach, topped with tomato salsa, avocado, mushroom, spiced black beans and granary toast. A truly sensational blend of tastes.

Atmosphere – Smart, appropriate for early breakfast with a date
Best feature – Eclectic menu with some diverse egg-based breakfasts.

6. Dean Street Townhouse – Soho

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Situated in the centre of eccentric Soho, Dean Street Townhouse bursts with vigour and sophistication. It’s a popular spot for local celebrities, so consider dressing smart if you’re looking to impress.

Breakfast at Dean Street Townhouse mirrors the grandeur of its decor. Their ham hock hash with fried duck egg is simple, fluffy and beautifully presented on eggshell-white plates. Their smoothies are also tantalising, especially the banana and coffee, perfect to kickstart the day.

Atmosphere – Sophisticated and intimate.
Best feature – Beautiful surroundings and traditional breakfast options.

7. Greenberry Cafe – Primrose Hill

Lazy breakfast dates don’t come better than dining at Greenberry Cafe. The atmosphere immediately hugs you with its wood-inspired design and humble setting. This is the perfect breakfast venue for those looking for something more relaxed.

Their menu is vast, but this does not detract from the quality of each meal. Each option looks phenomenal, but their portobello mushrooms, poached egg, hollandaise and truffle oil is our personal favourite. The sourdough in particular is irresistible.

Atmosphere – Humble, warm and inviting (dogs are also allowed).
Best feature – Sourdough breakfast options don’t come better than this.

8. Duck and Waffle – Bishopsgate

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A name that regularly finds its way into our best places to dine list, Duck and Waffle in Heron Tower is one of the frontrunners for best breakfast in the sky.

While they are known primarily for their signature duck and waffle dinner dish, their breakfast options are just as appealing. We’d recommend the smoked finnan haddock alongside their organic poached eggs with a hash brown and English mustard cream.

Atmosphere – Sophisticated, upper class.
Best feature – Skyline dining with exceptional views of London.

9. The Wolseley – Piccadilly

Renowned for having the best eggs Benedict in London. The Wolseley situated itself in the heart of Piccadilly and isn’t shy of celebrity clientele. It’s sharp, suave and doused in crimson blacks, this is highbrow breakfast dining at its finest.

You’re only going to The Wolseley for one item, and that’s the eggs benedict – exquisite would be an understatement.

Atmosphere – Suave and intimate, even at busier times.
Best feature – The eggs benedict, arguably the best in London.

10. Devonshire Club – City of London

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Politely hiding itself in Devonshire Square, Devonshire Club is one of the five star boutique hotel and private members clubs in London.

Devonshire Club serves eggs every way possible. We’d recommend their baked eggs with chorizo ricotta if you’re looking for a more abstract approach to your traditional eggs benedict.

Atmosphere – Lively but intimate.
Best feature – The menu which offers traditional English breakfast options with a twist.

11. Kettner’s Townhouse – Soho

Kettner’s Townhouse is one of the rare cafes in Soho that can offer a quaint ambience amongst the bustling Soho cityscape. It’s a stunning townhouse, lined with marbles and eccentric architrave patterning, all of which compliments the exceptional menu.

The botanicals here are wonderful, the Glow in particular was sensational, infused with pomegranate, red grapes, guava, ginger, lime, rose and collagen. If you’re looking for something slightly different, we’d encourage trying the Kettner’s cured trout.

Atmosphere – Quaint and quiet, rare in Soho cafes.
Best feature – The botanicals and variety of freshly made juices and smoothies.

12. Aqua Shard – The Shard

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Another skyline breakfast emporium makes our list. Aqua Shard is primarily known for its 360 degree views of London, but try not to let this distract you from their exceptional breakfast menu.

The Shard Set Breakfast is a must-try, with the Dingley Deli treacle being a fantastic complimentary addition. For something lighter, the Old Legbar egg omelette would be our choice.

Atmosphere – Peaceful, especially if you secure a window seat in the corner
Best feature – The views only serve to complement the menu, it’s difficult to pick a winner.

13. Granary Square Brasserie – Kings Cross

From the team that brought you The Ivy Collection, Granary Square Brasserie offers a seven-day dining concept with an all-day brunch menu at the weekends. A beautiful kaleidoscope of electric blues and oranges illuminates your dining experience.

The menu is varied, boasting a selection of coolers and juices, pastries, egg-based brunches and muesli and yoghurt options. We were tempted by their HLT Sandwich, including Halloumi, avocado, tomato and olives.

Atmosphere – Busy, lively and fun.
Best feature – The eccentric design choice and the varied menu.

14. Pickled Fred – Shoreditch

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For the quirky and romantic, Pickled Fred is one of London’s hidden gems. Its humble atmosphere perfectly complements its delicate dishes, offering an intimate experience. Perfect for a brunch date or even Valentines.

The food here is expertly designed and the taste is utterly sensational. If you’re looking for something abstract, try Fred’s Banging Banh Mi, consisting of pork mince, pate, pork belly, pickled carrot, daikon, soy, mayo, chilli butter and Asian leaves. This is truly is a hidden gem, and we’re so glad we found it.

Atmosphere – Humble, friendly and energetic.
Best feature – The flawless presentation of their food and the friendly, knowledgeable staff.

15. The Social Pantry – Clapham

As their name suggests, The Social Pantry is a relaxing place to unwind and enjoy a full English breakfast or a muesli-infused delight with a date. It’s shabby-chic design perfectly complements the simple, yet rustic presentation of their food.

The Social Pantry balances traditional breakfast options with lighter, healthier options. Their SP Granola is highly recommended.

Atmosphere – Lively, but by no means invasive thanks to open design.
Best feature – The SP Granola was a personal highlight and we love the shabby-chic design.

16. The Continental Pantry – Notting Hill

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A classic romantic location in London, Notting Hill plays host to another pantry-inspired name: The Continental Pantry. Run by friends Kate and Maria, their menu focuses on food inspired by their separate upbringings and inspirations living in Madrid and London.

This makes for a diverse and delightful menu, with the smashed avocado, poached egg and salmon being a popular choice for locals.

Atmosphere – Quiet and subdued, perfect for intimacy.
Best feature – The friendly, humble vibe of the cafe.

17. 100 Wardour Street – Soho

Known for being the building where The Rolling Stones performed their first gig, 100 Wardour Street still beams with charisma and charm. Open 8am till 3am, you should have no problem reserving breakfast or brunch for you and your date.

The menu is great for vegetarians, with their harissa and agave roasted aubergine being a favourite among visitors. We would advise booking, as it can get busy due to its popularity.

Atmosphere – Lively, energetic and constantly buzzing.
Best feature – Their vegetarian options and smoothies.

18. Sexy Fish – Mayfair

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Those who regularly dine out in London will know of Sexy Fish. If you’re looking for a luxurious, Asian-inspired breakfast, Sexy Finish is a fine option.

Food is served on exquisite plate and bowls, with every dish having its own designated serving plate (some even arrive on shells). Being experts on fine Asian breakfast cuisine, we’d recommend their brunch option, which includes so many fine Asian food delights we can’t name them all (click here to look at their brunch menu).

Atmosphere – Often busy but generous spacing allows for intimacy.
Best feature – The presentation of all their food.

19. Sartoria – Mayfair

Another Mayfair marvel includes Sartoria, who reopened their doors at the end of 2015 with a new breakfast and brunch menu inspired by Italian cuisine.

With this in mind, we opted for their Eggs Purgatorio, which consists of a rich egg crispy baked in a spicy tomato sauce and coupled with freshly baked Italian breads.

Atmosphere – Calm and sophisticated, generous spacing allows for conversation even at busier times.
Best feature – Colourfully presented food and a diverse menu.

20. Roka – Aldwych

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For something aside from traditional English breakfasts and smoothie infusions, Roka is here to enlighten your taste buds.

With the majority of dishes being served in Japanese-inspired plates, we’d strongly recommend opting for this menu, specifically the raw salmon, avocado and wasabi tobiko maki.

Atmosphere – Lively and energetic.
Best feature – Traditional Japanese-inspired design and beautifully presented food.

21. Foxcroft & Ginger – Balham

Everything at Foxcroft & Ginger feels as if it’s been blanketed with a rustic brush. Understated from the outside with its matt black finish and simple white typography, Foxcroft & Ginger does the majority of its talking inside with their exceptional menu and beautifully presented food.

Baking is their specialty, using traditional slow fermentation methods, Foxcroft & Ginger are able to produce some of the finest sourdough and muffins in London. We’d personally recommend their Eggs Benedict, with house-cured citrus salmon and avocado, and hollandaise topped on a classic English muffin.

Atmosphere – Buzzing and chatty.
Best feature – Finely baked sourdough and rustic food presentation.[Text Wrapping Break]

22. Sketch – Soho

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Ever-fantastical, Sketch has affirmed itself as one of the most unique dining locations in London. We could talk for hours on Sketch’s design choices, but one of their standout features is there plush pink decor. Honestly, Sketch has to be seen to be believed.

Breakfast is located in The Parlour and the menu is comprised of several pastries, fruits and cereals and egg-based options. We’d strongly recommend pairing their the Almond Milk Cappuccino with some of their fine pastry options.

Atmosphere – Depends on where you sit!
Best feature – Crazy decor and delectable pastries.

23. Granger & Co – Notting Hill

Light, whimsical and calming, Granger & Co at Notting Hill is a breath of fresh air. Their menu is also impressively large, including a variation of juices, smoothies, fruit and cereal options, a bakery offering daily buns, muffins and tray bakes and finally, traditional classics. We’d encourage you to try their ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter – as that’s what they’re known for.

Atmosphere – Calm, relaxing and quaint.
Best feature – Their ricotta hotcakes and charming atmosphere.

24. The Summer House – Little Venice

The most delightful feature of The Barge House is there signature ‘Breakfast in Bread’. Served in a hot, hollowed-out artisan sourdough loaf, they fill the centre with your favourite breakfast options.

Their menu options are glorious, including the smoked salmon with spinach, leek, creme fraiche, egg and cheese being their recommendation. They also cater for vegetarians and vegans, so you won’t be left wanting.

Atmosphere – Lively and spacious, perfect for a brunch date.
Best feature – Their ‘Breakfast in Bread’.

25. Christopher’s – Covent Garden

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Christopher’s lies in the heart of bustling Covent Garden and has become one of London’s most popular American restaurants. Christopher’s three-tier layout includes a Martini Bar on the ground floor, a luxury dining room on the first and a suave private Club Room on the lower ground floor (which can be booked for parties and private functions).

This Grade II listed building was once know as London’s first licensed casino, and the designers have done well to keep the architecture’s history alive and kicking.

Atmosphere – Lively and energetic, especially in the evening.
Best feature – The unique seafood options.

26. Casa Brindisa – South Kensington

Although they are known for their exceptional tapas menu, Casa Brindisa also boasts an outstanding breakfast menu. Opening in 2008, Casa Brindisa are known for their humble, Spanish-inspired home cooking with a specific focus on tapas-based meals.

We’d recommend their sharing dishes, particularly their Txuleton Basque Steak, which is can be cooked based on your personal preference.

Atmosphere – Friendly and perfect for large groups and dates.
Best feature – The varied tapas menu.

27. Claw – Soho

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Claw is one of the quieter seafood restaurants in London but their menu is quaint and delicious. We’d personally recommend the crab mac & cheese, which infuses salcombe brown crab, London raclette and ogleshield for a creamy and fresh dining experience.

Atmosphere – Busier during brunch hours but ample space allows for intimacy.
Best feature – The various seafood dishes.

28. Farm Girl – Soho

Nestling on the first floor of the Sweaty Betty, Farm Girl is one of the best places for foodies looking for healthy, nourishing embellishment. Their plant-filled emporium allows for a perfect date setting or social meetup.

Their menu focuses on smoothie bowls and salads, however don’t let this distract you from their brunch and coffee offerings.

Atmosphere – Relaxed, and noninvasive – even during busier times.
Best feature – Their interior decor.

29. Le Caprice – St James’s

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Another romantic classic, whether you’re tucked in the corner or perching up at the bar, it’s hard not to swoon over La Caprice’s quaint setting. Their brunch menu is equally desirable, in particular, their Argyll Smoked Salmon – a favourite among many who frequent Le Caprice.

We recommend browsing their cocktail menu as well; the Hemmingway Daiquiri is a must-try.

Atmosphere – Classic and romantic, usually quiet.
Best feature – Their Argyll Smoked Salmon.

30. Lantana – Shoreditch

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Brunch at Lantana is infused with Australian cafe culture. Their interior is urban, spacious and beautifully lit.

We’d recommend their corn fritters stacked with streaky bacon, spinach, roast tomatoes and white bean hummus.

Atmosphere – Lively, fun and humble.
Best feature – Australian-inspired brunch and urban decor.

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