Best Breakfast Spots In London - Recommended By A Local

By Jan Hoffman the outgoing actor and theatre lover who switched Germany for the “best city in the world

|Edited by Holly Stark

It has to be said that London is a very boozy city, and locals often go out brunching as a means to cure a hangover - we all know that a Full English would sort anyone out! But there’s a more hip brunch culture emerging and breakfast spots are everywhere. Whether its a classy brunch of avocados and sourdough with a bottomless cocktail or a hearty classic of baked beans and sausages with a good pot of tea, the London breakfast food scene can cater to any kind of brunch foodie. Seeking breakfast places in London? Start your day right with this epic list of the best brunch in London, from waffles and pancakes to fry-ups and eggs, fancy restaurants to laid back coffee houses, you’ll be sure to find something to tempt your tastebuds.


The Breakfast Club

One of the best go-to breakfast places in London, the Breakfast Club, named after the iconic 1985 film, is home to a wide variety of yummy brunch food; from American pancakes to continental style dishes. The now legendary London brunch venue that’s proliferated across the city from its Soho birthplace has exposed brick walls covered in ‘80s nostalgia and polaroids of past folk, as well as a great ambiance and, most importantly, great food. If, like the students at Shermer High, you’ll be giving up a whole Saturday there, you can sample a great quality all-day menu with unlimited coffee refills. Try the Breakfast Burrito packed with chorizo, jalapenos, scrambled egg, peppers and guacamole or The Full Monty fry up, complete with black pudding. The Breakfast Club also have secret bars which open in the evening.


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White Mulberries

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Located in the peaceful St Katharine’s Docks, White Mulberries has an insane menu and intense extra-shot espresso martinis that will excite even the most passionate coffee lovers. One of the best breakfast places in London, the warm ethos of the owners flows into every facet of the coffee shop. Fancy a freshly baked walnut and cappuccino cake, an almond croissant or a steamy flat white while watching people pass by? White Mulberries is the place for you. They source beans from Allpress, a roastery and cafe off Shoreditch High Street. The space is beautifully well designed with a bright, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy the morning sun on the amazing terrace with a smooth beverage, sit back and relax. The combination of the coffee, cake and the beautiful views overlooking the dock will be sure to really hit the spot.


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Burnt Toast Brixton

Looking for one of the best breakfasts in London? Burnt Toast is sweet cafe right in the center of the busy Brixton Village, home to a delicious all-day breakfast and some yummy alternative brunch offerings. They’re a small, alfresco cafe with a concise menu which is perfect for any indecisive foodie. With some great breakfast classics on the menu, from sweet to savory, healthy to not so healthy, Burnt Toast has options for everyone. At the cafe, you even get to do a bit of DIY and burn your own toast at the table with fun toasters which are dotted all around the place. The cafe is cool, and your tea comes in a proper mug; nothing fancy. Try the well-loved brunch of brioche eggs benedict with a side of bacon, or pancakes to share. Sip an in-house roasted coffee, watch the locals pass by and soak up the morning vibes.

Duck and Waffle

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The Duck and Waffle skyline bar-restaurant is a bit more pricey, but open 24/7 so you can go for sunrise and see beautiful early, panoramic views of the capital. Head to the dedicated entrance for the restaurant in Heron Tower, where a glass lift will whizz you in seconds up to The Duck and Waffle on the 40th floor. A chef-curated, fast-paced restaurant, this London breakfast spot prides itself on having the highest quality, freshest ingredients, delicious inventive dishes, yummy drinks and breakfast ‘til late, followed by afternoon tea. With an amazing fusion British-European menu to satisfy both your sweet and savory cravings, choose from the Big “Quack” Burger, the decadent Full Elvis buttermilk waffle, or the iconic Duck and Waffle dish. Emphasizing local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, the vibrant atmosphere suits any meat-eater, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-conscious. The spot has something for everyone and is not to be missed when seeking classy places to have brunch in London.


Barge House

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Try ‘Breakfast In Bread’ at the secret brunch spot Barge House. At the cool Regents Canal side bar-restaurant near Haggerston (one of the best places to stay in London), you can order the satisfying breakfast which comes in a sourdough loaf. An interesting twist on the classic Full English, Barge House fill their buns with smoked bacon, sausage, slow-roasted tomato, leeks, oyster mushrooms, and spinach, then top it with a fried egg and cheese. It’s simply delicious, but the classic is not for everyone. A vegan version is available with avocado, chargrilled shallots, butter beans, spinach, slow-roasted tomato, oyster mushrooms and vegan cheese. Pescatarians can enjoy smoked-salmon and spice-lovers can try the extra-spicy chili-fried mushrooms. The space is bright and beautiful with huge windows. Seeking an alternative breakfast place in London? Head to Barge House on a weekend to try their quirky special.


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