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Breakfast in London: the best addresses!

Breakfast in London. England is not exactly famous for its exceptionally fine cuisine. But there is one meal to be relied on in the Kingdom! The Full English Breakfast is an institution and especially useful for tourists! The traditionally full plate with fried eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, baked tomatoes and toast definitely gives you energy for the day and keeps you full until afternoon tea.

Allegedly, the author Somerset Maugham once let himself be carried away by the statement: "If you want to eat well in England, you should have breakfast three times a day." Of course, it is no longer that bad. In London in particular, a wide variety of international influences have created a pretty fabulous gastronomy scene. This is also noticeable at breakfast and if you don't want to eat a bratwurst first thing in the morning, you will find a lot of choice, from vegetarian, gluten-free, sporty or exotic.

London breakfast: top 10 breakfast recommendations in London

Londoners are often asked where best to have breakfast in London. Of course, the answer is not that easy: the breakfast and brunch scene is exploding. It feels like a new one comes every day place to be to. But in such a huge city, having the best breakfast is not much fun if you have to struggle through the subway for an hour. The following 10 tips include dining in the most popular London boroughs. No matter where the journey goes, you can always start the day well.

Breakfast in central London / Picadilly Circus

The Wolseley is simply in a class of its own. Probably the most elegant coffee house in town is a tip for everyone who wants to feel like the queen in person even at the breakfast table. The Art Deco gem is not just a restaurant, but an all-round experience. From the liveried waiters to the sandwiches served on a three-tier cake stand. That is a specialty Kedgeree, a Victorian rice dish with salmon, eggs and curry powder.

The Wolseley is famous for the best Eggs Benedict in town, but the freshly baked croissants and scones are also worthwhile. The lobster and caviar omelette is recommended for the really big occasion (and the really big wallet). But you can also simply enjoy the lordly atmosphere with a cup of tea in the finest silver service or coffee, entirely in Viennese style.

  • Address: 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB
  • Subway: Green Park / Picadilly Circus

Breakfast London: Liverpool Street / City

The Duck & Waffle, high up on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower not only has one of the best views of the city, but also one of the longest waiting lists. However, the restaurant is open 24 hours a day. So early risers have the best chance of getting a table and enjoying the sunrise. Of course, we particularly recommend the house specialty, the crispy waffle with duck confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. The egg, mushroom, Gruyere cheese and truffle omelette served in the steaming pan is also worth getting up early!

  • Address: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
  • Subway: Liverpool Street

Breakfast London: Soho / Hoxton / Shoreditch

The Breakfast Club is so popular that on weekends lines of people patiently stand their legs in their stomachs to snag a seat at the American diner-inspired tables. Breakfast is available all day and the choice is huge. One must especially highlight the pancakes, American style stacked in a tower and sinfully poured over with maple syrup AND vanilla cream!

After that, you may be too full and full for other London adventures. A definitely leaner alternative is the avocado toast with pumpkin seeds, chilli and basil. The original Breakfast Club in Soho is tiny. But the offshoots in Shoreditch and Hoxton are more generous, which shortens the queuing time.

  • Address: The Breakfast Club Spitalfields, 12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
  • The Breakfast Club Hoxton, 2-4 Rufus Street, N1 6PE
  • Subway: Liverpool Street / Old Street / Shoreditch High Street

Breakfast in London: near Covent Garden

The infamous avocado toast has now almost become a clichée. The superfood is so popular that multimillionaire Tim Gurner loudly announced in the press that the younger generation could have bought their own house long ago if they had invested less in avocado toast. An outright lie, of course - a millennial cannot eat as much toast as one square meter costs in London during his lifetime.

Confident avocado fans can now indulge their passion to their heart's content: The Avobar in Covent Garden is London's first avocado restaurant. In addition to the classic avocado toast, there are also more extravagant variants, such as green matcha pancakes with avocado butter or avocado brownies with sweet potato syrup. Incidentally, the avocados are all sourced from sustainable farmers. To match the healthy lifestyle, there is also a tumeric or beetroot latte for a real energy boost in the morning.

  • Address: 24 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8ND
  • Subway: Leicester Square / Covent Garden

Breakfast in London: In the Marylebone neighborhood

Chiltern Firehouse has been the celebrity hotspot in stylish Marylebone for years. The old Victorian fire station was bought in 2014 by hotel owner André Balazs, who also owns the legendary Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. Since then it has always been hopelessly fully booked. But not for breakfast! Sure, you can pay £ 5 for a simple croissant here. But maybe you can watch one or the other star having morning coffee. A highlight is the delightful garden and the French toast with figs and hazelnuts.

  • Address: 1 Chiltern Street, W1U 7PA
  • Subway: Baker Street

Have breakfast in Notting Hill

Anyone looking forward to a day at the famous Portobello Market is best served with breakfast at Farm girl.This is a cute little Australian cafe with an equally cute terrace in picturesque Notting Hill. Here, too, there is mainly trendy, healthy superfood. Acai berries and homemade granola, but also more exotic ones like the jungle breakfast with halloumi and kimchi. You can have breakfast here all day. It is fried with coconut oil and the pancakes are made from healthy buckwheat flour.

  • Address: 59A Portobello Road, W11 3DB
  • Subway: Notting Hill Gate

Have breakfast near King’s Cross

If you travel to London especially, you are probably not looking for the most German breakfast. But that German high school in King’s Cross (the district is the new fashion hotspot), is particularly worthwhile for its breathtaking architecture. The old gymnasium once served as a training location for the German Olympic team. With high ceilings, brick walls and the glass gallery, it forms an ideal background for the interior designers Conrad & Partners. They even won the Restaurant and Bar Design Prize for their Bauhaus-inspired bar in 2016.

The menu is a wild mix of everything that the English consider “typically German” (Bavarian white sausage, Swiss rösti, Austrian apple strudel ...). But always good enough to admire the fabulous central lamp sculpture while eating. After breakfast, be sure to visit the brand new Coal Drops Yard with its cute boutiques and cafes - London's most beautiful new neighborhood.

  • Address: King’s Boulevard, N1C 4BU
  • Subway: Kings Cross St Pancras

Breakfast in London in Dalston / Haggerston

Much more idyllic than in the The Barge House you can hardly start the day. Located directly on Regent’s Canal, this is a great place to watch joggers, dog owners, ducks, houseboats and stand up paddlers go by.

You can comfortably do that breakfast in bed, enjoy the specialty of the Barge House. It's a hollowed out sourdough bread filled with everything you can imagine. From smoked salmon and asparagus to spicy chorizo ​​and paprika, each with a fried egg on top. A whole breakfast in one bread - unique!

  • Address: 46a, De Beauvoir Crescent, N1 5RY
  • Directions: Haggerston Overground Station

Breakfast in London in Islington / Angel

At Ottolenghi’s The fabulous storefront on North London's lovely Upper Street is hard to pass by. Colorful cakes are stacked next to lavish meringues and rich chocolate cakes. But it's not just the sweet baked goods that are amazing. The Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi was one of the first to introduce North African and Arabic specialties such as humus, Shakshuka and Halvah into London's gastronomy scene. Although very stylishly furnished, you sit at long tables at Ottolenghi. So you like to get into a conversation with the person sitting next to you. Cozy!

  • Address: 287 Upper Street, N1 2TZ
  • Subway: Highbury & Islington

Camden / Hampstead / Bloomsbury

Gail’s is a nice little bakery mini-chain without that all-branches-look-alike-feeling. Gail’s is particularly known for its award-winning bread, whether it is walnut-honey bread or potato-rosemary bread. All breads are freshly baked on site every day and have just the right balance of fluffy dough and crispy crust.

Those with a sweet tooth will be happy with brioche French toast, overnight oats or warm scones, traditionally with jam and clotted cream. But also the many little things like mini quiches, mini sandwiches and mini saussage rolls are available. Most of the branches are rather small and it can get very crowded in the morning. Those who let the first onslaught of the working population pass by, can then enjoy a lazy morning with the newspaper or watch the creative people on their laptops.

  • Address: Gail’s Bloomsbury, 33-35 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, London EC1R 4QL
  • Gail’s Camden, 35-37 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PN
  • Gail’s Hampstead, 64 Hampstead High St, London NW3 1QH
  • Subway: Angel / Farringdon, Camden Town and Belsize Park
Suzanne has lived in London for many years and loves breakfast for her life! These are her favorite spots in London!
Suzanne, our London specialist at HelpTourists