A wise man once said “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and we think he was on to something, however we’re certain he had more than a bowl of soggy cornflakes and a tepid cup of tea in mind when making this proclamation.
Whether grabbing something on the run or enjoying a more leisurely affair, there’s plenty of amazing choices in and around the West End to set you up for the day.
But where’s best? In celebration of Breakfast Week from 24th – 30th January, TB_HQ share some of our favourite places to kickstart the day
26 Grains| Covent Garden | 2 Neal’s Yard WC2H 9DP
A great detox option, this scandi-inspired all-day café is located in the hidden gem of a courtyard where London’s health food and alternative remedies movement began in the 1970s. For breakfast there’s a range of seasonal sweet & savoury porridges, bircher muesli, an endless selection of teas and great coffee, plus some awesome smoothies.
Kopapa | Covent Garden | 32-34 Monmouth Street WC2H 9HA
Legendary Kiwi chef Peter Gordon lets his antipodean heritage shine through the wonderful menu at this all-day joint on Seven Dials, where breakfast dishes include soft-boiled eggs with Vegemite soldiers. ‘Turkish Eggs’ is somewhat the signature dish, with two poached eggs served in a bowl of yoghurt topped with hot chilli butter and two slices of sourdough. Coffee is roasted by Monmouth and there’s a great selection of smoothies including an Orange, Kiwi & Baobab.
The Breakfast Club | Soho | 33 D’Arblay Street W1F 8EU
We love The Breakfast Club, and not only because its named after one of our favourite 80’s movies (trivial fact, it was originally going to be a burrito cafe called ‘Save Ferris’ before a last minute change of direction) but it serves some of the best brekkie in the West End (and further afield now with seven cafes in London and one in Brighton).
The interior of this all day diner is full-on 80’s nostalgia as expected, but the breakfast really takes centre stage with the obligatory full English sitting happily alongside American favourites like pancakes & maple syrup, but the Latin American Breakfast Burrito is really the ultimate breakfast delight.
Jackson & Rye | Soho | 56 Wardour Street W1D 4JG
Another TB_HQ favourite, Jackson & Rye’s Soho café has the feel of stylish and upmarket US diner serving weekday breakfast from 8-11.30am. A varied menu includes creamed grits (a southern American dish similar to polenta) topped with flaked almonds, berries and maple syrup, buttermilk pancakes with a selection of scrumptious toppings, salt beef hash and eggs various ways including our favourite Huevos Rancheros (two sunny eggs, chorizo, avocado, spiced beans on a corn tortilla with a chipotle & tomato salsa & home-style potatoes).
Balthazar | Covent Garden| 4-6 Russell Street WC2B 5HZ
Getting a table at Balthazar can be tricky, but for breakfast you can just walk in without a reservation. This celebrated New York Brasserie’s London outpost is right in the very heart of Covent Garden and serves breakfast 7.30-11am on weekdays, and brunch from 10am-4pm at weekends. Choose from eggs every-which-way (boiled with soldiers, florentine, egg-white omelette), American-style pancakes with banana and maple syrup or their take on the Full English. Porridge, fruit salad and granola are all on offer for those seeking something a little lighter.
The Delaunay | Covent Garden | 55 Aldwych WC2B 4BB
Breakfast at the Wolseley has become somewhat of a London institution, however its sister The Delaunay is much closer to TB_HQ and in our humble opinion equally as special. Fresh pains au chocolat and muffins are displayed by the door to tempt you inside, where you’ll find a grand brasserie-style dining room with possibly one of the widest ranging breakfast menus in London – eggs, kippers, waffles, pancakes, full English – or the specialist European options such as bircher muesli, pretzels, or wiener kaffee (espresso with whipped cream). For the more adventurous, try a traditional Viennese breakfast of salami, ham, boiled eggs, Gouda, and a pretzel. At the Delauny, breakfast is always an event…
Dean Street Townhouse | Soho | 69-71 Dean Street W1D 3SE
This media favourite is popular anytime, but the heavily wood-panelled dining room is particularly appealing in the early morning calm, although its filled with just as much buzz as other times of day or night. The service is as smooth as you would expect from the Soho House crew, with a breakfast menu consisting of perfectly executed classics: eggs all ways, porridge, kedgeree, and a mean full English, plus wholesome smoothies and the added bonus of Scottish tattie scones and lorne (flat) sausage.
The Ivy Market Grill | Covent Garden | 1 Henrietta Street WC2E 8PS
We’ve sung the praises of the Ivy Market Grill before, equally as decadent is it’s more exclusive big sister The Ivy, but less stuffy with a more family friendly vibe and the location is just perfect for watching Covent Garden Piazza’s plentiful action. Of course, there’s a sublime full English on offer, alongside which is a very tempting vegetarian breakfast of grilled halloumi, avocado, poached hen’s eggs, hollandaise, potato hash, flat mushrooms, roast plum tomatoes, watercress and baked beans. Eggs are served various ways (including truffled), there’s an egg & bacon sandwich on lightly toasted brioche, Mallaig kippers , goats cheese and kale egg white omelette and lovely honey & maple granola with dried fruits and almond milk.
Riding House Cafe |Fitzrovia | 43-51 Great Titchfield Street W1W 7PQ
This perennial Fitzrovia favourite has always done brisk morning trade, being the perfect place for a breakfast meeting. There are plenty of comfy dining areas for larger groups, but solo diners will feel equally at home in the area closer to the bar. There are eggs-a-plenty, a bircher-benner muesli, poached fruit dishes and both French toast and buttermilk pancakes.