Great places to enjoy breakfast in London

It's the most important meal of the day, so they say, so why not make it a ruddy good one?

Not so very long ago, the image of a Breakfast of Champions would've consisted of not less than three processed animals, some deep fried carbs, a token homage to a vegetable... and all glazed in a greasy fat film.

You may well be thinking that this is still the image of a Breakfast of Champions - but the London population is a many splendid thing, all with different wants, needs and breakfast requirements... and we've taken them all into account in our Best For Breakfasts list... whether you want healthy, spicy, fruity, grand, hangover-banishing or even greasy... it's all here.

The Modern Pantry
47-48 St. John's Square Clerkenwell EC1V 4JJ
Region: Clerkenwell
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Anna Hansen’s menu fuses cuisines from around the world to great effect. There are exotic options like sweetcorn, feta, green chilli and curry leaf waffles with smoked streaky bacon, and Rendang mince on toast with crispy egg and chilli lime dressing.

  • USERS 9/10
2-4 Boundary Street E2 7JE

Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This Shoreditch “caff” is full of fashionable peeps whether it’s time for breakfast or dinner. The comforting food steers clear of fads however: there are pastries, kippers, kidneys on toast and fry-ups.

Hawksmoor Guildhall
10 Basinghall Street EC2V 5BQ
Region: Barbican
Nearest Station: Bank (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Hawksmoor Guildhall do the meatiest breakfasts in the capital. Choose from steak and eggs, sausage sandwich with French dip, orthe fry-up for two with grilled bone marrow and trotter baked beans.Their boozy “anti-fogmatics” have to be sampled too.

Caravan Exmouth Market
11-13 Exmouth Market Clerkenwell EC1R 4QD
Region: Clerkenwell
Nearest Station: Chancery Lane (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Caravan offers everything from hearty fry-ups to healthy options like avocado and chilli flakes on toasted sourdough, and coconut bread with lemon curd. Aside from the Exmouth Market branch, there is also one in King’s Cross, and they even have their own coffee roastery.

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly W1J 9EB
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park

AIL Says: This highly revered grand café-styled eatery has delicious pastries, eggs, croques and cheeky coffees with a dash of liqueur or cognac.

  • 89/100
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 5/10
21-22 Warwick Street W1B 5NE
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Ottolenghi’s food combines Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian flavours, even at breakfast time. Dishes include black rice with coconut and mango, and braised eggs with tomato and smoked labneh.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 8/10
No. 67
67 Peckham Road SE5 8UH
Region: Peckham
Nearest Station: Denmark Hill (0.5 miles)

AIL Says: This independently-run café is attached to Peckham’s South London Gallery. Prices are kept very low and there is plenty of choice for veggies.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Dishoom Shoreditch
7 Boundary Street E2 7JE
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If you fancy starting your day with something a little different, Dishoom’s Indian flavours are bound to perk you up. Both their Shoreditch and Covent Garden branches open for breakfast, serving bacon naan rolls, spicy scrambled eggs, and Bombay omelettes with coriander and chilli.

  • 28/100
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
E Pellici
332 Bethnal Green Road Bethnal Green E2 0AG
Region: Bethnal Green
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: The Kray twins used to pop in here for a cuppa; in the years since the area has become one of London’s most fashionable districts, attracting extra custom. More importantly, they’re one of All in London’s favourite places for a fry-up.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Dean Street Townhouse
69 - 71 Dean Street W1D 3SE
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Stylish and hip, the breakfasts at this eatery owned by the Soho House group are highly satisfying, ranging from the indulgent (ham hock hash with fried duck egg) to the healthy (poached rhubarb with Greek yoghurt).

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10

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