Cheap breakfasts in london
Start your day in style, without making toast of your finances
Whether you’re keen on a kipper or pining for porridge, here are five glorious places to break your fast for less than a tenner. Find more great breakfasts in London here.
These days, the King’s Cross area has a lot more to offer than the joyless greasy spoons it was once fulll of. Take Caravan, the bigger, even groovier second branch of the Clerkenwell café-bar. The kitchen demonstrates a real flair for exotic, international flavours, as typified by a breakfast dish of coconut bread, lemon curd cream cheese and poached rhubarb. Corn and morcilla (black pudding) fritters with avocado and paprika-tinged crème fraîche will bring a zing to any sleepy head. The coffee, roasted in-house, is also gorgeous.
- Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA
- Around £10
This new Shoreditch branch of the Covent Garden brasserie also styles itself after the cafés of Mumbai – except with more bacon. Western-style breakfast dishes such as porridge and granola are available, but far more interesting, is the Indian fare. The signature breakfast dish is the bacon naan roll (£3.70), though bigger appetites might prefer the ‘full Bombay’: a hearty plateful of spicy scrambled eggs, chargrilled bacon and vine tomatoes, cumberland sausage and toast. Wash it down with chai – sweet, spicy, milky tea – for a stunning Bollywood brekkie.
- 7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE
- Around £10
Seven days a week, Brixton Market and environs become a choice destination for budget breakfasts in south London. We love Federation Coffee for its good vibes, excellent brews, sweet treats and a few hot savouries such as sweetcorn fritters or croques monsieur. Nearby Burnt Toast, an offshoot of the former Breads Etcetera in Clapham, has an appropriately loaf-focused menu. Just outside the market on Coldharbour Lane is the Duck Egg Café, which serves huge duck or regular-sized hen’s eggs done however you fancy: all quacking, all for under a tenner. Federation Coffee - around £6. Burnt Toast - around £7. Duck Egg Café - around £10.
- Electric Avenue, Pope's Road, Brixton Station Road, SW9 8JX
For a swanky Mayfair version of the humble workman’s caff, head to the lovingly restored Great British. The wood-panelled and tiled surroundings are lovely, ingredient quality is vastly superior to your average greasy spoon, and eating here feels like a treat. A full English costs £9.95, but it’s a slap-up meal that’ll fill you up till dinner. The Old Spot bangers are properly porky, the presentation pretty. Traditionalists can have porridge (£4) or a grilled kipper on wholemeal toast (£6.50).
- 14 North Audley St, W1K 6WE
- Around £10
This Israeli-run café in Fitzrovia serves delectable dishes for both weekday breakfast and weekend brunch. Weekday breakfasts include herb and feta frittata, blueberry and sour cream baked doughnuts, or toasted fig, walnut and orange loaf with marmalade. Things crank up on Saturdays with their brunch menu. Shakshuka – eggs baked in a spiced tomato sauce – costs a mere £6.50. Or try a delish sabich, an Israeli pitta bread sarnie with roasted aubergine, tahini and fried egg, also £6.50.
- 25a Warren Street, W1T 5LZ