Best breakfasts and brunches in north London

Whether it's a humble croissant or the full English you're after, find the best breakfasts and brunches in north London

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Our team of experts have sought out the best breakfasts and brunches across London. Whether you're looking for coffee and pastries in a café, a posh Sunday brunch, or a mouthwateringly meaty fry-up – don't miss the most important meal of the day. Also check out London's best breakfasts and brunches in central, south, north, west and east London, cheap breakfasts in London and our slideshow of the top ten breakfast dishes. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Bull & Last

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The breakfast menu at this rustic-styled gastropub by Hampstead Heath is short but enticing. Brixham crab and brown shrimp, for example, make orange-toned scrambled eggs luxuriant. Even the day’s yoghurt seems opulent: thick and buttery-tasting, set in parfait jars and topped with jewel-like blueberry compote. Fancy something spicy? There’s a frying pan of shakshuka served with chorizo and aubergine. Something simpler? The bacon and egg toasted sandwich is available to eat in or take away.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20.

  1. 168 Highgate Road, NW5 1QS. (020 7267 3641). Kentish Town tube or Gospel Oak rail .
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Caravan King's Cross

On sunny days, children splash around in the fountains of the piazza-like Granary Square, and diners can wallow in the sunshine on the alfresco terrace. As with the Clerkenwell original, the menu here takes influence from many parts of the world. Coconut bread is topped with a dollop of lemon curd cream cheese and seasonal fruit; a rarebit is made with smoked haddock and leek, topped with poached eggs and rocket. Aubergine purée is served with poached eggs, yoghurt, sumac, parsely, toast and Greek beef sausage. At the back, metal shelves are stacked with sacks of coffee beans, waiting to go into the giant on-site roaster.

Breakfast for two with service: around £30

  1. Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA. (020 7101 7661). King’s Cross tube.
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Grain Store

Although it only serves brunch at the weekends, Grain Store has many winning traits: not least a lovely location on Granary Square, plus some of the best American pancakes we’ve eaten – fluffy and vanilla-scented, with a big slab of butter on top plus maple syrup. Their brunch selection is brief, but good. Honey-and-pistachio-roasted apricots with rice-milk porridge is one option; another is seed scone with Vegemite whipped butter, herb fromage frais and smoked salmon. But the main reason to come here is the pleasant walk up King’s Boulevard to have a nose around the Regent’s Canal, and maybe a bird’s-eye view of the redevelopments from a specially built lookout tower.

Breakfast for two with service: around £25.

  1. Granary Square, (1-3 Stable Street), N1C 4AB. (020 7324 4466). King’s Cross tube.
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Haberdashery

Popular with pram-wielders and laptop-crackers alike, Haberdashery has a painstakingly assembled make-do-and-mend aesthetic, friendly service and knock-’em-dead breakfasts. First the hot drinks: thick and glossy hot chocolate, white or regular, or the familiar international range of coffees (espresso, latte, flat white). Then the food: English or veggie breakfast (fried egg, sausage, bacon, big mushroom, confit tomato and toast, or hash brown, halloumi and greens), french toast with maple syrup and cinnamon bananas, a breakfast bap of scrambled egg, bacon, sausage and tomato jam – well-cooked, flavour-packed and in interesting combinations.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20.

  1. 22 Middle Lane, N8 8PL. (020 8342 8098). Crouch Hill rail.
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Kipferl

Open early until late, this Austrian café serves breakfast dishes all day. It can be a virtuous meal, as in the ‘Viennese’ breakfast of semmel (bread rolls) with jam, honey, and drinks hot or cold. But there is also the celebrated Bergkäse (mountain cheese) omelette… The nutty flavour of the cheese makes this a really memorable dish. The coffee selection is explained well. Add on a lovely interior and incredibly friendly service, and you’ve got a real star.

Breakfast for two with service: around £22.

  1. 20 Camden Passage, N1 8ED. ( 020 7704 1555) Angel tube.
  2. Breakfast served Tue-Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 10am-10pm
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Ottolenghi

The Dualit toasters plugged into each table have been a feature since this enduring hotspot opened but really, when the breakfast menu is so intriguing, why would you have toast you can make at home? Ottolenghi has put shakshuka, the North African dish of eggs, peppers and tomatoes, on London’s culinary map, and pimped baked beans beyond recognition with bacon, chorizo, fried egg and black pudding. Luxurious doorstops of eggy bread are made from brioche, dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar and accompanied by berry compote and crème fraîche. Even the day’s fruit muffin can prove to be a rich, heady experience.

Breakfast for two with service: around £25.

  1. 287 Upper Street, N1 2TZ. (020 7288 1454). Angel or Highbury & Islington tube.
  2. Breakfast served Mon-Sat 8am-noon; Sun 9am-1pm.
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Towpath

Nestled on the Regent’s Canal bank, Towpath is a narrow open-fronted café with outdoor tables just metres from the water’s edge. The canal-view setting’s appealing, though the constant stream of cyclists jingling their bells reminds you that you’re still in the capital. What is on the brief menu is done well – free-range fried eggs on sourdough toast that are wonderfully buttery and well seasoned, porridge with peaches, olive oil cake, or granola with cherries and raspberries topped with yoghurt.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20.

  1. Regent's Canal towpath, (between Whitmore Bridge and Kingsland Road Bridge), N1 5SB. Haggerston Overground.
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