Best breakfasts and brunches in west London
The very best restaurants and cafés for breakfast and brunch in west London
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.
It’s hard to imagine a prettier – or more typical – Notting Hill hangout than this elegant café in an expensive clothing boutique. It’s full of delicately aged wood with vintage touches and monochrome fashions. The café isn’t immediately obvious from the street, and at breakfast is a quiet place to have excellent coffee and juice while leafing through the generous selection of papers, served by modelesque staff. The perfect place to pick up a £300 shirt to go with your eggs and coffee.
Breakfast or brunch for two with service: around £45
- 202-204 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH. (020 7792 6888). Notting Hill Gate tube.
- Breakfast served 8.30am-noon Tue-Sat; 10am-noon Sun, Mon. Brunch served noon-10pm Tue-Sat, noon-4pm Sun, Mon.
Walking into Brook’s, you get a blast of sunshine from the decor – golden wood, yellow walls and shelves of deli produce – and cravings for the breads, pastries and open sandwiches piled on the counter. The rear area is kids’ heaven with games and books; stick near the front if you want your breakfast without babies. And a very good breakfast menu it is too, proudly using organic eggs and award-winning meats. Freshly squeezed mango and orange juice, perfectly poached, cress-scattered eggs with brown bread, plus honey and mustard glazed ham, make for a kingly start to the day.
Breakfast for two with service: around £15
- 140 Shepherds Bush Rd, W6 7PB (020 7602 0664). Hammersmith tube.
- Breakfast served Mon-Fri 8-11.30am; Sat 8.30am-1pm; Sun 9am-3pm.
Snuggle into a cosy leather-lined booth or people-watch from the stools in the front window, while easygoing, efficient staff ferry around dishes as varied as quinoa to a full English, with plenty of distractingly inventive options also available. Power up for a long work day with a small mountain of chilli-spiked avocado on crunchy granary toast, topped with a perfect poached egg, or a side of thick-cut peppered bacon – the stuff of porky dreams. Throw in coffee and a berry smoothie, and the day is brilliant before it’s even begun.
Breakfast for two with service: around £30
- 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED. (020 7908 9696). Ladbroke Grove tube.
It’s small – really small – and twee-ly pretty. But Lowry & Baker is much loved by Portobello Road regulars who want their hit of Monmouth Coffee first thing in the morning. If you want to do more than a caffeine cut and run, you can sneak into a space at one of the tables – or on one of the paper-strewn benches outside – and the hip staff will bring you own-made granola or pancakes, eggs on sourdough toast and other goodies, piled on cutesy mismatched vintage crockery. A couple of hotplates behind the cake-laden counter do the job of a kitchen, making the beautifully poached eggs on avocado-spread bread with a mound of smoked salmon an even more impressive achievement.
Breakfast for two with service: around £20. Cash only
- 339 Portobello Rd, W10 5SA (020 8960 8534). Ladbroke Grove tube.
- Breakfast served Mon-Sat 8am-3pm; Sun 10am-3pm.
Modern and functional, Raoul’s rather dark interior isn’t given much light by the abstract paintings on the walls; the pavement tables with their big umbrellas are a better bet in warmer weather. The menu reads encouragingly though, as does the presence of the adjacent Raoul’s Deli. The west London chain is deservedly popular for breakfast and brunch (all served until noon) – as well as the more standard English breakfasts, French toast and Greek yoghurt combos, there’s a more stimulating set of dishes exploring the possibilities of ingredients such as chorizo (in frittata or with eggs and coriander) or kippers, plus an extensive selection of smoothies. Haddock with watercress and hollandaise on generously buttered toast is an exceptional morning pick-me-up, and their eggs benedict is recommended, too.
Breakfast for two with service: around £35
- 111-115 Hammersmith Grove, W6 0NQ. (020 8741 3692). Goldhawk Rd rail.
- Breakfast served 8.30am-noon daily.
Breakfasts on weekdays and weekend brunches at Tom Aikens’s original Chelsea brasserie remain deservedly popular. The menu caters to all breakfasters, even late risers. Trad favourites like eggs florentine are excellent, and the full English consists of crisped streaky bacon, glowingly orange egg yolks (courtesy of Clarence Court free-range hens), a sausage green with parsley, plus Heinz beans. Airy waffles – good even by US standards – come with a dollop of cinnamon cream, caramelised apples and maple syrup.
Breakfast for two with service: around £40
- 27 Cale St, SW3 3QP (020 7349 0202). Sloane Square tube.
- Breakfast served Mon-Fri 8am-11am. Brunch served Sat , Sun 10am-4pm.