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Best breakfasts and brunches in west London

The very best restaurants and cafés for breakfast and brunch in west London

There are some seriously sophisticated spots for a lazy weekend or early weekday morning meal in west London. Choose from adorable little cafés and coffee shops or swanky restaurants offering a unique take on brunch (dim sum, anyone?). Here’s our selection of the best breakfasts and brunches out west. Do you agree with our choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

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Brook’s Counter and Table

Walking into Brook’s, you're not only met with a sunshiney blast of golden wood, yellow walls and shelves of brightly coloured deli produce, you also get cravings for the breads, pastries and open sandwiches piled on top of the counter. The rear area is a kids’ heaven packed with games and books; stick near the front if you want to 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 juices, 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

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Electric Diner

Snuggle into a cosy leather-lined booth or people-watch from the stools in the front window while easygoing, efficient staff ferry around dishes varying in scope from quinoa to a full English, with plenty of distractingly inventive options in between. Power up for a long work day with a small mountain of chilli-spiked avocado on crunchy granary toast, topped off 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 you can class the day as brilliant before it’s even begun.

Breakfast for two with service: around £25
Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Westbourne

Lowry & Baker

It’s small – really small – and twee-ly pretty. But Lowry & Baker is much loved by Portobello Road regulars after a hit of Monmouth Coffee first thing in the morning. If you want to do more than a caffeine cut and run, sneak into a space at one of the tables – or on one of the newspaper-strewn bench tables outside – and the staff will bring you own-made granola or pancakes, eggs on sourdough toast and other goodies, piled onto cutesy mismatched vintage crockery. A couple of simple 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. There are complaints about rushed service when the place is busy, but rarely about the quality of the food. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £20. Cash only.

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North Kensington

Lucky 7

This is one of the best of the many (too many) London restaurants that call themselves diners. It’s tiny, and doesn’t take bookings, but it’s worth the wait to admire the American-retro decor while eating international breakfast classics (from a fry up with hash browns to huevos rancheros) executed with skill. The breakfast menu provides all the eggy options you are likely to seek. There are also pancakes, plain or with fruit. The breakfast menu is served all day, so you may not need to move on to a cobb salad (good) or a top-notch cheeseburger – but you’ll be happy if you do. Getting there early is always a good idea. On a sunny weekend, however, all bets are off.

Breakfast for two with service: around £25
Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Westbourne Grove

Shikumen

West Londoners have for years been travelling to Queensway for good dim sum, but now they don’t need to. Since Shikumen opened in a Shepherd’s Bush hotel, this handsome Chinese restaurant, furnished with leather banquettes and Shanghai-style room dividers, has been serving an outstanding dim sum menu from noon until 4.30pm. The small-eats menu is a compact selection of exquisitely steamed, baked, and fried dishes – a mouthwatering alternative to a traditional western brunch. Each mouthful of the scallop siu mai exploded with a mix of sweet, briny flavours and crisp textures. Service throughout was polite, professional and knowledgeable.

Brunch for two with service: around £40

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Shepherd's Bush

Snaps & Rye

This lovely Scandinavian restaurant, one of the best openings of 2014, features a short breakfast and brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. At breakfast, the choice might be from small dishes such as a boiled egg with their own-made (heavenly) rye bread and cheese, or a bowl of porridge or yogurt with granola and berry compote. At brunch, they serve a selection of the smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches) for which they are best known, but there are also some more substantial and unusual dishes. Coffees from Nude include liquorice latte, a nod in the direction of Denmark's favourite sweet. Saturday service starts at 8am, Sunday at 10am.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20
Brunch for two with service: around £30

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North Kensington

Tom's Kitchen

The breakfast and brunch menus at Tom Aikens’s original Chelsea brasserie cater to all breakfasters – even late risers. Trad favourites like eggs florentine and pancakes are all present and correct, and the full English consists of crisped streaky bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, Portobello mushroom, Heinz baked beans, black pudding and toast. Belgian waffles come with banana compote, caramelised bananas and maple syrup. Prices are not exactly low (this is Chelsea after all) but neither are they outlandish given the location and the nature of the restaurant. On the weekend brunch menu, the breakfast stuff is joined by heftier dishes, and those prices are commensurately higher.

Breakfast for two with service: around £40
Brunch for two with service: around £40

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