London's best breakfasts and brunches: the full list

When it comes to the weekend, cornflakes don't cut it. Here's where to find London's very best fry-ups, pastries and other breakfast treats

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.

202 Café

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

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Westbourne Grove

Albion Neo Bankside

Wrapped around the base of one of the Richard Rogers designed Neo Bankside ‘pavilions’ (tower blocks) just behind Tate Modern, this glass-walled café has a secluded outdoor terrace overlooking a beautifully landscaped garden. Breakfast is the main meal of the day, with dishes from toast and Marmite, to a full English. The kedgeree is mildly spiced and of perfect texture, while duck eggs on toast are fried sunny side up, runny with a single slice of toast.

Breakfast for two with service: around £35

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Borough

Balthazar

One of the must-go restaurants of 2013, it’s notoriously hard to snag a table at Bathazar. Unless you go for breakfast that is, in which case you can walk in with no reservation.This glam and centrally located Covent Garden brasserie serves breakfasts from 7.30-11am on weekdays, and brunch from 10am at weekends. The breakfast menu covers the usual eggs-every-which way (boiled with soldiers, florentine, egg-white omelette), to American-style pancakes with banana and maple syrup (our pancakes were a little dry). The full English breakfast costs £15, but if you'd prefer something a little less artery-lining, porridge or granola are other options.

Breakfast for two with service: around £30

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Aldwych

Breads Etcetera

Every weekend, there’s a queue of people out of the door of Breads Etc and into Clapham High Street, waiting for a table at this this bakery-cum-café. There’s an enormous basket of freshly baked sourdough loaves on a counter top in the middle of the room: white or wholemeal, rye or seeds, all wonderful. The idea is to help yourself, cutting off as many slices as you like, and toasting them at your table. This DIY option costs £6.50, and as the staff point out, the only slightly dearer all-day breakfasts work out to be better value as you then get the bread for free. The vegan and vegetarian options are particularly strong, from the fruit and nut French toast to a vegan version of pyttipanna (Swedish bubble ’n’ squeak).

Breakfast for two with drinks and service: around £23

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Clapham

Bull & Last

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

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London

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

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Dean Street Townhouse

Even at an early hour, the dark-panelled dining rooms of this ever-popular Soho all-day restaurant buzz with the animated chatter of media types, and breakfast here makes you feel important, even if you don’t have the head of BBC3 on speed-dial. The smooth service eases things along nicely too. It’s largely classics on the menu: eggs all ways, porridge, kedgeree, full English. There are fruit smoothies for the pious, and Scots will be heartened to see tattie scones and lorne (flat) sausage.

Breakfast for two with service: around £30

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Soho

Dishoom

The Shoreditch branch of this Bombay-styled café has a splendid colonial-themed verandah and is furnished with bamboo blinds, cane furniture and quirky knick-knacks from ‘back home’. The masala breakfasts and ginger-spiced chai are a hit with locals who like to talk shop over green-chilli-flecked scrambled eggs. The bacon roll is a favourite: warm naan, spread with cream cheese and tomato-chilli jam, is sprinkled with citrussy coriander and loosely rolled around bacon rashers. Just as impressive, the omelette (no runny bits please, we’re Indian) is tastefully flecked with crunchy diced onion, tomatoes and a kick of green chilli – it could easily give the Indian Railway Catering service a run for its money.

Breakfast for two with service: around £22

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Brick Lane

Duck & Waffle

Breakfast is served 6-10.30am at this restaurant on the fortieth floor of the corporate Heron Tower in the City; you ascend via a super-whizzy glass elevator up the outside of the building.The menu covers English fry-ups, Belgian waffles, and the duck ’n’ waffle – crispy duck leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup – a rich dish first thing in the morning, but excellent nonetheless. Duck egg en cocotte is served with wild mushrooms, lots of melted gruyère cheese and toast soldiers. Coffee is diner-style filter, but you’re here mainly for the brilliant views in every direction across London. If you’re after the much-hyped ‘cronuts’ (here called a ‘dosant’), they are only available in small quantities early on Sundays.

Breakfast for two with service: around £40

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City

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 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

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6 comments
Bella S
Bella S

You're missing Sunday in Islington! Fabulous little place with queues around the corner for brunch.


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Rotherthithe Rocks
Rotherthithe Rocks

What about Piccalilli Cafe at Surrey Docks Farm, SE16.  

Fantastic build-your-own breakfast in this quirky cafe. River views over Canary Wharf and cute farm animals too! Perfect way to ease into the day.

Rhea S
Rhea S

Heard a lot about Haberdashery and Workshop Coffee Co. Will definitely try some more when I'm there. I'd be having breakfast at home in New Delhi, had I not stumbled upon these excellent & economical airfares from Lufthansa bit.ly/1Da11sS

The Man on the Street
The Man on the Street

I have to add Pimlico Fresh if only for their Chilli Eggs.

Best breakfast dish I have had in London for years

Service was good too 


Sandra
Sandra

Check out even more reviews on brunches all around London on www.goforbrunchlondon.com - don't forget to send through recommendations - it would be highly appreciated!