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

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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 boozy Sunday brunch, or a mouthwateringly meaty fry-up, don't miss the most important meal of the day. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

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The best breakfasts in London

Albion Neo Bankside

Breakfast is the main meal of the day here, with dishes ranging in size from toast and Marmite to a full English. If you don't fancy eggs, there's a selection of 'healthy breakfasts' majoring on cereals and fruit (but also including a 'super greens' frittata). Prices are on the high side, as you might expect from anything in this location.

Breakfast for two with service: around £35

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Borough

Balthazar

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. The full English breakfast costs £15, but if you'd prefer something a little lighter (actually a lot lighter), porridge, fruit salad or granola are all good options.

Breakfast for two with service: around £30

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Aldwych

Bull & Last

The breakfast menu at this rustic-style gastropub by Parliament Hill Fields is short but enticing. You can go the light and virtuous route by ordering, say, yoghurt with fruit, but the heartier options look pretty irresistible: sweetcorn fritters with smashed avocado, bacon and tomatoes; fried duck egg with ham hock, taleggio and potato rosti; and so on. Breakfast here before or after a long, vigorous walk through the nearby greenery. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £25

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Central London

Breads Etcetera

Every weekend there’s a queue of people out of the door of this bakery-cum-café. An enormous basket of freshly baked sourdough loaves graces the 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. 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 service: around £25

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Clapham

Chiltern Firehouse

The most fashionable London restaurant du jour is virtually impossible to get a dinner reservation at, unless you're an A-list celeb. However, it does breakfast from 7-10.30am on weekdays and 9-11am on weekends. Be warned: prices are very high. Lobster and crab omelette costs £24, eggs benedict £14, pancakes £12, a croissant £6, bread and butter £4 – but the dishes are all excellent. No bookings are taken, so arrive early – and smile. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £50

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Marylebone

Dean Street Townhouse

Even at an early hour, the dark-panelled dining rooms of this ever-popular all-day Soho restaurant buzz with the animated chatter of media types. The smooth service eases things along nicely, too. It’s largely classics on the breakfast 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 £35

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Soho

The Delaunay

As with its famous sibling The Wolseley over in Piccadilly, breakfast at The Delaunay is a truly special affair. Similarly, too, baked goods are done spectacularly well: the beautiful display of pains au chocolat and muffins by the door is a threat or a promise – depending on whether you intend to struggle into those skinny jeans again. Settle into the handsome grand brasserie-style dining room and choose from consistently excellent breakfast standards.

Breakfast for two with service: around £30

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Aldwych

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: a warm naan is spread with cream cheese and tomato-chilli jam, sprinkled with citrussy coriander and loosely rolled around bacon rashers.

Breakfast for two with service: around £22

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Brick Lane

E Pellicci

If ever proof were needed that not all caffs are equal, this Grade II-listed greasy spoon on Bethnal Green Road is it. People come here as much for the atmosphere and decor as for the (good-end-of-average) grub. It has an almost opulent feel, harking back to a time when caff culture was king. Chrome-lined Vitrolite panels cover the outside, and the wood-panelled interior is filled with Formica tables and art deco touches. Food is still prepared with pride every day by Mama Maria – queen of the kitchen since 1961. The fry-ups are first rate.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20

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Bethnal Green

Fields

This park café on Clapham Common won't win any beauty pageants – it's a bleak-looking concrete box sited between a busy road and skateboard park, with sneakers dangling from the power lines overhead. But it’s been the Common’s best café since being taken over by the people behind trendy M1lk in Balham. At breakfast or brunch, expect the standard egg, toast and cereal dishes, often given a bit of a twist and always made from carefully sourced raw materials.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20

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Clapham

Franks Canteen

On the days when you wake up with only a headache for company and only a ‘latte’ in a sachet in your kitchen cupboard, what you need is a sanctuary. With its serene but welcoming atmosphere and short but tempting food menu – black pudding, potato and mascarpone frittata with ham hock was a genius reimagining of the breakfast staples – Franks will fix your day before it’s even had a chance to go wrong. Good coffee, efficient staff, a playlist full of songs you remember fondly and generous portions gently transform you from duvet zombie to chipper day-seizer with minimum fuss.

Breakfast for two with service: around £30

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Highbury

Hawksmoor Guildhall

Businessmen are clearly the target demographic for the mainly massive and meaty breakfasts at this esteemed steakhouse (the Guildhall branch is the only one serving up a breakfast menu). You could opt for porridge or granola, but that's missing the point – here, it’s all about steak, hash browns and eggs; short-rib bubble and squeak; Manx kipper with poached eggs; or a full English that would fill an elephant. All the incidentals – filter coffee, squeezed juice – are also excellent.

Breakfast for two with service: around £35

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City

Jago

Jago is an all-day café (weirdly closed on Sundays, Brick Lane's busiest day), but is at its best for breakfast, when light streams into the lovely conservatory. Dishes from the short and surprisingly inexpensive menu include various cereals and bagels; baked eggs with spiced beans and peppers is the most expensive dish at £7. There's good coffee and fresh orange juice, too.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20

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Brick Lane

Kipferl

Open from 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 hot or cold drinks. But there is also the celebrated Bergkäse (mountain cheese) omelette, which die-hard fans think is the only thing you should order here; the nutty flavour of the cheese makes this a really memorable dish. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £22

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Islington

Kopapa

Venue says: Kopapa is perfect for your pre or post theatre visit. We have set menu options available with 2 courses for £18.95 or 3 courses for £21.95

Kopapa’s Antipodean heritage can be detected in breakfast dishes such as soft-boiled eggs with Vegemite soldiers, but the basement kitchen’s creativity goes well beyond nursery tucker. Particularly good is the signature dish of Turkish eggs – two perfectly poached eggs, bobbing in a bowl of whipped yogurt that’s topped with hot chilli butter and served with sourdough toast. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £30

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Leicester Square

Koya Bar

Originally launched as a second branch of the ever-popular udon noodle joint Koya (just next door), this place went beyond its remit, opening for morning meals too. As well as the classic Japanese combo of grilled fish, miso soup, pickles and rice, Koya Bar turns breakfast on its head with morning udon dishes such as hot noodles with raw egg and soy sauce (kama tama udon), and English-breakfast-inspired egg, bacon and shiitake mushroom udon. There’s also rice porridge with mixed mushrooms, egg and pickles, or kedgeree-style with smoked haddock. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £30

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Soho

Leila's Shop

When it comes to breakfast, the order of the day at Leila’s is quality, not quantity. The highlight here is the fried eggs – served with sage or crisp-fried Serrano ham. They arrive in a cast-iron frying pan accompanied by a wooden spatula for you to scoop them out onto your sourdough toast. If you’re not in the mood for an oeuf, then there’s also toast with own-made preserves – raspberry and marmalade, perhaps – or muesli and yoghurt. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £18

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Shoreditch

The Lido Café

This Herne Hill hotspot makes for the perfect place to load up on calories after a brisk morning swim - though you can eat here even if you haven’t taken a dip. Expect the likes of eggs benedict with sweet, juicy Gloucester Old Spot ham and tangy hollandaise sauce, or stacks of thick buttermilk and blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. If you don’t want to undo all the good work from your morning plunge, plump for one of the slimmer options such as organic porridge or granola with fruit compote and yoghurt. Locals love it.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20

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Brixton

Lowry & Baker

If you want to do more than a caffeine cut and run, sneak into a space at one of the tables 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. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £20 (cash only)

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Ladbroke Grove

Milk (m1lk)

If your idea of a gentle awakening in the morning is a nice cup of tea listening to Radio 2, you’d best go elsewhere – you can hear the sound of deep house coming through M1lk's open french windows down the length of Hildreth Street. The coffee provides a good caffeine kick – Workshop always seems to feature among its suppliers – and the menu lists some interesting hot dishes, such as Kurdish baked eggs with chorizo, spinach, labneh and Turkish dried chilli. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £20

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Balham

No 67

Venue says: Mention Time Out and receive a 10% discount on your food and drink bill in the evening. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

All the usual British breakfast staples are on offer at No 67, from thick porridge with golden syrup and cream, through some highly indulgent waffles, to smoked salmon and scrambled egg. Fresh fruit juices and speciality teas are also available, along with excellent coffee. A relaxed clientèle includes freelance local professionals with laptops and art-loving visitors to the South London Gallery, housed in the same building.

Breakfast for two with service: around £25

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Peckham

Ottolenghi

The Dualit toasters on each table have been a feature ever since this enduringly popular hotspot opened. But really, with a breakfast menu this intriguing, why would you have toast that you can make just as easily at home? Ottolenghi has put shakshuka, the North African dish of eggs, peppers and tomatoes, on London’s culinary map; and it's raised baked beans to glorious heights in dishes with bacon, chorizo, fried egg and black pudding. This is probably what breakfast tastes like in heaven.

Breakfast for two with service: around £25

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Islington

Pavilion Café

Lucky, lucky ducks. Not only do the web-footed locals of Victoria Park have a gorgeous lake (complete with nesting islands, pagoda and splendid domed café) – they also get to snack on some of the best artisanal bread of any park café in London: baked in-house by the Pavilion for its trendy all-day crowd (breakfast is served from 8.30am-5pm). Yards of outdoor tables and smoothly pulled coffees (with a rota of guest beans) make this a lovely watering hole for humans, too. Calorifically exuberant American and British breakfast classics are cooked straightforwardly using flavourful ingredients, many of them bought from Borough Market.

Breakfast for two with service: around £18

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Victoria Park

Plum & Spilt Milk

This sedate dining room on the first floor of the Great Northern Hotel at King’s Cross station is a sanctuary from the bustle below. A simple selection of dishes is done well: scrambled eggs might be served with warm granary toast, smoked salmon, and a side order of full-flavoured bacon. There are lighter options, too, such as granola, porridge or croissants. If you’re in a hurry, the hotel’s food kiosk on the ground floor (prosaically called Kiosk) sells bacon rolls, muffins, and more besides right on the station concourse.

Breakfast for two with service: around £40

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Riding House Café

This brasserie does a brisk breakfast trade, mainly catering to professionals conducting meetings before going into the office. The chirpy staff direct groups towards the comfier of the many dining areas, while solo diners – many wielding laptops or mobiles – are seated towards the bar. If you're not in the mood for eggs (a good selection of dishes at reasonable prices), the menu covers lighter options such as bircher-benner muesli and poached fruit dishes, and there's both French toast and buttermilk pancakes.

Breakfast for two with service: around £25

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Fitzrovia

Roast

Roast's dining room is terribly smart and proudly British, with producers of formidable quality name-checked in detail. On the menu you’ll find a Full Scottish comprising streaky bacon, Ramsay of Carluke’s black pudding and haggis, ‘Roast recipe’ sausages, Lorne sausage, tattie scone, grilled tomatoes, field mushroom, and your choice of egg. If that’s too much for your arteries to take on, try the grilled Orkney kippers with lemon and butter or just toasted cottage loaf with jam.

Breakfast for two with service: around £35

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Southwark

The Table

This slick café not far from the Tate Modern serves an all-day breakfast menu which carries right on through until dinner. A chargrill dominates the open-plan kitchen, but those wanting something lighter than a cooked breakfast should look to the selection of fruit-yoghurt-muesli combos (served until 11am only).  Breakfast for two with service: around £25

This slick café not far from the Tate Modern serves an all-day breakfast menu which carries right on through until dinner. A chargrill dominates the open-plan kitchen, but those wanting something lighter than a cooked breakfast should look to the selection of fruit-yoghurt-muesli combos (served until 11am only). 

Breakfast for two with service: around £25

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Waterloo

Three Crowns

Venue says: Set lunch Monday-Friday: two courses for £15, three courses for £18. To book call 020 7842 8516 or head to www.the3crowns.co.uk

Light, airy and very stylish, this gastropub is every bit a suitable place to breakfast. The breakfast menu includes well-priced British favourites such as boiled eggs with solders, alongside combinations such as black pudding, potatoes and fried duck egg. Try the ‘full Crown’, a cleverly tweaked full English featuring grilled plum tomato and buttery girolles. 

Breakfast for two with service: around £20

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Old Street

Towpath

The canal-view setting at Towpath is appealing, though the constant stream of passing cyclists jingling their bells reminds you that you’re still in the capital. Everything on the brief menu is done well using excellent ingredients including free-range eggs, fine sourdough, porridge, yoghurt and fruit in season. Towpath is simple, but that doesn't mean it's anything less than great.

Breakfast for two with service: around £20

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Central London

The Wolseley

If you want to start your day with a sense of occasion, it doesn’t get much better than The Wolseley. From a just-baked pastry or an omelette Arnold Bennett, to a plate of haggis with duck eggs, or one of buttery kedgeree, it’s all done brilliantly. Prices are not low, but at a place of this exceptional quality you wouldn't expect them to be. At weekends, it's served from 8-11.30am; during the week, things kick off at 7am.

Breakfast for two with service: around £35

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Piccadilly
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Andina

You need to roll out of bed early on Saturday or Sunday in order to beat the canny locals to a ground-floor table. Andina sets breakfast on fire. The picante de huevos bathes two fried eggs, their yolks lubriciously runny, in an endorphin-releasing tomato sauce; coriander-green quinoa on the side dampens the heat a little. At weekends, brunchy things begin at 10am. It's the best way to start the weekend off with a rosy glow (well, perhaps the second-best way).

Brunch for two with service: around £35

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Brick Lane

Barnyard

Ollie Dabbous’s rustic retreat on Charlotte Street isn’t an obvious spot to head to for brunch: it’s a bit dark and pokey, with timber walls and tables that make it feel like the old trench experience at the Imperial War Museum. Look past the rustic vibe and MOR soundtrack and order a plate of super-fresh smoked salmon with asparagus, or morels with a gooey fried egg. Acorn-flour waffles are ace, too: crisp outside and soft but firm within. Boozy brunchers can tank up on bourbon milkshakes or prosecco spritzes. 

Brunch for two with service: around £40

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West End

Beagle

Nestled under the increasingly gentrified railway arches north of Hoxton, Beagle couldn’t be more east London if it tried. However, the brunch tastes like 2015 Hackney: the classics come with a twist of avocado, chickpeas, sourdough and unpasteurised English goat's cheese. The sharp drinks menu is a real draw – there are four slick in-house variations on the bloody mary alone. Service is super-friendly and food is swift and good: yolks just runny, hollandaise creamy, fried veggie hash managing to taste both indulgent and healthy. It’s not cheap, but it’s definitely Saturday morning served over-easy.

Brunch for two with service: around £35

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Haggerston

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

From the outside this black-painted building looks rather severe. But step inside and suddenly you’re in a bright and airy space that feels more like colonial-era Delhi than modern-day Clerkenwell. This is the place for elegant yet laid back brunching. The food is very good: their huevos benedictos are a perfect balance of spicy chorizo and creamy béarnaise sauce, while the French toast with bacon and maple syrup is an indulgent treat that veers close to pudding territory. 

Brunch for two with service: around £45

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Clerkenwell

Brickwood

It’s a brave caff that opens up a few doors away from M1lk in Balham, a local destination that sees queues out the door every weekend. But Brickwood has a track record: the original Clapham branch also does a roaring trade. Brickwood in Balham has upped the ante, with its beautifully crafted shack-like interior, extensive menu, and service from cheerful Aussies. Brunch is served until 3pm, with imaginative dishes such as wild mushrooms on brioche topped with a poached egg, grated pecorino and truffle oil.

Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Balham

Caravan King's Cross

As at the Clerkenwell original, the menu here takes influences from many parts of the world. One of the myriad attractions of the breakfast menu is its happy accommodation of vegetarians: it's easy to avoid meat here if you are so inclined, and even carnivores might be tempted by jalapeño cornbread with fried eggs, black beans and guindilla pepper. 

Brunch for two with service: around £35

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Duck & Waffle

The menu covers English fry-ups, Belgian waffles, and the duck ’n’ waffle – crispy duck leg confit topped with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup – a rich dish first thing in the morning, like many of their dishes, but excellent nonetheless. Duck egg en cocotte is served with wild mushrooms, lots of melted gruyère cheese and toast soldiers. If you’re after the much-hyped ‘cronuts’ (here called a ‘dosant’), they are only available in small quantities early on Sunday mornings.

Brunch for two with service: around £50

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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 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.

Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Ladbroke Grove

Gail's Kitchen

Venue says: Set lunch offer: bread and wine plus two small plates, £19; or bread and wine plus one small plate, £14

Upmarket bakery chain Gail’s is known for its pastries, cakes and dinky sandwiches, but its Bloomsbury branch also has a smarter, sit-down brasserie that serves brunch at weekends (10am-3pm). There are traditional dishes such as scrambled eggs with smoked salmon plus some more unusual items such as fried duck egg served with chorizo, roasted potato and tomato butter. Baked goods are exemplary, as you would expect.

Brunch for two with service: around £35

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Bloomsbury

Grain Store

Weekend brunch at the 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 and maple syrup. Those pancakes are at the conventional end of the menu, which has a number of dishes that are both innovative and distinctly un-brunch-like: potato pancake with sour cream, leeks, poached duck egg and Tobiko wasabi caviar, for instance, or caesar salad with crispy seaweed and fishcake. There's hardly an egg in sight.

Brunch for two with service: around £35

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Granger & Co

Bill Granger has built a TV cooking career out of selling the Aussie dream: lots of sunlight, casual vibe, easy-going photogenic dishes. This is one of his two London restaurants, and it ticks all the boxes: it's spacious and bright with big windows and verdant views. A signature dish of ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter was of cloud-like lightness. Less obvious choices, such as Korean fried chicken, are also worth ordering. Booking is essential – the place fills up quickly with affluent-looking folk.

Brunch for two with service: around £45

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Farringdon

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. The food is solid and traditional: wholesome cereals, English or veggie breakfast, eggs benedict at weekends, French toast with maple syrup and cinnamon bananas, a breakfast bap of scrambled egg, bacon, sausage and tomato jam – all well-cooked, flavour-packed and interesting combinations. And the loveliest thing of all is their all-inclusive definition of breakfast and brunch: it's a single menu, and it's served all day.

Brunch for two with service: around £20

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Stroud Green

Hoi Polloi

The large modernist brasserie interior is a good place for breakfasting on pancakes or egg dishes as well as more unusual offerings such as a crab omelette. There is also a list of fresh-pressed juices, and free wi-fi is a popular draw. Breakfast is served 7am-noon daily, brunch at weekends (11am-6pm). The brunch line-up encompasses both breakfast dishes and a lunch-style menu, and also includes oysters sold in threes. They sell filter coffee as well as espresso-based drinks.

Brunch for two with service: around £40

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Shoreditch

The Ivy Market Grill

This spin-off from the more exclusive Ivy borrows some of the original’s art deco inflections, mixed with touches of French brasserie. The service is spot-on but unstuffy (they welcome kids), and on a bank holiday Monday the customers were a mix of tourists and locals, leaning towards the middle-aged. This place scores on location and presentation: it’s so near to Covent Garden’s piazza that you could catch a stray juggler’s ball.

Brunch for two with service: around £35

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Covent Garden

Jackson & Rye

Jackson & Rye is modelled on a smart US diner – on balance, successfully so. The weekday kitchen kicks off with a diner-style breakfast menu that includes creamed grits (a dish similar to polenta from the southern states of the USA) topped with flaked almonds, berries and maple syrup, some rich pancakes, and brunch-style egg dishes including 'prison eggs' – scrambled eggs with jalapeño chilli, borlotti beans and spring onion. At weekend brunch (9am-4.30pm Sat; 10am-4.30pm Sun), the eggs and pancakes are joined by an extensive à la carte menu.

Brunch for two with service: around £40

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Soho

Lantana

Venue says: Own-blend coffee and an interesting, seasonal, all day menu. Lantana has been called 'a little bit of Australia in London'.

Lantana's extensive 'all-day' menu is served on weekdays from 8am-3pm. Expect standard dishes alongside more unusual assemblies such as baked beans with ham hock, chorizo, roasted pepper and poached egg - all served on chilli cornbread. Weekend brunch (9am-3pm) largely reproduces the all-day menu but adds cereal and scrambled eggs. Coffee is expertly made from the café's own blend. 

Brunch for two with service: around £25

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Fitzrovia

The Lockhart

If a pile of fried chicken stacked on top of a giant waffle and drenched in maple syrup sounds to you like the ideal brunch, read on. Chef Brad McDonald hails from Mississippi via Brooklyn, and while his cooking has knowing contemporary class, it's firmly rooted in the Deep South. Fat strips of candied bacon with eggs and thick-cut toast scored another hit. Drinks include unlimited filter coffee – a perk that's all too rare in London. 

Brunch for two with service: around £45

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Marble Arch

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.

Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Westbourne Park

The Modern Pantry

The East-meets-West cooking – while no longer such a surprise – remains a delight. Everyday egg dishes are gently tweaked (eggs Benedict with Japanese yuzu citrus hollandaise, for instance), but we like the original Pantry creations, such as the signature omelette of sugar-cured prawns, with its runny middle and tangy chilli sambal. (Ask for extra sambal upfront; there’s never enough.) At brunch, served 11am-4pm on weekends, the breakfast dishes are joined by snacks, small plates, and desserts. 

Brunch for two with service: around £35

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Farringdon

Mud

If you fancy your brekkie sunny side up, this café staffed by proper Aussies makes for a bright start in Tooting. Breakfast or brunch is served until 3pm, and dishes from the short menu tend to be variations on a few key ingredients, such as avocado, bacon, pancakes, and good sourdough bread from the Blackbird Bakery. Smashed avocado was served the Australian way with feta crumbled on top. Decent coffee is roasted by Ozone, making for an Antipodean wake-up call louder than a didgeridoo.

Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Tooting

The Providores & Tapa Room

A signature dish of Turkish eggs (also served by Tapa Room's sister restaurant Kopapa) sees runny-middled poached eggs on a cloud of light, tangy whipped yoghurt, submerged under a pool of chilli-spiked melted butter. Equally irresistible is a plate of black pudding and eggs featuring two moist, crumbly slabs of mellow blood sausage cleverly offset by the tart-and-sweet notes of a baked Bramley apple. Groovy chilled beats set a laidback tone, matched by the service.

Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Marylebone

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

Shoe Shop

The focus is on all things français at this Euro-influenced café-restaurant. There is a wide variety of croques (monsieur, madame, Alsace and Florentine) and benedicts (Florentine, Royale, Portobello and straight-up), all served with rich hollandaise. However, a Basque accent is detectable in a delicious piperade – scrambled eggs with spicy peppers, tomatoes, Serrano ham and toast – while the fried egg Holstein comes with sauerkraut. The atmosphere is a little flat but the generous and hearty brunch plates more than compensate.

Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Tufnell Park

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.

Brunch for two with service: around £30

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Westbourne Park

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.

Brunch for two with service: around £40

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South Kensington

Workshop Coffee Co

Workshop’s brunch menu is not the longest you'll come across, but its global pick ’n’ mix of ingredients provides ample choice whether you want to eat lightly or substantially. Brioche French toast is topped with poached rhubarb, orange mascarpone and hazelnuts, spiced pear and pistachio bread is partnered with lime cream cheese, maple syrup and bacon. Saving the best for last: Workshop Coffee Co are among the best coffee roasters in London, and this is where the beans get their heat treatment.

Brunch for two with service: around £40

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Farringdon

Verden

Verden isn't the kind of place you'd expect to find in Clapton. There's no exposed brickwork, no heart-stoppingly heavy trendy American food, no fridge full of obscure craft beers - Verden is an altogether classier affair. With its simple, minimal, grey and gold aesthetic, it wouldn't be out of place in Vienna or one of Paris's fancier districts. So there's a continental vibe that suits the APC and Folk-wearing clientèle down to a tee – no fuss, just simplicity and elegance. The food is similar, though not quite as impressive as the surroundings. It's standard brunch fare – eggs benedict, French toast, etc – done nicely. Brunch here can feel a little like style over substance – but what style!

Brunch for two with service: around £45

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Clapton
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Clive P
Clive P

Very happy you have missed off my favourite one, and now it will remain a secret. Full double English breakfast for £6 with a coffee and orange juice? You can keep your sourdough and queues out of the door ta.

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.

The Man on the Street
The Man on the Street Tastemaker

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