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Breakfast Club

Restaurants, British Soho
3 out of 5 stars
(19user reviews)
The Breakfast Club (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
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The Breakfast Club (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
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The Breakfast Club (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
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The Breakfast Club (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
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The Breakfast Club (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out
The Breakfast Club (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out
The Breakfast Club (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out
The Breakfast Club (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out

Time Out says

Wallow in an ersatz homage to an 1980s youth at this mini-chain of all-day diners dedicated to the most important meal of the day.

There are few more affable temples to nostalgia than this cluttered café, its brick walls covered with ’80s memorabilia – from record sleeves of celebrated movie soundtracks (Back To The Future, St Elmo’s Fire) to a T-shirt bearing the surnames of the original Breakfast Club actors. It's one of seven now in London, and there's another in Brighton, too.

Breakfasts take centre stage: from a full English and a US variation featuring maple syrup pancakes, to a Latin American breakfast burrito. But there are also jacket potatoes with toppings less ordinary (goat’s cheese, guacamole, grilled chicken), chunky sandwiches (such as the amusingly titled ‘When Haloumi Met Salad’) and freshly made smoothies galore. 





Address: 33 D'Arblay Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Set dinner £15 3 courses.
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-9pm Mon-Wed; 8am-10pm Thur-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 9am-7pm Sun
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Users say (19)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:6
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  • 2 star:6
  • 1 star:3
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For a long time every time I tried to go here the queue was just way too long so I kept walking, so eventually we tried going at a really random time (4.30pm) and got a table straight away. The place is really small (hence why the queues are so long at normal breakfast/ brunch time) and the tables are very close together so you can bet you'll be able to hear your neighbours smacking their lips over their bacon loud and clear, but the food is delicious so you can forgive them for that!  The staff are friendly and the interior is pretty cool, I just wonder whether they could add something alcoholic to the menu for later on in the day, especially since the rest of the drinks menu is already quite pricey.


Despite being a big fan of another branch of The Breakfast Club I had never tried the Soho branch before. I went for dinner about one hour before closure and was immediately told by the waiter that they would have closed soon, but I decided to stay anyways. I was sat in a table with another couple next to the door (and the portable heater didn't help that much considering that outside was freezing cold). When it came to ordering food the waiter told me that their branch didn't serve both of the dishes I wanted (maybe writing it down would be nice so that customers can choose among dishes that they actually serve). I ordered something else and the service was extremely slow, to the point that I had to speed up eating as they were about to close when my food arrived (20 min before closure) and the waiter was constantly checking whether I had finished or not, which I also found rude of him. I can't recommend this branch, I will stick to my usual one.

My friend and I went here last night for a thanksgiving 3 course meal. The starter was a pumpkin bisque served with corn bread. Turkey or mac and cheese for main. Then lastly pumpkin pie with ice cream for dessert. We both really enjoyed it and had a great time. The staff are really upbeat and friendly. I've also been there for brunch before and have not been disappointed with the food or service.


I am a big fan of the breakfast club, and have never had a bad experience. I tend to avoid the queues by going for dinner (where the breakfast menu is available all day as well as other dinner options) or going to a less popular branch for brunch. The only time I have had to queue for a while was the week over Easter when they had the creme egg pancakes (well worth the wait, but note to self for next time, definitely share!)

As the soho branch is the original, it is a lot smaller than the others. The perk however at dinner time is that it is BYO for £2.50 corkage pp.

I can't go past the pancakes for breakfast lunch or dinner :)

Service is always friendly and upbeat - my only recommendation would be if you are very hungover to choose somewhere else as the music is a bit loud for a sore head.


I’ve given The Breakfast Club a fair chance, in fact 3 chances and every single time I question why I went back. I don’t understand why everyone is wasting so much time queuing up for a mediocre breakfast. I have tried The Full Monty, Eggs Royale Bennie and Mac & Cheese and each of these dishes were below average and I can definitely cook them better from the comfort of my own kitchen. The bread in each of the breakfast dishes were so hard, the muffins in the bennie I could argue were borderline stale, I struggled to cut through them with my knife, which just made the whole breakfast unpleasant. I can’t recommend this place, it’s surviving purely on the buzz, because the food is not great.

We waited one hour outside in the queue, thinking that it could be worth it, but unfortunatley we regretted it. I expected to have more choice, but most of the things were salty and I wanted something with chocolate, for example. I had the only sweet thing which was the pankakes, very nice but too big, I couldn't finish mine, and expensive as well... The local was not particular as I pictured it, and it was very busy. We had to share a small table with other two people, and the noise didn't even let us having a chat. Not really my ideal breakfast, but the pankakes very amazing, and also the service was good and fast. My favourite thing was the smoothie. 

The food was nice enough, but expensive. You are packed in tight and we waited (outside in the cold) for over an hour to get in. I've always been reluctant to go here as I don't want to queue that long for anything, but after finally giving in to the idea, I would say its definitely not worth the queue.


Here’s a story for you. Two young ladies have been cursed for the past three years and it affects them greatly: they’ve tried, and tried, and tried but have never managed to get into the Breakfast club. They tried all the London branches, every day of the week, every hour of the day: they never managed to find a queue of less than an hour. But that day was the day: turns out, on a Tuesday morning at 10, you can get in after a reasonable half hour wait. Anyway, those years of frustration weren’t for nothing. What a treat this breakfast was! Everything around us looked and smelled delicious. The staff was friendly and the deco and music pretty cool. I recommend!


Really? I queued for about an hour or so and was disappointed by the results. There's nothing too impressive about the breakfast (I felt like I could make it myself to be honest) and it's not worth the wait time or the price. It's good, but not WOW BEST BREAKFAST EVER great. Staff were also slow, but maybe because they're so busy all the time. Overhyped and overrated, don't be fooled by the insane and ridiculous queues.


The Breakfast Club aims to deliver, offering breakfast all day. With now a few establishments scattered throughout London it has become a popular destination for anyone who is after a bit of brunch anytime of the day. Be prepared to queue and wait at the weekends. Once inside, there is instantly a retro vibe and plenty of eats and treats on offer.

Personal favourites are the pancakes and berries served with vanilla crème and lashings of maple syrup. The Huevos Al Benny were also very good too!

The service was shocking - really slow with very rude snobby waitresses. Our food was basically cold when it arrived and the 'haloumi' burger had the tiniest strip of cheese ever. The best thing about the place are the milkshakes and the fridge door to the bar downstairs. However, def not worth the hype, long wait to be seated or money.

It just goes to show that a long queue outside somewhere can fool the tourists into thinking it's worth queuing for. Breakfast Club is overrated and not that great - there are many greater, cheaper breakfast options nearby - like my favourite for affordable breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner is Grillshack on Beak Street, Soho

Hearty full English breakfast. Not bowled over by the decor and I've had superior breakfasts, but if you're hungover or just hungry it will hit the spot!

Charming and unpretentious, the BYOB policy gives TBC a feel of having a drink and a meal in a friend's flat. We were able to book a large table for 9 people on a Thursday evening without any issue. It took a little time to get served and get food, but as we had our own alcohol the time passed quickly, and the food was delicious once it arrived. Would definitely recommend for a pleasant catch-up with friends in Soho.

One of my favourite places to eat! The design inside is quirky and fun. But the best part is... bring your own booze!

This place is dirty and unhygienic. Period. Case in point: I went to use the one-person bathroom downstairs, and the chef came out before I went in. After using the toilet, I realised the bathroom had NO soap in it. There was not even a drop of soap left in the dispenser... it seemed like it had never been filled. I can't imagine where the chef found his soap, but I couldn't find any. Sure, many customers like this place and the food is good, but I value a bit of cleanliness and hand-washing at my restaurants. I will not be going back.

Went there on a recommendation as we were in the area. Managed to grab the last table, people arriving a few minutes later were turned away. Menu was varied, portions were epic, everything tasted great, service was quick and polite. They'd pitched the level of 'quirky' just about right. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Food is always cold! And really boring after such a lovely looking menu! So disappointing when you have your hopes up and ready to devour what should be a delicious brunch. Have tried and tired again, no going to stop!

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