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Breakfast Club

Restaurants, Diners Spitalfields
3 out of 5 stars
(27user reviews)
Breakfast Club

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.

Hey, kids! With the aura of a chipper kids’ TV presenter, the Breakfast Club invites punters to wallow in an ersatz homage to an 1980s youth, with Roland Rat posters and the soundtrack of a ‘90s adolescence. Given that many of these now thirty-somethings have children of their own in tow, it seems odd to make them struggle by not providing a single high chair to cater to what must be a good chunk of the venue’s target demographic. Whatever, folks are willing to queue for the comfort food at weekends. A long list of brunch options runs from sweet – a moreish stack of french toast with cinnamon apples – to savoury, with a chorizo hash that makes you mop up every drop of paprika-inflected lard with your home fries. Burgers, burritos and baked potatoes round out the menu. It’s hearty and at times heart-stopping, though smoothies with waggish names such as the ‘Pommy Granny’ (pomegranate and berries) add a healthful note. The shabby chic crosses the line into needing some plasterwork in corners, and service was merely functional, but it’s a hit formula nonetheless for this mini-chain.




Address: 12-16 Artillery Lane
E1 7LS
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Amaaaaaaaaazing atmosphere, quite busy but the food and service are awesome., Best pulled pork + poached eggs on English muffin! How about the pancakes?? Take a friend to share, its big! Fair price for the food.


The last time I had been to The Breakfast Club was around 3 years ago. Honestly, having so many breakfast and brunch options available in London, here is not the first place that comes to my mind (plus, I rarely go to places I've been before as I'm constantly on the hunt of new places). Having said all this, their special menu for Pancake Day this year seemed very exciting. I had the "pizza pancakes" which was a collaboration with Pizza Pilgrims and it was absolutely delicious, and a genius idea really! Hope to see more of this hybrid in the future!


I went to the Breakfast Club in Canary Wharf on a weekday morning - really loved the decor and retro vibe but just can't see what all the fuss is about. I had the eggs benedict which were bog standard and had a taste of my friends pancakes which were equally average. We were quite a large group celebrating a baby shower and must admit the service was great, staff were really helpful in arranging all of the table decorations but the food itself was nothing to write home about - not sure why people queue for ages to eat here!


By know many of us know The Breakfast club is a popular choice if your brunching. Great portions, great staff and great atmosphere, you can't go wrong. But at this Shoreditch location you can get a little bit extra and make your way through the SMEG fridge to a basement cocktail bar. With the rain yesterday it was the perfect getaway to escape the damp outside!


Such a great variety of brunch items on their menu, not just the stock standard pancakes but unusual combinations of flavours. The All American Veggie pancake stack was a great surprise as mushrooms, eggs, beans, spinach and pancakes with the traditional maple syrup didn't sound like a match made in heaven but I was pleasantly surprised. If you are planning a brunch date then check out The Breakfast Club locations as they are perfect for great food and good vibes.


A really nice destination for breakfast. The decor is cool and food is good - I was lucky enough to visit over Easter when creme egg pancakes were the special :). However, I certainly don't think it is worth queuing for over 20 minutes for. There are plenty of local places which also serve up one heck of a breakfast. Having said that, considering the hype surrounding the chain, it is worth trying once, just to see if you think it's worth all of the fuss!

Nice atmosphere for a good price and very tasty chips! We only went for drinks and nibbles but would love to go back to try the full menu!

Perfect place to go for an all American diner brunch, especially if you want all things bacon! Not many of the options appealed to my veggie needs, but I am painfully fussy. If you're the type to be embarrassed by taking photos of your food, do not fear, everyone else is taking pictures too. Don't be put off by the 'overhyped' image curse, the food is still good and you can feel comfy in the knowledge that no one can judge you because they have all been at least once! Basic it may be, but still a great place to take visiting friends.


I remember when I first visited this Breakfast club, back when it wasn't that popular ( Or I didn't know how popular it is )
I thought to myself- what an awesome find this is! I bet no one knows about this hipster-ish place. Well.... It is a cool place alright, but seems that everyone heard about it by now. Especially Liverpool street one, always welcomes me with place filled with tourists taking pics of interiors.
That doesn't mean I like it any less now, I do like it, it has a special place in my heart.
Eggs Royal always taste marvelous and often I try to order something else, to 'mix it up' but I always come back to my favorite dish.

It is a good place to take anyone. Admittedly it is quite pricey for what it is, but you are paying for the whole experience, which is usually the case. Friendly piece of advise- don't try to be too healthy when ordering, a friend of mine once ordered kale salad and almost started crying when her meal arrived. Go for Eggs or Pancakes, you can toss kale leaves at home :)


VERY noisy. I guess I wouldn't mind that for lunch or dinner, but for breakfast, I'd prefer to be able to listen to my thoughts. Or the people in my table.

I had read about the bad service and big queues; I went on a Friday around 9.30am, it was crowded but not completely full. It was less than 10min wait but it does feel silly to wait when you see there are free tables, and free waiters that could get you a table... The service and food were adequate. No real complaints, but no awe either. (The coffee is better than average, I have to say)

I may have not ordered the best thing, mainly for breakfast, mainly considering that I'm sensitive to spicy food (I like them, but I can only have the milder spicy kind). The breakfast burrito may be an ok burrito, but that's definitely not breakfasty! (Just putting an egg on something doesn't make it breakfast)

It's a somewhat nice place, and I've seen some really beautiful dishes, so I guess I could have another try. But it is definitely more hype than substance...


The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite place to brunch on the weekend...even if you have to queue up before getting a table. I love their messy decoration with their formica table and painted chairs. They offer delicious dishes as the traditional english breakfast, pancakes...but one of my favorite is their egg benedictine. If even busy, the staff is always friendly. Defo worth a visit! 


Head down early to avoid weekend queues for this retro themed breakfast bar with classic tunes blaring out onto the streets, quirky merchandise and deco.  Pancakes were a little dry but the breakfast burrito was great, they also know how to make a jolly good cuppa.


I never go to The Breakfast Club over the weekend as I hate queuing (my belly gets very angry) but I absolutely adore it! Colourful, bright, sometimes they even have great live music, food is comforting and very good (my favourite: full American Breakfast) and prices are honest. I've even met a few of my favourite singers eating here so it MUST be a cool place :) 

Staff is also very friendly and helpful. This is where I always take my friends when they come to London and they all love it!


Is the food nice? Yes.

Is the decor "quirky"? Yes.

Is it worth queuing more than 10 minutes for? No.

It's a functional place for a relaxed brunch, but nothing more. 

Staff Writertastemaker

Obviously there are cheaper fry-ups to be found but this is a good place to go if you want to feel safe with the quality of sausage. 

Breakfast club also sells booze which if you need a bottle of prosecco with your hash browns comes in very handy!

Safe bet but the gimiky nature of the place can still make for a nice backdrop to a relaxing brunch.


Be prepared to queue for a while. Last time we came to The Breakfast Club Spitalfields, we queued for about 45 minutes, as the Hoxton branch was closed, The fod is very reasonably priced, and so delicous! I recommend the All American!


Joining the Breakfast Club...

Moving to Battersea last year, a trip to The Breakfast Club seemed a rite of passage... if you’ve ever visited on a Sunday morning, you’ll understand. It’s not somewhere you’d go everyday of the week but when the hangover hits and you want to catch up with your friends and debrief on the shenanigans of the night before; The Breakfast Club is the place to go. Just be careful about sharing your gossip too loudly, every twenty something in a five mile radius will be heading to this hotspot...

Other reviewers have taken a different stance. Yes, the queues may be slightly ridiculous... my top tip: take coffee for the wait. Alternatively, if you and your friends are frequent visitors, why not take it in turns to queue on behalf of the rest of the group? Others may see this as queue cutting; I see it as common sense! Having said that, smaller groups are often seated before larger parties due to table availability so don’t be afraid to go in ahead of your mates... once they’ve sampled the tasty food, I’m sure they’ll understand.

The Full Monty is great (and I’m not talking about the film... although that’s pretty decent too). I would say try the smoothies but avoid anything heavy for the “breakfast” main.

If you’ve got hungry children, this place isn’t for you... sorry!

Staff Writer

I go to the Battersea Rise venue regularly, and whilst the food is great, TBC really lets itself down by creating unnecessarily large queues.  They need to employ more staff, and realise people don't like standing in a massive queue, only to realise there are heaps of empty tables inside.


I have been a few times with and without my young son. The first time was on a Sunday and we had to queue for a table but everyone was in good spirits as they waited. The staff kept us informed of waiting times and passed out complimentary mini cups of hot chocolate to those queuing. The queue was long but it moved pretty quickly and after seeing the plates of food being brought out to those dining outside, no one was going anywhere else! The Halloween kids party last year was a nice way to spend a few hours and the staff were great with the kids and adults alike. The food can be a bit hit and miss however- the pancake stacks are always a winner for me but the Eggs Benedict and cobbler I had at their branch near Liverpool Street were both a bit stodgy. It's a fun place to go for some comfort food though and il defo be back again soon!

I had booked a table for a Xmas lunch for 4 people at 1pm. I called to confirm our booking this morning, and although we arrived on time, we still had to wait to be seated - even though the restaurant was only about 1/3 full. We ordered fairly quickly, but waited about 35-40 mins for our meals.. Which would have been OK, if all our meals were actually served. When the 3 of the meals arrived, our waiter said that my 'Number 3 Wrap' was still on the way... 10 mins later, still nothing. The waiter came over again to tell me it was on the way... Another 5 mins - nothing. My friends had finished with their meals (or in the case of the mex mac - she had eaten as much as possible - as it was basically an entire bowl of cheese with a VERY few pieces of macaroni), and were just waiting around for my mythical wrap, I went up to the counter to cancel it (time to go back to work - late!). Even after saying that we had ordered almost a hour beforehand, and that the other meals had come out except mine - no apology was offered by any of the staff.. Even the waiter that took our order in the first place didn't seem to care. And then when we were FINALLY attended to to be able to pay (another 5/10mins), they still had the audacity to charge for my diet Coke!? I was really looking forward to a meal here, especially as I've heard all about it since moving to London - but after this experience, I'm extremely disappointed. What should have been a nice Xmas lunch with friends, left me hungry - and all of us annoyed.

it took over 30 minutes for the £9 cocktails to arrive, made worse by the fact the air con was far too cold and blowing a gail through the whole place. Finally tried to pay and the Waitress said her 'AMEX' wasnt working and that if I didnt pay she would call the bar staff. This was appaling as I was paying for two guests, I would have kicked up a fuss but didnt want to cause further upset. £100 for 9 average cocktails, wouldnt go there again, far better places in liverpool street.

It took 30 minutes for the average £9 cockails to arrive, we were sat under the air conditioning which was terribly cold, and when we came to pay the waitress said her 'amex' wasnt working and i'd have to find some other way of paying otherwise she would call the door staff! I thought the last comment was appaling as I was paying on a business card and had two guests, I would have really taken them to town but I didnt want to cause further upset, how absolutely rude when your entertaining guests and have a £100 bill for 9 cocktails.

After beating the queue, the service was fast and efficient and the food very yummy! The place has a great atmosphere the only downside is that it´s a bit noisy!

After half a dozen failed attempts over several weeks to beat the queues and get a table (we're local - it isn't far to walk) we finally arrived to a less than half-full restaurant and were looking forward to seeing if this place was worth the hype. Had to find a waiter to see if it were ok if we grabbed a table. 10 minutes later we had to ask for menus - which arrived, but no drinks menus. Waiting staff were serving others, eating their meals (!) and filling sauce bottles. But after quite some time when they finally turned up to take our order we'd kind of lost our appetite, said we'd decided to go elsewhere and left. The food might be fantastic (I couldn't comment - we didn't try it) but the service was decidedly lacklustre. Disappointed.

This place is delicious. A "must-see" in Hoxton. Everything on the menu is to die for. Prices are also good.

Every time I have been to this restaurant I have received excellent service and amazing food. I love going out to eat and I have explored many restaurants in London. This one is one I will keep returning to. The ambiance is wonderful; it is warm and colourful and quirky. The service is great; waiters are friendly and we didn't have to wait too long; they brought us water, etc. The food is reasonably priced but also creative and delicious. The pastrami sandwich was a perfect mixture of flavours, and just the right amount of food. The burrito was huge, and delicious and customizable. The burgers are fresh and cooked the way you want them. The fries are seasoned and delicious. Oh! And pitchers of smoothies are great, and affordable. They have many different flavours to try. Ironically I haven't yet tried the breakfast food yet, but my boyfriend had the Eggs Benedict and said it was one of the best he's had. It looked amazing, anyway.

Was so annoyed with the way we were treated - we arrived at the breakfast club at 8:30 and was told it would be about 40mins to "see the mayor". 90mins and £82 pound later we complained and was told we would be next. Another 30mins later we were told we could go down and we were left for 10 mins at the door for someone to take us down. When we finally got down stairs at 10:40ish we found loads of people who arrived after us down there enjoying their cocktails. Was not impressed so we left. The Breakfast Club was good but as we only went in there to see the mayor I am rating 1 star!!

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