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London’s best full English breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the avocado is overcado; nothing beats a good old-fashioned fry-up

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By Time Out London Food & Drink |
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Beyond fish and chips, roasts, or pie and mash, the full English is our true national dish. But London takes breakfast to another level. From bacon chops and insanely rich black pudding to a steaming bowl of noodle soup with a fried egg floating on top, this is your bucket list of fry-ups in the city. And not an avocado in sight. 

Take a look at five bangin’ breakfast spots in the city, as selected by Time Out:

The best full English breakfasts in London

Restaurants, Cafés

Apres Food Co

icon-location-pin Clerkenwell

Aprés cooked breakfast £13.95

This Clerkenwell café is co-owned by a nutritionist, which means their Full English is both enormous and healthy. Featuring coconut oil, cavolo nero and genuinely nice gluten-free bread  – ordering this will probably be the most sensible thing you’ve done while hungover.

Restaurants, French

Balthazar

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

Full English breakfast £15.75

Brunch at this Covent Garden brasserie is a London foodie rite of passage – think of the Full English as your initiation. Here, your standard fry up comes with with both home fries and fried bread. Yeah it’s spenny, but just think: fried bread.

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Restaurants, Brasseries

Bellanger

icon-location-pin Angel

English breakfast £14.95

This smart, Alsatian-themed (the area in Eastern France, not the dog) brasserie in Islington does a classic English breakfast with all the trimmings. Expect rich black pudding, crispy bacon, Cumberland sausage and oeufs served poached, scrambled or fried.

Restaurants, Coffeeshops

The Black Penny

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

The Hunter £12.90

The confit duck on the breakfast menu tells you everything you need to know about this trendy Covent Garden café’s foodie nous. Takes on the Full English come in two varieties: a meaty  ‘Hunter’, and a veggie ‘Gatherer’.

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Bull and Last
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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Bull & Last

icon-location-pin Highgate

Please note, Bull & Last will close for refurbishment from October 1 2018, due to reopen in the summer of 2019. Time Out Food editors, September 2018.

The Full Bull £11

Every foodie and their dog knows this Heath-side boozer in Gospel Oak is the best gastropub in north London. The breakfast menu is short but sweet, and the The Full Bull is the star of the show. Expect quality back bacon, pork sausages and black pudding.

Restaurants, Cafés

Caravan

icon-location-pin King’s Cross

Caravan Fry £10.50

The industrial-looking King’s Cross flagship branch of the mini chain known for its coffee and ‘well-travelled’ menu has your breakfast needs covered. The Caravan Fry gets you the full service, plus some truly heavenly roasted field mushrooms.

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Restaurants, British

Dean Street Townhouse

icon-location-pin Soho

Full English breakfast £14

This buzzing hotel-cum-restaurant in Soho has real tattie scones on the menu to please the Scots, and the Full English breakfast feels equally patriotic. There’s also the option to order a slightly smaller version for £9 if you’ve over-indulged in our British national pastime the night before.

Restaurants, Indian

Dishoom

icon-location-pin King’s Cross

The Big Bombay, £11.90

Take char-striped streaky bacon and serve it up alongside peppery Shropshire sausages, masala baked beans and hot buttered buns and you’re on your way to a perfect fusion of English and Indian breakfasts. Add some bottomless chai and the job’s a good’un.

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Restaurants, British

E Pellicci

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

Pellicci’s Full English, £7.60

Open since 1900, E Pellicci’s signature fry ups are vast plates of Cumberland sausage, eggs and bacon. Order the orange juice (freshly squeezed and served in a half-pint glass) and you’ll see why this caff’s attracted everyone from Steven Berkoff to the Kray twins.

Venue says A classic east London café serving the local community for over a century.

Restaurants, Cafés

Haberdashery

icon-location-pin Crouch End and Hornsey

The English Breakfast £9.95

Beloved by pram-pushers everywhere, the fry up at this okely-dokely Crouch End café is under a tenner (tick) and comes with a big homemade hash brown (big tick). Order before 10am to get free tea – it’s served in dinky china cups.

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The best breakfasts in London

Start your day as you mean to go on with a breakfast of champions at these London restaurants and cafés with a morning spring in their step. Whether you're looking for a local spot or a place on your way into work, or if you need to impress with a business meeting location par excellence, these places know how to give good egg.

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