Inspired by the year she spent in Copenhagen, Alex Hely-Hutchinson’s Covent Garden café serves up a range of wholesome porridges for breakfast, plus birchers and toasties for maximum hygge. The almond-milk-soaked oats with chia seeds make for an indulgent start to the day, plus there are some exotic dishes worth a try, such as the loquat and sweet cicely porridge. Clumsies should slurp their coffee with caution: the mugs are so Nordic-chic that they don’t have handles.
June 2019: We’ve added seven more morning havens, including HIDE Restaurant (from super chef Ollie Dabbous) and The Coal Office near King’s Cross, serving up Jerusalem-inspired treats. There’s also the Basque-influenced Henrietta Bistro in Covent Garden; Spitafields’ Crispin with its wondrous coffees; and Neptune in Bloomsbury (swapping seafood for British-American Classics). For Middle Eastern flavours head to Ottolenghi’s Rovi in Fitzrovia, or, if you crave eggs in abundance, head to nearby Yopo at the Mandrake.
Home of the fry-up and millions of millennials nursing avocado-related injuries, London might be the best place to eat breakfast in the world. Whether you’d like to start your day in a posh restaurant, a greasy spoon or a biker café, we've rounded up the ultimate list. From tapas to croissants and acai bowls – it’s all here.