When a greasy spoon just won’t cut it, check out these hotspots for the best indulgent brunch or breakfast near London’s Liverpool Street.
Hawksmoor Breakfast Guildhall
With a great City location, the Guildhall branch of the famed Hawksmoor steakhouse is the group’s only location to serve breakfast. A meat lover’s paradise perfect for a special occasion, the signature ‘Hawksmoor Breakfast for Two’ is a colossal platter of bacon, beef pork and mutton sausages, black pudding, beans, grilled bone marrow, bubble and squeak, grilled mushrooms, roast tomatoes, fried eggs and unlimited toast. If you’re in the mood for something less intimidating, there are plenty of other delectable offerings on offer as well as a range of teas, coffees and alcoholic beverages.
Breakfast waffles at Duck and Waffle
Restaurant, European, British, $$$
This isn’t your standard breakfast café. High above the City of London (the 40th floor to be exact) is the 24-hour Duck and Waffle. The views are incredible, and so is the food. The eponymous ‘Duck and Waffle’ breakfast is a waffle topped with confit duck, a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup; not the standard breakfast fare but incredibly tasty. ‘The Full English’ is amazing, and there’s nothing better than tucking into a pork, marjoram and thyme sausage while soaking up the views of London. A surprise favourite are the beans, which are trotter-braised, giving them a smoky taste. It’s certainly an impressive place to eat breakfast without breaking the bank. You can’t beat this view when it comes to eating breakfast in Liverpool Street.
Weekend brunch at the Devonshire Club
Restaurant, British, Mediterranean
Nestled in an elegant square in the heart of the City, the Devonshire Club is a private members club that opens its doors to the public on Sundays for the ultimate weekend brunch. Starting at 11am and continuing until 4:30pm, the all-you-can-eat feast is served in the elegant Brasserie, offering up-close views of the iconic Gherkin building. The impressive menu includes a selection of fruits and cereals, made-to-order egg dishes and classics from the ‘Full Monty’ to chicken liver parfait, roast beef (carved at your table and served with Yorkshire pudding and veg), truffle mac and cheese, poached haddock, American-style pancakes and more. Top off your indulgent day with French toast with cinnamon and berries or the incredible selection of desserts including lemon tart and a stunning cheese selection. Opt for the ‘bottomless’ option for truly unlimited glasses of prosecco – there’s no chance you’ll leave disappointed (or sober).
International dishes at the Breakfast Club
Restaurant, North American, European, $$$
This spot is a veritable ’80s paradise based on The Breakfast Club movie. There is always a queue outside the Breakfast Club Spitalfields, and at the one in Soho, and Clapham… and Angel. So why do Londoners spend hours queuing to get in here? One word… breakfast. After all, it is the Breakfast Club; it’s what they do. From the traditional full English to a Latin American breakfast burrito, an American version of the full English to salads (but who wants salad for breakfast?), whatever you want, they will have it. If that’s not enough, they have an impressive range of smoothies as well. So, if your thing is tucking into a mighty feast of pancakes, eggs and bacon while seated on mismatched tables and chairs with Madonna playing in the background, then the Breakfast Club is the place for you.
Traditional English fry up at the Polo Bar
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, British, $$$
Not all of us fancy a full English breakfast when we first wake up, so if that’s you and you’ve got a hankering for a fried egg, bacon and a sausage or two, Polo Bar is open 24 hours a day. The ‘Traditional English Breakfast’ will fill you to the brim with grilled bacon, cumberland sausage, free-range eggs, slow-roasted thyme tomato, baked beans, roasted mushrooms, black pudding and bloomer toast, all for less than £8! As the name suggests, Polo Bar also has a full 24-hour license, so if your night’s not quite over, you can grab a glass of prosecco, too.
Looking for brunch options in London? Visit our article about the best brunch spots according to a London food blogger.