The London neighbourhood of Westminster is well known for its tourist attractions, with Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and the Houses of Parliament on its doorstep. Fortunately, the area is also brimming with breakfast and brunch spots, so jet-lagged travellers can recharge and prepare for a day full of sightseeing.
Not far from Tate Britain – home to five centuries of British art – this no-frills café serves a fittingly traditional fry-up. Budget- and belly-friendly, the Regency Café’s breakfast deal makes it a local favourite. With “1 Egg + 2 Bacon + Sausage + (Beans OR Tomatoes) + (Bread OR Toast) + (Tea OR Coffee). No changes!” for under £10, its popularity is of little surprise. Lunch and dinner menus also offer British classics like steak pie, jacket potatoes and bread-and-butter pudding. Open from 7am Monday through Saturday, weekday diners should make note that the café closes between 2.30pm and 6pm to prepare for dinner service in the week and is not open on Sundays.
Some can’t function without a hearty breakfast, but others prefer lighter fare to get the day started. While this might conjure ideas of egg-white omelettes, Peggy Porschen is quite the opposite – this bakery’s offerings are as sweet as its blush-pink exterior. Known throughout London for its cupcakes, visitors can enjoy some royal indulgence with a chocolate truffle cupcake or a slice of the bakery’s Glorious Victoria before heading to Buckingham Palace. With a variety of teas, coffees and seasonal pastry offerings, a trip to Peggy Porschen is sure to please the fussiest of eaters. Open from 8am to 8pm every day, this delightful bakery is a perfect spot for anyone looking for a sugar boost.
Before a walk through St James’s Place, stop at Market Hall Victoria for a quick bite. While only two of the venue’s 13 traders open to serve breakfast from 7am in the week, a stop here will start the day off right. Light morning crowds ensure that coffees from Press and healthy breakfast bowls at Squirrel can be leisurely enjoyed in the market’s airy dining space. Late risers can order goods from all 13 traders from noon to 11pm. From fresh-caught fish and chips at Kerbisher & Malt to Malaysian Tamil fare at Gopal’s Corner, Market Hall Victoria is also a perfect spot to bring groups of indecisive eaters.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Jessica Buck.