Hearty and packed with flavour, the full English is a dish enjoyed across the country. London’s cafés and restaurants serve up some of the best around, with many putting their own twist on this breakfast classic.
With establishments all over London, The Breakfast Club is one of the most popular cafés in the city. It’s a fun, ’80s-themed restaurant, and its take on the traditional English breakfast is The Full Monty, with smaller portions and vegetarian options also available. As you’d expect in a restaurant like this, the brunch menu is huge, with everything from British classics to twists on American, French and Spanish dishes. Just in case you were wondering, the full English fry-up is indeed available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even late into the night, so if you’ve got a mid-afternoon craving, The Breakfast Club will sort you out.
If spicy food is up your street and you’re keen for something a little different, The Big Bombay from Dishoom is well worth sinking your teeth into. You won’t be disappointed with the char-striped smoked streaky bacon, peppery shropshire pork sausages, masala-baked beans, grilled field mushroom, grilled tomato and buttered home-made buns. Dishoom has been serving up Indian delights for a number of years now, so if you haven’t tried the breakfast yet, where have you been?
Opened in 1946, this quaint Art Deco café is the embodiment of retro Britishness. Formica tables, brown seats and tiled walls might sound a little more greasy spoon than silver spoon, but this place was voted fifth-best restaurant in London by Yelp users in 2013 and featured in the film Layer Cake (2004). The full English breakfast is huge and very reasonably priced, with the sausages especially tasty. Extras are always offered and include items like bubble and squeak, and hash browns. The only downside to this amazing place is that it isn’t open on Sundays, so try it as a midweek pick-me-up or a Saturday treat instead.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Haydn Squibb.