- Rebecca Cairns
Hawksmoor Guildhall ambitiously aim to provide ‘the best full English breakfast in London’ and they arguably do. Worth the extra expense, this is true quality with quantity too. Lots of dark wood and leather give this place a comfortable, old-world feel. Their extensive breakfast menu features a traditional full English, or the more elaborate ‘Hawksmoor Breakfast’ to be shared by two, showcasing some of their less-traditional breakfast items, such as short-rib bubble and squeak and grilled bone marrow. Top off the experience with a traditional Buck’s Fizz or Bloody Mary, and enjoy a breakfast extravaganza.
📍Hawksmoor Guildhall, 10 Basinghall Street, London, UK, 020 7397 8120
The Breakfast Club, Soho
With establishments in Soho, Spitalfields, Angel, Hoxton, and most recently London Bridge, The Breakfast Club is becoming one of the most popular breakfast cafes in London. A fun, 80s-themed restaurant, their take on the traditional English breakfast is the Full Monty, with smaller portions and vegetarian options available. As would be expected in a restaurant like this, the brunch menu is huge, with everything from the 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, and dinner, so when you’ve got a mid-afternoon craving, The Breakfast Club will sort you out.
📍The Breakfast Club, 33 D’Arblay Street, London, UK, 020 7434 2571
📍The Breakfast Club, 12-16 Artillery Lane, London, UK, 020 7078 9633
📍The Breakfast Club, 31 Camden Passage, London, UK, 020 7226 5454
📍The Breakfast Club, 2-4 Rufus Street, London, UK, 020 7729 5252
📍The Breakfast Club, Southwark Street, London, UK, 020 7078 9634
For something a bit more elegant that still won’t break the bank, try Annie’s. Serving up a great full English breakfast for £9.95, Annie’s sets itself apart with its romantic yet stylish and chic decor, delicious home-cooking with stunning presentation. This place is also a favourite with the English rugby team when they are in town, so whether it’s a coffee date for two, or a friendly brunch, Annie’s is the place to go.
📍Annie’s, 162 Thames Road, Chiswick, London, UK, 02089946848
📍Annie’s, 36-38 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London, UK, 02088782020
Opened in 1946, this quaint art deco cafe 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 5th best restaurant in London by Yelp users in 2013, and was famously used in the film set for ‘Layer Cake’. The full breakfast is huge and very reasonable at £5.50, the sausages are especially good. Extras are 90p each and definitely worth it to get some bubble and squeak or hash browns. The only downside to this amazing place is they aren’t open on Sundays, so maybe try it as a midweek pick-me-up, or a Saturday treat instead.
📍Regency Cafe, 17-19 Regency Street, London, UK, 020 7821 6596
The River Cafe
Not to be confused with the rather expensive Italian ‘River Cafe’, this is an old-fashioned greasy-spoon, next to Putney Bridge Station in South London. With a passion for home cooking and friendly staff, you’re sure to be back for more. Their generously-sized, delicious full English breakfast is fantastic value and the quirky vintage decor will make you feel right at home.
📍The River Cafe, 1A Station Approach, Fulham, London, UK, 020 7736 6296
A small family run cafe, Terry’s Cafe prides itself on good, honest, home-cooked food. ‘The Works’ gets you a fantastic full English for £10 loaded with meat from London’s Smithfield Market and the vegetarian version is £7.40. They have outdoor seating, which is great for warm summer mornings, but the cute gingham table covers and old black-and-white photos adorning the walls make it just as pleasant indoors. As an added bonus, tea is only 20p a cup when purchased with food.
📍Terry’s Cafe, 158 Great Suffolk Street, London, UK, 02074079358
Quo Vadis, Soho
If you are going for breakfast, make sure you stop here. This trendy Quo Vadis restaurant has a long and turbulent history of celebrity owners and chefs, including Marco Pierre White and artist Damien Hirst, whilst the building itself was home to Karl Marx whilst he wrote Das Kapital. The current chef, Jeremy Lee, introduced the breakfast menu, and the simple but delicious breakfast classics have made this place an early-morning favourite. The full cooked breakfast is £12, and worth it for the fantastic quality of the food. The elegant interior is miles away from the greasy spoon cafe, yet just as comforting in its traditional English style.
Experience a spoonful of Paris in the centre of Covent Garden. The popular French-inspired Balthazar is notoriously difficult to get a table at, unless you are heading in for breakfast. Whilst their speciality is seafood and the menu can be a little pricey, the weekday breakfast offers plenty of options, including the fabulous full English at £15. There’s a vegetarian option too, and at the weekend brunch extends right up until 4pm. They have a fantastic bakery next door which does take out, so treat yourself to a pastry to finish up your fry-up.
📍Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, UK, 020 3301 1155
Something about the British breakfast brings out the war-time nostalgia in everyone. Blighty Cafe is cosy, bright, and modern with a 1940s vibe coming through in the details, from menu designs to shelf displays. This place prides itself on great coffee, and their full breakfast, aptly-named ‘The Winston’ is a huge helping for £9, served in quirky enamel bowls and mess tins. The attention to detail is what makes this place really special, from the union jack stuck in the sausage to the paprika on the eggs, the food is divine and the decor even more so. Bread is handmade on-site, and if you dress in 1940s fashion you get 5% off your bill. This place is a real gem, and definitely worth a look in.
📍Blighty Coffee, 35-37 Blackstock Road, London, UK, 020 7502 7759
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