Eating out at breakfast time in London is a lot more fun than just fried food or toast. Find out where Londoners have decided you can find the best breakfasts in London. These recommendations were suggested by Londoners as they offer reasonably-priced with a selection of breakfast foods, including vegetarian choices, in a central London location. It seems a good breakfast needs to be served hot, freshly-prepared, and use quality ingredients.
A big thank you goes to to Malcolm of The London Review of Breakfasts for his help in narrowing down the long list. A true expert on this subject.
1. Regency Cafe
If you're looking for a traditional London caff, the Regency Cafe is the one for you. Here's where you should have a Full English and enjoy the more working class style of morning fare. The Regency Cafe has been in Pimlico since the 1940s and has a tiled exterior and interior.The seats are fixed and there are framed pictures on most walls, including a displays of the Tottenham Hotsput football team from the early 70s.
The food is big, hot, fast, and cheap. The kitchen shouts your order almost before you've found a seat. Closed 2.30-4pm but them open again till 7pm so great for dinner too.
Address: 17-19 Regency Street, London SW1P 4BY
2. The Wolseley
It's best to book a table as, although it's a large venue, it's always busy. The service is impeccable and the food is always delicious. I sometimes go just for a pot of tea as it's a lovely way to start the day. Or I might have crumpets, or a pastry, or boiled egg and 'soldiers', or Eggs Benedict. Breakfast is served till 11.30 but the restaurant remains open all day and evening. Whatever time you go you will be made to feel very special indeed.
Sacred is run by two New Zealanders looking to recreate an Antipodean style of cafe in London. A New Zealander told me, "I find the UK's general lack of breakfast/brunch places – and a menu which goes outside of fried food – to be quite disappointing – and it's even worse if you leave London."
Thankfully Sacred can step up to the mark here and "the coffee and food is fantastic." They have branches across London. Expect to find muesli, bagels, scrambled eggs on toast. Open all day.
Be warned, service is slow. And surly. The owner wears super-tight jeans and a skinny white vest - always - and doesn't seem to want to serve you, yet people love this place.
Fleet River Bakery is behind Holborn station is on the edge of Lincoln's Inn Fields. They have comfy chairs, offer Monmouth Coffee, and are open all day. Takeaway available.