We’ve munched our way through perfectly grilled bacon, nibbled on the finest smoked salmon and crunched on the best artisan breads (sometimes dipped in gooey yolks), to bring you our top five places to breakfast in London.
Quo Vadis, Soho
Legendary Soho restaurant Quo Vadis is one of our favourite places to eat at any time of day (or night) so we were super-excited when they started serving breakfast too. Genius chef Jeremy Lee has devised a mouth-watering menu that eschews heavy options in favour of light, elegant dishes such as ricotta, fig, bacon and honey or frittata. And you must try the manchets – little plain or fruit rolls which are just perfect for snacking. All the bread is baked overnight in QV’s on-site bakery, and is available to take-away, too.
Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, London, W1D 3LL +44 (0) 20 7437 9585
Early-birds with a head for heights will enjoy the spectacular views from Duck & Waffle, the open-all-hours restaurant on the 39th floor of The City’s soaring Heron Tower. One of very few places in the capital that’s truly open round the clock, Duck & Waffle’s breakfast menu includes a mighty full English (for an absolute bargain £10.50) alongside more unusual dishes like steak-and-eggs Benedict, luxurious truffled duck egg en cocotte, and the signature confit duck leg on a Belgian waffle with mustard maple syrup.
Duck & Waffle, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
+44 (0) 203 640 7310
Breakfast at Cecconi’s is an affordable way to experience one of the most glamorous restaurants around. Beloved of power-players in the worlds of fashion and media as well as celebrities, Cecconi’s provides an elegant place to meet, plot or simply people-watch. Choose from a long list of egg dishes (including decadent duck egg hash with black truffle, and super-healthy egg white omelette), bakery dishes such as blueberry pan brioche or lighter options as simple as half a pink grapefruit. Divine.
Cecconi’s, 5A Burlington Gardens, Mayfair, London, W1S 3EP
+44 (0) 20 7434 1500
Non-carnivores are probably better off avoiding Hawksmoor in Guildhall where meat, in all its forms, is the star of the morning show. Hungry couples will love sharing the vast Hawksmoor Breakfast For Two – consisting of bacon chop, sausages, black pudding, bone marrow, short-rib bubble and squeak, trotter braised beans and unlimited toast – or alternatively, a smaller version is available for one. There’s also a wonderfully naughty list of breakfast cocktails including Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew – ‘a turbo shandy for the discerning drinker’ – and a Bloody Mary buffet. The ultimate blow-out!
Hawksmoor, 10 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5BQ
+44 (0) 20 7397 8120
Kopapa, Covent Garden
New Zealand-born chef Peter Gordon is the godfather of ‘fusion cuisine’, and breakfast at his casual Covent Garden diner Kopapa is a great way to experience this much-maligned style of cooking. Gordon’s food is fusion in its truest sense, seamlessly combining the cuisines of different countries and cultures on one plate to thrilling effect. We love the rich, soothing Turkish eggs with whipped yoghurt and chilli butter, and chorizo hash with sriracha chilli and crispy shallots. But if you’re not feeling as adventurous, you’ll be glad to see boiled eggs and Vegemite soldiers on the menu too!
Kopapa Café and Restaurant, 32-34 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HA
+44 (0) 20 7240 6076
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The best breakfast in London, written by les Deux Messieurs, the luxury gay hotel guide.