Best 10 breakfast venues in London

Smashed avocado, full English Breakfast, coffee and cake... whatever your fuel, start the day at one of these spots for the best breakfast in London.

Rise, shine and dine in style at one of these special places for breakfast in London. Devour piles of pancakes, sip on colourful lattes at Insta-worthy cafes or tuck into a filling full English at restaurants across the capital. 

1. Caravan Kings Cross

With freshly roasted coffee, pancakes and health-conscious treats, Caravan in King's Cross is a great place for a nourishing start to the day. Dip your flatbread into the baked eggs, which come with merguez sausage, pepper and chickpea ragout. Or try something lighter such as spiced yoghurt or porridge with dates and black sesame.

Location: 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

2. The Wolseley

The Wolseley is renowned for its breakfasts. So much so, you normally have to reserve a table in advance. Once settled in the grand surroundings of the former car showroom, choose a memorable breakfast from the varied menu: kedgeree perhaps or haggis with fried duck eggs. You won't need a mid-morning snack, that's for sure.

Location: 160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB

3. The Breakfast Club

A full English breakfast of egg, bacon, baked beans, mushroom, tomato and toast
A full English breakfast © Nonsap Visuals via Unsplash. Image courtesy of Nonsap Visuals via Unsplash

With venues across the capital, The Breakfast Club is the go-to spot for locals seeking a morning pick-me-up. Its signature dishes such piping-hot pancakes and cornflake buttermilk fried chicken with waffles, sit alongside egg dishes and full-English staples. Don't forget the breakfast cocktails, including a spicy bloody Mary.

Locations: The Breakfast Club has 10 restaurants across London including top locations such as London Bridge (11 Southwark St, London SE1 1RQ), Soho (33 D'Arblay St, London W1F 8EU) and Spitalfields (12-16 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LS)

4. St. John Bakery

Every morning from 8am (10am on Sundays) St. John Bakery opens its doors into Neal's Yard and the smell of fresh doughnuts and bread fills the air. Grab a loaf of the moreish sourdough bread and stay to savour doughnuts and breakfast pastries, which are also available in its Druid Street pop-up in Bermondsey at weekends.

Location: 72 Druid St, London SE1 2HQ

5. Duck & Waffle

Served up with a side helping of incredible views across London, Duck & Waffle's all-day brunch is served from 8am and includes the option of its signature Duck & Waffle dish with confit duck, waffles and maple syrup. If you're celebrating, why not add bottomless cocktails at this City hotspot.

Location: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

6. Dishoom

The dining area at Dishoom Shoreditch with hanging plants, cosy sofas and a tiled floor.
Treat yourself to a meal at Dishoom Shoreditch. Image courtesy of Dishoom.

Like the old Bombay cafes on which it's modelled, Dishoom is open morning to night. Prepare for the day with a cup of spicy chai and brioche-style bun maska that you dip into your tea. More substantial snacks include its famous bacon naan roll – a posh take on a bacon sarnie, vegan sausage naan roll, and flavour-packed Parsi omelette.

Locations: Dishoom has several restaurants across London including hotspots Covent Garden (12 Upper St Martin's Ln, London WC2H 9FB), King's Cross (5 Stable St, London N1C 4AB) and Canary Wharf (13 Water St, London E14 5GX).

7. The Good Egg

Middle Eastern inspired dishes are the order of the morning at The Good Egg, which started in Stoke Newington and has since broken out of its shell to set up in Carnaby's Kingly Court. Egg-based shakshuka and babka French toast soaked in spiced custard are sure to get your day off to an indulgent start.

Locations: Soho (Ground Floor, Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW) and Stoke Newington (93 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0AS)

8. Milk London

Situated in Balham, this trendy spot offers a modern twist to breakfast classics on a menu that changes with the seasons. Try 'the convict', a pork patty muffin with streaky bacon and scrambled egg with their delicious hangover sauce and Lincolnshire poacher. Or if you've got more of a sweet tooth, the 'secret recipe granola' includes northern fairy yoghurt, hibiscus poached pair with milk snaps. 

Location: 18-20 Bedford Hill London, SW12 9RG

9. Where The Pancakes Are

A plate of fluffy pancakes with whipped cream, raspberries and pistachios.
Where The Pancakes Are. © Jade Nina Sarkhel

Where The Pancakes Are is an all-day dining space that serves up (yep, you guessed it) delicious pancakes. Enjoy everything from perfectly poached eggs to homemade marshmallows, with an array of seasonal specials throughout the year. They are also big on good ingredients, using organic flours, carefully selected meats from North Yorkshire, and their 100% pure tree sap maple syrup from Quebec. 

Locations: Battersea (Unit 227, Battersea Power Station, London, SW8 5BN), Fitzrovia (7 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RG) and  Flat Iron Square (Arch 35a 85a Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ)

10. Scarlett Green

Aussie-style breakfast plates await at Soho's Scarlett Green. Sibling to Marylebone's Daisy Green, this laid-back venue is influenced by cafe culture in Sydney and Melbourne, with healthy dishes and top-notch coffee. Guilt-free bites include banana bread sandwich with honey mascarpone cream; and avocado, chili and celeriac toast.

If you're more of a brunch person, check out the best brunch spots in London or enjoy a coffee at one of the city's top coffee shops.