5 places for fabulous breakfast in London
1) The Wolseley
The dining room at The Wolseley is a grand Art Deco space that was originally used as a luxury car showroom, but now houses this opulent Viennese brasserie. There is a real sense of occasion here, and the breakfasts more than live up to it. Eggs Arnold Bennett, devilled lamb kidneys, haggis with duck eggs or perfect eggs benedict: there are many rich options if you are feeling decadent. The Viennoiserie are excellent, and coffee is served in a silver pot.
2) Greenberry Cafe
Well-situated amongst the independent shops in pretty Primrose Hill, the Greenberry Cafe is a popular and attractive spot. The breakfast (and at the weekend, brunch) menu is served until 3 pm. There’s an emphasis on healthy options such as quinoa porridge with chopped dates. Or try the waffles with mapleglazed bacon, poached eggs and avocado.
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Esters cafe is a neighbourhood favourite in Stoke Newington with a laid-back and cheery atmosphere. It serves up the best breakfasts in the area, and brunch at the weekend. St John bakery supplies bread and cakes and excellent coffee comes from Has Bean and guest roasters. The menu here is ever-changing and often surprising.
4) 26 Grains
Specialising in porridge, muesli and granola this tiny and stylish Scandi-inspired breakfast and brunch spot is hidden away in Neal’s Yard. Open from 8 am on weekdays, they offer healthy and generously filling options with combinations including plum, bay compote and toasted almonds or banana, tahini and cacao.
5) Duck & Waffle
With its floor-to-ceiling windows and amazing 40th floor views across the city, this is the place to come for a special breakfast to remember. The signature dish here is two fluffy Belgian waffles served with duck confit, fried duck eggs and maple syrup. The rest of the menu doesn’t disappoint either (avoid the ‘Full Elvis’).
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