One of the questions I get asked the most from friends or on social media is where to eat the best breakfast in the city. My answer to that is always …
1. This is a big city and there are so many good places to eat breakfast!
2. What’s your budget? Location? Occasion? Mood?
The breakfast and brunch scene in London has tripled in size to when I first moved to London in 2011 and it continues to grow with a new place popping up nearly every week. Well, it feels like that, anyway! Breakfast has become my absolute favourite meal to eat out and the choice, quality and creativity in London has made that experience so much easier and enjoyable.
I’ve put together a series of some of the best breakfast and brunch spots in each area that I’ve eaten at, loved and would recommend to you hungry lot out there. To make it easier, I’ve also narrowed it down to area depending on where you live or where you are staying in the city.
Here are, in no particular order, London’s Best Breakfasts & Brunch | North London.
1. The Barge House, Haggerston
We’ve all heard of breakfast in bed, how’s about breakfast in bread? The Barge House do the most amazing and unique breakfast dish. Instead of your usual full English breakfast on a plate, they stuff the whole thing inside a fluffy bread roll and bake it to perfection. They do vegan and vegetarian versions of this too. Th Barge House are located beside the picturesque Haggerston canal which is perfect for an alfreso weekend brunch while watching the world go by. Indoor seating is available, also.
Why go? For something a bit different.
46a De Beauvoir Cres, De Beauvoir Town, London N1 5RY, http://www.bargehouse.co.uk/
St Paul are an independent neighbourhood coffee shop in Highbury & Islington . They offer a seasonal all-day brunch menu with an emphasis on local, fresh produce and great coffee. The open space feels like someone’s modern living room and the centre island filled with cakes is a great feature. A great spot to do some work on your laptop. Also, they are very family-friendly.
Why go? For a family-friendly brunch.
274B St Paul’s Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LJ, http://www.stpaulislington.com/
Half Cup are a trendy farmhouse style coffee shop a short walk from King’s Cross Station. The interior has a shabby chic vibe with washed wooden tables and funky lighting features. They take presentation very seriously here so bring your camera to snap a picture of their photogenic Oreo french toast or their decadent loaded breakfast bun. Half Cup has a second location near Barbican, East London. They usually have a large queue but they are worth waiting for.
Why go? For style and substance.
100-102 Judd St, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9NT, halfcup.co.uk
4. Morty & Bob’s, Kings Cross
Morty & Bob’s moved from their East London home to a delicious new food & drink development North of the city called Coal Drops Yard. They have brought with them their great reputation for brunch and their epic grilled cheese sandwiches. The space is warm and welcoming. Think industrial chic! Whatever you do, order the truffle cheese fries on the side. When you call it brunch you can justify having fries at 9:30 in the morning! 😉
Why go? If you love grilled cheese sandwiches.
Unit 49 9 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ, https://www.mortyandbobs.com/
Luminary Bakery are not just a gorgeous bakery but the are also a social enterprise helping and training socially and economically disadvantaged women through the medium of baking. They have 2 locations, one in Camden and one in Stoke Newington. The ladies of the bakery are trained to make fresh pastries and beautiful cakes ready to be enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee. Luminary Bakery are an excellent place for breakfast while supportting a great cause.
Why go? To support a good cause.
71-73 Allen Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8RY, www.luminarybakery.com
Sawyer and Gray are an adorable coffee spot a short walk from Highbury & Islington Station. They are small and cosy with a country chic vibe going on which makes it a lovely little nook to have breakfast at. Food is the usual dishes you’d expect from such a place like your avocado toasts and scrambled egg which are all presented with rustic charm. Pop in for a friendly welcome and artisinal coffee.
Why go? If shabby chic cafes are your thing.
290A St Paul’s Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LH, www.sawyerandgray.co.uk
Inspired by the cafes of Bombay, Dishoom is one of London’s most sort after breakfast haunts. They have a really unique take on breakfast with such items as their naan bread bacon sandwiches, bottomless date porridge and a giant Bombay breakfast which is a twist on the classic English fry up. Don’t leave without a cup of their homemade sweet and spicy chai tea. Book in advance or expect to queue.
Why go? For something a bit different
5 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB, www.dishoom.com
Opened by Elliot Milne in summer 2018, this clean, sleek, minimalist Australian brunch spot is so much more than breakfast. Elliot spent a year working with Technoserve and The Gates Foundation in Ethiopia to help coffee farmers improve their quality and achieve higher prices. Now he has brought that speciality coffee to us in London as well a delicious brunch. Milk Beach are hidden down a small industrial estate near Queens Park so it’s not somewhere you’d just stumble across. I’d recommend you purposefully make a visit there. The coddled eggs and a Grandma’s banana bread are a great choice. Milk Beach ticks all the brunch boxes.
Why go? If you love coffee.
19 Lonsdale Road Queen’s Park, London NW6 6RA, www.milkbeach.com
Pophams took London by storm when they opened in 2017 creating and baking pastries like you’ve never experienced before. At Popham’s expect seasonal, creative pastries like their peanut butter jelly, mango meringue and the phenomenal maple and bacon swirl. They are a small bakery with just a handful of seating inside but large outside tables allow for a sharing communal space. You’ll find them tucked away on a residential street in Angel. People travel far to experience Pophams! I recommend you do the same.
Why go? For the most creative and tasty pastries, you’ll ever have.
19 Prebend St, London N1 8PF, www.pophamsbakery.com
10. Bread by Bike, Kentish Town
Bread by Bike are an award-winning sourdough bakery. They bake fresh bread every morning ready to be bought straight out of the oven. If you prefer to sit in, they have a small area of tables where you can enjoy something off their small toast menu. Honestly, this may sound over-dramatic but their portion of toast with blackcurrant jam is the best toast I’ve ever had. They also have a delicious collection of cakes and pastries to takeaway.
Why go? For quality bread.
30 Brecknock Rd, Kentish Town, London N7 0DD , http://breadbybike.com/
Created by three school friends, Brother Marcus opened up its second site in Angel, North London since it’s Balham branch made such a name for its self in the community. Here, brunch is not your bog-standard breakfast dishes. You’ll find dishes like ‘Bob’s your Uncle Pork Belly’, ‘Brother Special Beetroot Salmon’ and the all-time favourite ‘Stepsister Sweet Potato Fritters’. Inside is rustic and the crowd are a bit trendy and a bit adventurous.
Why go? To hang out with the cool kids.
37-39, Camden Passage, London N1 8EA, www.brothermarcus.co.uk
13. The Barn, Holloway
The Barn as an unassuming cafe a short walk from Holloway tube station or Highbury and Islington overground. They look small from the outside but inside the space is large, spacious but still has a cosy feel to it. Their brunch menu is very extensive with 13 different items and a variety of salad and sandwich options, also. Their delicious doorstop thick bread is some of the best around. I’ve had various dishes from there and I can vouch to say they all great. They are also happy to make most things vegan where they can if you need
Why go? For the eggs benedict.
60 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London N7 8JL, http://www.thebarnlondon.co.uk/menu/
14. Granger & Co, King’s Cross
These guys are one of London’s most popular Australian cafes. Bob Granger, a famous Aussie chef, has designed a menu of breakfast dishes that Australian folk swear by down under and brought them to the UK. The folded scrambled eggs and ricotta honeycomb pancakes are the signature dishes that most people tend to go for. Booking is not required but essential if you don’t want to wait in a long queue.
Why go? For the ricotta honeycomb pancakes.
1 Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG, http://www.grangerandco.com/
Wild Food Cafe’s ethos is colourful, creative, ‘raw-centric’ vegan food. Their take on brunch is quite unique with dishes such as their green burgers, chickpea omelette and kimchi pancakes. The bright space has pastel colours and marble interior throughout. It’s just as aesthetically pleasing as the food. Counter seating is available and there enough space to comfortably seat large crowds and not feel on top of each other.
Why go? If you’re vegan or want a very healthy and unique brunch.
269 – 270 Upper St, London N1 2UQ, http://wildfoodcafe.com/islington/
Bob’s is a real crowd pleaser and prides itself on being family-friendly, kid-friendly and dog-friendly. This all-day bistro serves up all the favourites like your full English breakfasts, eggs benedicts and my personal favourite sunshine brunch of hummus, kale and feta. Bob’s is somewhere to go to when you want somewhere easy but tasty. A real crowd pleaser!
Why go? For an easy place with all your breakfast favourites.
77 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NH, bobscafe.net
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