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 | South London.
Set in a funky little place called Flat Iron Square in South East London, Where The Pancakes are the place to come to anyone who loves pancakes for breakfast. There are two halves of the menu – a sweet half and savoury half. The savoury side has pancakes with things like poached eggs and asparagus or pancakes with pulled beef pastrami. While the sweet side has things like banana marshmallow or strawberries and cream pancakes. Their pancakes are made with their signature buttermilk batter which gives them their fluffy texture, however, for those with intolerances, they also do a vegan, dairy and wheat-free versions too.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0NQ, http://wherethepancakesare.com/
For me, there’s nothing better than a good, solid neighbourhood cafe or restaurant. I love somewhere that’s off the beaten track and requires you to walk through streets you’ve never wandered down before. Louie Louie is a gorgeous spot in the middle of an unassuming residential area of South London. Their menu is very creative and they do somewhat unusual takes on breakfast classics. I mean, how good does garlic roast portobello mushrooms with leeks & tarragon cream on sourdough toast with fried eggs sound? Much better than your bog standard mushrooms on toast, I think! Inside is minimal, modern with sleek lines and little retro touches here and there which means it oozes trendiness. Also, open for dinner in the evening.
Why go? For a neighbourhood gem.
347 Walworth Rd, London SE17 2AL, louielouie.london
Senzala Creperie is a great breakfast place in bustling Brixton Village Market. They are a small, independent creperie that does french crepes with a Brazilian flair! The large menu has so many great options of both sweet and savoury crepes which are freshly made to order. You could get something like the ‘Femiere’ which has ham, fried eggs and asparagus, or go full-on sugar overload with Belgian chocolate, strawberries and whipped cream. Otherwise, you can mix and match and create your own flavours. Senzala is a great, easy and delicious place to please everyone without spending too much. Plus, because their crepes are made from buckwheat so it’s great for anyone who is gluten intolerant.
Why go? For a cool atmosphere.
41-42 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8PS, www.senzalacreperie.co.uk
Mughead are a small, independent coffee shop in South East London. While their breakfast menu isn’t huge they’re totally worth the visit just for their morning cinnamon rolls. SOOOOOO many of my readers and followers raved to me about the Mughead Coffee cinnamon rolls that I HAD to go and pay them a visit myself to see what the fuss was about. News flash, the hype is real. Their buns are baked fresh in house every morning and massaged in are gooey, sticky cream cheese frosting until they are soaked right through. If you don’t fancy a cinnamon bun then they offer a small selection of pastries and sandwiches. Check out my blog on London’s best cinnamon rolls.
Why go? For a morning sugar fix.
359 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AT, www.instargam.com/mugheadcoffee
If you’re looking for a brunch that is so much more than avocado on toast, Gunpowder is where it’s at. They do a weekend brunch menu off Indian eggs, spiced granola and these epic cardamon and banana pancakes. Enjoy with a side of their lamb chops and venison doughnut for an unbelievable and unique brunch.
Why go? For something different.
4 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD, http://www.gunpowderlondon.com/
If someone told you there’s a brunch spot in London where your fried egg will be as big as your head you’d think they were having a laugh, right? Wrong! Modern brasserie Florentine has a breakfast menu of great egg dishes including a £75 English breakfast that comes with a huge fried ostrich egg, feeding 4-6 people. If that’s not your thing you can’t go wrong with their eggs benedict or scramble on toast covered in shavings of black truffle. Basically, if you love eggs come here! Florentine is sleek and classy.
Why go? If you love eggs.
6 Hercules Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7DU, www.florentinerestaurant.co.uk
Victoria and Westminster are two of London’s busiest areas but there’s a sweet spot in the middle of them where things get a lot less crazy – that’s where Iris and June are. They serve a smaller breakfast menu on weekdays with a larger more interesting menu on the weekends. I mean, there at not many places that do smashed avocado in a poppadom is there? Inside is not full of bold colours or fancy flowers – more minimalist, Scandinavian vibes. A good place for a coffee if you’ve just had a long train or bus journey that arrived in Victoria station.
Why go? For a hidden gem.
1 Howick Pl, Westminster, London SW1P 1WG, www.irisandjune.com
8. Flotsam & Jetsam
Flotsam & Jetsam are a neighbourhood gem in the leafy suburb of Wandsworth. Most weekends you’ll find families and friends catching up over their menu of great brunch dishes like espresso eggs benedict or fluffy American style pancakes. Definitely worth the trip into a more residential area of London.
Why go? To visit a more suburban part of London.
4 Bellevue Parade, London SW17 7EQ, http://www.flotsamandjetsamcafe.co.uk/
Salon in Brixton prides themselves in serving seasonal, inventive dishes. This small, rustic cafe looks quite unassuming from the outside until you climb the stairs to their upstairs restaurant and enter into their dining room. The space is a design dream with shabby chic accents and long wooden tables which will have you pinning to your Pinterest board immediately! Dishes include merguez sausage with scrambled eggs and chestnut mushrooms with parmesan on sourdough toast. The second breakfast spot in Brixton Village on this list. I love that place.
Why go? For a simple, chic brunch.
18 Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LD, www.salonbrixton.co.uk
Every Saturday morning you’ll find a long queue of eager people waiting for the Little Bread Pedlar bakery to open its doors. Once the shutters are unfolded from what was once a railway arch, you’re greeted with piles of fresh croissants, pain au chocolate and freshly baked bread. Little Bread Pedlar sits in Spa Terminus, a small group of working food production outlets that open themselves up to the public on weekends. Get up early, queue for your pastry and grab a spot on a nearby kerb to enjoy or take home to pair with a coffee.
Why go? If you appreciate baking and love pastries.
Arch Spa Business Park 4, 6 Dockley Rd, London SE16 3FJ, lbpedlar.com
I love places where you’re walking down a really residential area and a little cafe just happens to be sat there on the corner. Cut the Mustard are a bit of hidden gem of South London. It’s clearly full of loyal locals, and I’d be confident to say they visit not just for convenience but because it’s actually excellent. They bake fresh pastries every day, and they’ve put their own stamp of what could be just a boring breakfast menu . Their njuda (spicy sausage paste) with butter beans, poached egg and a side of layered potatoes is an absolute winner. When I was there, people kept popping in every so often to get a freshly baked loaf until they sold out. I wish I lived closer. I’d pop in most days.
Why go? For a local gem.
68 Moyser Rd, London SW16 6SQ, cutthemustardcafe.com
12. Story Coffee
Story Coffee has two spots in Clapham Junction – one just for coffee and then another that serves brunch. They named themselves to show their belief in the transparency and traceability of their products they use in the cafe every day. They use Cacklebean eggs for their hickory smoked bean dish, BreadBread bakery for their avocado toast and Square Mile coffee to get you going in the morning. The cafe is small but dreamy in its design with wooden tables, whitewashed walls and beautiful hanging lighting features. Pinterest – eat your heart out!
Why go? For Pinterest inspiration.
115 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1SZ, http://www.storycoffee.co.uk/
13. Milk, Balham
Balham is a lively neighbourhood in South London that is heavy with 25-35-year-old Australian ex-pats with yoga mats in hand. Sorry if that’s stereotypical but it’s true! Balham has lots of great brunches to offer and that includes Milk. Milk is a trendy Aussie cafe full of ‘cool kid’ customers and you’ll hardly ever see it without a queue. They have Australian staples like sweetcorn fritters, toasted banana bread & my favourite, eggs with burnt butter hollandaise. Plus, great coffee! Make sure you get a giant freshly made Aussie lamington to take away for later. They also have a sister cafe not too far away from here called Juliets Quality Food.
Why go? To hang with all the cool kids.
110 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9NG, www.milk.london
14. Origin Coffee, Southwark
Origin Coffee is a leading UK speciality coffee roaster with a focus on sustainability. As well as their coffee they have an excellent brunch menu to pair it with as well. Origin has a few locations across London, including one in East London and inside the British Library. The Southwark branch has a white marble counter and light wood furnishings making it a dreamy place to catch up with friends. Their miso & palm sugar glazed mushrooms with scrambled eggs on toast is a dreamy start to the day. So are the baked butter beans with cashew nut cheese and crispy kale.
Why go? For an easy but exciting breakfast.
84 Scoresby St, London SE1 0XN, https://www.origincoffee.co.uk/pages/origin-coffee-scoresby-street
Founded in 2013 by Jayke Mangion from Melbourne, Brickwood quickly became one of the most authentic Aussie cafe experiences in London. On the weekend it pulls in the trendy brunch crowd who are looking for a quality weekend feed with loads of delicious Aussie inspired options. Cosy feel and a great playlist. Two locations in South London.
Why go? For an Aussie experience.
Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High St, London SW17 0SN, www.brickwoodlondon.com
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