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 | West London.
Outsider Tart is the home of true Southern American cooking. They do big, hearty breakfast dishes such as stacks of buttermilk pancakes, meatloaf sandwiches and momma’s French toast. Don’t be fooled into thinking its one of those tacky American diners. Outsider is home-cooked comfort food at its best. If you’re on a diet, stay well away. If you’re not, get your butt over to Chiswick for one helluva morning. Stretchy trousers are advisable.
Why go? For comfort, home cooking.
83 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2EF, www.outsidertart.com
You’d never just stroll past Egg Break if you weren’t looking for it which makes it one of London’s loveliest hidden gems. It sits on a corner just behind Notting Hill station nestled between West London’s iconic multicoloured houses. As their name suggests they have an egg heavy menu made in every way possible – from omelettes to Turkish eggs. From egg and bacon butties to hearty shakshuka. If you want something sweet, you have to try the Nutella French toast. Go early. By 11 am there is usually a large queue.
Why go? For breakfast near London’s iconic coloured houses.
30 Uxbridge St, Kensington, London W8 7TA, www.eggbreak.com
If you like eggs in the morning, Eggslut is the place for you. They first made a name for themselves in NYC and in the last year have brought their famous egg inspired breakfast to the UK. They’re most famous for their Fairfax sandwich which has soft buttery, scrambled eggs inside a fluffy brioche bun topped with cheddar, caramelized onion, They also do other flavours such as egg, cheese & bacon and egg, cheese & sausage. Can be ordered to sit in or takeaway
Why go? If you love eggs.
19 PERCY ST, BLOOMSBURY, LONDON W1T 1DY, HTTP://WWW.EGGSLUT.UK/
Angie’s is a gorgeous Australian brunch spot in Chiswick. West London. It’s actually opposite Outsider Tart that I mentioned at the top of this blog. They’re a chic little cafe on Chiswick’s main road which is light, airy and filled with young families and friends catching up over a coffee. It looks like something you’d find along a beautiful Aussie beach. They have a substantial brunch menu of all your favourites which have been jazzed up a little bit. The buttermilk hotcakes or the wild mushrooms on brioche are two fantastic dishes.
Why go? For an escape to a leafier part of London.
114 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 1PU, www.angieslittlefoodshop.com
Created in 2014 by husband and wife team Kell and Jacqueline, Snaps & Rye is a Danish cafe and restaurant near the famous Portobello Road. They specialise in Nordic cuisine and Danish delicacies, all the while keeping a very slight nod to the British breakfast staples we already know and love. There’s the ‘full Danish’ with pickled mushrooms, hogs pudding and liquorice syrup. Alternatively, for something lighter you can have a bowl of high protein Nordic ‘Skyr’ yoghurt with fruit. A great alternative place for breakfast.
Why go? For something really different.
93 Golborne Rd, London W10 5NL, www.snapsandrye.com
Anna Halladay founded Californian brunch spot Hally’s after being inspired on her travels and realising there was a lack of places like this in London. They only use ethically sourced and organic produce for their West Coast inspired breakfast dishes. Inside Hally’s has whitewashed walls and light wood fixtures which gives it a super relaxed California vibe. They are dog friendly, too!
Why go? To explore a different area of London.
60 New King’s Rd, Fulham, London SW6 4LS, www.hallyslondon.com
Swallow Coffee Shop is a friendly, neighbourhood coffee shop that does a delicious all-day brunch. Inside feels like you’re in someone’s cosy living room with local art on the walls, quiet book corners to hide in & a large comfy sofa beneath an array of gorgeous hanging greenery. They have recently launched a brunch menu of classic toasts, egg dishes and substantial salads – all of them look too good to eat! Coffee served is from one of London’s most recognized roasters, Ozone.
Why go? For the dreamy interiors.
75 Goldhawk Rd, Hammersmith, London W12 8EH, www.swallowcoffeeshop.com
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.
175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB, www.grangerandco.com
Proud Mary’s are one of London’s few Kiwi coffee shops. They are tucked away on a side street near West Londons Shepherds Bush, making them a bit of a hidden gem of the area. Dishes include all your classics with some kiwi flare sprinkled on top. Everything is always so well presented. Get the pancakes. They are epic!
Why go? For a Kiwi inspired breakfast.
1C Oaklands Grove, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 0JD, https://www.facebook.com/ProudMarysLondon/
There aren’t many places in London like Happy Sky Bakery. They’re a Japanese bakery who produce bread and pastries using traditional Japanese skills & techniques. However, if you eat here, there will be nothing traditional about your breakfast. How about an AnPan to start your day? It’s a sweet Japanese roll filled with aduki beans. Alternatively, you could get a loaf Tokyo milk roll to take away to toast at home. The shop is small with just a handful on seats inside and it smells incredible!
Why go? To try something new.
94 Askew Rd, White City, London W12 9BL, www.happyskylondon.com
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