A full English, so English it’s literally named after us. Europeans may look askance over their Bircher-muesli at a table of Brits tucking into our eggs and bacon but, cardiologists aside, who gets the last laugh?
A full English, with liberal helpings of sausage, bacon, and clotted pigs blood, not to mention baked beans, eggs done however you like and the non hallucinogenic version of ‘shrooms, will see you right for whatever you’ve got planned in a day. It’ll also do an incredibly effective job at soaking up any residual alcohol in your system from last night, making it the closest science has come to a hangover cure.
Here are some of the full-Englishes that are on our list…
Gillray’s – £14*
Guests at Marriot County Hall can wake up to one of the most iconic views in the world as they chow down on their one pan breakfast. The offering, all the elements of a full English in one skillet, washed down with a pot of coffee will leave even the least enthusiastic breakfastier ready for action.
Looking out across the Thames to the Houses of Parliament, it’s also the ideal place to meet for a breakfast meeting or before a day of sightseeing, shopping or work.
If the one pan breakfast sounds a bit heavy, order the chorizo baked beans on toast for a treat.
* This is the one pan breakfast, which isn’t strictly speaking a full-English
Where: Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, SE1 7PB
The Corinthia – £28
The Corinthia’s breakfast can be enjoyed in the comfort of your room (if you’re staying at the hotel, obviously, they aren’t going to bring it to your bedroom in Balham), or in their restaurant Northall.
Northall looks toward the river allowing you to polish off your organic eggs, black pudding, sausage, bacon, mushroom and tomatoes as the steady flow of commuters scurry past on their way to their offices.
Where: Whitehall Place, Whitehall, SW1A 2BD
The Stafford – £19
The Game Bird restaurant may excel at serving its eponymous grousey fare, but the all-day restaurant at the heart of The Stafford has other feathers in its hat. Like a egg-crackingly good full English.
Enjoy fried, poached or scrambled eggs served with cured English smoked bacon, Cumberland or (curveball) chicken sausage, black pudding, grilled tomato, hash brown, field mushroom and baked beans.
Then roll on out to St James’s and the rest of your day.
Where: 16-18 St James’s Place, St. James’s, SW1A 1NJ
Kindred – £11
If you’ve had a big night in a postcode that begins with ‘W’ then head to West London’s Kindred!
The unexpected Hammersmith mansion house plays host to a community-focussed and unstuffy private members’ club, but unbeknown to most, non-members can dine in the ground floor restaurant.
And if you’re looking for a pick-me-up of a breakfast then you’re in the right place, with plump roast tomatoes, hashbrowns, sourdough, black pudding and beans alongside the vital Cumberland sausages and eggs and bacon to boot, you’d be best advised to turn this into a brunch.
Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW
The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant, Royal Exchange – £17.75
Breaking the fast in The City generally involves an express elevator and sheet glass windows. Not at The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant at the Royal Exchange.
The cavernous building dates back to Elizabethan times and the current neo-classical edifice is an iconic Victorian creation, giving you plenty to gaze upon as you attack your full English.
The Fortnum & Mason outpost occupies the ground floor (and spills outside when the weather allows) and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
Where: Bank, The City, EC3V 3LR
Megan’s Battersea Power Station – £11.90
If you don’t fancy schlepping into central London for your breakfast (it’s the first meal of the day, you’re going to need a starter breakfast just to propel you to your actual breakfast), then keep things local.
If you’re in London’s south west or west then there’s probably a Megan’s close by. The full-english breakfast at Megan’s Battersea Power Station puts a Mediterranean spin on the offering with shakshouka sauce where you were probably expecting baked beans.
Where: 27 Circus West Village, Battersea, SW11 8NN