The Handbook
The Handbook

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you ask us, that means that we have the right to make the absolute most of this morning munch. In the spirit of early morning fine dining, we’ve rounded up 8 of the best breakfast spots in London, so that you can sample them all on your quest for the tastiest brekkie – however, we can’t be held responsible for the calorie intake this guide may lead to.


Super trendy and super tasty

If you try this popular eatery at night, your chances of getting a table are slimmer than an actually good singer winning the X Factor. However, at breakfast time you can walk in without a reservation! Located in Covent Garden, Balthazar serves breakfast from 7.30-11am on weekdays and brunch at weekends. The breakfast menu features eggs, lots of them, in every combination or style you can think of – which can only be a great thing. They also serve incredible American-style pancakes with banana and maple syrup. If you’re looking for something more traditional, they’ve got you covered too, with a full English breakfast available, as well as lighter options, such as granola. Although this option is a bit spenny, the food definitely matches up to the price tags.

Where: 4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ

Dean Street Townhouse

Classic breakfasts done well

An ever popular dining spot, Dean Street Townhouse has some cracking décor, complimented by some very tasty breakfasts. The morning menu is mostly made up of classic dishes, including porridge, kedgeree, full English and eggs every which way. If you’re one of those strange healthy types, then there are fruit smoothies to enjoy, but for the food lovers, there are Scottish treats, including tattie scones and flat sausage. Donning a kilt is optional.

Where: 69-71 Dean Street, London, W1D 3SE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)

Workshop Coffee Company

Breakfasts from around the world

If you’re looking for a bit of international flavour at breakfast time, then Workshop have got you covered. Their breakfast menu is far from extensive, but their use of ingredients from all over the world makes this place worth it. If you fancy getting in touch with your French side, then the brioche French toast, which is topped with poached rhubarb, orange mascarpone and hazelnuts, is a good shout. You can also enjoy spiced pear and pistachio bread, partnered with lime cream cheese, maple syrup and bacon or a full eggs benedict topped with chipotle sauce. This breakfast spot is definitely one for the adventurous and the cultured, two words that sum up The Handbook (obviously).

Where: 27 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1M 5RN

The Lockhart

All-American Arteries

Ok, so we all love American pancakes right? While the usual toppings of fresh berries or crispy bacon definitely get us excited, we were’nt quite prepared for the drool-worthy-ness of chicken waffles. Yes, that’s right, a pile of fried chicken stacked on top of a giant waffle and drenched in maple syrup. You can also enjoy candied bacon with eggs and thick-cut toast, as well as unlimited filter coffee. This restaurant doesn’t do anything by halves and it works really well…just don’t make this calorie haven an everyday thing.

Where: 22-24 Seymour Pl, London W1H 7NL

The Modern Pantry

Breakfast with a twist

Fusion-dining has being a popular culinary trend for a while now and we’re continually delighted with how good international twists on British classic can taste. At The Modern Pantry, the menu successfully merges Eastern and Western cooking. Their breakfast menu is no different, with eggs Benedict with Japanese yuzu citrus hollandaise, plus original Pantry creations, such as the signature omelette of sugar-cured prawns, with its runny middle and tangy chilli sambal. While this is definitely not your traditional English breakfast, it still tastes just as good!

Where: 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, Greater London EC1V 4JJ

Lantana Cafe

Short, but sweet

The breakfast menu here is short in length, but definitely still sweet in taste. Served from 8am-3pm, the breakfast menu consists of all the standard dishes, alongside more unusual assemblies such as baked beans with ham hock, chorizo, roasted pepper and poached egg – all served on chilli cornbread. For your caffeine fix, which we all need in the early a.m., coffee at Lantana is expertly made from the café’s own blend.

Where: Unit 2, 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Rd, EC1Y1HQ

The Breakfast Club

Pancakes and Cocktails

This restaurant definitely has more of an edgy feel, however its breakfast menu is far more appealing than the outfit choices of some of its hipster customers. We would recommend the pancakes, they are amazing and come with lashings of maple syrup, topped with either crispy bacon or crème fraiche and berries! Plus, rumour has it that there’s a rather cool cocktail room that can be entered via a fridge in the wall (although it might be best to wait until after breakfast to enjoy those…)

Where: 2-4 Rufus Street, Hoxton, N1 6PE

Hawksmoor Guildhall

Breakfasts for men *bangs on chest*

At Hawksmoor, it’s all about mighty meaty goodness. Catering to men who like their meat, or really anyone who likes big feeds. Although lighter options, such as porridge and granola, are available, this place is all about steak, hash browns and eggs; short-rib bubble and squeak; Manx kipper with poached eggs; or a full English that even Eamonn Holmes would struggle with. Your mega-breakfast can be washed down with filter coffee and squeezed juices – so do you think you’re tough enough?

Where: 10 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5BQ