You know what they say, the early bird catches the worm. Break the fast in style and get your networking done over steaming cups of coffee, freshly made green juices and perfectly made porridge. Not only is breakfast the best meal of the day but it’s also a chance to visit restaurants that you otherwise have to queue for/book months in advance/blow the budget on. Here are thirteen of the best venues to host your breakfast meetings at…
There is a reason that Dalloway Terrace is one of the most Instagrammed venues in London – because it’s as pretty as a, well, an Instagram. Host your breakfast meeting there one, because it’s in a cracking central location, two, they do a great breakfast and three, it looks so wonderful that you’re going to be a great mood, which can only be a positive when it comes to business.
Monday – Friday 7-10:30am (bookings from the 8th May)
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
If you’re looking to host a breakfast seminar that Crowne Plaza London – The City has everything you need. It’s got five meeting rooms, which can cater up to 200 guests or you can breakfast in The Gallery in Diciannove Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. There’s also an LCD projector and screen, complimentary Wi-Fi and fully-equipped business centre. They can serve a full English breakfast and tea and coffee throughout – because business needs fuelling.
Different packages available
Where: Crowne Plaza London - The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Blackfriars (0.1 miles)
On a Friday morning, strolling through Chelsea is quite calming, post work hustle and bustle that is. And lying close by is French-style bakery Poilâne, a hidden gem of a breakfast spot (quite literally, it’s pretty well disguised). However, once discovered the Cadogan Gardens style venue lures you in with wafts of sourdough and morning pastries. Famous for its wheat-sourdough bread and (in our opinion) for its moreish fresh croissants, you can indulge in a breakfast that will sweeten up any gruelling meeting. The venue really emanates a Parisienne vibe, with a menu spilling with quintessential French open-faced sandwiches, and an atmosphere that is gentle and relaxed, perfect for floating conversations and intimate meetings. So, whether you plug for the sweet or the savoury, it’s a restorative spot for catch-ups and coveted food.
7.30am – 8.30pm Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 7pm on weekends.
Breakfast With all the Gadgets
Percy & Founders has the central location (Fitzrovia), it’s got the private dining room (Percy’s Den) which sits up to 24 making it ideal for conferences and it also has a 60” HD TV, Apple TV, Mac Mini and Bose surround sound system – aka everything you need for a breakfast meeting. On the menu you’ll find a full English, vanilla French toast with almonds, crème fraiche and fresh berries and chorizo and cherry tomato baked eggs with crushed avocados, croutons and herbs.
Monday – Friday, 7:30-11:30am
Middle Eastern Breakfast
CERU are winning when it comes to breakfast meetings, being just two minutes’ walk from South Kensington station, because the last thing you need when it’s the morning and you’ve probably overslept is to be running around looking for the restaurant. They also have free Wi-Fi and their menu includes everything from Greek and Turkish breads with homemade jams to Shakshuka which can be served with merguez sausages and pogaca bread. To drink, there are freshly-pressed juices, homemade lemonade and coffee. It’s also great value with breads starting at £2.50, in case you can’t expense it.
Monday – Friday, 8-11:30am
Where: 7-9 Bute Street, Kensington, London SW7 3EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.2 miles)
In the Square Mile
When it comes to location, The Brasserie at 1 Lombard Street, has an enviable seat – it’s in pole position next to Mansion House and directly opposite the Bank of England and is open five days a week for breakfast. If you’re having a conference then their private room, The Botanical Room, can fit up to 60 guests. So, if you work in the Square Mile and are looking for somewhere to host your breakfast meeting, you need to check it out.
Monday – Friday 7:30-9:30am
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
Bed and Breakfast
If you’re hosting colleagues from outside of London then rather than booking them into some soulless business hotel, we suggest you book them into The Orange. They’ve got four luxury, charming bedrooms (all with king sized beds) and they do a cracking breakfast from 8am. Conducting breakfast over baked eggs with spiced tomato ragout, crème fraiche and grilled flat bread or chilli cornbread, smashed avocado and poached eggs is much better than a quick coffee.
Monday – Friday from 8am
Covent Garden Member's Club
Covent Garden member’s club, The Hospital Club, is an ideal location to start the day’s business, with secluded spaces and areas for important meetings. When it comes to breakfast they have everything from healthy juices and cleansing superfoods to cocktails and more indulgent classics if you’re going to need something to see you through.
Monday – Friday from 7am
Where: 24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HQ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
A Quieter Time to Visit
Fitting to the plant’s name, The Ivy collection has pretty much taken over London. If you want a calmer experience than a bustly evening visit will entail then breakfast at The Ivy Chelsea Garden is the perfect opportunity. Not only does an early morning visit pretty much guarantee you a table, the serene, sophisticated atmosphere complete with crisp white tablecloths and a selection of newspapers is hard to beat. A bonus – you’ll spend far less than a dinner would entail thanks to the lack of alcohol, and for a plate of perfectly scrambled eggs on monogrammed china you can expect to pay just £6.95. Basically that means you can justify a guide, coffee and pastry too…
Monday – Saturday, 8-11:30am
Bombay Does Breakfast
Ever wondered what an Indian breakfast is like? Take a break from the eggs benny and spice up your life (literally) with Kejriwal (fried eggs on chilli cheese toast), Akuri (spicy scrambled eggs with pau buns) or Keema per Eedu (spicy chicken keema with fried eggs). It’s not all spicy though; opt for the classic bacon naan roll and you’ll wonder how you ever started your day without it, washed down with a breakfast lassi; blended yoghurt, banana, mango and oats. It’s a bargain too – dishes are around the £6 mark.
Monday – Friday 8-11:45am
Eggs With Caviar
Detox or retox, 45 Jermyn St has something for everyone. One of the more sophisticated and slightly more imaginative breakfasts out there, choose from the likes of cinnamon sweet potato bread topped with caramelised banana or crumpet with Marmite and fried duck eggs. You are just round the corner from The Ritz, so pimp out your scrambled eggs with caviar, and sip a cup of Fortnum’s tea.
Monday – Friday from 7am
The Crowd Pleaser
Far from a calm before the storm, breakfast is one of the busiest times of day for The Riding House Cafe. The convenient Fitzrovia location is partly to thank, but then so is the ridiculously tempting menu, handily split into sweet and savoury so you can zone straight in to Bircher muesli, brioche French toast or chorizo hash. We would hope a pre-work meeting wasn’t stressful but we can’t make any promises about the food decision. Sorry…
Monday – Friday from 7.30am-midday
Work south of the river? Caravan takes a lot of beating. Open from 8am during the week, the extensive breakfast menu will have you um-ing and ah-ing over coconut bread with lemon curd, grilled flatbread with poached eggs and aubergine puree, and organic oat granola. Caravan roast their own coffee over in King’s Cross so you know your caffeine hit will be a good one too.
Monday – Friday, 8-11:30am
Breakfast With a View
Early risers can be found on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower from the hour of about…well…it’s 24-hour so, any time. Visit any time after about 4am and you’ll find everything from interviews to birthdays taking place over plates of their signature duck and waffle. The freedom on time is one of the biggest attractions here but book for 8am and get the English breakfasts in. Serious bonus points if you make it there for sunrise – probably one to save for winter.
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