The Handbook
The Handbook

Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, or so they say, but it’s also the one we often “don’t have time” for. We’ve all seen the adverts of someone running out of the door, stumbling over shoes at the bottom of the stairs and grabbing a slice of burnt bread from the toaster, en route to work.

Well, we’re here to play devils advocate and rid you of the 11am tummy rumbles at the work desk, to shout about some absolute breakfast hot-spots and must-visits across the capital.

When Dean Martin asked us how we liked our eggs in the morning we thought we knew, but one breakfast guide and a host of tasty brekky eateries later, it looks like we’re not so sure after all!

Sea Containers London

Mondrian

The Mondrian’s Sea Containers restaurant not only provides a great breakfast, but its got the views sorted too. Located alongside the River Thames, it’s a great spot for a boozy brunch too – think Prosecco, Grey Goose Bloody Mary’s, crispy bacon and avocado on a brioche bun or sample the Egg Sammy.

Oh, and did we mention you’re allowed unlimited drink refills? Ah, now we’ve most definitely got your attention.

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Website: www.morganshotelgroup.com

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor Guildhall

The Hawksmoor are breakfast pro’s, you can tell that just by looking at their breakfast drinks list – yes, 1923 Buck’s Fizz and Green Maria’s we’re talking to you.

On the food front, to give the stomach a good lining whilst dining, there’s short-rib bubble and squeak, fried eggs and HP gravy. This dish looks like something you’d see man versus food attempt to eat, but it also looks way more delicious than anything he ever would too.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter, there’s eggs benefit, florentine or royal, fruits and grains including compotes and granola and a range of juices to boot.

Where: Various
Website: www.thehawksmoor.com

Helmsley and Helmsley at Selfridges

Hemsley and Hemsley at Selfridges

Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley are home cooks and complete lovers of all things food. However, combined with this is their love for living well and enjoying nutrient-dense food. Well, you’ve caught our attention!

Now they’ve got their own place at Selfridges, we’re putting a huge diversion sign in the road and getting everyone to stop by and give them a try.

The dishes showcase their creative flair, and are super delicious to boot.

Where: 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB
Website: www.hemsleyandhemsley.com

Koya Bar

Koya Bar

Whilst we love an avo on toast and a poached egg or two for brekky, this cafe-style Japanese has also caught our eye. Perfect for a lover of an udon noodle, Koya serves a range of small plates.

Where: 50 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SQ
Website: www.koya.co.uk

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Renowned for its Japanese cuisine under Noba Matsuhia, this restaurant serves up dishes that subvert the norm, in the form of matcha waffles, chicken with smoked maple ponzu and pecan miso butter, breakfast bento’s with umami seabass and much, much more.

Where: 10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4BH
Website: www.nobuhotelsshoreditch.com

The Wolseley

The Wolseley

In his book, ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’, the much-missed restaurant critic, A.A. Gill observed, “Wherever, whenever breakfast comes, it is a mouthful of stoic optimism”.

This is how the Wolseley introduces its breakfast and we love everything about it. Even more so however, we can’t get enough of their extensive breakfast menu, which features home-made Viennoiserie, classic egg dishes, kedgeree, full English breakfast as well as fruit, yoghurts, cereals and more.

Where: 160 Piccadilly, Street. James's, W1J 9EB
Website: www.thewolseley.com

The Parlour at Sketch

The Parlour at Sketch

The Parlour at Sketch is just jaw-dropping… but then that’s Sketch for you. Redesigned by proprietor Mourad Mazouz and designer Andres Ros Soto – sketch’s Parlour is reminiscent of early 90’s decadence, and oh, so beautiful.

Sorry, we’ve been side tracked from breakfast chat. The menu is ever so sweet (quite literally), with selections including pancakes with maple syrup, French toast suzette with orange segment, orange sorbet and caramel sauce, and porridge with coconut milk and caramelised banana.

Salivating? Well, there’s more where that came from, but you’ll have to go along to see exactly what!

Where: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
Website: www.sketchlondon.com

Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba

Ideally located in Covent Garden, Asia de Cuba serves a range of a la carte eye-openers, including the breakfast tortilla filled with spicy black beans, chorizo, eggs, coriander and tomato and the Cuban toast, crispy sweet butter brioche rolled in coconut and almonds. The perfect example for a breakfast indulge that’s a little outside the box.

Where: 45 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4HX
Website: www.asiadecuba.com

Buongiorno e Buonasera

Buongiorno e Buonasera

Ever had carbonara and pizza for breakfast? Well, yes, you may have after a night out with your eyes half closed and your hair a state, but we’re talking about a breakfast done properly.

The recently opened Italian hot-spot has breakfast items that include Super Carbonara, Norcina – which is a half pizza with mozzarella, Bismarck eggs, Italian bacon and grated pecorino, and Tartufo, a baked bread with two eggs, procini mushrooms and truffle.

Where: 58 Baker St, Marylebone, W1U 7DD
Website: www.buongiornoebuonasera.com

Sofitel London St James

Sofitel London St James

A picture like the above is how a breakfast should always be, filled with croissants.

Luckily, you don’t have to be in a Parisian pâtisserie, but rather at The Balcon Restaurant, Sofitel St James’, where a breakfast of homemade pastries and fresh juices will be sure to set you up for the day.

Not to fear go-all-outers, there’s a full English on the menu too with selections of continental items as well as healthy and traditional A La carte options such as Grain & Seeds, local favourites, eggs from Clarence Court, and a unique Chinese offer.

Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Website: www.sofitelstjames.com

Hotel Café Royal

Laurent at Café Royal

Laurent at Café Royal know a good breakfast is the key to a good day. With a large selection of fresh juices including grape fruit, carrot and grasshopper starring apple, pineapple, wheatgrass and mint, the breakfast is a refreshing palette cleanser.

If you’re all about the classics, there’s eggs benedict, continental breakfast and poached eggs on offer, or for those with a sweet tooth there’s a huge selection of goodies, from bitter almond French toast to sticky buns and coffee cake.

Where: 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)
Website: www.laurentatcaferoyal.com