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The clocks are set to spring forward in a couple of weeks so make the most of the longer days and switch up your evening plans for an AM date instead, with the London breakfast menus serving up a side of spectacular views with your avo on toast.

From the restaurant that serves breakfast 40 floors up, 24 hours a day to the eatery that looks out onto London’s famous Shakespearean landmark, here’s where to tuck into a full English with an epic view. Get up early enough and you might even catch the sunrise.

Seabird

Technically more weekend brunch than breakfast, but we had to include Seabird restaurant for its incredible interiors if nothing else. The fish and seafood heavy menu feels right as you watch seagulls swoop down onto the Thames below and the décor looks plucked from the pages of a design magazine – it is housed within the London’s latest Hoxton hotel group after all.

Breakfast-wise, enjoy a lie in and head for opening time on Saturdays (11am) to tuck into our favourite – the octopus served in a brioche bun with padron peppers and sobrasada aioli – basically 2020’s answer to the lobster roll.

14th Floor, 40 Blackfriars Road, South Bank, London SE1 8NY

Aqua Shard

The king of London’s skyline and London’s tallest building, The Shard is the number one place to see the city from the sky. In fact, Aqua Shard is so high up, you sometimes feel as though you’re actually above the clouds. Their breakfast service opens at 7am so, depending on the time of year, you can literally watch the sun come up over eggs sunny side up.

Heroes of the breakfast menu include the fancy Scottish lobster benedict and the no fuss bacon bap.

Book in for a business meeting that you really need to bust some balls at or a date your other half won’t forget.

Aqua Shard, Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY

www.aquashard.co.uk

Madera at Treehouse

London’s hottest new hotel, Treehouse London is one of the city’s secret gems, but we know it won’t be for long. The seriously cool Madera restaurant favours Mexican-inspired fare and views that tower over some of the most iconic landmarks, from Regent Street to the spiral of W1’s All Saints Church.

When you’re not looking out the window, you’ll be taking notes on how to make your interiors Insta-worthy, from retro-inspired wicker furniture to hanging botanicals.

Served from 7am to 11am, the breakfast menu includes a devilishly good mushroom and truffle frittata, a Madera fry-up complete with wagyu sausage and frijoles negro or the classic avo on toast if you want to keep things basic.

Treehouse London, 14-15 Langham Place, London W1B 2QS

www.treehousehotels.com

Duck & Waffle

If you’re yet to try Duck & Waffle’s signature namesake dish, where have you been for the last decade? The Bishopsgate restaurant that perches high above The City on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower serves up breakfast round the clock, 24 hours a day.

Come in at midnight to watch London’s lights twinkle below, in the early morning to watch the sun come up or in the afternoon if you’re a late riser. Just make sure you always order the duck and waffle.

At Duck & Waffle you can eat breakfast 24 hours a day, 40 floors up over London.

Duck & Waffle, 10 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

www.duckandwaffle.com

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

If you prefer your breakfast at a more manageable height, Gillray’s on the Southbank will serve up your eggs with a view of Parliament and the River Thames and provides the perfect people watching spot to see London come to life.

Gillray’s, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

www.gillrays.com

Coq d’Argent

Calling all City workers, if you’re keen on wowing in your next business meeting, book a table at Coq d’Argent, where the French food and spectacular views of the Square Mile are sure to seal the deal.

Hero dishes include the French crêpes with creamy mushrooms, poached egg and hollandaise and the confit duck leg, cucumber and hoisin. Or keep it simple with two glossy Clarence Courts on toast.

Coq D’Argent No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ

www.coqdargent.co.uk

Aviary

Start the day right amongst the prettiest of pretty interiors at Aviary, which looks over The City’s Finsbury Square.

Menu-wise, all the classics are there – choose eggs in every iteration, healthy options or go big with the £22 buffet breakfast and pretend you’re on holiday.

Aviary, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX

www.aviarylondon.com

Helix at the Gherkin

Mornings don’t come much more decadent than this. Helix by Searcys at arguably London’s most famous modern building puts on a Sunday brunch with 360 views of the City below.

The menu is equally as impressive – the four-course menu starts with a glass of champagne, pastries, before choosing a starter such as sherry smoked salmon, seeded bread, pesto, spring onion, soured cream or marinated ricotta, heritage tomatoes, toasted pumpkin seeds. Mains come in the form of Lake District black pudding, fried free range egg or the hearty Hereford bavette steak, fried egg and red wine sauce. Before finishing with something sweet like Eton Mess.

Basically lunch dressed up as breakfast but we’re anything but complaining.

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ

www.searcysatthegherkin.co.uk.com

Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

You don’t have to be sky high to enjoy a dining experience with a view. Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe are launching a brand new breakfast menu in their upstairs restaurant.

Choose from Insta-worthy stacks of buttermilk pancakes, classics like eggs royale or a hearty full English.

Request a table by the window for the best views in the house and gaze over the river to St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond.

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

www.swanlondon.co.uk

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