Every new noteworthy London restaurant undergoes an immediate rating and slating from the super critical British gourmet press the nanosecond doors are open to the public. There are countless dining out reviews for London's top dinner venues, but for some reason critics rarely rate breakfast menus, making it a bit more challenging to find the best places for brekkie around town. As a firm believer that perfectly prepared eggs, fresh smoothies, top notch toast and strong coffee are the kick-start we all need and deserve for a productive day, I took it upon myself to find the best breakfast joints in London. Yep, you heard that correctly, I have sourced the top breakfast spots for your eating pleasure. You're welcome!
After three years of trying various breakfast venues in the capital, here are my 5 favourite spots for your first meal of the day in London:
Daylesford, Notting Hill
Located on Notting Hill's very attractive Westbourne Grove, Daylesford is arguably one of the best places to enjoy an alfresco breakfast during London's summer months/rare sunny days. You will probably think you have entered a boutique version of Whole Foods when you first walk in, as there are organic veggies, packaged home-made chutneys, plants, and fresh produce displayed beautifully in the entrance of the farm shop and café.
Daylesford's tasty produce is grown at their organic mega-farm in Gloucestershire. I dream of one day visiting their gorgeous Cotswold cottages along with the heavenly Hay Barn Spa... a girl can dream right? Anyway, back to the topic of breakfast at Daylesford: the poached eggs on freshly baked toasted bread with smoked salmon and hollandaise (£11.50) are absolute perfection on a plate.
I love this breakfast dish so much I order it every time, although I have been urged to try the home-made toasted granola or the bacon roll with brown sauce. Further reason to return and sample more items from this delicious organic menu!
Prepare yourself for an Alice in Wonderland like fantasy setting when you set foot in cooler than cool Sketch. There are three hip restaurants to choose from, but head to The Parlour Room between 8am and noon for a memorable psychedelic breakfast. Try one of Sketch's refreshing juices - Orchard's Kiss (apple, orange and basil) is my favourite. 9 Conduit Street (£11) is Sketch's version of a typical English breakfast, a must try for any foreign visitors! A hearty mixture of poached eggs, Cumberland sausages, black pudding (don't ask what's in it, just give it a whirl), tomato concassé, and portobello mushrooms, this dish will keep you fuelled for the busiest of days.
Sketch has been open for 11 years now, but their egg shaped Lady Gaga-esque loos will always amaze. If there is one public bathroom where it is acceptable to take a selfie, this has to be it.
Aubaine is a French restaurant chain with eight charming restaurants across London that you can always rely on. Like most outstanding French cuisine, Aubaine's food is simple but meticulously prepared. I like to drop in for a strong macchiato and to admire Aubaine's stylish French rustic furniture. I wish I knew how to style foam with cinnamon like this:
My French friends will probably scold me for saying this, but I think Aubaine's pain au chocolat (£2.50), croissant aux amandes (£2.95) or pain aux raisins (£2.50) are some of the tastiest French pastries in London. This petit déjeuner is hard to beat!
The Wolseley, Mayfair
The Wolseley's grande dame styled high ceilings, dramatic chandeliers, marble pillars and black, cream and gold colouring are something out of the 1920's, yet this London flagship is only a decade old. Located conveniently in the heart of Mayfair with a breakfast menu TO DIE FOR, this is the spot to splurge on your first meal of the day. All diets must go on hold so you can properly treat yourself to the french toast or pancakes with blueberries (£9.95).
Save room for the Mixed Basket (£8.50): a delightful carb-filled selection of miniature croissants, pain au chocolat, pain sucré au beurre normand, cannelé bordelai and a tasty danish or two on the side. With so many tantalising options to choose from in a super chic setting, no wonder this restaurant is now a London institution.
The Riding House Café, West End
I heard a lot of hype about The Riding House Café when it first opened, but I have to admit I loved it just as much as everyone said I would when I finally had a chance to visit with gal pal Megan. This modern day brasserie is filled with cosy leather chairs, stylish banquettes, and interesting taxidermy lights(!).
The Riding House Café has nine freshly squeezed juices available, so choose wisely! We decided the ABC Ginger (£4.20), a tantalising combination of apple, beetroot, carrot and ginger, was a great dose of vitamin C to set our morning off right.
Poached eggs on toast with avocado is the ideal every day breakfast in my book, and The Riding House Café does it oh so well! Why more restaurants in London don't offer this simple but healthy start to the day remains a mystery to me. Megan tried the Titchfield Muesli (£4) and we both left feeling pleasantly full and ready for the busy day ahead of us. I will definitely be back for more!
Hope this post inspires your breakfasts around London. If there's a place you love and you think I have to try then tweet me about it. I'm always open for new suggestions. Bon appétit!