Our portly American cousins didn’t become our portly American cousins by skimping on breakfast -- they do it big, and they do it well, and then they cover it all with bacon and maple syrup. Here are the best London spots to get a hearty colonial heart-clogger in the morning...
So, when your places are named after an American movie, and have the word "breakfast" in them, they need to deliver the waffle-y goods. And thankfully they do, with a whole menu section devoted just to pancakes. They also house a few secret bars, too...
What you're getting: Ham So Eggsited -- ham & cheddar layered between a stack of pancakes and smothered in maple syrup
After making her name by slinging cupcakes, Bea Vo has turned to stacks of meat and a range of pancakes that would make a gluten-free person weep. The pancakes themselves come with the likes of chocolate chips, blueberries, or roasted strawberries, and their French toast is made from Balthazar brioche.
What you're getting: Some Buttermilk Marinaded Fried Chicken and Waffles. Yes, fried chicken, for breakfast.
Slide on into one of its green leather booths and slip into a slightly updated version of a '50s East Coast diner. With walls covered in Americana, you won’t believe you’re just down the road from Notting Hill. Its pancakes are straight-off-the-griddle good, with either blueberries or banana.
What you're getting: The breakfast burrito sounds Mexican, but is very definitely American. And delicious.
Tucked just off Portobello, this tiny cafe has been there since pretty much the dawn of time. This traditional greasy spoon is about as classic as they come, with a tiny takeaway bit at the front, and portion sizes that could sink a ship.
What you're getting: Their French toast uses doorstop bread, and they cover it in bacon & maple syrup.
This offshoot to the Smithfield location is a little smaller and just as well known for its breakfasts. While it has a whole range of lighter stuff, go for the Lumberjack Stack with the triple threat of a pancake, French toast, and a waffle; throw on some crispy bacon and you'll be good for the next long while.
What you're getting: The Lumberjack Stack
White tableclothes, brown leather booths, and an open kitchen all scream Mayfair. Their Banoffee waffles & cream, however, screams "Land of the free".
What you're getting: Either the Banoffee waffles, or their pancakes w/ bacon
Comfy leather seats, endless filter coffee, and breakfast served all day. The Diner Breakfast Muffin is what you're here for, however, customizable with a fried egg, sausage patty, hash browns, and cheese, sandwiched on an English muffin -- suck on it, golden arches.
What you're getting: The Breakfast Muffin, however you want it
Sitting high above the rest of the city is one of the better breakfast spots in town. Why? Because this place is A) named after a delicious breakfast food, which you can order, and B) open 24 hours, so your breakfast can come the night before, should you be so inclined.
What you're getting: The "Full Elvis" Belgian waffle with PB&J, bananas brûlée, and cream
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1. The Breakfast Club12-16 Artillery Ln, London
2. Stax Diner1.7 Kingly Court, London
3. Lucky 7127 Westbourne Park Rd, London
4. Mike's Cafe12 Bleinham Cresc, London
5. ‘SMITHS’ Spitalfields109 Commercial St, London
6. 34 Restaurant34 Grosvenor Sq, London
7. Duck & WaffleHeron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London
One of a number of Breakfast Club locations around the city, this Spitalfields spot dishes out quality meals (read: breakfast) like all the rest, including a banging full English breakfast.
Head to Carnaby Street and work off that hangover with stacks of chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes, or really go for it and get the Balthazar Brioche French Toast with caramelized bananas and walnuts. This is what mornings were made for.
Slide on into one of the green leather booth and slip into a slightly updated version of a 1950s East coast diner. With walls covered in Americana, you won’t believe you’re just down the road from Notting Hill. The pancakes are straight off the griddle good, with either blueberries or banana. Granted it's no frills, but it's tasty as hell, which brings regulars queueing out the door on weekends.
Tucked just off Portobello, this tiny cafe has been there since pretty much the dawn of time. This traditional greasy spoon is about as classic as they come, with a tiny takeaway bit at the front, and portions sizes that could sink a ship.
This offshoot to the Smithfield location is a little smaller and just as well known for its breakfasts. High ceilings and red tiles almost make you feel like you’re in Boston, except its terrace overlooking Spitalfields market.
While a little more in the posh nosh category, sometimes that's just what you need to get up and at ‘em. White table clothes, brown leather booths, and an open kitchen mean you can sit back, relax, and watch the chefs do their magic. The waffles and cream is something a few shades of decedent, but you only live once.
If you're not good with heights, you might want to request a table away from the windows. This classy establishment offers an incredible view of London, 40 stories above the ground in the Heron Tower. And regardless of when your hunger pangs pop up, Duck & Waffle has you covered 24/7.