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The 11 Best Breakfast Spots in London

Published On 04/29/2015 Published On 04/29/2015
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Dear lunch and dinner: we appreciate what you do, really, but you're just not as good as breakfast. Sorry. It's not you, it's us. We just love our full Englishes, and our stacks of pancakes, and quite frankly, when you've been to these 11 London spots that'll break your fast like the fist of an angry god, you just don't feel the same way about other meals.

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Bunnychow

Soho
What you’re getting: Full English Bunny
Horizontally shaped breakfasts will soon be a thing of the past, thanks this South African food stall. It starts out with a cylindrical-shaped mini loaf (we recommend brioche), which is then hollowed out and crammed with sausage, house-cured bacon, button mushrooms, bobotie baked beans, tomato, fried egg, and house-made black pudding. For under a £5, it’s pretty much the best way to start your day... or afternoon... or evening...

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Bourne & Hollingsworth

Clerkenwell
What you’re getting: The Breakfast
The thing about breakfast is that everyone has their own specific way they want 'em. Well at B&H, they give you a list of ingredients and you choose what you want. Chorizo and avocado? Boom. Bubble & squeak and salmon? Easy. Black pudding and confit tomato? Yours. The combinations are endless.

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Duck & Waffle

Aldgate
What you’re getting: The Full Elvis
One look at '70s-era Elvis Presley and you know the man liked food. And his favourite foods are among those in this dish: peanut butter, brûléed banana, waffles, and cream. It'll ensure your table has a little less conversation.

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The Counter Cafe

Hackney Wick
What you’re getting: Check its specials board
Venture along the canal in the middle of an estate and directly across from the Olympic stadium you will find this awesome cafe and roastery. With a solid regular menu and some pretty spectacular specials like shakshuka and mackerel, poached eggs and potatoes, plus its signature coffee, grab a seat on its tropical pontoon and toast how lucky you are.

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Dishoom

Various locations
What you’re getting: The Big Bombay
What's like a full English but isn’t? At Dishoom, tuck into a plateful of eggs, sausages, masala baked beans, mushrooms and pau buns... or if you’re pining for rasher-based pork, its Bacon Naan Roll has its own religious following.

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Hotbox

Aldgate
What you’re getting: Fried chicken & waffles
These guys take their chicken & waffles to the next level by adding truffle salt (and that's not even to mention their buttermilk pancakes or smoked meat hash served w/ a crispy fried egg).

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The Breakfast Club

Various locations
What you’re getting: Ham So Eggsited
With a mini empire championing the best meal of the day, the BC's crowning achievement may well be the Ham So Eggsited; a stack of pancakes, cheese, ham and egg, drenched in maple syrup.

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor

Various locations
What you’re getting: The Hawksmoor Breakfast
Some things are just better done in pairs and breakfast at Hawksmoor is one of them. Its colossal breakfast is made for two and is stacked with a bacon chop, sausages, short rib bubble & squeak, black pudding, trotter baked beans, fried eggs, grilled mushrooms, unlimited toast -- oh, and that wonder food grilled bone marrow. If you’re flying solo or if your buddies don’t want to go halfsies, the Pig's Cheek Scrapple is the next best thing.

Andina

Andina

Shoreditch
What you’re getting: Quinoa porridge
When you think Peruvian, your mind likes to remember ceviche and grilled meats. It’s okay, those are delicious things to put in your mouth, but maybe not first thing in the morning. At Ceviche’s little sister over in Shoreditch, welcome to a broader taste filled with fried bread & chili jam, Picante de Huevos, and its deceptively healthy (your taste buds won’t believe you) quinoa porridge.

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BIRD

Hoxton
What you’re getting: Doughnut Buttie
We have never looked back to the dark time before the glorious day when the ingenious team at BIRD thought to take bacon and sandwich it in a maple glazed fresh donut. Thank you, BIRD, for giving the scary side of noon a bright, bacon-y ray of sunshine.

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Caravan King's Cross

Kings Cross
What you’re getting: Jalapeño corn bread, fried eggs, black beans, guindilla pepper
This warehouse-esque restaurant/roastery/land really raises the bar for breakfast. Not content to just roll out a couple pastries and/or eggs to pair with its fresh-roasted java, it pulled out the big guns and loaded on dishes like the jalapeño corn bread, or the courgette & corn fritters with chilli jam and herbed feta, or the BBQ baked beans with chorizo. 

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1. Bunnychow 74 Wardour St, Soho, W1F 0TE (Soho)

Want a unique and delicious start to your day (or at any time during the day, really)? Then head to this South African spot serving up bunny chow, a dish that starts out with a cylindrical shaped mini loaf (we recommend Brioche), which is then hollowed out and crammed a variety of ingredients like sausage, house-cured bacon, button mushrooms, bobotie baked beans, tomato, fried egg and house-made black pudding.

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2. Bourne & Hollingsworth 28 Rathbone Pl, London, W1T 1JF (Clerkenwell)

Located in Clerkenwell, B&H was one of the most anticipated openings of 2014 and it certainly lives up to the hype with its pleasant ambiance and brasserie-style fare.

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3. Duck & Waffle Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY (The City)

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.

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4. The Counter Cafe 7 Roach Rd, London, E3 2PA (Hackney)

This beautiful canal-side cafe and roastery is located in the Stour Space in Hackney Wick, and is perfect for a biet to eat, some java, and relaxing views.

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5. Hotbox 46-48 Commercial St, London, E1 6LT (Spitalfields)

Head down to Spitalfields and snag some true American BBQ from this meat-slinger, with options ranging from ribs to pulled pork sandwiches and more, served in a trendy space.

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6. Andina 1 Redchurch St, London, E2 7DJ (Shoreditch)

Andina is Martin Morales’ bright space on the corner of Redchurch and Shoreditch High serving Peruvian fare. Most of its dishes feature nutritious ingredients such as Peruvian quinoa, maca, amaranth, cape gooseberry, purple maize, and more. Plus, between the front room, chef's counter, downstairs dining space, and the hidden room in the back (hello skylight!), the staff can find somewhere to squirrel you away no matter how busy it gets (and damn does this neighborhood favorite get busy).

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7. BIRD 42-44 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8DA (Hackney)

This spacious Dalston resto nails it when it comes to free-range fried chicken (they claim it'll be the best you've ever tasted), which you can get in dark or white meat, and with sides like hand-cut potato crisps and pickled veggies.

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8. Caravan King's Cross Granary Building, 1 Granary Sq, , London, N1C 4AA (Kings Cross)

Caravan is home to a number of different reasons to go there, including their own coffee roastery, a menu loaded with small plates and pizzas, and cocktails and beer made with said roasted coffee.

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