Food & Drink

The 8 Best Full English Breakfasts in London

Published On 06/03/2014 Published On 06/03/2014

The classic, full English breakfast is amazing, but it isn’t for every day -- unless you want to treat your arteries like they insulted your Mother. So when you do have one, you need to make sure it’s damn good. Thankfully, we’re here to help ensure that happens...

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor Guildhall

Guildhall
As one of the masters of meat in the capital, it comes as no surprise that their full English is pretty next-level -- it comes with all the usual moves, plus a short rib bubble & squeak, smoked bacon chop (!), and grilled bone marrow. They naively label it "to share", so make sure the waiter knows you mean business.

Caravan King's Cross

Caravan King's Cross

King's Cross
Housing its own coffee roastery and all-day kitchen, you know Caravan takes their fast-breakers seriously, and the full English doesn't disappoint. It's got the standards (field mushrooms, eggs, sourdough toast) along w/ modern flourishes like tomato compote, and if you want them (you do), boar sausages.

The Wolseley

The Wolseley

Mayfair
Attempting to give the rough, lowest-common-denominator edges of the full English an elegant finish is not an easy task... so to their great credit, The Wolseley doesn't try. They stick to the tried and true formula of good old-fashioned beans, bacon, eggs, etc., without trying to add any unnecessary flourishes, and it's delicious.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Spitalfields
When you call yourself The Breakfast Club, you promise two things: a ton of Judd Nelson quotes, and a fantastic morning meal. Thankfully, they don't disappoint, and their Full Monty has everything you’re looking for (except a brooding loner stuck in detention).

The Walpole

The Walpole

Ealing
Homemade bubble & squeak? Ham on the bone, that's been soaked overnight and slow-roasted for six hours? Literally Marco Pierre White's favourite restaurant, and whose massive breakfast still costs less than six quid? This, friends, is worth going to Ealing for.

Riding House Cafe

The Riding House Cafe

Fitzrovia
Their Full & Proper is really just that, with each of the ingredients pulling their weight (the sausages are from Lincolnshire, the tomato is slow-roasted, the mushrooms are field mushrooms), coming together to make a breakfast that's better than the sum of its delicious parts.

Smiths of Smithfield

Smiths of Smithfield

Clerkenwell
Fully exploiting their market-centric location, Smiths pull in daily freshness like bacon from an eight-generation butcher, and the same sausages that were served on the Concorde for one of the best breakfasts in London.

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Regency Café

Westminster
This place may not have had a refurb since it opened in 1946, but frankly no one is there for the decor. A mere ÂŁ6 gets you the works, but throw down an extra 90p and add some of the best (read: fluffy and amazing) hash browns in town. This spot, and this breakfast, are about as classic as they come.

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1. Hawksmoor Guildhall 10-12 Basinghall St, London, EC2V 5BQ (The City)

Located in The City, Hawksmoor Guildhall's a huge eating space with excellent breakfast and brunch options and classy decor.

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2. 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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3. The Wolseley 160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB (Mayfair)

This is a top-notch resto when it comes to, well, pretty much everything, but if you have to pick a meal to visit them for, breakfast is always a safe bet because their traditional full English is one of the best in town.

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4. The Breakfast Club 12-16 Artillery Ln, London, E1 7LS (Spitalfields)

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.

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5. The Walpole 35 St Marys Rd, Ealing, W5 5RG

This old-school cafe will seriously feed you and help you sort your life out till 2pm most days. Located in unpretentious Ealing, don’t expect any frills, but do expect a massive portion of all your well-needed fry up components. And if you wanna try out their speciality, order the ham, eggs, and chips.

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6. The Riding House Cafe 43-51 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 7PQ (Fitzrovia)

Located in Fitzrovia, the Village East/Garrison team's third drinkery offers three price tiers of small plates (slow-roast lamb shoulder, salt-cod fritters, etc.), plus larger goods like the foie gras'd Titchfield burger, and full English breakfasts.

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7. Smiths of Smithfield 67-77 Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell, EC1M 6HJ (Clerkenwell)

Located in the heart of Smithfield Market, Smiths is a four-floor resto (!), with each level exhibiting a distinctive style and ALL levels serving up delicious and simple tastes. Pro tip: you can't miss their full English breakfasts.

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8. Regency Cafe 17-19 Regency St, City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4BY (Westminster)

Open since 1946 in Westminster, The Regency Cafe is known for its greasy spoon favorites and cheap prices. It's a go-to for a full English breakfast of eggs, hash, bacon, sausage, and baked beans, and other traditional plates like steak pie and corned beef. The black-and-white art deco exterior is just as notable and quintessentially London as the food, and the interior remains pretty much unchanged since the 40s.

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