The early bird catches the worm, that’s what they say… But where can you find the top culinary choice regardless if it’s a breakfast meeting or lazy Sunday brunch?
I explore five top places to find your most important meal of the day, all depending on the mood you’re in.
The Big Breakfast
The Breakfast Club is where to go, think retro films, quirky decor and prices to spare your wallet, The Breakfast Club remains the hangout for hipsters, so take the teenagers here for extra brownie points.
With their fifth restaurant opening in London this August, there’s little to stop you popping in, and if you’ve missed the breakfast buzz, don’t worry they’re equally as equipped for brunch and dinner. A couple of secret cocktails are on the cards if you know where to go and what to say (you’ll find an entrance to a speakeasy bar through a retro Smeg fridge and a laundrette themed cocktail bar hidden beyond the sliding shutters), access is granted if you know the password.
Late brunching more your style?
Summer has arrived and we could all do with a holiday, venturing to New Zealand is an option for few. However, KOPAPA’s breakfast menu offers incredible fusion food for something a bit more exciting on your plate. Their Maori and New Zealand heritage combines with prime seasonal ingredients from the UK and abroad, healthy, fresh with surprisingly deluxe ingredients. Their Brunch menu is catered for with equal affection and is served until 4pm, these guys know what the most important meal of the day is.
Breakfast with a view
Duck and Waffle in the Heron Tower is open 24/7 with incredible views across the city. Located on the 40th floor, this is the place to enjoy the sunrise after a long night on the tiles, welcoming the day with a little something fizzy and some good grub before heading off home… Or perhaps a breakfast meeting might start off with a bang here. The perfect place for something a little special. Looking beyond the views the menu offers all the gluttony of an American diner with Michelin flair, here is for indulgence.
Village life in the city
Head to Greenwich for a taste of the village life just outside of the city. Perfect for a Sunday stroll there are plenty of tea shops and cafés here priding themselves on the use of local produce. Heap’s Sausage Shop makes their sausages fresh on the premises and serves them up for you, eat in or takeaway you won’t find a fresher banger for your brekkie!
Tea and Cake for breakfast?
Head to Palmers in Camden, owned by Yumchaa, they offer a wide range of ethical teas and organic, freshly baked cake selections. Take five to enjoy something with a little more satisfaction to your sweet tooth. They have both shops and market stalls across London, a cosy, retro tea shop interior, they specialise in loose leaf tea selections of their own creation, with some of their other venues, such a Soho, offering a wider range of hot food selections.
Take a stroll along the Southbank for some family friendly pit stops, home to the annual, Urban Beach, over the summer, the kids can enjoy sand between their toes and you can avoid the real hustle of the centre. With free installations and art work to compliment your breakfast, it’s the cultured way to start the day. There are multiple choices for your little darling’s delight, try the Real Food Market for a street food selection from across the globe, or pop up the bright yellow steps to the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden and step in to the wonderful wild urban courtyard for a fantastic view across the Thames. With plenty of other choices along the Southbank, including mainstream restaurants, you can enjoy whatever floats your boat!
A Morning Market Meander?
In need of a few store cupboard supplies, pop to get the fresh bread cob, regional cheese, free range eggs and cured meats? Borough Market, SE1 hosts a great range of artisanal suppliers and if you’ve lost the patience to wait to get home try out the traders selling fresh, hot food on the go: mostly local and organic produce there’s some serious flavours flying around the lanes of this little place. If you’re not in the area there are plenty of other food markets in London to venture to, so if you’re up nice and early before the rush, check out Time Out’s top list here
Published here: AAC: July Issue: Lifestyle Feature: The Big Breakfast
Words: Cat Foley
Photos: All Rights Reserved by The Breakfast Club