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45 London breakfast & brunch spots reviewed & rated—from The Wolseley's perfect pancakes to dining in the sky at Duck & Waffle

Having lived in London for the best part of 15 years, breakfast meetings and weekend brunches have featured heavily throughout my time in the city. Seeing as one of my favourite things to do is hunt out the best food options in any city, I've rounded up my top spots but have also included a few surprising options not to bother with. So just in time for indoor dining opening up across London, here are 45 breakfast & brunch spots reviewed and rated.

CENTRAL LONDON


1. The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Marylebone


Breakfast pancakes at The Langham, London
Pancakes at The Langham

Pancakes at The Langham are thick and dinky, you get five so come hungry, served with blueberries and maple syrup, this breakfast is enough to make anyone happy.
Piggy rating: 
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Closest tube: Oxford Circus

2. Isabel, 26 Albemarle St, Mayfair


English breakfast at The Langham
English breakfast at The Langham

Only a few years old, Juan Santa Cruz's newest venture is as stylish as you'd expect. Weekday mornings at Isabel are relatively quiet but the service is top class. Try the English breakfast with each part arriving on a separate tray or pan; the fried eggs are cooked to perfection (crispy base, runny yolk), baby plum tomatoes come slightly charred and the sausage and black pudding are delicious, plus the flat white is pretty decent too. It's a little pricy at £21 but definitely worth a visit.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Green Park/Piccadilly Circus

3. Nopi, 21-22 Warwick St, Soho


Black rice and coconut milk at Nopi
Black rice and coconut milk at Nopi

Two things you must try if you go to Nopi, the first is a dish of black rice, coconut milk, mango and banana and it's so delicious you'll be thinking about it for days after—a perfectly creamy, sweet and comforting dish or if you’re in a savoury mood, the baked eggs are a delight. Don’t forget to check out the mirrored loos too!
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Piccadilly Circus

4. The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, St. James


Pancakes with berries at The Wolseley
Pancakes at The Wolseley

If you go here, expect impeccable service, grandiose surroundings and perfect pancakes, served thick with warm compote and cream—the actual dream way to start the day. If you’re wanting something savoury try the kippers, old-school but oh-so tasty or the brilliant bacon and fried egg roll, you really can’t beat The Wolseley for one of the best breakfasts in town.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Green Park

5. 45 Jermyn St, St James’s, Mayfair


Fried potatoes, duck eggs and jamΓ³n at 45 Jermyn Street
Fried potatoes, duck eggs and jamΓ³n

Right behind Fortnam & Mason and close to some of the best restaurants in town you’ll find 45 Jermyn St, a beautiful restaurant, that’s great for breakfast or a cheeky midweek cocktail. Staff here are so friendly and welcoming and the decor feels like something straight out of Mad Men, it's one of my favourite spots in town. For breakfast I tried potato, jamon and fried duck eggs and it was all rather delicious. This dish cost £12.75 but there are cheaper options on the menu. During another visit I had a simple bacon sandwich which was also delightful. The coffee here is strong and served in dainty cups—all in all, it’s a lovely place to spend a few hours. 
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Green Park

6. Serge et le Phoque at The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman St, Soho


Boiled eggs and soldiers at the mandrake hotel
Breakfast at The Mandrake Hotel

I love the staff at Serge et le Phoque, they’re always keen to chat plus they have good coffee which always wins me over. I ordered the boiled eggs which arrived with the tops scored for ease of opening in two pretty silver egg cups. I also ordered a side of sausage, (because I’m greedy) which were OK but quite gamey and strong tasting. But I love The Mandrake Hotel as it’s discreet and quiet in the mornings and you feel like you’re in a world of your own. PS. Don’t miss a trip to the toilets.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Tottenham Court Rd

7. Berners Tavern, 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia


Waffles at Berners Tavern
Waffles at Berners Tavern

I like the waffles here, served with hazelnuts, berries and cream, it’s pure indulgence. The chia pot I had once was OK although a little small and the bacon sandwich is usually a no-brainer. Coffee is not great but the surroundings at Berners Tavern are so beautiful and the staff are wonderful.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Tottenham Court Rd

8. Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern St, Marylebone


Green Potato pancakes at Chiltern Firehouse
Potato pancakes at Chiltern Firehouse

I've been here three times for breakfast and have to say I'm always disappointed. It may have the A-list clientele but the breakfasts just don’t cut it for me. Eggs on one occasion were served cold, another time the spinach, mushroom and potato pancakes were tasteless (they’ve been taken off the menu now) and the service is very hit and miss, Chiltern Firehouse is just not worth the hype for me.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Bond St/Baker St

9. Cecconi’s, 5A Burlington Gardens, Mayfair


Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs at Cecconi's Mayfair
Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs at Cecconi's Mayfair

A London institution no less, and rightly so, Cecconi’s is the place to come to if you want great service and a great breakfast, lunch or dinner in elegant surroundings. I love the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon served with toast and lemon. And the coffee is also perfectly strong. 
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Green Park

10. Claridge’s, Brook St, Mayfair


eggs royale at Claridge's
One to avoid—breakfast at Claridge's

Claridge's may be one of the best hotels in London but boy do they suck at breakfast. This has to be my worst London breakfast spot—terrible coffee, watery Eggs Royale that tastes of vinegar on a stale muffin and cheap, burnt toast, for the bargain price of £30, sigh.
Piggy rating: ZERO
Closest tube: Bond St

11. Neptune at Kimpton Fitzroy London, Corner of Guilford St & Russell Sq, Bloomsbury


Butcher's breakfast at Neptune in the Kimpton Fitzroy hotel
Butcher's breakfast at Neptune

Everything about Neptune is beautiful, from the dusky pink chairs to the marble walls and frilled lampshades, even the menu artwork and logo is pretty. But it doesn’t stop there, the breakfast is also bloody great, I had the butcher's breakfast which consisted of two sausages, bacon, the best black pudding I’ve had in years, mushrooms, creamy scrambled eggs and homemade baked beans which were divine. The staff were so friendly I almost didn’t realise I was still in London, I’m definitely going back for dinner.
Piggy rating: 
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Closest tube: Russell Sq

12. The Ned, 27 Poultry, The City


Breakfast tray in bed at The Ned
Breakfast in bed at The Ned

I’ve tried breakfast on the roof terrace at The Ned which was great, in the lobby at Millie’s Lounge which was not quite so great and breakfast in bed after a very cool nights sleepover. For breakfast in bed I went all out with a full english, flat white and grapefruit juice—no complaints at all.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Bank

13. Barbie Green, 2 London Wall, Barbican 


Sweetcorn fritters at Barbie Green
Sweetcorn fritters at Barbie Green

Very chilled and in a great spot right next to the ancient ruins of the original London Wall Barbie Green is part of the Daisy Green Collection, a chain of 11 brunch spots across London. I ordered the sweetcorn fritters with avocado, red pepper, feta and corn rib plus a side of halloumi and a chai latte. The latte was overly sweet and arrived lukewarm, but the brunch itself was pretty filling and satisfying. Service was good but prices feel a tad too much pricey.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Barbican/Liverpool St/Bank

14. Brasserie of Light, 400 Oxford St, Marylebone


Ham hock croque monsieur at Brasserie of Light
Ham hock croque monsieur at Brasserie of Light

Pretty impressive as a venue, Brasserie of Light is tucked away behind Selfridges and serves up tasty breakfast options like the ham hock croque monsieur and truffled eggs. The art deco surroundings are beautiful, while the sun streams in through the huge windows throughout the morning, I’d like to go back for dinner for sure.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Bond St

15. Elan CafΓ©, 9 Market Place, Oxford Circus


Avocado on pink toast at Elan CafΓ©
Avo on pink toast at Elan CafΓ©

Disclaimer: I wouldn't have visited Elan CafΓ© if it wasn’t for a friend who was leaving the country and had a voucher to use up, so brunch was on her. Elan CafΓ© is everything I dislike in an eating establishment all rolled into one: it tries oh-so hard, it’s made for Instagrammers, it’s pretencious, overpriced (there’s a blue sapphire latte on the menu that costs £15!) and the hot drinks aren’t hot. OK, rant over—I ordered the the avocado on toast with a side of feta which, yes, arrives on pink(!) sourdough toast ***insert eyeroll emoji here***
Piggy rating: πŸ½
Closest tube: Oxford Circus

16. The London Edition, 10 Berners St, Fittzrovia


Breakfast in bed at the London Edition
Breakfast in bed at the London Edition

After a nights stay at the London Edition I opted for breakfast in bed rather than heading down to Berners Tavern and what a treat it was. I had a classic bacon sandwich, fruit plate, grapefruit juice and coffee, all perfect and made better by the fact I didn’t even have to get dressed.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Tottenham Court Rd

17. The Ivy Market Grill, 1a Henrietta St, Covent Garden 


Yogurt and fruit at The Ivy Market Grill
Yogurt and fruit at The Ivy Market Grill

If you fancy something light, the yogurt with fruit and bee pollen at The Ivy Market Grill is pretty good. The Covent Garden location is nice, staff are attentive, coffee is OK, but I probably won’t rush back.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Covent Garden

18. The Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia


Lobster Benedict at The Riding House Cafe
Lobster Benedict at The Riding House Cafe

I've eaten at The Riding House Cafe a few times and I always find it overrated, although the full Veggie Breakfast is quite good. I once tried the Lobster Benedict, which I think has since been taken off the menu, not a bad shout as mine arrived cold and wasn’t all that delicious. Coffee is mediocre.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Oxford Circus

19. Exmouth Market Grind, 8-10 Exmouth Market


Full English breakfast at Exmouth Market Grind
Full English breakfast at Exmouth Market Grind

The Full English Breakfast from the brunch menu at Exmouth Market Grind is pretty unbeatable, you get the usual sausage, bacon, beans and tomato but then there’s the great additions of spinach, crispy potatoes and what I think was white pudding, all really very good. The coffee, as is the case with all the Grind venues, is some of the best in London and this place was quiet on the weekend I visited which is always a bonus.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Farringdon

20. Bond St Kitchen at Fenwicks, 63 New Bond St, Mayfair


Avocado and smoked salmon on toast at Bond St Kitchen
Avo on toast at Bond St Kitchen

If you think avocado on toast is the same everywhere, think again. I don’t know why, maybe I was particularly hungry the day I visited Bond St Kitchen (it doesn’t open until 10am) but the avo on toast here is sublime. They add radish sprouts, seeds and sriracha and it usually comes with poached eggs, but I switched them out for a side of organic Scottish smoked salmon instead. Coffee is the one thing that lets the place down and the setting is very plain and open, but you’ll always be able to find a table on a weekday morning and service is very fast.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Bond St
 

21. The Delaunay, 55 Aldwych


Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs at The Delaunay
Smoked salmon and eggs at The Delaunay

The Delaunay is the place for celeb spotting, (Dermot O’Leary was having breakfast last time I stopped by) and old-school glam interiors. I ordered smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, which possibly may have been made with cream because they were so god damn rich. Breakfast was OK, nothing incredible and the coffee was pretty bad, I won't be returning any time soon.
Piggy rating: 
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Closest tube: Temple

22. Hotel Cafe Royal, 10 Air St, Soho


Eggs and black pudding at Hotel Cafe Royal
Eggs and black pudding at Hotel Cafe Royal

Two fried eggs, black pudding (my fave), toast, coffee and grapefruit juice, everything was pretty good, (not the best, not the worst) at Hotel Cafe Royal but with so many other places to visit I probably wouldn’t go back, pleasant but kind of forgettable.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Piccadilly Circus

23. The Rosewood Hotel, 252 High Holborn


Breakfast in bed at the Rosewood Hotel
Breakfast in bed at the Rosewood Hotel

This was another breakfast in bed option, delivered to my room on a wooden try after a nights stay at the fabulous Rosewood Hotel. I ordered hard boiled eggs, toast, grapefruit juice and coffee. Pretty much my go to hotel breakfast. The juice came in a cute bottle and there was a good selection of jams.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Holborn

24. The Good Egg, Kingly Court, Carnaby St


Feta hash at The Good Egg
Feta hash at The Good Egg

I ordered the marinated feta hash which involved spiced potatoes, marinated feta, red harissa and a fried egg. To be honest I wouldn’t order this again, I feel like I could have made a better version of it myself at home. The surroundings were nice and staff were friendly, if I went back to The Good Egg I’d order a slice of this insane looking chocolate bread which I saw on the counter when I walked in.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Oxford circus/Piccadilly Circus

25. Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta St, Covent Garden


yogurt and berries and coffee at the henrietta hotel covent garden
A light breakfast at the Henrietta Hotel

I love this secret little restaurant which I discovered after a sleepover at the immaculately designed Henrietta Hotel. Hidden towards the back of the Henrietta Hotel, the menu is compact but everything is fabulous and the upstairs hotel rooms can't be beaten. For a light breakfast try the homemade granola served with thick greek yogurt, berries and seeds with a strong americano on the side
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
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Closest tube: Covent Garden


EAST LONDON


26. The Breakfast Club, 12-16 Artillery Ln, Spitalfields


fried chicken and waffles at the breakfast club
The Breakfast Club breakfasts

This is my fave Breakfast Club location and I also love the not-so-secret bar downstairs when it’s not too busy. You just can’t go wrong with the Fried Chicken and Waffles or the Huevos Rancheros—the combination of fried eggs, chorizo, salsa, refried beans and avocado is a dream. Coffee is always pretty mediocre but food and location is lush.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Liverpool St

27. Palm Vaults, 411 Mare St, Hackney


Avo on toast at Palm Vaults
Avo on toast at Palm Vaults

Everything about Palm Vaults screams Instagram, it’s one of those places that pops up trying hard to be popular with the requisite aesthetic they almost forget to deliver on the food and drinks. The interior is pretty but it’s overpriced and underwhelming, drinks come served lukewarm, food takes an age to arrive and staff don’t seem too fussed about customers, preferring to talk to each other. I had a tiny portion of avocado on toast with an added side of halloumi plus a matcha latte.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½ 
n/a—take the overground to Hackney Central

28. Andina Shoreditch, 60-62 Commercial St, Shoreditch


Amaranth, oats and quinoa granola at Andina
Amaranth, oats and quinoa granola at Andina

It's hit and miss Andina's breakfast menu—don't bother with the Chicharron pork sandwich, it's just not worth it. The amaranth, oats and quinoa granola is pretty good however if you're after a lighter breakfast option and the coffee is OK. I wouldn’t go back for breakfast but I do love Andina's evening offerings, so head there for ceviche and braised aubergine instead.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Aldgate East

29. Dishoom, 7 Boundary St, London


Bacon naan rolls and chai at Dishoom
Bacon naan rolls and chai at Dishoom

I first tried Dishoom in March 2014 in their first covent Garden location and was hooked on their perfect bottomless chai and insanely good bacon naan roll, yum. These days I’ve switched to the East branch because the outside area is super romantic and it’s a little bit cuter. I don’t know what it is, but I cannot resist their fluffy naan, chargrilled bacon, cream cheese and chili tomato jam combination, I daren’t try anything else for the fear it won’t live up to the greatness that is their bacon naan roll, it’s pure heaven and makes my mouth water just writing about it. I also adore the kitsch Indian artwork and signage all over the place, dinner here is just as good too.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Liverpool St/Overground: Shoreditch High St

30. Nobu Hotel, 10-50 Willow St, Shoreditch


Shoreditch continental at the Nobu Shoreditch Hotel
Shoreditch continental at the Nobu Shoreditch Hotel

After a night the Nobu Shoreditch Hotel and some incredible sushi the night before, breakfast here just wasn't up to scratch when I visited. I ordered the ‘Shoreditch continental’ which was selection of pastries that were dry and stodgy, some tasteless yogurt, granola and a measly portion of tropical fruit. Definitely wouldn’t return for the breakfast, the hotel rooms at the Nobu Shoreditch on the other hand are really quite beautiful.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Liverpool St/Overground: Shoreditch High St

31. Cafe East, 426 Roman Rd, Mile End


Pancakes with fruit at Cafe East
Pancakes with fruit at Cafe East

Every Saturday the tiny Cafe East has people queuing up outside for a table, it's an unassuming, very well priced spot at the market end of Roman Road and well worth a visit if you’re in the area. The menu is huge, which in my opinion is usually a bad thing, there’s waffles and pancakes, eggs benedict and everything in between—but they’re all done really well. Portions are big and prices are more midlands than London, plus the staff are friendly and fun. The only downside is the tables that are pretty close together but you’ll most probably leave with new friends. I like the vegetarian breakfast with its on-the-vine tomatoes and homemade bubble and squeak or any of the pancake options.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Mile End

32. The Ivy City Garden, Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad St


Garden breakfast at The Ivy City Garden
Garden breakfast at The Ivy City Garden

As the Ivy chain gets bigger and bigger—there's 37 branches of the Ivy Grills, Brasseries and Cafes now, stretching right out of London—The Ivy City Garden remains my favourite for location and garden vibes. The bar is also pretty swish but best avoided on weekends, it’s just too busy with boys in loafers and no socks. I really like the garden breakfast here with halloumi, avocado, eggs, tomatoes, beans, mushrooms, potato hash and toast, I always leave feeling full and satisfied.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Liverpool St

33. Hash e8, 170 Dalston Lane, Hackney


Hash e8's Pig Muffin
Hash e8's Pig Muffin

Home to the very naughty but very delicious pig muffin, filled with bacon, sausage patty, hash brown, pork belly, egg, cheese and bacon jam, this is the epitome of a big breakfast. Billed as a modern greasy spoon, Hash e8 is simple but oh-so satisfying. They also offer free filter coffee refills so you can pretend like you’re in the states—yolo.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: n/a Overground: Hackney Downs

34. Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson St, Bethnal Green


Maple Candied Bacon Benedict at Bistotheque
Maple Candied Bacon Benedict at Bistotheque

Twice now I’ve visited Bistotheque and while I love the bright, white, open industrial space with live piano music wafting throughout the room, I never leave feeling like it was totally worth the money or super satisfied. First time around I tried the maple candied bacon benedict with bacon butter hollandaise and smoked bacon salt (boy that’s a lot of bacon), second I tried the full English. Both times the food wasn’t super hot, once they forgot my coffee, another time they messed up the bill. Could do better.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Bethnal Green

35. Mare Street Market, 117 Mare St, Hackney


Ground chriozo on sourdough at Mare St Market
Ground chorizo on sourdough at Mare St Market

After a Saturday morning run, I went all out for the ground chorizo on sourdough toast with fried egg and a flat white, indulgent for sure but 100% worth it. The only downside at Mare St Market is how busy and noisy it gets, otherwise I love it.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Bethnal Green/Overground: London Fields

36. Duck and Waffle, 110 Bishopsgate


Duck and waffle at Duck and Waffle
Duck and waffle at Duck and Waffle

Most likely the highest place in London that you’ll ever have breakfast. There’s no doubt about it, if you’re heading to Duck and Waffle to start your day, you’ve got to order the namesake dish. Crispy duck leg confit, sat on a thick waffle and topped with a perfectly circular fried duck egg with a side of mustard maple syrup, so good.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: Liverpool St

37. Sodo Pizza, 21 Hatherley Mews, Walthamstow


Hot eggs at Sodo Pizza Walthamstow
Hot eggs at Sodo Pizza Walthamstow

They serve brunch at Sodo Pizza on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am - 2pm. With three varieties of baked eggs on the menu, I opted for Hot Eggs, with nduja, chilli flakes and smoked mozzarella all in a delicious tomato sauce and served with toast. The coffee here is also pretty decent and it’s a chilled place to while away a few hours with friends.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½ 
Closest tube: Walthamstow Central

SOUTH LONDON


38. Roast, The Floral Hall, Stoney St, Borough Market


Boiled eggs with marmite soldiers at Roast
Boiled eggs with marmite soldiers at Roast

I can't go to Roast without ordering the boiled eggs with marmite soldiers, they are just too good. Simple, but good. You don't get many soldiers so I always order extra toast and butter alongside. I don't know where they get their bread but you could literally just order the toast and you wouldn’t be disappointed. The boiled eggs are always cooked perfectly and there's a nice buzz here on a weekday, beautiful streams of sunlight beam in through the windows as the hub of borough market gets started below, perfect for a blissful morning.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
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Closest tube: London Bridge

39. London Grind, 2 London Bridge


Granola and fruit plate at London Grind
Granola and fruit plate at London Grind

London Grind is the place for great coffee, I always end up having two flat whites here as they’re perfectly creamy and really strong. Avocado on toast with chilli, feta and a side of jamon is my favourite order but the fruit plate is also amazing with half an avocado, half a mango, grapefruit, orange, apple, salad, a smoothie shot and granola with yogurt and seeds, all for £6 ($8.50). Ask for the table to the left tucked behind the door as you enter, it’s the best for privacy and space.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½ 
Closest tube: London Bridge

40. Birdhouse, 123 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction


Almond croissant and flat white at Birdhouse
Almond croissant and flat white at Birdhouse

Great coffee, really fun yellow and grey interiors and amazing pastries—try the almond croissant with a flat white when visiting Birdhouse.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½ 
Closest tube: n/a Overground: Clapham Junction

41. Caravan Bankside, 30 Great Guildford St, Southwark


Coconut cake, custard and poached rhubarb at Caravan
Coconut cake, custard and poached rhubarb at Caravan

Caravan serve really great coffee and is the place to go if you want to eat pudding for breakfast. I had an amazing coconut cake with custard, topped off with freshly poached rhubarb, it was devine and indulgent and I’d 100% order it again.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: London Bridge/Southwalk

42. Where The Pancakes Are, Flat Iron Sq, 85a Southwark Bridge Rd, Southwark


Classic stack at Where The Pancakes Are
Classic stack at Where The Pancakes Are

Super dreamy pancakes and good portion sizes but it can be hard to get a table at Where The Pancakes Are, especially on weekends, because it's so tiny. I had pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and coffee. You get a good stack of pancakes and a load of bacon which filled me up for the day. There’s a couple of non-pancake options on the menu too and the bill comes served in a Keats book—cute.
Piggy rating: πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½πŸ½
Closest tube: London Bridge

43. Canova Hall, 250 Ferndale Rd, Brixton


Chilli hash browns with fried eggs at Canova Hall
Chilli hash browns with fried eggs at Canova Hall

Down in Brixton, full to the brim of girls and lads drinking cheap cava is one of the most well known boozy brunch spots around, Canova Hall. I don’t like the concept of bottomless brunches, it just doesn’t sit well with me; choose a beverage you wouldn’t normally drink and then drink as much of it as you can in an allotted two-hour window, how does it ever end well? Aside from the kids getting blotto, the food wasn’t all that bad. I tried the chilli hash browns with fried eggs and rocket pesto and added a side of bacon—yum! I’ve heard the pizzas aren’t bad either.
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Closest tube: Brixton

NORTH LONDON


44. Sunday CafΓ© & Restaurant, 169 Hemingford Rd, Barnsbury


Courgette fritters at Sunday CafΓ©
Courgette fritters at Sunday CafΓ©

Chances are you’ll have to queue to get into Sunday, especially if you’re visiting over a weekend. This cosy place serves up a great selection of dishes including my choice for the visit, courgette fritters served with avocado, halloumi, poached egg, yogurt and dukkah. Nice food, good coffee.
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Closest tube: Highbury & Islington

45. Milk Beach, 19-21 Lonsdale Rd, Queen's Park


avo on toast at Milk Beach in Queen's Park
Avo on toast at Milk Beach

An impromptu brunch with friends lead me to Milk Beach and what a fabulous find on a street in Queen's Park that in my 15 years in London I'd never walked down before. The Australian restaurant serves really good coffee and a great selection of dishes from pancakes to of course, avocado on toast, which comes served with roasted vine tomatoes and seeds. I got a side of bacon because, bacon...mmmm.
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Closest tube: Queen's Park





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