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9 luxury London breakfast spots & what to order, from The Wolsley's decandant pancakes to 45 Jermyn St's perfect bacon sandwich

Even after living in London for the best part of 19 years, heading out to dine and drink still remains one of my favorite things to do in the city. And is it any wonder when incredible places emerge on an almost weekly basis? From discovering the best cocktails in London and the best brunch places in London Bridge to new amazing cheap eats, incredible bakeries and luxury Italian restaurants that rival Florence's, Londoners are well and truly spoilt when it comes to top-class eateries. And luckily, many of them feature in my round-up of the best luxury London breakfast spots. 

Since moving to the city, I've tried over 50 breakfast and brunch places from north of the river to south, east and west but the below tightly curated edit lists the spots I always return to for a guaranteed good time. They feature delicious and iconic dishes, chic surroundings, unbeatable service and a certain air of opulence.

9 luxury London breakfast spots & what to order

1. 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 dish always puts a smile on my face.

Breakfast pancakes at luxury London breakfast spot The Langham
Pancakes at The Langham
Great for an early breakfast in London they also serve congee, sourdough bagels, shakshouka and many more dishes in the beautiful setting of Palm Court. 
Address: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA
Closest tube: Oxford Circus
Opening hours: 7am to 11am daily. 

2. Coconut black rice at Nopi

There are two must-try dishes at Nopi—the first is a perfectly creamy, sweet and comforting dish of coconut milk black rice served with mango and banana. I always think about it for days after eating it.

Black rice and coconut milk at Nopi, one of the best luxury london breakfast spots
Black rice and coconut milk at Nopi
Or if you’re in a savoury mood, the baked eggs are a delight. Don’t forget to check out the mirrored bathroom before you leave.
Address: 21-22 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NE
Closest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Opening hours: 11.30am to 3pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.

3. Pancakes at The Wolseley

Impeccable service, grandiose surroundings and the perfect pancakes—served with warm compote and cream—await at The Wolseley. 

Pancakes with berries at luxury london breakfast spot The Wolseley
Pancakes at The Wolseley
Or, if you want something savoury try the kippers, old-school but oh-so-tasty or the brilliant bacon and fried egg roll, you really can’t beat this place for one of the best luxury breakfasts in town.
Address: 160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB
Closest tube: Green Park
Opening hours: 7am to 11pm daily.

4. Homemade granola at Henrietta Hotel

I love this secret little restaurant which I discovered after a sleepover at the immaculately designed Henrietta Hotel

granola, yogurt, berries and coffee at luxury london breakfast spot the henrietta hotel in covent garden
Homemade granola at the Henrietta Hotel
Hidden towards the back of the hotel, the menu is compact but lists surprisingly affordable London breakfast options. For a light breakfast, the homemade granola served with Greek yogurt, berries and seeds is spot-on while the coffee is outstanding.
Address: 14-15 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS
Closest tube: Covent Garden
Opening hours: 7am to 10.30am daily.

5. The duck & waffle at Duck & Waffle

This luxury London breakfast spot is not only one of the best places for an early breakfast in London, but it's most likely one of the highest places to dine too. Situated on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower it's the ideal place to watch the sunrise over a steaming coffee. 

Duck and Waffle's signature dish, a plate of confit duck on top of a waffle with a friend egg, one of the best luxury london breakfast spots
The $30 (£24) duck & waffle at Duck & Waffle
The menu comprises an eclectic mix of inventive dishes including homemade baked beans on a cheese scone but there’s no doubt about it, if you’re heading to Duck & Waffle to start your day, the namesake dish is a must-order. Crispy duck leg confit atop a fresh waffle, topped with a perfectly circular fried duck egg with a side of mustard maple syrup, it's one of London's most famed breakfast dishes for good reason.
Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Closest tube: Liverpool St
Opening hours: 24 hours a day.

6. Jamón and duck eggs at 45 Jermyn St.

Right behind Fortnam & Mason is 45 Jermyn St a beautiful restaurant that’s perfect for a discreet breakfast, dinner or cheeky midweek cocktail. As well as serving great food, the wait staff are ridiculously friendly and welcoming and the decor feels like something straight out of Mad Men which is why it's one of my favorite spots in town. 

Plate of Fried potatoes, duck eggs and jamón at luxury London breakfast spot 45 Jermyn Street
Jamón, duck egg and potato at 45 Jermyn St
For breakfast, I usually opt for one of two dishes—the potato, jamón and fried duck egg or a classic bacon sandwich. Coffee is served in dainty cups and doesn't disappoint. A lovely place to spend a few hours. 
Address: 45 Jermyn St, London, SW1Y 6DN
Closest tube: Green Park
Opening hours: 7.30am to 11.30pm Monday to Friday. 8am to 11.30pm Saturday and 8am to 7pm Sunday.

7. Deconstructed English Breakfast at Isabel

When I first visited Juan Santa Cruz's most stylish London venture Isabel was serving breakfast every morning and it was a very relaxed affair. Now though, brunch is reserved for Sundays only. 

A flat lay of fried eggs, black pudding, sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes at luxury london breakfast spot Isabel in Mayfair
English breakfast at Isabel
Service remains top class and they still serve some of the best avocado toast in London, but I adore the English breakfast with each part arriving on a separate tray or pan. Fried eggs are cooked to perfection (crispy base, runny yolk), baby plum tomatoes come slightly charred and the sausage and black pudding are to die for. They serve a pretty decent flat white too. 
Address: 26 Albemarle St, London, W1S 4HY
Closest tube: Green Park/Piccadilly Circus
Opening hours: 12pm to 2am Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 10pm on Sunday.

8. 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 ham hock croque-monsieur and truffled eggs. 

A blue plate of mam hock croque-monsieur at luxury london breakfast spot the Brasserie of Light in Selfridges
Ham hock croque-monsieur at Brasserie of Light
The Art Deco surroundings are beautiful with expansive windows allowing the morning sunshine to beam through.
Address: 400 Oxford St, Duke St, London, W1A 1AB
Closest tube: Bond Street
Opening hours: 8am to 12am Monday to Friday. 9am to 12am Saturday and 9am to 11pm Sunday.

9. Breakfast in bed at The Rosewood Hotel

Breakfast-in-bed at the Rosewood Hotel is always a pretty joyous occasion. For my stay, I ordered hard-boiled eggs, toast, grapefruit juice and coffee, which is pretty much my go-to hotel breakfast. 

Tray of boiled eggs and grapefruit juice at luxury london breakfast spot the Rosewood Hotel
Breakfast in bed at the Rosewood Hotel
The juice came in a cute bottle and there was a good selection of jams. But don't worry, you can still dine at the Rosewood even if you're not staying the night, but breakfast is served in the Holborn Dining Room. The menu boasts coconut milk quinoa porridge, waffles, scrambled tofu and lots more.
Address: 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN
Closest tube: Holborn
Opening hours: 7am to 10pm Thursday to Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

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