By Kaveri Jain
London is my favourite city, and breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. It’s also the most important meal of the day so spending time looking for good, healthy, hearty breakfasts has been as much an investment as a joy for me. Besides, with over 18,000 restaurants (as of 2015), London is a place where even the fussiest taste buds will find solace.
From simple eggs and avocado, delicious smoothie bowls to fiery eastern fare, the city’s breakfast offerings are inexhaustible. Looking for a quick bite before you catch the tube for work, lazing around on a weekend with friends, or just gulping down a coffee shot after a morning run, London’s breakfast places will never let you down.
In fact, how a simple quick breakfast unwittingly extends into a comfortable brunch at these eateries will often surprise you. Whittling down a list of London’s best breakfasts is an impossible task; and so I am being subjective here and listing down my own most enjoyed breakfasts in the city. (I am a vegetarian who also eats eggs.)
The Cheese Bar
Unit 93-94 Camden Stables, Camden Town, London
Who says breakfast has to be had in the early hours? My Saturday breakfast started at 11 am and, of course, I ditched my favourite sourdough toast with avocado and eggs in favour of the cheesiest breakfast ever. Beginning with their epic mozzarella sticks, an overloaded grilled cheese sandwich followed by the freshest burrata made me feel like I was in heaven. This is the mecca of good cheese. Open seven days a week at the bustling Camden Market, The Cheese Bar offers a concisely cheesy menu of around 20 dishes.
59, Connaught St, London
Just a 10-minute walk away from Marble Arch, Saint Aymes is one of the most beautiful cafes in London. This quaint café has the most stunning exterior, draped in elegant wisteria. Step inside and prepare to be stunned: with the flower wall and with their 23-karat gold-topped chocolates. I couldn’t resist ordering the unique unicorn latte, which is just as Instagrammable as the floral decor. Their crepes, pancakes, and macaroons are all beautifully served and worth a try. More than the food, it’s the furniture and ambience that made me fall in love.
48 Park Lane, Mayfair, London
The beautiful flower basket on a bicycle right outside the Elan Café in Mayfair will definitely invite you to walk in. The fragrance of freshly brewed coffee and a hand-crafted array of desserts made me drool. The famous shakshuka (a dish of eggs with spices and seasoning) and the absolutely stunning acai bowl made my morning just perfect. Their iconic flower walls, pink interiors and an extensive drinks menu of over 85 drinks will not disappoint you.
Granger and Co
175 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London
Run by Australian chef Bill Granger, this all-day diner remains one of my most favourite places for melt-in-the-mouth scrambled eggs. There is always a queue outside this famous restaurant, as they never take bookings. Their ricotta hotcakes with bananas and honeycomb butter are surprisingly fluffy, and maybe the best pancakes I have ever had (and I’ve had lots, trust me). The eggs poached to perfection served with sourdough bread and avocado shouldn’t be missed. One can have a full Aussie breakfast here for just under Rs 1200.
Serpentine Bar & Kitchen
Hyde Park, Serpentine Road, London
Inspired by English country living, The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen is a must visit. Overlooking the Serpentine Lake, a 40-acre recreational lake in Hyde Park, created in 1730 at the behest of Queen Caroline, the restaurant serves a wide variety of tasty hot meals and snacks, freshly prepared sandwiches, pizzas and salads, and a daily selection of cakes, puddings and comfort classics from the bakery. Hot coffee with waffles, eggs in tomato curry along with chilled beer and the perfect view: I couldn’t ask for a better way to begin my day.
First published in eShe’s March 2019 issue