The Best English Breakfasts in London

Guide 16th September 2019

The UK is famous for a number of food items – Shepherd’s Pie, Yorkshire pudding and Victoria sponge to name a few. But of all the food items listed on our classic British menus, there’s only one that has stood the real test of time. Yep, this national dish dates right back to the 13th century and rumour has it Sir Winston Churchill refused to start the day until he’d polished off his in bed. You guessed it – it’s the classic English Breakfast.

The reason us Brits have harboured such a longterm love for the British classic? Simple – the morning meal has s u p e r p o w e r s . No hangover cannot be cured by a hash brown. No heartbreak cannot be fixed by a Cumberland sausage. No family feud cannot be repaired by a communal stack of crispy bacon. We may not indulge in them often, but when the going gets tough – we rely on our fry ups to lift our spirits and mend our moods. So if you’re feeling weary, downbeat or just DAMN HUNGRY today, we’ve got what you need – here’s a breakdown of where to find the best fry ups around London. Go treat yourself.

Hawksmoor Guildhall

From greasy spoon to silver spoon, Hawksmoor is famed for its polished plates and immaculate presentation. The baked beans here are also cooked with pig’s trotter for an extra meaty taste.


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10 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ


E Pellicci, Bethnal Green

One of the best old Italian cafes, it’s famous for generous portions with a garnish of East End banter. English fare taken for an Italian spin.


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E Pellicci, 332 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AG


Riding House Cafe

A ‘full breakfast’ even Churchill would jump out of bed for. Smoked streaky bacon and Lincolnshire sausage arrive beside black pudding, fried free-range egg, field mushroom, roast cherry tomato, baked beans and toast. Also available as a ‘full veggie’ for the less carnivorous.


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43-51 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7PQ



This North-West London restaurant is famed for its ‘(No-Subs) Full Parlour Breakfast’ – a classic spread featuring all the trimmings, as it’s name suggests. They’ll also give you free rein on the toast-your-own yesterday’s bread station, perfect for soaking up runaway sauce.


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5 Regent Street, Kensal Green, London, NW10 5LG


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