London is lucky to have an abundance of restaurants serving breakfast from a variety of cuisines. From buttermilk pancakes to avocado on toast, eggs benedict to shakshuka, you're spoilt for choice.
However, if you’re visiting London for the first time, or simply want to be a tourist in your own city, we suggest starting your day with the most classic breakfast England can offer – a large, overly indulgent, full english. It’s a breakfast tradition that dates back to the early 1300’s and can be thoroughly enjoyed in the early mornings, or for brunch (a phenomenon inspired by the hangover). Read on for our pick of the top eleven spots to try a fry up in the city, that will keep you away from the usual tourist-traps:
Regency Cafe@berkeleysqb @sabrinathemillennialwitch
Since its opening in 2010, Dishoom has quickly become a favourite in the city. Presently, no matter what night of the week you try and visit, there will be a long queue snaking out of the door. Another ingenious way to try their delicious food is to go at breakfast time, the menu of which is fresh and innovative – they introduced a double bacon naan version to their single version just last month. They also now have a vegan take on the full english, The Vegan Bombay, which is definitely an inventive way to try this classic meal.
The Full Nelson@thefullnelsondeptford
If you’re vegetarian or vegan and are reading this, probably wondering why you even are, do not be disheartened, this is your answer to hungover cravings. Serving, The Full Nelson, in a pub setting, this veggie twist on the classic fry up includes scrambled tofu, potato and apple rostis and a beer battered vegan "sausage".
On the other end of the scale, Hawksmoor Guildhall serves up an incredibly hearty full english in a high-end restaurant setting. More widely recognised for their high quality meat, popular with the city crowd, their inventive take on the breakfast classic is just as impressive. Order the breakfast for two to share, arriving on a chrome iron serving plate, it has all the trimmings of a traditional full english, complete with additional items such as short-rib bubble and squeak and grilled bone marrow.
Located in the hugely popular and buzzing location of Covent Garden, Balthazar is a favourite amongst both tourists and locals for fuelling up before a day in the city. A concept originally born as a French brasserie style restaurant in the heart of New York, the London version is now equally successful as its Manhattan equivalent. Go straight for the full english (bypassing the eggs and caviar) and you won’t be disappointed.
Known for late night croque monsieurs and champagne, amongst one of the liveliest streets in Soho, this popular brasserie will never let you down, especially if you are looking to fuel up before a day exploring. The full english in particular is executed really well – best enjoyed on one of the al fresco tables, enjoying the relative morning calm.