London’s Chicest Breakfast Spots

Forget brunch, these chic London breakfast spots provide all the motivation you need to get up early.

A bona fide design destination, the impossibly cool Maison François is London’s coolest breakfast spot of the moment. Sure the fresh, French-inflected breakfast dishes are delightful, but it’s the dramatic, postmodernist setting that steals the show.

Garnering incredible reviews and a dedicated following, Hide by Hedonism Wines and star chef Ollie Dabbous is an architectural dream spilling out over three floors. The menu is as good as the design, with creative dishes like warm coconut milk porridge, swirled with date and tamarind compote and virgin rapeseed oil.

Designed to evoke Josiah Wedgwood’s ‘Jasper’ range of fine china, the Orchid Room at The Dorchester is an old-world breakfast spot with all the British classics, including a vast selection of specialty teas from The East India Company.

At one hundred years old, the picture-perfect Richoux is a real British institution. Swing by on the weekend to try the new breakfast menu. Richoux signature cruffins are always a delight (the flavors are always changing), but the fluffy, hot breakfast brioche sandwich—made with silky, soft scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and a kick of zesty kimchi mayonnaise—is impossible to resist.

It’s no surprise that Nobu Portman Square is known for its stellar food offering, but breakfast in the hotel’s light-filled Lounge is an underrated delight of savoury bites with a Japanese twist—like the umami-packed salmon and eggs donburi.

As one of London’s most elegant eateries, The Wolseley shines at breakfast with an extensive menu that includes everything from flaky, oven-fresh viennoiserie to signature specials like devilled lamb kidneys and fried haggis and duck eggs with a whisky sauce.

Open 24 hours a day, Duck & Waffle is famed for its breakfast. The most popular dish is unsurprisingly the titular duck and waffle, made up of a crispy leg of duck confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.

Dating back to 1972, Mark’s Club is the second private members club by Mark Birley, founder of the legendary Annabel’s, which dates back to 1963 and was named after his wife. Today, Mark’s Club is a discreet haven for the well-heeled denizens of Mayfair, as well as a most charming choice for breakfast—if you’re lucky enough to snag an invite.

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