American journalist John Gunther once said: “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast,” and he’s not wrong. It’s the best way to set yourself up for the day ahead, and as a student you need all the brain food you can eat.
So when you wake up, treat yourself to a hearty meal in one of London’s best breakfast joints. Here are three you’ll certainly want to try.
The Breakfast Club
There are seven different Breakfast Club locations across Central London (Angel, Battersea Rise, Canary Wharf, Hoxton, London Bridge, Soho and Spitalfields). The all-day diner which takes its name from John Hughes’ 1985 cult movie of the same name is a popular morning stop for breakfast lovers in all corners of the capital.
You can order both English and American breakfasts – try the thick pancakes with maple syrup and bacon – in cool and quirky surroundings, but beware that the queues can be lengthy (although that’s for a reason as the food and service are both excellent).
If you’re ever in Mayfair it’s well worth a trip to sketch – or more specifically to the fabulous Parlour room – where you’ll be able to treat yourself to a superbly tasty breakfast. It’s about as trendy as you’ll get in the capital and this lively space is ideal for spending an hour away from the bustle of the city.
Now nearly ten years since it opened, the Parlour is open early morning until late in the evening and has become a mainstay on London’s food scene, the space always seems to be evolving with plenty of interesting furniture, unique ornaments and impressive artwork decorating the walls.
The all-day Parlour menu (link below) has got all you need: from porridge to poached egg, omelette and granola – essentially all you could want. You can then wash it down with a fresh grapefruit or orange juice and be on your way: the perfect start to any day in the city.
On Russell Street in Covent Garden you’ll find Balthazar, an all-day brassiere that’s open seven days a week (7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends). It serves breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
For breakfast (served from 7 – 11am) you can treat yourself and order anything off the plentiful menu: from New York pancakes to smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, or if you’re feeling traditional, the full English. The decor is splendid and matches its twin restaurant in Manhattan not only in style, but with its friendly, efficient staff and atmosphere which – thanks to its central location – thrives all day long.