They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The morning fuel to fire you up. Maintaining constant healthy energy and feeling great about yourself is important as health and fitness is at the top of my priority list. I love my pancakes, crepes, eggs royale, black pudding, hot waffles with maple syrups, freshly made almond and pistachio croissants, cinnamon swirls from Gail’s and bacon sandwiches. Therefore, the deliciousness of my breakfast is measured and quantified into this ranking of top breakfast places in London.
When I was a kid, my favourite breakfasts were Swedish pancakes with lingonberry jam at Mama Pat’s Pancakes in California. My father used to take me and the incredible thin texture of the thin pancakes, the hot maple syrup and lingonberry jam made it a delicious breakfast favourite.
During our family summers at Kahala Beach in Oahu, Hawaii, we would dine on macadamia nut pancakes at was then called the Kahala Beach Hotel and is now the Mandarin Oriental. The fresh taste of the chopped macadamia nuts and topping it all off with macadamia nut maple syrup made it amazing.
Brunches at the Halekulani were decadent with ice bowls covered in fresh slices of sashimi tuna, sea bass, and salmon. The Halekulani brunch was made for a Hawaiian Queen with carving stations of roast pig, beef, as well as the array of hot and cold European and Japanese breakfast items.
The best brioche French toast (and best chocolate soufflé) was always had at the Lark Creek Inn, a cute bed and breakfast style restaurant near my house in Marin County.
Now I am in London and have tried a range of breakfast and brunch places, even more so now that I do restaurant PR. Below is the list of my top favourites:
- Caravan, Kings Cross. Caravan feels like that rustic wide open breakfast spot we should have had at school but didn’t. Open plan with hundreds of bubbling students, Caravan Kings Cross is buzzy, cool, and young and has some of the best breakfast dishes in all of London with its baked beans, chorizo and meringue sausages, kimchi pancakes, and fresh brewed coffee and sumptuous savoury muffins.
- The Wolseley, Mayfair. It reminds me of the San Francisco of my childhood with my grandfather. Classically beautiful with silver serving spoons and an adorned marbled room which was originally a car show room in the 1920’s then a bank before David Collins took over the redesign when famed restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin in 2003. The simple porridge with fresh compote is amazing, as is all the egg dishes and freshly made Austrian-influenced pastries. Put on your cocktail dress and Manolo’s for this breakfast experience.
- Granger and Co, Notting Hill. One of the only reasons I head over to “The Hill” with their perfectly whipped eggs, fresh juices and thick banana ricotta pancakes.
- Cecconi’s. The perfect location for all my business meetings with luxury brands and fashion editors. Smartly dressed financiers and heeled fashion professionals go there for light bites like avocado on toast, healthy granola or muesli, or the regulars can ask for shaved truffles on their scrambled eggs. The complimentary fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice is a lovely touch before your morning meeting.
- The Riding House Café. North of Oxford Circus, this great café style restaurant with wooden seats and an old school New York vibe offers fantastic healthy juices like the ABC – Apple, beetroot, carrot and ginger, fluffy buttermilk pancakes and a full English breakfast with black pudding.