“Somewhere, someone is starting breakfast and thinking, ‘Today will be better than yesterday.’ Wherever, whenever breakfast comes, it’s a mouthful of stoic optimism,” said author A. A. Gill.
The other day someone asked me where I would recommend in London for breakfast. I’m ashamed to admit that after living in the capital for almost eight years, I could only think of our favourite (ex) local cafe and everywhere else was on my list of ‘places to take journalists’.
The not-so-glamorous life of PR in London – only eating in nice places when you’re taking a journalist out!
Here are a couple of foodie highlights, that eventually came to mind to help my friend out:
The Delauney: Starting at a bright 7am from Monday to Friday (and at a more refined 8am on Saturdays and 9.00am on Sundays), breakfast is served from an extensive menu. As usual on my visit I had what I always order for breakfast wherever I am – muesli with fresh fruit. But even that tastes better at The Delauney.
Deanstreet Townhouse: To me, this place is quintessentially English. When you walk in off the grubby Soho street you’re met with a crackling fire in the background and comfy armchairs that could be in someone’s front room. The service isn’t great but the food is yummy.
Kopapa: Kopapa is a Maori word for ‘a gathering, to be crowded, and a building to store food in’. Set in trendy Seven Dials in Covent Garden, this place does the best coffee! The best part is that it’s open all day, 7 days a week. The menu mixes local British ingredients and favourite recipes all the way from New Zealand.
The Botanist: This place is a favourite – they do the best blueberry pancakes with lashings of maple syrup. But also plenty of healthy options too! It’s Sloane Square address can mean it’s sometimes full of the Chelsea set but the food is good enough you can see past that!
Daylesford Organic: You can buy Daylesford Organic produce on Ocado now and also from the Selfridge Food Hall but if you want a dine in experience there are two cafes in London – one in Pimlico and one in Notting Hill. The Notting Hill branch is smaller (and usually quieter) but both have a nice local feel.