May 7, 2014
“Breakfast is a British affair and London offers an outrageous selection of incredible dining hotspots, from high-end glamour, where you need to book two weeks ahead, to casual cool cafes where you can walk in straight off the street. I stick to the classics and a brunch date is the perfect setting to catch up with friends.
My favourite breakfast is The Wolseley, a true classic. The high ceilings, eloquent chatter and ornate silver cutlery make it the perfect show-off venue to bring friends who want to experience authentic English dishes and etiquette. Plus, here they serve boiled egg with soldiers and host some of the most exclusive people in town. As A. A. Gill wrote in his introduction to his book ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’: “Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life.” And I couldn’t agree more.
Looking for a hipster vibe? You need to get yourself East to Rita’s on Mare Street for a trendy brunch or breakfast- try their fried pigs head, duck egg and kimchi for a satisfyingly tasty bite. Also hot on the scene is 8 Hoxton Square – their signature buttermilk & ricotta pancakes, rhubarb, pistachios & whipped butter will have you begging for seconds. Both venues are intimate and small with fresh and inspiring design, and situated in the trendy East London neighbourhood, which has new finds sprouting up each month.
I am a huge fan of Peter Gordon, who has two restaurants; Providores in Marylebone is practically an institution. You will need to queue but it will be worth the wait! More recently Peter Gordon opened Kopapa on the Seven Dials in Covent Garden. They offer an eclectic mix of European fusion dishes for breakfast. Try their Turkish eggs whipped with yoghurt and chilli- it’s to die for!
My latest and favourite discovery is Sunday Papers Live, which enters its 4th Edition on June 1st. This is the ultimate dining experience. You can enjoy breakfast or brunch and kick back to live entertainment from organisers Secret Forum – a collective of like-minded creatives. Expect talks, debates and literary arts projects, and the hottest festivals; curating live presentations to entertain, inspire, and connect.
For their previous edition, Secret Forum united their five favourite quirky little cafes in central London to serve up a British/American style breakfast menu including great classics like bacon butties, pancakes, eggs Benedict and breakfast burritos. If you enjoy great food accompanied by engaging talks and debates from anyone from cosmologists to cricketers, then this place is for you.”
Header photo: Classic breakfasts © Daniel Hurst/iStock/Thinkstock
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