Gone are the days of disappointing continental buffets. These days, hotels across the capital are serving some of the best breakfasts in the city, from luxurious caviar brunches to California-inspired cuisine. Here’s our guide to the best hotel breakfasts in London.
London’s Best Hotel Breakfasts
From avocado and perfectly poached eggs on toast to bircher bowls and homemade pastries, The Connaught‘s breakfast menu has something to suit all morning palettes. Dishes are served at Jean-Georges at The Connaught, the Mayfair hotel’s prepossessing dining room, but guests are more than welcome to enjoy breakfast in bed. Fancy something nourishing and light? Opt for the Matcha Chia Bowl with a Turmeric Tonic on the side. For the ultimate indulgence? Waffles with blueberries and whipped cream certainly won’t disappoint. You’ll be spoilt for choice here.
The Connaught, 16 Carlos Pl, London W1K 2AL, the-connaught.co.uk
It doesn’t get much more iconic than the eternally elegant Claridge’s. Since its opening in 1854, the hotel has drawn in an endless list of famous faces – among its clientele are Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and The Queen. As expected from a hotel of this calibre, service is second-to-none. Breakfast is served in the Foyer, a glamorous space with a grand piano, art deco mirrors dotted around the walls and a Chihuly sculpture hanging from the ceiling like a chandelier. The extensive menu features a selection of set breakfasts from around the world: the Middle Eastern, for instance, features Burford brown eggs, hummus, labneh and tabbouleh, while the Chinese involves pork gyoza, prawn dim sum and century duck egg. There are plenty of more traditional options too, from the light (quinoa porridge, chia bowls and granola) to the indulgent – the pancakes with Cornish clotted cream and maple syrup are the stuff of dreams. If you’re after more of a grab-and-go style breakfast, check out the hotel’s ArtSpace Cafe, where crêpes are the staple dish.
Brook Street, London W1K 4HR, claridges.co.uk
Marylebone’s Chiltern Firehouse is notoriously hard to book, but word on the street says it’s easier to nab a table in the mornings. Its breakfast menu includes a selection of classics with a luxury edge: the porridge is infused with vanilla, while soft boiled eggs are served with Ogleshield cheese and truffle soldiers. Expect bold flavours and creative combinations: black truffle scrambled eggs, lobster & crab omelette and Pastel de Nata French Toast all feature, alongside a selection of freshly pressed juices, Bloody Marys and Champagne cocktails.
1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PA, chilternfirehouse.com
Malibu Kitchen at The Ned
Within the grand banking hall of members’ club and hotel The Ned you’ll find nine different restaurants, serving everything from Italian to Asian-Pacific cuisine. All are lovely, but for breakfast our favourite spot is the Californian-inspired Malibu Kitchen, an effortlessly trendy space with a menu to match. There’s a focus on healthy, nutritious food: bee pollen, chia seeds and kimchi all feature – but it’s by no means pretentious. Dishes are bright and cheerful, with highlights including turmeric pancakes with coconut, banana, macadamia & almond butter; and an open faced omelette with spinach, kale, prosciutto and comté.
27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ, thened.com
With glittering chandeliers, marble windows and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Green Park, The Ritz Restaurant is often hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms. Unsurprisingly, breakfast here is a rather lavish affair – particularly if you opt for one of the ‘prestige’ offerings. The Oscietra Caviar Breakfast served with a choice of omelette or scrambled eggs, for instance, will set you back a whopping £300. Elsewhere on the menu, however, you’ll find more traditional (and slightly more affordable) breakfast options, such as Eggs Benedict, poached smoked haddock, and American style pancakes.
150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9BR, theritzlondon.com
For breakfast with a view, Aqua Shard is the crème de la crème. Located on the 31st floor of the city’s tallest building, this upscale restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows boasting magnificent panoramas of the city. You could go here for these alone – but luckily the breakfast is delicious too. Sample dishes include a stellar full English, complete with Wiltshire back bacon, pork & leek sausage, Portobello mushrooms, free-range eggs and toasted sourdough, with a veggie alternative also available. There’s also a bakery section serving Danish pastries and breakfast muffins, and health foodies are well-catered for with dishes like egg white omelette, quinoa salad and avocado on toast.
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY, aquashard.co.uk
The Montagu Kitchen
The Montagu Kitchen, found within the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, offers an indulgent breakfast, inspired by the National Trust’s Chartwell House and Garden, Winston Churchill’s former residence. Dishes include a mix of sweet and savoury dishes: all the classic egg breakfasts (Benedict, Royal, Florentine) alongside waffles with whipped cream and berry compote. Pair with a fresh juice, coffee or a Newby tea.
The Montagu at Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH, hyattrestaurants.com
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