You’re up early, morning exercise is done and dusted (because goodness knows you’re not guaranteed to make spinning class in the evening), you’re heading into central London for meetings, so why not start them early with breakfast in Soho?… It could be your most important meeting of the day!
Here are my 5 for breakfast in London’s media hub:
- Gail’s Bakery: On the corner of Wardour st with a seating area facing St Anne’s Court – perfect for watching pedestrians go by. Quaint enough to hold its own charm despite the red and creme themed store having a number of branches across London. Good for cooked breakfast, muesli or simply coffee and toast.
128 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZL
+44 (0)20 7287 1324
2. Cote: Parisian-style bistro restaurant, another one for holding its own charm despite being a chain. Popular for the lunch and pre-theatre menu, however you have to give breakfast a go there. From Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs, toast French Toast, and English breakfast with the full works, you’ll be captivated by the food, if not your breakfast meeting!
3. Princi: What a compete contrast this Milanese bakery is during breakfast compared to the rush that starts from lunch time onwards. You’d almost for get its origins is in fact a bakery and not an up-market restaurant, which the modern decor including running taps as fountains is part responsible for creating the confusion! Self-service on one hand, and table service on the other, it’s pretty straight forward at Princi and that includes laying out the food on display so you literally get what you see.
135 Wardour St, London W1F 0UT
020 7478 8888
4. The Breakfast Club – a café with humble beginnings dedicated to serving breakfast (and apparently lunch and dinner too)! The queues alone will confirm they must be doing something right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with BC it shows! I last ate there in 2010 and haven’t been back since – unless I’m willing to stand in line first thing in the morning with tourists who have heard of the BC from around the world. I’ll stick with my memory of it, thanks… Good brekkie, good atmosphere!
33 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EU
020 7434 2571
5. Patisserie Valerie: Because sometimes a coffee teamed with a croissant plus the best spot to people-watch on Old Compton Street, is enough to get anyone’s day off to a flying start.