Jackson & Rye, Central & Co, Bill's, Gail's, Le Pain Quotidien
Breakfast is the greatest meal ever invented. I will happily eat breakfast food for every meal for eternity- during my exams a couple years ago I literally had porridge every meal for two weeks purely because it was reliable (perhaps not a particularly healthy meal plan but desperate times). It's a real testament to oatmeal that I can even still eat it, to be honest. Headed to London? Looking for some good morning grub while out and about? Here are five of my favorite spots thus far.
JACKSON & RYE
Anyone who follows me on instagram will know whenever I'm back in London I make it a top priority to 1) hug my dog 2) eat here. They do great lunches and dinners, but their breakfast really takes the pot. I've tried a lot of their stuff but my three favorites are the Avocado Benedict, Prison Eggs and their granola and yogurt if you're feeling healthy. They have numerous spots ranging from Soho to Richmond.
CENTRAL & CO
I first went here for a meeting about a year back, and since then I always recommend it when I'm meeting up with someone around Oxford street. They do a mean iced latte, and once again, I rate their granola but I've seen the eggs and they look pretty egg-celent (not even sorry).
Another of my favorite spots- luckily I can get my fix in Bristol too as their is one pretty much on the university campus. I'm usually a meat eater but the above picture is their vegetarian option. Red pepper humous, avocado, sourdough and poached eggs. You can't possibly fault that, but if it doesn't sound up your street then the pancakes are among the best I've had this side of the Atlantic.
While Company & Co, and Jackson & Rye give good Granola game- Gail's takes the crown. Thick greek yogurt, some of the best homemade granola I've ever had (so much so I brought a bag to uni with me) and killer compote. Again, they have various spots around London but I frequent the Portobello Road one mostly. Not because it's across from Hummingbird cupcakes. I promise.
LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN
By no means a restaurant exclusive to Londoners- they've got places in the states and in France too. Regardless, they're a dime a dozen around London and always give a strong breakfast. I like their oatmeal, but their toast and avocado and eggs are outstanding. Not feeling too hungry? They also do croissants etc...and some of the best hot chocolate ever.
Let me know where your favorite spots are!