14 of the best restaurants for breakfast in Soho that are utterly delicious

Where to start your day in one of London’s most thriving areas

Updated on • Written By Caroline Hendry

14 of the best restaurants for breakfast in Soho that are utterly delicious

There are few things more satisfying than a hearty, tasty meal in the morning. London is full of brilliant places to start your morning, but we’ve got particular soft spot for a good old Soho breakfast. There is something to be said for a locale where you can find anything you could possibly think of, from a classic pancake to a new Peruvian take on eggs. Although typically known for its pre- and post-theatre dinner options (and rowdy bar scene), Soho is also a prime location for a delicious breakfast.

Home to a lot of curious new places and old-timey classics, Soho will have anything you could possibly crave before 9:00, which makes sense because, hey, the Soho nightlife might explain why you're in the neighborhood in the early-hours. We don't judge! 

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On this list, you'll see a little bit of everything. Check out our suggestions for pancakes, or maybe a delectable egg-dish is more up your alley, or perhaps you want to try something completely different - like starting out your morning with the city's best selection of snails (yep, really). We even have options for those who want to start their day with some healthy fuel for the brain and the body, or for those who want to wreak some delicious havoc by way of deep fried goods. 

From traditional English fry-ups to a Japanese take on the British classic, we’ve rounded up the best Soho breakfasts which are guaranteed to start your day off on the right note. Now, pass the bacon.

Best Breakfasts in Soho

Balans No.34

What: The Balans brand’s hallmarks include a cosmopolitan vibe combined with a relaxed atmosphere and a selection of undemanding comfort food. For those seeking a hearty breakfast, opt for the steak and eggs, or The Full English. If you prefer something to satisfy your early morning sweet tooth, order the French Toast with brioche bread, a caramelized banana, pecans, and warm maple butter. There's also a larger sister site just a few doors down at Balans No.60 if you fancy mixing things up a bit. 
Where: 34 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TS 
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Dean Street Townhouse 

What: Dine in enticingly soft armchairs, amid an abundance of chatter that constantly zips across the glowing room of this Soho restaurant. The atmosphere is Dean Street Townhouse’s trump card, so the menu plays it simple and safe with lots of comfort food on offer. In the mornings, fuel up with an eggs benedict with spinach, a hearty bacon sandwich, or a lighter yet equally as filling order of seed porridge with banana and muscovado.
Where: 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
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Dishoom Carnaby

What: At Dishoom’s fourth branch, comfort food with a twist is a highlight, as the breakfast menu boasts clever takes on both British and Bombay classics. A bacon naan roll made with smoked, streaky bacon is available to order with a side of masala beans or grilled mushrooms, or order a lighter option of date and banana porridge to satisfy any morning munchies. Skip the coffee and wash down your meal with a Bloody Mary or a yoghurt-based breakfast lassi.
Where: 22 Kingly Street, W1B 5QB
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The Good Egg 

What: Following its popular first site in Stoke Newington, this Middle Eastern eatery The Good Egg is home to a restaurant, bakery and small shop which serves Israeli-inspired baked goods. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of shakshuka, Babka French toast or an order of the homemade Granola with seasonal toppings, which are all excellent dishes to pair with a choice of homemade bread from The Good Egg’s in-house clay oven.
Where: Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
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The Ivy Soho Brasserie 

What: This Soho branch of The Ivy is perfect for this part of town, as it’s packed with flashy artworks and even flashier customers, while the menu, just like every other outpost, offers the same please-all international selection of options. Early risers can enjoy the likes of an avocado eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce and sesame, or a traditional full English breakfast with a choice of white, gluten-free or granary toast.
Where: 26-28 Broadwick Street, W1F 8JB
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Koya 

What: Despite its capacity to only accommodate 25 hungry diners at a time, Koya’s offer of a genuine Japanese breakfast is still a real treat. The menu offers anything from traditional grilled fish with miso soup, rice and pickles, to this ‘full English’, comprising of a soupy broth topped with a fried egg, bacon and shiitake mushrooms. For real comfort, however, order a bowl of the 'porridge' with various savoury toppings.
Where: 50 Frith Street, W1D 4SQ
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L’Escargot 

What: Those seeking a taste of idiosyncratic old Soho should make a beeline for multi-levelled L'Escargot on Greek Street. Dating back to 1741, the historic townhouse became L’Escargot in 1927, with the titular gastropods earning pride of place on the menu, even for breakfast. Opt for an order of six or 12 snails, served with garlic and parsley sauce, or a small snack of a croque monsieur. Pair each with sips such as the Bloody Mary or the Snailtini.
Where: 48 Greek Street, W1D 4EF 
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Scarlett Green

What: Part of the Daisy Green collection, Scarlett Green serves a menu of Australian-style brunch dishes, which kicks off at 7am. The menu is split between sweet and savoury, so you can choose from the likes of a 'Fancy Bacon Roll' with poached eggs, crispy bacon and ‘holy f*ck hollandaise’, or buttermilk blueberry pancakes topped with fresh berries and maple syrup.
Where:
4 Noel Street, W1F 8GB
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The Breakfast Club

What: One of the most popular breakfast spots in the capital, a queue to get in is always guaranteed at The Breakfast Club. Once you’re inside, you can tuck into everything from steak and eggs with pancakes and potatoes, to fried chicken french toast. Their coffee will also perk up those morning blues.
Where:
33 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EU
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Kettner's Townhouse

What: Although the restaurant at Kettner’s is members only, there is is a non-members area for walk-ins only which serves an identical menu. At breakfast, you can tuck into the nourishing likes of Mac and cheese with scamorza and parmesan or smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, and you can always elect to get their bottomless drinks for an additional £20, which includes options like mimosas, picante, or maison vincent wine.
Where:
29 Romilly Street, W1D 5HP
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Café Boheme

What: Much-loved Soho stalwart Café Boheme takes its inspiration from the Parisian cafes that line the streets of the French capital. That means at breakfastime, you can expect to tuck into a cheese and ham croissant, some fresh eggs with smoked salmon, or French toast topped with Chantilly cream and berry compote. There are all kinds of coffees to choose from too, as well as fresh fruit juices should you be feeling virtuous.
Where: 13 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JQ
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Bill’s

What: Ok, so maybe Bill’s is a bit of a safe choice, but in the early hours, it’s best not to experiment with cutting-edge cuisine. Here, you’ll find the reassuringly simple likes of eggs benedict, alongside buttermilk pancakes topped with fruit and maple syrup, and a traditional fry up. Bill’s isn’t totally committed to tradition though - as proved by its vegan fried breakfast.
Where: 36-44 Brewer Street, W1F 9TB
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My Place

What: This cutesy cafe features exposed brick and a counter full of freshly-baked cakes and pastries. Breakfast is served at My Place from 8am and the menu is replete with health-conscious choices such as a bowl of granola, or a spinach and avocado omelette. If you’re in the mood to indulge though, American-style pancakes crowned with bacon and whipped cream are a must-order.
Where: 21 Berwick Street, W1F 0PZ
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Flat White

What: As well as serving pick-me-up coffees to bleary-eyed Soho dwellers, Flat White also boasts a breakfast menu of Antipodean-inspired fare. Early risers can start their day with a hearty bagel, opt for the ubiquitous smashed avocado, or keep things simple with one of Flat White’s pastries, which are delivered daily from acclaimed bakery Tin Shed.
Where: 17 Berwick Street, W1F 0PT
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For more early bird options, check out our full list of the best restaurants for breakfast in London.