Looking for Soho's best breakfast restaurants? You've come to the right place. If you're the type of person who springs out of bed at the thought of their morning bagel, then you’ll be pleased to know that London is full of brilliant places to fuel up before the day ahead. Whether you’re on the hunt for somewhere to grab a bite to eat before work, or a place to host a breakfast meeting, then these breakfast restaurants in Soho are here to help you out.
Although typically known for its pre- and post-theatre dining scene, edgy bars and cool restaurants, there are loads of breakfast places in Soho serving everything from hearty fry-ups to picture-perfect pastries. The beauty of this trendy district is its diverse range of restaurants, from edgy new spots to old-timey classics. So, whether you’re in the mood for a hot and hearty breakfast, from endless egg options to a stack of fluffy pancakes, or something a little lighter, like granola, croissants or maybe London's best bagels, there’s something here to suit you.
Let us say this: breakfast is totally different to brunch. Where the latter is typically enjoyed from 11am onwards, and often into the afternoon, breakfast is strictly a morning affair. That’s why we’ve made sure that all the spots below serve breakfast menus from the early hours of the morning, to cater for the people who wake up with an appetite.
So, if you’re going for breakfast in Soho and aren’t sure where to start, we've scoured the area for all the best and brightest breakfast spots. There is something here for every appetite, cuisine and budget. Discover modern bistros, Middle Eastern-inspired spots, cool cafes and famous patisseries. These places are guaranteed to start your day off on the right note. Now, pass the bacon.
What: The Balans brand is renowned for its cosmopolitan vibe, please-all menu and reliable opening hours, with this site in Soho staying open for 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Throughout the week, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast from 8am, including the likes of French toast with pecans, caramelised banana, warm maple butter and cinnamon, fried chicken pancakes with kimchi salad, and lobster benedict. It also has a larger sister site just a few doors down at Balans No.60 if there's a big group of you.
Where: 34 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TS
Book now: Balans No.34
Dean Street Townhouse
What: This Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho is perfect for smart breakfast meetings and luxe affairs. Settle in to one of its comfy leather armchairs before indulging in everything from fruits, grains and smoothies to egg-based classics and fresh-pressed juices. The interiors are designed to feel like a traditional living room, with a period fireplace, comfy cushion-clad sofas and wooden floors. It's sure to make you feel right at home.
Where: 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
Book now: Dean Street Townhouse
What: Tom Cenci’s brand new art deco townhouse beauty on Brewer Street was an instant hit when we visited in early 2023. The dinner menu is pure brilliance - accessible but still elegant and fun - and the breakfast and brunch is equally delicious, featuring Cenci’s take on a certain popular fast food chain’s breakfast muffin, as well as a quality cooked breakfast and banana French toast.
Where: 86 Brewer Street, W1F 9UB
Book now: Nessa
What: Dishoom has sites scattered all over the capital, including this atmospheric restaurant on Kingly Street in Carnaby. Open seven days a week for all-day dining, it's a great bet at any time of day, but you can't go wrong with one of its unique Indian-inspired breakfasts. Served from 8am in the week, start with fried eggs on chilli cheese toast, a parsi omelette with tomato, onion and coriander, or its iconic bacon naan roll with just a smidgen of cream cheese and tomato-chilli jam.
Where: 22 Kingly Street, W1B 5QB
Book now: Dishoom
The Good Egg
What: Following its popular first site in Stoke Newington, The Good Egg finds a second home in Kingly Court where it serves Tel Aviv-inspired cuisine, combined with the fare sold at classic Jewish delis and bakeries in New York and Montreal. You can order from the breakfast, brunch and lunch menu from 9am, which features a wealth of breads and mezze, loaded bagels and brunch classics. Our favourites include Sabih, an Iraqi aubergine pita with fudgy eggs, dak dak, amba, tahini and zhoug, babka French toast with custard, and the Lox smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel with capers. Its fluffy challah is a must, too.
Where: Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
Book now: The Good Egg
What: Is anything more recognisably 'Soho' than Maison Bertaux’s blue and white awning on Greek Street? Locals and tourists alike have been gazing at its window display of house-baked croissants, cream cakes and eclairs for 140 years, and today is not much different. If you’re after an authentic Soho experience, grab yourself a pastry and a strong coffee (which is served in classic white china), and watch the world go by from one of its seats out front.
Where: 28 Greek Street, W1D 5DQ
Book now: Maison Bertaux
What: Part of the Daisy Green collection, Aussie-style cafe Scarlett Green serves a menu of beautiful brunch dishes every day of the week. This two-floor site offers palm-print menus, dusty pink plates, and marble-topped tables, with a bar at the front serving everything from homemade cakes to cracking cocktails. Breakfast starts at 7:45am Monday to Wednesday, and 8:45am Thursday to Sunday, with options including its fancy bacon roll with poached eggs, crispy bacon and holy f*ck hollandaise, smashed avocado on cold fermented activated charcoal sourdough with house labne and aleppo chilli, and sweetcorn fritters with smashed avocado, poached eggs, red pepper, habanero and almond sauce, feta and corn ribs.
Where: 4 Noel Street, W1F 8GB
Book now: Scarlett Green
The Breakfast Club
What: One of the most popular breakfast spots in the capital, you'll generally find a queue to get in to The Breakfast Club on Berwick Street - especially on weekends. True to its name, this site opens at 8am every day, ready and waiting to serve hungry diners its range of benedicts, sandwiches, club classics, pancakes and cafe signatues. Options range from the traditional to the outrageous, with examples including a full English, breakfast burrito, fried chicken on French toast, and deep-fried chocolicious pancake balls with warm chocolate ganache.
Where: 33 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EU
Book now: The Breakfast Club
What: Plant-based favourite Mildred's serves up a vibrant weekday brunch at its Soho site on Lexington Street, from cardamom porridge and banana biscoff pancakes to a harissa and scrambled tofu bap with fresh herbs. Perfect if you prefer to start your day with a healthy fix, you'll find a wealth of veg-focused dishes on the menu. Wash it down with one of its homemade tea blends or fresh juices.
Where: 45 Lexington Street, W1F 9AN
Book now: Mildred's
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 breakfast time, you can expect to tuck into a cheese and ham croissant, fresh eggs with smoked salmon, or French toast topped with Chantilly cream and berry compote. Coffee comes from Grind in Shoredich, while a range of cold-pressed juices includes the likes of orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, turmeric and cayenne.
Where: 13 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JQ
Book now: Café Boheme
What: After a casual spot for breakfast in Soho? This environmentally-friendly cafe is known for serving killer coffee and breakfast plates until 5pm every day. Choose the My Place breakfast which includes poached eggs, tomato salsa, mashed avocado and sourdough toast with butter and marmite, while further classic options include a kimchi cheese toastie, shakshuka and eggs benedict.
Where: 21 Berwick Street, W1F 0PZ
Book now: My Place
What: Prefer to enjoy breakfast on the go? If you're in a rush, we recommend heading over to B Bagel on Wardour Street to grab one of its epic bagels to takeaway. Alongside plenty of classic options, it offers a wealth of dedicated breakfast bagels, with fillings such as sausage and hash brown, eggs royale and cream cheese and avocado.
Where: 54 Wardour Street, W1D 4JF
Book now: B Bagel
Prefer to eat a little later in the day? Check out our round-up of the best places to grab lunch in Soho.