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 love for a good old Soho breakfast. 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. 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.
Balans Soho Society Café
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 Soho Full English. If you prefer something a little less traditional, order The High Society Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, avocado and bacon on an English muffin topped with lobster and hollandaise sauce.
Where: 34 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TS
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 avocado on toast with poached eggs, a hearty sausage or bacon sandwich, or a lighter yet equally as filling order of Greek yoghurt with banana and candied pecans.
Where: 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
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 tomatoes, 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
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, smoked fish hash, cornbread French toast or an order of a Hanukkah brisket hash, 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
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 and spinach 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
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 rice porridge with various savoury additions.
Where: 50 Frith Street, W1D 4SQ
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 madame. Pair each with sips such as the Green Goddess, made with gin, cucumber and mint.
Where: 48 Greek Street, W1D 4EF
What: Aimed higher than his eponymous deli/café chain, Yottam Ottolenghi’s spin-off Nopi hits its target with ease as the food here is all about creativity and depth of flavour. In the morning, dine on a main of French toast, or an order of black rice with coconut milk, mango and banana, before washing it all down with a selection of breakfast bubbles, such as Prosecco or Champagne, all served after 10am.
Where: 21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE
What: Although founded back in 1926, Quo Vadis isn’t drifting quietly into old age just yet. Head chef Jeremy Lee’s refined repertoire makes room for simple comforts on the menu, especially for breakfast. Satisfy any morning cravings with a bacon roll, your choice of scrambled, boiled, fried or poached eggs on toast, or a light and simple porridge. A selection of teas and coffee ‘as you like it’ are also available to get your morning caffeine fix.
Where: 26-29 Dean Street, W1D 3LL
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
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 to banana and salted caramel pancakes topped with vanilla cream and chocolate sauce. The decadent shakes will also perk up those morning blues.
Where: 33 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EU
What: Sophie’s may be best known for its epic steaks, but the restaurant is open for breakfast too. The menu is short and simple, featuring the traditional likes of a classic full English, alongside more contemporary breakfast staples – namely smashed avocado on toast, which you can choose to stack up with bacon and feta.
Where: 42-44 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7NB
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 chocolate brioche topped with orange marmalade or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, all the while sipping on superfood smoothies and house press juices.
Where: 29 Romilly Street, W1D 5HP
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 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
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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What: If you’ve woken up feeling ravenous, a trip to the Soho branch of The Diner should sort you right out. Breakfast here means pancakes piled three high and lashed with the likes of butterscotch sauce and chocolate chips, or the gut-busting Lumberjack Breakfast: eggs, pancakes, bacon, tater tots and house whipped honey butter.
Where: 18 Ganton Street, W1F 7BU
What: Casual Peruvian-inspired joint Casita Andina, from chef Martin Morales, doesn’t open for breakfast during the week, but does serve a late breakfast from 10am on weekends. The likes of eggs any style or a Peruvian corn cake topped with poached egg, and the chance to sip on revitalising smoothies should wash away any of your sins from the night before.
Where: 31 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LP
What: Inspired by the original Café Monico, this traditional European brasserie stretches itself across two floors and serves a stripped back menu of breakfast classics from 10am on weekends. Stop by to enjoy sweet options such as a waffle topped with pecans and caramel sauce, or stick to the savoury side of things via smoked salmon, served with capers on bruschetta.
Where: 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LA
What: This cutesy cafe features exposed brick and a counter full of freshly-baked cakes and pastries. Breakfast is served 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 St, W1F 0PZ
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
For more early bird options, check out our full list of the best restaurants for breakfasts in London.