Remember the saying “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper”? Yep, your Mum really was right: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a good breakfast will set you up for the day ahead and stop you caving in or collapsing during that crucial meeting. Haute Living lets you in on five places to enjoy a power breakfast in London town…
1 The Berkeley
This much loved local icon is the first word in luxury, the last and most of those in between. In-house guests have a hard time leaving their tasteful rooms, but the top notch dining options should ensure you don’t want to stray too far from the restaurants either. The Berkeley is most famous for its stylish Pret a Portea afternoon tea but the Kofffmann's breakfast menu is pretty fabulous too. Standouts include the toasted bagel with Loch Fyne Scottish smoked salmon and English eggy bread with cinnamon and nutmeg. Every dish is a Berkeley tribute to the best way to start the day. So, tuck yourself behind a crossword and coffee and tuck in!
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1
Located in old Covent Garden on what was the site of the former Theatre Museum, Keith McNally's Balthazar has created quite a buzz since it opened last summer. If you don't fancy battling for a dinner booking, go for the seriously good breakfast: expect scrambled eggs and Cornish crab, Sweetcorn fritters and - out favourite - hazelnut waffles. Keep your eyes open as Balthazar is celeb central - Brand Beckham and Boris Becker are just a few of the stars who have been spotted spilling out of Balthazar's doors.
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, W2
3 The Dorchester
‘The Dorch’ - as it is affectionately known - is the Grand old dame of London hotels whose high profile past guests include Marlene Dietrich, General Dwight Eisenhower and Tom Cruise. Even if you aren't staying here, you can still visit The Promenade – the social hub of the hotel – where you can listen to a pianist play while enjoying a brilliant eggs benedict washed down with rivers of refreshing teas.
73 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1
4 Duck and Waffle
Duck and Waffle has been making waves in London and rightly so. Situated at the summit of Heron Tower, this is the highest restaurant in the UK so, if you suffer from acrophobia, you may want to cross D&W off your bucket list. However those with a head for heights can enjoy unrivalled views of The Gherkin, River Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral - plus on-trend dishes like the ‘fat boy’ toasted pbj (brioche, banana, peanut butter, strawberry jam, fried duck egg and maple-glazed bacon). Further possibilities include the Full English, Belgian waffles (go for the Nutella and vanilla ice cream version) and Ox cheek benedict. You’ll leave with a lighter wallet but a lot happier than when you arrived.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopgate, EC2
A word of warning; if you’re thinking of visiting Villandry it’s a good idea to make a reservation in advance. On our last visit, the place was as busy as a bookie’s on Grand National Day. Once seated by the legions of staff (who will cluck and fuss over you) prepare to peruse the extensive breakfast menu which encompasses croissants, continental breakfast, brioche, biercher muesli and much more besides. In our humble opinion, this is arguably the best place for breakfast in town. For exceptional food in an elegant setting (we love the high level of natural light), head here.
170 Great Portland Street, W1