Where’s the Best Breakfast in London?
I don’t care if breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It could be first second third or even fourth most important but wherever it ranks, it’s definitely, one hundred per cent, the yummiest of the day. And surely that is the most important accolade.
Luckily for me I live in the finest city in the world to treat the taste buds first thing.
Extravagant? Perhaps. But I’ve come up with some handy hints on how to persuade other people that breakfast in a lovely hotel is entirely, and regularly, necessary.
It revolves around occasions. And I don’t just mean the big ones like birthdays. I’ll take any occasion going. It’s the Prince of Wales’ birthday this week for example. That’ll do. On Wednesday it was World Kindness Day. Another perfectly good reason for a breakfast banquet.
The equinox, St Patricks Day, finishing a big project at work, a friend getting engaged… all surely worth celebrating. And November is National Blog Posting Month in America. What sort of self-respecting blogger doesn’t celebrate that?
Below are the hotels I’ve had breakfast in in London in the last 12 months and why I did it.
1. The Arch London – The one for Canada Day
On July 1 every year we take my Canadian friend to do something special on Canada Day to make sure she doesn’t feel homesick. This year we chose the new and rather beautiful The Arch London and its elegant restaurant HUNter 486.
Why here? Because of one particular item on the menu: Pancake stack, crispy bacon, seasonal berries and… maple syrup.
2. Dukes London – The one for James Bond
This hotel embraced all things James Bond to celebrate the release of the latest film in the series, Skyfall.
As a bit of a 007 fan some friends and I paid our respects with a ‘Full English’ in the morning of scrambled eggs, pork sausage, bacon, tomato, black pudding, mushroom and sauté potatoes and in the evening went to watch the film in Leicester Square. Needless to say we didn’t need any popcorn!
3. The Capital Hotel & Apartments – The one for shopping
A tradition each year with friends is to take a day off work in early December and go Christmas shopping. Before heading out into the madness we naturally need to get some energy on board. This year we’re heading to The Capital for the calm before the shopping storm largely because its so close to Harrods and Harvey Nichols. You need eight people for the incredible breakfast buffet although I’m told we’ll wish we’d brought 15 as the food keeps on coming.
4. No 11 Cadogan Gardens – The one for romance
This hotel, above any I’ve dined in across the world, oozes romance of a bygone era from every brick. A romantic meal is all about forgetting the world outside and being transported to a more magical place. And that’s why I chose it to kick off a day of birthday surprises for my boyfriend Henry. I had fruits, berries and yoghurt, he went for a grilled Scottish kipper.
5. Flemings Mayfair – The one for the Royal Baby
You might have noticed that we, as a nation, had a new arrival this year. William and Kate’s baby George was the event of the year here and got us all in the celebratory spirit. Before heading to Buckingham Palace to join the festivities (outside, not inside sadly) Flemings’ Champagne Breakfast was the only way to wet the baby’s head. It’s a regal setting, fit for a future King.
6. St James’ Hotel and Club – The one for business
I can’t take the credit for choosing this one. It was chosen for me by the company I work for, as it so often is, because the meeting facilities are just about as good as it gets. I always have an omelette there because the chef seems to have perfected them and it sets me up nicely for a bit of work in a setting that makes you happy to have a meeting – an impressive feat!
7. The Ampersand Hotel – The one for dinosaurs
Thankfully I packed my costume and didn’t wear it to breakfast because it turns out there’s no such thing as Dress Like a Dinosaur Day. On April Fools Day friends convinced me there was, and suggested a trip to the Natural History Museum where, apparently, everyone would be dressed up. We met at The Ampersand in South Kensington, close by to a number of London’s best museums,and I went for avocado on grilled sourdough. Which was so good I think even the most carnivorous of dinosaurs would have enjoyed it.
I’d love to hear your weirdest and most wonderful reasons for celebrations and where your occasion took place.