The Wolseley, Mayfair
Breakfast at The Wolseley is so good that A.A. Gill wrote a book about it. The Corbin & King-owned institution is next door to The Ritz serves modern European cuisine from 7am during the week and 8am on weekends. Opt for The English (£17.50): eggs (any which way) with bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, black pudding and mushroom. Or if you're feeling decadent, the 30g caviar omelette (£77.5) has your name on it. Complement breakfast with a side of celeb-spotting.
160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
45 Jermyn St., St. James's
For old-school elegance in modern-day London, head to 45 Jermyn St., the Fortnum & Mason-owned restaurant, in the heart of historic St James’s. Park up on a punchy red chair and enjoy the likes of decadent lobster benedict, scrambling prawns or crumpets with marmite and fried duck eggs. The Bloody Mary menu is next-level, with no less than six iterations, including a Hinomaru Mary with a Japanese twist.
45 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6JD
A lack of signage makes this enigmatic restaurant hard to spot, but just look for the imperial yellow and blue frontage on Abermarle Street. An offshoot of Notting Hill’s Casa Cruz, Isabel offers high glamour and fine cuisine with Argentinean influences. Breakfast highlights include poached eggs, heaped on pancakes with flaked almonds and avocado; florentine on arepa, a traditional Venezuela bread, and quinoa porridge with a bounty of toppings. Be sure to visit the Instagram-worthy bathrooms, each one beautifully decorated with De Gournay hand-painted wallpaper ranging from Oriental gardens to tropical jungles.
26 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4HY
Founded by three Frenchmen, the North Audley Cantine (N.A.C) serves razor-sharp cuisine in a sleek, Instagram-cool setting. Breakfast and brunch highlights include ricotta pancakes; colourful acai bowls and merguez shakshuka, a middle eastern take on baked eggs with feta, spices and pita, all served on beautifully mismatched chinaware. Be sure to check out the Gundry + Ducker-designed basement cocktail bar, with sumptuous velvet booths and art deco brassware.
41 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZP