How do you like your eggs in the morning?
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.
Breakfast served from 7am Mon-Fri; 8am Sat-Sun; 45 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6JD
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. Select from grilled kippers with mustard butter; fried haggis with duck eggs; vegetarian frittata or The English (18.75): eggs (any which way) with bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, black pudding and mushroom. If you're feeling decadent, the 30g caviar omelette (£77.5) has your name on it. Complement breakfast with a side of celeb-spotting.
Breakfast served from 7am Mon-Fri; 8am Sat-Sun; 160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
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 lavish, Instagram-worthy bathrooms, each one beautifully decorated with De Gournay hand-painted wallpaper ranging from Oriental gardens to tropical jungles.
Breakfast served from 7am Mon-Fri; 10am Sat-Sun; 26 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4HY
Sketch on Conduit Street excels at every hour of the day, including breakfast. The morning meal is served within the picturesque and theatrical surrounds of Glade, the rococo-style velvet lounge with a découpage forest backdrop and The Parlour, a bright and eccentric drawing room with a rock 'n' roll edge. While decor is flamboyant, the menu is traditional, serving fresh fruit; pastries and eggs any way you like, with a bounty of toppings. Vegans can enjoy a plant-based courgette blini, served with avocado, kale and pickled onions.
Breakfast served from 7am Mon-Fri; 8am Sat-Sun; 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Duck & Waffle Local, St James's
Duck & Waffle Local is the more casual, accessible sister to the original, sky-high Heron Tower restaurant. Located on ground level in Piccadilly's redeveloped St. James's Market, it is likened to a high-end fast food restaurant, where customers order their meal at the counter and sit at communal benches. As thename suggests, the menu is duck-centric, from duck egg cocotte with wild mushrooms and cheese; the 'Big Quack' burger and, of course, the namesake confit duck on waffle, with fried egg and maple syrup. Due to the speed at which the queue moves, make sure that you browse the menu in advance of ordering to avoid getting in a flap (...sorry).
Breakfast and brunch served Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm; 52 Haymarket, St. James's, London SW1Y 4RP
34 Mayfair, Mayfair
Richard Caring's Caprice Group lends the Midas touch to 34 Mayfair, an elegant and refined enclave located on South Audley Street. With a rich, eclectic decor not out of place in New York's Upper East Side, the restaurant hones in on meat and grilled dishes. With that in mind, Head Chef Harvey Ayliffe has created a weekend brunch menu filled with his take on the classics, alongside some more adventurous sweet and savoury dishes. Items not to be missed include the Wagyu brisket tacos, scrambled duck egg with Iberico ham and summer truffle and the ever-popular buttermilk fried chicken waffles with maple-cured bacon. Don't forget to wash it down with one of their signature health smoothies.
Brunch served from 11am on weekends only; 34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 2HD
Franco's, St. James's
As continental as London gets, this Italian haunt has been a firm favourite of jet-setters, movie stars, and non-trashy Europeans for more than 60 years. We recommend grabbing a table outside for the full European experience, taking your morning slowly with a cup of coffee and a broadsheet. Choose between a typically continental breakfast- fruit, croissants, pastries, eggs- or a Full English. Prices are fairly reasonable, considering the area.
7:30am to 11am Monday to Friday, 8am to 11am Saturday; 61 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6LX