London’s chicest breakfast spots

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Forget brunch, these chic breakfast spots in London provide all the motivation you need to get up early.

A bona fide design destination, the impossibly cool Maison François is London’s coolest breakfast spot right now. Sure, the fresh, French-tinged breakfast dishes are delicious, but it’s the dramatic, post-modernist setting that steals the show.

With incredible reviews and devoted following, Hide by Hedonism Wines and starred chef Ollie Dabbous is an architectural dream spanning three floors. The menu is as good as the design, with creative dishes such as hot coconut milk porridge, swirled with date and tamarind compote and virgin rapeseed oil.

Designed to evoke Josiah Wedgwood’s ‘Jasper’ range of fine china, the Orchid Room at The Dorchester is an old-fashioned breakfast spot with all the British classics, including an extensive selection of specialty teas from The East India Company.

At a hundred years old, the gorgeous Richoux is a true British institution. Come by on the weekend to try the new breakfast menu. Richoux’s signature cruffins are always a delight (the flavors are always changing), but the fluffy, warm breakfast brioche sandwich — made with silky smooth scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, and a kick of spicy kimchi mayonnaise — is impossible to resist.

It’s no surprise that Nobu Portman Square is known for great food, but breakfast in the hotel’s bright Lounge is an underrated delight of savory snacks with a Japanese twist, such as the umami-wrapped salmon and egg donburi.

One of London’s most elegant eateries, The Wolseley shines at breakfast with an extensive menu that includes everything from flaky, oven-fresh viennoiserie to signature specials such as lamb kidneys and baked haggis and duck eggs with whiskey sauce.

Duck & Waffle is open 24 hours and is known for its breakfast. Unsurprisingly, the most popular dish is the titular duck and waffle, consisting of a crispy leg of duck confit, fried duck egg, and mustard-maple syrup.

Dating back to 1972, Mark’s Club is the second private members’ club of Mark Birley, founder of the legendary Annabel’s, dating back to 1963 and named after his wife. Today, Mark’s Club is a discreet retreat for the wealthy residents of Mayfair, as well as a very charming breakfast choice – if you’re lucky enough to get an invite.