Getting the right breakfast in you is an important aspect of setting out on a journey. There’s so much to do in the UK capital that it can feel more like a quest.
So before you step out of your room at The Shaftesbury Hotel Hyde Park, make sure you’ve agreed where you’ll all be heading for breakfast to get the right start on your day.
4-6 Russell Street
A quick Tube journey from your Hyde Park boutique hotel will take you to the door of Balthazar. This is an import from New York, and the menu is France seen through a sophisticated NYC eye. If you want a classic boiled egg with soldiers, freshly-baked bread with homemade jams and spreads, New York-style pancakes, or even a hearty bowl of porridge to start your day, Balthazar can provide.
The Black Penny
34 Great Queen Street
A pity you weren’t here for The Black Penny’s opening day, where they sold every dish for one copper penny. But their portions are still a good size, with incredible flavours on display for breakfast—like Ozdemir Pasha, harissa-spiced scrambled eggs, even classic bubble and squeak, duck comfit hash and classic granola and oats. Get here early, as it’s a favourite of commuters.
1 Chiltern St
One of the most exclusive restaurants in London is on the doorstep of your Hyde Park boutique hotel. However, they don’t take bookings for breakfast, so turn up early and you could be in for a treat. Go for decadence with champagne cocktails and honeycomb, raspberries and crème fraiche on your French toast. It might not be the most wallet-friendly option, but travelling to London and staying at The Shaftesbury Hotel Hyde Park is a special occasion.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
17-21 Elizabeth Street
You may remember Dominique Ansel’s name from his incredible cronut—a cross between a croissant and a doughnut that took NYC by storm and sold out in minutes when they finally came to London. Whether you want to take away or eat in, decide quickly because there’s so much on sale here that you’ll want to taste it all. Whether you try his DKA, the savoury Welsh Rarebit Croissant or go all out with the Liquid Caramel Peanut Butter Mousse Cake, this is one breakfast you won’t forget in a hurry.
42 Drury Lane
Fancy something brighter and cleaner for Sunday’s breakfast after the indulgence of a French bakery the day before? Choose Farmstand’s healthy porridge or breakfast boxes, sourdough toast or sweet and savoury muffins packed with fruit and vegetables. There are gluten-free options and a lot of the menu is also vegetarian, for those who don’t want to face meat first thing in the morning. Farmstand is simple and relies on the flavours to do the talking.
All of these breakfast places have different hits, but each one is beloved by regulars. Soak up a little bit of local London while you’re here.