Are you a full English, or a coffee and croissant kind of person? Whatever type of breakfast floats your boat, we’ve tracked down the best cheap breakfasts in London.
Next time you arrive at Victoria bus station on our sleeper service, treat yourself to a nearby breakfast without breaking the budget.
The classic caff
The Regency Café is a proper old-fashioned caff, complete with Formica tables, gingham curtains and huge plates of satisfying food. The art deco-style café opened in 1946 and the menu has barely changed – you can still enjoy a full English with toast and a mug of builders’ tea for about £5.
The café is now something of a celebrity, having appeared in the films Layer Cake with Daniel Craig and the 2010 remake of Brighton Rock. Arrive early for breakfast and find room under one of the fading photos of Spurs players.
Find it: 17-19 Regency Street, London SW1P 4BY
The cosy café
Hidden away behind Buckingham Palace, Café Bella Maria is a cute and quirky tearooms serving up the best of British. Tuck into a fry-up or stick with simple toast and jam, but all washed down with piping hot pots of English Breakfast and Early Grey tea.
The décor has a vintage retro feel – all mismatched cups and saucers, and floral cushions – while the service is warm and friendly. The café’s social media is full of fans promising to return next time they’re in London to visit the Queen.
Find it: 4 Lower Grosvenor Place, London SW1W 0EJ
The family favourite
If you need somewhere for you and the kids to enjoy the most important meal of the day, the local branch of Giraffe is a must. You can keep it healthy, with dishes like avocado on toast, while they fill up on porridge or a mini cooked breakfast – without emptying your wallet.
You can even book a table in advance if you’re travelling with bulky buggies, and the wide range of coffees should give you a much-needed boost in advance of tackling the capital.
Find it: 120 Wilton Road, Victoria, London SW1V 1JZ
The Instagrammable breakfast
Ok, drinking lattés in a toilet doesn’t sound great but the short Tube trip to Attendant is worth it. The tiny coffee shop is housed in a former Victorian toilet, now carefully restored and transformed into a unique space to enjoy breakfast.
Sip your espresso nestled in-between the original porcelain urinals, or munch your way through breakfast muffins while deciding which Instagram filter does the surprising coffee bar justice.
Find it: 27A Foley Street, London W1W 6DY
Whenever you book an overnight trip to London with MegabusGold, you receive a complimentary light breakfast as standard, but – as any Hobbit will tell you – the day doesn’t really begin until you’ve enjoyed a second breakfast!
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