London - Breakfast within walking distance of Piccadilly
- Pirate Dec 22, 2004 03:30 AM
Happy Christmas to all Chowhounds.
We are in london next week; got a great Priceline deal for a hotel but they want about $70 for breakfast for two. Has anyone got a rec for somewhere for a traditional English breakfast within walking distance of Piccadilly Circus please?
Thanks for any help, Pirate
My copy of Harden's Good Cheap Eats London suggests Fortnum's Fountain, entrance on Jermyn St. as a good place for breakfast. It says that a full works breakfast will cost you about $22.00/person. At Fortnum and Mason you know it is going to be good.
Can't imagine that Regent Palace would charge $35 for breakfast so, if you are not staying there, try them. If you are staying there then I have no suggestions.
I really recommend the Fountain Restaurant at Fortnum & Mason. They have a delicious traditional English breakfast for stl.14 (compared to the 70 meal u mentioned), in a quaintly English setting with one of the largest selections of tea, in Piccadilly. Here's the info: http://www.fortnumandmason.com/ You'll have to click on About US and then Restauarants.
Also, the Grill Room at the Dorchester Hotel (walk up Park Lane) does a great breakfast. I find the setting ornately stuffy, but it maybe perfectly traditional to others.
Dorchester Grill Room www.thedorchesterhotel.com
Address: The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane
Tel: 020 7317 6336
Open: Breakfast 7 - 11am Mon-Sat 7.30-11am Sun. Lunch 12.30 - 2.30pm daily. Dinner 6 - 11pm Mon - Sat 7.30
- 10.30pm Sun.
Price: £22 - £40 main course. set lunch £32.50. set dinner £39.50.
Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park tube stops.
I stayed at the Sofitel Hotel in St. James a while ago, and i think the Braserie Roux there does breakfast too. It's a French style bistro though, so don't expect a traditional fry-up here. Just an option I thought I'd mention (and it's pricey as well).
Address: Sofitel St James, 8 Pall Mall
Tel: 020 7968 2900
Open: Mon-Sat 6.30am-10.30am 12N-3pm 5.30pm-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
The Reading Room at Claridge's is a wonderfully muted, art deco setting to have a traditional english breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, mushroom and tomato) & tea. It's only 2 tube stops away from Piccadilly and i think i paid around 15 pounds with hefty tip circa 2000, so I thought i'd mention it.
I know you want to stick within walking distance of Piccadilly, but some of the best (in terms of food, fun, price) breakfasts I've had in London have been in the Nottinghill (Lazy Daisy Cafe), Sloane (Oriel, English Garden) and Kensington (Ffiona's, Maggie Jones')areas. Also Chinatown and Soho, if you like dimsum. Hope this helps.
You might want to check what sort of breakfast is served at the cafe/cafeteria of the Royal Academy of Art, which is right on Piccadilly. To be honest, I do not know if they have any morning food/beverage service. I am guessing they might. I do not think you have to pay an admission to the galleries to access their cafe. It is certainly worth stopping by and seeing what they have to offer.
I would also suggest seeing if any of the restaurants/cafes on Jermyn Street serve a morning meal. There is a coffee bar on Jermyn St. directly behind St. James Church, but I do not think they serve a cooked breakfast.