Breakfast in London: Leila's Shop
I'm almost afraid to tell anyone about this place because I don't want to have to wain on line to get in. First the complaints. Some might balk at paying 5 quid for eggs and toast. Some might find the service quirky and distracted. But for my money this is the finest breakfast in London. Eat sage eggs served in a cast iron pan and wipe up the oil with the fine toast. Make sure you order a slice of Comte cheese to go along. An extra order of toast with jam is a good idea two; jam means a selection of 3 or 4 fantastic jams, and your own personal bowl of butter means that there is no stinting on animal fat. The coffee is where I reach breakfast heaven. It's Monmouth coffee, but incredibly these folks, for all their apparent relaxed approach to service, make a better milky coffee than the eponymous coffee shop in Borough or Covent Garden. Wow!! Fantastic coffee. Last time I was there I had to have a second one after breakfast for dessert. They usually play nice music, occasionally classical and the place is airy, white, and the long wooden tables are like being in a country kitchen. I'm a bit sad they've renovated, but the shop that will soon be open next door should have a good selection of treats, without the crazy crowds that must be endured at Borough. Get off at Aldgate East and walk up Brick lane to work up an appetite.
What's your favourite place for breakfast?
I have to say that High Road House Brasserie in Chiswick (London) is an absolute sensation, every time a friend comes to stay i take them there for the "English breakfast "and they absolutely love it. You pay a bit extra but the quality of what arrives is second to none, my mouth is actually watering just thinking of how delicious the black pudding & sausage is. If its really quality you're looking for (minus a greasy plate - threres a time and a place for this) with a taste to die for then this is a must, the atmosphere and staff are also excellent. Just be sure if you go on the weekends the later you leave it the busier it will be with Chiswick families and their 2.4 children....not that i dont like children..i just like to read my paper and drink my tea in peace and quiet ; )
I don't visit the centre much these days but when I do my first choice is Diana's Diner on Endell Street. Handy for anyone staying around Covent Garden (where my pick is usually the TraveLodge). Great greasy spoon - but with pretensions that reach to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Out in Brentford where I'm usually stopping (TraveLodge again), there's a couple of caffs next to Kew Bridge which will do you a seriously heart-stopping fryup.