Back in 2005, a brother and sister-in-law team opened a little yellow café in Soho called The Breakfast Club.
Breakfast The 80s.
Filled with junk from their childhood bedrooms, it was a love letter to pop culture’s most exuberant decade, with polaroids plastered on the walls, strings of fairy-lights and the occasional coloured quiff of a troll doll dotted around the place. They didn’t even serve eggs because, duh, TBC was a film reference and besides, brunch hadn’t been invented yet.
15 years later and they now serve some of the best fry-ups in town, with an all-day breakfast menu (served till 10pm), BYOB, giant mugs of tea and a banging old-school soundtrack. Whatever your poison, be it pancakes with berries, bacon, or bacon and berries; shakshuka benedict with harissa hollandaise; breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros; eggs; waffles or a classic Full English, you can get it all, at every branch, until closing time (accompanied by a supporting cast of burgers and comfort food for the lunch/dinner crowd).
Of course, this combination has proved unbelievably successful, and The Breakfast Club have since brought their morning glory to all corners of London…
Their second addition, and very much sporting a café feel. Tucked down the cobbled alleyways of Camden Passage, it’s a cosy spot with retro lighting, a skylit dining room at the back, and at least 82% more polaroids than the original. They also run boozy bingo on Thursday nights, when you can win yourself free brunches and shots at the bar.
Address: 31 Camden Passage, N1 8EA | Opening times: Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-8pm | Reservations? Mon-Fri from 5pm
Kitsch 50s kitchen meets 80s launderette. Wait – why is there a launderette in here? And what’s behind those shutters…?
Forget we said anything. It’s definitely not a secret bar or anything like that.
King of Ladies Man: Ok, it’s a secret bar positively dripping in gold-plated, Bond-era glamour with Hawaiian-shirted bartenders, ‘disco drinks’ and a menu of bar snacks featuring mac ‘n’ cheese served Pot Noodle-style. READ MORE
Address: 5-9 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG | Opening times: Sun-Thurs 8am-9.30pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10.30pm | Reservations? Yes!
Ready to embrace high-flying financial types who have pulled an all-nighter (either at their desks, or at All Bar One) with open, breakfast burrito-laden arms, is The Breakfast Club’s capacious canal-side spot. Head downstairs below a glittering custom-made disco ball and into a vast cellar dedicated to all things breakfast, and inspired by the interiors of a 1970s casino in Wigan.
Dr. Kluger’s Olde Towne Tavern: A secretive, two-storeyed, Bavarian wood-panelled tavern-meets-old aristocratic pile with buffalo wings, disco balls, Mirror Maze Martinis and an ever-changing line-up of drag acts, live music and late-night parties. READ MORE
Address: Unit CR30, Level Zero, 1 Crossrail Place, E14 5AR | Opening times: Weekdays from 7am, Sat 8am-10pm (12am in the bar), Sun 9am-8pm | Reservations? Yes
An industrial mash-up of 60s vibes with salvaged furnishings, decorative breezeblocks and a healthy peppering of old-school kitsch. The Breakfast Club’s style formula ain’t broke, and neither is its menu, which features here in all its glory. In short: salted caramel pancakes and bacon hash brown butties overlooking the Hackney riviera.
Address: 29 East Bay Lane, Canalside, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E15 2GW | Opening times: Sun-Thurs 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10pm | Reservations? All day weekdays, and weekends after 5pm
An elegant, horseshoe shaped East London brunch den with cosy pink vinyl booths, reclaimed school chairs and chequered floors, plus toilets papered with He-Man cartoons. No gimmicks or secret bars here; just straight-up hangover-busting brunches served until 10.30pm, at which point you can start crafting yourself a new hangover. READ MORE
Address: 2-4 Rufus Street, N1 6PE | Opening times: Mon-Weds 8am-10pm, Thurs-Sat 8am-10.30pm, Sun 8am-8pm | Reservations? All day weekdays, weekends from 5pm
Bubblegum pink ceilings marry with luminous pineapples and old pie & mash shop seating for this bustling South London edition of The Breakfast Club. Of course, that’s not even the most attention-grabbing space, because hidden underneath you’ll find…
Call Me Mr. Lucky: A tequila-soaked subterranean dive bar festooned with colourful lanterns, graffiti, and a wheel of fortune that just occasionally will win free shots for everyone in the bar. READ MORE
Address: 11 Southwark Street, SE1 1RQ | Opening times: Mon-Wed 7.30am-11pm, Thurs & Fri 7.30am-12am, Sat 8am-12am, Sun 8am-10.30pm | Reservations? All day Mon-Thurs, from 5pm Fri-Sun
Soho – D’Arblay Street
Back where it all started: The Breakfast Club’s original yolk-yellow café still gets lines out the door every weekend. The polaroid wall is the only thing that changes about this place, as new mugshots of smiling brunch punters and late-night revellers are pinned up. And they’re in good company – TBC Soho’s served everyone from Hugh Grant to Primal Scream. READ MORE
Address: 33 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EU | Opening times: Weekdays 7.30am-10pm, Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-7pm | Reservations? Not on your nelly. But… | BYOB every night from 5pm, £5pp corkage
Soho – Berwick Street
Their most recent addition has brought The Breakfast Club back to where it started, with a new caf round the corner from the original. While serving the same, all killer no filler menu, this one is fully licensed, so you’ll find beers, fizz and wine on there too.
Address: 11 Berwick Street, W1F 0PL | Opening times: Weekdays 7.30am-11pm, weekends 8am-11pm | Reservations? Dinner only, daily from 4pm
Sex, drugs and bacon rolls: The Breakfast Club Spitalfields is a sizeable space filled with industrial caged booths; clapboard siding; exposed brick and a healthy dose of neon – plus a range of Breakfast Club t-shirts for sale, should you want to spread the good word (not too much; the queues are already long enough).
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town: See that Smeg fridge in the corner? That’s no regular chiller. Tell staff you’re here to see the mayor, and they’ll promptly usher you inside it, where you’ll find a stairway to a secret subterranean speakeasy serving killer cocktails in cosy, candlelit surrounds. Obviously. READ MORE
Address: 12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS | Opening times: Mon-Weds 7.30am-11pm, Thurs & Fri 7.30am-12am, Sat 8am-12am, Sun 8am-10.30pm | Reservations? All day weekdays, weekends after 6pm
Last Updated: 9th September 2019 | Main image: Breakfast Club Hoxton/Jade Nina Sarkhel
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