Every smart-thinking professional knows that half the secret to sealing the deal is in the appropriate schmoozing of your client. Next time a big business breakfast is on the cards, start as you mean to go on and make for a restaurant that fits the bill. After all, the early bird catches the worm, and these foodie hot spots are bound to impress.
If a cracking full English is your preferred way to start a busy working day, then Hawksmoor’s breakfast offering at the Guildhall restaurant is hard to beat. This being Hawksmoor, meat is firmly on the menu, and the cooked breakfast for two to share is as protein-heavy as they come. Think smoked bacon chops, sausages, black pudding, short-rib bubble & squeak, grilled bone marrow, trotter-baked beans, fried eggs, grilled mushrooms, roast tomatoes, HP gravy and unlimited rounds of toast. In short, it’s a suitably satisfying way to spar with your business partner of a morning.
Breakfast served 7-10am, Mon-Fri, thehawksmoor.com
Duck & Waffle, Liverpool Street
Need to make the right impression? A skyline view and a tempting menu helps. Found on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, the Duck & Waffle’s signature dish is, well, you guessed it, duck and waffle, with crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. The breakfast menu, served from 6am for early birds, also features smoked salmon royale and a selection of intriguing waffles, plus contemporary takes on breakfast classics – like duck egg en cocotte and Colombian eggs. With panoramic views of the surrounding City, St Paul’s and The Thames, it’ll be a breakfast meeting to remember (hopefully for the right reasons).
Breakfast served 6-10.30am, Mon-Fri, duckandwaffle.com
45 Jermyn St, St James’s
If your early morning appointments take you in the direction of the rarefied surroundings of St James’s, then a stop to refuel at 45 Jermyn St is a must. The resturant’s sleek, stylish surroundings are hard not to fall for, while the sophisticated seasonal menu will strike the perfect note. There’s a comprehensive choice of classic and not-so-classic breakfast dishes; think Orkney kipper with lemon, crumpets with marmite and fried duck eggs or – on a lighter note – buckwheat pancakes, caramelised pineapple and coconut yoghurt. Stay focussed with a superfood juice, or go for a drop of Dutch courage with of the five different Bloody Marys on offer.
Breakfast served from 7am, Mon-Fri, 45jermynst.com
With chef patron Francesco Mazzei at the helm, this Mayfair destination is a failsafe choice for a power breakfast. Crunch some numbers over a hearty plate of ‘The Italian Job’, an uncompromising Italianate take on an English fry-up; with juicy roasted tomatoes, smoky pancetta, grilled polenta, ripe avocado, Tuscan sausage and a well-fried egg. If that doesn’t help you seal the deal, nothing will.
Breakfast served from 7am, Mon-Fri, sartoria-restaurant.co.uk
Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia
You’ll find Jason Atherton’s Fitzrovia eatery in the swish locale of The London Edition hotel – a louche place to take a prospective client or business partner if ever there was one. The breakfast menu focusses on classic British dishes done to perfection, using ingredients sourced from within the British Isles. Thanks to the Berners Tavern Full English (which comes with all the trimmings including oak smoked Scottish salmon and scrambled eggs), this is just the spot to see in a busy day.
Breakfast served 7-10.30am, Mon-Fri, bernerstavern.com
One Lombard St, Bank
In the heart of the City, this is a perennially popular choice for socialising professionals at every time of day. Breakfast is served in the Brasserie, with a contemporary British menu that features eggs every which way – from lobster benedicte to omelette with truffle – as well as self-proclaimed ‘City favourites’, which include grilled kippers with lemon and butter, and smoked haddock ‘Monte Carlo’. And of course, thanks to its central location, One Lombard St is the ideal place to see and be seen by other City movers and shakers.
Breakfast served from 7.30-10am, Mon-Fri, 1lombardstreet.com