A delicious meal can only be enhanced by wonderful views and London offers lots of places where you can eat in a scenic spot. Whether you prefer to see parks, the Thames, or the bustling cityscape, the capital has an eatery with a view to match, and many of these venues serve breakfast. We've listed some of the top places where you can watch the city wake up as you enjoy tasty food and attractive vistas in our guide to breakfast with a view in London.
The best breakfast with a view in London
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Breakfasts with a great view in London
- Duck & Waffle – Views from the 40th floor
- New River Café – Caff with a view
- White Mulberries – Overlooking the marina
- Madera – Attractive views and interiors
- Radio Rooftop – Rooftop breakfasts
- The Ivy – See a London icon
- Rick Stein – A weekend treat
- Hide – Michelin-starred mornings
- Coppa Club – The view from your igloo
- Darwin Brasserie – City views and a chic setting
- Aviary – Views all day long
- Roast – Admire the market scene
- Beit El Zaytoun – Middle Eastern flavours
- Tíng – See the city and beyond
- River Gardens Café – Riverside dining in Greenwich
- Lanes of London – In the heart of Mayfair
- The Pavilion Café – Dining in the park
- Park View Café – Local parkside café
- Roof Top Kitchen at Alfies – Sunny rooftop in Marylebone
- Banyan on the Thames – Roof terrace by the river
- Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar – Riverside steak restaurant
- Serpentine Bar & Kitchen – Relax by the lake
Breakfasts with a great view in London
Views from the 40th floor
Duck & Waffle is a reliable choice for breakfast with a great view. With a 40th-floor location and 24/7 opening hours, it's a great place to enjoy breakfast and check out the city at any time. The breakfast menu is full of classics, featuring an extensive choice of waffles in addition to cooked breakfasts.
Caff with a view
In Stoke Newington, you can savour a traditional breakfast with pretty views of Clissold Park at New River Café. This venue is down-to-earth and friendly, with big windows and a couple of outside tables. Classic British café grub is served here – expect cooked breakfasts, omelettes, and sandwiches, with the menus written above the counter.
Overlooking the marina
White Mulberries in St Katharine Docks offers picturesque views over the only marina in central London. The interior of this café is rustic and contemporary but there are also outdoor tables beside the water. Breakfast dishes are served every day including porridge, banana bread with toppings, toast, and pastries. There are hot drinks, juices, and smoothies too.
Attractive views and interiors
Hotel restaurant Madera offers a rich and elegant interior as well as sweeping city views from its large windows. The space is decorated with hanging foliage, rattan furniture, and eye-catching decor, whilst the Mexican-inspired food is organic and flavoursome. Breakfast options include pastries, huevos rancheros, and build-you-own omelettes. Complete your meal with hot drinks, juices, and smoothies.
At Radio Rooftop you get impressive views of the Thames from a 10th floor rooftop location. As well as the smart surroundings and attractive vistas, guests can sample curated menus of seasonal food. Start the day with a hearty cooked breakfast here, with the options including hashes, pancakes, and a fry-up.
See a London icon
Take in views of the iconic Tower Bridge whilst eating breakfast at The Ivy. There's an outdoor terrace full of greenery and a sophisticated interior. A seasonal breakfast menu is available every day. It includes indulgent choices like smoked salmon and scrambled eggs as well as lighter options like muesli. Various fresh juices and smoothies are also available.
A weekend treat
Breakfast is served at the weekends at Rick Stein. You can begin the day here whilst relishing picturesque views of the River Thames. Inside the restaurant, it's crisp and contemporary with plants hanging down. The breakfast menu includes a choice of cooked breakfasts, including kippers, in addition to pastries and fresh juices.
Overlooking Green Park, Hide is a multi-faceted and Michelin-starred dining destination. This bright and breezy spot combines three venues in one, connected by a dramatic spiral staircase. Breakfast with a view of the park is served on the ground floor, with a menu packed with fresh and vibrant choices like homemade granola, pastries, and truffled scrambled eggs.
The view from your igloo
The Coppa Club locations are known for their signature transparent igloos and fantastic views of the river. These contemporary venues serve vibrant Mediterranean dishes in a relaxed setting. Food is served all day and you can get started with breakfast. Dishes range from fried breakfasts and pancakes to toast and pastries.
City views and a chic setting
Have your breakfast in the attractive surrounds of Sky Garden at Darwin Brasserie. The restaurant offers chic surroundings in addition to stunning views of the city. Seasonal menus prepared with quality British produce are available, including breakfast. Breakfast cocktails are served alongside fry-ups, pancakes, and omelettes. Vegan and vegetarian choices are offered at this lively restaurant.
Views all day long
Whether you want breakfast, a late-night cocktail, or anything in-between, Aviary Rooftop is the ideal destination. You can admire great views of the skyline as well as a relaxed atmosphere. There's plenty of choice on the breakfast menu, which ranges from simple pastries and porridge to eggs royale or a full English breakfast.
Admire the market scene
Take in the bustling scene at Borough Market whilst enjoying breakfast at Roast. The restaurant is situated above the market so you can see it all from a peaceful spot. Seasonal and local ingredients are used to prepare contemporary British dishes including a variety of sweet and savoury breakfast choices – think fry-ups, pancakes, and omelettes.
Middle Eastern flavours
Have breakfast the Middle Eastern way at Beit El Zaytoun. This award-winning North London restaurant sits next to the canal and has a leafy terrace for al fresco dining. A variety of breakfast dishes are served as well as a set Lebanese breakfast for when you want the full experience.
See the city and beyond
Thanks to its location on the 35th floor of The Shard, Tíng boasts spectacular panoramic views of the capital and beyond. Asian-inspired dishes are served at this sophisticated restaurant, and breakfast is no exception. Western dishes like cereals, fried breakfasts, and omelettes are served as well as Asian options like congee and okonomiyaki.
Riverside dining in Greenwich
Have breakfast at a modern family-run eatery that offers great views of the Thames at River Gardens Café. This welcoming spot is dog-friendly and serves British and international dishes all day. Diners eat in a homey space flooded with light. The breakfast menu ranges from pastries or granola to steak and eggs and fried breakfasts.
In the heart of Mayfair
Visit Lanes of London for sophisticated all-day dining accompanied by views of Marble Arch and Hyde Park. This refined restaurant serves seasonal British cuisine in a smart space that blends modern and timeless design. Breakfast dishes, including health-conscious options, are served here every morning. Choices include omelettes and avocado on toast.
Dining in the park
The Pavilion Café is based in an octagonal building in Greenwich Park, offering diners great views of the expansive parkland. There's a spacious garden as well as the distinctive structure. Breakfast and lunch are available here. The concise morning menu includes pastries and a selection of filled breakfast baps, including veggie and vegan choices.
Local parkside café
Next to Manor House station, you can enjoy breakfast or lunch with views of Finsbury Park at Park View Café. This quirky and comfortable local venue has indoor and outdoor tables and a Mediterranean-influenced menu. It's a popular choice for breakfast and brunch, with choices like scrambled eggs, fried breakfasts, and pancakes.
Sunny rooftop in Marylebone
Visit Alfies Antiques Market in Marylebone and you can have breakfast with sweeping city views at Roof Top Kitchen at Alfies. This relaxed venue has a bright and sunny roof terrace and a laid-back atmosphere. Start the day here with traditional dishes like fried breakfasts and omelettes. Sweet treats are available from the counter.
Roof terrace by the river
Banyan on the Thames offers a smart interior and attractive views of the River Thames. The roof terrace here is comfortable and filled with greenery. International dishes are available, with food served throughout the day. The breakfast offering includes fried breakfasts, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, and French toast.
Riverside steak restaurant
Diners at Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar get fantastic views of Big Ben, the London Eye, and the river as they eat. The wood-panelled restaurant has a sophisticated look inside. Steak and grilled meat is the focus here but breakfast is also available. The breakfast menu includes cereals and pastries as well as cooked meals like fried breakfasts and pancakes.
Relax by the lake
Have breakfast in Hyde Park right next to Lake Serpentine at Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. This striking modern building was designed by Patrick Gwynne but there's also ample outdoor seating. Breakfast is served at this family-friendly eatery, with the fresh dishes ranging from a fry-up to lemon and ricotta pancakes.