In celebration of National Breakfast Week (24-30 January), Luxury London takes to Fulham to seek out the best of ‘em. Let Battle (eggs) Royale commence
From the team behind Fulham favourites Ice & Slice and Bistrò by Shot, Shot Espresso is tucked away in Jerdan Place, which, even on a weekday morning feels like a lazy Sunday in Venice, thanks to the whispers of Italian accents and the tables on patios full of caffeine-lovers.
This isn’t just a one-hit wonder for coffee though, even though its flat white is close to perfection using Allpress espresso; it’s also a deli and apéritif bar. From the busy commuter en route to Fulham Broadway station in need of a pick-me-up, to old friends taking precious time to chat and share pastries, even in its small space Shot Espresso is all-encompassing.
I tuck into a bowl of creamy scrambled eggs, salty, streaky bacon, just-ripe avocado and lightly toasted sourdough, and I’m set for a busy day. This small but perfectly formed destination is a jack of all trades and, as it turns out, master of a few too.
11 Jerdan Place, SW6, 020 7381 5572
By now, I’m sure everyone is clear on what manuka honey is, but just in case there’s someone who’s been living under a rock or isn’t anywhere near Holland & Barrett; manuka honey is produced by bees in Australia and New Zealand that pollinate the native manuka tree and it has earned a reputation as a miracle worker for all types of ailments and is applauded for its alleged medicinal effects.
Of course there are a couple of mentions of the sticky stuff here but in true English fashion, I opt to order the Full Fulham, its take on a Full English, which is, well, just like a Full English but served in Fulham. Perfectly poached eggs sit on top of sourdough toast accompanied by cylindrical black pudding, a sausage, super-smoky bacon, mushrooms and a tomato – and I ask for a side of half an avocado to give myself some peace of mind that I’m adding to my five-a-day.
An ideal place for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and if you’re visiting in the evening, be sure to take a wander downstairs to 510 Below where gin is the name of the game.
510 Fulham Road, SW6, 020 7736 7588
If everywhere served up a Full English like Boma does, I would only eat breakfast food for the rest of my life. Crispy bacon rashers, Cumberland sausages, scrambled egg, chunky wholemeal bread, mushrooms, tomatoes and a fluffy hash brown, alongside a little bowl of baked beans, and we have perfection on a plate.
It’s all washed down with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and some bubbly Bucks Fizz. Folksy acoustic music plays in the background of this relaxed and cosy restaurant. It’s not fussy or trying too hard, it’s laid-back, great at what it does and presented by the most accommodating staff I’ve come across.
116 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6, 0207 736 5114
You walk into Hally’s on New King’s Road and the next thing you know you’re in a Californian beach café enjoying all that the sunny state’s culture has to offer. You can’t go wrong with anything you choose – it’s all freshly made and looks gorgeous (it’s one of those places where even the cakes look like they might be good for you) so it’s best to forget all inhibitions and dig in.
Our visit sees us order, rather happily, an enormous English breakfast: plump sausages, a Portobello mushroom and diced avocado, as well as pancakes with maple syrup, caramel bananas and, because it would be rude not to have it alongside, snappable crispy bacon.
Washed down with carrot and ginger juice (a spicy warmth that makes you feel fantastic) and a green juice that has more than your five-a-day in one glass, it’s a roaring success and it takes a lot of self-restraint to not mosey over the road and go to Little Hally’s for a second helping.
60 New King’s Road, SW6, 020 3302 7408