Join the breakfast club: unmissable new morning menus in East London
East London may be known for its nightlife, but it's worth waking up early to sample the neighbourhood's finest morning cuisine – be it Middle Eastern flavours at Good Egg in Stoke Newington; a bubbly, bottomless breakfast at The Vincent or poached eggs and panoramic views at Duck & Waffle near Liverpool Street. Whether looking to kick-start your weekend or reboot from the night before, we bring you seven of the finest breakfast and brunch menus in East London.
The Vincent, E8
Bright, light and decked in foliage, The Vincent is a newly opened, all-day eatery in Hackney that is already drawing crowds for its chic interiors, hearty British cuisine and retro soundtrack.
The new brunch menu places a deft spin on familiar favourites, like Dingley Dell pork hash with poached eggs; house-made waffles, stacked with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon and sticky maple syrup, and soft baked eggs with sweet potato. Add unlimited Hugo gin cocktails and free-flowing prosecco for £17 to set Saturday off in style.
The restaurant is set over two floors with a sun-splashed, al fresco terrace for warmer days. There is also a log fire, ready to go come winter.
Brunch is available 10am-3pm on weekends, 2 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, London E8 1FN
Duck & Waffle, EC2N
Poached eggs and panoramic views? Yes please. Breakfast is made instantly better when served 40 floors above the ground at Duck & Waffle.
The morning menu is as impressive as its vistas, from the namesake duck ‘n’ waffle (a crispy duck leg confit crowned with a duck egg and drizzled with mustard maple syrup) to Belgian waffles and fluffy eggs with avocado.
Breakfast is served 6am-11am Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm on weeekends, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
How do you like your eggs in the morning? We like ours heaped on potato waffles with avocado and halloumi, a la Oslo in Hackney.
This supersized venue is well-known for its thriving club nights and party atmosphere, but the brunch menu is equally worth shouting about. Set in a redeveloped Victorian railway station in East London, Oslo offers generous breakfasts peppered with Nordic touches, served amid bright, airy interiors. Fiery Bloody Marys, plenty prosecco and friendly staff complete this delicious deal.
Brunch served from 11am daily; 1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL
Tom's Kitchen, E14
Tom Aiken’s Canary Wharf outpost is a relaxed, popular breakfast and brunch destination, known for its warm service and hearty cuisine. This pared-back, airy brasserie attracts a professional clientele Monday-Friday and has cross-generational, family-friendly appeal on weekends.
New to the menu, try the sizzling hotpot of baked Turkish eggs with sumac yoghurt; crispy sweetcorn fritters topped with grilled avocado and light, healthy acai bowls. These sit alongside popular classics including the heralded truffle eggs Benedict.
7.30am-9.30pm, Canary Wharf, 11 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HD
Good Egg, N16
Set in a Grade II listed townhouse in Stoke Newington, Good Egg brings Tel Aviv’s lively street food culture to East London for a Middle Eastern-inspired menu of flavour-packed small plates.
Dishes include fluffy whipped feta with sweet, grilled apricot and dukkah; grilled, spicy merguez sausage tempered with preserved lemon yoghurt, and ‘Dak Dak’ salad, loaded with vegetables, herbs, pine nuts and lemon.
Finish with a slice of Jewish babka (a brioche-like cake), laced with salted caramel and pistachio or date and pecan. The service is equally sweet.
9am-11pm, 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AS
The Pearson Room, E14
You don’t need to break a sweat before breakfast to enjoy the morning menu at Third Space Canary Wharf's restaurant, The Pearson Room. Located downstairs to the equally recommended Plateau, this capacious bar and restaurant is popular for a working breakfast during the week and a laidback boozy brunch on weekends.
Menu highlights include spicy huevos rancheros, packing corn tortillas with black beans, avocado, fried eggs, tomato and cream, or the wild boar ‘breakfast burger’ topped with a fried egg. The menu is matched by sleek, modern interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer sweeping views over Canada Square.
7am-11pm, 2nd Floor, 16-19 Canada Square, London E14 5ER
Raw Duck, E8
For a blissful breakfast, head to Raw Duck on Richmond Road, the sister to Soho’s popular Duck Soup. Concrete furnishings are offset by cascading potted plants, while light pours in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The weekend brunch menu places an elegant, Middle Eastern spin on morning classics, pairing poached eggs with everything from shitake mushrooms, cured salmon and avocado to nori rice.
Enjoy with a punchy breakfast cocktail, including kimchi mary and watermelon margarita.
10am-10.30pm, 197 Richmond Road, London E8 3NJ